GIZMON iCA case for iPhone

GIZMON iCA case for iPhone

GIZMON iCA case for iPhone

A fun case for the iPhoneographer and a perfect match for all the classic cameras on the app store; they make your phone look like a vintage Leica. The foam-lined polycarbonate exterior of the GIZMON iCA can be assembled with a smart leather case to make it extra durable. There’s also a soft, silicone version and other accessories, like a remote shutter designed like a roll of 35mm film and special lens to enhance your photos (the mock lens has a mirror for self-portraits). The leather case comes in black, brown, green, or red.

GIZMON iCA iPhone case


Tips For Using Your Smartphone When You’re On Vacation

Tips For Using Your Smartphone When You're On Vacation

Chinese New Year Smartphone by Mr. T in DC

Today’s travelers who go abroad can pack a multitude of useful tools into their smartphones. Here are tips for using your smartphone when you’re on vacation.

Getting Started

The smartphone’s maps, apps, and GPS abilities mean travelers no longer have to contend with confusing paper maps. You can plan your day’s destinations and head straight to them, even if you don’t speak the local language. However, a language or translating app such as Fodor’s Travel Phrases can make communicating your needs much simpler.

Travel Guides Made Mobile

Travel guides are another popular travel tool for the smartphone. You can purchase e-books for your favorite region or city or select among different travel guide apps. Lonely Planet has a selection of apps and e-books for iPhone and Android that you can read on your smartphone.

Tourist attractions and restaurant recommendations are easier to find with a smartphone. Quiz your fellow travelers on Facebook or Twitter or seek out Yelp for dining options abroad. Don’t forget to check the hours of operation for the places you’re visiting in case your visit coincides with a local holiday.

You can enlist your smartphone to check flight times or find public transportation information if you need to travel by rail or bus. A currency converter app is a must have, also.

When you travel with a group, you’ll want a way to keep track of everyone. Put your day’s itinerary on your calendar app and share it with your group. Collect their contact information in case anyone becomes separated from the group. If someone wants to split up for a day, check the map app for a good place to meet again later.

Your Travel Channel

Your smartphone can also act as a journal of your experiences. Use a note app to list your day’s exploits and enhance your travel diary with pictures and videos. Later, you’ll be able to share your pictures with friends and family or you can use a service to print pictures or postcards. Upload your favorite travel videos to YouTube or other sites as well.

Another way to broaden your travel experience with your smartphone is to buy examples of local music to listen to once back home. Update your blog with your dining experiences and musings on your trip, too. If a younger traveler needs a break, a game or video can provide a respite.

Staying in Touch for Less

Before you depart home, check your voice, data, and texting plans. International rates might be higher than you expect. You may find it cheaper to install a texting app or make calls with a service like Skype. Check for free local Wi-Fi at a fast food restaurant or other public location, as hotel rates for Internet access might be costly.

Schedule reminders if you need to check in with work. Account for time differences if you’ve flown to another time zone so you don’t call too early. Emailing colleagues and family is another option for keeping up without disrupting your vacation.

A smartphone can provide a lot of assistance when you’re on vacation. For your next trip, load it up with beneficial apps and enjoy your time off.

Dawn Knight is an avid travel blogger; she played around with many of these tips during her recent trip to Villas del Mar.


Hex Tribute Laptop Duffle Bag

Slim profile duffel includes separate storage areas for MacBook Pro (up to 15"), iPad, phone, as well as general storage. Also includes removable shoulder strap, organizer and 2 rear snap pockets. Water resistant fine wale navy blue corduroy.

The material of my youth keeps returning. This slim profile duffle bag by HEX includes separate storage areas for MacBook Pro (up to 15″), iPad, phone, as well as general storage. Also includes removable shoulder strap, organizer and 2 rear snap pockets. Water resistant fine wale navy blue corduroy. Looks smart.



Circa News App

I’m currently trying Circa, a relatively new news app that instead of simply listing and summarising the days news, has editors gather top stories and break them down to their essential points – facts, quotes, photos, and maps. It’s a not so subtle difference; you follow stories which deliver bite sized changes as the story develops, all designed to be viewed specifically on your mobile device (iPhone only at the moment).

With Circa, we’re finally seeing editorialized news delivery. Instead of just pulling RSS feeds from major news outlets and providing link lists, the folks at Circa take the time to curate and distill content. The result is a broad list of topics, each containing a limited number of bite-sized facts and information. The innovation here feels very obvious: Circa realized that if you want to go broad with your content, the display of that content needs to be shallow and digest-able, with the option to dive deeper.

I’m enjoying the difference so far.



