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CES: iPhone Trend - Wireless Charging


For several years, various vendors have used CES to demonstrate wireless charging prototypes. This past year, however, was the year these technologies started to become commercially available. BestBuy even has several examples for sale, for phones and video game controllers. Palm has been promoting the Pre's induction charging as a competitive advantage.


With wireless charging, you just place your gadget on a pad and it starts charging! It's a great concept but in practice, there have been drawbacks. For starters, you have a limited set of devices and compatible cases to choose from.



CES: iPhone Trend - iPhone as a Universal Remote Control

The iPhone has many advanced features, but it is missing one item that was prevalent on PDA's in the past, and that is an Infrared interface. Older devices like an iPaq had this standard and it allowed you to use the device as a remote control.
 

Several firms have stepped up to fill in this gap, with a combination IR transmitter that plugs into the iPhone or iPod touch dock connector, and a corresponding app to control the transmitter.



Ed Curran is Shooting Video of CES on His iPhone with an OWLE

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 Reporter Ed Curran - who works for a CBC affiliate in Chicago - is at CES and he's doing all his video shooting and editing on his iPhone with the help of the OWLE (previously covered here and here on iPHone Life by me).



CES - New iPhone Cases

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Last night I attended "Digital Experience" at the Mirage's Grand Ballroom.  All the BIG guys were there, like.....Google, Yahoo, Sony, Canon, Phillips, Griffin, Powermat, Speck, Dragon Dictation & Morphie.  

There are so many things to write about...so little time right now.  Here are a couple of the cases that I am excited about:

Pong -

Reduces cell phone radiation to the head by 60%.  Great idea for kids, who's brains are still developing. It's a nice looking case. Very comfortable in the hand.

(www.pongresearch.com)



iPhone Headphones and the MacBook Pro

So I'm working on my MacBook Pro and listening to music with my iPhone headphones connected to the computer.  I take a break and happen to look down and see the buttons on the headphone and begin to wonder if they will control iTunes on my MacBook.  I decide to give it a try and son of a gun, they work. The upper and lower buttons control the volume. One click of the middle button paused the music. Two clicks and I was listening to the next song. Three clicks and I was back to the previous song.  

I thought I had made the discovery of the year. I was ready to go online and spread the word and show the world my genius. I was ready for the accolades to start coming in. Fame was mine!



So you got a new iPhone or iPod touch... now protect it!

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 You probably want to keep it looking new and who can blame you.  It's like a new car, and you're dreading your first ding or scratch.  I know, I've been there and I'm a perpetual phone dropper!

Regular readers of my columns know that I use a lot of different cases, depending on the occasion.  For formal events, I might put my iPhone in a slim case and slip it in my suitcoat.  But for travel, I use an OtterBox and have done so since the days of my first generation iPhone.



Best Apps and Accessories for 2009

For a list of Best Apps and Accessories for 2009, be sure to read Nate Adcock's blog. I added my list in the comments.



MusicSkin in action

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The MusicSkin (for my iPhone) with John Lennon in front of the Statue of Liberty has arrived, just in time for holiday photo-taking.

The plastic skin fits nicely on the back of the phone. Line up the camera hole (after first punching it out of the plastic) and the rest should fit. It was easy to peel off and reposition. I notice only a few wrinkles.

It changes my color scheme from pure black to a mix of black-and-white. (Other MusicSkins are quite colorful, but this one is more stark.) But it's noticeable. The first time I used it my cool nephew asked, "Where did you get the Lennon phone, Uncle Tim?!"

The image is so clear that you can even read the sign behind John and right at the base of Lady Liberty, which says "Keep Off Grass." I wonder if he thought that would be in the picture. Hmm...

One mistake I made was assuming there was also a clear sheet for the front of the iPhone, so I took mine off. When I put the old one in place I had way too many air pockets and bubbles, so I'll probably have to replace that and do a better job of it.

The packaging says you can also download matching wallpaper from the MusicSkins.com web site, but when I tried from the iPhone I got an error message, telling me it couldn't download the file through Safari. Huh!

This $14 accessory is certainly not essential -- unless you're a Beatles freak. Smile, and say "Peace..."

 



Hand Held Hollywood Reviews the OWLE Bubo

Until I get an OWLE Bubo and can review it myself, here is Taz Goldstein of Hand Held Hollywood doing an indepth review on video, including test shots and gives some handy tips.  



Compact Flash Reader for iPhone

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What I would really love to find is a card reader for the iPhone.  I want to upload pictures from Sony DSLR camera via the iPhone.  I don't want to lug a laptop around when I can do everything else with my uber powerful iPhone.

If anyone knows of one, tell me.  If not, tell someone to make it for me!!!

Maybe it will be announced at CES?  A girl can dream.



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