First the iPhone got it’s own tv tuner and now the iPad is getting the love as well with this dandy little box from Elgato.
The EyeTV Mobile hooks up to the dock connector and grabs the TV signal from it’s ever so bendy antenna. It’s freeview so you are reliant with the signal in your area (see our Elgato Tizi review for issues with this) and once again you can’t hook it up to a roof top aerial.
The software supports the over the air EPG that’s broadcast and the ability to record shows in their native format to your iPad
Sometimes the best things are the most simple and the Magstand from MacAlly is just that. An incredibly simple iPad 2 magnetic stand. There aren’t that many stands that would hold your iPad upside down whilst having a shake down.
Check the video for more information.
Oh and did we mention, we are getting a review sample from MacAlly this month 😀
Another day, moment, week and something apple is being rumored. So we’ve rounded up this weeks iPhone and Apple rumors in the best of the rumors.
Friday 26th August : iPhone 4s Leaked Pictures
So it;s not actually the iPhone 4s but alleged pictures of the case for the 4s. The pictures speak for themselves showing a lack of a home button and moving of the antenna.
Wednesday : An All New Mac
What a way to start the week with sites announcing that a source from Japanese news and rumors website release the news that Apple will release a new product. All that’s been said is that it will be distinctly different. Well thanks for that, a weight lifted from my mind and a new product from Apple will be released. Next we can all rest easy after Ford announce they will make a new car.
Tuesday : The Cheap iPhone4
Rumors abound now about a cheap iPhone 4 coming with 8gb storage. This seems semi plausible as having a handset priced in the Android pricing sector would certainly stir things up
Monday : iPhone 5 Release Date For October
The October date has been chucked around more than once by AT&T and other “sources” and this one makes sense. A traditional product announcement in the month of September and then release in October
Netflix is a popular DVD streaming site in the USA but has a downside of needing some sort of verification that you are from the good old USA. It all starts with a pre paid credit card or you can use a UK one as I found out recently.
Coffee shops and mac users. The 2 go together hand in hand and Starbucks lead the way with their partnership with apple. Now this loving bond has been extended further with a free iOS app with your drink.
Those of you who opt for the Venti sized drinks will also get a card with a code allowing you to download an iOS app for free. It’s not any old application but a set app per week.
This week it’s the turn of Shazam Encore which would set you back $5.99 in the states.
According to sources this officially starts on the 23rd August but we aren’t sure if this will apply to the UK. If you are in the uk please let us know your findings.
Magsafe has saved my laptop many a time and so I was overjoyed to come across the news that Apple has successfully applied for a patent to bring its Mac-saving MagSave power cable technology to iOS devices.
Magsafe was introducted way back in 2006 and I’m surprised that other vendors haven’t tried to come up with their own solution thus far.
Instead of dragging the device to the ground when you trip over the cable, the MagSafe connector just pops right out, leaving you with just a slight tinge of embarrassment rather than a large repair bill.
Now Apple has trademarked the tech with the US Patent Office in order to transfer MagSafe and bring piece of mind to iPad and iPhone owners.
The filing, revealed by the PatentlyApple website, says: “In one particular embodiment, the connector may be a power connector such as the MagSafe.”
So there you have it, the days of self-inflicted, gadget-smashing mis-steps could be over.
It probably won’t be in time for the next generation iPhone, but soon you’ll be able to trip and fall as merrily as you like without taking your precious smartphone with you.
Anyone else think this might be pointing to a rounded iPhone 5?
I do love the small Bluetooth apple keyboard but I’m not keen on batteries or the fact it doesn’t’ have a number pad.
The Logitech K750 steps up to the plate with the added feature of being solar powered. This isn’t the first solar powered keyboard as, many years ago, I owned a Cherry keyboard that gave me many years of service till an unfortunate accident with a cup of tea.
It really does look that good btw even with the logitech logo emblazoned on top to let you know it’s not actually an Apple device.
Like the genuine Apple boards it’s packed to the rafters with the usual array of keys for brightness, volume, expose and mission control.
To allay battery anxiety, the logitech K750 comes with a free app to tell you how much juice is left and to let you know that it’s too dark for charging (i.e stop the late night browsing sessions). The one downside is that this isn’t a bluetooth device so it will be taking up a USB slot for it’s wifi receiver for the keyboard.
The Logitech K750 Solar Powered Wireless Keyboard is available now from all good stockists (and the bad ones as well 😀 )
If there was ever a case of one up man-ship in the world of iPhone, iPad, iOS, Mac and general charging shenanigans then Energizer would definitely win.
Not only does it features a dock for your iPod or iPhone to be charged the thing rotates 180 degrees and has a night light. And that’s not to mention USB ports with 2.1 Amp output for charging your iPad or other USB chargeable devices. Just in case you want more it’s got 3 AC outlets with surge protection to charge pretty much everything.
It’s definitely one way to tell the like of Belkin how to create a decent charger.
Availability wise, October is being indicated with a retail price of $60 (uk price tbc)
Now… if only my socket’s weren’t on the floor..
If there was ever a “my dad is harder than your dad” competion in the world of chargers the iSurge Charging Station from Energizer would definitely reign supreme. Let’s hope Energizer send us a sample 😀
A cluttered interface is something I can’t really stand for despite the fact that we desperately need an actual quarantine zone my office workplace on the grounds of health and safety.
Quite often my day finds me flitting from task to task and quite often leads to moments of panic when I try to work out just exactly how long I have been working on a particular clients project. So I was incredibly grateful when I came across Minco.
With the Samsung Meteor microphone on its way for review I realised I had the non-enviable task of trying to find some adequate software to match a premium microphone and must leave the idea to create our first ever podcast was born.
By no means is podcasting a black art but it’s certainly not as simple as one would think, so after laying down some pretty hefty cash for a microphone it only seems right that a similar investment was made in terms of software.
Cue Ambrosia’s WireTap Studio ($70). A few of my friends had mentioned this software previously along with several forum posters. Originally I was looking for a simple way to test and microphone but then it occurred to me why not just go the whole 9 yards and produce a pod cast. As always as simple idea then turns into a bit of a complex project as I wanted to record a Skype call for the broadcast.
Wiretap studio sits as an out of the way widgets which proves to be deceptively powerful. The widget effectively acts as a very simple mixer allowing you to select two same sources so, in my case, I can select one source as a microphone and the other as Skype. Selected audio sources can be saved as a separate files, very handy the editing later.
Once audio has been recorded there are a myriad of options to save the audio in a format of your choice. These range from the de facto MP3 standard right up to AAC lossless quality format. If you aren’t sure what your destination file type will sound like there is a live preview option to let you make that ultimate decision between the quality of sound and desired file size.
So that’s the basics but what Wiretap Studio really does excel at is to add spit and polish to any voice clips.
In my case I tend to do most of my EssentialMac.co.uk new and reviews with the aid of via speech recognition, however, I do have a tendency to pause midsentence to recollect my thoughts into a coherent sentence. Wiretap studio has a feature to automatically remove and cut pauses from the track. By selecting an option from the menu the application delete silences and you can control how long and how quiet passage is before the application considers it a silence and adds the appropriate pause.
Believe me the ability to remove pauses from stuttered speaking during podcasting sessions is a complete boon and this is just scraping the surface of this application. There is a complete sound effects suites which I haven’t even started dabbling with.
Of course, software like this, only reaches its full potential with proper, clear and concise documentation and the developers have obviously realised this with a plethora of videos and walk-throughs to get the most out of the software experience.
Disappointingly when we visited their websites to look at the add-on files section it seems that none have been developed from 2005 onwards. Older plug-ins don’t always put us off but with USB microphones becoming ever more prevalent in the market plug-ins can make a program look underdeveloped or discontinued.
We aren’t quite ready to make this one of our coveted essential applications as this really is our first foray into the world of broadcasting. That being said we did find it a rewarding experience for first-time venturing forward into the audio rather than textbased format.
Note. We did encounter some problems running this software after our upgrade to lion however we have been assured by the developers that they are working on this issue.As soon as the Lion compatible version is released we will update this review.
Lion is really taking it to the traditional mouse and computer interaction we have all become accustomed to. Snow Leopard really did push me towards being more interactive with my desktop with more than three buttons and Lion makes even more use out of the track pad.
1. Tap for dictionary.
The dictionary facility has been about for a number of Mac OSx incarnations. Previously he had to press command control D whilst hovering over a word. Lion simplifies this approach by allowing you to simply double tap on any word using three fingers
2. Finder navigation using gestures.
Finder didn’t escape the briefest of makeovers in the lion operating system as opening the finder presents you with a Cover Flow style presentation of files and folders. To navigate through these items with a gesture, simply scroll up and down with two fingers to see the different groups and position your points are in a group and slide two fingers left or right on the trackpad to see different files in the sections. As normal, when you see a file you want to work with, just double tap on it.
3. Make the most of mission control.
Mission control is activated by simply swiping up four fingers on your track pad. Once in mission control, you can swipe left and right with three fingers to move between different desktop, spaces or any of the full-screen applications that are currently in operation.
If you have any hints or tips on how to manage Lion with gestures then please drop us a line with the comment form below
Launchpad may be Apple’s somewhat ham-fisted attempt at bringing a IOS look and feel to our beloved Apple desktops but unlike the implementation found on our own IOS devices there doesn’t seem to be a way to manage what’s shown on launchpad, until now!
As it stands launchpad will show every application in your applications folder as default. The program selection isn’t selective either, as it will show things like and installers and other updating software programs.
Launchpad control is a system preference pane that takes all the hassle away from managing applications found on the launchpad menu system.
Managing the applications you wish to see on your launchpad is a simple case of taking and undertaking what you wish to see with the three fingered swipe
Best of all this application is free however the author would gladly accept any donations.
One of the most overlooked areas in my little Apple eco-structure is my sync cable. At the last count I think I have about four, perhaps fiver as they are cheap enough to have one in pretty much every appliance I have with a USB socket.
Now, it’s no secret, Apple products do command a slightly higher price than normal so when I came across the blueLounge MiniDock at $20 acting as a replacement the Apple Dock connector to USB cable I didn’t drop into the typical “who would pay that much for a xxxxx” mindset.
The blueLounge MiniDock si designed to be used with your existing Apple USB Power Adapter to charge your iPhone or iPod. Meaning no more iOS device on the floor or cable’s having to be tucked away, hidden or tripped over, sending your cherished Apple device hurtling across the room.
Unfortunately with the blueLounge MiniDock is you need to supply the wall mounted charger yourself. Another downside is that it works best (read only) with flat bottomed devices so those of you with fancy covers might struggle to use this.
The blueLounge MiniDock is available in three versions to fit either US, UK or EU style adapters and sockets ($24.28 is the cost including shipping for our UK users)
Those of you in the UK on the Orange mobile network will be more than aware of Orange wednesday’s where it’s buy one and get one free to goto participating cinema’s on the cheap.
Now it’s going one further it seems by teaming up with iTunes to offer a free movie. Orange’s new website, FilmToGo, lets customers grab a film a week to watch using PC, laptop or iOS device.
Downsides are that films are only playable for 30 days after receiving them and it will cost you a 35p text message to get the redemption code. Orange customers text FILMTOGO to 85060.
I sent my text to that number and got an immediate reply with my download code an instructions to goto the FilmToGo website. However the codes are only valid on a Thursday ONLY but they do offer a handy e-mail reminder service.
Next Thursday is “The Wrestler” and that has to be worth 35p of anyone’s money.