November 2013

Check Out the Official Trailer for ‘The Shadow Sun’

If you are a fan of iOS role-playing games (RPG), chances are you’ve been tracking The Shadow Sun for a very long time (I first wrote about at the end of August … in 2010!). What started as an iPhone-only game now supports the iPad, and even takes advantage of the iPad Air! Today we get the official trailer!

Get Power On the Go with the PowerBinder

I am on the go a lot — almost always without access to electricity. Whether I’m hunting or coaching, being a geek in the great outdoors can sometimes leave me with dead devices. The PowerBinder is a simple to use solar charging mobile power solution. I have the $199 PowerBinder in hand, so look for a full review soon! Check out the PowerBinder at the PowerStick website.

Evercontact Flashback Mined My Contacts and Found Treasure

Most of your business contacts probably include their contact information in their email signatures. But unless you have an assistant, mining all of that incoming data and inserting it into your address book would be a huge chore; trying to glean that information from past years’ emails would seem incredibly daunting. But not if you use two magical products from Evercontact.

TYLT POWERPLANT Universal Battery Pack Lets Lightning Strike… Twice

Yesterday we took a look at the Just Mobile Gum++ Backup Battery. It’s a great accessory but requires you to supply your own cable. Today we are taking a look at TYLT’s POWERPLANT Portable Back-Up Charger Lighting. The $89.99 battery is small, powerful and includes a built-in Lightning connector and a universal USB port. Plus, it looks great!

My Five Favorite Things About IK Multimedia iLoud!

I have already posted the launch announcement and my first impressions, so it is time to close things out. And I really thought that the best way to do it was to highlight the five things I like best, that have kept iLoud at my side since it arrived. I have included a new hands-on video as well.

Monday Mystery: Scientists Discover Unknown Knee Ligament

Image courtesy Science Daily Several years ago I tore my ACL. I sat with the orthopedist and he showed me a model of the knee to explain where the ACL was, what it did, and how they took other bits of a tendon to replace it. I was left with the impression that surgeons know exactly what’s in there, but a new study indicates they’ve discovered a previously unknown ligament! Yes, apparently there’s another one in there, the Anterorlateral Ligament or ALL. The new theory is that this ligament causes the “pivot shift” sensation when you tear your ACL. Pivot…

LifeProof fr? for the iPhone 5s- First Look

I love using the iPhone 5S and am quite happy with the security the TouchID fingerprint reader provides. I do, however, miss my LifeProof case. Thankfully the new version of the LifeProof fr? is shipping and it works with the iPhone 5S. Here’s an early video demo! As LifeProof explains, The most advanced phone technology led to the iPhone 5s. And, the most advanced case technology led to this — fr? for iPhone 5s. Thinner, lighter, stronger and more protective than any case available, fr? keeps your iPhone 5s waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and drop proof, so you can…

Walk Like an Egyptian, Die Like a Pharaoh

When I was a kid my mother overpaid for scalped tickets for the King Tut Exhibit. I was still captivated when, years later, I again saw the exhibit in Cairo. New evidence tells us Tut died in a chariot crash! (Drunk chariot races= bad idea.) But there’s more… Like his mummy spontaneously combusting. It is a fascinating read on Smithsonian.

Just Mobile Gum++ Battery Has Style and Power to Spare

This is the time of year when we begin planning what will come with us to the Consumer Electronics Show. External batteries are always a key “bring-along” items, and this year is no exception. We’ve already gathered a few and, over the next days, we’ll look at each. First up is the stylish and powerful Gum++ battery from Just Mobile.

Pre-Order Skooba Design’s Upcoming iPad/Tablet Courier V.3 and Save!

Check out Skooba Design’s collection of bags, and you’ll quickly see their penchant for East/West cases and briefs (devices are oriented in landscape inside the bag). That changes with their awesome new iPad/Tablet Courier V.3. This North/South bag has all kinds of Skooba goodness. It will be $89.95 when it arrives, but if you pre-order you can save 25%!

Armorz Stealth Extreme Lite Tempered Glass Quick Review

I recently recounted my horror at dropping my iPhone 5S. I was relieved to realize that just the glass screen protector broke, and the iPhone was fine. The only bummer was the fact that I no longer had a pricey glass screen protector. Three days later the Armorz Stealth Extreme Lite Tempered Glass for Apple iPhone 5s arrived for review.

My #1 iPad Air Disappointment? 1GB of RAM

I love the iPad Air – after a year using the iPad Mini, I was ready for the 9.7″ screen, Retina resolution, the A7 processor power, and getting back to LTE. I was bumping up against the iPad Mini limitations, particularly for gaming and music production. But for all the iPad Air power, I’ve found a new limitation: 1GB RAM. To put it into context, a 2GB chip compared to a 1GB chip adds no more space, weight, heat, doesn’t change layout, and would cost less than $10. The functional role of RAM compared to flash storage is important. Apple…

What’s Black or White and Cleans Your Teeth? Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips Sonicare is the #1 dentist recommended power toothbrush in the US, and now their DiamondClean comes in a sleek black color. Available for a limited time, it removes up to 7x more plaque compared to a manual toothbrush. It ships with an awesome inductive charging “glass” and a USB travel case. Judie and I will be going “teeth on” shortly.

Griffin WoodTones Headphones – Real Wood and Really Good

I didn’t know what to expect from a pair of headphones coming from Griffin. After all, we love their great accessories but never really thought of them as a source for headphones or speakers. Add in the fact that the Griffin WoodTones headphones are under $100 and you can understand my initial skepticism. Thankfully, I was delightfully surprised.

Farewell to Blockbuster Video

I haven’t set foot in a Blockbuster Video in at least six years. Yet when news broke this week that the final stores were closing, I felt a little bit sad. The experience of going to the video store was so much more than just clicking a button on a remote, and it made me realize how many great memories I have thanks to Blockbuster. When I think of Blockbuster, my first thought is the store I used to visit in Brighton, MA. I was working for Borders, and my schedule was always way off from my friends, so I…