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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eye-Fi GeoX2 Announced, Geared for iPhoto and MobileMe

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 10:00 AM

"Eye-Fi, pretty much the only company in town doing interesting things with SD cards, have just announced their newest card: the Apple-exclusive Eye-Fi GeoX2."

Just like the other cards in the line, this one will let you upload images via Wi-Fi, but the twist with this card is that it will directly interface with iPhoto and MobileMe, as well as Picasa, Facebook and several other online services. You also get the Endless Mode and geo-tagging features, and this card should be available in May of this year, retail price listed at $69.99 USD for the 4GB version.

Monday, April 26, 2010

iPad Holder, Can Double as Swim Fin

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"Want to hold up an iPad as you give a talk, but afraid that you'll drop it as you gesticulate with your hands? Here's a clever way to keep control over your device while limiting risk, as seen at this weekend's Voices that Matter iPhone conference in Seattle. iPhone developer and author Andrew Donaho demonstrates the "iPad glove," a simple iPad grip in the gallery at the bottom of this post."

So if you get two of them, and your cruise ship goes down, you can always steal another iPad and use this to create swim fins for yourself too. I kid, I kid, I'm sure this is handy for, well, holding on to your iPad while you give a presentation as the inventor intended. I was just coming up with some other uses, adding functionality if you will.

WaterField Designs, a Case for Every Need

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

Recently, I was sent a case for Apple's iPad from Waterfield Designs to test out on my iPad. Waterfield Designs is a company based out of San Francisco that designs and manufactures (yes you read that right, they make them right where they design them in San Francisco) a variety of bags and covers for all sorts of electronic devices as well as bags and wallets. For the iPad they sell four or five styles, from the Ultimate Sleeve Case that runs in the area of $55.00 USD to the Personal Muzetto that sells for $179.00 USD. This particular case was the iPad Slip Case, available (as you can see above) in six different colors and sells for $29.95 USD. I never thought about using a slip case for my iPad since I purchased the Apple cover for it, but once I got this out of the package and saw how well built it was, I wanted to give it a shot.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Henge Dock for Your MacBook

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

"Yes, it's for Apple products, but I really admire the ingenuity of the approach - most docks are ugly, clumsy, and generally poorly designed. This is the first dock I've seen that has a real "Of course! That makes so much sense!" approach."

This is pretty slick, and it works on the unibody MacBook 13, 15 and 17-inch versions, as well as the white and black MacBooks. They start at $59.95 USD and you can find more about these at the Henge site.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Replacement Ear Buds For 3rd Generation iPod Shuffles

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPods" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple's perverse obsession with miniaturizing the iPod Shuffle doesn't seem likely to stop until they bring it down to the size of a nanoangstrom, but one of the biggest drawbacks of making a music player smaller than the controls needed to use it is that the user interface needs to be offloaded to a peripheral: in the third generation iPod Shuffle's case, the stock ear buds."

It appears they have run into some problems, as Apple has started a replacement program for the ear buds that stop working, free of charge, for up to two years from date of purchase. These were made during the period from February 2009 to February 2010.

Friday, April 9, 2010

iLuv Announces iPad Cases

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"Just in time for launch day, iLuv announced a number of iPad cases, sleeves, and screen protectors last week in various shapes, sizes, and colors, designed to give new iPad owners an array of choices when it comes to protecting their precious new tablet."

They have some funky designs, and sleeves as well as cases, pricing ranges from $19.99 USD on up. You can find out more at the iLuv website.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What Macworld Thinks You Need to Know About the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:00 AM

"Now that the iPad has been out for a few days and you've read every possible review, first-impressions article, and opinion piece, you're probably starting to think about more practical matters: Given that Apple's new device has the same connections-dock connector, headphone jack, Bluetooth-as my iPhone or iPod touch, will it work with the accessories I already have? Which new accessories should I buy? And will I need to carry a bottle of Windex for that screen?"

Macworld does a thorough job on the accessories available for your iPad and also talks about some that I hadn't even thought of, and I experienced first hand how slow charging is when you try and charge it with an iPhone charger. It took forever!

Nifty Stand for Your iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"Here's a nifty little iPhone stand for you. MoviePeg is basically just a piece of plastic with a notch cut into it that slides over an iPhone. Its design makes it the simplest iPhone stand I've ever seen."

At £5 (roughly $7.50 USD with todays exchange rates) it is cheap and simple. One of those things that makes you wonder why you didn't think of it. Or if you had, why you didn't make it. They come in 6 colors and more info can be found at the MoviePeg website.

Scottevest Comes Through for iPad Owners

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"The iPhone is not a problem - it fits into most pockets and you can make do without special iPhone pockets in your clothes."

Oh but for the iPad you may need a place to stash it if your hands are full, so Scottevest has come through for you! This is their SeV Travel Vest and it is now compatible for use with the iPad, all for just $100.00 USD. This would really look great with these pants! You can find more about the vest and their other items at Scottevest.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sony Debuts New Earphones for iPod/iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Sony has introduced four new sets of earphones designed for the iPod/iPhone: Three earbud and one over-the-ear style."

I'm always looking for a good set of earphones or earbuds. This one, available now, is the model MDR-EX38iP, and sells for $39.95 USD. The other ones range in price all the way up to $99.99 USD, possibly higher since one has no price listing, and will be released in May of this year.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Case for Your iPhone and Your ID

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"You know the dilemma. You're going out to the club with your friends and you don't want to take your bulky wallet and your iPhone, but you need them both. The ID Credit Card case from Case-Mate has got your back! The ID case allows you to bring both your ID and your credit card in one convenient iPhone case."

Cool idea, even if it only holds one or two cards. You can find out more at Case-Mate. Another option is this case from Sena.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Another Earbud/Microphone Option for Your iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Finding replacement earphones with an inline microphone for your iPhone can be a frustrating process, especially since the selection can get expensive quickly. ifrogz is targeting the budget conscious buyer with its EarPollution Luxe microbud with microphone earphones, and they add a splash of color to your iPhone, too."

Ah the search for the perfect earbuds. And when you have an iPhone you definitely want that microphone option. Trouble is they are usually at least $70.00 USD or more to get any kind of quality. The ifrogz EarPollution Luxe earbuds are surprisingly cheap at $25.00 USD, include the mic, come in several colors, and have good sound according to this review from MacObserver. The mic aspect wasn't quite as good, but if you are looking for some cheap earbuds that have passable mic performance, you might want to check out the review.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guitar Players, Guitarbud Might Come in Handy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"if you're a guitarist and you have an iPhone, you need to check out this new product from Paul Reed Smith Cables called the Guitarbud."

Pretty simple, six foot cable ($29.95 USD) that lets you plug your guitar into your iPhone and record whatever you play. Works with almost any recording app or you can try out their Jam Amp application [link] for $9.99 USD. You can get more info on the Guitarbud cables at the PRS Cables site.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Frame Your iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"How about a nice thick wooden case for that upcoming iPad? While it does double the width of the iPad and make it significantly more unwieldy, it does look nice. This is certainly a "case" of form over function. Har."

I can see using this, if I wanted to use my iPad for a picture frame, cycling through my iPhoto library. Other than that, not so much. They are going to sell for $79.95 USD and are from a company called Vers, which also sells iPhone cases made from wood.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Contest Time, Win a Gomadic Charger !

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Thoughts Site Updates" @ 12:00 PM

The Gomadic chargers are very slick, and we recently did a Quick Look on the 2-in-1 Charger pictured above. If you aren't familiar, the system uses what they call "Tip Exchange" so all you need is one cable and a tip for each device, instead of having to carry around separate charging cables. They pretty much cover every device know to man, or at least it seems that way (the brand list is here).

Now the folks at Gomadic are being generous enough to give away four (4) of their 2-in-1 Charging cables as well as two tips to be chosen by each winner. Since Gomadic has such wide coverage on devices, this is a network-wide contest. To win, all you have to do is go to the Tip Exchange page and pick two of the charging tips you want to go with your 2-in-1 Charger. Post the two numbers along with a reply to this post and you are entered. You MUST post the two tip numbers in your reply or your entry won't be counted.

