A few years ago, it was becoming clear that the iPhone was quickly taking the place of traditional digital cameras. with all its bells and whistles, Apple’s iOS camera still didn’t offer a few of the fan favorites of the average photography hobbyist, like a macro and wide-angle lens. An ingenious developer came up with a simple and effective solution that has since captured the hearts and minds of iPhone photographers everywhere with the Olloclip. As usual, an iPad version was nowhere to be seen.
Welcome to the first edition of our weekly music column of 2014. Each week, we search the Web for exciting apps and accessories that we think musicians and fans of music will love. Last time, we told you about the water-resistant Sound Splash from ION. You can take your music out in the snow and not worry about ruining your speaker.
As a new year begins, we have been lucky enough to get a glimpse into what the rest of 2014 has in store for us thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Of course, on of our favorite iOS music accessory makers was on hand to show of their new products for the New Year.
This week, IK Multimedia has unveiled a new product for iOS that makes it possible for you to activate your music apps without needing to even touch the screen.
Anyone using an iPad that is third-generation or newer will probably have seen that dreaded popup message when trying to charge a tablet that reads, “Charging is not supported with this Accessory.” I’ve even seen that message when I connected my iPad to my computer. It can be very frustrating when your charging options are limited. The reason this normally happens is because some chargers don’t have enough energy to charge the more powerful devices. Updating to a faster mobile operating system seems to exacerbate the problem.
Schoche is offering a solution to the problem with a 12-watt charger meant to charge any device to its fastest possible rate. The charger is also small enough to fit in your back pocket, so you won’t have to worry about taking up extra space.
Yesterday at CES, The Joy Factory unveiled a new line of iPad and tablet accessories, including mounting accessories fit for projection stands and wheelchair systems, a new stylus line and rugged cases.
“Consumers continue to the push the boundaries of tablet and smartphone usage,” said Sampson Yang, president of The Joy Factory. “In response to a growing demand for accessories that can transcend device usage in business and recreational environments, The Joy Factory is unveiling its new line specialty iPad and universal tablet mounting systems and iOS mobile accessory solutions for work, home and everywhere in between.”
Welcome to the first DIY iPad Project Spotlight column of 2014. A new year means a new set of awesome, cute, and useful DIY projects for the iPad. Each week, we scoure the Internet for projects we think are fun and easy to do at home. Last week, we told you about the colorful headphone project. All you need is a couple of bottles of nail polish to turn mundane into miraculous.
This week, we found a fun project to turn your “Best of” Instagram pictures into an iPad case. This project is not made from items you can find around the house, but it is a great memory keepsake idea for displaying your photos.
Wireless gaming controllers for iOS are all the rage right now. Newcomer ‘Signal’ is premiering their first offering at CES called the RP One. This controller connects via Bluetooth and will be available for $99.99 in the first half of 2014.
The RP One looks similar to an Xbox controller and as long as they have steered clear of copyright infringements, I would hardly call mimicking one of the best controllers ever a bad idea. While it certainly lacks imagination in the design category, I think new controllers on the market are good for everyone and will hopefully help bring down the ridiculous prices.
The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing and lots of gadget and accessory makers are unveiling new products that are scheduled to launch later this year. Incipio is one of those companies with high hopes for the New Year. Today, they have announced the upcoming launch of four new products for the iPad that are sure to be crowd pleasers at this year’s conference.
As the new year starts to roll in, we will begin to see more and more accessory makers launching new and exciting products for Apple’s iPad Air. The newest full-sized tablet from Apple received a complete redesign that made it impossible for you to use your old cases, covers, and sleeves without dealing with some sizing issues. I had to finally let go of my favorite Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio when I purchased the iPad Air.
Kensington knows that there are thousands of people like me out there, who are in search of a new case to protect my tablet from daily use. The company has just announced the launch of 14 new cases that are specifically designed to withstand spills, drops, and other mishaps that take place every day.
Now that 2013 is over, we will start to see official numbers trickle in as to how many devices were sold and how much money was made by Apple and its affiliates. The first official numbers to come out of the tech giant’s data base is regarding app sales. Apple prides itself on the huge iOS ecosystem it offers to iPhone and iPad users and can boast more apps than any other mobile device operating system.
Today, Apple announced that iPad and iPhone users spent more than $10 billion in the App Store in 2013. One billion dollars of those sales took place in December alone with nearly three billion downloads during that month. Incidentally, last year’s record December had two billion downloads. We may not have doubled it, but downloads have certainly increased significantly in one year’s time. According to Apple’s press release, developers have now earned $15 billion in sales from the App Store.
Every time I visit my brother’s family, I bring my iPad. My nephew loves to play Pocket Minecraft and Club Penguin on it. He spends hours taping around on my tablet. I usually wipe it down with a damp cloth when I get home. Sure, it is partly because of the peanut butter smears he leaves behind, but it is also partly because I know that little tyke carries around a lot of germs on his hands.
This week, Corning, the creators of Gorilla Glass, unveiled a new version of the tough glass that promises to resist germs. The New Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is the first ever EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass.