The Unwired has taken a quick look at the Innergie Magic Cable Trio (~$20) and concludes that it’s ”a little bit pricy but definitely a recommended accessory for travelers.” And, from the description, I might have to concur… as these days the bulk my mobile syncing and power cable needs would be covered by Innergie’s USB-to- Apple Dock and microUSB connectors – that third miniUSB is bonus. In addition to offering three connection options, the “tips” don’t actually come off so there’s no possibility of leaving one on a table or losing it in a bag. Instead, they pull forward and flip back for access. Clever. Unfortunately, and probably a deal breaker for me, is the minimal length of the cable which clocks in at under 8″. Perhaps v2 could feature a longer retractable cable and spindle?
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Hot on the heels of Logitech’s Ultrathin iPad Keyboard ($99), the prolific accessory maker is set to release yet another iPad keyboard. The upcoming model ($129) retains Bluetooth capabilities, for wireless iPad interaction, but is integrated directly into a tablet folio case… that incorporate solar cells. Unfortunately, it looks as if the sun will only charge the keyboard — versus also powering the iPad itself. But it’s a potentially effective use of space if it doesn’t add too much weight or bulk. As previously mentioned, I prefer the flexibility of an independent wireless keyboard. But this looks to be a fairly sleek solution, that props up your new iPad 3 in two positions (one of which covers the keyboard), while harnessing a little bit of green tech. Continue Reading…
After a week with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($100), I can say it’s my new favorite iPad accessory. While it may not provide the same typing angle, key spacing or travel of a more traditional Bluetooth keyboard, Logitech makes up for it via sleek and clever portability. And, really, the typing feels good. Basically, the rechargeable Ultrathin makes good use of the iPad 2 and iPad 3′s integrated magnets — both for securing the keyboard as a screen cover when not in use and for additional stability when an iPad is docked into the keyboard. Check out Logitech’s promotional video to get a sense of how it comes apart and assembles. It’s a bit clumsy to unpack, but is quite secure and stable with the iPad in landscape orientation (unlike, say, the top-heavy ASUS Transformer Prime). Despite the (minimal) fumbling, I prefer this over integrated cases because the Apple tablet is not permanently affixed to a keyboard, providing a more flexible solution. However, both the Ultrathin and iPad rear will be exposed to scuffs… as you can see below. So you might end up investing in a padded sleeve and rubber feet.
After Pandora and DISH but before Sony, Team ZNF visited HTC last night at CES on the Hill. In addition to face time with the new HTC One line of Android smartphones, we were briefed of HTC’s upcoming Media Link HD — a television dongle that seems to replicate the AirPlay experience the iPhone and Apple TV provide. So your HTC Sense 4 Android phone would beam something like photos or video to the HDMI-connected Media Link HD for display on your HDTV. However, unlike AirPlay, HTC’s compact solution allows you to multitask. For example, watch video on the big screen while checking email on your handset. HTC’s rep informed us the device would be available “in about a month” via select carriers, and ultimately Best Buy, retailing for $79 or $89.
First spotted via FCC filings in February, it looks as if Jawbone’s unannounced Big Jambox is nearing release. Presumably the Big Jambox is exactly that – a larger version of the original, that continues to provide both Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone capabilities. Best Buy’s cached product listing reveals Jawbone’s update clocks in at $299.99 and 2.8 lbs. While I appreciate my orinal Jambox as a mobile accessory, at this size and weight, without AirPlay capabilities, I’d probably opt for another Sonos Play:3 in lieu of a Big Jambox. However, if you find yourself more intrigued than I, it shouldn’t be too long before a release date and color palette will be formally announced.
Apparently I’m not the only one unimpressed by Amazon’s ”dead author” Kindle screensavers. Yeah, I know I could hack my Kindle to display other images (like these)… but there’s nothing specific I’d like to view and do appreciate the random “playlist” approach. Which is why I voluntarily turned on Amazon’s “Special Offers.”
Opting into advertising pre-purchase saves one $30 – $40 off Kindle hardware. But, assuming you already have hardware, you can toggle Special offers on or off. Folks with subsidized hardware will have to pay the differential to remove advertisements, displayed as the screensaver and via a banner at the bottom of the home screen, while those who paid full retail can toggle ads on/off at will via their Amazon Kindle management webpage (as shown above). That was news to me and, for the moment, I’ve decided to run the ads for some visual variety.