I've written before about the Powermat offerings from Duracell, so I was pleased to see some enhancements to the product line. The Powermat products share a wireless charging mechanism that makes it really convenient to charge your batteries. Simply place the iPhone on a Powermat charging mat and the friendly beep indicates your phone is charging. No more fumbling for cables, especially at night.
I love my new gold iPhone 5s, and I want to keep that gold-tone finish scratch free—but I don't want to hide the phone in a bulky case. Fortunately, there's the ThinShield from HyperShield. The case is available in assorted colors. Naturally, I chose the nearly clear version (technically called "white") so the gold color shows through.
I recently discovered Quingo, a trivia game that offers a bunch of twists. Of course you have to answer trivia questions, but there are also objectives to meet. Each question has five correct answers, and you have to identify them quickly, out of a pool of as many as 25 potential answers. There is also a time element as well as "power ups" or "cheats" that you can earn to build your score.
At iPhone Life, we get the opportunity to review a lot of iPhone cases, and iPad cases, for that matter. But as great as an iPad is, there are times when I need to travel with my MacBook and frankly, that MacBook is more valuable and harder to replace than an iPad. After all, an iPad has easy-to-restore backups in iCloud and with my iTunes ID and password, I can quickly restore to a new device. But as an app developer, my MacBook is my primary means of content creation, so it needs to be protected.
If you've managed to get your hands on a rare gold iPhone 5s, as I was finally able to do, you probably don't want to cover up that rare metal exterior with a boring case. However, you probably do want to protect that phone. A Ventare A (for aluminum) case from Draco may be just the solution.
My bio underneath the articles I write for iPhone Life Magazine say "an iPhone is almost always attached to his hip." And that's true, but I'm not satisfied with most of the holsters I've used to date. They are typically plastic and prone to breaking, or they don't swivel, leading to inevitable jabs to my side or stomach when entering or exiting the car. I'm always on the lookout for something better.
In my CES 2013 recap, I reviewed the previous generation of Fuse Chicken's Une Bobine flexible cable/stand, when it supported Apple's 30-pin devices. Now they have a Kickstarter project for their Lightning-based version. I don't always post about Kickstarter projects; but since they have a nice existing product, and they were able to send me a review sample, I'm confident this isn't vaporware like other Kickstarter projects.
I was disappointed that the new iPhone 5s didn't include NFC (Near Field Communication) for several reasons. First, it would be nice to have a feature that a number of a Android devices do, and second because it would be nice to pay for things with a swipe of my phone. But also I could try out the new Mo' Beats HD speaker from iLuv ($99.99).
Today, Apple announced a slew of new products. It seems like only yesterday Apple released the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and of course iOS 7. Indeed it was less than a month ago. And only a month or so before that, the Apple analysts were complaining that Apple wasn't innovating! This is all good news for users, but it's a mixed blessing for us developers. New hardware with new features, and a major update to the operating system means this is a challenge. But, in Chinese, challenge is another word for opportunity, and coincidentally, the Chinese market has taken to the iPhone 5c and 5s, and the new iPad Air will be available at launch in China, for the first time!