In what may be the final nail in the coffin for RIM and their BlackBerry product line, SoloMatrix has developed a compact, non-Bluetooth, non-battery powered keyboard that does its job and gets the heck out of the way when you don't need it. The Spike is a combination case and reversible keyboard. Surprisingly, starting at just $20, the Spike is priced similarly to traditional cases that don't have the added keyboard functionality.
I get to try out a lot of cases for my iPad 2 and new iPad, but it's rare to find a case that protects the screen while in use, but doesn't add a ton of bulk. The Leisure Case from M-Edge is unique in that it is a rigid fabric shell that the iPad 2 or new iPad zips into, and has a clear cover that lets you use the touchscreen. In fact, I'm typing this review while my iPad is in the Leisure Jacket case!
I've written before about the iCade retro arcade cabinet for the iPad, and again when I saw a preview of the mobile version for the iPhone and iPod
touch, at the Consumer Electronics Show, but I've finally had a chance to play with that mobile version, and get some hands on time.
I go to a lot of tradeshows and I see a lot of iOS accessories, especially speakers. It's rare to find a speaker, especially a small one, that can make a nice sound and be heard in a noisy trade show environment. So when I saw, and heard, an early version of the Mighty Dwarf Blue II at January's Consumer Electronics Show, I was impressed. It's now shipping and I was able to test a unit. It's well made, in a sleek, black glossy casing that looks like a futuristic UFO! The unit even comes in a solid gift box that uses magnets to keep a 'sneak peek' flap closed.
In the good old days, I used to edit photos of the kids, turn them into black and white images, and restore some color in a few select areas. I probably could have made a business of it. Now, you can do it on your iPhone or iPad in a few minutes. But change is a good thing, and so is Color Splash Studio from MacPhun. MacPhun has had a popular app for the Mac for a while, so it's nice to see iOS users get some loving. I just received my new MacBook Pro with Retina display, so I thought I would celebrate by editing this photo from last week's WWDC event when I saw Apple's Phil Schiller introduce the new MacBook.
iOS 6 has over 200 new features, including the following: Siri will now be able to report sports scores and player stats, team rankings and more.
Phil Schiller introduced new notebook changes, specifically: MacBook Air gets a faster CPU using Intel Ivy Bridge at 2.0 Ghz dual core i7 and 8GB ram but noticeable 512GB of SSD! And it offers 500MB read speed. Finally USB 3.0 will be supported! 60% faster graphics, too. Shipping today, too!
MacBook Pro gets some love, too. Ivy Bridge up to 2.7GHz quad core i7. 60% faster graphics, too, and USB 3.0, also shipping today. The big unveil was a new next generation MacBook Pro.
Tim Cook went through the numbers. Over 60 countries represented at WWDC. Over 400 million iTunes store customers, over 650,000 apps. 225,000 specifically for the iPad. 30 billion downloaded apps and counting and over five billion dollars paid out to developers!
We are here at Apple's worldwide developers conference aka WWDC and the excitement is in the air. Already, from the banners hanging in the hall we know to look for a new version of iOS, specifically iOS 6. But once inside on my way to the keynote, there were more banners introducing features like Messages for Mac OS Mountain Lion, so apple users can communicate by text messaging using all of their apple devices, and avoid carrier fees.
"It's Mac's turn to talk."
So says the banner outside the keynote. If AT&T and other carriers aren't already taking a beating from Apple's iMessage which let's you send text messages for free other iOS users, now, with Mountain Lion, Apple Mac computers can join in on the free fun!