SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD/iWORLD 2013 – Some people are really serious about the work they get done on their iPad. Take our Reviews Editor, Charlie Sorrel, for example. Dude, takes his iPad everywhere with him on his crosscountry bike rides to bang out his awesome posts.
The problem with doing serious work with the iPad is that it’s a fairly delicate device. You drop it once and your entire iPad world can be shattered. There are a few cases that can handle a few blows, but the iKey StreetCase is ready to go to war for you.
This is an iPad case that even James Bond would be proud of. It’s made out of ABS polycarbonate and was designed to handle the high shock and vibration demanded for in-vehicle use. Basically, it was made with cops in mind and the crazy car chases they get into.
On the bottom of the iKey StreetCase is an integrated VESA mounting pattern so you can attach it to anything you want. It has a full-sized, Bluetooth, rechargeable keyboard that’s also backlit with pretty red LEDs. You can carry the case around and feel like you work at NORAD. And if you have to beat up a few bad guys with it you won’t have to worry about your iPad screen because this bad boy can take damage. A firm release date and price haven’t been set yet, but iKey told us they play to launch it at the end of February or beginning of March.
True story: Back when I was a university student, there was a local DJ called DJ Crap. He actually was pretty crappy, but nobody really cared, because DJ Crap had a signature gimmick: He used an old-style telephone handset to cue up his records. Come to think of it, this might be why his mixes never matched…
Now Numark will sell you a modern version of the same thing. It’s called the Redphone, and DJ Crap would love it.
You know how DJs always stand with their heads cocked over to hold just one side of their headphones to their ear – as if their stupid music wasn’t loud enough to hear through a mere foam and plastic pad. Anyhow, the Redphone is a single headphone with a handle that can be used to either hold it, or to hook it ‘twixt chin and shoulder.
The end has an XLR socket for attaching a three-foot curly eighth-inch jack cable, and it has the following specs:
Yesterday we read the news that the iOS 6.1 jailbreak tool for iPhone 5 and other iOS 6.1 powered devices was almost ready for launch. Evad3rs – the team behind the new jailbreak – announced publicly on its website that it was just adding some finishing touches to the GUI yesterday. Today, there’s some more progress (as reported by iDB): the Mac and Windows tools for jailbreaking have been completed and the release date is still set for Sunday.
The last stage is some private beta testing to iron out any potential bugs before the big launch. It’s fair to say we’ve waited a long time for this new jailbreak to be released, possibly the longest time from a new iPhone launch to a jailbreak we’ve ever had. But with tweaks like Auxo and InstaSnapwaiting to be tried and tested by countless users, I’m guessing this year’s jailbreak is going to be the most popular yet.
Not long to go now. We’ll keep you up to date with any more developments as the next few days pass. If you want to keep up to date with the update, hit Evasi0n’s site for a live progress report.
Here’s something nice from those folks at THX. It’s a free app (through February 4, then it’s US$1.99) that allows you to assess the state of your home theater and make adjustments to improve audio and visual performance.
You can check your screen’s aspect ratio, brightness, contrast color and tint. The app also uses your iOS camera to set color and tint with special built-in filters.
Audio tests include sample sounds to see if your speakers are hooked up in the proper surround locations and if they are in phase. Once you are finished the set up process, the app can play some really high-quality trailers, and the famous THX Deep Note in 5.1 surround.
I tried the THX tune-up app and it worked as advertised. The setups are pretty basic, but it is surprising how many home theaters are pretty out of tune. The app is not a substitute for a professional visit, but most home theaters will be improved.
The app is universal and runs on the iPhone 4 or above, the iPod touch (fifth generation) and the iPad 2 or above. The app is optimized for the iPhone 5 and requires iOS 5.
This is a pretty slick app if you’re into home theater and movies, so grab it while it’s free and enjoy.
Siri ‘Eyes Free’ was one of the many iOS 6 features that Apple showed off at it’s annual WWDC event in 2012, and it’s only just starting to emerge on select models from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. The feature allows its user to activate Siri via a button on their steering wheel, in order to minimize the distraction of the iPhone, while still keeping its functionality.
Happily, if you’ve been waiting for a car to be released with this feature (I’m guessing this is a very narrow audience now), then you’ll be happy to hear that Honda has just announced that the 2013 Accord, and Acura RDX and ILX will all be available with Siri Eyes Free as a dealer-installed optional extra.
American Honda Assistant Vice President of Automobile Product Planning Vicki Poponi said this about the announcement:
“Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”
Honda’s pricing for this feature is yet to be released, so stay tuned for more information.
Kanex’s new DualRole will be pretty much essential for hotel-hopping MacBook Air owners the world over. It’s a little pocket-sized box which hooks up to the MacBook’s USB 3.0 port and turns it into three ports plus an Ethernet jack.
Yes, it costs $70, but you can expense that, right?
The DualRole can also be used with an external power adapter to provide more juice to those USB ports. Either way, what you have is convenience in a (tiny) box; a way to hook up and sync all your iDevices as well as businessy travel things like scanners.
And because hotel internet connections suck, there’s Ethernet. When the Cult of Mac team went off to Vegas earlier this month, the hotel we stayed in forced us to pay for our wireless connections per device.
Much better would have been a wired connection which we could have paid for and then shared to all our other devices via a Mac. Yes, you can use an Airport Express for these duties, but the Kanex box also has that USB 3.0 hub, remember?
The box should be available any time now. And if the link below doesn’t work for you right away, its because the site isn’t live quite yet – something to do with either Kanex or me not understanding the meaning of the word “embargo.”
I consider Apple’s Lightning SD card adapter to be a step backwards – the original camera connection kit not only included an SD dongle and a USB port, but it also provided them in convenient, pocketable, non-be-cabled form.
Thanks to the fine folks at Photojojo, though, you can now relive the excitement of not using a cable to plug in your SD card with the Lightning SD Reader.
There are a couple of connectors, all of which sport the sleek new Lightning connector for plugging straight into your iPad Mini’s or iPad 4’s slimline data hole. There’s also a USB port and a microSD slot so you can hook up pretty much anything (even the card from your Android phone!)