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USB OSX Lion Shipping Soon, But Do It Yourself For Less

Apple has made waves in the news with their stellar 2nd Quarter results, increased stock price, new MacBook Air and Mac Mini’s computers, no wonder many are talking about them.  In addition, Apple released another OS update, the OS X Lion.  Lion is available immediately via download off the app store.  Some may not want to download a new 4GB OS update.  For that, Apple will release their Lion on USB. First off, lets get some pricing out of the way.  The download update is retail at $30.  The USB stick is set to be at $70.  Not bad, but seems like their math doesn’t add up.  Granted you get an 8GB stick, but lets take a look…$30 for update + $15 for an 8GB stick, the retail should around $45.  Oh, and the Apple logo, that’s another $25.  Okay, now my math is correct.  I apologize. However, if you have an extra 4GB or 8GB stick you can create your own USB OS X Lion stick.  The USB tutorial isn’t that long and only involves three steps.  For the tutorial, I’m going to redirect you to Continue Reading

Voltaic – Solar Charger For iPad & The Likes

Voltaic is a company that deals with voltage.  They specialize in the solar charging to create volts.  Their latest entry is the Spark.  The Spark is a solar panel design for tablet and notebooks. Voltaic is marketing the Spark for the iPad – and why not as there’s plenty of marketing spin going on for Apple tablets. The Spark will generate 8watts of solar power.  So for those who don’t have an electrical engineering degree, or simply can’t do the math – one hour of sun to the Spark will generate enough power to run one hour of video off the iPad.  Not bad.
  • Weather:  Panels are waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse.
  • Charge times: About 10 hours in direct sun will fully charge an iPad, other tablets may take less time.
  • Peak Output: 6 Volts, 1,333mA or 12 Volts, 667mA
  • Connector:  USB and 5 standard adapters
So here is the price – $299 USD.  To learn more, visit Continue Reading

USB Fever: iPad Cable Extender

As we just mentioned, Apple doesn’t license their female connector technology, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it.  Take for example, the USB Fever iPad iPhone cable extender.  This cable makes it easy to extend the iPad or iPhone from it’s original point. Some possible applications would include:  A developer testing the device and doesn’t want to wear down the contacts of the Apple device.  Connect where other accessories get in the way.  Your other cable is worn down and you don’t want to drop the $50 on the Apple branded version. The Apple cable extender is $12 and ready for the taking. Continue Reading

Apple 30 Pin Connector Supports USB 3.0

Did you know Apple will license it’s male 30 pin connector technology to just about anyone, but they will never license the female 30 pin portion of their connector?  For most, not a big deal, for some, they’d love to have that ability. Things could get interesting down the road as Apple was just awarded another patent for their 30 pin connector.  This time the pin-out includes support for data and power communication to 3.0 devices and also Thunderbolt devices.  What does this mean? It means Apple will be able to keep their slim line design and proprietary connector interface via their 30 pin connector.  The new design will still communicate with 3.0 devices, but without the traditional USB port interface.  A bit brilliant if you ask me. With the increased sales volume of Apple products, this new connector type could become an industry standard – oh wait – it can’t – because Apple wont license their female part of the connector.  This means tablets like the Motorola Zoom and others could not pivot off the 30 pin design.  But rather stay with traditional power pins and USB interface.  This gives Apple the edge up on keeping their products slimmer and thus more light weight. What do you think? Continue Reading

Nest for iPad, iPhone or Any “i” Thing

Nest is a contemporary looking storage slash stand for Apple products.  The Nest is a device-stand small enough to prop up your iPhone and sturdy enough to hold up your iPad [via the back door sliding tray]. Very clever indeed.  It would be great to see their creative genius make up a solution for multi Apple products as well.  As I’ve mentioned before, my house alone has 3 iPhones and one iPad.  We are constantly searching for a bulk charge center that will keep the USB power cords organized and the devices available. Back to the Nest – different color insert lining for padded storage.  The rubber insert folds over the top so that when an iPad is set flat on the top, it will not slip.  Making it easy for the user to read, type and browse the device while in use.

The Nest is bargain at just $15. Site page.

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Dynamic8 Turns Mundane USB Charger Into Must-Have Accessory

Doing a bit of research for iPhone chargers I came across the Dynamic8 iPhone and iPad charger.  The look is fantastic and is very contemporary.  No protrusive charger sticking out half way into the drivers console, but rather flush, stylish looking accessory.
  • Enjoy full use of your iPhone or iPod during car trips, and arrive with your battery fully charged
  • Amber/green charging status light
  • Detachable dock connector to USB Type A cable that you can also use to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer
  • Easily replaceable 2 Amp automotive blade-type fuse to protect against spikes and surges
  • Works with iPhone, iPad models that feature full-size dock connector, and iPad shuffle (1st generation)
Only down side…they call it the “iCar Charger” Continue Reading

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