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Friday, March 30, 2012

Class Action Suit Settlement for iPhone 4 Antenna "Problems"

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

http://www.technologytell.com/apple...etell+Appletell

"In case you didn't know, Apple's iPhone 4 had some unfortunate issues with its antenna that started the "Antennagate" scandal, which ultimately led to a class action lawsuit against the company."

If you didn't partake of the original offer of a free iPhone 4 case, you can go here and submit a request for your part of the settlement. Make sure you are eligible for it though, and do to that you can go here. You have until August 28th, 2012 to submit your claim.


The Stand for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.macnews.com/2012/03/27/o...ct-iphone-stand

"Newly formed startup company Outlaaw has recently launched its first product on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com. "The Stand" is a sound-enhancing iPhone dock designed from a solid block of cylindrical aluminum."

This is a Kickstarter project and it is just over halfway funded. I'm hoping they get the money for this as it really is a cool little accessory. The only problem with things like this, for me, is that with an iPhone 5 coming out this year, I don't want to get stuck with a $50.00 USD piece of aluminum that is incompatible. What are your thoughts?


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Macenstein Reviews the Style iT 2

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:12 PM

http://macenstein.com/default/2012/...stylus-and-pen/

"'If you see a Stylus, they blew it'. So said Steve Jobs when talking about competing companies' tablet and touch-phone offerings - and for the most part he's right."

And I tend to agree, and for the most part I don't need a stylus with my iPad. But I'm trying to go paperless and for taking notes with Notability, having a stylus makes it much easier. It doesn't hurt that this one also has a regular pen for those times you actually have to write on paper! What are your thoughts on using a stylus with the iPad? Or do you just use the old reliable finger?


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Smart Cover Issues? This Might Be Why...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/22/ipad...agnet-polarity/

"Many customers bought a new iPad last weekend, and some found that Apple's Smart Cover doesn't work with certain previously Smart Cover-compatible cases. Mark of Mark's Hangout has discovered why, and he's posted a detailed explanation."

You can read the detailed explanation here, but basically it is an issue with some older smart covers and the sensor placement. Alignment must be spot on or they don't work, and those older smart covers were made with the magnet facing either way, which doesn't cut it on the new ones. No word yet from Apple, so the only solution now appears to sell your old smart cover with your old iPad and upgrade. Or just upgrade to a newer smart cover.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

iPad 3, or is it iPad HD? What Else Will Happen Tomorrow?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:11 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/150599/mor...called-ipad-hd/

"As I've argued before, there's a good chance the third-gen iPad will be called the "iPad HD." The rumored tablet is expected to feature a pixel-packed Retina display as its flagship feature, and the "HD" suffix could help differentiate it as a newer, higher-quality device."

This does make sense, since something similar happened with the iPhone 4, but the only sure thing is that there is a lot of conjecture about what exactly will happen tomorrow. Apple TV refresh? Also makes sense due to the supply shortages of this wonderful little device. How about an iPad mini? Not so sure about that one, at least for this event. And a new one for today is the interesting hint from Verizon about "Something Big" coming. LTE perhaps? The one rumor that I really hope comes true is a redesigned cover for the latest iPad. I never really liked the smart cover due to the lack of back coverage, but the supposed new cover provides the protection. Whatever is announced, I'm just hoping I'm able to get an upgrade for my iPad original, since polls are showing 74% of current iPad 2 owners are planning on upgrading. What are your thoughts on what will be announced tomorrow?


Monday, March 5, 2012

Square for the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:04 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/05/squa...ur-pos-solutio/

"Square is looking to expand its reach into retail using its new Square Register app for the iPad."

It works for Apple so why not other companies? And it looks good too doesn't it?


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Photos of Apple Store in Amsterdam

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

http://9to5mac.com/2012/03/01/full-...e+Intelligence)

"We already knew that Apple would officially open the doors to a new flagship retail location on the ground floor and mezzanine of the Hirsch building at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam."

But little did they know it would be so beautiful! And with room enough for 300 employees to take care of the needs of the customers, in 14 languages no less. Great series of photos of the new store that opened Saturday.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Scosche BackStage Pro II for the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.mactech.com/2012/02/23/b...ad-now-shipping

"Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) is now shipping the US$149.99 backStage pro II, a headrest mount for iPad 2. The mount secures an iPad 2 to the back of any headrest so passengers can enjoy handsfree viewing of movies, apps and more."

You can find out more about this handy device at Scosche, but if you need a headrest mount for your iPad, this sure looks like just the ticket.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boost Speaker is Magic!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 PM

http://www.cultofmac.com/148162/zag...-runs-on-magic/

"Zagg's new Boost speaker, sold under the iFrogz brand, appears to amplify music using nothing but magic."

It certainly seems like magic, since all you have to do is lay your iPhone down on top of it and the sound "magically" comes through the device speakers, thus amplifying your music! It appears there is a tiny mic according to one article I read, that picks up the sound from your iPhone speakers. However they do it, it seems to work pretty well. You can order yours, for roughly $40 USD, right here.


Friday, February 10, 2012

iPhone Case and Insurance, What a Deal!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

http://gigaom.com/apple/an-iphone-c...(GigaOM:+Apple)

"Being the resident "extreme" iPhone case enthusiast (and also the klutz who drops his phone most often), I was intrigued by the new cellhelmet Kickstarter project."

