I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the current line-up of Incipio iPhone 5 cases. Even as an admitted iPhone case junkie, I had a tough time picking a favorite!
I like to travel light. Ppossibly because of my own petite size, I don't like to be bogged down with things. I like tiny purses, sample-sized beauty products, and minimalist iPhone cases. So when I found myself having to travel from California to my childhood home in Pennsylvania, I came up with an idea, a mission really. Could I travel and survive for five days with only an iPhone? No laptop, iPad, camera, Kindle...you get the idea. Although I'm taking several personal days, I'll still have to answer and address work emails, answer student questions, and grade papers. I'll need to use only my phone for entertainment on the plane, GPS in the rental car, workouts in the hotel, and even an audition—not to mention I'm in grad school and I have a digital group project that requires my attention.
Some controversy erupted last week after Apple implied that giving away its iWork Suite to new buyers of iOS and Macs would provide them with the productivity tools they need. Microsoft’s VP of Communications, Frank Shaw, in a blog response wrote the following: “And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on their devices. Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines.” That was followed by a swipe at the press for positive coverage of Apple giving away iWork, a product Shaw said “was already priced like an afterthought.”
'Tis the season for things that go bump in the night. Halloween is almost here, and what would the holiday be if it weren't for creepy stories that kept us up all night pondering things that may or may not reside in our closets or under our beds. Everyone loves a good scary tale and even better is one that comes with amazing artwork and sound effects. This Halloween, if you're in need of a good fright fix, I suggest the new iLovecraft (2.99) app.
I love my iGrill from iDevices ($79.95). I have owned many a meat thermometer over the years, only to be disappointed by undercooked steaks, melted plastic bezels, and holding devices a little to close to the heat. iGrill appears to be accurate. Even better, it talks to my iPad so I don’t have to sit and watch the steak cook. To quote a tutorial on steak cooking, “the only reason to flip a steak is to cook the other side.” Many BBQ aficionados spend too much time with their meat. They poke and prod, flip and rearrange because watching a steak cook is like watching the proverbial grass grow. Since you want the perfect steak, you pay a little too much attention to it. While people are putting out paper plates, popping the tab on another beer, or cheering a great block shot in croquet, you are left watching your meat cook.
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One thing many sports fans like to do to is share their enthusiasm with their friends. More often than not, such debates come down to who you believe will win a game. These days, you don't even have to be face to face to make these debates happen. Online fantasy sports are booming, from rotisserie leagues to simple 'pick 'em' contests. SportzPicks is the newest entry in online sports prediction gaming, with a twist.
This fall, Apple launched two iPhones together for the first time. The amazing iPhone 5s has topped the US sales chart at all the major mobile carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-mobile, beating Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5c and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are still battling for second position. While the iPhone 5c is at second position at AT&T and Sprint, Samsung Galaxy S4 ranks second at Verizon and T-mobile.
The iPhone 5s has been available for about a month now and the improvements made to its camera (Burst Mode and Slo-Mo) are some of my favorite features. While the iPhone is no action camera, cases like the PhotoProX from Optrix ($149.95) can help blur the line between the iPhone and something like the GoPro. But is it worth the price?
This past Tuesday, Apple updated their Mac operating system to OS X Mavericks and their iOS software to 7.0.3. The feature that will raise security and productivity to a new level is iCloud Keychain. Its sole purpose is to save passwords and make them easy to use in Safari. Whether you are on your desktop or on an iPad or iPhone, Safari will protect your passwords and keep them in sync. You don't have to remember any of them, and you can create more secure ones than you are probably using now.