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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Do You Love Your iPhone 4 Enough to Buy This Gadget? I Don't...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 AM

http://micgadget.com/14073/the-thic...4-in-the-world/

"Apple's iPhone 4 is so thin it's kind of mind-boggling, but what if we introduce you a much thicker and heftier "iPhone 4″ that has a phenomenal feature."

I mean it's cute and all, and if you need a counter fan I suppose this fits the bill pretty well. But I have enough crap on my desk so I don't need another dust collector. But I do think it is pretty interesting as a conversation piece.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Favourite iPad Bag: the iPad Travel Express by Waterfield Designs

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is a review video of the iPad Travel Express, made by Waterfield Designs in the USA. This is a well-designed, sturdy bag that's perfect for carrying your iPad (with or without the Smart Cover), the Apple Bluetooth keyboard, the iPad sync cable and AC adaptor, along with a few other small items (wallet, phone, MP3 player, etc.). It's not a low-cost bag - you're definitely paying for the quality of the materials and the fact that it's made in the USA - but it's one of the best bags of its type that I've used and I highly recommend it. The DecalGirl skin shown in the video can be purchased here. [Affiliate]

Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He's got an interesting thing happening to him this week - he's equal parts excited and scared.

Do you enjoy using new hardware, software and accessories, then sharing your experience with others? Then join us on the Thoughts Media Review Team! We're looking for individuals who find it fun to test new gear and give their honest opinions about the experience. It's a volunteer role with some great perks. Interested? Then click here for more information.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Noreve's iPad 2 Leather Sleeve Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

The Noreve iPad 2 Leather Sleeve is a simple product that does the job of protecting your iPad 2 in style - it retails for 79.99 Euro, which is about $118 USD depending on the currency rate. It' not a cheap case - it's a high-end, almost fashion-like product for a certain type of buyer. The leather is luxurious and the case screams quality. Check out the video for the full review.

Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He felt like he might have "settled" for the iPad 2, but wasn't willing to wait for Android to mature.

Do you enjoy using new hardware, software and accessories, then sharing your experience with others? Then join us on the Thoughts Media Review Team! We're looking for individuals who find it fun to test new gear and give their honest opinions about the experience. It's a volunteer role with some great perks. Interested? Then click here for more information.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Skooba Design Laptop Slim Case Video Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

This is my review of the Skooba Design Laptop Slim Case, a lightweight laptop and gadget carrying case. Skooba, formerly known as RoadWired, has been making impressive bags for years, and this is one of their slimmest (3.5 inches) and most light-weight (18 ounces) bags yet. It's perfect for day-to-day business outings and even short trips or a vacation where you want to travel light. It has over 12 different pockets, pouches, and storage zones but it becomes a little unwieldy if you cram them all full. This bag works best if you pack it light. Check out my review for all the details, but if you're short on time, here's the summary: two thumbs up. Buy it.

You can purchase the bag from $59.95, but watch the video for a special coupon code to save 20% off any order over $50.

Jason Dunn owns and operates Thoughts Media Inc., a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys photography, mobile devices, blogging, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He likes laptop bags - maybe a little too much.

Do you enjoy using new hardware, software and accessories, then sharing your experience with others? Then join us on the Thoughts Media Review Team! We're looking for individuals who find it fun to test new gear and give their honest opinions about the experience. It's a volunteer role with some great perks. Interested? Then click here for more information.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tekkeonís New Dual Port Power Pack, Certified by Apple for iPod, iPhone and iPad, Charges Two Devices at Once

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.tekkeon.com/products-tekcharge1860.html

"TekChargeTM MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, simultaneously charges and powers your iPadTM, iPhone®, iPod® nano or iPod® touch, and a second small portable device. With mobile power at your fingertips, this high-capacity, lightweight battery lets you enjoy hours of extended play time on many of your small portable electronic products. Most portable devices are often in need of recharging after a few hours of use. By taking advantage of the TekCharge MP1860A rechargeable lithium ion battery, you can enjoy hours of extended play time on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, mobile phones, smartphones, Zune® and MP3 players, portable routers, e-readers, and other small portable electronic products. As an added bonus, TekCharge MP1860A includes a flashlight so you have emergency light at your fingertips."

Got an iPad or another tablet that needs a hefty bump of juice to charge? The Tekkeon MP1860A might have a uninspired product name, but it offers plenty of power - up to 2.1 amps, enough to charge an iPad or iPad 2. It's also been officially certified by Apple, so you know it will work. The battery holds 4400 mAH of power, which should be enough to recharge several smaller devices and partially recharge the iPad or another tablet device. I'm working on a review of another Tekkeon battery pack and it's quite impressive. Tekkeon really knows their batteries!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Smartphone Coasters: Stainless Steel Phone Stand

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 11:35 AM

http://www.newpcgadgets.com/product...tand/index.html

"Ask any Evo 4G user what they love about their phone, and eventually the word kickstand will come up. Having an easy way to hold the phone so it can be viewed is simply great, and is one of those things you wonder how you ever got along without. Fear not, non-kickstand enabled smartphones, the latest product from newPCgadgets.com called "Smartphone Coasters" has you covered. These sleek and attractive stainless steel stands compliments any setting to provide an easily accessible base for your phone. The Smartphone Coaster holds all Smartphone's; including the popular iPhone, Droid, Windows 7, BlackBerry and dozens more."

