The iPhone and iPad do a lot of things well, but if you agree that the built-in microphone could use some improvement, you should check out the Mikey Digital add-on from Blue Microphones.
Blue is known for the very high quality microphones for Mac and other uses, so it's nice to see them bring their expertise to the iOS world.
When I first saw the product name, AudiOffice
, I was expecting a mobile office for an Audi automobile! But don't let the name fool you. AudiOffice
is an elegant, well-built, well-designed Bluetooth speakerphone system for your office.
My youngest daughter was nicknamed 'The Factory' at nursery school, due to the sheer volume of artwork she turned out. Sure, we are proud parents, but if I kept everything, I'd be labeled a hoarder. As a parent, I'm guilty of secretly depositing those works of art in the recycle bin. But you simply can't preserve everything your kids create, in school, camp, or at home.
I've written about Mapi's iPad cases
before, and I'm a fan of their materials and quality. They make cases for iPads that learn from Apple's SmartCover concept and take it a step further.
Like Apple's SmartCover, the flap folds in a triangle, to offer a couple of viewing angles. But you can rotate the stand to use it in portrait or landscape mode, which even Apple's case doesn't do.
For a company that goes by STM Bags
, they offer a lot more than just bags, and they do a great job of it. When I first got my iPad mini, as nice and small and light as it is, I knew I wanted to keep it in a case. At first, I bought a cheap case on Amazon, but it was bulky, and the magnets weren't lined up correctly, so the automatic sleep/wake feature didn't work.
I've been a fan of the Olloclip
since it came out, so I was glad to see the iPhone 5 version was coming. In fact, I've been able to play with a prerelease version for a few weeks, and you can get one now that it was just announced today.
Sanho makes a variety of battery packs under the HyperJuice name that give you extra power for iOS, Apple, and other USB based devices, but I was intrigued by their latest offering. The iUSBport
is a hockey puck sized device that takes any USB hard drive or flash drive and turns it into a wireless storage device!
As much as I love new Apple products, one of the drawbacks to being an early adopter is the lack of compatibility with older accessories. In the case of the iPhone 5, to enjoy the new form factor, you have to upgrade to the new, proprietary Lightning connector. While there are adapters for speaker docks, etc., one type lf accessory that has been unable to make the transition is a case with a built in battery.
Do you remember that commercial for Palmolive dishwashing liquid, where Madge says "you're soaking in it?" The beauty shop customer came in for a manicure and ended up getting a lesson in soap.