There is something very specific to Internet storytelling, but because people are not looking to eBay as a place for that, a more authentic voice comes out.

Weaving Tales from eBay Sales – wonderful Wall Street Journal piece on Emily Spivack’s Sentimental Value project. Via Explore.


The Internet is like juniour high

People engage in juvenile behavior online, even if they’re adults.

Sure, the Web has plenty of mature, resourceful people who create clever online projects or crowdsource solutions to global problems. But some experts also believe it perpetuates childhood.

 

“The Internet and digital media have produced this ‘Peter Pan effect’ where we never grow up, we’re perpetual children, we never have to be responsible for anything — we keep this juvenile mentality,” she says.

 

Indeed, the Web has a clique for every would-be adolescent — class clowns, bullies, drama queens and fanboys. (There’s plenty of room for geeks and nerds, too.) They all get to indulge in their petty squabbles, and few of them show signs of growing up.

Source: CNN.


Ogami Stone Notebooks with paper made from stone

stone notebooks

Ogami notebooks are created in Milan, Italy, using a revolutionary process that produces paper entirely from limestone and ecological resins, creating a durable but smooth surface that makes writing on it a unique experience. “The pen floats across the paper.” This innovative process produces paper that is whiter, lighter, softer, and silkier, yet tear-resistant, and more durable than traditional paper. Unlike paper, Repap is waterproof and can be erased cleanly for re-use. A perfect ecologically sound (Americans still use about 71 million tons of paper per year — only 63 percent of which is ever recycled) companion to apps. like Evernote. (via.)


New Accessory Turns an iPhone into a Satellite Phone

Mobile satellite operator, Thuraya has developed a “SatSleve” that converts an Apple iPhone into a handheld satellite phone. From Cellular News:

Only slightly larger than the iPhone itself, the adaptor provides users with the ability to turn their iPhone into a satellite phone that allows them to have connectivity beyond the coverage of traditional terrestrial networks.



Mobile chat apps have overtaken Twitter and Facebook in Japan and Korea

The Next Web reports that new figures show that apps are topping social networks in Japan and Korea. And outside of China, where both services are blocked, apps are closing the gap in usage and downloads.

The statistics were compiled by Singapore-based We Are Social, as part of its third edition of reports detailing the uptake of social media across Asia.

The agency has aggregated a range of data which shows that Line in Japan and Kakao Talk in Korea now rank higher than Facebook in terms of active users — with 36 million and 19 million, respectively. Neither Facebook nor Twitter is the top dog in China by virtue of the fact that both services are blocked.

Facebook would be advised to consider introducing features that have proven successful in Asia — such as gaming, stickers and video calls – if it wants to compete head on with WeChat, Line and the rest.


Robot to care for elderly made at University of Salford

Robot to care for elderly made at University of Salford

A robot designed to help care for elderly people has been invented at the University of Salford, perhaps coming in time to help an ever increasing aging population and our ever increasing tendency to abandon them.

“Carebot” P37 S65 can be programmed to remind them to take medication and exercise, answer questions and even tell them jokes. Researcher Antonio Espingardeiro, who developed the robot, said it could help care home staff and improve residents’ quality of life. It can recognise faces and recall the requirements of each patient, he said. The robot can also be programmed with speech therapy and object recognition exercises to help people with dementia. It is capable of acting as a video link to keep in touch with doctors and family, playing games and giving updates on the news. The robot, standing at about the height of a person, can also carry meals to residents.

From the BBC.


Erik Messenger Bag

The Erik from Sandqvist is a classic messenger bag in very durable 1000 denier Cordura and details and straps in vegetable tanned leather. A padded laptop pocket for up to 15" laptop, on the inside backside. A removable waist strap that holds the bag steady on your back when biking. One zipper pocket and two open pockets on the inside frontside.

The Erik from Sandqvist is a classic messenger bag in very durable 1000 denier Cordura and details and straps in vegetable tanned leather. A padded laptop pocket for up to 15″ laptop, on the inside backside. A removable waist strap that holds the bag steady on your back when biking. One zipper pocket and two open pockets on the inside frontside.



The Kevlar Gear Bag

The kevlar high-viz grab handle of this workhorse has a tensile strength of 10,000 lbs. Another unparalleled feature of this bag lies in its three layer construction: a heavy navy waxed canvas outer-body, a rigid impermeable waterproof core, and a smart gray canvas interior.

The Kevlar Gear Bag is a beauty. The kevlar high-viz grab handle of this workhorse has a tensile strength of 10,000 lbs. Another unparalleled feature of this bag lies in its three layer construction: a heavy navy waxed canvas outer-body, a rigid impermeable waterproof core, and a smart gray canvas interior.