Clear-Coat Aurora iPhone Protective Skin Elevates Swagger Instantly

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Some say I have a condition called shiny ball syndrome. This is a common disorder that has spread rampant within the gadget loving community. A couple months ago I was at CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas when a glimmer caught the corner of my eye. I hadn’t seen anything that whole show that was remotely amusing till I saw this.

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Boombot + iPhone = Match Made in Heaven

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finding the best portable speaker for iphones

So you just bought a new Apple iPhone and you love the retina display, the fast processor, and the sleek design. The iPhone is undoubtedly one of the nicest smartphones on the market. But something is missing. You turn on Pandora and you can barely hear the sound. You share a Youtube video with your friend at the park and you can’t hear the dialogue. You take your iPhone with you everywhere. It is your most vital gadget, and yet it has one major shortcoming: The sound quality coming from the speakers is garbage. If you’re looking for a way to alleviate this issue, Boombots are the best portable speaker for the iphone.

reasons why boombots are the ultimate extension of your smartphone

  1. Ultra-Portability: Don’t you take your phone with you everywhere? Shouldn’t the best portable speaker be able to go with it?  Boombots all incorporate a clip that makes it capable of clipping on to garments, pockets, bags and more.  This is wearable tech at it’s finest.
  2. Siri-Integration: The Boombot REX is one of few products that incorporate built-in Siri functionality.  Most portable speakers don’t even have this feature and other’s like the Jambox require you to download new firmware in order to enable the feature.
  3. Protects your Device: Nothing ruines the minimal perfection of an Apple product quite like a cracked screen or dent.  When you use a Boombot, in many cases you can keep your phone secured away and do a number of your commands through the portable speaker.  A cracked screen on an iPhone can cost anywhere from $60-100 to replace.  For a fraction more, you can get a wireless speaker that brings all of your media to life while also offering the protection/security of getting to store your iPhone away.
  4. Acoustics: If you use one of the top smartphones, you should probably have acoustic performance that is on par with the device itself.  Boombots incorporate a custom EQ profile that optimizes the sound output for a compact mobile device.
  5.  Customization: Boombots all incorporate some level of customization.  If you’ve fitted your iphone with a unique case, chances are you can get your Boombot portable speaker to compliment that design with custom grill kits and clips.

iphone accessory market vitals

The expected cost of an iPhone out the door with accessories is $369 (Source: Forbes).  With that in mind, the cost of a sick ultraportable speaker is a pretty small sliver when you consider the added value and functionality this portable media device offers.  If you have an iPhone, a Boombot is the best portable speaker to compliment.  Boombots are available starting at $39.99 from the Boombotix Store.

Voicemail is Obsolete – It’s OFFICIAL

Voicemail

The year is 2013 and officials worldwide have declared voicemail to be obsolete.  The increase of smartphone adoption has created a wave of alternative communication options including SMS, voIP services (Heytell, Voxer, WhasApp, Skype) and email are putting voicemail into the Stone Age.  If you’re using the best wireless speakers in the game, does it make sense to be leaving voicemails still?  More and more people are ignoring, deleting, and never listening to their voicemail.  In San Francisco, Nick Willsher claimed, “I’ve actually taken a proactive measure and let people know on my recording that voicemail is dead.  I’m trying to build awareness and make people understand that it’s not OK to leave a voicemail in 2013.”

what to do in the new age

For starters, STOP leaving voicemails.  Get with it.  It’s pretty simple.  If you hit someone’s voicemail when you are calling them, simply hang up and resort to one of hundreds of different “modern” communications methods.

Dr. Boomworthy, PHD in psychology suggests, “the first step towards making a big change like this is admittance.  If you are in denial about this, you will be left behind which compounds the problem.  You will wonder why your friends are communicating with you.  It’s not that they don’t like you.  It’s just that they are simply NOT getting your message….. or maybe they just don’t like you.  But that’s your problem.”

Some people use apps like Grinders to communicate on a variety of levels, while some rely on social media.  No matter which medium you choose, as long as it is well traffic’d and accepted amongst your peers, you’ll be just fine.  Pay attention to where trends are going in communicating and don’t fall behind. Talk to your friends about it.

