I have signed up with no less than 4 or 5 streaming radio services, and whenever I talk to any of my geek friends (especially the musician types), they mention a new one. All start out free, of course, and then offer premium plans to increase the quality or decrease the ads that inevitably come. Several incorporate a feature that I refer to as "computer DJ". You select or enter an artist or song name string in an input form, and the service builds a sterile stream of tunes that match your entry based on similar song characteristics. I'm still old school enough to appreciate when a DJ queues up a special mix of varied tunes. Slacker is bucking the trend of "computer DJ" repetition and monotony by employing the real thing--actual people working behind the scenes to create the magic that I'm talking about. The result is sometimes surprising and refreshing, and their varied content offerings make this service a real standout!
Go grab some Tiny Heroes today, because it may only remain free for a short time. It is a highly-rated tower defense game for iPhone, and you are the obstacle: the dungeon itself. Can you stop the Tiny Heroes from reaching the loot? If you want to do it free, better get over to the app store now!
Ok, not trying to take any cheap shots here (I'm not an MS hater either), but this was my first tradeshow that a major vendor actually gave out something that I needed... I mean it was late in the day, and we were hungry, so I have to say thanks. Microsoft had folks outside the show handing out cold-cut sandwiches during CES, which of course just begs several cheeky comments that I won't attempt. Like...
Car Audio at CES is like a show within a show. Not only do you get to check out the latest in-car gadget tech, you get to see all the latest tricked-out rides the vendors bring to show it off in. Audio, of course, is an expected category at a big electronics show, but the latest in-car equipment not only pumps out your jams, but manages your device so you can keep your eyes on the road.
I groused about my son's 1st-generation iPod HD failing (the one on the right). We had bought it for his birthday, and about a month after the warranty ran out, the hard drive started making noises, and it became an expensive brick (yes, many years ago). I had no compunction about yanking the back off and replacing the HD, and it still works today (he has all his tunes on his iPhone now, so I use it). I was still mad, but less so, since the replacement cost a lot less than letting Apple fix it (more than it cost originally--thanks to iLounge forums for the fix, by the way). This post is proof that if you are a good boy or girl and take care of your gear, once in a while the tech gods will smile on you, though it is rare indeed. Apple replaced my wife's first gen Nano (also still working quite well) with a new model. Here's why...
Sometimes you need to be able to pull out the big guns, right? Like when you type and type, with seemingly no end, and you realize at the last instant before you hit the send (or the save) button that your device is critically low on power and is about to shut down (this happened to me here at CES). Oh yeah, you know the terror I'm talking about. You are hoping to God it sends or saves properly before time runs out. What can you do to prevent this from being a recurring problem? Use a bigger battery...mophie has one called the Powerstation Pro--a sealed up mini-monster that should keep you typing for days, and under practically any field conditions.
BodyGuardz had mucho awesome new screen and device protection stuff here at CES. One new item--which made me wonder why I havn't seen this before--has interchangeable back cover panels that come with the case. But wait...there's more. You want to create a custom cover from a pix you snapped in Hawaii, upload it to the BG web-site, and have them send you a custom panel? You can do that too with the new customizable mykase.
The CES mobile apps showdown this year at CES started with some upbeat music, and the mood was certainly expectant as people lined up outside the N255 conference room where it went down, but personally the apps didn't really deliver, IMHO. There were some cool apps in the running, no doubt. My personal favorite was the Magisto video enhancement app, which did turn out to be a winner. The show itself was somewhat poorly conducted as demos were frequently interrupted with glitches, which made me actually feel sorry for the exhibiters on more than one occasion. Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate of the Howard Stern show did a great job doing MC work, and the giveaway intermission was also great, but I guess I expected the top 10 apps to be somehow cooler...
Not really... but a pretty convincing Gaga look-a-like was performing, however (sorry). IK Multimedia has a bunch of cool music-making app and accessory products covered by our iPhoneLife musical types over the years, but the booth here at CES was jumping. My personal favorite was the iRig MIX and DJ Rig app combo. A mini mixing board that let's you scratch like a pro (not that I would understand exactly what that is)...
You know the Pogo Sketch, and the Fling, right (both have been reviewed on our site)? If not, they are seriously awesome accessory products for your iOS device. Ten One Design has added a new stand, and a streamlined pogo stylus to the mix, and are showing them off here at CES. Not earth-shaking, but maybe worth a look if you are in the market for a sleek and minimalist stand and/or an artistically-molded stylus.