Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Top Laptop-Like Solutions for the Apple iPad

The iPad is an awesome tablet computer. For many people it has given them an alternative to a buying a net book, a hot and heavy laptop or even a desktop computer. The iPad is so convenient; almost usable in most situations. While it is nice to be able to pull it out of a bag, case or even a jacket pocket and immediately start using it is wonderful. Using one of the 10 styli, God gave us, we can swipe through content or even type on the virtual keyboard. For a growing number of people, the iPad is their only computer or their primary computer. These people or any anyone else whom just wants to use a more traditional keyboard, there are some options on the market.

 There are tons of cases that include a built-in keyboard, like Incase Origami Workstation (requires Apple Wireless Keyboard ), Belkin Keyboard Folio, Logitech Zagg keyboard case, ZaggFolio, OR Kensington KeyFolio. These are primarily cases; typically a portfolio type case. While this may be OK for some iPad owners, there are some that wants more a laptop experience. They not only want a keyboard, but what the case and the iPad to function as if it was a laptop computer. There are also a few items on the market or soon to be on the market to fulfill these desires.

They all naturally include an integrated Bluetooth keyboard, but add some other features that gives the combined device a better laptop-like experience.  The two devices that offer stereo speakers or a touch pad are currently being developed and are not available at the time of this writing. Without further delay, here are my list of the laptop-like solutions for the Apple iPad.

The Crux360™ for iPad 3 (DELTA) (Retail $99.99)

Features an all new “snap in” from the front design – which makes it very quick and easy to insert and remove your iPad 3. The new Crux360™ also features a “window cover” on the back – which allows you to cover or uncover the Apple icon. It is compatible with various types of screen protectors. In addition, we’ve simplified the powering and pairing process. It’s easier and quicker than ever to insert and use your iPad 3 with the Crux360™.

The Crux360™ features four modes:
1) Laptop Mode: which allows use of the keyboard.
2) Movie Mode: great for watching movies and videos.
3) Tablet Mode: great for reading books or magazines.
4) Carry Mode: when not in use the Crux360™ closes up and protects your iPad’s® screen from nicks and scratches.

Crux360 (iPad 1)
Crux360 (iPad 2) or Amazon Link: Crux Crux360 for iPad 2
Crux360 (iPad 3)

The Crux Loaded™ (In Development - Retail $249)

Is the world’s first keyboard case to feature both a remote Bluetooth trackpad and an additional-external battery for your iPad.

Trackpad: CruxCase™ has been developing technology that allows you to navigate the iPad via a remote Bluetooth trackpad. With the remote trackpad, you’ll be able to control your iPad’s screen using all the same multi-touch functions currently on iOS. Scroll pages, resize pictures, play games, and do many other functions without having to lift your arm to touch your iPad’s screen. The Crux Loaded™ is also the preferred tool when accessing another PC using a remote-desktop program such as LogMeIn Ignition™, Jump Desktop™, or Splashtop™.

Battery: The Crux Loaded™ features an extra external battery within its base. When the battery is connected to your iPad via Apple’s 30-pin cord, it extends your iPad’s battery life by about 7.5 hours between charges.


BRYDGE for iPad (Pre-order $170 Standard or $210 with Stereo Speakers)

Brad, Eddy and Sam are developing an iPad case that will blur the lines between laptop and tablet. Called Brydge, the special case has a built-in keyboard that transforms your iPad into a more laptop-like device capable of performing many of the same functions you know and love from your traditional computer.

Made out of aerospace-grade aluminum, the case looks and feels like your iPad. Rather than look like your iPad shoved in a case, the two are designed to fit together in such a way that looks like they’re the same device. Together and closed, the two devices are slightly thicker than an 11" Apple MacBook Air.

The hinge on the case holds your iPad in place with super strong magnets which turns the unit on and off when opening andf closing the lid (aka iPad). The iPad can extend almost to the table, giving you 180 degrees of positioning much like you have with a traditional laptop screen. When you’re done using your tablet, you can close the case to put your iPad to sleep and protect the screen while you travel.

Brydge connects to your iPad via Bluetooth, and special hot keys on the keyboard perform different functions on your iPad. The keyboard charges through a USB connection. Brydge weighs 1.28 pounds by itself and 2.59 pounds when connected to an iPad 2. For comparison, the 11 inch MacBook Air weighs 2.38 pounds and the 13 inch MacBook Air weighs 2.96 pounds.

A pledge of $170 will get you the standard device. For a pledge of $210, you can get built-in stereo speakers. So, when you’re watching a movie or listening to tunes you can do so at a higher volume than you might be able to using just the iPad's speaker. It works with the iPad 2 and iPad 3 only (no iPad 1).

Brydge is currently raising money for its first manufacturing run on Kickstarter. The company estimated it needs $90,000 for a first run of the case, and has 33 days to go before it ends it pledge drive on June 4, 2012. As of May 2, 2012, the project has pledges in the amount of $402,522.00.

