iLuv has released its first round of iPad 5/iPad mini products supporting Apple’s new Lightning connector. We had a change to take a look at a couple of them.
The car charger with lightning connection is one of the first car chargers compatible with Apple’s new Lightning connector that is officially licensed from Apple. It features a coiled cord so its footprint is small, but can be stretched as much as 3ft if needed. The charger also features a white light that becomes illuminated when the phone is actively being charged and can quickly charge up your iPhone/iPad in just a few hours, providing 10.5W of power.
It’s available today for $44.99 from iLuv’s web site.
iLuv’s latest foray into cases brings with it an iPad mini case with a detachable back piece that provides added protection to your iPad mini. The 2 pieces come in different colours, allowing you to change up the look and feel of your iPad mini. The second layer also provides additional protection in case you drop the iPad mini with its raised, shock absorbing ridges. The second pieces’ raised ends allow you to easily grip your iPad mini when playing video games or watching a movie.
The neat part about this case is that it allows access to all your iPad minis ports and cameras, while maintaining the iPads light weight feel.
Pulse ships in 3 colour versions: blue/black, pink/black and green/black.
You can order your Pulse case today from iLuv.com for just $49.99.
Before TV, computers, cell phones, iPods, iPhones, iPads, iPad minis or any other technology we have today, kids were required to play with simple things, like Barbies and balloons.
It’s easy to forget how fun these things were, and this totally adorable baby is here to remind us that the most entertaining things in life don’t necessarily come from the Apple Store. I dare you not to let an “awwww” escape your lips as you watch his giggle fit play out.
FYI, Fall is around the corner
Either you love fall or you hate it. It’s time to pack up your summer clothes and get ready for jeans, sweats and comfy oversized sweaters. If you’re kinda depressed about the whole change of weather, make yourself some autumn inspired cookies. I’m 99.9% sure you will feel better. [season-a-l.tumblr]
Mason is TOO cute, but it’s time to welcome another baby
On the season finale of KUWTK, you never know what you’re going to expect. I def shed a few tears as Kourtney gave birth (or technically pulled out) her daughter Penelope. Oh just another girl to add to the family. Watch out boys cause Lord Disick will be after you. [fuckyeahdash]
Pause — is that Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran?
Errrm, that’s some serious thrusting! One Direction’s Harry Styles and lyrical guru Ed Sheeran made a little (but impressive) cameo in XO MAN’s ‘Quag‘ music video. You know from Family Guy, “giggity giggity.” [let--us-die-young]
Who doesn’t love family photos? Read more…
It’s amazing how gullible people can be when it comes to their technology. Apple debuts a shiny, new, kickass phone and no matter WTH you’re handed you’re going to think it’s awesome. Hand said technology aficionado an old model, a completely different phone — a banana for all I care — and call it an iPhone 5, they’re going to say it’s cool.
As we all know, iPhone unveiled the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco last Wednesday. Jimmy Kimmel decided to present the new model to iPhone users on the street, with one catch — they showed off the old model and pretended it was the new one.
The phone doesn’t look too different from the soon-to-be archaic model so it’s understandable why people would get confused, but it’s still hilarious that people will go cray over any old thing, just because they’re expecting epic-ness.
By Jack Siebel
Your first year of college is one of the most important years of your life, and yes, there’s an App for that. In fact, there are tons of them!
Below are ten fantastic applications to help you succeed both academically and socially in a world dominated by technology and speed. Almost every student I know has at least one if not more of these ten apps to help them out during their first year of uni. Personally, I use them on a daily/weekly basis and there’s a good chance you’ll start using them too.
1. CampusBooks, FREE
WHAT IT DOES: CampusBooks has one task: to find the cheapest place to buy books. Although that doesn’t seem extremely impressive, CampusBooks is AMAZING. It will locate almost any book and tell you exactly how to get it for the cheapest price possible.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Textbooks might be the most overpriced thing I’ve ever seen. EVER. That being said, CampusBooks is like the black market of educational literature, giving the user hundreds of options across the nation to buy their books at a (usually) much lower cost.
2. Flashcards, FREE-$4
WHAT IT DOES: Flashcards is an app that lets you, well, make flashcards! It provides users with a sleek and easy way to memorize anything that can be defined or matched.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Not only is the app much smaller than carrying around four or five decks of real cards but it’s also sleek in design and easy to use.
3. AudioNote, $3
WHAT IT DOES: For someone who stinks at taking notes (like me!) this can be the most helpful tool you have. AudioNote records lectures, speeches and basically anything else you want it to! Not all of us can be as pro as The Office‘s Ryan (above).
WHY WE LIKE IT: From experience, I know note taking can be hard, especially if your professor speaks with roughly the same pace of a movie on fast forward. With AudioNote, students can record lectures instead of sloppily writing half completed paper notes.
4. Urbanspoon, FREE
WHAT IT DOES: Are you a foodie? Are you a college kid on a budget? Urbanspoon helps users find the best food at the best prices. It uses professional critiques and GPS to find the tastiest food that’s closest to you.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Isn’t it obvious?? We like it because we like delicious food! College kids are often on a budget, so it’s pretty helpful that Urbanspoon narrows the restos down by price (yes please).
5. Flixster, FREE Read more…
The Stem Time Command Mini is a “compact, app-enhanced audio alarm and dock” for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The base is small and simple: time display, two speakers, and three buttons – volume up and down, and one button to play, pause, set, and snooze. It comes with a long cord, making the base easy to move around a room while it remains plugged in. The base supports devices in or out of most protective cases, and it comes with additional supports for the iPad.
When it is first plugged in, you are prompted to set the time, but by docking your device the Time Command Mini automatically sets the time that is set on your device. That is a really great feature, absolutely no hassle! It is simple to set up, just plug it in, dock your device, and it’s ready to go. The Time Command Mini will keep your device fully charged while you use it. Not only can you play music while it is docked, your phone is fully functional, and you can keep it docked while having a conversation over speakerphone.
There is an App that compliments the Time Command, aptly named “Time Command.” While it is not necessary to download to be able to use the device, you are prompted to download it every time you dock your iPhone/iPod/iPad. With the App downloaded and open, your phone remains on a display screen, showing the weather, the time, and the date. There is a small alarm symbol on the bottom of the screen that gives you three options – Set Alarms, Sleep Now, and Sleep to Audio.
The first option, Set Alarms, allows you to set several alarms on your device, much like the regular clock App. You can select the alarm sound, and select a range of volumes (from level 1 to level 16). The Sleep Now option turns the time display on the dock completely off, and dims the screen on your device. You can select the brightness of the time on the dock (from level 1 to level 5), and you can adjust your device’s display brightness through the settings. Finally, the Sleep to Audio option allows you to fall asleep to music from your device, or to relaxation sounds from the App, like Ocean Waves, Camp Fire, or Summer Rain, among others. Once you select the audio you wish to fall asleep to, you can set a sleep timer so it turns off automatically. Hit “Done” and the device’s screen dims and the dock display turns off.
The dock also supports an alarm that works whether or not a device is plugged in. The sound is a simple beeping that you can set the volume level for. Deactivating the alarm is a simple push of the centre button. While using the Time Command to play music, the three buttons have multiple functions. The volume buttons also serve as Previous and Next song buttons, and the centre button is Play and Pause. This little dock certainly delivers big sound; it is a lot louder than you would think.
The main problems I have found with the Time Command Mini are that I am constantly being prompted to download or update something for the App, which is slightly annoying, but not really a big deal. The volume controls are slightly flawed; if you press too fast you end up changing the song. Finally, the alarm is not all that loud, and I can’t imagine relying on it to wake me up from a cozy sleep.
Overall, the Time Command Mini is a great product, compact in size yet offers big sound and has a variety of uses. You can purchase on for $79.95 from the stem official web site.
