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The CES of THINGS! The Common Thread for CES 2014

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I've attended dozens of CES (and COMDEX) tradeshows and every time I return, people ask me "what was the big thing this year?" Usually it's something straightforward like larger televisions, 3DTV, Blu-Ray, tablets, or smartphones. But this year, the big thing was "THINGS" itself! The phrase "The Internet of Things" refers to the increasing connectivity and intelligence of ordinary tools and appliances. Thanks to technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy, ubiquitous Wi-Fi, and IPv6, we have reached a tipping point where everyday devices like light bulbs, door locks, and thermostats can be connected to each other and to the Internet.



How To Import Photos from Your iDevice to Your Computer

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I have a friend who has several hundred photos on her iPhone 5. She's been taking photos on her phone since last summer and has never exported any of them. She's running out of room to take more. The other day she asked me how to get the photos from her phone to her computer.

She's never connected her iPhone to her computer, instead choosing to upgrade her operating system and download apps wirelessly. 

There are a variety of ways to export photos, most of them depending on what kind of computer you have and what operating system you are running.

Here I'll explain ways to export your photos and videos from your iDevice to your computer:



Booq Glass+Case for iPhone 5/5s Is Glass Up Front, Plastic In The Back

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Still looking for the best screen protector and case combo for your new iPhone 5 or 5s? Or are you afraid that all the bulky cases available will take away from your iPhone's beautiful design? Take a look at Booq's Glass+Case if you want full, inconspicuous protection.



CES 2014: Imagination Technologies Enables The Internet of Things!

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The CES show floor this year was chock full of wondrous gear that will enhance your person or home. But to get a glimpse behind the curtain, you need to go off the beaten path, which usually leads me to a stop at Imagination Technologies. Though they downplay some of their A-list tech customers (like, for example, Apple), they always bring superb demonstrations of their latest core IP (like their Pure wireless speakers). Without some of that secret sauce, it is safe to say truly innovative consumer electronics is a tougher proposition. This year they did not disappoint, showing off some dazzling home-connected and wearable tech SoC prototype implementations that are surely destined to be found in much of our future gear.



Published Patent Suggests iPhone 6 Camera to Have Optical Image Stabilization

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In a previous post I mentioned a rumor that the iPhone 6 will continue to have an 8-megapixel camera, but that it would come with optical image stabilization. Now yet another rumor has appeared that supports the claim that Apple is working on optical stabilization technology. Last Thursday the US patent office published an Apple patent that describes in detail how optical image stabilization and improved autofocus will work in the iPhone camera. Images from the patent application and a description were posted Friday by UnwiredView.com. According to the post, the patent indicates that Apple has been working on this technology since at least early 2012, so it could well be that it's ready for the iPhone 6. A quote from the patent describes Apple's approach to autofocus (AF) and optical image stabilization (OIS):



CES 2014: Meet the LaCie Fuel, a Wireless, Streaming, Portable Hard Drive.

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LaCie, the popular, Mac-friendly hard drive manufacturer introduced their new Fuel hard drive ($199.99) this year at CES. The LaCie Fuel 1TB hard drive is a one-of-a-kind storage device that serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your stored data, and runs seamlessly and intuitively with your iDevices. We were quite impressed with the Fuel and it even went on to win an iPhone Life Best of CES 2014 award. Read on for more details about what makes the new Fuel such a champion among portable storage systems.



CES 2014: Ōlloclip Shows Off Its Suite Of iOS Camera Tools

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Ōlloclip makes some of my favorite tools for iPhone photography and this year at CES the company was there in force, showing off their impressive new array of iPhoneography gear.

 



Rumors: iPhone 6 Screen Sizes, Camera

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Yet another rumor is suggesting, based on checks with Apple suppliers, that Apple will introduce two new iPhones later this year, one with a display of 4.7 inches and one at 5.5 inches. According to StreetInsider.com, citing analyst Brian White, it's likely that Apple will continue to sell a 4-inch model, giving consumers a choice among three different sizes. White also says that it's likely Apple will introduce the larger phones at different times, first launching the 4.7-inch model on the regular iPhone cycle, and then subsequently having a separate event for the larger device. His rationale is that the larger device would fall into the "phablet" category and be different enough that Apple would have a separate event to introduce it.



CES 2014: Game On! Introducing the Stratus iOS Game Controller

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If you follow iPhone Life magazine and iPhoneLife.com you might already know this about me, but if not, I'm an avid iOS game playerSo when I found out about Apple’s MFi support for third-party developers to build dedicated and certified iOS game controllers you could say I was stoked, and that would be an understatement. However, the first entries into the field of iOS MFi game controllers actually left me a little underwhelmed. The potential was there, but until now no controller has really embodied the complete package of what a good iOS game controller should be like. Until now...


CES 2014: 3D-Enabling Screen Protector....WHAAAT?!

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Is there an app for that? If I hear those words spoken again in the next month, I might punch someone. My ire is due to the fact that it was me asking it over and over at CES this year, because, well, there is an app for everything. Literally. I mean, trees have their own apps now. Apps to keep tabs on their leaf count, and what that little pine tree down the street is doing later... I kid, but an app for a screen protector would seem frivolous certainly, but in this case, it is actually face-meltingly awesome! The apps in question are the free EyeFly3DVid and EyeFly3DImg, and they go with the Eyefly3D ($26.95) screen protector that will turn your iPhone (and soon iPad) screen into glasses-free 3D. I do not lie when I say this time that there is an... I just can't say it!



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