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Multiple Ways To Capture Or Print What You See On Your Screen

Print Screen is a term that lost its original meaning decades ago. Back in the MS-DOS era, before computers had graphical user interfaces, the Print Screen key would indeed send the contents of the current screen to the printer. Today, the Print Screen button triggers a screenshot, meaning it captures a still of your screen and temporarily stores it in the clipboard. Actually printing a screenshot takes a few more steps. In return, this offers opportunities for editing and optimizing the image. Combine that with shortcuts and third party software and you have a powerful tool of the 21st century… Read the full article: Multiple Ways To Capture Or Print What You See On Your Screen

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Daily Deals for April 22, 2013

It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Deals from Dealnews StackSocial : [Mac Software] The Name Your Own Price 10-App Mac Bundle 2.0 downloads for $6. Adobe : [Graphics & Publishing Software] Adobe CS2 for PC or Mac for free. Other World Computing : [Computer Accessories] OWC 2012 Featured Move ‘em Out: RAM, accessories, HDDs anf more. TradePub.com : [e-books] OS X Mountain Lion: A Beginner’s Guide e-book for free. Monoprice.com : [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ CrystalPro IPS LED-Backlit LCD Display for $391 + $18 s&h. MacUpdate Promo : [Mac Software] Metropolis for Mac downloads for $12. Monoprice.com : [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ IPS-G LED-Backlit LCD Display preorders for $474 + $14 s&h. TigerDirect : [USB Flash Drives] Centon 64GB USB Flash Drive, security software for $0 after rebate + $4 s&h. Adorama : [Inkjet Printers] Canon PIXMA WiFi Photo Printer, paper for $135 after rebate + free shipping. Cameta Camera : [Camera Accessories] Zeikos Sling SLR All Weather Camera Backpack for $17 + free shipping. eBay : [Camera Accessories] Opteka LapsePro Remote Control for Canon and Nikon for $20 + free shipping. Network Solutions : [Computer Services] NetworkSolutions.com: 1-year domain name registration for 50 cents. iOS Software Nano Rally [iPhone; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] Nano Rally is a fun and addictive top-down driving game, where players drive miniaturized cars around various tracks. FX Photo Studio HD [iPad; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $1.99] Our promise is simple — with FX Photo Studio HD you’ll get the most impressive collection of photo effects and filters, available on iPad. Little Genius [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $9.99] Welcome to the world of the great games which will help your kid to develop his or her intellectual abilities. Blux Camera Pro [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Blux Camera Pro to easily and effortlessly capture the perfect image every time. The Silent History [iOS Universal; Category: Books; Now free, down from $1.99] The Silent History is a groundbreaking innovation in digital fiction, the story of a generation of unusual children, told through serialization, collaboration and exploration. SkySafari 3 Plus [iOS Universal; Category: Education; On sale for $9.99, down from $14.99] With SkySafari 3 Plus, you can follow spectacular events like eclipses and transits in Earth’s sky — or from anywhere else in the Solar System. ProCamera [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99, down from $9.99] ProCamera is a professional camera app, with many high-end features and an intuitive design for ease of use. Moni [iPhone; Category: Food & Drink; Now free, down from $9.99] Moni is the one-stop budgeting application that manages multiple bank accounts in a sleek and innovative user interface. Universal Prompter Pro HD [iPad; Category: Business; Now free, down from $4.99] Universal Prompter Pro is a text-scrolling reader that assists with the preparation and delivery of public-speaking engagements. Scotland Yard [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $2.99, down from $5.99] Scotland Yard is the digital version of the award-winning board game. Take It Easy [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] It’s a puzzle, it’s a brain teaser and it’s a game. Apple’s Free App of the Week. OS X Software MacHeist nanoBundle 3 [OS X; Category: Various; On sale for $9.99] MacHeist is back with another bundle featuring xScope, iStopMotion, Totals, Clarify, Fantastical and CleanMyMac 2. Little Inferno and Path Finder are an added bonus when the number of sold bundles crosses the 10,000 mark. One more day left. SwitchWallpaper [OS X; Category: Lifestyle; Now free, down from $0.99] With SwitchWallpaper you can change your Desktop Wallpaper super fast. My Files [OS X; [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] My Files brings your Dropbox, Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync and Box accounts together in one simple, convenient, easy-to-use interface. Daily Deals for April 22, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Logitech intros FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad, Folio for iPad/iPad mini

