I just finished an afternoon of selling Christmas trees, and it was cold. Quite cold. I’m used to that here in beautiful downtown Ohio, but that doesn’t mean my hands have to like it. With only a garbage can fire and a pair of mittens (with my hockey team’s logo, because I’m manly) to keep my hands warm, I decided out there that I need a new pair of gloves. With the Mujjo Double-Layered Knitted Touchscreen Gloves, I’ll get that warmth I want combined with touchscreen usability.
Sure, your iPhone was assembled in China by workers who live on-site in dormitories, but what if it looked like you whittled it yourself out of a chunk of grandpappy’s nappin’ tree? The Wood S case from Evutech combines a wood veneer with Kevlar to give the iPhone a natural look with a moderate amount of protection.
Apple has released an updated version of its Apple Store app with support for iBeacon Systems. The OTA update allows customers to receive location based information about Apple’s products when they are in close proximity to or inside of one of the company’s retail stores. The app utilizes the Bluetooth Low Energy profile on all of the new iOS devices and then connects with physical transmitters that are placed inside of the store.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Younity can solve your missing file woes by connecting your computer and iOS devices, as long as you have an internet connection. If you like to collect images, you’re going to love Ember. It’s an app that can store all of your images and sync them between your iOS devices and Mac computers. Plus, I found tons of other great free apps this week, including Bejeweled. You know you want to download that.
Power Practical is a Salt Lake City based group that has the most interesting and definitely the most electrifying cooking pots you’re likely to come across. The PowerPot X and PowerPot XL and cooking pots not only convert your noodles into dinner, they’ll convert heat into power. That’s right, you can plug your iPhone into this pot. Both pots can produce 10 watts of power under optimal conditions. That’s enough to recharge an iPad or two iPhones at once.
You must choose, but choose wisely…it’s time to defend your realm, hero. Actually, it’s the Eternian realm, but you can do the fighting. Celestials AOS: Eternian Chronicle is a action/adventure RPG with the usual goal in mind—destroy the bad guys and defend the good guys. Before you get started, you will need to choose your race, your hero, and several other things.
According to an App Store Support Page, Apple’s iOS 7 adoption rate is at 74% about three months after the company released the redesigned software to the public. Apple depicts the adoption in the form of a pie chart, and shows iOS 6 at 22% and anything prior to iOS 5 at 4%. It isn’t altogether surprising iOS 7 is at 74%, especially with the speed improvements, redesigned applications, and new security features the update brings to iOS devices.
There always seems to be problems with the new features Apple introduces, and even though the company usually manages to get past it, it does cause some amount of buzz before going away. The latest issue appears to be with the Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5s, with many users complaining that the accuracy of the fingerprint sensor reportedly decreases over time.
The ōlloclip family has expanded by another member, and some of its existing members are more colorful than ever. The new 3-in-1 Macro lens offers additional options for taking high-detail closeup shots, while new color options for the 4-in-1 lens let you add as much personal flair to your photography as you have on your iPhone.
Hard copy greeting cards are now the exception rather than the rule, due to the cost of postage and the proliferation of computers (even though surveys indicate most people prefer receiving greeting cards hand-delivered in the mail, considering a physical card to be more meaningful than the electronic alternative). Whichever sort of greeting you decide to send, here are some more ways your Mac or iOS device can help.
Google Wallet received its first update since it was released back in September. This new version brings several enhancements, including the ability to add your credit/debit card just by taking a picture of it. After capturing the snapshot, it will automatically add the card number as well as its expiration date.
Google is reportedly working on a toolkit that will allow users to install Chrome apps on iOS and Android devices. It’s not official yet, but a GitHub repository known as Mobile Chrome Apps, created by Google software developer Michal Mocny, was discovered by the folks at The Next Web. Included in the repository is documentation that sheds more light on what the company is working on, including Chrome Packaged App for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS.