As much as I appreciate the beautiful curves of the iPhone, I cannot help cover it up with a case. How some people can tolerate using a shattered iPhone when I can’t even stand a tiny scratch I will never know. Literally the second I took my iPhone out of the box I popped it into a case. Although I do want to protect my phone as much as I can, I have never opted to put it into an Otter Box. I just find that cruel and unusual to wrap Jonny Ive’s masterpiece in a fat suit. I mean you would never wrap a Lamborghini in bubble wrap would you? There is a Kickstarter Project, that is in it’s final stretch that is near indestructible, but still keeps your phone looking sharp. Introducing The Tantrum: The Indestructible Case for iPhone and Galaxy phones.
The Tantrum is an all aluminum exoskeleton case that is capable of withstanding several thousand pounds of force.The case is held together with stainless steel posts. The case boasts that unlike other cases that use the phone as part of the support system and that bend and fold without the phone inside; the Tantrum case provides all of the support. Any shock is absorbed and distributed though the case instead of your phone. The Tantrum can withstand drops, throws, and even being run over by a truck.
So go back this awesome kickstarter project. You can do so here.Or hit up their website here.
If you have read some of my other posts, you would have discovered that the only thing I hate about technology is the constant need to charge devices. I am always on one device or another and the fact that I have to worry about finding an electrical outlet or getting tangled up in a series of extension cords so I can charge and use my iPhone at the same time is a major nuisance. May I introduce to you, the Jackery Air a new project on Kickstarter. While I have yet to get my hands on this new power pack, I think it is worth looking into.
The Jackery Air comes in a beautiful orange color, and is made using the same aluminum molding process that Apple uses. This not only makes the device look sleek and sexy, but also it looks like it belongs next to your Apple devices. The Air measures only 4.9×2.4×0.3 inches and weights right around 5 ounces, meaning that it can back up its claim for being “The World’s Thinnest Portable Charger”. The Air has a three-color LED status indicator tells you how much power level is left. It’s so powerful that a fully charged Jackery Air contains enough power to charge a typical smartphone two to four times.
The Jackery Air has two power options: 2800 mAh and 5000 mAh, depending on the amount of charger you want the device to hold. The Air is capable of charging all of the most common consumer electronics including:
HTC: One X, S, V / Sensation XE XL / Inspire / Droid / ThunderBolt / EVO / Radar
Amazon: Kindle / Kindle Fire
Motorola: Droid Razr Maxx Bionic / Triumph
Sony: Sony Xperia Z J P
Blackberry: Blackberry Z10 / Curve
LG: Nexus 4 / Optimus / Touch
Others: PS Vita / MP3 MP4/ GoPro
So you do not have to worry about compatibility when using the this power pack.
I for one, am a strong believer in the aesthetics of product packaging. And though I do not know what magic the interior design of the box holds, the outside is quite appealing which in my opinion is the mark of a good quality product.I also like judging books by their cover, so there you go.
Inside this box you will find the Jackery Air of course, as well as a high speed usb charging cable that can also be used to charge most Android devices.
Also to note, if you back them on Kickstarter you can also receive a dual USB car charger as well as other rewards.
So the Jackery Air looks like it will turn out to be a welcome addition to the device family of anyone looking to extend the battery life of their smartphones and tablets. With a combination of design and power that cannot be beat, I know that the Jackery Air will definitely be soaring to the top of everyone’s wish list.
Check out their Kickstarter page here or connect with them via one of these channels:
I recently came across a new Kickstarter project that has great potential. It is a charging block with a twist. This little guy, by the name of Bolt can plug into your wall like the standard Apple charging block, but then when it’s time to go the Bolt can come with you and still charge your phone. You see, the great guys at Fluxmob have found a way to pack a 3000 mAh battery into this small rectangle giving you the ability to charge on the go. What is great about the Bolt is that it can be charged up with a standard outlet, no more carrying around a separate USB charging cord. Hopefully I will get the chance to do a more in depth review on the Bolt later on, but until then go check out their Kickstarter campaign here or there website here. I believe this will be a revolutionary new accessory that definitely deserves funding, so go help them out!
Throughout the past years, Apple has updated iOS to include more productive and useful features such as multitasking, iCloud, notification center, and more. However, if you look at the core apps, or built-in apps, those aren’t really updated much. Take Notes, for example. Nothing much has changed other than 2 new fonts and iCloud integrations. Weather doesn’t seem to have any functional changes. The Stocks app was only updated to be able to view graphs in landscape mode. The Calendar app has gone through no real cosmetic change, other than the integration of iCloud. Yes, they may be great apps already according to Apple standards, but many of us have to agree that we are all bored with how they look and act. Today, I will be talking about 4 apps that have replaced the default Safari, Mail, Music and Maps app.
First of all, Safari. Safari is a great browser. Now with integration of iCloud, with bookmark syncing and iCloud tabs, it’s a great browser. Even better, it also has offline reading lists, and a Reader view to make it easy for the eyes. However, I have made the switch to using Google Chrome. Why? Simply because I have also switched to Chrome on my Mac. Safari is a great browser, but it is really slow. My Mac is close to unusable when I have more than 10 tabs opened. Whereas with Chrome, it manages them very well to maintain the performance. Google Chrome for iOS also had bookmark syncing even before Apple made it available. Google Chrome in my opinion is simply the fastest browser on the planet. And same goes true with the iOS version. What I love the most about the iOS version is how easy it is to switch between tabs. With Safari, you would have to tap onto the tabs icon, and then flick to choose which tab you would like to switch to. With Chrome, you can also tap on the tab icon and view all of your tabs. But instead, you can just simply flick from either edge of the screen to switch between tabs. Just as simple as that. Much faster, much snappier than having to go through annoying taps.
The Mail app has had a few big features in the past years, such as a unified inbox, more than one exchange accounts, flagging and VIP inboxes. However, it never really made use of the multitouch user interface of actually swiping. Now I use an app called Sparrow. Sparrow is a famous Mac app that also landed on iOS not too long ago. It has unified inboxes, it has attachments, it has flaggin and starring. But is also has a great swiping feature. If you are in your inbox, you can just swipe to see the options of what you can do with that specific message. You can delete, archive, star, flag and so on. Because you can view these with a swipe, that allows you to save some screen space on the bottom, allowing you to view more messages at a glance. When you are in a message, and you would like to go through your messages, you don’t have to go back to the inbox again to see view each message. All you have to do is just swipe up or down, to go through your messages. Just like how you switch between tabs in Chrome for iOS. Very simple and easy. There are some drawbacks though. Sparrow does not do push notifications, which kind of sucks, and it does not have support for exchange accounts. And, because Sparrow has recently been acquired by Google, we will expect no future updates in terms of new features. Plus, the upcoming, widely discussed Mailbox app will be arriving the App Store soon, which is also promised to revolutionize your inbox.
Next up, the Music app. Simple sentence. The default Music app is ugly. It has been great in 2007. But not in 2013. ALthough with iOS 5 and iOS 6, they have refined the look of the Music app, it still is the same process of going through a long list of artists or albums or songs, just to reach your favorite song. What if you were able to browse your music more graphically? What if you can view your history? Your newest? Your most played? Well that’s what Track 8 does. It is a Music app that does all of that, with an interface that copies Windows Phone. You have the album art as tiles, and once you tap on the, there is an animation effect that takes you to that album. From the Home screen, you can see your history, newest and most played, which will allo you easy access to your most favorit and newest songs easily. All I can really say is, you just have to check it out. It even beats the music app in Windows Phone! Although it is a paid app, it is definitely worth it!
Last, but not least, is the Maps app. We all know that the Maps app in iOS 6 has caused a lot of trouble for many people. It’s not accurate, not Street View, and it’s just… crap. Even the Maps app before iOS 6 with Google’s backend was better. But now with the introduction of Google Maps for iOS, made by Google themselves, things have really changed. It is simply the best maps app ever. Normal view, satellite view both look awesome, with vector rendering and 3D capabilities. Navigation is easy as expected, and Street View is back. It’s free, it’s awesome, and it’s a must have.
Those have been the 4 apps that have replaced the default iOS apps. Do you have any other suggestions, or with any other apps? Please let us know in the comments section. You can also watch our video discussion about this topic on the top of this article.
Ever sense watching TRON, I have always had a special place in my heart for jackets; take one look at my closet and you would know straight away. I also love anything that lights up. So when I found ElectricMVMT’s Delaware st. hoodie I almost fainted. Finally a company bridged the gap between technology and textiles. Since I recognize that I might never get to ride a Light Cycle, this is the closest I will ever come to being TRON.
ElectricMVMT’s jacket is pretty simple, yet amazingly elegant. The Delaware st. hoodie is a zip-up design that follows the standard construction of a jacket. However, that is where the similarities with a normal hoodie end. Along side of the zipper and continuing up around the hood is a rope of EL Wire. The wire then connects to a controller box that is stored in a pouch on the inside of the jacket. The remote has a slide off back where you install two AA batteries. On the other side of the controller is a single button that activates the El wire.
The Delaware st. hoodie is actually quite functional. Depending on the mood you are in, or the atmosphere you inhabit, the EL wire canbe set to different modes, four if you include off. As you press the button, the controller cycles through the different modes. First there is steady on, then there is a slow blink, next there is a rapid blink which I like to call “Rave Mode”, and last it is back to off. I found that steady on actually makes a great deal of light and looks pretty neat at night. Rave Mode is also fun because it is like having your own wearable strobe light; it is quite effective when clubbing or having a dance party. It is also entertaining to light up the jacket while watching a movie during class just to see the reactions of my peers.
As for normal jacket functions, they are pretty standard. The jacket is pretty warm, but I would not recommend wearing it out in the snow. The hood is decently sized and having the EL wire in it keeps it firm so it always looks nice. The controller box easily disconnects from the jacket allowing you to wash the jacket easily. The hoodie is durable, so it does not feel like it will fall apart any time soon. The zipper especially feels really solid, which is something I always look for in a jacket.
Beautiful Light: The EL wire produces an awesome glow that can be seen from a distance.
Multiple Modes: I love “Rave Mode”
Solid Construction: Quality is excellent.
