One definition of the word frustrating is realizing you don’t have the right cord for the right job when you need it most - whether it be for an iPod
or one of the multitude of mobile devices that connect via USB
. Presenting a simple yet effective solution to that particular problem is the Scosche flipSYNC, a keychain USB and sync cable about the size of a car alarm remote control.
Here's a clever stencil kit that will help iPad developers sketch out their application ideas on paper. UI Stencils' iPad Stencil Kit features all the standard buttons and menu items that you would see on an iPad, and lets you trace them out on your paper with ease.
I’m sure there are some people out there who are able to take a perfect self-portrait with their mobile phone. Unfortunately, when most of us attempt to take one, we end up with our face off-center or blurry. The iSnapMe is a clever mirror attachment that turns your phone into a front-facing camera and helps you take the perfect shot. Now don’t stop reading just because you’re waiting on the iPhone 4
– its front-facing camera is only VGA-quality, so with iSnapMe you could make use of the 5-megapixel number on the back.
The new iPhone 4 finally has an LED flash but that hasn't stopped a bunch of manufacturers such as Quirky
creating accessories for prior models. We saw another ripping contender at Computex
last week in the form of the Holomagic
which puts out an intense light from an LED from a battery case with plenty (285 mAh) of battery life and a choice of leather or plastic protective cases too.
As expected, Apple today pulled the wraps off the fourth generation iPhone at the WWDC conference in San Jose. While the phone didn't receive its expected iPhone HD monicker, it's certainly as HD as a phone is likely to get any time soon, with a 960 x 640 resolution equalling a whopping pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. Read on for the rest of the new features.
Skype has updated its iPhone App to include 3G Skype-to-Skype voice calls. While version one of the Skype App
supported VOIP calls via Wi-Fi, the latest version brings this functionality to the iPhone and iPod touch (2nd generation onwards) over 3G networks.
iLuv, one of a number of manufacturers of Apple accessories, has added three small and portable speaker options that provide high quality sound while eliminating cable clutter. The three speaker options include a mini clip speaker, a portable speaker bar and a pair of newly designed cube speakers, all powered by USB to reduce cable clutter on the desktop. All three speaker designs work with Mac or PC.
Computex Taipei 2010 is the biggest IT show in Asia and one of the most important such shows in the world and we'll be there next week to report on the hundreds of new products. One Computex new release certain to cause a stir is ASROCK's AIWI, an Apple app which turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a Nintendo Wii-type motion controller for computer games, and maybe more importantly, using the touch screen as a touch pad for controlling the cursor and keyboard functions of a computer. It's not just very clever and very cool – it might just have some serious implications for the future of the Computer (and TV) Human Interface. Our esteemed colleagues at Tweaktown.com have released a sneak peak video demonstration
which is well worth a look.
Want to turn your Mac into a DVR with full access to premium cable or satellite TV content? Elgato says its customers can do just with its EyeTV HD, that lets users watch, record, edit and enjoy cable and satellite TV in high-definition, including all their premium channels, on a Mac. What’s more, the EyeTV HD includes a unique dual-format capture mode that records in iPad and iPhone formats at the same time, allowing users to stream live and recorded TV to an iPhone or iPad using the optional EyeTV app.
On display at the Tokyo Make Meeting this past Saturday was Beatfly, a cleverly designed illuminated blimp created by Hideki Yoshimoto. Rather than just implement simple radio controls, he has playfully given Beatfly a number of control interfaces. You can drive it by iPhone, MIDI controller, Flash web interface, a standard keyboard, voice control, or even music.