That old adage about the simplest things being the best ideas? I think that applies here. There's really not much to the product - it's a simple stainless steel stand, but if you're the kind of person that likes to have their phone/PDA/PMP/small tablet standing up at attention, this might be exactly what you're looking for. At only $3.99 per stand, and you can buy 'em in a six pack, they're affordable, functional, and a nice use of the "KISS" principle. The company also has some other clever products that you might be interested in.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Let Me Download That For You

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...e_download.html

"At least one third-party iPhone and iPod touch hardware accessory now reportedly takes advantage of the 3.0 software connectivity with automatic App Store download prompts."

The iTrip from Griffin was the first one that was noticed doing this, or at least the first one reported about. When the accessory was plugged in, the message above popped up on the screen advising you to download the application that was designed for use with the accessory. 


Monday, July 6, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Breaks Accessory Compatibility

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

http://www.9to5mac.com/ipod-touch-v...roken-3rd-party

"For those who have their iPod Touch or iPhones connected to their TVs through a third party video cable, the 3.0 update was a bad one. It appears to have disabled the ability of non-Apple cables to transmit video."

Owners that try to use the cable get the "not a valid accessory" message on their iphone. If you have the apple chip accessory cable, it appears to still work although in a different way. Now when you play video it does NOT display on your iPhone screen. This is one of the things I hate about upgrades, expensive accessories not working correctly. The only option at this point is to downgrade to previous version of the iPhone software, but I don't think it is worth losing all the functionality of 3.0 software.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Bluetooth Is So 2008. Stick Your Phone To Your Head!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.cell-mateus.com/

"Never settle for sub-par reception. Never worry about charging your Bluetooth headset. Never risk your safety trying to sync your headset with your phone while driving. All you have to do is answer your cell phone and place the Cell-Mate on your head."

Note how happy she is to look like a complete zilch? This has to be the worst accessory ever, and after being in the wireless business for 11 years, I can truthfully say I've seen some real humdingers (these come immediately to mind), but the Cell-Mate might indeed be the worst accessory ever.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nifty Gadget O' The Day: The Powerstick

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.powerstick.com/new/home.php

"The Powerstick is the winner of the CES Award for Best of Innovation. It charges mobile devices such as BlackBerrys, cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, GPS and MP3 Players. It is simply charged from any USB port including computers and laptops and then used to charge mobile devices; no disposable batteries or wall chargers are required."

I was sitting at my desk Monday morning and the owner of my company came in and plopped this down on my desk. "I thought you'd like this," he said. The company gave it to him as a promo so he passed it along to me. I have to say, it's one of the coolest gadgets I've played around with in awhile.

Essentially, you plug it into your USB port and it charges the internal battery. It takes about 3 hours or so to go from stone dead to fully charged. When you're done, cap it and put it in your bag along with one of the ten included tips and you're good to go. If your phone dies, just plug your tip into the charger and then other end into your phone and press the button. Within a few minutes, your phone should be fully charged. My iPhone was down to 25% of its battery and in one hour, the PowerStick had it fully charged.

I tried it out with my iPhone and it charges it perfectly. Right now, Powerstick's website has them available from Best Buy for $59.99 and while that sounds like a lot, it does come with a lot of interchangeable tips including a Mini USB so you should be able to charge more than one device when needed. That alone makes it worth the cost.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

iPhone 3G External Battery Deathmatch

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.jkontherun.com/2008/11/i...e-3g-batte.html

"You got one of those fancy new iPhone 3Gs and find you keep running out of juice? Apple's decision to keep the iPhone battery safely tucked away in the inaccessible innards of the phone keeps you looking for a power outlet toward the end of the day? This decision may not be popular but it's opened up the external battery market to those enterprising companies looking to make a buck to keep you all juiced up and we bring you a deathmatch between two of the popular solutions available."

Our good friend James at JK On The Run put two external iPhone batteries through their paces in a deathmatch sure to make even the strongest stomached gadget lovers freak. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but he does compare the two side by side with a few good pictures to compare them and even comes out with a well-reasoned winner. Head over now and check it out. I've been pondering one of these for awhile and I'm starting to wonder if I should just bite on it already and stop thinking about it. Anyone out there using one and want to impart some wisdom upon the rest of us?


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Belkin Releases Switch-to-Mac Cable

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.belkin.com/pressroom/rel...witchtoMac.html

"The new Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable provides a simple way to transfer files, settings, preferences, and more from your PC to a new Mac computer. Unlike existing products where you have to drag and drop specific files you want to transfer, the Switch-to-Mac Cable-with its easy-to-use Migration Assistant-automatically moves your music, movies, photos, files, and Internet preferences, making the transition from PC to Mac as seamless as possible. Now that Mac computers support Windows® applications, a growing number of PC owners are switching to them, making the ability to work with existing PC files a necessity. The Switch-to-Mac Cable ensures a hassle-free experience when transitioning to your new Mac."

If you're looking to make the move to a Mac, the hardest part is migrating over your stuff. Belkin seems to have that in mind with the Move-to-Mac cable. We Mac users have had the benefit of built in OS X software to do the same thing for years called the Migration Assistant. I'm glad the ease of it has been extended to Windows users who want to join the cult buy a Mac. I may buy one just to help people switch. In the end, it'll end up making my life easier in the long run. Anyone else with me here?


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