Logitech’s secret plans of dominating the world iPad accessories market continue. Today the company unveiled the new FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad (US$149.95), a new line of attractive Bluetooth keyboards that provide full-sized keys that it says are “seamlessly fused into an interior fabric”. At the same time, the company is also introducing the new Folio for iPad and iPad mini at $69.99 and $59.99 respectively. What’s different about both of these products is that they’re using high-end fabrics and contrasting colors to create a totally unique pair of folios. The FabricSkin Keyboard folio uses a “tray” to hold the iPad in place, in colors from Mars Orange (with a white contrasting keyboard) to deep Mystic Blue (with a red tray) or Sunflower Yellow with a tan keyboard. They’re definitely eye-catching, and we’ll be testing the keyboard soon to let readers know how the non-mechanical mechanism works for speed typing. Gallery: Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio and Folio for iPad/iPad mini The FabricSkin Keyboard uses a set of powerful magnets to hold the iPad upright for typing or hold the cover closed during transit. That fabric coating on the keyboard? It’s water repellant. Logitech uses a similar design scheme for the Folio cases for iPad and iPad mini. These cases lack the keyboard of the higher-priced model, but use a similar tray to hold the iPad in place and are covered with similar fabrics. There’s a bright Acid Yellow Folio, a staid and classy Carbon Black model, and one that’s nicely covered in Mystic Blue. All of the new Logitech products are expected to be available in May, and as soon as we can get our hands on them we’ll have full reviews here. In the meanwhile, enjoy the gallery of product shots and check out the Logitech blog for more information. Logitech intros FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad, Folio for iPad/iPad mini originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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RadioShack begins selling Mac accessories

If you mosey on over to RadioShack’s website you’ll notice that the nationwide electronics retailer is now, for the first time, offering an expansive selection of Mac accessories for sale . Customers will now be able to select from the usual gamut of Mac accessories, from mice and keyboards to cables and connectors. Select locations will also carry iTunes gift cards. With the addition of Mac accessories, RadioShack now provides a complete selection of Apple products, save for actual Mac hardware. You might remember that Apple struck a similar accessories deal with Staples this past February whereby the office supply store began selling accessories for the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. RadioShack currently boasts over 4,700 stores in North America (U.S. and Mexico) so this should certainly help make Mac accessories more visible to Mac-toting customers. Lastly, it’s worth noting that RadioShack is currently running a promotion through June 1, 2013 whereby customers who spend $30 or more receive a $10 credit towards a future purchase. To that end, if you’re looking to pick up some Apple related accessories in the next few months, it might be worth it to hop on over to your local RadioShack. via MacRumors RadioShack begins selling Mac accessories originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer adds functionality, subtracts setup time

Way back in 2010, TUAW reviewed one of the first connected health devices for the iOS ecosystem. That device was the Withings Connected Body Scale , which I had owned for about a year at the time the review was posted. Withings recently released the latest iteration of the device, the all-new Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer (US$149.95), adding new features while also making setup of the device incredibly easy. Design Like the previous models, the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer looks like a scale that Jony Ive would be proud to have in his bathroom. It’s a thin slab of dark glass with a display in the familiar top-center position and a metal circle dead center. But don’t just think of this as just a pretty bathroom scale… It does a lot more than just display the bad news about your weight every morning. The previous versions could