Last December, Bird Photo Booth exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal by over twenty percent. Now this one-of-a-kind iOS photo accessory is available for purchase from the company website. I love birds, and was excited to test Bird Photo Booth to see if I could capture any unforgettable shots of my back yard visitors. While there is a bit of a learning curve, I found that not only does Bird Photo Booth take great pictures, but it’s also very entertaining to use.
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Looking to take your music poolside? Or maybe out by the grill, or to the park? Our friends at Kinivo have the perfect accessory for your iPhone, iPod, or any mp3 playing device this summer. Their ZX100 Portable Speaker is a clever and cool new pocket-sized accessory that takes sound anywhere, and we think you’ll love how ultra-portable and feature-packed this mini speaker is.
In a move that is sure to both excite and frustrate Apple TV users, several new apps have been announced that are available when you download and install version 5.3 of Apple TV software. The update includes HBO GO, WatchESPN, Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello.
While each has access to free content, HBO GO and WatchESPN require that you have a subscription through a participating television provider and several others have subscription options available. Adding these apps certainly points to a shift away from traditional cable and satellite offerings and more towards an on-demand paradigm. For those of you that have dropped your television provider, this update is a reminder of an industry that is refusing to let you go without a fight.
Welcome back to PadGadget’s weekly music column. We have some resident musicians on staff who love talking about music related apps and accessories. Last week, we had a hands-on review of IK Multimedia’s iLine Cables. What a great way to have all your audio connections in one place.
This week, we have found an iPad mount that is specifically designed for use with a microphone stand. Castiv’s TAB STATION is a musician’s best friend in a pinch.
Danish app developer Robocat is definitely on to something. Its recent Kickstarter project, Thermodo, a tiny electrical thermometer that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, is a huge success already. Thanks to enthusiastic Kickstarter backers, Thermodo has blown out its inital $35K goal, and is closing in fast on its second stretch goal.
Thermodo’s success likely stems from two factors. First, iPad owners like weather apps as a rule, and tend to retain using them longer than other app categories, but there’s one problem with weather apps: they don’t tell you the temperature where you are, only the temperature near to where you are. Thermodo solves this problem. Secondly, Thermodo’s tiny form factor is pretty adorable.
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It’s time for another exciting installment of Sound Stage. Whether we talk about Cat Piano apps, analog keyboards that plug into your iPad, or epic DJ equipment, we love music and aren’t afraid to show it. Last week, we told you about an app that incorporates a bit of music history with anagram style puzzle games. Musaic Box may not require that you know how to play an instrument, but it sure helps if you know what each one sounds like.
This week, we go hands on with another of IK Multimedia’s new toys. We just can’t get enough of the music-loving software and hardware developers over at IK Multimedia. We recently had an in-depth review of their newest MIDI-compatible app, iLectric Piano. Talk about going down memory lane.
Our friends at The Snugg have a great new keyboard and iPad case duo – perfect for anyone looking to pump up productivity and turn your iPad into a typing machine. Testing it out for this article, I’m excited to bring you a great new accessory.
First impression, for typing, this is wayyyy better than pushing at letters on the screen. While I’m admittedly quite clumsy, I’ve never been able to really get a hang of typing on the iPad, and this keyboard could really be a time saver for me. Compared to a regular laptop or desktop keyboard, this is quite a bit more narrow, and its taken me approximately 1.5 paragraphs to get used to the letter spacing.
Our friends at Spigen, makers of some very cool and advanced accessories for your devices, have a fabulous new stylus we’re excited to review for you today. One of the smallest we’ve tried, the new Kuel H10 is a mere 4 inches long, but packs a great list of features for its size. Perfect for anyone on the go, we think this is an excellent tool for travelers, or anyone looking for well-designed quality accessories for their iPhone or iPad.
For our Thursday gear review, we’re introducing a new iPad mini case from The Snugg – makers of great cases and accessories for all of your devices. The Snugg iPad mini Case and Flip Stand is a folio style case made of faux-leather and made to look very professionally sleek. Cleverly designed, this case packs a lot of great features and is available now for $24.99 on Amazon!
Cygnett, one of the market leaders in accessories for mobile devices, has a slew of new gear for your iPad mini and we’ve been given the great opportunity to test them out for you. Below you’ll find reviews of 5 of their top cases. Ranging from folio style, to protective amour or stand-up cases, they have a ton of products suiting almost every need made with style, functionality, and performance.