Jan 12

Susan Kare pixel art now available to be on your home and office walls

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.

01 Susan Kare wall graphics

02 Susan Kare wall graphics

03 Susan Kare wall graphics

04 Susan Kare wall graphics

Jan 12

Modern design comes to the streaming of music from the cloud

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.

01 OD 11 Cloud Speaker

02 OD 11 Cloud Speaker

Jan 11

Two keyboard case options for the iPad Mini

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.

Mini 7:

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Mini 9:

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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
Jan 09

iKlip with desktop stand for the iPad Mini

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 iPad desktop

Features:

  • 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
Jan 06

Distro covers CES 2013

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.