If you really want to take a pro-active approach at this, start by sharing the Voicemail is Obsolete OFFICIAL Facebook page.

the future of communication

Looking down the road, you’re pretty safe with a lot of the smartphone based communication methods.  Really, the only quantum leap we’re going to have in the next millenium is telepathy which may start with neuron embedded phones.  Watch out.

Boombot REX stolen from Fast Company Office

Boombot REX stolen from Fast Company

Right before CES, we got a call from Fast Company asking us to send them a REX prototype for photographs to go into April print.  Naturally, we ensued in a round of high-fives, fist pumps, and popping of bottles.  Being featured in Fast Company was a dream come true, and thanks to the success of our Kickstarter campaign, it was becoming a reality.  With less than a handfull of prototypes, we whisked the unit off directly from the CES show floor to Fast Company’s headquarters.

Do you know where Fast Company is located?  World Trade Center of New York.  Your finest toys are not safe anywhere.  True story.  New York has been a city that has got the better of me on numerous occasions.  I’ve had wallets and cameras stolen from my blazer pocket.  Had taxis drop me off at the wrong terminals causing me to miss flights.  I don’t know why I keep going back.  New York always wins.

This is the email directly from Fast Company:

Hi Chris,

Thanks for checking in, and hope you had a great MLK Day as well.

I actually have some bad news to report. We’ve had an unfortunate situation in our office, and some items were stolen last week, including the Rex speaker. We’ve never had an office theft in the seven years we’ve been in this building, and our facilities manager and HR director are looking into this and checking security footage. But in the meantime, I can’t tell you how awful I feel. I understand that you and your team hurried to send out the speaker, and needed it back as soon as possible.

We need to reimburse you for the value of the item. Send me an invoice for the cost of the item and whatever damages necessary, and I can ask to have that expedited. If you would like to proceed another way, just let me know.

Again, I’m incredibly sorry about this. Thanks so much,

Margaret

This isn’t the first time stolen prototypes have come to light.  April 2010, one lucky guy came across a new iPhone prototype.  The Boombot REX is no iPhone, but if we were a multi-national corporation with a endless mountain of cash, we’d be keen on getting the FBI involved.  We have to wonder if the Boombot REX is on the black market.  If so, where is it? Who has it?  eBay?  Craigslist? GIZMODO!!!!!!

The way that Fast Company (and Margaret) have gone about handling this so far is great.  Don’t worry guys.  We know what it’s like.  Honestly, we’re flattered that someone would go the lengths to steal our product.  We are pissed off a little because it is one less unit we have to demo (and mind you, there aren’t many here).

We’re going to try to get them some original pictures in time.  This is an unfortunate little bump in the road (one of many), but we still love you Fast Company.  Thanks for thinking of us.  Next time, line of sight or chain+lock.  Take notes from NYC bike messengers.

Attention runners: we’ve found you the best music app ever

iOS app called “Cruise Control” adjusts beat of music to help users reach goal

Hot damn — Cruise Control is an awesome running app!

Cruise control app

Available on iOS (for now), the iPhone app adjusts music in a user’s library in real-time to help control one’s running pace. That is, it speeds up / slows down the song to help keep a runner on track with his or her desired pace, heart rate, etc.

Happy runners

Furthermore, it matches the runner’s pattern, and can synchronize beats with each time the foot touches the ground:

“We call it Cruise Control because it works a lot like cruise control in your car,” explained researchers from the Locomotion Lab at Simon Fraser University, the minds behind the app. “You set your target, and the music will keep adjusting its rhythm, just like the car adjusts its throttle, to get you to your target and keep you there.”

What’s really cool about this app is that it doesn’t necessarily have to work through headphones only: You can pocket the phone and stream the music via Bluetooth through one of our portable speakers while you exercise: The app just needs to be open on the phone, which needs to be on you to detect body motion, rhythm, etc., so that it can collect the data and input it into algorithms that help control the rate and intensity of the music / exercise in real time.

Baby working out

There are four ways to control an exercise with this app, with the “free” option allowing the app to automatically adjust the music to the exercise rhythm it detects through the phone. It can also be set to a target pace, heart rate, or cadence, all three of which will adjust the music accordingly to help the user achieve their goal.

Cruise Control is available through iTunes app store for $4.99.