also determine your BMI ( body mass index ) and display just how much excess poundage you’re carrying around. Now the WS-50 adds extra features — not only does it also check your pulse rate, but it also captures the ambient temperature and CO2 levels in your house. All of this information is made available to you either on the Withings website (free account required) or through the free Withings Health Mate iOS app. That app is also now used to set up a new scale (more on that later) and display data from the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor . You could think of the app as your window into your well-being … or lack thereof. Functionality Setup is incredibly easy to do. Back in the old days in 2009, setup was a complicated affair requiring a USB cable, opening the back of the scale, and performing sacred rituals involving squirrels and tap-dancing. Well, forget the sacred rituals part, but it was a total pain to set up. Not any more! The WS-50 comes with batteries not only included, but installed. You pull a plastic tab to let those batteries do their job, and then fire up your iOS device. In Settings > Bluetooth it’s a simple matter of pairing with the device, and then you’re asked to go to the Health Mate app to finish setup. It’s as simple as tapping a button to “Install now”, after which you’re asked if you wish to copy the Wi-Fi settings on your iOS device to the scale. Reply in the positive, and the WS-50 is added to your network. Gallery: Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer At that point, there’s nothing left to do except start using the device. My wife and I have been using one of the Connected Body Scales since 2009, so we’re familiar with how the device works. You stand on the scale a bit longer than usual, allowing it to not only get a solid weight number as your body rocks slightly back and forth, but to take those BMI readings as well. The first time I used the WS-50, it took even longer, apparently checking in with the Withings mothership to determine who was standing on the scale. After a short time, my initials showed up on the left side of the display, indicating that it had figured out that it was me and not my wife. I might be deluding myself, but it seems like the WS-50 does the body fat reading somewhat faster than the old scale did. I do have to wonder about the accuracy of the pulse rate monitoring, as my resting rate — as measured multiple times per week via a Withings Blood Pressure Monitor — is always about 25 beats per minute less than what the WS-50 measured. I’ll have to keep an eye on that for a few days to see if the odd readings persist before sending the review unit back to Withings. That pulse rate isn’t the only new information that the WS-50 is capturing; since I set it up yesterday afternoon, it has also been monitoring the temperature in my home (or at least in the bathroom where the scale is located) and the CO2 levels. Those readings are available from the iOS app and website, and unsurprisingly show that the closed room is about 10°F warmer than the rest of the house. I checked the CO2 readings against another device that monitors those readings in my house and they were quite close. Does the new information provide added value to the Withings Smart Body Analyzer? If the pulse reading is accurate, that information could be quite informative, although I personally think that the combination of blood pressure and pulse information tracked by the Blood Pressure Monitor is much more valuable. As for the temperature data, it’s really dependent on where you have the WS-50 located. In our case, it’s giving us fairly worthless information as it’s in a small closed room that is always warmer than the rest of the house. Sure, we can see the variations as the day progresses, but I’m just not that sure how it relates to my comfort level and health. The CO2 information is quite useful, as I noticed several times this winter (using my other monitor device) that on days when the CO2 levels were much higher than average, I would feel fatigued and/or have a headache. Conclusion Withings was the first company to the connected health devices market, and the WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer continues their trend of creating top-notch equipment to keep an eye on your health. They’ve also done a wonderful job in turning setup from a relatively painful process involving a Mac or PC and a USB cable to just connecting to the device through Bluetooth and completing setup in less than a minute. Whether or not the new information provided by the WS-50 is valuable is another question. Resting heart rate is a good measure of all-over fitness, but only if the measurement is accurate, which I was unable to verify in my limited testing. As I mentioned, the usefulness of the temperature reading is really dependent on where the scale is permanently located. I do think the CO2 monitor is a very good idea, providing a flag for WS-50 users to open a window to get some fresh air if the level climbs too high. It should be noted that the original scale is still available from Withings as the Wireless Scale WS-30 ($99.95), so if you feel that the added bells and whistles are not to your liking, you can still get the Withings quality for $50 less. Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer adds functionality, subtracts setup time originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily Deals for April 18, 2013

