"Remember Lloyd Dobler's classic line, "I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen"? Poor Lloyd. Maybe if Diane Court's lame parting gift was a pen with integrated iPad stylus, some of that heartbreak would have been ameliorated. But they got back together by the end of the movie, so I guess it's OK."
It seems like the argument is never settled when it comes to which stylus to use, kind of like the to-do list battle I suppose. I have opted for the Alumapen Pro, mainly because I think it looks better. What are your thoughts?
"This is the R* Case, and it might just be my new favorite iPad skin, based only on this video. And not just because the case itself, with two old 80s-skateboard-style rails on the back, looks very useful. It's also because the video itself is an engaging mix of hard work and high-cheese."
Well the video wasn't that bad, rather funny actually. And this really is an innovative case. The rails don't seem to deter from the functionality either, although at first they do appear a little odd. You can find out more at TouchNS.
"For about a year, Macs have been shipping with a fancy new port on the side called Thunderbolt. We're just on the cusp of seeing this new port on Windows-based PCs, too. What exactly is Thunderbolt, and should you make sure your next computer has it?"
Got about 3 minutes to spare? Then read this article and get the down and dirty about Thunderbolt.
"There are several iPad cases which have straps to let you fasten them to the headrests of your car seats so people in the back can watch movies. The trouble is, they're almost all bulky and ugly, as they try to cram too much into one case."
And this one is no different in the design arena. But hey, unless the screen is built into the headrest, you are going to run into the same problem with every holder. $39.99 USD will get you a set of your own, so they aren't too expensive.
"If you're a loyal iPhone user you're probably used to toting around its charging adapter and cable just in case. Apple has done a good job at making it tiny, but by cutting the cord, the JuiceBuddy looks even easier to pocket."
This is a pretty slick little charger, and since it has a usb port on the bottom I think I may have to get one. I know the new iPhones are rumored to have a new charge port so I always hesitate at this point in the year to buy any new chargers just in case the rumors are true. But this device comes in variety of colors and is only $25.00 USD from Juice Buddy, and that usb port might be enough to get me to buy one. What are your thoughts?
"The Smart Case builds on Apple's Smart Cover design, providing full protection for the iPad."
I have seen several critical reviews of the Smart Case for iPad, mostly complaining about the poor fit. After watching this video I'm not so sure they are correct as it sure looks like it fits nice to me! I may have to get one now, as the Otterbox case I'm using is a bit bulky for normal use. What are your thoughts?
"Have you ever strained or even injured your wrists from excessive use of your laptop? You're not alone, as this is a common problem among those who use notebook computers for extended periods without breaks. Luckily, there is now a great solution to this problem for those with a MacBook Air, and it is called SurfacePad."
I haven't ever strained or injured myself, but I suppose if you have you might want to get these pads, that provide some cushioning on the aluminum area surrounding the touchpad. You can get them in black or red from the Twelve South website for $29.95 USD. It appears it is also available for the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.
"Released alongside the iPad 2, Apple's iPad Smart Cover followed a pattern the company had established with its earlier iPod and iPhone cases: the functionality was appealing, but the price was much too high, and the coverage wasn't impressive."
"If you travel withe a bunch of gadgets, this one's for you-accessory maker Sanho has dropped the HyperJuice Plug, a charger capable of juicing up two iPads at a time."
There is a lot to like about the HyperJuice Plug, such as the ability to charge two iPads at once, a retractable plug and 15,600 mAh of charging power. Not to mention it comes in six different colors so you can coordinate it with your iPad cases. The only downside is the $130.00 USD price, but that does go a long way to getting rid of all your other power chords doesn't it? You can find out more here.
"It's been more than six years since Apple first introduced MagSafe, the magnetically-attaching power connectors used by all of the company's laptops. Well, almost all."
Bit of a different plug for the next generation MacBook Pro with the Retina Display, as well as the new MacBook Air. The MBA uses a 45W MagSafe 2 while the Pro uses the 85W version. But no worries if you want to keep your old one as you can pick up one of these adapters that converts the old to the new. And it's only $10.00 USD.
"Since I only have two arms, capturing myself on video with an iPhone is basically a non-event."
Interesting device, and it allows you to film yourself, as well as track yourself as you do what you do. So if you like to pace back and forth while giving your lecture or review, the device will follow along. for the $139.00 USD price, you get a stand and base as well as a small clip on accessory that assists in keeping track of where you are. It supports the iPhone 4/4S as well as the iPod Touch. You can find out more at Swivl.
"Staying true to its peripheral nature, Mophie's outed yet another iPhone companion: the Juice Pack PRO."
Very spendy at $130.00 USD, but it does offer Military Grade protection from the elements. It doesn't offer as much time as other battery packs but it will at least double what you have with a regular iPhone.
"Imagine the scene: You're in the middle of a particularly intense iPhoneography session, and the photos you're getting are gold. You snap one keeper after another and then shift over to SnapSeed or some such app to really spice things up. But you're so engrossed in the process of editing that you don't notice your iPhone's battery is almost dead until you get the dreaded pop-up warning."
At only $35.00 USD, it's not that bad of a price for some extra battery life from Mophie. I don't run into this problem myself but if I were on the road a lot and depended on my iPhone, I might pickup this thing for some extra peace of mind. It only gives you about 30% life but that might be all you need to get you to the next power outlet.
"The Halopad is - not surprisingly - an iPad stand in the shape of a halo. Not that you'll find this halo floating over the heads of saintly prophets - instead it is simply a chunky, lightweight plastic ring which has slots cut into it for propping the iPad at various angles. It's simple, it's cheap, and it's not ugly."
It's usually the way I feel about most Kickstarter projects though, "why didn't I think of that?" If you get in early, you will save $9.99 USD off the future retail price of $29.99 USD.
"Back at Macworld | iWorld 2012, TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda had a chance to talk with the creator of the iBackFlip Somersault (US$89.95). Now that this iPad bag has been in the wild for a time and has gone through a few design revisions, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to review the Somersault."
What piqued my interest was the fact that you could fit 11 inch Macbook Air as well as an iPad inside this bag as I'm constantly on the lookout for the perfect bag. As of today, however, I am still in search mode. This one doesn't have quite enough storage for my tastes, and I don't need a bag that I can wear and keep functionality of my iPad. If you do have such a need, this might be the one for you! If nothing else, at least go to the end of the article so you can enter to win the bag and sell it or give to someone that does have a need for this particular type of bag.
"TiVO recently announced a new TV-side device that can stream shows right to your iPhone and iPad."
I suppose it's nice to be able to watch what you want around the house without having to wrestle with other family members for control of the TV, but the big problem I have with these restrictions is that you can't watch your shows while outside of your home. I can do this however with my Dish Network using the Sling Adapter, why can't other companies do something similar? What are your thoughts?
If it is for you as well, this PowerDock Dual from Griffin might be for you, as it charges your iPad and iPhone at the same time, and allows space to put keys, change etc all in one place. It's available now from Griffin for $59.99 USD.
"Yet another device that smartphones, like the iPhone, have made obsolete are alarm clocks."
Well get your alarm clock groove back with this snazzy dock for your iPhone. I usually just put my iPhone on the table and leave it at that, but if you need to have a dock for yours, or just want to spruce it up a bit, this is a pretty good way to do it I think. Clean design and you can use it portrait or landscape. But you can't get it until June. If you want to check out some other interesting designs, head over to the Bracketron site where you can also monitor the availability of this $34.95 USD dock.