Category Archives: Cool Things

Cool Things- The Power Packer


Now that I have recently backed a Kickstarter (The PaperLike iPad Pro screen protector) and an Indiegogo campaign (The Love Notes to Newton Documentary), I am now getting emails from both more than ever before. I typically don’t bother looking at them, but I noticed one recently for a product that looked like it was specifically designed for me. The Power Packer from Side by Side, which has already been fully funded and completed on Kickstarter and is also in the midst of a very successful Indiegogo run, is an accessory and cable organizer designed with the gadget-obsessed in mind.

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Happy 4th of July from the Big Easy!

My wife and I are in New Orleans for a few days celebrating our upcoming 20th anniversary. I will be posting some pictures from my iPhone 7 Plus and a couple of camera lens cases while we are here.

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Cool Things: The Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden

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.”

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Cool Things: ProBack Cover for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil


I don’t usually follow Kickstarter that closely, but this is the second notable item for the iPad Pro that I’ve seen this week. While this product has a higher price tag, and will likely take more effort, time, and money to build than the PaperLike screen cover we looked at previously, it is definitely worth consideration. It looks like a creative solution to a problem many users have with the Pro.

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Cool Things: PaperLike Screen Cover for the iPad Pro


A recent Kickstarter campaign caught my eye that I thought might be of interest to several of our readers. The PaperLike screen cover from Jan Sapper is exactly what it sounds like- a simple screen protector-like cover for both models of iPad Pro. It is made of a proprietary film that gives the screen a feel closer to that of paper when using the Apple Pencil. It’s a very good idea that I was surprised to learn hasn’t really been addressed by any mainstream accessory manufacturers to this point.

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Review: thingCHARGER, the Charger for all your Things

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In this day and age, we all have our fair share of electronic devices–with more variations and categories introduced into our lives every year. We use our devices for an increasing number of our personal as well as recreational tasks. These tasks range across various topics including maintaining a depository for ideas and future plans, navigating to appointments, keeping track of our schedules, and maybe even some relaxing media time. Electronics aren’t just for adults anymore either, with our children making up the fastest growing population utilizing the benefits of these devices. From phones and tablets, to cameras to laptops–there exists a never-ending train of accessories that all have one thing in common–they all need to be charged on a regular basis. This is a necessary evil that often creates a predicament for households where there are a plethora of devices that all need to be charged at the same time–not to mention the need to have outlets available for stationary items. This is the obstacle that the thingCHARGER was created to overcome.

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Cool Things: MOS Pack – The Backpack You Plug In To Charge Everything

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Im a sucker for a good tech bag.  Make that bag a practical back pack with plenty of storage slots for all my gadgets, and all you need to do is tell me where to send my money!  Luckily for us the folks at MOS went one step further.  The MOS Pack not only incorporates many of their own previous released product designs, it also transforms the average backpack into a portable charging station for all of your electronic devices. This is an especially handy feature that allows you to charge everything without taking it all out of your backpack, and solves the problem of charging all your devices on the go.

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How to turn your iPad into a MacBook

IMG_0566After the recent WWDC, Apple made it much easier to teach its programming language, Swift, in schools. In iOS9, you can run apps created in Swift on an iPad without the need for a virtual machine which means students can test, change a bit and test again with ease. They’ve also released some great looking iTunes U courses to help you learn. I look after the 1:1 iPad program in my school and I’d really like to take advantage of this for my students. The problem is I need to learn how to program in Swift and to do this I need a MacBook. Unfortunately I don’t have a MacBook. Everywhere I look, other teachers, students, everyone seems to have one of those sleek looking MacBooks, but I don’t. As I wipe my tears away at the prospect of all of my money going on nappies for the newest member of the Potter family and not a new MacBook, I turn my attention to making one from what I already have. Here is what I came up with. Continue reading

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Will iOS 9 finally introduce split-screen multi-tasking on the iPad?

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One of the most sought after “missing” features on the iPad platform has been the ability ti use split-screen multi-tasking.  Other competing tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Surface Pro 3 have already successfully offered this feature.  One could argue whether the implementation is on point–but nonetheless, it’s an option that the iPad doesn’t offer.  This summer, however, that may all finally change if you believe what M. Gurman from 9to5Mac is reporting.  Gurman says that Apple is set to debut a variation of multi-tasking as early as WWDC next month.  He goes on to report  that they were working toward a release last summer with iOS 8, but ended up putting it on the back-burner while they diverted resources to complete work on the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Gurman also reports that multi-tasking should be available for iPads running iOS 9, but that the feature was ultimately intended for the new, larger sized iPad Pro.  It is believed that apps that support the feature will divide the screen real-estate into  variations of 1/2, 1/3 or 2/3 views depending on which apps you may be using at the time.  In addition, Apple has designed the screen-sharing to work with two separate apps or the same app displaying multiple views side by side.

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Learning with the iPad

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Last week Apple released a video highlighting the versatility of the iPad under the umbrella title; Everything Changes with iPad.

iPad can change the way you do things every day. Take on a new project, pick up a new skill, or start a new hobby. We put together some of our favorite apps and ideas to help you get started.

There were six sections in all, and they covered topics from cooking to small business–traveling to learning, and even redecorating.  Each section covered one main topic and explored how using apps, accessories and tips & tricks geared toward those topics can enhance the lives of those who use their iPads in these creative ways.  With bright, colorful images and recommended apps with links to download them directly from the App Store, Apple showcased what they do best–present solutions and suggestions to real problems and questions people ask everyday.

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iPad Magician Wows on the Ellen Show

iPad magician Simon Pierro managed to wow Ellen and her audience with a quick series of magic tricks involving the iPad.

I’m sure Penn and Teller and other magician types can probably explain how these are done, but they sure look impressive – and that last one with the audience selfie is amazing.

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