Satechi introduces a very nice looking four port USB 2.0 hub.Â Not much to announce as for technology inovation when it comes to USB hubs, but at least this gives the user a fresh, clean look to the peripheral and matches the Mac sh!t to a tee.
Source:Â Satechi online store.
The Joy Factory has a smaller version of their popular Zip charging station, but looks just as cool.
The ZipMini Touch-n-Goâ„¢ charging station is the next step in the evolution of mobile device power.Â Now you can take a call or check your e-mail without having to manually disconnect cables. Your device reconnects itself when you move it back near the charging station. This sleek little powerhouse charges up to four devices at once, eliminates cord clutter, and looks great doing it.
Touch-n-goâ„¢ is a revolutionary combination of a magnetized base unit paired with magnetized 3-inch mini-cables knows as â€œzip tails.â€ The zip tails pop immediately into place on the charging station via the built-in magnets, and safely snap off when you move your device.
The only problem I have with this solution is finding additional 30 pin connectors since I have four iPhones to charge.Â In addition, TheJoyFactory doesn’t give specifics about charging times with multiple devices, so a good chance you’ll get a trickle charge to the iPad while have several other devices connected at the same time.
Purchase price for the ZipMini
I just read this article from PC Magazine about watchdog group SumOf US taking on Apple for poor worker conditions in China.Â Â I’m all for making the world a better place for mankind.Â I also think some perspective is needed.
One of Apple’s biggest contract manufacturers [CMs] FoxConn has been under fire the last 12 months for employee suicides and a fire in a production facility.
It was reported the suicides are directly related to working conditions.Â However, it’s important to keep some perspective.Â FoxConn is an organization which employees well over 100,000 people.Â I think it very likely a group of individuals from the 100K pool will find a common thread [depression] and lead their way to demise.Â We’ve seen it before with other cult groups in the US.
I’m not giving Apple a free ticket, but I certainly don’t think Apple is to blame.Â With the above situation, Time Cook, now CEO made the following statement [for the record I completely believe]
“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain,” reads his letter; “Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us.”
As for the Foxconn fire in one of their production facilities, this type of accident happens all the time.Â In the US, Europe, Australia and of course Asia.
I fully support the motion which SumOfUs has started,Â but at the same time, I’m not holding Apple completely responsible for working conditions at FoxConn.Â Sure they are one element, but not the entire picture.
For those of you who are not familiar with FoxConn, it’s a CM which supplies many major companies in the US, not just Apple.
These iPhones run out of juice so quickly.Â I’m not saying it’s a battery issue, I’m saying the devices are so adictive I use them all day long and drain the battery.Â From getting directions, to checking status updates, to email, facetime and photo shots, it’s in constent use.
I’ve definitely spent extra money getting Apple 30 pin cables for charging at both home and work.Â Caseinity has solved the consumer problem of over spending with the cord-on-board product.Â The product is simple as you can see from this image.
The product is a case with the USB to 30-pin connector attached to the underside of the case.Â Now we don’t see a width dimension of the picture, but it must be at least 7mm thick to handle the USB connector.
What I like most about this product is the
I’m sure we all have our own definition of an ideal cable, meaning a cable which connects to more then one device. For me, the new 3-in-1 cable from USB Fever is it.
The 3-in-1 cable works with any iPhone or iPad type product, any device using a microUSB connector or any device which uses miniUSB connector.
What is great about this cable is that three different connectors are seamlessly integrated with the end part of the cable. You do not see three wires splitting off for different connectors. All in-line, tight and organized. Here take a look:
In addition the iPhone 3-in-1 cable is tethered to a retractable assembly to pull the wires in when not in use.
For me, all of the above is ideal because I have one station at home which charges my kids DS, my iPhone and my Nikon point-n-shoot camera. Now I can power all three with only one cable.