The Adventure-Proof series examines and reviews the best in rugged iOS gear, apps, and accessories to help iDevice users enjoy the great outdoors with their mobile tech safely in tow. In this installment we'll take a close look at the latest in military-standard, waterproof protection for the iPad 2 through 4; aXtion Pro by The Joy Factory ($129.95)
Waterproof iPad cases are relatively rare, so my ears perked when I heard about a new line from such a reputable company as The Joy Factory. The aXtion Pro is a floating fortress of a case. It meet military grade, waterproof, and shockproof standards, so your iPad is good to go on just about any adventure.
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With Apple CEO Tim Cook hinting at new product releases this fall, the Apple rumor mill will be kicking into overdrive during the next few months. And while so many tech journalists postulate about the possibility of a tweaked iPhone 5S or an iWatch, my mind can't help but drift to something no one has been talking about, the viability of Apple developing a smaller iPad. Yes, I know the iPad mini is already a smaller iPad, but it's still too big in my book and should have phone capabilities. I am reminded of the ongoing heated competition between Apple and one of its main rivals at the moment, Samsung. After all, Samsung has seen tremendous success with its larger phones; obviously there is a market for such devices, myself included.
Relationships are sensitive bonds that can be trickier to maintain than jumping rope while hula hooping on a bed of hot coals. Some couples work different hours, some have extra responsibilities like carting the kids around, which makes everyone just want to fall into bed at night. A few brave souls even defy the odds and the miles to stay together long distance. No matter the situation, it can be really easy for the fires of romance to die off quickly. Luckily, there are more than a few apps that will make you look at your iPhone as one of those spinning heart-shaped beds. So I guess the question is: Is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
A leaked Japanese document posted on the French website Nowhereelse.fr indicates pre-orders for the forthcoming iPhone 5S will begin June 20 and will be available by July. The document appears to be the sort of "cheat sheet" cellular store employees receive when a new Apple product launches.
Google's "predictive search" technology enables your device to intuit what you need and search for it without your even having to ask. That technology debuted last year on Android devices, and as of today, it's available on the iPhone and iPad in the free Google Search app. Google's biggest competitor to Siri, Google Now senses what you need and automatically gives it to you on a "card" that pops up from the bottom of the screen. For example, if you're heading to work, it will automatically pop up a card with a traffic update. Or if you're planning to take a flight, it will automatically pop up a card if there are changes to your flight. Google's tagline for the app is, "Right info at the right time."
The Adventure-Proof series examines and reviews the best in rugged iOS gear, apps, and accessories to help iDevice users enjoy the outdoors with their mobile tech safely in tow. This installment takes a closer look at the Splash by NUU
, the latest entry in the fast-growing field of extreme-duty Bluetooth personal speakers.
Let's admit it — kids are tough to photograph with your iPhone. That is, unless they're sitting still and posing for you during the "magic hour" of light professional photographers often talk about. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your iPhone pictures.
1. Take Video, Convert to Screenshots
Every iPhone and iPad user occasionally has questions about using his or her device. Often a quick Google search will answer the question. But if not, then consider getting help online. I'm always impressed by the online communities of people who are sincerely eager to help you with any question or problem you might have. In Apple's support forums, questions are often answered within minutes. In this post I want to encourage you to get help whenever you have the slightest question and to direct you to some of the most helpful communities. You'll get so much more out of your device if you get in the habit of asking questions.
Kids love Apple. They embrace the iPad and dote on the iPhone. The intuitive design of iOS devices enables kids to simply pick up a device and start playing with it. The popularity of iPhone, iPad, and other smartphones and tablets has had a huge impact on how kids learn and how they interact with the world.
The App Store offers thousands of educational apps and games. Families and moms are conceptualizing apps for their kids and the Federal Trade Commission is formulating privacy laws for apps targeting children. Writers now have an audience for articles that give guidelines of mobile use for kids and help conquer the problem of kids making unauthorized in-app purchases.
I recently had the opportunity to speak via Skype with Iliya Yordanov, one of the founders of SilverWiz. The company is the maker of the well-regarded personal finance app, MoneyWiz, which competes with Quicken, Microsoft Money, and iBank to name a few. Yordanov is a four-time entrepreneur, and is currently focused on scaling SilverWiz.
MoneyWiz is the company's sole app, and it’s available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS. While pricey as far as iOS apps go, it's $4.99 price tag is nominal compared to Quicken and Microsoft. The app has hundreds of great reviews, all four and five stars. I asked Yordanov what his secret was!