Byrdge (Official site) (Kickstarter site)

ClamCase (Retail $149)

When an iPad is docked in its upper half, it looks, for all intensive purposes, like a notebook.  Your iPad snaps into the upper lid section and the keyboard rest naturally on the lower half. The device has a scissor action chiclet QWERTY keyboard layout and 14 special function keys that allow you to copy, paste, control music and more.  The keyboard has a Broadcom version 2.0 high performance BCM2042 Bluetooth chip which pairs with your iPad.
 The ClamCase patent-pending 360º hinge enables the new iPad display to be positioned at any angle.  The sturdy hinge that prevents the iPad from flopping, and it lets you adjust it to an angle you think is best. You can even fold it over on itself, should you want to use the iPad purely as a tablet. The iPad will automatically wake when you open the case.

This accessory is made entirely from a hard shell polycarbonate (plastic) with a rubberized coating on the bottom. The iPad2/3 case weighs 1.6 lbs and the iPad 1 version weighs 1.8lbs. The built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer (Li-Po) battery is listed as providing 90 hours uninterrupted in use time, 100 day standby time, 3 years battery life and needs 90 minutes to fully charge. LED lights provide status of charge.  The units ships with a mini USB charing cable, but not with a power adapter.

The iPad 1 case is available in Matte Black and a special edition "The Trooper" white.  The iPad 2 and iPad 3 cases are available in  Matte Black, Matte White and a special edition "The Trooper" white.

Clamcase (iPad 1)
Clamcase (iPad 2/3)
Amazon Link: ClamCase iPad 2-3 Keyboard Case - Black
Amazon Link: ClamCase iPad 2-3 Keyboard Case

One note to keep in mind is that the iPad is not as wide as most laptops; therefore, any keyboard that is the same length of the iPad would be smaller than those typically available on a laptop. As a result, the keyboard will feel cramped and may require getting used to. I encourage you to research these options and read reviews by tech reviewers and customers before making a decision. I always suggest doing a search on YouTube to see the item in action.

Quasar - Run Apps in Multiple Windows on a Jailbroken iPad (CYDIA)

A new Cydia tweak released today however, aims to allow the iPad to compete with a computer’s window management. This tweak is the WINDOW MANAGER for iPad! Now you can run apps in windows rather than full screen on the iPad. Simply open any application and it will be opened in a window, just like in a computer. In the Setting app, you can enable and disable the tweak. Once enabled, every app you launch will be displayed inside a window instead of opening full screen.

The tweak is iPad only and is launched, just like the regular multi-tasking in iOS, by double-tapping the home button.

Quasar is a fully integrated as the default app switcher, if you kill an application from the app switcher it will kill its window and the application, but if you click the close button, only the window will close and the application will continue to run in the background.

Adjusting of the windows is also possible, and this might come in handy (for example) when you’re watching a YouTube video and writing a note at the same time. Also, there are options to rotate the window in case you want to change their orientation.

Watch the video demonstration of Quasar in action below:

Quasar jailbreak tweak is only compatible with iPad and requires iOS 5 or higher. The Quasar tweak is available as a $9.99 download from the BigBoss repository and requires a jailbroken iPad running iOS 5 or above.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Apple TV - Is it Worth it?

On Apr 28, 2012, at 1:40 PM, someone wrote:

You talked about Apple TV. I am on the cusp but have not quite fallen over. I understand you can use air play, and it is now 1080p. Is it really worth it? And if so why?

The bottom line of the AppleTV, from Apple point, is to allow you watch your Apple content from the comfort of your bed or couch on the biggest screen you have in the house - instead of doing it from an uncomfortable chair in front of a desktop or with a hot laptop on your lap. 

In addition, Apple provides non Apple services like Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, MLB, NHL, NBA and a few more. These extras are typically available through other devices that you might already have attached to your TV. If you don't then it makes more sense to have one. 

With all Apple products I both love them and hate them. I love interface and synergy (sorry Palm) or interaction of their products and how they are designed to work together; without having to be techie to accomplish it.

I love to be able to play Need for Speed Hot Pursuit on my TV; controlling my car with the iPad as if it was a steering wheel and the music blaring through the surround sound - all without hooking up anything at the time. 

If the above is fine with you and you are in agreement, then buy the AppleTV.  Having this above ability, with the convenience of  taking this tiny device between the Family room and Bedroom was enough for me to get it. My wife, the non-techie, loves the AppleTV!

I wanted more and don't care about any threat to void my devices warranties. Using my device, that I paid for, the way I want to use it is worth the risk. Of course all Jailbreak devices are able to be restored to factory defaults, there remains a risk of which I am willing to take. 

The Jailbreaker community like the above ideas, but also want to view anything that freely available to viewed on the computer from their couch or bed as well. If it is free to watch on the computer, we want it on our TV. Eventually the content providers will sort it all out and we won't need this, but until then it is the wild wild west out here. It is not an area for the non-adventurous types.   

I want to live in the walled city, but only if I have a hole  in the wall to get in and out when I want. All of my Apple products are Jailbroken, well except my iMac.  It's like being a rebel in the rebel's camp. 