It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Deals from Dealnews StackSocial : [Mac Software] The Name Your Own Price 10-App Mac Bundle 2.0 downloads for $6 TradePub.com : [Ebooks] “OS X Mountain Lion: A Beginner’s Guide” eBook for free StackSocial : [Mac Software] Boom For Mac downloads for $4 TigerDirect : [USB Hard Drives] Seagate 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD, Total Defense for $35 after rebate + $4 s&h Monoprice.com : [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ CrystalPro IPS LED-Backlit LCD Display for $391 + $18 s&h TigerDirect : [USB Flash Drives] Centon 64GB USB Flash Drive, security software for $0 after rebate + $4 s&h Monoprice.com : [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ IPS-G LED-Backlit LCD Display preorders for $474 + $14 s&h MacUpdate Promo : [Mac Software] Aquarella for Mac downloads for $6 Best Buy : [iPhone Accessories] Philips Clock Radio for Apple iPhone / iPod for $30 + free shipping Adorama : [Inkjet Printers] Canon PIXMA WiFi Photo Printer, paper for $135 after rebate + free shipping TigerDirect : [Battery Backups/UPSs] APC Power Saving Back UPS XS for $120 + $12 s&h CTCStore : [iPad Accessories] Acase Slim Leather Folio Case for iPad mini for $7 + free shipping via Prime iOS Software 247 MISSILES [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] Command your missiles to defend your cities against enemy attack. Jet Trains [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] Compete with crazy train racing gangs and avenge your family. FX Photo Studio [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $1.99] FX Photo Studio brings with it a large collection of photo effects and filters to help you improve your photos. Was paid app, now includes in-app purchases. Pocket Scanner HD – Documents on the go [iPad; Category: Business; Now free, down from $3.99] Pocket Scanner HD helps make quick scans of documents, receipts, whiteboards, books, business cards, notes, posters, checks, and even multi-page documents. Frameographer – Stop Motion & Time-Lapse [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] Frameographer is a simple and powerful app for making time-lapse and stop motion movies in HD. Focus Time [iOS Universal; Category: Productivity; On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99] Focus Time is a beautifully designed timer for people using the Pomodoro Technique. TextGrabber + Translator [iPhone; Category: Productivity; On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99] TextGrabber + Translator turns your mobile device into a multifunctional mobile scanner with translation capability. RushPlayer [iOS Universal; Category: Entertainment; On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] With Rushplayer, you can experience stunning, high-quality 720p / 1080p videos in an extensive number of formats. Split Lens [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $0.99] Use Split Lens to produce interesting photos like Cloning Yourself, Make you Suspended in the Air and more. Bucketz [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] A GAME ABOUT BALANCE… and pretty much everything else. iMini [iPad; Category: Music; On sale for $9.99, down from $19.99] iMini is a recreation of the classic 1971 Minimoog synthesizer, one of most iconic synthesizers of all time. Amazing Fingers [iPad; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] The point of the game is to drag the chips of different colors on the target buttons of the playing field, which is changing rapidly as you progress through levels. NOAA Hi-Def Radar [iOS Universal; Category: Weather; On sale for $0.99, down from $1.99] Simple, yet powerful app that shows real-time hi-def animated weather radar images in vivid colors. Pocket League Story [iPhone; Category: Games; On sale for $0.99, down from $3.99] Handpick players, train and battle your way to the top of every league in this sensational soccer team simulation. 