Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nateiphonelife [dot] com.
We reviewed the iW1 last year here on the blogs and in print, and pretty much agreed it was a great product for wireless music streaming via AirPlay (see my review here), though maybe a little wonky to configure in my case. One aspect that I liked is that the iW1 is truly wireless; sporting a rechargeable internal battery that not only allows the device to be carried around the house, but still provides a charge to your devices when connected. The lower priced and eminent iW2 (due out April 1, 2012) will not have this feature, but otherwise will include the streaming excellence of the iW1. You can read on about the updated model (which is a bit smaller than the iW1) in the included PR release.
We have featured NextWorth in the past on our site, but it might be a good time to remind our readers getting ready to buy a new iPad that your old gear does not have to languish in the bottom of a desk drawer. You can get something back, and why not? You could use an old iPad as a paperweight, Frisbee, or jousting shoulder guard, but really, why not trade it in? You can get a quick, and easy online quote for it at NextWorth. Also while you're at it, you might look up all that other tech stuff you were going to put in a garage sale box marked "$5"
Cover flow, being one of the most attractive electronic music selector schemes to come along since the diner booth jukebox, was left off of the iPad. I have tried a ton of ways to browse mobile music over the years. Cover Flow is the best, at least in terms of coolness factor and more importantly providing the illusion that I own physical recordings. Back in the day when you bought a record, you could take it to a friend's house, play it on their stereo, let them keep it for a week. You could open the jacket and read about the band, study the song lyrics, and catch a brief glimpse of that other world where all the cool people live. You had to imagine what it would be like to hang out with them though--no MTV, YouTube or reality shows. Cover flow brought back a part of the nostalgia of the experience. Album Flow brings cover flow to iPad.
This is truly the cool way to give iPod nano as a gift--spend a bit more and turn it into a watch! HEX has an assortment of great watchbands to accessorize your nano, as well as cases and covers for your other gear. You can check out their stuff on the web-site link above, or read on for a closer look at the Vision Classic leather watchband.
I have mixed emotions about this, and it's certainly not the first mobile one-stop shop I have seen advertised. Could this finally be the ultimate intermarriage of phone and desktop that everyone seems to crave? Will Apple address this need with the iPad 3 or the next iPhone? Will we finally have world peace? Will the Redskins ever win another Super Bowl? We can't be sure of any of the above, but with mobile advances squeezing processor, memory and graphics firepower into smaller form factors, it was only a matter of time. The question is, do we really want or need a single device for everything? I say we don't... Canonical evidently has other ideas, at least for corporate users.
One of my personal all-time favorite news reader apps has finally made it to iPad, and I am a little late in getting the word out (sorry, APPY Geek). It is, in my opinion, a great (and free) news reader sporting a dock-like interface, a slick tag browser, and decent library of news sources! I use it when I can on my wife's TouchPad, and now (finally) can use it on my iPad regularly. You looking to stay updated on the latest tech news, then this is a pretty darn good way to do it, in my opinion!
Among the first apps I reviewed when I started blogging at iPhoneLife way back in 2008 (ages ago, I know) was a dictionary app--Webster's Collegiate (here for the review) from Paragon--and the basic concept then for finding word information was much like the TWIG Touch Dictionary for iPad now. You would start by typing a word into a search box, which would ultimately result in informative word results appearing. The similarities end there however, as to contrast that early app version of Webster's (while effective) with TWIG would be like comparing a Fiat to a Ferrari. The TWIG Touch Dictionary is truly an app worthy of iPad. It's clever use of a mind map-based interface and touch manipulation is stunning, both in terms of innovative design and elegance.
I can't be surprised anymore at the cleverness of iOS app developers to think of great ways to further enhance the app ecosystem. Several weeks ago I reviewed a free, 3-D app finder called AppCube Explorer, which I thought was pretty darn amazing. eyeconit gives you yet another great free way to find the best apps. See an app icon on your friend's iPhone you are curious about, or maybe browsing one of the best app sites? Merely scan it's icon with your camera, and pow! Info and download links to grab it magically appear... Go check it out at the link above, or check out the video after the break!
If you are a Tumblr fan, and looking for an app that makes it easy to follow your favorite photo blogs (or find new ones), TumbleOn might be just what you have been looking for. In similar fashion to reader apps like Pulse, TumblOn leverages the smooth side-scrolling features of the iPad touch screen to make it easy to browse your favorite feeds. The app also provides handy quick-pick services that help you drill down on the best blog content, and even reblog it on your own tumblelog site.