December 21, 2012

Review: Touchkraft Auris

AurisKickstarter projects are always a mixed bag, as you give an unknown vendor money in hopes of a project coming to fruition as described. On top of that, you’re not actually buying the product, but giving money to support its development, often in exchange for a final version as a “reward”. This model has worked well for many (just ask the guys at Studio Neat), and once products actually become successful, they can sustain an enterprise enough to be sold and manufactured via traditional means. Such is the case with Touchkraft’s Auris, a product I initially became interested when I was trying to find a better way to integrate my iPhone 4 in my car. After some changes from the initial deign, the Auris will now be available to the general public for $40…

Article: Losing Power

Yesterday the power went out for a bit—no, this isn’t going to be some sort of Mayan-prophecy or Revolution (the show on NBC) post. Combine high winds in the Midwest just ahead of lower temperatures and a somewhat nasty snow storm and you have a pretty good recipe for a snapped tree limb somewhere. I was walking back from returning a couple of DVDs to the Redbox near my apartment when all of the traffic lights went out. Usually I’ve been at home or at work when we lose power, so it was a bit weird to see everything shut down almost all at once…

December 19, 2012

Article: The State of Passbook

It’s been almost 3 months since iOS 6 was made available for everyone with an iPhone 3GS or newer, adding a number of great features, some heavily panned features (Maps), and one particularly underused feature, Passbook. Now, I know you might argue that Passbook is great and something you use every day, but it seems that there are bigger issues with merchants embracing it as a viable option…

December 8, 2012

Link: Why I’m Writing on the iPad ☍

Macworld’s Jason Snell reflects on using an iPad as his primary long-form writing device:

Now, even on the iPad’s screen I’m a decently fast typist. (The iPad mini, not so much, at least not yet.) I certainly can type on an iPad much faster than I can write with a pen on paper. But it’s nowhere close to my speed on a MacBook keyboard. Using the iPad slowed me down and got me to think about what I was writing in a way that using my trusty MacBook Air never would.

I agree wholeheartedly, as a lot of my writing for this site starts and takes shape in iA Writer. I’ve switched to this on my Macs, to emulate the experience when I do not have my iPad handy. Snell makes a good point about taking a minute to think about what one is writing, especially when sharing opinions and thoughts online is so effortless.

December 6, 2012

News: T-Mobile USA to Sell Apple Products in 2013

It seems pretty sad that T-Mobile still doesn’t have the iPhone, despite a number of smaller regional carriers offering it. This is partially due to the frequencies used being different for so long, meaning Apple would have to make a T-Mobile USA-specific iPhone. Still, that’s about to change, as Apple and T-Mobile signed an agreement to launch products in 2013…