Wondering what to get that special someone? You know, the guy who has everything? Well, you can be pretty sure he doesn't have a JackBack because they just became available for pre-order! JackBacks are custom wood replacement backs for your iPhone 4, available in cherry, maple, walnut or mahogany. You can have your JackBack laser etched with a custom design for only $10 more than the $89 base price for a truly unique gift.
It's a rainy day here in Upstate New York so naturally thoughts turn to building an Ark. A funky design firm named ARKWHAT has done just that, for the iPhone 4. Think Motorola Startac if made by Nerf! This chunky but colorful case actually serves several purposes. You won't lose your iPhone. If you drop it, you probably will be okay. There's even a drop test video on YouTube! And while I wouldn't recommend trying it, it just might float. But it's not waterproof so don't rely on that.
The real "trick" that JK Rowling was able to perform was to print money. The books, movies, merchandise, and theme park have all taken a good chunk of my income. But I am okay with that. At least I'm supporting a literary endeavor as my oldest daughter reads as fast as Ms. Rowling can write them, if not faster.
There's a new case company in town, and they go by the name modulR. They way they spell and capitalize their name isn't the only thing they're doing that's innovative. The modulR case is really a system or platform which you customize to suit your needs. The first thing you do is pop it into a silicon protective shell, similar to other cases. But the back of the modulR case has four 'nubs' or buttons. You can attach an assortment of accessories using those buttons to turn your case into a desktop stand, a wall mount, or even a shoulder strap case.
UPDATE: With the passing of Steve Jobs, I wanted to update this posting. Without Steve Jobs, I guarantee my career and life would have taken a different path and I am far better off for his being in the world, albeit for just 56 years.
A reader reminded me that my 100th blog posting was coming up, so rather than just write about another app or accessory, I thought I'd take a moment to reflect upon how I got here and the role Apple and Steve Jobs played in my life. As Yogi Berra said, when you see a fork in the road, TAKE IT! There are many twists and turns that led each of us to the path we are on today so indulge me as I reflect on my path.
If you have children, you appreciate entertainment that appeals to kids and grownups at the same time. After all, if you have to sit through a movie, and pay full price, you might as well enjoy it too, on your own level. The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play is an app (iPad only folks) that I found amusing as did my kids who are fans of the Nickelodeon show of the same name, based on those funny penguins and lemurs from the Madagascar movies.
If you have an iPad and appreciate a good horror story, go and get Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition. As you might guess from the name, there are several "book" apps entitled Dracula but this one actually has the blessing of Bram Stoker's family, and once you run the app, you'll see why. The story comes to life with an amazing number of animations and sound effects. There are over 600 illustrations alone. This is no eBook... it's more like book ported to an adventure game engine. You might think you know the story of Dracula, but the details from Bram Stoker's original 1897 novel are probably new to most of us.
Like millions of you, I have downloaded, enjoyed and even finished all the levels of Angry Birds, at least so far... more levels, please! So what is a user to do? Sure, Chillingo (which EA is buying) has released another Angry Birds version for Halloween and you should definitely get that. And they also released Cut the Rope, another pick-up-and-play game with cute graphics. But it's not the same in terms of controls or even orientation (landscape versus portrait). Fortunately, with any successful app, there are other vendors stepping up to the plate.
While we typically stick to iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) products, today's announcement of iLife 11 from Apple can't be ignored. The full screen interface for apps like iPhoto 11 look remarkably like a tab view app, with assorted buttons on a black gradient bar at the bottom of the screen. Now that iOS devices are outselling Macs, and the halo effect (iOS customers becoming Mac customers) is in effect, the tail is wagging the dog and we can expect the Mac to adopt iOS features. I'm guessing a touch screen interface can't be far away!
The FridgePad iPad Fridge Magnet Mount is an interesting concept. [UPDATE: At first, I was skeptical of the magnet, but the manufacturers assure us that the device has a magnet capable of holding ten times the weight of both the iPad and mount and they have a video to prove it! We'll have to try it in person and give it our own test!]