There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.
Check out the Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand. This device serves as an infinitely flexible stand for your iPhone, iPad, or other device because you can shape it to fit any given terrain. It comes with a disc you attach to your device, and it then sticks magnetically to the unipod. You can get it for $34.99 through our deal.
Check out the LithiumCard Wallet Battery, a portable charger for your iOS device that is as thick as five credit cards. It will fit in most wallets, and you can simultaneously charge your device and LithiumCard with two flip-out charging cables. It retails for $60, but you can get it for half off at $29.99 through our deal.
Apple released iOS 9.2.1 Tuesday, an update that fixes an issue with mobile device management (MDM) servers. The update also includes security fixes for 9 different security holes, most of which allow the bad guys to take over your iOS device.
Check out the iSafe Drive Lite, a storage device with a Lightning connector on one side and a USB connector on the other. Use that slider to pick which one is out. It's MFi-certified, and it's designed to let you transfer data between your Mac or PC and your iOS device. You can stream music or movies from it, and it's protected with AES 256 bit encryption. Pretty slick, and through our deal you can get it for $69. Check out the deal listing for details.
Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:
SkySafari is an excellent sky simulation and charting app for iOS. With it, you can view the sky at any date and time, identify objects in the sky, read about celestial objects, learn the constellations and even control an amateur telescope. On December 15, SkySafari 5 Pro was released, with the Basic and Plus versions to follow soon. The suite of apps has impressive list of new features.
Apple released iOS 9.2 Tuesday, and update that brings new features to Apple Music, News, and Mail. The executive summary version is that Apple improved playlist creation, saving songs for offline listening, and classical music browsing in Apple Music; News gets a Top Stories section, and Mail Drop is being added to Mail for sending large files.
Check out the NomadPlus Smartphone Wall Charger and Battery Pack. This clever device houses your Apple USB wall plug, passing through a charge to your iPhone or other device (with the right charging cable on your end). What makes it nifty is that it's also an 1,800mAh battery pack. So it passes through a charge when plugged in and becomes a portable batter when you unplug it. Simple, clever, useful, and through our deal it's just $24.99. Buy one for yourself and then one for a fellow nerd you love.
Apple has released iOS 9.0.2 with some minor bug fixes and an important security fix related to Siri. According to the notes, "A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen."
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