iHome iDM5 Wireless Keyboard
Manufacturer: iHome
Model: iDM5 Wireless Keyboard
MSRP: $149.95

iHome iDM5 Wireless Keyboard

iHome iDM5 Wireless Keyboard

Well, I really stuck my foot in it this time. I got this really interesting keyboard from the fine folks at iHome to review. I saw from the included documentation and the notes on the outside that it was a Bluetooth keyboard (among other real neat things —  more later). It was there that I put on my assumption (dunce) cap. I just assumed that if it was a Bluetooth keyboard, it was most likely battery operated. I even showed it at a local Mac user group meeting after “charging” it overnight. I threw it in my bag and brought it to the meeting. I set it up on the table and it didn’t work! I had to plug the external “wall wart” into the AC power socket to fire it up. I thought, gee, it was a dud and I should contact iHome to see about a replacement, which I did later that afternoon. Imagine my surprise when I got a quick reply from the marketing rep at iHome that it WASN’T a cordless keyboard! It had Bluetooth capability, but most likely because of the power required by the amplifier for its speakers (more later), it really wasn’t practical to put a large battery in the thing. It would have priced the keyboard totally out of the market, and would have made a substantial keyboard downright heavy. Boy, was my face red!

But this isn’t about my stupidity and embarrassment! I could fill volumes about that! No, it’s about a really neat Bluetooth keyboard with USB ports (for charging USB-chargeable devices), an audio amplifier and decent quality speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity of not only the audio functions (you can play music from a Bluetooth-equipped iDevice through the keyboard’s speakers), you can use it as a speakerphone, AND you can use it as a Bluetooth keyboard to enhance your typing (and maybe even your dancing and dining) pleasure with the aforementioned Bluetooth-equipped iDevices. In fact, due to what some might call a design quirk (more later), it’s really not suitable for desktop computer use.

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Five Years of iPhone
TechFan Podcast #80

On June 8, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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With the fifth anniversary of the iPhone fast approaching, Tim and David take a look back at how it all started, the significant milestones, and how this one product changes the world.

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Jetpack Joyride
iOS Game Review

On June 7, 2012, in Apps, Game, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Jetpack Joyride
App Developer: Halfbrick Studios
Version Reviewed: 1.3.1
License: Free with in-app purchasing

Strap on that pack and go for the ride of your life.

Jetpack Joyride is the pinnacle of mobile gaming, and proves that simplicity in controls and concept can make for a perfect gaming experience.

You assume the role of Barry, a character whose single goal is to stay alive whilst breaking into a secret laboratory. It is not clear what Barry’s mission is, but staying out of harms way certainly consumes most of his time.

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Finally Neil Worton
MyMac Podcast #406

On June 6, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy corners Neil Worton and gets him on the show which is doubly good because Gaz is on vacation and no one wants to hear Guy do a solo show. Turns out Neil has a lot to say about getting documents and other kinds of content off your Mac and on to your iOS devices with Goodreader and who woulda thunk it but Amazon has a free way to do it (sort of, but in that clunky corporate way) too. They also talk about setting up an Apple Airport Extreme or Time Capsule for some of these apps or remote access. Fun stuff and make sure you listen through to the very end for some real Diamond in the rough stuff.

Some Links
Goodreader for iOS from Good.i.Ware LTD
GoodreaderUSB for Windows Download link
Goodreader for Mac Download link
Amazon’s Send to Kindle App for the Mac
Guy’s App Pick: Air Attack by Art in Games on the Mac App Store .99
Neil’s Pick: SkySafari Plus by Southern Stars $14.99

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Adobe Muse CS6 Creative Cloud subscription software enables designers to create websites without writing code.Click on the links below to listen to our informative two-part interview with the Muse Product Manager, Dani Beaumont. If you are taken to another page with each audio link, click on them in there, please. Thanks.

Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2

Fitness for Geeks
Book Review

On June 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Fitness for Geeks
Author: Bruce W. Perry
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $34.99 US print edition, $27.00 Ebook, $36.99 CAN print edition
ISBN: 978-1-449-39989-4
311 pages

Exercise and fitness are currently all the rage. People are learning to eat the right foods, find an exercise routine they can follow, live a healthy lifestyle. Some of us need a little guidance, and this is where Bruce W. Perry’s book, Fitness for Geeks comes in.

Fitness for Geeks is a well-researched book that takes a “geek” approach to fitness and health. This is not the type of book you zip right through; you need time to think about and digest (no pun intended) the extensive information Perry dishes out.

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