By Todd Bernhard
When I saw the MatchBook Pro (no, that's not a typo for MacBook Pro) I was intrigued. I don't smoke, but I light candles occasionally so the exposed 'matches' that really function as a kickstand are a neat touch.
The case itself is well made, with a felt lining to protect your iPhone 4 or 4S, and a hard shell exterior. The 'matches' have a rubber tip which helps keep the case stationary when the kickstand is in use.
By Todd Bernhard
Thanks to Apple's secrecy, when they Introduce a new gadget, case makers have to scramble to make accessories that fit it properly. The new iPad is a perfect example, yet Gumdrop was able to create and ship their ruggedized Gumdrop Drop Tech case rather quickly. In fact,while the case I received fit my new iPad perfectly, though the package it shipped in still said iPad 2, but it had a sticker indicating support for the new iPad.
PrintJinny is an app which will make it possible for you to print just about anything from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device. The concept seems quite simple but it actually helps to get around a lot of limitations associated with these mobile devices. More and more people are browsing the internet, looking at photos and even working from their mobile device and if they can’t print from them it is quite an inconvenience.
By Jim Karpen
As is often the case, DigiTimes is today's source of the latest rumors regarding the iPhone and iPad. The Taiwanese site gets its insider info from Apple suppliers, but its reliability has been variable. Their latest report is that Pegatron will manufacture the iPhone 5, which will appear in September. They also say that Pegatron has a contract to manufacture a 10-inch iPad, which they say will be out in the December quarter. Plus, they're saying that Foxconn will manufacture a 7-inch iPad that will be launched in August.
By Louis Senecal
Aviiq recently introduced a product they call Ready Clips. These are compact charging and sync replacement cables that eliminate those messy tangled up cords. They come in Micro and Mini USB, as well as the Apple connector sizes. They have a clip built in that can be secured in a pocket, or be placed in your tech bag as is. They are bendable and seem to be built well. They have a neat rubbery/plastic feel to them.
They are only 5.5 inches long and are designed for use within that range. Obviously, they would not work for any distances or use greater than that.
By Jim Karpen
Cult of Mac reported yesterday that one of their sources claims to have seen a prototype of an Apple TV set. It seems fairly well established that Apple has been experimenting with developing a TV for years and has built prototypes. But this is the first time that someone is claiming to have seen one and is spilling the details about it. And before we get to those details, it's important to note that just because a prototype exists doesn't mean that the product will see the light of day. Or that an eventual product will resemble the prototype.
By Brittany Irvine
So are you tired of Facebook yet? Granted, there probably are people that are tired of using the same social networking sites for so long. Personally, my two favorites are Twitter and Instagram. Check out a new one: Mumbo.
By Daniel Rasmus
I’ve switched recently from a single function power charger in my car to the Qmadix Vehicle Power Charger with Auxiliary USB Port. The white product with blue glow (from the internal LED indicating the unit has power) is well made and offer good utility. I evaluate different phones and different cases all the time. Some of the cases actually hide the Apple connector, and of course, on other phones, they range from proprietary to mini-and-micro USB. And if you have two devices, like an iPhone or iPad, then you usually need two chargers. Not so with this charger.
Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 10 apps!
And the winners are... (drumroll please): Richard Cadorette, Jonathan Frank, Marcin Prochnicki, Deborah Hall, Ben Klein, Garty Matt, Jacqueline Keeton, Gale Christian, Wayne Oakes and Michael Cuddy!
By Jim Karpen
As much as I like iCloud, I still need to use a file storage service such as Dropbox because iCloud's offering is so limited in this area. It will only store and sync files created with Apple's iWork suite. I'm a big fan of Dropbox, and it's likely the most popular file-based cloud service. This is no doubt because it's utterly simple to set up and use. But it has some serious competition in Microsoft's SkyDrive and the new Google Drive.
By Werner Ruotsalainen
A new multimedia player, viPlay (AppStore link) has just been released in the AppStore. As there are no reviews of the app at all (not even mentioning dependable ones), I've found it necessary to quickly publish mine. (The detailed feature & evaluation chart of my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible, as you may have guessed, has been updated with more thorough info on both this and the other new, below reviewed apps).
By Daniel Rasmus
Bag manufacturers spend much of their design budgets guessing what enough people will like in a bag so that a particular bag will sell well enough to make a profit. People want specific things from their bags. In a world of 7 Billion people, you need a lot of bag designs.
Cannibal cookout is a fun cooking based game with a disturbing, yet funny, twist. Rather than cooking with normal materials like many other cooking apps, you are a cannibal so you cook with other creatures. The main game play screen has a large pot with boiling water in the middle, fire underneath and some trees and bushes in the background. To beat each level you need to cook enough of the creatures to satisfy your character.
To cook one of these creatures you simply tap it and drag it into the boiling water where it will sit for a moment before going into your hunger meter to fill you up. While they are in the boiling water they have sad little voice bubbles which say, “AHHHH” and “OUCH” which while dark still manages to be cute.