By Christopher Peri
I was going to write a review on Chinon's TV Ipod docking station, with digital TV capabilities, but another writer beat me to it. (life as a blogger :) http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5/iphoneipod-dock-includes-tv . But as I was testing it, I was also looking another product that also does digital TV and also displays images from your computer on the screen. One of the things I thought the Chinon would do is give me a photo slide show of my images. Nope. But it does play video which is the whole point. But the screen is kinda small. (it IS portable though, so fair enough) Still, it got me thinking, how can I get my iphone slide show to play on a nice screen? Well, enter KWorld's TVBox. Its Pretty nice. I could not get it to work the first time because of a monitor fail, but I connected to another one and boom, working out of the box... well mostly out of the box. Although the reception was better then the Chinon, it was still hit and miss. I then connected a proper antenna and then we were rock'in. The win here is you can take full advantage of your widescreen, high-definition monitor, yea I know you have one. It looks REALLY nice. Now add the fact this comes with a remote. Win. So, use your second monitor at work (and yes I know you have that too) and you can play your slide show through the TVBox. Sweet. Now, as far as working as a digital TV Tuner, its good for the price. <$100 if you look hard enough. I had some issues with the remote (really confusing) and did not get the QAM working (of which I blame myself because I did this quickly) but in general, it did all that was promised.
So between the Chinon ipod docking station, and the KWorld TVBox, you are pretty well set. :)
By Conrad Blickens...
These days, you can't turn on the TV without being subjected to commercials pointing out how much better this smartphone or that is to the iPhone. The iPhone isn't usually mentioned directly, of course, but it's clear that it's the target as the commercials usually concentrate on what are perceived weaknesses of the iPhone.
When you watch those commercials you'd think the iPhone's lacking and surely it must be toast now that the competition is so much better and so much more advanced. But is it? Honestly, even as a tech writer and reviewer I just don't know. For example, I've been reading about Google phones for a year now. Each was billed as an iPhone killer, but from what I can tell, Google phones really haven't gained much traction.
By Marc Jacoby
The NY Times reported that the music technology company, Smule, has raised an additional 8 million dollars to support new development projects. Their instrument apps, Ocarina and Leaf Trombone are two of my favorite music performance apps on the market. Read the article at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/smule-raises-cash-to-expand-its-musical-app-lineup/?ref=technology
Cheers and Happy Holidays,
By Cindy Downes
And it’s more convenient than other battery backup systems. Before I received the Mophie Juice Pack Air, I was carrying around a battery that plugs into the bottom of my phone. It was effective, but extremely awkward.
With the Mophie, my battery backup IS my iPhone case. When the battery on my iPhone is used up, I simply flip the switch on the Mophie. Now I have double the usage time on my iPhone between charges.
It comes in four colors and works with 3G and 3GS. The red case has a softer case, which is a bit less slippery than the other colors.
By Cindy Downes
I had the Gorilla Mobile sitting on my desk ready to write this review when my cousin, visiting from New Jersey, grabbed it and exclaimed, “I’ve been looking for one of these to give Jim for Christmas!”
The Gorilla Mobile is one of those gifts that's not only well appreciated, but it’s fun, too! The unique device has bendable legs that attach to most anything from bikes to treadmills, even to airplane seats. Once attached, you can clip on your iPhone, iPod or even a small camera. Lock into position and now your hands are free for other tasks!
By Christopher Peri
By Timothy Prentiss
I don't think we'll ever get tired of The Beatles -- they're racking up CD sales 40 years after breaking up!
Now you can cover your iPhone or iPod Touch with a Beatles Music Skin, featuring images on the face of the phone and on the back. They help protect your device with style, even if it is the style of the 60's or 70's.
Music Skins are scratch resistant, lightweight and durable. I ordered mine from one of the first outlets to get a shipment: The Fest for Beatles Fans, at the Fest's online store.
If you're really into these guys, you can get skins for your laptop, too.
I was always a John Lennon fan, so when I saw some Lennon skins from his New York days, I had to have one. We stayed on Staten Island during our most recent trip to NYC, and passed the Statue of Liberty twice a day. The pic of John in front of Lady Liberty, with text reading "Imagine Peace" above his signature sold me.
More information (and other, more contemporary selections) can be found at the Music Skins site.
By Tari Akpodiete
Designed for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, the new Bandshell - http://www.bandshellcase.com/ - is unique among the pantheon of cases. The affordably-priced unit (U$19.99) is constructed of impact-resistant polymer and comes in twelve pleasing colours.
By Tracy Sebastian
Wall Dock by DLO - $24
I took this on my last road trip. It was very handy in a small hotel room when charging my iPhone near the sink. It kept it up off the counter away from any splashes. It delivers a nice, quick charge - maybe due to no cords?
It doesn't feel as if it's very stable on the wall dock. I feared that if I bumped it, it would snap off.
Bottom Line: 5 out of 10 iPhones
I wouldn't buy it, but if I got it as a gift, I wouldn't return it.
By Tracy Sebastian
I just recieved the P-Flip™ 7 in 1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock for review. I'm putting it to the test as I type. I will update the results as I go......
Dexim.com - (retails for $74.90 @ SkyMall.com)
P-Flip™ Foldable Power Dock is world's first foldable, portable, multi-functional and rechargeable power dock. This is a desktop holder with charging & sync, and is also a rechargeable back-up battery pack for Video/Game.
Charge your iPhone/iPod Touch on the go. Extends up to 8 hours Talk time,15 hours Video/Game or 60 hours Music.
Day 1: Very quick recharge of my iPhone. Held the iPhone stable when I watched video.
Day 3: The P-Flip charged up a 1st Gen iPhone from empty to half-full in 12 minutes. Impressive!!!
By Jim Karpen
There's not much need for this in Fairfield, Iowa, but if I were a city guy I'd depend heavily on this app. Am I the sort of person who'd forget where he parked his car? Not really, but I'm the sort of guy who worries that he will forget where he parked his car. An app like this lets you relax and forget. Park'n Find uses GPS to mark where your car is parked. It then guides you back to your parking location using a satellite image that automatically pans and zooms to show where your car is parked relative to where you are. You can optionally attach photos, voice memos, and notes.
By Conrad Blickens...
I must admit that some of the most fun I have with my iPhone also requires a cat. Or three. Yes, I have no fewer than four apps that meow and make other cat sounds. That sounds a bit weird, but if you're a cat owner (or a cat owns you), there's lots of fun to be had with such apps. See, cats may think they're really smart, but in reality few cats understand how an iPhone works. So if there are meow sounds and there are no other cats around, that is certain to raise a few whiskers.
By John Painter
What do the locations of, Chili, Japan, Alaska and Spain all have in common? Other than I'm not there. These are places you are going to ride in AMA’s Shaun White Snowboarding Origins ($4.99)… did I say this game is sick!
Even if you don’t ride, I expect a lot of people will get into this game, and at this price it’s as unstoppable as White!