Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book holds a special place in my heart. It was the very first movie I saw in a theatre, and I'm told that at one point, I stood up and yelled 'Go get him, Baloo!' So I was excited to see the new Disney app
based on the classic film, which is in turn based on Rudyard Kipling's stories from 1894. I was not disappointed.
I've been using (and have written about) the iPole from FastCap, since I first picked it up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The hiking iPole model or the telescoping mini iPole both offer a tripod mount (and optional iPhone case with tripod thread) is a great way to take self portraits and include yourself in videos. But the one downside is you have to stretch to turn on or off the recording mode.
Our readers try to get the most out of their iOS-based technology, so it's no surprise they have responded to our coverage of the iCade Bluetooth based arcade cabinet
. One enterprising reader, solder_guyyahoo [dot] com (Rob Mitchell)
went so far as to tweak his iCade to accommodate traditional joysticks and a breakout box, suitable for different game apps.
I've seen a lot of styluses (styli?) over the years, but the latest offering looks like it will be a lot of fun, and for the right purposes, could be quite comfortable.
I've written before
about the iHangy iPhone necklace
and it's been well received everywhere I've worn mine. But the one thing many folks have asked for are integrated earbuds. Those wishes have been addressed.
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.
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.
The folks at Ten One
have been making iOS accessories since the early days, with their Pogo stylus, but their latest creation is something quite unique. Suppose you want to keep your iPad naked, without a case, and you want to prop it up,with a stand. Most stands are obtrusive and take away from the iPad's sleek look. Not the Magnus
. It is a slick chunk of aluminum with a few pads for protection, and some hidden magnets, like Apple's SmartCover. This allows the iPad to magically 'stick' to the stand, although it must do so in exactly one configuration, landscape with the dock connector on the right.
The folks at More Blu Sky
are back with another app and while all of their apps have beautiful design, their latest, Album Art
, let's you create your own artwork, suitable for use as a wallpaper or lockscreen image.
I saw a beautiful iPhone case
at MacWorld, and the aesthetics alone were worth the purchase price, but there's more than meets the eye. Trü Protection
tells us that 15 percent of the purchase price goes to a specific charity, depending on the case design.