Yes, I know, the market is already crowded by thousands and thousands of cool cases and sleeves for your bellowed iPhone, your iPad or your Mac! So what sets the Chivote iCollection apart from the crowd? Other than the smart functional design, the handmade build, the premium vegetable tanned leather used to manufacture the gear and the decent pricing – we like that we can “dress” all our gadgets in the same style! The iCollection is composed of three protective cases – an iPhone / iPod Touch model which also includes a rear pocket for storing a couple of credit cards and bills, an iPad protective case which doubles as a tablet stand and a MacBook leather case and stand designed to protect the 13″ and 15″ Apple laptop models!
Cool, isn’t it? The Chivote iCollection is in project mode at Kickstarter and you can secure the entire collection for iPhone, iPad and Mac for an early bird price of $156 US. The cases are also available individually.
3D printing made big leaps in the past couple of years. As 3D printing quality increased and prices decreased over the years, more and more people are starting to use 3D printing on regular bases.
A while back we featured the Cube 3D printer from Cubify. which is a smaller, home and office-friendly printer designed to print small scale objects. Today, I want to tell you about another gadget from Cubify, the Sense 3D Scanner, which is designed to help you create and generate the printing plans by simply scanning the object you want to print.
The 3D scanner works on all major PC platforms (Windows 7 and 8 as well as Mac OS X 10.8 and later), has a reasonable field of view for it’s size (Horizontal: 45°; Vertical: 57.5°; Diagonal: 69°) and features automatic object recognition and extraction, simple and powerful software cropping and processing as well as full integration with the Cube 3D printer from Cubify for seamless object reproduction.
With so much data floating around, backups are no longer a luxury, but a must! Think about all those pics from your smartphone, all those videos with your kids, documents, contacts, personal files, music and the list goes on and on … I am not going to stress more the data backup importance, because I know you do it! Don’t you?
On the other hand I am going to speak about the safety of your backups! Let me start with a little story – a friend of mine, a real geek, used to keep not 1, not 2, but 3 backup sets for all his data (including his smartphone, tablet and his home and work laptops). One day, the inevitable happened, and his apartment got flooded by the neighbor above. He called the guy, they stopped the flood and the neighbor helped him clean the apartment. All good until now. This is when the disaster happened! He opened his laptop but it was not working. It was full of water. He grabbed his girlfriend’s laptop which was not water damaged, he opened his desk to grab one of his backup HDD’s to copy some files and … Surprise! As all three of his backup HDD’s were on the lowest shelf of his desk, they were all water damaged!
So here you have a geeky guy who knew the importance of backups, with 1 set of original data and 3 sets of backups who lost all his digital life because the neighbor in the apartment above! Imagine that!
The good news is that in the end he was able to recover most of his data from the damaged HDD’s! The bad news is that this could happen to anyone, including you!
All this to say that backups are not enough to protect your data. You should also take steps to protect your backup drives from thieves and the elements! You can do this the hard way (as I do it) by using two encrypted HDD’s and always having one at a remote location (work, a friend, family member) or the simple way, by using disaster proof hard drives!
The ioSafe rugged portable 1TB external hard drive is one of the top disaster proof HDD‘s out there! The drive works on MAC and PC (USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt) features a full metal jacket that protects it against the elements, crushes and drops. The HDD mechanism inside the metal jacket is fully suspended in all 6 motion axes, so it will survives extreme shocks under most circumstances. The HDD is rated to with crush protection up to 5,000 lbs (2,267 KG), drop protection up to 20′ (that’s 6 meters), 30′ (9.15 meters) deep submersion in salty/fresh water for up to 3 days, full immersion in various liquids including diesel, oils, fuels, hydraulic fluids, continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain. All this without loosing not even one byte of data!
Regarding the anti theft protection, the ioSafe PA51000U3YR features a solid Kensington Lock compatible slot which should be enough to discourage a dishonest person as well as a theft protection software which allows full drive AES encryption.
That’s the good part about it! The bad part is that this ioSafe beast comes with a premium price of $600! Well … you probably see it as premium because you didn’t hit the floor yet, but, if you already lost your data once, you know it’s a real bargain!!! Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I am curious to see how do you manage your backup drives …
Remember Google Chromecast? The Chromecast is an amazing gadget – it allows you to wirelessly transfer a Google Chrome tab to a TV screen allowing you to watch Youtube clips, browse website and even play browser games on your TV set. While all this is amazing, the Chromecast has a limitation – it can only transfer a Chrome tab to the TV screen – no Firefox tabs, no local movie watching, no local pictures slideshows … you get the point.
Enter Airtame – Airtame is designed to use a regular WiFi connection to make a link between your computer (works on Windows, Mac, Linux, desktops and laptops) and any other screen (including TV sets and PC screens). Simply hook up the Airtame into the HDMI port of any screen, turn on your laptop and choose to share or extend your desktop on the newly added screen. That’s it! As simple as it can get – also check the Sony FMP-X1 – The 4K Ultra HD Media Player and the Roku 3 HD Streaming Box for two other ways to stream content to your TV set.
The Airtame is in project stage at Indiegogo and you can secure one for an early bird price of $89 (delivery set for May 2014).
For those of you “always-on-the-go” professionals out there who already got into trouble at least once for not being able to quickly come up with a printed sheet of paper – enter the Planon PrintStik 905M – The Pocket Sized Bluetooth Printer.
The PrintStik is a direct thermal printer that features 200×400 dpi monochrome printing up to 3 pages per minute. The unit is powered by a rechargeable battery (a 3 hours charges gives you enough power to print up to 25-30 pages), comes with a 20 pages paper cartridge, is connects to PC and Mac computers, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones and tablets via USB cable or Bluetooth.
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
? Ray Bradbury
The 3,000 classic book USB drive is a very practical way to catch up on your reading. The USB drive features the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Oscar Wilde, Emily Bronte, H.G. Wells, Conan Doyle and many more. Simply plug it in your laptop of desktop PC and start reading literature masterpieces. The USB drive is compatible with Windows and MAC systems and no additional software is required for enjoying the books.