123D Creature [iPad; Category: Entertainment; On sale for $0.99, down from $4.99] Create fantastic 3D characters like a pro with Autodesk 123D Creature. Fruit Ninja [iPhone; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] Fruit Ninja is a juicy action game with squishy, splatty and satisfying fruit carnage. Apple’s Free App of the Week. Fruint Ninja HD [iPad; Category: Games; Now free, down from $2.99] Fruit Ninja is a juicy action game with squishy, splatty and satisfying fruit carnage. Apple’s Free App of the Week. OS X Software MacHeist nanoBundle 3 [OS X; Category: Various; On sale for $9.99] MacHeist is back with another bundle featuring xScope, iStopMotion, Totals, Clarify, Fantastical, and CleanMyMac 2. Little Inferno and Path Finder are an added bonus when the number of sold bundles reaches 10,000. Mail Stationery [OS X; Category: Graphics & Design; On sale for $1.99, down from $19.99] The beautiful Mail Stationery collection provides 125 top-quality templates for Apple Mail from professional designers. CocoaBox [OS X; Category: Developer Tools; On sale for $1.99, down from $4.99] All your Snippets and all your Source Files on all your Macs. Thanks to iCloud. Final GIF Cut [OS X; Category: Video; Now free, down from $4.99] Final GIF Cut is a sharp tool to convert your video files to GIFs. Fotor Photo Editor [OS X; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $14.99] Fotor’s powerful desktop photo editor is the real deal and it has all the tools you need to make every moment you capture look truly great. Other Hardware or Accessories ZooGue [Hardware, $0.99] ZooGue is discounting select mobile phone cases for 99 cents plus shipping. Use coupon code: DEAL99 during checkout. 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TUAW Giveaway: Win a set of RHA MA450i in-ear headpones

We’ve teamed up with RHA , the Glasgow-based audio company who creates and manufactures fantastic, high-quality audio gear, to give away a wonderful set of MA450i noise-isolating in-ear headphones, worth US$49.95. Utilizing RHA’s own aerophonics design, the MA450i are machined out of solid aluminium and utilize a 10mm driver to provide a detailed and well-balanced sound. They come with an inline remote control and mic for easy control of your music library as well as making and taking calls. They are the perfect audio companion to an iPhone or iPod. Read more about the MA450i here . TUAW’s own Michael Grothaus put a set through its paces late last year and was really pleased with what he found. And I’ve reviewed the MA150 in-ear headphones and SA950i on-ear headphones and have been really blown away by the performance. Here are the rules and how to enter: Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older. To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button. The entry must be made before 26, April 2013 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time. You may enter only once. One winner will be selected and will receive a set of RHA MA450i en-ear headphones. Click Here for complete Official Rules. Loading… TUAW Giveaway: Win a set of RHA MA450i in-ear headpones originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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OGIO’s gorgeous 13-inch Covert Shoulder Bag: review and giveaway

Apple’s smaller notebooks — the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Air and the 13″ MacBook Pro — are incredibly popular, so it’s not surprising that accessory manufacturers are now turning out some beautiful and functional products especially for these computers. Today we’ll be looking at OGIO’s 13″ Covert Shoulder Bag (US$69.99). It’s perfect for those smaller Apple notebooks and we’re going to give one away to a TUAW reader. Design I’ve always been fond of vertical computer bags, so the Covert Shoulder Bag immediately caught my eye. This bag comes in black or Heather Gray — the latter is an attractive dark gray with just a hint of brown in it. That exterior is made of 1000D Kodra fabric with a water-resistant coating, using Nylon webbing for the handles and strap. The strap is padded for comfortable carrying, and your laptop is going to be well-protected in a main padded compartment with a quilted liner. There’s a second compartment inside the bag for your accessories with a smartphone pocket, a zippered pen/pencil compartment, and several slots for business cards. Gallery: OGIO 13″ Covert Shoulder Bag On the back of the case is an open-topped slip pocket, perfect for papers, a book or a folder. Finally, there’s a zipped audio pocket on the front with a cleverly-hidden audio port to thread your headphones through. The bag weighs in at 1.4 pounds, about half the weight of the 13″ MacBook Air. OGIO includes a metal placard on the front with the style number imprinted on it, which is helpful when someone asks “What is that case?” Functionality I tried out the