By Phyllis Khare
By Todd Bernhard
Being a perfectionist isn't easy. But when it comes to making a waterproof iPhone case, it's a requirement. That's why it was nice to see that personality in the folks from LifeProof. I met them at MacWorld in January 2011, and they showed me a prototype of their upcoming iPhone 4 case. It was waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof, and even snowproof, hence the name "LifeProof." I have seen and tried other waterproof cases before, but they were much bulkier and they obstructed the various ports, so you had to fully remove the case to charge them.
By Alex Cequea
Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO today, and "strongly recommended" to the Apple Board of Directors that Tim become the new CEO.
"“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” starts his letter. "Unfortunately, that day has come.”
You can read his letter here
Have you ever envied people who sit in the coffee shop with their thumbs blazing as they text away on their mobile devices? As an iPhone/iPad person, you have been out of luck if you want this form factor--until now.
Let me introduce you to the nifty, new NUU Mini keyboard. It is really meant for the iPhone, but I slipped my iPod touch 4 into it, and it works just fine. It has a little slop room, but you can shim it up if it really bothers you.
It seems to me that fewer and fewer people wear watches these days in favor of using a mobile phone for keeping time. Yet watch companies appear to be alive and well. I think they have to be more innovative and creative with design and functionality to keep in the game.
Recently a noteworthy watch by Cadence watch company came to my attention. It's the perfect watch for geeks with its 4-bit binary face instead of Arabic or Latin numerals.
It is a classy time piece that would serve you well in formal attire or on casual occasions with its stainless steel case, leather strap and steel buckle designed by John Flear who is noted for incorporating high-tech motifs into retro objects.
If you ever wanted an external keyboard for your phone or tablet, the iTablet thumb keyboard is a great option. This classy thumboard will connect with any Bluetooth HID device including:
- Xbox 360
- Windows 7 & XP
- Interactive TV (IPTV)
The iTablet is Bluetooth 2.0 and HID 1.0 profile compliant.
It features backlit keys with an on/off switch to save battery. It charges with an included mini USB cable. The Function, Alt, Ctrl, Shift work exactly like those on a regular keyboard. There are also left and right mouse button keys.
Whether you are a mobile road warrior or you just like to keep your charging cables organized, this portable charging station is a must have.
The charger delivers from an AC outlet and comes with a converter that plugs into the charging hub, which is a separate unit. It will also plug into a USB port for charging your devices.
There are four USB ports. Three of them are for charging only, and the fourth, if plugged into a computer will sync whatever device is connected that particular port.
Are you getting tired of playing Solitaire when you want to take a little break? I've got just the thing for you--DeskPets. They are a veritable hoot.
At present there are two species: the Skitterbot and the Trekbot. The Skitterbot is an arachnoid-like robot that skitters around on six legs. It looks something like a tarantula, but unlike true arachnids that have eight legs, Skitterbots only have six legs. The Trekbot kind of reminds me of a robotic racing wheel chair without a passenger.
Not only will this spectacularly sleek and stylish backpack accommodate your laptop and or tablet, but there is also plenty of room for lots of peripherals, your lunch, and whatever else you may need while trying to keep connected when out and about.
The Mamba Shift Laptop Backpack by Boog has to be one of the finest pieces of backpack craftsmanship and design I've ever seen. its tapered architecture with descending black pleats and red highlights is alluring, but it doesn't outshine its functionality.
The denier ballistic nylon exterior has a waterproof coating to protect you treasures inside. The back panel material breathes to help keep you cool. Padded shoulder straps add to the comfort. At the top of the bag is a handy carry handle.
By Eric Pankoke
It appears that Loopycube has taken the concept of a cat burglar quite literally. The art world has gone to the dogs, and it’s up to you to infiltrate their most famous museums and take back the precious paintings the bowsers have stolen from you. This cute puzzle game actually manages to provide a decent challenge while not becoming overwhelming or ever feeling too basic (the first couple of levels aside). There’s not much new here, but it’s a nice combination of elements that work well together and make for some entertaining sleuthing.
Note taking apps have gotten to be a dime a dozen these days. That may sound a little strange to some but I’m country and proud to be. The point I am trying to make is the app store has thousands of apps. That can be a little overwhelming for some people. So what I enjoy doing is writing about some of the applications I have used and think others would enjoy using. I have recently written several articles pertaining to this subject but with the number of applications growing daily it takes some researching and perseverance to find what’s good.
By Peter Magers
4:33 Creative Labs look like they have a winner on their hands with the launch of Secret of Chateau de Moreau. The new game is an adventure/mystery title that utilizes story telling and puzzle solving to suck players in and plot twists and alternate endings to keep them hooked.
By Jim Karpen
I hope I don't ever have a need for this app. iRad ($5.99) uses an algorithm to detect gamma and X rays passing through the camera chip. It takes up to an hour to get an accurate measurement. The app uses your location to post the measurements taken by you and others on a map — basically a way of crowdsourcing radioactive hotspots around the world. You need to occlude the camera while your device is taking the measurement, but for the iPhone 4 that's as simple as placing your phone on a flat, opaque table. It's amazing what people come up with.
By Werner Ruotsalainen