You love your iPhone; everyone does. But a lot of touch screen smart phone owners aren’t really happy with how they type on their glass screens. A lot of blackberry owners who migrated to iPhone sorely miss the physical keyboard the Canadian giant offers in its phones. But now there’s a solution, not a perfect one if you ask me but hey it’s good for people who prefer to type on physical keyboards.
It’s a keyboard case or type cover called ‘Typo’ partly funded by Ryan Seacrest. The company has recently been in the news for more bad things than good as BlackBerry looks to protect its IP by attempting to block sales of the Typo keyboard cover. But that hasn’t stopped Typo from taking pre orders and shipping devices to customers in January. It’s essentially a physical keyboard add-on that is designed as a cover. It snaps onto your iPhone and gets connected with Bluetooth within seconds. That’s all that is required to set it up.
It’s designed to work only for the iPhone 5 and 5S, so all the colorful 5C owners will be left out. The keyboard cover itself is pretty light and thin. You’ll notice a striking resemblance to BlackBerry keyboards when you look at it and its performance is nowhere close to what BB devices can do. The keys are a bit wobbly and don’t offer you a tactile feel. Apart from that the biggest drawback I see is that it takes up a lot of space on your iPhone and also hides the home button. So you’ll have to let go the accurate touch id sensor on the iPhone 5S if you’re looking to use this keyboard in its present form. It can be nice addition for avid IM users who love to type on a physical keyboard. However, there are still quite a few rough edges that can make this unusable. There is a lot of battery drain to your iPhone, the keys are not tactile, keys are cramped, it takes a while to re-connect, does not integrate well with iOS and the list goes on. We quite like the idea Typo has brought to the table but it would need to go through a lot of revisions and iterations before it can become a successful product. It’s seems grossly underdeveloped right now but people are still buying it at $99 a piece probably because Ryan Seacrest has managed to garner some support. You can pre-order it here; their first pre-orders have already been delivered. Let us know your thoughts on this idea in the comments section.
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Have you ever come across an iPhone game that makes your phone smell? There’s one newly released game on the iPhone that does just that. You heard that right. Popcorn maker Pop Secret has released a game called Poptopia and a kernel-shaped plastic dongle called The Pop Dongle which when connected the headphone jack, emits smell of freshly popped popcorn. The game is simple enough goal to feed kernels to an “Almighty Mouth” but the fun is when you manage to grab the chunk of butter that appears on the screen, the dongle releases the fresh popcorn smell that I love personally. It makes me have some Popcorn.
It more of a marketing effort to promote the Pop Secret brand but it’s rather a novel way to do that. The dongles itself are in very limited supply, just a few of them being sent to journalists and 3 pieces put up on eBay for auction. It’s pricey right now and seems as if Pop Secret is just testing waters before it releases this for the masses if that actually happens.
But what interests me is how experiences can now be augmented with smell. We have all seen the buzz and possible potential of wearable tech but smell is an untapped resource for game developers. Microsoft did consider using smell cartridges to release smell of burning rubber while playing racing games for the new Xbox but the idea never saw the light of the day. But a Japanese company called Scentee is already serious about using smell to connect and engage users. They are currently selling dongles that emit different scents on FB likes, email notifications and alarm. I think it’s a smart idea to enhance the user experience and bring them closer to the game. As Nathan Martin CEO of Deeplocal the company behind developing the Pop Dongle puts it “You’re playing a game about popcorn (and smelling it),” Martin says. “That’s what makes it real.”
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IM is a popular choice for communicating, simply because it’s very straightforward, a log of the conversation is kept, and people can communicate in real-time. This is compared to sending SMS texts, and awaiting for a response.
You are wise to look into using IM on your smartphone, because of the fact that there are apps available, and it is very user friendly. Many people already have IM screen names, because they have email accounts. When you add your friends to your IM contact list, you can send and receive messages quickly between one another. Furthermore, using IM messaging apps do not cost money like an SMS plan does. Lastly, with IM, you will also be able to send and receive pictures and audio notes.
Usually people with smartphones are generally logged in to their email account through the day, so that they can check new emails as they receive them. Majority of smartphone users also utilize IM apps as a part of their email experience. Not only do instant messages appear instantly, email messages are also displayed in an instant message notification for people to be aware. When you start using IM apps on your smartphone, you’ll see the convenience and ease of the process yourself.
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With each passing year new applications come into the market, and old ones are often replaced. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest technology it can be a good idea to know what is out there. Everything from messaging programs, to advanced photo manipulation programs exist, and these can help you increase productivity and enjoy yourself at the same time.
A list of the top three iPhone apps is listed below for your reference:
Adobe Photoshop Express
With this well known software application now being ported to the iPhone, you have the capability to make minor edits to photos almost anywhere.
This application allows the people using it an easy time accessing their favorite social networks, while giving them real time updates on their current list.
You can use this program as a digital wallet and password manager, with options for upgrading it being available for people who need even more power.
Each of these programs offers something useful, and almost anyone who has an iPhone can make use of them. They are all free and some even come with premium options for those who want more out of the application. You can get a lot of use from these basic programs and end up increasing the amount of work you get done on the go as well.
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In the current market there are many choices available for smartphones, with many of them coming in multiple styles that can fit just about any lifestyle. When trying to decide what one to choose, carefully pouring over the options presented to you can provide the needed information to make the right choice.
Of the styles that exist, the most prevalent among them is the ubiquitous tablet-shaped version that usually comes pre-loaded with many applications, though other types are available for people. Knowing how each one works can benefit you by teaching you the initial setup of the programs.
