Attention iPad owners, if you have an iPad and are looking for a keyboard to add to your arsenal of accessories, then be sure to check out the new Logitech Keyboard case by ZAGG. The keyboard connects to the iPad via bluetooth and also turns into a case to transport the case and iPad together when you’re on the go. The folks at ZAGG were nice enough to send us a case to review as well as some other cool goodies. Continue Reading
A fantastic little program called Proximity, will allow you to lock or unlock your Mac when you get close or too far from your computer. All you need to do is install the app and pair your bluetooth device with your computer. Lifehacker has posted a great guide to getting this to work. Follow along to get it setup on your computer as well.
Several AppleScripts have been created to help with the process of getting this app working for you. The first if the inrange script:
--tell application "iTunes" to play --This is optional; if you want to play music when you are in the proximity of your computer,
it will play ur musi--c.
Just delete the 2 minus signs in front of '--tell application "iTunes" to play' tell application "System Events" tell security preferences set require password to wake to false end tell end tell tell application "ScreenSaverEngine" to quit
The next script is the outofrange script, which will run when your device get’s out of range of the computer:
–tell application "iTunes" to pause
–again, this is optional, but if iTunes is playing, you might want to pause it; delete ‘–’
tell application "System Events"
tell security preferences
set require password to wake to true
– start screensaver (which locks the screen)
activate application "ScreenSaverEngine"
You can also download both scripts here. The outofrange script will pause your music and lock the
computer screen. When you get back in range, your music will play again and the computer will unlock. If you are one of those people who locks their PC when they walk away, this would be very convenient to use and you wouldn’t even need to worry about locking your computer.
Crux has recently announced their new iPad 2 case to basically put it on steroids. Crux are the makers of the 360 cases for both the iPad and iPad 2. The new case is called Crux Loaded, and it is just that.
The new case features a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad as well as an extended battery, which Crux says will give you an additional 7.5 hours of battery life. You can keep the same functionality with the trackpad, using multitouch gestures and scrolling.
The case will become available this fall for $249 on their website.
Those who are using iPhone since a long time don’t have any problems with its touch keyboard but most people who shift from phones with physical QWERTY keyboards face some issues typing with iPhone initially. Some people also dislike the fact that iPhone does not have any physical keyboard. If you are looking for a physical QWERTY keyboard on your iPhone 4 then the new Nuu Mini Key case for iPhone 4 is just for you. This accessory is worth looking because not just only it provides you with a physical keyboard but also is provides the solution for iPhone 4 reception problems with its case.
Tether your iPhone Internet Connection over Bluetooth with iPad/iPod Touch or Mac using iTether [Jailbroken devices only]<Date: 2010-08-08> <Category: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod> Only 1 comment
A popular method of tethering your non-3G iPad with iPhone’s data connection is by installing MyWi and using it as a WiFi access point. The problem with using MyWi is that it uses WiFi which uses a lot of battery power. The solution to this problem is to use iTether which tethers your data connection using Bluetooth by creating a Personal Area Network ( PAN ). iTether has to be installed on the device which will connect to your iPhone with tethering enabled. When tethering is turned on, your iPad/iPod Touch or iPhone can easily connect to it and share the data connection.
Here are the benefits of using iTether over MyWi:
- High performance
- No jailbreak required on iPhone side ( if no patching )
- Much lower battery consumption than WiFi tethering
- Bluetooth 2.1 speed up to 3,000,000 bps
- Clean interface with zero configuration
- Rapid Bluetooth chip booting up
- Better security than WiFi WEP
- Free upgrades
It is also possible that non-iOS Devices could share the Internet connection via Bluetooth PAN but it’s not officially supported by the developer.
iTether has been developed by the same guy behind iBluever. To use iTether, you need a jailbroken iPhone. Find out how to jailbreak your iPhone easily with JailbreakMe here. You need to have tethering enabled on your iPhone which can be done by visiting help.benm.at using Mobile Safari.
iTether is available in Cydia in BigBoss repository for $5.
One issue most iPod Touch users face is that they get so addicted to the mobile browser experience that they want to take it everywhere with them. But sadly, that’s where the iPhone steps in and iPod Touch lacks. Unless you take a Wi-Fi hotspot everywhere with you, you can’t use your iPod Touch on the go. The trouble with using a cell phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot is that it eats too much battery. One little feature that most phones (smart or dumb) have is Bluetooth Dial-Up networking which lets you use the GPRS/Edge/3G connection of your handset on a computer.
iPhone OS 4 doesn’t seem to stop impressing us with it’s awesome features. This time it is its ability to pair up with a Bluetooth wireless keyboard and do all the basic functions perfectly!
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iPhone OS 3.0 update brings stereo Bluetooth support to the 2nd generation iPod Touch, although it will only work with compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speakers. You wont be able to use just about any Bluetooth device with it as reported by many users. The iPhone 3.0 unlocks Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with support for wireless streaming 2-channel audio with A2DP, wireless accessory control, and peer-to-peer connections.
It’s still very crippled as most of you might not even be able to use that Bluetooth hands free headset you got for your cell phone, to use with your iPod Touch to Skype, which is really unfair to be honest as Bluetooth is supposed to be an open protocol. You can get the Motorola S9, if your current Bluetooth headphones are not compatible with your iPod Touch.
The Broadcom BCM4325 wireless communications chip in iPod Touch which provides the Bluetooth capabilities also has an FM transmitter in it which still doesn’t work even after the OS 3.0 update. You might have to wait for OS 4.0 to unlock it.
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