case with an 11″ MacBook Air, which had plenty of room inside this case. It’s designed to carry up to the 13″ MacBook Pro with ease. The Covert uses YKK Vislon zippers, which are watertight, strong, and resistant to chemicals and UV. I found the zippers to be somewhat “rough” in terms of pull, but they certainly keep your gear away from the elements. The strap is adjustable over a wide range and the padding is fine. One minor point — the strap doesn’t have a non-slip coating on it, so I found that it was somewhat easy for it to slip off my shoulder. Many competing bags use a rubberized material on shoulder straps to keep the strap from slipping. One other minor niggling point: this isn’t a TSA “checkpoint friendly” bag as it doesn’t have a laptop-only section that can lie flat on an X-ray belt. It’s surprising to find a new computer bag that isn’t compliant, considering that the TSA standard has been around since 2008. Conclusion In terms of looks, the OGIO 13″ Covert Shoulder Bag is one of the nicer looking computer bags I’ve seen recently. However, it is probably a better bag for the non-traveler who just needs a bag for school or work, and doesn’t need to run the bag through TSA checkpoints on a weekly basis. Pros Well-designed, attractive, and constructed of high-quality components Vertical design looks very professional Notebook pocket is heavily padded for good protection Separate pocket for accessories and other items keeps your MacBook safe from scratches Separate outside pocket for audio devices or smartphones with a hidden cable port Price is quite reasonable Cons Not checkpoint-friendly Shoulder strap pad is rather slick and can slide off of your shoulder or require a permanent shrug to keep it from falling Who is it for? Owners of 11- and 13-inch MacBooks who want a reasonably-priced and stylish bag offering excellent protection Giveaway Like the looks of this 13″ Covert Shoulder Bag? It can be yours if you’re the lucky winner in our giveaway. Here are the rules for the giveaway: Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older. To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button. The entry must be made before April 19, 2013 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time. You may enter only once. One winner will be selected and will receive an OGIO 13″ Covert Shoulder Bag in Heather Gray valued at $69.99. Click Here for complete Official Rules. Loading… OGIO’s gorgeous 13-inch Covert Shoulder Bag: review and giveaway originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Props Power Case for iPad and iPad mini: Review and giveaway

One of the big questions I always hear from newbies to the iOS world is “Why are there battery pack cases for the iPhone but not for the iPad?”. That’s a really good question, and one that I couldn’t honestly answer. Now Digital Treasures has done the inevitable and created the Props Power Case for iPad mini ($79.95) as well as two larger versions for your full-sized iPad ($89.95 for 8000 mAh battery , $119.95 for 12000 mAh battery ). In this review, I’ll take a look at the Props Power Case for iPad mini to give you an idea of the usefulness of these juiced-up cases. Design The Props Power Cases use the tried-and-true folio case design with a prop (hence the name) for watching videos hands-free in an upright landscape orientation. The material covering the outside is a black leatherette with red stitching that looks pretty good, and there’s a magnetic strap to hold the case cover closed. The inside of the case a stippled rubber-like material that makes propping the iPad at a number of angles a snap. The iPad is held into place by flexible plastic corner pieces. On the iPad mini cases there are four of these pieces, while the full-sized iPad case includes a fifth piece on the right side of the iPad to help hold it into place. As you’d expect, all of the cases include a hole for the rear-looking camera. The big difference with the Props Power Cases is the thickness of the cover. That’s because it holds a flat battery pack. On the bottom of the battery pack you’ll find an input port (used to charge up the battery from any standard USB power source), four status LEDs indicating the level of charge, an on button to test the battery level and start charging your iPad, and a micro-USB power output port. Gallery: Props Power Case With the battery pack, the case weighs a bit more than your standard lightweight iPad mini case. The Props Power Case for iPad mini weighed in at 0.945 lb, more than doubling the weight of the standard mini (0.68 lb). A USB to input port cable is included for charging, and there’s a micro-USB to female USB adapter cable that can be used with your usual iOS device charging cable to plug it into the battery. Note that