The AppleTV is no different. I only love more because it is Jailbroken. The new ATV can not be Jailbroken yet. I  have the prior version, called the AppleTV 2 and use the $30 app called ATV Flash Black (after Jailbreaking it for free with their Seas0nPass tool) to let me surf from my TV and play audio, movies and videos of any type and from any directory on my computer. Their site is if you want to learn more. 

I wrote an article that goes into more detail. 

Jailbreak the Apple TV 2; Why I did it and Why You Might too

Carl W. Brooks

Friday, April 27, 2012

Confusion Rises with WWDC Multiple Ticket Orders

On Wednesday, WWDC tickets went on sale early and sold out in record time, leaving many Apple iOS and Mac developers ticketless and fuming. It’s a classic case of limited supply and tremendous demand, and now there’s a new ripple in the drama: An Apple policy designed to discourage ticket scalping is revoking tickets that have already been purchased.

This year, Apple implemented a strict policy that limits purchases to one ticket per individual developer, and five tickets per company. It’s all part of an effort to crack down on tickets being mass-purchased and resold on backchannels, like eBay and Craigslist. Tickets for Apple’s five-day Worldwide Developers Conference, which is being held June 11 to 15, cost a whopping $1,600.

But now it appears that Apple may be enforcing its policy a little too strictly: According to developer reports, Apple is canceling the orders of companies that purchased multiple tickets on a single credit card.

“I just got an email from Apple ‘Because you are not eligible to buy it, we are canceling the WWDC ticket you bought this morning.’ What?!” Aaron Hillegass tweeted Wednesday. Matthew McComb had a similar issue, but determined the cause, tweeting: “WWDC ticket cancelled by Apple because the company card was used to purchase 2 tickets (different dev. accounts, shipping addresses, names!)”

Apple does appear to be reinstating tickets that were legitimately purchased by companies for multiple employees with different developer accounts, according to The Next Web. To win reinstatement, a company representative needs to contact Apple and request it take a second look at an order.

Tickets for WWDC went on sale without prior notice at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Wednesday, and sold out within two hours. The early-hour ticket release provoked angst among West Coast developers who discovered they missed out on the yearly conference upon waking up that day.

Students are still able to apply for a free student scholarship ticket, though, so if you’re in one of Apple’s developer programs, over 13, and have proof of enrollment, you might still be able to score a ticket.

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Carl W. Brooks

Very Useful Gadgets for my iPhone and iPad

"Jeffrey" wrote: "I was looking at the Wahoo Fitness Run Pack and thought that was pretty neat. Is this the best Fitness monitor out there? What else is available that works well with the iPhone 4S? I know there are tons for gadgets on the market for the iPhone. I know of the "NEST" Thermostat, even IGRILL works with monitoring temperatures on the grill as you cook. What else is out there pretty cool?"

I love the fact that so many companies make such great products that are either specifically made for the Apple products or work well with them. I have the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth portable speaker that I enjoy listening to my music and Podcast via Stitcher Radio. I use this when I am at home or traveling. This things sounds nice and fills the entire room and can be heard quite well as I go between rooms getting ready. I often leave my iPhone on the charge and take this from room to room instead. This is also great when I am watching a movie with my kids or they are watching the iPad in the rear seat of the car. They can hear the iPad content's sound and we can enjoy the radio in the front (typically my iPhone's audio stream via Bluetooth to my auto's speakers. You probably can gather that I love Bluetooth (Finally after many years of hating it).

I also have the LG Tone Wireless Bluetooth headset that I use for phone calls, music and Podcast via Stitcher Radio while out and about. These things last all day, I can usually persuade Siri to take care of things without touching the phone (see is a stubborn assistant). I can control all aspects of my phone call and even control the podcast, music, movie or video playback. The ear buds snap into place to the magnetic holders when not in use. They are light as a feather and I don't have to keep anything in my ear until I need one or two of the ear buds. I don't understand how people use the traditional Bluetooth single ear piece or pretend that the Apple stock ear buds are great. If anything needs a redo, the white Apple iPhone ear buds.

I hate to be without power for my mobile devices, so I have a few portable backup battery sources for my iPhone\iPad. I have the Sprint Travel Charger PLUS. It has built-in plug thongs so it plugs directly into the wall. I can charge the battery and the iPhone or iPhone Case at the same time. It has a standard USB port that I can charge the iPhone or iPad with the Apple cable. It also has a built-in Micro-USB cable that I can recharge any device that has that type of port. It has a status button that reveals how much power is stored in the device; how lights means it is fully charge - four to one if it is almost empty and ready for a charge. It has a 1800mAh Lithium Polymer Internal Battery.

I have two Mophie products. The first is an iPhone case that is also a battery. It is called a mophie juice pack air® - iPhone 4 & 4S Battery Case. It has a status button that reveals how much power is stored in the device; how lights means it is fully charge - four to one if it is almost empty and ready for a charge. It has an off\on switch that allows you to choose when the recharge starts. You can either let it use the case first and then use the iPhone's battery or vice versa. The good thing is that it is always with the iPhone and does not have to be carried separately. The bad thing is that it is only has a 1500 mAh battery capacity.

