RIM gears up to take over your dashboard, Toyota facing a record fine for buggy car tech...Best Buy has its eye on dealer showrooms...The first iPad in dash is spotted...And we spot a Ghost--hell, we thrash the damned thing.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 163 SHOW NOTES
To all you iPad owners out there (or potential owners), I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the iPad is a fun, elegant, do-everything gadget that's easy to love. The bad news: you're going to baby this thing like nothing before.
Whether its a protective case, a Bluetooth keyboard, or an in-car charger for that summer road trip, there are dozens of accessories for the iPad that warrant consideration. Fortunately, we've thought of everything, and created a handy slideshow that runs through every conceivable iPad accessory on the market--from the … Read more
Before the launch of the iPad, Apple removed all the plastic and film screen protectors from its online and brick and mortar stores, even though they are among the most popular accessories for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple didn't seem to give any particular reason for this move, but as iLounge noted in an article, "One vendor speculated that the ban is an Apple marketing attempt to suggest screen durability, despite scratches that have damaged both plastic and glass displays of its products for years." Others have mentioned that because it's hard to adhere the … Read more
My sixth sense tells me I'm not going to make many friends with this article, but I'm just going to say it: if you carry a bag over or across one shoulder, it's a purse. That means all those messenger bags you fellows are carrying around are man purses. I don't care how big it is: it's still a murse. And I've already earned the ire of one coworker by calling it that (I believe his exact words were: "I'll murse you"), so if you want to bombard my comment section … Read more
When the iPad is released on April 3, that wonderful cottage industry known as the accessories market will swing into high gear and try to capitalize on the popularity of Apple's hot new device. But unless you're Stephen Colbert at the Grammys or a few other select people, you're probably not getting anywhere near a working iPad until it starts shipping. So, how do accessory manufacturers manage to have their wares ready to go on launch day?
Well, they make their own iPads.
At least that's what Hard Candy Cases, which is known for its laptop … Read more
When the iPad was first announced, a lot of accessory makers quickly revealed cases within hours of the launch. Not surprisingly, most of the cases were simply Amazon Kindle DX or Netbook cases masquerading as iPad cases, which is all well and good, but we're now seeing more stuff that was designed from the ground up for the iPad.
Case in point: Tuff-Luv's leather Napa iPad case, which is due to hit Amazon in mid-April with a $49.99 price tag (it comes in multiple colors). We're not sure what protective case will work best for the … Read more
Apple is instituting a ban on all protective screen film products from its online and retail stores starting in May, according to iLounge, which cites several companies familiar with the matter. If it happens, the move will take away some of Apple's most popular third-party products. But what for?
Apparently, the ban is going to cover both film-only products and cases that incorporate protective screens. It applies to products both decorative and protective across all Apple product lines. And while the company reportedly didn't give vendors an explicit reason for the move, some have speculated that it's … Read more
Back in November of last year we wrote about an upcoming Apple-certified iPhone and iPod Touch solar charger from a company called Novothink. Well, four months later, the Solar Surge charging case, which Novothink is marketing toward "outdoor enthusiasts," is now available for purchase.
As anybody who's tried to charge an electronic device using a solar charger knows, it doesn't juice up the device nearly as quickly as your typical power adapter would and the Surge is no exception. The charging case can provide up to 30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or … Read more
Last week, I was having a laugh at Geekonomics blogger Nicholas Khoo's iPhone accessories. On the phone's display was a mirror finish screen overlay, and protecting the chassis was a bulky rubbery case with a reflective back. We joked about how he could use it as a mirror signal on a deserted island to attract passing ships and how its bulk would allow it to be used as a defensive weapon. A day later, I was presented with the above specimen, a dropped iPhone with a cracked screen--yes, it was carried around without any protection. I can just … Read more
Unless your iPhone went straight from box to case, it's probably lost some--if not all--of its original shiny luster. Indeed, it's rare to find a handset that doesn't end up looking like the one in this picture after a few months.
It's awful, right? That's more or less how my iPhone 3GS looks, and it's been riding inside a rubberized shell since day one. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of DIY guides showing you how to fix the front of an iPhone, I've yet to see one that focuses on its backside.
Until … Read more