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i-Got-Control IRB1 (Universal Remote) Needs to Get Better

6:20 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

i-Got-Control IRB1 is the third in a series of universal remote control hardware/app combinations I’m reviewing. Like the first two I tested, it can control most of your electronic entertainment devices — televisions, AV receivers, cable boxes, and such — as long as they use an infrared remote control. Compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (all must run iOS 3.0 or higher), i-Got-Control IRB1 shows promise, but isn’t something I will continue to use in its current state.

FLPR (Fast Learning Programmable Remote) for iPhone: Good but not great…

4:25 PM, Jun. 9th, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

New Potato Technologies’ FLPR (Fast Learning Programmable Remote) for the iPhone and iPod touch running OS 3.0 or higher is a hardware/app combination for controlling electronic devices via infrared remote. In a nutshell, it worked better for me than the Power A Universal Remote Case I reviewed recently (click here to read); but had a couple of annoying issues that make it difficult for me to recommend without reservations.

POWER A Universal Remote Case: Close but no Cigar

11:47 AM, Jun. 2nd, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

The POWER A Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is just what it sounds like — an iPhone case that incorporates a transmitter that turns your iPhone into a remote control for audio and video components. It requires the free POWER A Universal Remote app; the combination of hardware and software can control most infrared-capable devices such as televisions, DVD players, cable boxes, stereo systems, A/V receivers, and so on.

NuVue iPad Privacy Shield Provides Problematic Protection

6:00 AM, May. 24th, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

I was extremely interested in testing the NuVue Privacy Protector before my recent 10-day tour of user groups in the Mid-Atlantic region (Philadelphia PA, Princeton NJ, and Hershey PA). I’d be traveling by air, rail, and highway and I was looking forward to working on reviews and other “sensitive” writing assignments without exposing my writing to others seated nearby.

Wrapsol ultra adhesive film for iPhone

5:06 PM, May. 1st, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

Wrapsol ultra is, at least according to its maker, “The world’s strongest, easiest and fastest-to-apply drop + scratch protection system for the Apple iPhone 3GS.” Put another way, it’s a transparent precision-cut film coating that protects your iPhone.  

Newer Technology NuGuard Clear iPad “case”

4:48 PM, Apr. 28th, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

NewerTech’s NuGuard Clear is a crystal clear hard shell snap-on half-case for the iPad. It covers the back and sides (not the screen), but if you’re looking for a minimally-intrusive way to protect the back and sides of your iPad, it does the trick quite nicely. 

Episode #89: Hands-on with an iPad

11:24 PM, Mar. 31st, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

I had high expectations for the iPad and I am not in the least bit disappointed. Before receiving the device I had speculated that it would replace the laptop for many users. I still think that’s true but now that I’ve spent some time with one I also believe many users will want an iPad in addition to a laptop.

iRingPro iPhone ringtones

12:43 PM, Mar. 8th, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

If you are sick of the handful of overused, cartoonish ringtones included with your iPhone, iRingPro offers three unique collections of sophisticated, high-quality, and thoughtfully designed ringtones.

Voi! Lorem™ iPhone case

2:00 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2010 · Bob LeVitus · In-Depth Review

Over the years we've reviewed dozens of iPhone and iPod cases and we've tried to focus on products that are unique, offer superior functionality, or both. Conversely, we usually avoid reviewing cases that have no distinguishing features. I'm happy to report that the Voi! Lorem™ iPhone case meets or exceeds our criteria -- it's unique, with unique functionality, and several other features that distinguish it from the rest of the pack.