Prong makes a case we all can use

PocketPlugBack_liftingYou see that headline, that is something you can quote me on, Prong. Prong has created a case and a charger that everyone can use. Just to let you know, it is not another mobile battery.

A company known has Prong has created a charger and case for the iPhone 4, 5, and Galaxy S III. The Pocketplug solves a lot of problems as most of us prefer to plug our phone into the wall to charge it. Isn’t it just better to have a case with flip out prongs so you can just plug into the wall directly?

I got to hand it to Prong for coming up with something that is pretty obvious. I believe that there have been cases like this before, but the flip out prongs allow the Prong case to be thinner than most.

In addition to this, the PocketPlug has a micro USB port in case you need to recharge your mobile this way. The PocketPlug is also designed to enhance the phone’s speaker and microphone.

You should be able to get the PocketPlug from Prong for about $69.96 on the Prong site.

EyeFly 3D from Nanoveu

1st-3d-ipadI am not certain why I spent today reporting on two 3D products when I just said two posts ago that 3D is practically so yesterday. The Commander 3D is a tablet, but Nanoveu has put out an EyeFly 3D, and it is simple cover made for a mobile device to bring it into 3D.

I saw this at CES 2014, and I have to admit that it was very convincing. Just to let you know, it will play videos that are designed for 2D and 3D glasses-free viewing. I also discovered that if you have a picture taken in 2D, you can easily convert it to 3D with their app. All that is required is just touching the area that you want to put in the background, and the effect works.

You can get it for the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4, the iPad Mini, and it will be available for the iPad Air for about $59.95. The others are different prices.

Wetsuit from Dog and Bone cases

Westuit-Blackest-Black-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-SingleI am reviewing a lot of mobile batteries lately, and these type of waterproof cases are another product that I am seeing a lot of. Let’s just say if all these waterproof cases were represented by one company, I might be talked into buying stock for it.

This is the Wetsuit from Dog and Bone. If you haven’t heard of them, then you might want to join my club. I happened to stop by their booth at CES, and I have officially tried out one of their products.

I believe that this company states that this is the first waterproof mobile phone case to go topless with a direct touch screen. I suppose Lifeproof nuud was not the first, and the Wetsuit is IP 68, the highest level of ingress protection from water and dust.

Yeah, this is waterproof up to 2 meters, and it is good against snow, ice, dirt, sand, and shock from 2 meter drops. For some reason, the drop test and underwater test are usually the same value on products like these.

I do like some interesting rubber thing on the back that helps with the grip. You should be able to get the Wetsuit on the Dog and Bone case site in Electric Orange, Electric Blue, Silvertail, Sea Breeze, and Blackest Black for AU $79.99.

BMW creates a new Key Fob standard

bmw-i8-smart-key-fobBMW is putting out a hybrid car known as the i8, and it plans to be quite a car. So what better for a better-than-average car than a way-better-than-average key fob?

The Key Fob for this car has a hug resemblance to a smartphone. Not only it will enable the user to open the doors, trunk, and everything else key fobs do, but this has an LCD display. This display will give relevant information such as the range the car will go before it needs recharging, as well as how long to go before the car is recharged. I have a picture of it in my Source being stuck in the dash for recharging.

Unfortunately, my Source tells me that BMW has yet to confirm whether this key fob for this car actually exists. In all honesty, it isn’t hard to believe. After all, can’t we just put all the information on a smartphone that is on a key fob? Is an attachment for the smartphone required? If so, I wouldn’t mind getting it.

In other words, this is the future. I used to think that smartphones were going to take the place of wallets, and now they might just replace car keys as well. I consider it the future in action and motion.


US Largest E-Waste Polluter, and we should not be surprised

I think that we all have seen the ad for Virgin Mobile’s iPhone availability, and I can’t stand it. Not only is it not funny, it just encourages people to be wasteful. Even though there is a disclaimer on the ad saying not to do this, it feels like we should just laugh at a huge problem of e-waste.

Okay, I have just learned that the United States leads the world in e-waste. Yeah, I am not surprised at that. I mean, we all have cell phones, and getting upgrades practically happen every two years. I usually sell off my old phones, but I can’t imagine that everyone is doing that, just like not everyone recycles their cans or bottles.

Anyway, the StEP initiative states that the US dumped over 9.4 million metric tons of e-waste in the year 2012 alone. This is about 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of e-waste person, four times the global average of 7 kilograms (15 pounds) per person. On a sick note, China only dumped 7.4 metric tons last year.

While I was writing this, I just watched an ad for an Intel notebook/laptop where a guy purposely spills coffee on his old laptop to get a new one. We can’t encourage this mentality. What’s next, is racism going to appear on ads. Seriously, this is where ads like these need to go!


You can use your Mobile Phone during Takeoff and Landing

takeoff and landingI think we all know that we can’t use a cell phone on a plane, but thanks to the FAA, you can now use it during a takeoff and landing.

Now, the only problem you may have is that you will have to prove that your electronic is safe. This means that you might have to check it from gate to gate. I can see that there could be a lot of confusion with some of the newer models of smartphones. This lifting of the ban will not affect laptops, though.

So, how will this change everything? Maybe. Just more people talking.


Pocket Watch Flip Phone is not for this era, but should be

Flip WatchI think we all know that the age of the flip phone is essentially gone, as someone decided that the new chic was a touchscreen and that is all. Thanks, Apple.

This particular phone is hidden within a pocket watch, which is something that I never really see anymore. You can see how it opens up to reveal a number pad and 1.8 display. In addition to being a phone, it also has MP3 capabilities, Bluetooth, memory card slots, as well as a 1.3 Megapixel camera.

I thought that this was some concept gadget, but it is apparently available for $80. I really feel like if we lived in some alternate timeline, like the one in The Golden Compass, this Pocket Watch Flip Phone would rock the cell phone world.


Nokia’s two 6-inch phablets confirm a different future for Windows phones

nokia ku-xlargeNot only has Nokia tried to outwit Apple with new products with their 2520 tablet, but they also have two new phablets, the 1320 and 1520.

These both have 6-inch screens, which is enough to make all the tiles for their Windows operating system fill up well. The 1520 has a 20 Megapixel lens and a dual LED flash, and is capable of 1080p video at 30fps. It also has that 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip from Qualcomm. The 1320 has pretty much the same features, but it has a 720p screen.

You will see the 1520 by the end of the year, but the 1320 won’t be coming until the beginning of 2014. Now, this is what I have been suspecting: smartphones are getting bigger screens. The line between smartphone and tablet is fading.


The Kyocera Kona, with some Sprint on the side

Kyocera Kona Flip pvla closed left angleWell, I guess we all know what new smartphone was announced yesterday. Heck, it was an announcement so big, there were two of them! I figured that there is nothing I can report on that isn’t related to that, so I am glad to have this Kona from Kyocera to help me out.

This Sprint gem is a “dumb phone”, but some people still use these clamshell wonders. I had one to review, and I felt a twinge of nostalgia just holding it in my hand.

Yeah, if you are looking for the most advanced phone, this isn’t it. Then again, is the iPhone 5C or 5S really the best? Oooo, take that Apple!

Anyway, if you need a phone, and you are visually impaired or hearing impaired, this Kona is probably your phone. The buttons are very big, and accessible browsing that describes it to a user. There is also variable-speed speech read-out for menus, text messaging, and the like. Also, it has TTY/TDD support for the hearing impaired. Seriously, these are the features, so I can tell its target audience.

So, the other features include a 2 Megapixel camera, and other things that most phones come with. If you are looking for a phone and don’t like the whole smartphone revolution thing, then you want to check out the Kona. You can find more information about it here.