One would think that with more than 300,000 native iPad apps out there, everything that could be thought of has been thought of. Not quite. Status Board from Panic, Inc. creates a customizable display and platform in the form of a status board that's amazingly easy easy to use and will likely have all kinds of unanticipated uses. For now, out of the box, it's simple, fun, highly customizable and informative.
For years the best option for Mac-using TiVo owners to get content off of our TiVos and to our iDevices was iTiVo. But iTiVo, built largely in AppleScript Studio, has always had a buggy user interface, and with Mountain Lion it originally required some Terminal fu to get it to work at all. Building on the work done for iTiVo (and even reading your preferences from iTiVo), cTiVo picks up and takes the whole project into Objective C, making it a faster, cleaner app than its predecessor. And as with iTiVo, cTiVo is 100% freely available and open source.
The iTorch IMP52D charger with LED light and laser pointer presents as a multi-function device that will charge all existing versions of the iPhone and iPad. There's also a laser pointer and flashlight thrown in for good measure. For the most part, it achieves those goals well.
Digital Treasurers has introduced an iPad mini folio case that includes a built-in 8000 mAh battery for recharging on the go. The outside is composed of a heavy duty plastic that features red stitching and the inside has a soft suede type lining that offers protection for the iPad mini. LEDs show the charge remaining.
Rain Design has introduced a potable iPad stand that folds flat, is quite sturdy, and gives users everything they need to adjust the angle of their iPad or iPad mini.
The Cloak, a rucksack-style backpack, is part of the Tribute line from Hex. It is big, water resistant, secure and attractive. It can hold up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro with accessories and is made of durable corduroy. Did we mention big?
Those waiting for ZooGue to release a version of its Genius iPad case for the iPad mini can relax, because it is here and the wait was worth it. Hand-made from genuine leather, it features a magnetic closure for sleep/wake, a microfiber interior and a full-range of tilt angles using Velcro.
The compact Braven 570 speaker allows you to use Bluetooth to wirelessly stream music from your phone. It also allows you to use it as a speaker and noise canceling microphone for voice conversations. Finally, it can recharge your phone or MP3 player.
The flexible EZ-Flex Holder fastens to most any surface that will accept a clamp style fastener, including headboards, to allow for hands free reading, surfing, or game playing for either iPads or iPad minis. The steel gooseneck arm provides almost unlimited flexibility for positioning.
The Poseidon Messenger Bag from ECBC, part of their K7 series, has a casual look which conceals a sturdy, workhorse bag that will carry any laptop up to 13 inches along with an iPad and assorted work gear. It is lightweight and comfortable, has good color options and a comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap.
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