Update: Congratulations to David Welden, who won the Carved Acoustic Acorn, and Emily Smith, who won the Wood Power Bank!
Thank you to everyone who signed up for these giveaways. We will be doing more in the future, so keep an eye out for more chances to win great mobile gear.
Here is your chance to win the two Carved products that I reviewed on the site yesterday. These are two high quality, beautifully made accessories that retail for $59 and $49, respectively. They will work perfectly with your Apple devices, and any other mobiles devices, as well. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this.
If you want to check them out more closely before entering, click the link above to check out the review, or click here to see what Carved has to say about the Wood Power Bank, or here for the Acoustic Acorn Bluetooth Speaker.
If you are either close to my age, a classic gaming fan, or both, then you likely recognize the controller pictured above. The SFC30 from 8Bitdo Tech is precisely styled after the controller from the Super Famicom, the Japanese version of the popular Super Nintendo classic 16 bit game console. This controller was a BIG leap forward over the original Ninetendo NES controller, with more buttons and far better ergonomics.
Time to take some small bites out of the current Apple news, now that there is a little bit beyond the early-onset iPhone 8 insanity that I complained about last week. And, as some of you many have noticed, there are a few changes afoot around here, as well.
There is something to be said for finely crafted wood products. I grew up appreciating quality woodwork, as my father is an avid gun collector, and has always preferred classic firearms. He had several over the years that had beautifully stained stocks, with hand-carved engraving. As for me, I have been a percussionist for 30 years and have owned many finely crafted drums over that time. My current drum set has a beautiful black to blue fade stain and I have a hand-made custom snare drum with a dark maple stain against gold hardware and natural finished wood rims that looks really striking, as well. In the case of both the classic firearms and my drums, the objects perfectly combine form and function. They serve a purpose, but their craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal set them apart from everyday items.
As an Apple blogger, I have to be careful not to get too uppity when complaining about rumor coverage, lest I prove myself a hypocrite. Glass houses and all that. Rumors are a big part of what we all talk about, and they always have been. I have been steadily covering iPad rumors since I came back on board at our sister site iPadInsight.com back in February, and will continue to do so when rumors of the coming iPad Pros are mentioned. And if you keep up with Apple, you already know that when there are lulls between hardware releases like we currently find ourselves in, the coverage of every little rumor increases to fill the vacuum.
In a short period of time, Ztylus has cemented their reputation of being on the cutting edge of iPhone camera extension accessories. I personally own their Revolver case and lens system, and have been very impressed with it. While it works with my iPhone 7 Plus, it only works with the wide-angle lens.
Here’s one completely out of left field. However, believe it or not, there is actually a strong Apple connection. Smithsonian.com ran a piece last weekend on a very unique museum in Helsingborg, Sweden dedicated to memorializing notable failed products. The museum is the brainchild of Samuel West, a psychologist who according to the article, “specializes in studying creativity and work.”
If there is one major issue that eventually plagues all of Apple’s first party charge cables, it is that the cover will eventually pull away at the ends, and then the cord will fray and cease to work. This can begin anywhere between the end of year one and somewhere in year two of use, depending on well you take care of them. Don’t even get me started on cheap, third-party, non-MFi cables, either. You are lucky to get three to six months out of one of those.
If you are a working professional who requires a laptop on a day-to-day basis, you know that a good bag or backpack that fits your work environment is absolutely essential. Somewhere between 90-95% of my job is performed between my laptop, iPhone, and iPad Pro, so having a reliable bag that can hold all my gear and stand up to some wear and gear is absolutely essential. I have been through many such bags over the years, and have built up a solid collection that meet various needs. However, when it comes time to take your show on the road, the requirements change, and for those who travel often, they may be different enough to require a completely different approach.