Turns out Zooey Deschanel has a little brother named Jooey and he’s just as quirky as our favourite indie songbird. He has the same blunt bangs, wears flannel PJs and has a weird country twang.
He also stars in his very own commercial for Siri on the iPhone 4 S and has a lot of questions. Some include: Is it raining? What year is it? And of course, do you want to take a soup bath?
Zooey Deschanel can pull of the quirkiness a lot more than her pyjama-wearing brother, who premiered his commercial on Funny or Die. He kind of reminds me of 30 Rock’s Kenneth. I’m eagerly awaiting the premiere episode of New Guy.
Watch it here:
In the meantime, Siri has been acting kind of b*tchy lately. When asked about Zooey Deschanel she acted like she didn’t even know the chick. Check it out below:
Griffin has come up with many fantastic accessories for gadget users over the years. Whether it was a car charger for an iPod, or a cradle for a smartphone, Griffin has a solution in accessory form to suit almost anyone’s needs. They have recently integrated several of their accessory gadgets into one package as the ultimate solution for iPhone / iPod touch users. Auxiliary (AUX) ports are becoming more and more common in vehicles these days. People bring their iPhones / iPods into the car and need a handy place to mount their iPods while they drive. The dilemma is that drivers still need to beg able to access the screen to choose their music. Griffin’s TuneFlex AUX Handsfree is the answer.
The TuneFlex AUX Handsfree for iPhone and iPod touch is essentially a car charger with a long flexible steel neck and swiveling cradle that holds your iPhone or iPod where you want it. You can bend and angle the neck however you like, so that the iPhone is facing you and can be easily accessed to pick songs and answer calls while you are on the go.
The cradle has a mounting bracket to hold the iPhone or iPod securely and ensure it doesn’t fall off the charger. The TuneFlex is compatible With iPhone and iPod Models With A 30 – Pin Dock Connector, so the cradle will keep your iPhone / iPod fully charged while you are listening to music or chatting with your friends. If you keep your iPhone or iPod safe in a case, fear not. The TuneFlex is a Case – friendly cradle. It is wide enough to hold the iPhone or iPod in its case, and the depth of the cradle can be adjusted using the adjustable wheel at the back of the case. Even those of you with massive otterbox cases will be able to use this product without the hassle of removing your phone from it’s case.
The cradle comes with an AUX / Microphone cable that connects your iPhone / iPod to your car stereo. The cable provides high quality audio from the iPhone / iPod to the car speakers. The cable also features a high – sensitivity hands – free microphone for phone calls. I use this feature frequently and the people on the other end of the calls can’t tell that I am on speaker phone.
This unit is good, but it is not without its flaws. The manual says that through the AUX cable, the audio from phone calls will be ported to the car’s speakers, but it will not do that. No matter how many iPhones I’ve tried, regardless of firmware, model, or O/S, it will not work. I am forced to use the phone’s mediocre speaker function. It serves it’s purpose, but when I am on the highway I have a hard time hearing the people I am on the phone with.
The other issue is a physical one. The cradle is meant to be totally adjustable. You can turn, bend and angle the case in a variety of ways. This is a great feature, but when I am turning with any speed, the phone becomes wobbly, and will totally turn to it’s side while in the cradle. The case would benefit from locking into place at various angles and being made adjustable. The rotation mechanism gets looser and looser by the day and I fear that over time it will turn very easily and at inopportune times. It’s a pain in the butt and needs to be addressed in future models.
Overall, the TuneFlex AUX is a handy tool. It has its flaws, but it also has it’s perks. The bugs definitely need to be addressed, but this is still a fantastic gadget for all iPhone / iPod users in their cars and I highly recommend it.
For more information, visit Griffin’s web site.
We’re also giving away 2 units. To enter, complete the form below and we’ll select 2 winners on Apr 30th, 2012. Open to residents of Canada only, excluding Quebec.