you can use the Props Power Case to not only charge up your iPad or iPad mini, but just about any other electronic device. Functionality When plugged into a USB power adapter (in my case, I attached it to a powered USB 3.0 hub), the blue power level LEDs light up to indicate that charging is occurring. As the battery charges, each of those lights will blink in sequence until the pack is fully charged, at which time all four blue LEDs remain steady. I found that getting the iPad mini into and out of the plastic corner pieces was quite easy. Each of the pieces has a slight “lip” on it that holds the iPad securely in place. Remember the magnetic strap I described above that holds the case closed? It also sticks to the back of the case when you are using it as a stand, perfect for keeping it from flopping over onto the screen while you’re watching a movie. As with most folio-type iPad cases, the Props Power Case includes magnets in the cover to turn the iPad on when you open the cover and off when you close the cover. I found that whether or not this worked was highly dependent on making sure that the cover was aligned properly on the right side when closed, and that it often didn’t line up the way it should. That’s not too much of an issue for me, as I enabled the lock sound so I could hear when the screen was being turned off. The battery pack in the iPad mini has a capacity of 4400 mAh according to iFixit.com , which means that the pack should be able to provide about 1.8 charges to a mini. That’s different from what the back of the Props Power Case box says; it notes that it will provide “up to a 100% power boost for your iPad mini.” I’m not sure exactly which number is correct, but it should be reassuring that you can at least bring an “empty” iPad mini up to a full charge. The Props Power Case specifications are a bit shaky on the expected lifetime of the battery pack as well. For the iPad mini, the user guide listed the battery as being able to handle 300 – 500 charge / discharge cycles. Conclusion The Props Power Cases for iPad and iPad mini look like they’re fairly solid and well constructed battery folio cases that can add anywhere from 50 to 130 percent more power to your device depending on the model. While they’re not the most stunning cases I’ve ever seen, if you need on-the-go power and protection for your iPad, the Props Power Cases are definitely worth looking at. Pros Good capacity, providing anywhere from 50 to 130 percent more power to your iPad depending on the model Well-constructed, with very good protection from drops and falls all around the iPad Status LEDs are very useful in determining charge and discharge levels Cons Not sure why Digital Treasures picked white cables for a black case Cover magnets may not necessarily turn off your iPad when the cover is closed due to issues with getting it properly aligned Who is it for? The hard core iPad user who needs additional power for his or her device Giveaway Have an iPad mini? Here’s your opportunity to win a Props Power Case for iPad mini from TUAW and Digital Treasures. Loading… Props Power Case for iPad and iPad mini: Review and giveaway originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Toddy Gear Screensters: Rescuing your screens from fingerprints

Many of the bloggers here at TUAW have young kids who have a tendency to smear all sorts of unmentionably bad things onto the screens of iPhones and iPads. Then there are those older kids (ahem…) who can’t put away our iPads when we’re eating a meal. Never fear, Toddy Gear Screensters (US$9.99) are here to rescue your screens from fingerprints and other glop on your device screens! Toddy Gear has been making some amazingly good screen cleaning cloths for quite some time. They’re different from most of the other cloths on the market, using the tried-and-true microfiber cloth on one side, but adding a silk-like material on the other for polishing up the surface of your device. I’ve never needed to use a cleaning spray with a Toddy Gear cloth. Screensters, however, aren’t cloths. Instead, they’re whimsical little plush characters with arms and legs designed to hang from a backpack or bag strap so that they can be used to wipe up messes in a second. If they get a little too gross after cleaning a few iPad screens, just toss ‘em into the wash and they’re ready to get back to work again. There are 10 different Screensters available, from the nerdy Biblio to 70s drop-out Harmonia . They’re designed from kids from 3 to 93, so don’t feel left out if you’re old enough to drive but still think Screensters are fun. Toddy Gear Screensters: Rescuing your screens from fingerprints originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Toddy Gear Screensters: Rescuing your screens from fingerprints