This is a great idea, and it is made even better because the cases look good. I hate cases that don't have the opening for the Apple logo on the back, it just messes up the aesthetics for me. And since this one is also form fitted and has the extra cushioning on the edges and corners, it looks like it would really do the job. However, we won't know if we can even purchase one of these until March 11th when the Kickstarter project is either funded or cancelled. So if you are like me and think having a case that includes insurance for breaking your iPhone thrown in (you do have to pay what amounts to a $50.00 USD deductible if you do break your iPhone in the case), then perhaps you should head over to the Kickstarter page and put your money down.


An Extra Layer of Glass for Your iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/lifest...layer-of-glass/

"Instead of opting for a flimsy plastic screen protector, try protecting your iPhone's screen with another thin layer of tough glass."

If I didn't already have one backup of Invisishield on my shelf, and planning on buying the iPhone 5 this summer, I think I'd give this a go. Basically its a thin shield of glass to offer even more protection for your iPhone screen. At roughly $28.00 USD it isn't cheap, but if it works then well worth it I'd say. You can find out more about this at Spigen.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ten One Design Magnus iPad Stand, How Stable Is It?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

http://vimeo.com/36051004

"I shot a quick video 1 using my father's Ten One Design Magnus stand for the iPad 2. The point of which is to see if the iPad tips over while being used in the stand."

It seems pretty stable, although Ben comments that the angle isn't really that great for your desk due to the steepness. Nice looking stand though if you planned on leaving your iPad out of a case or were going to use it for a digital photo frame or to watch a movie I suppose. What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Use Your iPhone as Your Remote

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/144837/get...nationwide-now/

"One of the best accessories you can purchase for your new iPhone is a little device that allows you to control your television and other audio/visual gear from your smartphone. It means you don't have to search around for that lost remote, get up to change the channel, or keep replacing the batteries in all the remotes already littering your home."

On the surface, it sounds like a great idea and I'm anxious to try this since it is available now from Apple for $70.00 USD. However, after reading this article I may give it a bit before ordering until they work out the bugs. Then again, since Apple is great letting you return your purchases I might try it anyway and return it if it doesn't work out.


RCA's USB Wall Charger, Just Plug It In!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/165...l#lsrc.rss_main

"Most modern smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and other gadgets rely on USB-based chargers. Some of these come with their own AC wall adapters, while others include nothing more than a USB cable-meaning you have to plug them into your computer to get them charged."

The nice thing about this thing is that you just plug it into the existing outlet, so it's basically a cover. No need to replace the current outlet so you don't have to worry about shocking yourself silly. And it goes for the small sum of $15.00 USD at Lowes (currently out of stock in my area), or you can get it at Amazon.com for $12.47 USD (currently in stock with both white and almond colored versions).


Secure Your iPhone With The Mounty

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/02...or-your-iphone/

"If you're a cyclist then you know it's Sophie's choice when it comes to securing your iPhone."

From the pics over at the Kickstarter page, you can also secure your smartphone (any smartphone it appears although this is optimized for the iPhone 4/4S) to stroller, motorcycle or shopping cart. They aren't fully funded yet but you have the rest of February to make a decision before it either gets funded or closed down. Nice idea for anyone that is active on two wheels, and hopefully it would work for an iPhone 5 too.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Twelve South Comes Through Again With the HoverBar

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

http://www.cultofmac.com/144890/tur...bar-ipad-stand/

"Twelve South is known for making great products that don't just look really cool, but they all serve higher functions without losing focus on maintaining simplicity."

And once again they have created something that if functional as well as cool looking. The HoverBar is an adjustable arm that attaches to any iMac or Apple Display, and holds your iPad. It's available now for $79.99 at the Twelve South site.


Twelve South Comes Through Again With the HoverBar

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

http://www.cultofmac.com/144890/tur...bar-ipad-stand/

"Twelve South is known for making great products that don't just look really cool, but they all serve higher functions without losing focus on maintaining simplicity."

And once again they have created something that if functional as well as cool looking. The HoverBar is an adjustable arm that attaches to any iMac or Apple Display, and holds your iPad. It's available now for $79.99 at the Twelve South site.


Attention Smartphone Gamers, This Xappr is for You!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.imore.com/2012/02/03/xap...-dream-machine/

"Xappr is a gun accessory for your iPhone that'll instantly appeal to everyone from fans of the original Duck Hunt on Ninteno to the latest Halo or Call of Duty FPS shooters."

Awesome concept for smartphone games that are first person shooters. You can preorder yours here, and they are expected to run about $30.00 USD when it is launched this summer. Yes, this is made to use with any smartphone, be it iPhone, Android or Windows Phones.


Monday, February 6, 2012

iDesk Concept

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.maclife.com/article/feat...nks_apple_idesk

"Some of the most exciting new ideas are built upon old concepts, and revolutionize the ways in which we utilize things that have been around for so long that we hardly give them a second thought anymore."

I like the concept, especially the part about the desktop syncing and also being the touchpad, but I certainly don't like what it might cost! No cost mentioned here but I can imagine it being very spendy to be able to do all they would like it to do.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Kudos Power System for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...=rss_everything

"Kudos Power is showing their Wireless Charging Power Kit at this last week's Macworld Expo, and we took a moment to learn more about this system for the iPhone 4 and 4S from Jerry Escobar, Brand Marketing."

Well, it certainly is a hefty enough case to be shock resistant, or at least that is what I get out of the picture. I like the idea of simply putting my iPhone down on some kind of pad to charge it, but I'm not too keen on such a bulky case. I think I'm going to stick with my extra power chord and keep the streamlined looks of my iPhone intact. But if you need a bulky case that doubles as part of a charging system, and are willing to fork over $99.00 USD for it, by all means keep in contact with Kudos over at their website.


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