For a long time now, I have lamented the absence of a solution for converting HDMI to VGA, so I could project from my Apple TV or from an iPad using Apple's HDMI cable instead of their VGA cable. Why? Primarily because the VGA cable does not allow a way to charge the iPad when in use, whereas the HDMI version has a 30 pin female connector so you can plug in a syncing cable.
Additionally, since most office projectors accept VGA, not HDMI, this has been the missing link for many professionals.
As they say, when it rains, it pours. In recent weeks, I've received two such devices that convert HDMI to VGA and they each have their pros and cons.
Seidio makes so many cases that you really have no excuse not find the one you want. Belt clip holsters, battery packs, and more. But in the past, I've avoided rugged, bulky cases because they interfere with docking cradles.
So I was really excited to see the assorted offerings from Sedio at last month's CE Week in New York City.
Maybe you don't want to use a bulky case, or maybe you're already using the Apple Bumper on your iPhone. But suppose you still want to add some style to your iPhone.
ID America has a neat approach, called the Cushi. It's a three dimensional adhesive cushioning pad that sticks to the back of your iPhone, but doesn't leave any residue when removed.
There are some overpriced earbuds out there that trade on their name or celebrity endorsements, or both. But the vpulse In-Ear headphones from Velodyne build on Velodyne's three decades of speaker expertise, especially in the subwoofer arena.
True to Velodyne's heritage, the vpulse provides plenty of bass, in a compact, comfortable package. They are relatively affordable, at under $90, considering the quality of materials.
Whenever I see a demonstration like the embedded video (see above) on the GoSmart Stylus--a massively cool piece showing really talented folks using the iPad like a real sketchpad--I am reminded what an iPad neanderthal I am in comparison; "Me use iPad to check weather...iPad good, iPad good...!" Sheesh! Well one of the secrets here is the amazing drawnig tech that is part of how they are doing it (but only a part). I'm not saying this stylus will make you an artist, but if you are an artist you probably want this stylus. Read on for full PR info about GoSmart coming August 8 2012 (available now for pre-order), or go here.
In the nearly four years I've been writing for iPhone life Magazine, I've never ever recommended a Swarovski style crystal iPhone case for several reasons. First, they end to be fragile as the crystals fall off, ruining the look, and second they tend to be very expensive, in the $100+ range. That becomes even more expensive when you consider it won't last long. So I was pleased to see, feel, and try the latest cases from Crystal Couture Cases at last month's CE Week in New York City.
My brother-in-law is constantly dropping his phone in lakes, ponds, pools, etc. Fortunately, he only uses cheap, easily replaceable 'feature phones' but for those of us who care about keeping our smartphones dry, there's LOKSAK.
AppGear has thrown the gaming industry a loop, by combining the increasingly popular touchscreen interface with real world, physical elements for a whole new form of hands-on gameplay. This shouldn't be a surprise, as AppGear is part of WowWee, the people who brought robotics to the toy box.
There are a lot of external battery packs for the iPhone, fewer still for the power hungry iPad, and even fewer for laptops because of the non-standard plugs. So I was very excited to see the PowerSlate from Nexiom at CE Week in New York City last month.
Not only does this one device offer over 13,000mAh of power (almost ten times that of iPhone battery cases) it can provide power for an iPad, and even most laptops!