Finally I have a Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation. It is about the size of the iPhone. It has a 4000mAh external battery and charges the iPhone 4s in about 2 hours. You can get two full charges to your iPhone 4 with this baby. It also has a status button that reveals how much power is stored in the device; four lights means it is fully charge - down to one if it is almost empty and ready for a charge. It has a full USB port for charging the iPhone\iPad. It has a Micro-USB port that is used to charge the device. It comes with the Micro-USB cord, but not a power brick to plug into the wall. You must charge with your PC or use the adapter that came with your iPad or iPhone (or similar USB equipment device, like my old Palm Pre adapter). The other wacky thing is that cannot charge itself and another device at once; it is one or the other.

As you can imagine, I am never without the ability to change my gadgets. Mophie just enough a new Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation PRO that packs 6000mAh and a real rugged case, but I have enough now. If I didn't this one would have done the trick for me.

My AppleTV is a great accessory to my iPhone, iPad and my iMac. I resisted this purchase, but finally gave in when AirPlay was release. I use this to display my iOS content on the 50" HD TV or the bedroom HD TV. It also gave my wife Netflix viewing ability in the bedroom (away from our small children's ears and eyes - she loves Horror movies). I jailbroke it and now can surf directly from my TV and can watch and listen to any format (not just Apple's formats) on my TVs.

Kickstarter is such an addictive place to discover new gadgets to use with your iPhone or iPad.
I love the CloudFTP device. It make ANY USB Storage Device Wireless! The easiest way to share any USB data with Apple iPad, iPhone, & the Cloud. Just connect and share with up to 3 iDevices at the same time. I don't have this yet, but I will a soon as my wife stops watching the bank account like a hawk, LOL.

More info at

Currently I am a backer for the Pebble Watch and the Slingshot. Neither of these are ready to be purchased, but I'll get mine before they are available to the public.

The Pebble is a new E-Paper wristwatch that will interact with my iPhone. It's customizable, with downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages.

The Slingshot is a stablizers and tripod for my iPhone. I take tons of pictures and video with my iPhone. The SlingShot(tm) allows you to shoot one-handed, turns into an instant table-top tripod, and allows you to mount your phone on any tripod.

What accessries you guys and gals love to use with your iOS devices.
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Carl Brooks

Here is How you can tell What iPad you have without turning it on

The new iPad looks very similar to the iPad 2, how can one physically identify a new 3rd generation iPad?
You may have heard that the IPad 2 and the iPad 3 are verify similar, but aside from the screen clarity how can you tell physically tell an iPad 4G from a IPad 2 3G by looking at it?

The new iPad has a better camera, but that doesn't help you tell  the difference between a 4G Verizon iPad from a 4G AT&T IPad or from a 3G IPad 2.

If I had a 4G IPad in the box, how can I tell whether it is for Verizon, AT&T or other carrier?
Is there a physical marking on the box that identify the carrier?
Is there a physical marking on the iPad itself?

The box that my iPad 2 came in has a paper sticker on the bottom of the box which prominently displays the characteristics of my iPad.  The info shown is:  WiFi,  3G,  64GB,  Black,  and Verizon.  Thus I must assume the new iPad3 box will contain the same info on the sticker on the box:  WiFi,  cellular capability,  memory,  color, and cellular carrier.  You shouldn't need to open the box to check these details although I would just to be sure the serial number etched in tiny letters on the back of the iPad match the serial number on the paper sticker on the box.

Here are the various iPad model numbers and order numbers. The model numbers are on the back of the iPad.

Apple iPad Wi-Fi (Original) 16, 32, 64 GB
The wi-fi only iPad configurations are assigned model number A1219.
MB292LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration. The 32 GB configuration is assigned MB293LL/A and the 64 GB configuration is assigned MB294LL/A.

Apple iPad Wi-Fi/3G/GPS (Original) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/3G/A-GPS iPad configurations are assigned model number A1337.
MC349LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration. The 32 GB configuration is assigned MC496LL/A and the 64 GB configuration is assigned MC497LL/A.

Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi Only) 16, 32, 64 GB
The wi-fi only iPad 2 configurations are assigned model number A1395.
MC769LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is assigned MC770LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is assigned MC916LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are assigned MC979LL/A, MC980LL/A, and MC981LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and assigned new order numbers of MC954LL/A and MC989LL/A for the black and white 16 GB configurations, respectively.

Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS AT&T) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS iPad 2 configurations are assigned model number A1396.
MC773LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is assigned MC774LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is assigned MC775LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are assigned MC982LL/A, MC983LL/A, and MC984LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and assigned new order numbers of MC957LL/A and MC992LL/A for the black and white 16 GB configurations, respectively.

