Usually Apple announces its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket sale without warning— and sell out within an hour or so! But today Apple preannounced that tickets will go on sale worldwide beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time, tomorrow, April 25. This should theoretically give everyone a chance to buy a ticket. I've been to the last two conferences, and it took quick fingers to get my tickets. Now, with advance warning, I hope Apple's servers are up to the task!
The great video quality of an iPhone 5 allows you to forego a traditional video camera, but the obvious downside is how hard it is to hold an iPhone steady. That problem is gone thanks to Tiffen's Steadicam Smoothee ($126.60 on Amazon), which now supports the iPhone 5.
The iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are great music players, especially if you're using headphones, but the speaker placement in all of these devices is problematic. By directing sound straight down, it doesn't reach the user's ears as well as if the speakers were pointed forward. I've tried gadgets like SoundJaw, which uses physics to redirect audio towards the user, but that don't typically accommodate cases. Enter iPlifier, a Kickstarter project that plugs into the lightning dock. Even if your iPhone is in a typical case, the device directs audio to the user.
When choosing an iPhone case, you usually have to make the tradeoff between a soft or hard design. Soft, rubberized cases allow you to get a good grip and have your phone stay in place on your desk or dash.
Growing up, I was a pretty good math student. And while my oldest daughter is holding her own, my youngest, the artist, doesn't really get why math is so important. Since she loves playing with apps on the iPad, I thought a math app could be just the thing.
I bought iMathGenius ($2.99), hoping she wouldn't object simply in principle; fortunately she gave it a good try. And guess what? She liked it!
Passover is quickly approaching — beginning the evening of March 25 — and if you'd like to take charge and customize your Seder, the ritual feast, you have a great new option if you own an iPad or iPad mini. Passover Haggadah ($6.99) from Ribui is an immensely customizable app that lets you create a virtual Haggadah with exactly the prayers and commentary you want.
I know I'm not the only one who's downsized from a full-sized iPad to an iPad mini. But at least initially, the newer mini couldn't keep up with the plethora of cases available for the larger iPad. Fortunately, case makers like Mapi Cases are now coming out with a nice selection, including the late Soli Leather Mini iPad Case ($120).
I've long been a fan and paying customer of Other World Computing and its online store many years. In my experience, it has the best collection of accessories and peripherals for Apple users. I've upgraded my Macs' RAM and solid state disk storage numerous times using its products.
I "downsized" from a full size iPad in favor of the iPad mini, because it's a pleasure to carry around the mini compared to the somewhat burdensome iPad. But when I added a case to my mini, it became bulky again.
I still prefer a case to protect my valuable device from scratches, but also for comfort and style. Thankfully, the folks at Kavaj have created a set of luxurious cases that add minimal bulk yet perform admirably. Because they use high quality leather, each case is unique and may take some time to stretch and adjust to fit the iPad mini precisely, allowing for the power button to work, for example.