Open it. Plug it in. Print. Such is the claim of Lantronix and their xPrintserver
, a much needed device that turns just about any printer into an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch compatible printer without any software changes or specialized apps. Well, I tried it, and it's a valid claim. The xPrintserver is a brilliant piece of technology, especially if you have a favorite printer at home or work that otherwise would be left out of the iOS party.
Just like the earbuds that ship with iPods and iPhones, the Apple USB cable isn't meant to be the highest quality item to come out of Cupertino. Apple does a lot of things right, but their cables and earbuds just don't cut it.
I've used a variety of external battery packs over the years, but none have met all of my needs, until now. The Peak from myCharge
packs plenty of power, with up to 6000mAh but what really helps is the built-in 30pin Apple PLUS microUSB connectors, and an on-board USB port. And most importantly, that 30pin cable provides enough juice to power an iPad.
This means you don't have to worry about lost cables, and you can be charging up to three devices at a time. The other bonus is fold out wall prongs to recharge the Peak
You don't have to settle for plastic or even metal accessories thanks to Altaz
. I had a chance to use their latest Micro-Fi miniature speakers
and they represent such a pleasant juxtaposition of today's technology and real wood speakers. The Altaz Micro-Fi
is highly reminiscent of the bookshelf speakers I had in college, back when people cared about how things were made.
As a matter of principle, I try not to buy the higher memory configurations of iPhones and iPads. It doesn't seem right to charge an extra $100 for 16GB or even 32GB of additional memory, considering SD cards sell for a fraction of that amount. But I do find myself running out of memory, especially when it comes to videos and music.
has a low cost, reliable solution. The i-FlashDrive
is a USB flash drive with a 30 pin connector on the opposite end. You can plug the USB end into your computer and copy files in either direction.
I like cars. Guilty as charged. We have a couple of convertibles (an Alfa Romeo Spyder, a Fiat 2000) and now, even a Vespa. When we get a new vehicle, I try to buy a small diecast toy of that particular model. Just something to look at while the vehicles are in storage during the winter.
As a writer for iPhone Life, I've seen it all, so it's hard to impress me with yet another iPhone case. But I am indeed very impressed, and pleased, with the rolltop case from TopKase
. So what sets it apart?
While everyone is looking forward to a smaller iPad or a bigger iPhone, I'm really interested in the iPod nano. I use mine as a watch, and love the built in pedometer for example. Using it as a watch means the pedometer is always there.
I've had the chance to try an iWatchz Timepiece watch band for my iPod nano, for several weeks now. I must say, I'm really impressed with the quality and value, considering the starting price for their various watch bands is under $25.
I never had a piano lesson, even though we had a piano in the house, growing up. That piano collected dust and was more useful as a piece of furniture to display picture frames on. I always wished I had more initiative and learned to play.
But today, thanks to the magic that is the Piano Apprentice from ION Audio
, I actually learned how to play the melody from The Entertainer! And it just took about 30 minutes! The Piano Apprentice is a creative combination of a physical piano keyboard, and a free app with several lessons included, and tight integration between the software and hardware.
It's always been a struggle for Apple peripheral vendors. They have to find a way to build a better mousetrap, so to speak, than Apple. Look at the Apple Magic Mouse for example, and notice that nobody has really even tried to build a better mouse for Macs. In the PC world, where mice and keyboards are almost an afterthought, it's easy for a vendor like Logitech to make better keyboards than what comes with the computer.
But with Apple, their wired and wireless keyboard are built well and wouldn't be out of place in the Museum of Modern Art.