Apple iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS Verizon) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS iPad 2 configurations are assigned model number A1397.
MC755LL/A is the original order number for the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB configuration in black is assigned MC763LL/A and the 64 GB configuration in black is assigned MC764LL/A. The original 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are assigned MC985LL/A, MC986LL/A, and MC987LL/A, respectively. On March 7, 2012, Apple discontinued the 32 GB and 64 GB configurations and assigned new order numbers of MC755LL/A and MC985LL/A for the black and white 16 GB configurations, respectively.

Apple iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi Only) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi Only iPad 3 configurations are assigned model number A1416
MC705LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MC706LL/A and MC707LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD328LL/A, MD329LL/A, and MD330LL/A, respectively.

Apple iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/4G LTE AT&T/GPS) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/4G LTE AT&T/GPS iPad 3 configurations are assigned model numberA1430
MD366LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MD367LL/A and MD368LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD369LL/A, MD370LL/A and MD371LL/A, respectively

Apple iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/4G LTE Verizon/GPS) 16, 32, 64 GB
The Wi-Fi/4G LTE Verizon/GPS iPad 3 configurations are assigned model numberA1403
MC733LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MC744LL/A and MC756LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD363LL/A, MD364LL/A, and MD365LL/A, respectively.

Updated: Watch Free TV on your iPhone, iPad (Apple iOS) and Android devices - for Now

Updated 05/07/2012: The free TV watching site quickly changed it's name from to  I updated the story to reflect this new URL. - Thanks to Bing in the comments section.

There are some apps like the ABC Player, NBCNBA Game Time Courtside or Full Court that let you watch certain channels or events live, but the site will let you watch a large selection of channels from the US, UK, France, Germany and Italy—for free. Oh yeah and some porn thrown in as well

You can be assured that this site won't be around for long.  I checked and some channels appear to work and some don't.  The channels that did not work, display the "Dont' Play" symbol on the video area.

It seems that when the channels are live, they seem to suffer from traffic/bandwidth issue right now. The site has most of the popular channels and content available.

When they were playable, they displayed this screen.

The current United States channels are as follows:

  • WTSP (CBS East)
  • KCAL (CBS West)
  • NBC
  • ABC
  • KTLA (CW West)
  • WTVT (Fox East)
  • KTTV (Fox West)
  • Syfy
  • USA Network
  • A&E
  • Showtime Extreme
  • Cinemax
  • FX
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX Soccer
  • TNT
  • History Channel
  • MTV
  • Food Network
  • Discovery Channel
  • CNN
  • FOX News
  • Spike
  • truTV
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Speed
  • History Channel en Español
  • National Geographic Mundo

The XXX channels include:
  • Hustler HD
  • Penthouse HD
  • Penthouse 2 HD
  • Redlight HD
  • Bluebird TV
Do you think any of the above will tolerate their content being aired beyond their control? Me neither, so look for this to dry up rather quickly.

This is not the first time that we have seen a site like this go live.  Back in 2010, shortly after the iPad went on sale, Filmon launched their site at  They had tons of Free broadcast channels from the U.S (Yes, some porn too).  The lawyers were on them like white on rice and they quickly because irrelevant as a free TV streaming service.

They quickly shifted their model to a subscription TV service with much different channels than the ones they started with.  Their site proudly proclaims "If you like Hulu Plus, TVCatchup and Zattoo for streaming movies you'll love Live TV on".  FilmOn has both a Free iPhone app and an iPad app for their channels.  They are still out there trying to stay in the game.  So they gave in to the pressure and now a new player has entered the arena to try and make the content free.

I am sure the won't be the last to try to free TV from the home and make it common place on our mobile devices for free; as long as there are people who want to watch TV or porn for free on their iPad and iPhone.

Enjoy it while it lasts, if it's still available at all by the time you read this.

Enjoy other  (and legitimate) TV apps:

  • Bloomberg Anywhere
  • Bright House
  • Cablevision
  • Cox TV Connect for iPad
  • DirecTV iPad
  • Time Warner Cable TV
  • Hulu Plus

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    Carl W. Brooks

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    iPhone, iPad theft in New York up 44% in 2012

    If you own an iOS device and you’re living in New York, you might want to be extra, extra careful when carrying them out with you. According to recent data released by the New York Police Department (as reported by the New York Daily News), it looks like the theft of iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad have seen an increase of 44% since last year. From the beginning of 2012 to the 15th of April, it had been reported that 1,196 iOS devices have been stolen.

    This was compared against last year’s figures in the same timeframe which showed only 831 iOS devices stolen back in 2011. Police have advised against flashing your iPhone or iPad especially while on the subway. At the moment carriers are working at compiling a database of stolen phones which they will remotely lock. While thieves will no doubt find a workaround, this move will hopefully deter those who might be less tech savvy. In the meantime it never hurts to be more aware of your surroundings and always keep an eye on your belongings while out in public.

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    Carl W. Brooks

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Flip Steady cases for iPad - Kickstarter Project

    You know I am a big fan of Kickstarter. This Flip Steady case looks cool. 

