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The just released ExoLens kit for the iPhone 6 is a professional pair of lenses, a 3x telephoto and a wide angle that attach to the iPhone with a sturdy lattice mount. The mount is threaded with a standard 1/4"-20 connection, ready for a tripod. The system is designed for growth.
The original Brydge Keyboard was a nice product, but the company had grave customer service issues. Now, under new ownership, Brydge Global, the BrydgeAir BT keyboard for iPad continues its tradition of physical excellence with a model for the iPad Air and Air 2. Color matching and many small refinements have been added.
This week we learned that with enough resources, organizations know no end to their lust for information via hacking. Attacking and penetrating the best protected systems is a high art, and if even the pros aren't safe, what are the consumer's chances?
What new technologies will literally change the face of the Apple iPhone in 10 years? How should it properly evolve? John Martellaro puts on his futurist hat and speculates where we'll be a decade from now.
For those using a Bluetooth keyboard with their iPads and also have the alternative virtual keyboard called SwiftKey installed, there is a notable gotcha to watch for. John Martellaro explains the problem and the solution.
All Apple has given us is that the Apple Watch will start at $349. It's been widely assumed that's the Sport model. Plus, there's been a lot of conjecture about the price of the gold Apple Watch Edition, but John Martellaro is more curious about the one in the middle with its stainless steel case and sapphire display.
When searching the file system, most OS X users are familiar with CMD+F, and then how to specify the search criteria with the search field and the two popups. But if you know you're looking for a file by name, here's a faster way.
The CoeLux light panel looks like a skylight, but is actually a sophisticated optical panel, a system that mimics blue sky and the illusion of the sun at a distance. It's designed for indoor spaces that would benefit from natural sunlight. From the website: "CoeLux is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space." It was developed by scientists in Italy. Current pricing, however, is high: US$61,000 and another $7,600 for installation. However, some corporations (or hospitals), for example, in special conditions, might consider it essential. The video is amazing.
Apple has so much in liquid cash resources that it absolutely has no need to betray or trick the customer. That gives Apple great liberties in product design. Lately, we've seen the enormous financial benefits of that philosophy come to bear. If other competitors don't get smarter, faster in earning trust, there seems to be no limit to Apple's growth.
BusyMac made a name for itself by giving us a better calendar than iCal called BusyCal. Now, they've done it again with the release of BusyContacts.