The controller box is bulky: I wish it was a little smaller because it sightly weighs down one side.
The hoodie is a little pricey: $90 is steep.
My teachers do not like rave mode.
Overall I definitely enjoy wearing the Delaware St. Hoodie; It adds a touch of technological magic to any outfit. The EL wire catches the light during the day when it is off, so you can still wear the hoodie and look awesome. It comes in either White or Black with Blue or Pink El wire and in my opinion is the jacket is worth it especially if you want to stand out at a club or concert. You can get one here.
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Here at Plomonet, Kenta discusses a lot about Tabler vs. Laptops. He has made many videos in the past about his thoughts regarding the two, at that point in time. This year, with the inclusion of the new iPad mini, he has some new thoughts he would like to discuss. The video is available below.
We have made a series of videos discussing what we think at Plomonet about the possible upcoming products from Apple. Categories are divided into Macs, iPods & Apple TV & iPhone, and iPad. Videos are available below.
Our hosts, Kenta and John have discussed about the differences regarding the Black & Slate models and the White & Silver models of both the latest iPhone 5 and iPad mini. YOu can watch the videos of the discussions below.
No matter what device you chose to rock, be it an iPhone, Android, or *Shudder* a Windows Phone, it is always important to protect your it. Cases are simple, slip or snap them on and you are good to go, no problem. Screen protecters, on the other hand, are much different, and have practically become the bane of my existence. I do not know what it is, but I can never get them on just right; they are so hard to line up perfectly without stretching them out. Then, when you finally get it on, what do you have to show? A bubbling, linty screen protector and a few more stomach ulcers. I was beginning to believe that it was something I was going to have to live with… that is, until I stubbed upon the: Shell Shock G-Class for iPhone 4s. The awesome people at Cellairis kindly provided me one to test out, and I am beyond impressed.
The Cellairis Shell Shock G-Class is a screen protector unlike any other, this is because it is made of GLASS. Yes GLASS, how great is that!? To be specific the Shell Shock is made of “Impact Resistant Tempered Glass”, and boasts other features such as HD Crystal Clarity, Scratch Resistance and a Precision Fit. Now any company can make exaggerated claims, but the Shell Shock holds true to every one.
The packaging is pretty simple, nothing to extraordinary; it was easy to open however, which was nice. Inside I found one Shell Shock front protector, one cleaning cloth, one home button cover, and one back protector. Pretty straight forward, so I’ll move on.
I am slightly a perfectionist, so the thought this was going to be torturous for me. I was dead wrong. Applying the Shell Shock could not be any simpler. Simply clean you iPhone’s screen, remove the backing, align the protector and drop it down. Since the screen protector has only an opaque top and bottom aligning the for edges of the screen is a easier than coming up with a metaphor to describe its simplicity. After dropping it into place, give it a quick wipe with the cleaning cloth to make sure it is stuck down, and then remove the plastic sheet on the front. That is about where I almost started hyper ventilating. I was shocked, no bubbles, no peeling, no specks of anything, just my perfect retina screen. Then I touched it, ooohhhh so nice, It is actually hard to tell I have a screen protector on. After calming my self down, I applied the home button cover. Since the glass is in fact .56mm thick, the home button cover raises the button to just about flush with the screen. I also learned a neat little trick for placing it on perfectly; simply get a piece of scotch tape and stick it to the top of the cover. Then remove the backing and align it using the tape. All you have to do is press it down tight and remove the tape. The logo on the home button is different, so if you are sentimental about your rounded square you are plum out of luck, but I rather think power button-esque look is quite elegant. I did not apply the black plate, but if you have a bumper I would recommended doing so. It is not made of glass, but it does appear to be made of a heavy duty glossed plastic.
The Week Later:
So I have had the Shell Shock G-Class screen protector for about a week now, and I am still deeply impressed with it. There is still no sign of any sort of bubbling or peeling, and there isn’t a scratch to behold. Yet that is not surprising due to the fact that the screen as a 531.56 MPa strain of surface. (Safety glass is 100 MPa). I have a feeling that this is the beginning of a very good relationship. There a few minor drawback that I have noticed, and I must stress MINOR, they are barely worth mentioning. First, I have noticed an occasional lack in sensitivity on the lock screen, but only on the lock screen, which leads me to believe that it may just be a software issue. Also, since the screen protector is only transparent for the screen part, when looking at an extreme angle, I do not know why you would, the screen is slightly cut off due to the depth of glass. Last, while the package does claim to be fingerprint free, I have noticed that there are some, but only if my fingers are a little oily. Again those are minor issues.
So overall, I am glad to own the Shell Shock G-Class screen protector. It is so natural feeling that it is like rocking a naked iPhone without having to worry about damage. A true dream come true. Just a side note, make sure your case can fit the extra thickness of the screen protector. Other than that, I would gladly recommend the Shell Shock to anyone fed up with conventional screen protectors. You can get one HERE for $39.99 for just the front or $49.99 for both pieces, a little hefty but definitely worth it. The Shell Shock also comes in multiple colors if you are feeling fun. Take a look Cellairis’ website a look HERE, for more awesome accessories and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pintrest for more information about product releases.
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