    It is like a Smart Cover and an origami item had a baby. When you flip the cover behind the iPad, the cover distorts into a jumble of shapes that hold the iPad up for viewing the IPad in either portrait or landscape orientations. 

    The first version is called the FlipSteady Grip and is $69 for early backers and the second version is the FlipSteady Pro case for $79  with magnets for turning the iPad on and off when the cover is lifted or closed. 

    I think this will be in my collection. Looking at the $79 version with the magnets. I was thinking about getting the Apple Smart cover, but this looks like it may be better because has some back protection. Not sure why they would protect the entire back though. A hole to show the Apple logo would be nice.  

    The project has reached its goal, but is open until June 11, 2012

    To learn more and/or to learn how to become a backer - visit:


    Carl W. Brooks

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Best Wireless Bluetooth Speakers for the iPad & iPhone

    When I hear the words mobile and wireless speakers, I immediately think of Bluetooth. If I had to pick the least favorite feature of any iPad, I would say that it is the built-in speaker. The tiny single mono speaker of the iPad is my least used thing on my beloved device.

    Since the iPad is a large iPod touch, you will naturally want to use headphones with this device, but Apple did not include its traditional white headphones with the iPad.I believe that Apple chose not to include the wired headphones with the iPad because many users would accidentally pull their $500+ device to the ground the first time they forgot to remove the buds from their ears or unplug the headphones from the device.Unlike its smaller iPod Touch and iPhone cousins, the iPad doesn't fit in your pocket while securely attached to a wired headset. The iPad is often resting on your lap, resting beside you or sitting nearby, but no wired headset would be adequate for the iPad.

    The iPad screams to be used with headphones, but I believe it screams louder or loudest to be used with wireless Bluetooth headphones instead of wired headphones. The LG Tone - HBS-700 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset - Retail Packaging - Black/Orange is the best device for the iOS devices.

    The LG Tone brings you the high quality audio experience of stereo sound that is often missing in traditional Bluetooth wireless options . The LG Tone is not the first stereo Bluetooth on the market, but is one of the first devices that is both adequate battery life and comfortable. The Motorola S-series headsets were designed poorly with the weights pulling down on your ears all day. Additionally, Motorola branded Bluetooth devices are very rigid and have inadequate battery life. Plantronics backbeat got rid of the rigid band that Motorola sported. It had a soft comfortable band, but you had wear huge hearing-aide like receivers on both of your ears all day and the battery drained even when the device was turned off. LG claims that the LG Tone will get Up to 10 hours of listening/talk time; my experience is much longer. I go all day on a charge and a maybe a few more hours the next day. The device will turn itself off if not connected to a device, thus preserving the battery for when you need it. Typically I charge the headset nightly with my other gadgets. Fortunately it doesn't have a proprietary charging port or Mini-USB like other stereo headsets I have used. It has a micro-USB, which has become the industry standard for most Non-Apple devices. With its unique form factor and sleek design, the LG Tone has an around-the-neck wearing style, ensuring your comfort throughout the day. I truly do wear the LG Tone all day without realizing I have it on; I often sling it across the room when I take my shirt off at the end of the day, because I forget I am wearing it.

    The LG Tone takes regular earbuds and combines it with a Bluetooth collar that can be tucked under most collars. The earbuds can be removed from your ears when not in use. They can hang freely or attach to the collar with little magnets. The collar portion has controls for controlling your music or audio playback and volume. It also controls your phone; which in my case is the iPhone 4s. I click a button and Siri does the rest (most of the time). I love the device for podcasts, music and watch video and movies on both devices.

    The LG Tone is the perfect companion to the iPad for solitaire sound listening, but what if you need others to hear sound from your iPad?

    I use the Jawbone JAMBOX, with my IPad, when I am enjoying my IPad with others. "JAMBOX delivers stunning hi-fi audio in a portable wireless speaker so compact you won't believe it when you hear it. It's loud." Copied right from their marketing material, I could put it any better. "With an output capacity of 85 decibels, JAMBOX fills even the largest rooms.

    Unlike other portable speakers, the Jawbone JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can literally feel - the richest sound all in the palm of your hand." Again, we try to rearrange the words, if they are correct?This small speaker is very nice. It comes with everything you need: JAMBOX, a 60" micro USB charging cable, a 12.5" micro USB charging cable, a 36" 3.5mm stereo cable, a carrying case, the A/C wall charger and a user guide.The connections are simple.

    It connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, but it also has a 3.5mm Stereo Input so you can use the included 3.5mm cable to connect to the iPad or any other device that has a 3.5mm port. The Micro-USB port is used to charge the device or update the software when connected to a computer. Simultaneous Multipoint (enabled via MyTALK): make connections to two devices at the same time possible.JAMBOX gives you the freedom to bring wireless audio to whatever you are doing, wherever you want. Carry it from room to room or just throw it in your bag - it's always ready to go. No more cords, docks or hassles.

