We roamed the show floor at this year's Macworld expo, and found a few noteworthy trends in the Mac universe. Check them out — they're quite a contrast from what we saw at CES!
Poor battery life is the downfall of many a useful gadget — after all, even if you've stocked up your iPhone with the best apps for camping, you'll be far from entertained without a fully charged gadget.
That problem has once again been remedied by the power of the sun with Joos Orange ($140), a portable charger for many devices including your phone, iPad, Kindle, camera, and more (adapters included). I checked it out at Macworld and loved the design; the portable, durable, and waterproof charger looks like a solar panel and comes with legs so you can angle it for optimal time in the sun. One hour of sunlight equals two hours of talk time on an iPhone in 3G mode, and you can store power for use later.
It's 60 degrees and sunny here in San Francisco, so I can already imagine carrying this device with me on my next nature outing, but if you're stuck in the East Coast snowstorms, no worries: the Joos Orange charges using any USB power source as well!
A section of the floor at Macworld is devoted to mobile apps for iOS. This year was dominated by iPad apps, including a soon-to-be-launched cooking app called Appetites is worlds apart from the rest of the pack. Instead of flat, hard-to-understand instructions, the app contains short, step-by-step directives supplemented with video.
There are plenty of cooking apps for both iOS and Android devices, but this is one of the best I've seen. Take a look at some of the app's highlights, and look for it in the iTunes store next month, where it will sell for $5.
Coming soon are Plugs compatible with Android and Windows Phone 7 devices. While I can't see a big market for terrestrial TV-only streaming to your phone or iPad, with more and more people jumping ship from cable and satellite and supplementing their Hulu Plus and Netflix with basic antenna TV, Plug could be just the device for those who don't want to miss a soap opera or daytime talk show again. Check out more pics of the product in the gallery below!
Your 13-inch laptop fits snugly between two padded sides of the case, so it's secure while you nap. A strap on the back of the case secures the Naptop (which functions well as a pillow without your laptop inside) to a car, train, or airplane seat's headrest. The Naptop will be available sometime in the next month or so in black and pink, both with funny and adorable sheep detailing.
While the Naptop isn't the most space-efficient way to carry your laptop while traveling, if you're planning on toting a pillow for your journey, it's an excellent and adorable two-in-one option.
The TV Hat allows you to view your iPhone or iPod Touch movies privately, or while outdoors, thanks to an extra long billed hat or visor. The viewing experience? Not too shabby. The fit? Way too heavy; the hat kept sliding forward off of my head due to the weight of the iPhone. But at $30, the TV Hat would make a great gag gift for your movie-watching pals, or frequent campers whose idea of "roughing it" means not watching shows on their HDTV. It certainly shades the light from the inside of the viewing tunnel, and thankfully, it also shields your face from onlookers.