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andPOP and Rocketcases are giving you a chance to win 1 of 4 cases for your iPhone 4. Simply complete the form below and we’ll randomly select 4 winners. Winners will be able to select which case they’d like. Works with iPhone 4/4S only. Open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Contest closes April 30th, 2012.
Russell Brand didn’t spend too long at the police station on Thursday afternoon after pulling a Chris Brown. He was accused of grabbing a photographer’s iPhone and tossing it through the window of a downtown law office.
The police put a warrant out for his arrest and soon after Brand turned himself into the New Orleans Sheriff’s office and was booked on two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property valued at $700.
The British comedian didn’t spend too long in jail though, as he posted the $5000 bail and agreed to pay for repairs to the phone.
So basically buy a new phone.
According to TMZ, Brand understandably got upset at the photographer who was taking pictures on his iPhone, inspiring him to chuck it through the window. True, that’s a little extreme, but I understand how it could happen in a heated moment.
I think Brand handled the situation pretty well by turning himself in and posting a lighthearted explanation on Twitter. He responded to the news by tweeting: ”Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.” [TMZ]
CollegeHumor posted this adorable video that shows how interested monkeys are in looking at themselves — just like humans.
This guys found the monkeys at the zoo were incredibly uninterested in staring at streeters all day. So perhaps they would be more interested in looking at themselves? He couldn’t be more right.
To test the theory, he attached an iPhone to the wall of the exhibit and turned on the front-facing camera option. The monkeys are probably seeing themselves for the first time and can’t stop staring. He even tests it out on gorillas and the camera gets so close you can see his pupil dilating.
Besides the Instagram app, another reason life is dull if you’re not an iPhone user is not having AutoCorrect. Text messaging as never been this amusing.
Buzzfeed also shares our love for the spell-check tool, so much so that they piled a list of the 25 most funny AutoCorrect blunders. Here are just a few of the most hilarious automatic correction fails.
You can see all 25 picks over at Buzzfeed. If I learned anything from this post, it’s that a) I need an iPhone. It looks like a party! b) Always triple-check when you are texting your parents. Unless you want the next dinner gathering to be extremely awkward.
Apparently, cutting in line to get a bite out of the new Apple product isn’t gonna fly in Las Vegas.
Gizmodo reports the Situation wanted to get his greasy hands on the new iPhone 4S but went home empty handed instead, after an employee told him to GTFO and threw him out. Ouch!
Yo, Sitch, I dunno how they do it in Jersey, but elsewhere, we all patiently wait our turn to buy things. Things like iPhones, tanning oils and hoochie looking girls.
We all know how power hungry the iPhone’s applications can be and with Apple marketing the iPhone as a gaming device in addition to its phone capabilities, it’s very easy to drain your battery in a matter of hours. With Mophie’s Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 4, we now have a solution that not only extends the life of the battery, but also looks good doing it.
The Juice Pack Air wraps a rechargeable battery inside a light weight, form fitting hard case, protecting your iPhone 4 from daily wear and tear. Unless someone inspects the case thoroughly, they’ll have no idea that your iPhone now has twice the power.
The Juice Pack Air ships with a full charge, so you’re ready to go out of the box. Simply remove the top piece of the case, slide in your iPhone, making sure it’s properly connected to the case. A tiny switch on the bottom corner lets you turn the device on or off, while 4 lights along the bottom of the case let you know how much charge the device has left. A fully charged case can provide the following:
Young children and Blackberry phones usually don’t mix well, but Brandy’s daughter Sy’rai seems to think otherwise. The R&B superstar’s 8-year-old daughter was after the hottest techno gadgets this Christmas, including the latest hardware from RIM and Apple.
“I got her list, and it is ridiculous. When she believed in Santa, she had a smaller list, but now that she knows I’m Santa Claus, she went crazy. Now, she wants a Blackberry and an iPhone 4. It’s like ‘little girl, you are 8, and you’re asking for a Blackberry?’” Brandy divulged to Pop Eater.
