CNET is selecting their 100 favorite iPhone apps in 10 installments. Starting today, each day for the next 10 business days CNET writers and bloggers will take turns identifying their 10 favorite apps. Today's first installment is by Kent German, senior editor at CNET Reviews. The 10 selections are presented in slide-show fashion. Among his favorites is Photoshop.com Mobile, the free photo editing app.
I have been a fan of OtterBox cases for a long time. When I travel or plan to be near water, I always keep my iPhone in an OtterBox case. They used to make a waterproof case for my original iPhone, and it offered serious protection. More recently, OtterBox has offered ruggedized cases that are not entirely waterproof. Still, the cases typically have rubber seals for most of the openings, which is enough to protect your phone's moisture sensor from registering in a bit of rain, or by the pool, and other areas you might not want a naked iPhone.
After testing the iPhone 4 in their " radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber" Consumer Reports concluded that the new iphone's reception problems are more than a software glitch. They have decided not to reccomend the iPhone 4 until Apple solves the reception problem.
In a post on their website, Consumer Reports' Mike Gikas said:
Here’s a carryall bag that’s not only stylish, but customizable, too. The Exo SleeveCase by WaterField is a perfect fit for your iPad. By adding the optional Piggyback pouch, there’s also room for a stylus, pen, small notebook, and other accessories. Choose between a vertical or horizontal orientation and one of two, attractive leather trims. How about a simple strap, just for carrying? Or would you prefer a suspension strap for comfort? It’s your choice.
The Exo SleeveCase is TSA Checkpoint friendly, too, making it a 5-Star bag for travelers! Prices range from $49-$99.
I finally found just the right iPad case just for me – the Piel Frama. It’s protective, functional AND pretty! Handmade in Spain, the portfolio-style case is offered in three leathers: cowskin, cowskin-ostrich or cowskin-crocodile and several colors: black, brown, red, green, blue, pink and orange.
Inside, it has a soft, leather lining and an inside pocket, which is just right for holding a cleaning cloth and my Pogo Sketch. The case also functions as an easel for typing. What more could I ask for?
The App Store celebrated its second birthday last Saturday, and what an amazing run it's had: 250,000 apps and over 5 billion downloads. CNET has a great article on this success and how it's influenced the industry. AND it talks about what Apple can do to maintain and build on its success. Meanwhile, how do you find what you want in this sea of 250,000 apps? PCMag has a very helpful article on their favorite apps. They group them into topical themes, such as Top 40 Free Apps and 6 Great Travel Apps.
Proporta Mizu Shell, $39.95
If you’re looking for protection with minimum coverage, check out the Mizu Shell by Proporta. This super tough, silicone shell protects the back and edges of the iPad against impact damage and scratches.
It fits like a glove and feels great in your hands. Available in three stylish colors: red, black and pink.
The dream of thrashing out a hot guitar lick as a rock star is as pervasive today as it ever has been before. For the Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers whose teenage years didn't have the imaginary benefit of plastic guitar controllers connected to videogame consoles, they had to learn the dream the old fashioned way - acquiring an electric guitar, an amp and the skills necessary to play the fundamental power chords. Today's younger generation are being introduced to this dream first by basic basic rhythm and colors on a Guitar Hero or Rock Band controller, but next generation games in this genre are already taking the concept to the next level by connecting an actual guitar with actual strings and frets with the ultimate goal of teaching gamers how to play a guitar. Hence a
Here’s a case that allows music lovers to take music with them – ANYWHERE! I'm talking about the Eco-EXTREME, Rugged All Terrain Speaker Case.
Take it hiking, fishing, or rock climbing! The waterproof case connects to your mp3 player with a universal 1/8” headset jack and works with most mp3 players. (See website for a list.)
I am SO excited about the new iPhone 3GS case called the Tango. Made of full-grain leather, the Tango looks beautiful, and it’s functional, too. On the outside, the case has two storage pockets for business cards and a built in clip to carry a Pogo Stylus. A snap closure fastens the case closed, keeping the iPhone secure.