There are those times that typing a note out on the iPhone just isn’t the fastest way to get a moment captured. People also wonder if your texting or listening as you type away. The beauty of typing a note into the iPhone is that it can be shared later and generally the iPhone is always with you. To bridge the gap of always needing a note taking solution with you and not having to remember to have a paper pad and an iPhone in your pocket, Dodo has joined the two.
Their latest creation is a paper notebook with a area on the front to hold an iPhone. The paper part isn’t a simple notepad, rather it is a nicely made stitched booklet of quality paper. Being slightly larger than the iPhone, the paper is comfortable to write in, and via the elastic band on the front, paper and tech are easy to carry together.
Do you know the name Susan Kare? You most likely know her creative work. The early Macs had icons that she created. The famous finger, arrow, sand timer, clock, trashcan and more. Later, as computers moved to color screens, so do the artwork. By today’s standards, the artwork is very pixelated, but it’s a good reminder how we saw what we were intended to see with very low resolution screens.
Now, you can bring the classic art to the walls of your home or office. WALLS 360 is offering prints of many of Susan’s art bits in a variety of sizes. They are printed on material that has a sticky back, allowing the art to be placed on a wall, then removed later without damage to the wall or paint. WALLS 360 has long offered many other art and poster prints. Below is a small sampling of the available Susan Kare bits.
Steaming music from the Internet to a computer or tablet has become more popular as the availability of the Internet has grown. What was once only done to a desktop computer through services like iTunes, a person can now stream music to their tablet via wifi at the local coffee shop.
The OD-11 goes back to the house music streaming, adding some design perfection to it. Instead of being another software solution to stream music or song sorting options, the OD-11 removes the desktop interface. The solution is a cube for the room that has several speakers, amplifier and pulls music from the Internet via Wifi. The control is a simple ‘puck’ that a person pushes or twists to adjust the speakers output. Sure, there isn’t a screen showing a long list of channel options or a view of details about the song currently playing. Instead, the OD-11 brings a modern design element to the room while music fills the room.
Zagg is now offering a bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Mini. Not just one, there are two case sizes to match the keyboard features. Either way, there are trade offs, in size and features.
“The durable, appealing folio of the ZAGGkeys MINI is built specifically to cradle iPad mini, and provides a durable case that protects both tablet and the keyboard from dings and scratches. The Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard of the ZAGGkeys MINI is ZAGG’s standard, critically acclaimed design, and features an intuitive built-in stand to hold the tablet at an ideal viewing angle, everywhere you go.”
The Mini 7 is barely bigger around than the iPad Mini, which means the keyboard is slightly smaller and tight for larger handed people. Interesting is that while it appears ‘small’, the key layout is still comfortable to type for a while.
The Mini 9 case has more room around the iPad Mini in order to support a larger bluetooth keyboard. The Island-style keys engineered to provide 90% of the space of a traditional keyboard with dedicated special function keys.
From Zagg – Mini at a Glance:
- Durable keyboard case that protects iPad® mini from dings and scratches, and accentuates the utility and convenience of the tablet
- Island-style keys in a sleek and unique layout provide maximum finger space in a compact Bluetooth® keyboard
- Intuitive built-in stand holds iPad mini at an ideal viewing angle everywhere you go
- Dedicated special function keys to operate essential iPad mini features directly from the keyboard
iKlip has iPad and iPhone holders that mount your iOS devices directly to mic stands so they are easy to use on stage. Now, they have the easy to use holder mounted onto a desktop stand. Making it easy to have the iPad Mini at eye level whether for looking at while working on a computer or music keyboard.
All of the stands are available over on the iKlip site.
- iKlip Stand for iPad: Desktop riser stand for iPad 2 & iPad 3rd and 4th Generation
- iKlip Stand for iPad mini: Desktop riser stand for the iPad mini
- Sturdy, robust thermoplastic with metal reinforced base
- Tall enough to fit a keyboard, mixer or other studio device underneath
- Two independent articulations for maximum flexibility
- Adjustable viewing angle
- iPad orientation can switch from portrait to landscape
- Available for iPad and iPad mini
Engadget Free Weekly Magazine – Distro
Distro forecasts the ‘must see’ at 2013 CES
The folks at Engadget gather their weekly best and post to a electronic magazine called Distro. I keep an eye on it since there are times I may have missed a hot item since there is so many fun bits flying around the internet every day.
This week’s Distro, reading on my iPad, is about the upcoming CES 2013 event. Covering technology we will want to see at the event. And, for those that can’t be there, a way to enjoy the bits from the comfort of our home.
Fun with an Argus film camera
Having a hard time getting your notes off your iPhone to share? We saw this over on ‘The Fancy’. You get several pads of sticky notes that resemble the memorable iPhone icons. Just write your note on one and stick it… a bit more fun than having yellow stickies all around our monitors.
If you have yet to look into ‘The Fancy’, it’s a Pinterest like service where people post images they find. Difference being that many of the images are linked off to products to buy.
Motorola ES400 for Business users.
You wont be finding this MS Mobile 6.5.3 based smartphone in the store. You will need to go through your IT department to get your hands on it.The microSD slot will handle up to 32 gigs… which will come in handy with all of the built in MS Office apps.
Hardware includes a 3 inch, 640 by 480 pixel resolution display and a QWERTY keyboard. While there isn’t much talk about the touch screen, many of the shots from Motorola show a stylus so it is looking a lot like an older Treo. ‘G’ Wifi is inside as is a 3.15 megapixel autofocus camera with flash that has the feature of being able to read barcodes.
I have yet to see real life batter life, but is comes with a good size 1540 mAh.
Way up on the “I Want” list: the Sony MEX-BT5700U Bluetooth® CD receiver. Enjoy hands-free calling with your Bluetooth-enabled phone and wirelessly play back the tunes stored on your Bluetooth-enabled audio device. And with AVRCP 1.3 profile support, this unit can automatically detect and display contact information and music metadata from your devices. This receiver also features USB 1-wire which allows you to connect, control and charge your iPhone™, iPod® and Walkman® MP3 player. In addition to being satellite radio and HD Radio® ready, you can play your CDs loaded with MP3, WMA or AAC songs. Plus, searching for songs is a snap thanks Quick-BrowZer™ with Jump Mode and Zappin™technology. The XA-MC10 external microphone is also included.