One post per person, and the contest closes on Friday the 19th of March at 12pm Pacific time, GMT -7. This contest is world-wide with Gomadic providing the shipping. Remember that all first posts in our system are held in moderation, so if this contest entry is your first post, please wait up to 48 hours before getting concerned if your post hasn't shown up yet - it will. Winners will be contacted via private forum message, so have email notifications turned on. Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Gomadic, For ALL of Your Charging Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

The title of this really rings true, as this device works for ALL of my charging needs. The company, Gomadic, makes charging adapters but they do it with a twist. Instead of making a different cable for each device, they use what they call "Tip Exchange" so that you only have to buy one cable and the initial charging tip. Once you accumulate devices, instead of buying all new cables, just buy the tip you need and you are good to go. The cables are made by Gomadic and have a lifetime warranty on them (For the first thirty days after your purchase we replace or refund all Gomadic products no questions asked. After the thirty-day grace period has expired, we ask our customers to provide a brief explanation of the problem and if there is indeed some product defect, we're happy to replace any Gomadic product for as long as you own it.) as well as a high output of 1000mAh. On top of that, according to Gomadic, they use "advanced internal circuitry to protect from power surges, overcharging and short-circuiting." These chargers are also built to work anywhere in the world with their international adapter kit.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Doxie, Portable Scanning and More

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"Social networking and user sharing are widespread across the Internet. So why shouldn't peripherals follow suit? Doxie, which was first introduced back in August, has now made its official debut, arriving at this week's Macworld Expo. Portable, cute (as in a pink heart embellishing the power button), and simple, this scanner can scan images directly to the online cloud."

Announced just prior to Macworld, this little scanner works with a variety of applications (the list is posted here and includes my favorite Evernote) to make sharing or saving documents simple. You can either save to one of your desktop programs, to an online service such as Flickr or use Doxie's free cloud service and get a link to share. It saves them in PDF, JPEG or PNG file format up to 600 dpi color or 200 dpi grayscale. $129.00 USD is the price and will be shipping out by the end of March. If you don't like the pink heart decorations, no worries as it also comes with six different skins. This seems like just the thing for you road warriors out there, any thoughts?

HyperMac, For Your Battery Backup Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:00 AM

"We're still on the lookout for battery backup options to power recharge your iPhone, iPod touch or just about any USB mobile device. The market just got a bit larger with the introduction of the HyperMac line of batteries at Macworld."

The ones above, called the "Hypermac Mini" are currently on sale at the HyperMac website for $99.95 USD, a savings of $20.00 USD. These are rated at 7200 mAh and are supposedly able to give you enough capacity to charge your iPhone 6 times. They also claim the batteries will last for about 1,000 charges, and since they have inputs for USB, DC in and mini USB so you can also charge other devices. The other models are the Nano and Micro, rated at 1800 mAh and 3600 mAh respectively, with the Nano selling for $69.95 USD and the Micro selling for $89.95 USD.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gorillamobile Updates Their Line as Well as Their App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"Joby, maker of those alien-looking, bendy camera tripods, has announced additions to its Gorillamobile line at the Macworld Expo. There a flexible set of legs for the iPod Touch, an updated iPhone camera app, and a new LED flashlight."

I have several of these and really like how they work. I really like the LED Flashlight they came out with that is pictured above. The free Gorillacam iPhone App was also updated so you get a 4x digital zoom, a tap-to-focus tool (3GS only) and it has added some anti-shake capability for those times when you shouldn't have had that last Red Bull. You can find out all about their products at

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bose Ear Buds for Your iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"You probably all know a music lover/headphone snob that looks at you with despair every time you pull out your stock iPhone headphones. Too often, it follows by him trying to sell you on the "We can hear the difference" cult while pushing his dirty $600 piece of plastic in your ears."

I'm a bit tone deaf myself, so I never wanted to spend much on a set of ear buds, opting to stick with the earphones that came with the iPhone, even though they never stayed in correctly. So when Apple came out with their in-ear headphones I immediately upgraded for about $80.00 USD. They sound fine to me, but in my business of having to wear a headset for hours on end for about 14 years, I'm not the go-to guy for a sound quality opinion. I'm more impressed with the fact that Apple's In-Ear Headphones stay in my ears. So if you can't stomach the $100.00 USD Bose version, you might like Apple's In-Ear version, I know I do. But don't use me as a roadmap for the sound quality, and if that is the most important aspect for you, then you may want to consider the Bose as well. The author seems to like them just fine.

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