At first glance one might cringe and cry spoiled, but Brandy goes on to explain that Sy’rai can also be a typical little girl.
“She also asked for a hug and a kiss,” she added. “Then clothes and shoes. She’ll get that and a few Barbies and American Girl dolls. But no way is she getting a Blackberry.”
We don’t blame you Brandy! Who does an 8-year-old have to call anyway?!
We’re sure Sy’rai was more than happy with her phone-free haul this Christmas!
Looking for a new pair of in ear headphones? andPOP and Empire Brands are giving away one pair of Wicked Empire 8 Ball in ear headphones.
Punk-inspired, noise isolating earbuds cater to a multitude of personal styles
- Top of the line earbuds feature external design themes for a unique and personalized appearance
- Modern elements ,such as skull and 8 ball figures, allow consumers to promote their individual fashion sense
- High quality chrome finish offers a stylish look and gold-plated tip prevents damage and corrosion
- Available in 5 trendy models: Maiden, Lucky, Knight, Bones and Ace
- 10 mm Driver, 20-20,000 Hz Frequency, 1.2 Meter Cord
The headphones retail for US$34.99 and are available from most retailers including FYE, Amazon and Fry’s Electronics.
For more information visit empirebrandsinc.com.
andPOP and Runner Runner are giving away an iPhone 4 to one lucky winner!
Runner Runner aren’t really fans of cell phones in their new music video for “So Obvious,” but they still want to treat their loyal fans to something nice. The guys are giving you a chance to win an iPhone! Enter now to win!
The band has announced their SayNow number, (714) 646-4692, so fans can chat with them & leave messages to listen to when they’re not performing. Ryan, Jon, James, Peter, and Nick are heading out on the road with Secondhand Serenade this summer, so be sure to check out the tour dates on their MySpace, “like” them on their Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@runnerrunner).
Enter the contest today. Contest ends Aug. 7/10. Open to US residents only.
Tour dates with Secondhand Serenade, White Tie Affair
7/21 Dallas, Tx
7/23 Houston, Tx
7/24 San Antonio, Tx
7/25 Corpus Christi, Tx
7/27 Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
7/28 Orlando, Fl
7/29 St. Petersburg, Fl
8/04 Towson, Md
8/05 Lancaster, Pa
8/07 Boston, Ma
8/08 S. Burlington, Vt
8/11 Pittsburgh, Pa
8/12 Pontiac, Mi
View complete contest details.
Tired of the same old boring iPhone/iPod cases? Why not try changing it up with a Music Skin of your favourite artist. Simply place the skin on the back of your device and you’ll instantly be cooler (ok we can’t guarantee that). To enter the contest, simply fill in the form below and select which device you have. Here is a list of the skins we have:
iPod Touch 1st Gen – Paramore, Taylor Swift
iPod Touch 2nd Gen – T-Pain
iPhone 2G – Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Paramore
iPhone 3G(S) – L’il Wayne, T-Pain, Paramore
We’ll randomly select winners for each device and send out a random skin. Contest ends August 8th, 2010.
When we visited CES in January 2010, a new area was announced to showcase Apple based products and peripherals because of a recent change to the annual Macworld show. While there were some great new products being debuted, we noticed one type of product that was abundantly available, iPhone cases.
After visiting more than 30 booths with iPhone cases, we noticed only a handful of companies were innovating beyond the basic silicon skin case. One of those companies was iFrogz.
We really like what we saw with the iPhone Frosted Luxe cases. Available in several colours, the two piece case slides together, providing protection from scratches and drops. The case also extends a few millimetres above the screen, which would prevent the screen from making contact with the ground, should you drop it.
The case provides access to all buttons and with a larger opening around the headphone jack, it can fit all types of headphones. Featuring a velvety ‘soft touch’ feel and the option to swap colours if you have multiple cases, you’ll always have a phone that can match your outfit.
You can buy the case online at ifrogz.com for US$29.99 or browse their site for more iPod, iPhone, iPad or Blackberry cases.