Years of progress in making phones smaller and more portable have all been dismissed in one stroke by Japanese gadget and novelty company Hashy-Topin. Phone x Phone is a clever iPhone
dock/charger unit designed to transform your iPhone into a plain ol' regular fixed-line telephone. Because you didn't really want to be that mobile anyway, did you?
Gizmag's Paul Ridden recently took a look at the Castiv Guitar Sidekick
, a smartphone mount that puts your small screen digital device right where you need it – at the end of the fretboard. Since then we've been putting the Sidekick to the test – read on to find out how it performed.
There's no denying that the Zeppelin
from Bowers & Wilkins are handsome and powerful ways to dock your iPhone. While the Koostik dock can't hope to compete in the amplification stakes, there's something about the simple design and natural wood finish that makes it just as pleasing to the eye – and more than a little cheaper, too.
Apple has announced that iOS 4.2 is now available as a free download for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. While iPhone and iPod touch users have enjoyed many of the features found in the latest version in iOS 4.0 and 4.1, it brings multitasking, fast app switching, folders, Game Center and a unified mail inbox to the iPad for the first time. The update also adds AirPrint and AirPlay to all compatible devices.
Instead of relying on the iPhone
’s microphone or extra hardware to measure a user’s heart rate like most other heart rate apps, Antimodular Inc.’s Pulse Phone does so by using the iPhone’s built-in camera. When the user places their finger over the iPhone camera, the app detects the changes in the intensity of light passing through the finger, which changes as blood pulses through the veins.
Does the world need another iPhone/iPod Touch dock
? The world of Harley riders just might, and the DashLink from Hell’s Foundry is here to meet that need. The DashLink replaces the stock fuel tank console on your Harley-Davidson with an integrated dock that securely holds your iPhone or iPod Touch, while keeping it charged and ready for use.
Looks like the legions of iPhone
users are pretty keen to get Flash video on their device with news that Skyfire 2.0 mobile web browser has effectively “sold out.” Within five hours of being released on iTunes, the Skyfire Flash video solution shot to the head of the top grossing app list and third highest paid app overall and overloaded the Skyfire servers, leaving potential buyers staring at the “Please Upgrade Flash” message while the folks at Skyfire Labs scramble to increase capacity.
We've covered a number of iPhone portable chargers in the past, ranging from the well-known Mophie Juice Pack
to the environmentally friendly iCharge Dx
. There are countless solutions that will ensure that your green battery indicator icon stays fully green, the difference with this iPhone charger is that it's been designed to resemble that very same indicator graphic. Appropriately, it's called the Icon.
iPhone 4 owners will be pleased to hear that they can now wrap their cutting edge mobile device in a ridiculously retro case from technology's past. iTapedeck from Homeade is a protective skin for the iPhone 4
that looks just like a cassette tape.
Gone are the days when we simply used our mobile phones for calling people – now we can conduct our own ECGs. We’ve already seen iPhone and Android applications that can create ultrasound images
and that measure air pollution
. Now tech companies IMEC and the Holst Center, together with TASS software professionals, have released a new heart rate monitoring application.