Smartphones can install instant messaging programs, like Brosix, to help people contact each other more easily. Be sure to read the reviews of any applications you install before doing so.
When it comes to styles of smartphones, Many colors exist as well so you end up with something that is not only useful, but also fits your personality as well. Each phone will have a learning curve with it, but in time you will begin to understand the peculiarities of each one. The main operating systems of most smartphones are iOS (iPhone), Android, Blackberry, or other proprietary software.
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A large number of tech items exist, and many of them provide instant messing services, along with a range of other options for improving productivity. You can use many of these items, which range from smart phones, to PDAs, and even tablets for a wide range of purposes.
A list of the top gadgets people use o improve their productivity:
- iPhone: This well known device is everywhere, and provides a range of options for people on the move, such as instant messaging programs and even games.
- Android Tablet: Working with tablets can speed up productivity, especially when they are touch screen versions. This device comes with a range of capabilities such as messaging and workflow programs.
- Acer Netbook: People with netbooks tend to get work done faster, as they are able to work anywhere with it. The low cost of them coupled with their versatility makes this a great choice for active people.
These devices offer people that use gadgets the ability to contact multiple recipients on the go, with many capabilities that can be added on as well. If you need to send messages faster you should consider the new phones just released, as they often have additional features many older versions do not. These devices provide just what someone needs to get work done, and have a fun and enjoyable time using them for just about anything technology need they may have.
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Taking your business on the go for most people is lugging around a laptop, charger and an extra battery. Rely on your iPhone instead to get through the business day with these five apps.
iTerminal: Process credit card purchases on the go with this app. When someone hands over a credit card to you for a business purchase all you do is type it in and it will accept or decline the card instantly.
FlightTrack pro: If you’re willing to pay $10 this app is worth it. Business people who fly the friendly skies can use this app to tell you if your flight has been cancelled or delayed, closures, gate numbers, flight times, botched reservations and alternate flights/schedules.
Analytics App: Webmasters and bloggers will enjoy this $5.99 app. The app is Google Analytics for the iPhone. Page views, bounce rate, visitors, unique visitors, average time spent on site and a graph is just the tip of the iceberg.
Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite: MS office has gone mobile with this application. Check Powerpoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and Word documents as well as edit them before a conference meeting or during a conference call.
Worldcard Mobile: Change the way you use business cards with this app. A standard bsuiness card is scanned into the phone. The app takes as much info as possible and stores it for later use.
The Brosix Instant Messaging app is also available for iPhone!
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We are pleased to announce that the latest version of Brosix for iPhone- version 1.6 – is about to be released. Here are some of the notes on our upcoming new release:
We are including iPhone Push Notifications – Push notifications are a technique used by apps to alert iPhone and iPod touch owners to content updates, messages, and other events within an app that users may want to be aware of.
Push notifications are a tool available through certain iPhone apps that allow users to be notified when new information or actions that they’re interested in occur within certain apps.
- it runs on iOS 4.0 and above,
- it supports iPhone 3GS / 4 / 4s , iPad, iPod Touch; It will run on iPhone 5 with iOS 6 but it won’t fit the whole screen, because it is bigger than the other iPhones.
We have future plans for development of new version for iPhone which will fit the bigger screen of iPhone 5 and to call contacts directly from Brosix contact list. It won’t be calling via Brosix but when you want to speak with some colleague on the phone just need to click on a Brosix contact and it will redirect you and dial the given, into the contact details, phone number using your mobile provider plan/minutes.
Halloween is a major holiday in the United States, and since it falls on a Wednesday this year, this coming weekend is mostly likely the time for the Halloween parties. Most people decide on their costume in advance, but if you are still looking for ideas, here are some fun ones that relate to instant messaging or technology in our society today.
Use your favorite version of your favorite program’s logo to put on a costume. You could be a computer desktop, the program itself, or even an app on your phone. Be creative!
This iPhone costume tutorial from PajamaCity.com makes it easy to create an iPhone costume. Make your own icons for your favorite apps or just use the defaults!
Dress up like the buddy window of your favorite instant messenger! Add your real user name to really get the conversation going.
If you have some cardboard and paint, follow this easy tutorial to make a computer costume. Black paint might be more “modern”, but be creative with what is shown on the screen.
Even though it’s a little pricey, this Android costume would be the hit of any party.
For some, smart phones and tablets are a godsend, but they don’t like using the on-screen keyboard because they are much smaller than standard (or even laptop-sized) keyboards that they are used to typing on. Fortunately, there are a few options that those unhappy with on-screen keyboards may be able to use:
A stylus can be an affordable way to type more accurately on a smart phone or tablet screen. Many cell phone providers offer styluses for sale, but there are also much more affordable options online at sites like eBay and Amazon. Be sure to read the reviews, but usually these are a fraction of the cost and provide the same job that a more expensive name-brand stylus might do.
Tablets (and some smart phones) can be hooked up to Bluetooth keyboards for typing emails, documents, or just surfing the web. The keyboard can be part of a case or just carried separately. While these can get quite costly (usually $50 and up), it is important to spend the money on one that is high-quality and can stay connected to the device for long periods of time.
Some newer phones still offer actual physical keyboards that users might like more than a touchscreen keyboards. Blackberry phones are still carried by most mobile phone service providers and are well-known for their actual keyboard.
These are just some of the options when it comes to figuring out the best way to type on your smart phone or tablet. If you have other options, please let us know in the comments.