    With Jawbone JAMBOX, you can also enjoy streaming music, podcasts and sporting events while using your phone to do other things like email, posting to Facebook or browsing the web. The best part is that you can let others enjoy the audio with you. The Jawbone JAMBOX has a built-in microphone which allows you to use it with your phone; whether it is an Android or iPhone. If you have a phone call that you need to include others, this is much better than the phone's speakerphone. Between the LG Tone and the Jawbone JAMBOX, I can enjoy my iOS devices by myself or with others.

    Carl W. Brooks

    Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android Gets over 5 Million Pledges on Kickstarter

    I love Kickstarter and I am often browsing the site to see what the next gadget or software is in the pipeline.  There is a project that is currently the biggest funded project in Kickstarter history.  Eric Migicovsky and his team created a prototype from cellular phone parts and initiated his Pebble project on Kickstarter with a lofty goal of $100,000.  Since then he had gotten pledges of over 5 million dollars.  On April 12, 2012, Eric wrote, "We're absolutely blown away by your support, Kickstarter. $1M in 28 hours!"  Well over $5M in a week is just crazy!!! They are probably on Mars  by now.   With just under a month to go, they are sure to increase that number by another 1 or 2 million. So what is Pebble?

    Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It's infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life. 

    Apps bring Pebble to life. We're building some amazing apps for Pebble. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. Runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. Use the music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button. If you're a golfer, feel free to bring Pebble onto the course. We're working with Freecaddie to create a great golf rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses world-wide. Instead of using your phone, view your current distance to the green right on your wrist. These apps will be the first, with more in the works! 

    Want your watch to tell you when your next bus is leaving? Maybe you're jonesing to see your compile status or recent github commits.. Think push notifications, directly to your watch using the data connection on your phone. Want to check-in on your watch, or create an app that can monitor your sleep? Pebble can send data from the accelerometer and buttons back up to the internet. 
    Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that( or our web-facing RESTful endpoint. More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch. Multiple apps can run on Pebble, along side watchfaces and regular notifications.
  • Load apps using Bluetooth 
  • 144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
  • 4 buttons
  • Vibrating motor
  • 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection
  • Distribute apps via Pebble watchapp store
  • Detailed SDK specs are available on our Pebble Dev Blog. 
    How does it work?
    Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device. Setting up Pebble is as easy as downloading the Pebble app onto your phone. All software updates are wirelessly transmitted to your Pebble.


  • iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S running iOS 5 or any iPod Touch with iOS 5.
  • Android devices running OS 2.3 and up. Works great with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)!
  • Unfortunately Pebble does not work with Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, or Palm phones at this time.

    Where we're at We’ve been working on smartwatches for over 3 years now. The Pebble that you see in the video is a real, working prototype. With your support, we can bring Pebble onto wrists worldwide. While we're close to entering production, your contribution will help fund: If you are interested in the Pebble, you have until Friday, MAY 18, 11:00PM EDT to get on board as a backer.  After this date, you will have a longer wait and you will pay full retail for the watch.


    STATS as of the date of this story...

    • 35,878 BACKERS
    • $5,187,686 PLEDGED OF $100,000 GOAL
    • Fri, 18 May 2012 23:00:00
    • 29 DAYS TO GO


    This is finally a watch I can wear.  I am on board as a backer. You are now an official backer of Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android.

    If you are interested in the Pebble, check out the site here at Kickstarter.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    100 Reasons to Jailbreak your iOS Device - Includes Video and Explanations has created some videos to show off some Jailbreak apps and tweaks.
    Their site has 100 apps and tweaks hightighted with HD videos to show what each does.
    This helps to provide anwsers to the "What can I do with my Jailbroken device?"
    They have a Youtube video that is helping to gain interest (in their site and in Jailbreaking).
    The Video can be seen here:
    The above video is merely a commerical for what is possible.
    To see the actual apps and tweaks in actions, you can check out their list and videos on their site.
    The Jailbroken App and Tweak list
    • will include not 5, 10 or even 25, but 100 Cydia Apps that are ALL currently available for download
    • all reviews are actually done by!
    • all the video demos are also done by!
    • Apps demonstrated clearly in HD Videos !
    • all Apps are tested on iOS 5+ and tested on the iPhone 4S & iPad 2 !
    • is 100% genuine NOT COPIED !
    • will include a summary video demonstrating 100 Apps in under 4 minutes
    • will include our helper aka @jailbreakGirl because sexy is cool too :)

    All are shown on this page (scroll down)
    Remember all jailbreak tools are 100% free, you never have to pay for them. While Jailbreaking is legal, Apple frowns on the concept and will void your warranty if you don't un-Jailbreak your device before taking it to an Apple Store or mail it in for service. Please research before taking action.
    I have also created my list of favorite apps and tweaks that I use personally.
    Carl Brooks

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Microsoft is Dreaming of Mobile Relevance

    On Apr 6, 2012, at 3:19 AM, P. Saha wrote:

    And what does Microsoft dream about?

