Charging on the Go!

For anyone in need of extra power, the switchBACK surge provides an innovative solution to the dreaded ‘low battery’ warning. Keep your iPhone 4 charged and protected with this combination backup battery and kickstand case. The integrated micro USB port even allows you to charge and sync your iPhone 4 while in use. 
The internal lithium-ion battery offers up to 80% charge on a dead iPhone 4.

Additional time added to your iPhone 4
Standby: Up to 275 hours
Talk: Up to 6 hours on 3G/ up to 12 hours on 2G
Internet: Up to 5 hours on 3G/ up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi
Audio: Up to 36 hours
Video: Up to 9 hours 


Atomic Tom – iphone band!

This New York band made some kick ass lemonade on the Subway after having their equipment stolen!

On the road, they stopped to remember one made that helped them with the recipe…


Look at me I’m listening!

New gadgets always catch my attention but you won’t find me camped outside a store to be one of the first people to buy them.  I closely watch the forums, talk to my friends about what they hear and check out reviews online to determine when it’s worth the purchase. 

My radar is currently tracking the latest gadget, the iPhone 4, but not for the reasons you may think.  I think it has the potential to change the way we work and maybe even how we live.  Hang on, hang on, I’m not planning to load a YouTube commerical to get on the Apple payroll.  I came  to this belief after I watched a few of the iPhone 4 commercials where a new grandfather is born when his son introduces his newborn or where a young woman shares her pregnancy with her husband.  The first thing that struck me is that while they were talking, they were looking at each other.  Sounds mundane but think about it.  We’ve spent the last eight or so years communicating via text message or short instant messages instead of talking directly to people or even picking up the phone to talk rather than text. 

We’ve been living in a world that has been communicating as if we always have something better to do. Now I’m thinking about how people will use these iPhones.  I think people may have this other option to not have their conversation while they’re driving, while they’re walking through the store or doing all of these other things that distract them when they’re not really paying attention to you but they’re on the phone with you nonetheless.  Well now, with this phone and it’s video camera, you’re forced to stop and look into the eyes of the person on the other side of the phone listening to what you have to say or hearing that you’ve just become a new father.  If you’re not paying attention they know about it because you’re right there in front of them.

So I’m wondering how this is going to change the attention span of the people using this phone now.  Are their conversations going to get shorter?  Is it really even going to get used that much because not every iPhone4 customer has iPhone4 friends? Will people take the time to really use it when they’re sitting down, looking into your eyes and have a conversation or will they just go back to their impersonal texting after the novelty of video calling wears off?  Or will it change the way people talk and we’ll stop shopping while talking (loudly, I might add) on their cell and stop calling from their cars while they drive?

Sadly, I don’t think this device, in all of it’s expensive glory, will change us all on it’s own but you have to wonder how this is going to change how we spend time with each other at least for the next few years.  I believe it is a rare occurrence when a phone call is taken with complete undivided attention and that, in my opinion, is what most of us really crave from one another.  Let’s just make an effort to avoid those calls in the bathroom!

No need to pay for iPhone Apps!

FREE apps worth more than their cost
  1. TED by – This little app simply helps you search for TED TALKS on the  website.  If you haven’t heard of TED; you should check it out.  There are some really fascinating people sharing their life’s work, intriguing topics and moving entertainment.  I recommend Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert (author Eat Pray Love) talk about Genius and Pattie Maes with cool gadget ideas from MIT students.
  2. Pandora – create your own radio stations based on songs, artist or genre.  It’s easy to use and it runs on your iPhone, Blackberry or computer.  I even have an LG Blu-Ray stereo system that runs it based on my user account so I only have to set up my stations once and I can use them on all my devices.  It’s FREE and it works ‘nuf said.
  3. YouMail – Custom voicemail messages. Set up your contacts to receive a unique answering message from Family Guy, Monty Python or Seinfeld.  Each message is saved online or locally on your phone as an MP3 file. Save the message, delete it or file it online – better than most phone company voicemail since they usually only save your messages for about 2 weeks.  Have Stewie tell your parents to send money or get rid of that stalker with “This number has been disconnected” message.  For a small upgrade you can even have each voicemail message converted to text but for those road warriors, you’ll be better off with the free audio messages.
  4. Dictation by Dragon – Simple voice recording to text that can be copied to SMS, email, MMS or where ever you can “paste” text.  Great for anyone who can’t type that well, needs to keep their eyes on the road hint hint, or just wants to have a little fun.  Amazing accuracy with converting your voice to text too.
  5. GasBag – Find the best price closest to you right now! Love this tool that thrives on users updating prices from their local stations.  You can even track your vehicle’s gas mileage by logging your fill ups and sending the results over time to your email.  Just remember that as a user, you keep the info current by adding the prices when you can.
  6. Voice4Mail – Sometimes it’s easier to say what you want to say instead of typing it so this is it.  Record your message and send the recording as a message or email.You can set up a standard recording that you use a lot to send to multiple people too.
  7. Howcast – Based on the online version this app helps you find videos to answer just about all your questions.  How to wash your hair, how to change a starter, how to remember people’s names – yeah it’s in there.  Kills the time while you wait for the Doctor or during your commute.
  8. Eye-Fi – I started using this when I bought my first 2GB WiFi enable SD card for my digital camera and loved it so when they provided an app for the iPhone it was even easier to upload my photos to my computer no matter where I was.
  9. SleepMachine LITE – need help falling asleep or just relaxing to nature sounds? This app not only has the crickets, waves and rain but you can “mix” it to combine 3 at a time.  I’d recommend having your iPhone charging while you run this app since it can be set up to run up to 24 hours long and I’m sure your phone would die before then.
  10. 24/7 Tutor – French, Spanish, Italian, German – pick your poison this app is a simple lite version to learn some important phrases and words by utilizing games, flashcards, puzzles and audio recordings to help you learn to read and write in your language of choice.  I’m trying French now and it’s fun to do a little bit every day with the games.
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