Tag - Bag
You have to wonder whether smartphones were designed by men: there's just so much about them that is handy when they're in a typical shirt pocket and not when you have to carry them in a bag. Yet if you are always going carry your phone in some kind of case, at least let that bag do more for you. Knomo's Bond Charging Leather Power Purse holds your iPhone with plenty of room to spare but also plenty of power: it comes with a battery.
As the Traveler-in-Chief of the MacNN staff, I spend a ridiculous amount of time on ferries, busses, trains, airplanes, taxis and Uber vehicles, and my own car. From thrice-weekly lunch meetings to month-long Fringe tours, not only do I log tens of thousands of miles every year, but my notebook computer comes with me nearly all the time. It has to be a bag that can withstand the rigors of everyday use, of the occasional overstuffing, long road trips, and the merciless treatment of the TSA. Repeatedly. Does Booq's Boa Saddle measure up? We'll give you the lowdown in our review.
There have been quite a few entries in this What's in your Tech Bag series, and with each week I have seen a bit more of the personalities that I usually interact with through text or in one of our podcast recording sessions. With my own entry into the list, I dread to think what Sherlock-esque insights into my soul I will get from my colleagues, but I'm guessing their first question to me will be "Why do you carry duct tape around with you?"
Week four of our "What's in your Tech Bag" series has arrived, and now its my turn to open my bag up to the world. In the interest of changing things up a little I have decided to put a slight spin on my entry. The contents of my backpack are constantly changing as I go out to accomplish different jobs, so instead of pulling apart what is in my bag right now, I am going to show you what I pack every January to survive the monolithic CES.
Part three of our "What's in your Tech Bag" series is upon us, and it falls to me next to go over my essentials. Here's the thing: because of life circumstances and care taking obligations, I don't get out much. When I do, its generally some sort of crisis involving a technological repair, and I'm rolling heavy with tools and gear specifically for the gig, with one knick-knack for inspiration. We're in luck, though, I've got a recently packed bag to show you.
Following in William's shadow, I thought I'd go ahead and show you guys what sort of things that I keep in my bag. Like William, I always find it interesting to see what sort of things people tote around with them in their daily life, especially because I think it's a good snapshot of the type of person they are and the type of life they lead.
Previously on MacNN... in a piece about Living With: Knomo Leather Case, we not only enthused about a bag we've had for seven years, we said it would take a huge shove before we'd move away from it. Then, as we just said on the new One More Thing podcast, it's as if the makers said right, Challenge Accepted. For a week now, we've been using a much more recent alternative, the Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer. Most of the things we liked about our case are here, too, and there are even reasons why we could now see a benefit to sometimes using this instead.
As reported earlier today, US Apple retail stores have now joined with Australian and UK stores to allow in-store pickup of reserved Apple Watch models. The US website now offers the option of reserving a pickup time alongside normal mail delivery when buyers choose an Apple Watch model from the site, giving customers the option of picking a specific time and nearby store if desired. In-store buyers also receive a custom bag with their purchase.
Prolific UK band Radiohead has announced the release of app they have created in collaboration with Universal Everything, entitled PolyFauna. An experimental game, frontman Thom Yorke says the app was "…born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song 'Bloom.'" PolyFauna aims to envision "an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious," with players being able to create worm-like constructs with a finger swipe. Available for Android devices on Google Play and iOS devices through iTunes, PolyFauna is free.
Today, accessory creator Booq announced its latest addition to its Python Collection for photographers, the Python Mirrorless. The top-loading shoulder bag has the space to hold either a mirrorless camera with a large lens, or a compact DLSR with a small lens. Comprised of a durable, water-repellent nylon exterior and densely-padded interior, the Python Mirrorless can house an iPad mini or other small tablet with its chargers in the main interior, and has room for business cards, an extra battery and wallet in its exterior side pockets and slip-in back pocket.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE