It was only a matter of time before Elvis was spotted in Las Vegas, and in addition to several impersonators, an officially licensed set of Elvis earbuds and headphones were on display from Section 8, along with other branded earbuds including Ray Charles, KISS, and more. In each case, the earbuds and headphones feature official logos and images of the artist or band. If those artists aren't your thing, they also offer Hip Hop and Rap artists as well. Elvis is synonymous with Las Vegas, and so is the opportunity to win big, so customers can visit www.TheSection8.com to win 100's of prizes such as iPods, CD's, concert tickets, T-shirts and more.
Smartphones with multitouch are great, but they require bare fingers to work. Apple's reliance on as few hard buttons as possible means the touchscreen interface is so important for daily use. Combine this with cold weather, when many users wear gloves and it becomes difficult if not impossible to answer your phone let alone use apps. Several vendors have offered gloves that include conductive metal thread that works with today's touchscreens, but many have that material only on the thumb and forefinger. Telefingers offers gloves with three conductive fingers on each hand, making it easier to perform more sophisticated gestures. Telefingers are available in assorted sizes for $20.
While manning the booth and touring the show floor at CES, I decided to wear my iPad an a case from a company called modulR, with a neckstrap. The result was an electronic "sandwich board" that got a lot of attention. Everyone kept asking me where I got it. Even the Modulr wasn't officially at CES, they got a lot of attention as well!
Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show is the ultimate proving ground for a cellphone. First, consider that 100,000+ visitors are vying for already limited network connectivity. Constantly searching for a signal draws extra power. You are constantly on the go, away from your car or hotel making charging difficult. And you have to try to stay in touch with both your home and the office. These demands can push the iPhone's internal battery to the limit.
Interactive TV has arrived, it's just not on your television set, or so says yap.tv, the app and web-based social network for TV audiences. Rather than try to bring intelligence and interactivity to the traditional TV set, yap.tv uses your mobile device as a smart companion for TV viewing. Thanks to yap's built-in social network, as well as twitter and Facebook, you can learn what your friends are watching (and they can do the same). You can create and participate in polls. Imagine getting your closest friends to vote on the next American Idol or who should be kicked off the island.
is known for their chargers and cases for the iPhone, but their upcoming iPad case is something special. A number of case makers have integrated Bluetooth keyboards into their design but the result is a case that is too bulky for everyday use or too constraining when typing for a long stretch. The Dexim case, which will be shipping soon, does indeed combine a case with a Bluetooth keyboard but the keyboard is held in place by strong magnets. You can simply remove it to have a more streamlined case or use the keyboard in a more comfortable position. The Dexim iPad case looks to be the best of both worlds.
I've never been a fan of earbuds as, to me, they didn't fully reproduce the musical experience. That may have changed with the RumbleBuds from Atomic9. These earbuds include a subwoofer right inside each earbud! Before I put them in my ears, I loaded a bass-heavy song (Daft Punk's Derezzed from the TRON: Legacy soundtrack) and watched as the earbuds literally started to move across the table! Talk about good vibrations, and no batteries required!
Going head-to-head with Apple is a dicey situation, but apparently AZiO thinks they've found a niche for their Bluetooth keyboard. Now that you can use BT keyboards with all iOS 4.x devices, you should consider adding one. AZiO says on their website that the virtual keyboard may be fine for travel, but when you're using your iOS device at work or home you may want a full keyboard. However, I could really use a portable keyboard when I travel. Perhaps it's because when I'm at home, I do most of my typing on a MacBook Pro with a full-size wired USB keyboard. But on the road, lately with just an iPad, an external keyboard would be great for typing articles and long emails.
I really wanted to finish this latest game before I wrote my review, but at this pace, it may be next Christmas before that happens. I pride myself in my movie trivia knowledge, something that can make me both interesting and annoying at parties. But "Say What You See" has been a challenge!
If you have tried the beautiful free (and somewhat promotional) app Epic Citadel, you have been waiting for this day. Infinity Blade ($5.99 Universal) is out and I'm downloading all 300+MB of it now. I'll post a full review soon, but you will want to check out the game that may prove to Nintendo, Sony, and others that the iOS platform is a gaming system to be reckoned with.