    I would think that Microsoft is dreaming about being relevant in the mobile space. They have partnered  with Nokia to produce the Nokia Lumia 900 which has the largest marketing budget Nokia has ever had.
     I don't think the "post-PC" era has completely been defined yet, but I know one thing - the smartphone and mobility is pretty darn important for every company for the coming years. Every home does not have a PC or Mac, but many homes and businesses have several mobile devices. 
    Microsoft is having plenty dreams about the mobile space. Will there tablets and smartphones lead to pleasant dreams or to nightmares?  Only time will tell. 

    Nokia Lumia 900 teardown

    Released in April 2012, the Nokia Lumia 900 is an attractive Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) handset. But, does it have the hardware to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and Apple's iPhone 4S? Following along as I crack open the Lumia 900 for a look at the hardware inside.

    For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out the  article and video, Nokia Lumia 900 teardown reveals mediocre hardware, reasons for great price. 

    Yes Microsoft is dreaming about being relevant in the mobile space *again*.

    Yes, they were relevant once with the Win CE platform - shorten to wince for the pain most users experienced. I was Palm OS guy and loved what they were trying to do.

    Palm blew it. They had a following that revelled the Apple following.

    This was pre-fast Internet, pre-mass-blogging, pre-Twitter and pre-Facebook minute to minute updating and Palm had the world in its hand.

    They had minute by minute feedback from their customers, but had no training on what to do with all that information. They didn't have (or thought they didn't have) enough resources to deal with it.

    They were so slow to respond to customer complaints and recommendations.

    Palm was part victim of poor timing and poor choices among other things.

    WebOS is a good operating system, but it was just too sluggish. Apple has definitely made a science of it device's software speed and the multitouch responsiveness.

    Their biggest mistake was focusing on business; tayloring their products for the business. The truth of the matter was that more consumers were buying their devices and businesses were merely accommodating those users and their pesky devices. Apple is doing well because it is targeting the right market - the consumer. Businesses are again making adjustments as there are more non-business issued devices on their networks. They have to deal with more iOS devices than they want to.

    As more buyers purchase iOS devices, the more the Mac shows up on their radar. These Apple sightings will continue to translate into Apple purchases.

    The truth has always been this - whatever device people use the most will get the most attention from developers, accessories makers and potential customers.

    A average business person that carries a separate business phone from their personal phone, does not get true value or use of that business tool. Sure nobody wants to have all of their life in a device that someone can take away without proper notification. This is why cloud based resources are so important to the uses.

    The other truth in business is: if you allow the employee to use the business tool for personal use - they will use the tool for more business use. You can not separate the two - the person exists in both.


    Carl W. Brooks

    Walter Isaacson speaks about Steve Jobs at Presentation

    For those who are admirrers of Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs is the founder of Apple. He was the one that gave the world the iPhone, iPad and the Mac. Jobs was also an eccentric who was able to burst into tears at any time if he didn't get what he wanted and refused to wear a hospital mask because he simply didn't like the design. In his phenomenal biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson has painted a perfect image of the genius of our time. An evening with the man who is actually becoming a legend as well: former editor-in-chief of Time, former head of CNN, and the current director of the Aspen Institute and bestselling author. Enjoy after break!

    iOS friendly link:


    Carl W. Brooks

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    IPad 2 Camera Tips

    On Mar 31, 2012, at 9:07 Iris wrote:

    I have [the] iPad 2. Does anyone have tips for using the camera outside on a sunny day. My screen is always so dark that I cannot see what I am trying to focus on. I think I have read everything in the users guide about the camera. In the guide it looks like they have photos made on a stunny day but I cannot figure out how they get them

    I have been able to get some shots early morning and late afternoon. My inside shots usually have a glare spot. Can any tell me where to learn more about this.


    Here are some tips that may assist you with obtaining your desire results. 

    The iPad's screen doesn't view well outside, especially not in the direct sunlight. The glossy screen and smudges combine to make a mess in sunny situations.

    The screen darkens because the iPad's ambient light sensor is activated. I believe if you cover the sensor then the screen won't auto darken. But you can turn the auto brightness off in the Settings app (Brightness and Wallpaper) You can double click the home button and push the icons to the right a couple of times to reveal the brightness slider. You may be able to adjust it so that the screen is not so dark as well. 

    If the subject matter of your pictures are non-human, then you might want to throw a towel over your head and iPad to reduce glare. Don't try this with humans because they would laugh at you; roses won't. 

    Finally, you may want to use VideoPix for IPad to extract your subjects from videos captured on the IPad 2. The iPad 2 takes better video than it does pictures, so why not take a video instead of photos? VideoPix lets you grab photos from any video that is on your device.

    You could video record your subject from all angles, regardless of the sun and worry about getting the perfect shot later via VideoPix. 

    Here is my daughter playing "Happy Birthday" on her Recorder (didn't we call these flutes when we were kids?).  I never took pictures of her playing, but rather took a video of her playing. With VideoPix, I could view the video and could chose as many stills as I liked. They even give you the ability to use a few filters. 

    Hope some of these tips help. 

    Carl W. Brooks

    Is Your Mac protected? Orbicule's Undercover for Mac

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