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Date added: 11/09/2013 iPhonefixed loves Urban Holster by Constantine Barzacanos
If you’re someone who works with their hands, you’ll know only too well how easy it is to end up fumbling around for a pen or pencil while you’re holding a project steady. Whether you work with cotton and scissors, or wood and sandpaper, there’s nothing more irritating than trying to grab your tools which are just out of reach, while the telephone rings away happily in the background. Sound familiar? We thought so.
If you’re the sort of person who never seems to have what they need to hand, then the Urban Holster could literally change your life. Manufactured from high quality bridle leather, and designed to hold any small items you could ever need during your working day, the Urban Holster is an iPhone case like no other. With a compartment for your iPhone and a pen, pair of scissors or other small tools, a front wallet space for credit cards, drivers license and loose change, and a back wallet for a notebook or maps, there is almost nothing that couldn’t be kept inside this amazing case. If you’re forever losing your keys, you can even go one step further and add a keyholder across the front strap – a place for everything, and everything in its place.
Designed around an old army holster found in an antique shop, the Urban Holster is manufactured in beautiful black leather and finished with a strap that sits across the front, which is available in a variety of colours. For more information, head to Kickstarter to see the progress of the project.
Date added: 02/09/2013 iPhonefixed loves Range Smart Thermometer
With a super-fast operating system and slick design, the iPhone truly is the greatest smartphone on the market. Here at iPhonefixed, we love ours, and use them for all sorts of things; playing music, watching videos and television programmes, and as a creative camera. There is an app and a piece of hardware that can turn your iPhone into pretty much anything these days, and with the arrival of Range, it can even become a handy kitchen tool.
If you’re looking to perfect your cooking, the key is to learn about temperatures. Range is a unique gadget that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone or iPad and works with the accompanying app to deliver precise temperature readings and graphs. Slowly, you can learn about which types of foods cook at what pace, making your culinary efforts as close to perfect as possible. You can also set an alert for the desired temperature, meaning no more relying on oven timers or alarms, and no more burnt or underdone food.
The really clever thing about the Range is that there are several different thermometers designed to test different foods; aqua, for beer brewing and cheese making, ember, for meat, and the coal Range for heavy grill use. Designed to be clipped onto the side of a rack or pot, the Range does all the technical work, leaving your hands free for creative cooking, and any results can be saved and shared so you can repeat the exact same results the next time you make the recipe.
Date added: 31/08/2013 Four Great Cooking Apps for the iPhone recommended by iPhonefixed
Here at iPhonefixed, we love our food – from summer salads and lazy barbecues, to hot and comforting winter soups, stews and casseroles. But sometimes, we all need a little help in the kitchen – so this week we’ve come up with our four top culinary apps that will make your life in the kitchen that bit easier.
Jamie Oliver has become a household name, and has come a long way since the days of ‘The Naked Chef’. This great app is ideal for anyone who is less than confident in the kitchen, as there are detailed step-by-step instructions for sixty meals with plenty of pictures, and even changing the ingredients amount is easily done with the handy tab at the top of the screen.
Most people have heard of the impressive organisation app Evernote, but not as many realise there is an Evernote Food version. With access to thousands of recipes, and the ability to share photographs of your food through picture essays, you’ll soon be building a culinary portfolio to be proud of.
Having a kitchen full of gadgets is fine, but when you’re in the middle of cooking, you need as much clear workspace as possible, and that’s where the handy Kitchen Tools app comes in. Featuring multiple timers, weight conversion, liquid conversion and a dedicated boiled egg timer, you’ll never need to juggle your measurements again.
With over sixty detailed descriptions of culinary herbs, the Culinary Herb Guide app will add a whole new dimension to your cooking. Admire the beautiful botanical illustrations, read up on the history of numerous different herbs, and research suggested uses and medicinal properties of the plants.
Date added: 23/08/2013 iPhonefixed loves the WoodChuck iPhone Accessories
It’s no secret that here at iPhonefixed, we love good design and clean living in equal measures, so every time we stumble across an iPhone or iPad accessory that ticks both those categories, we get a bit excited. From cases upcycled from old tyres or fire hoses, to iPhone docks crafted from broken vintage radios, we love everything unique and good for the planet. So when we stumbled across the range of cases by WoodChuck, we were understandably keen to find out more.
Created by two nature-loving technology addicts, Woodchuck is a range of iPhone, laptop and tablet covers designed, sourced and created in Minneapolis, US. Made from 100% real wood, that’s FSC certified as often as possible, the range is available in a wide variety of finishes – think pale birch, rich mahogany and classic walnut – and will add a touch of nature to your iPhone or iPad.
If you prefer quirky accessories that stand out from the crowd, the iPhone 5 cases are available in a geometric tribal pattern, or a variety of inlain designs, from simple zig-zags to an anchor, Minneapolis skyline or elephant image.
The concept of WoodChuck is simple – to return the element of nature to our electronic products. In a world full of disposable, imported, poorly made goods, WoodChuck cases and accessories stand apart and provide the user with a high-quality product, that is both sourced and made on home turf.
Date added: 21/08/2013 GoCuff – iPhone Fitness Case supported by iPhonefixed
Whether you’re training for a marathon or charity run, or you’re simply someone who’s keen on fitness and the gym, you’re probably going to want something to listen to while you work out. If you’re running on a treadmill, or through the streets in the early morning sunlight, it’s always good to have a little entertainment; from podcasts, plays and audiobooks to invigorating dance music that gets your heart pumping – so the one thing you’re going to need is a dedicated fitness case, that will keep your iPhone safe while you’re busy keeping your fitness levels up.
Most iPhone fitness cases are designed to be worn around the upper arm, which leaves them in an awkward place that is both hard to reach and tricky to get to. GoCuff is different – unlike its competitors, it’s worn on the wrist which means you can access it quickly and easily, whether you’re on the treadmill or heading off to go snowboarding. Available in three different sizes; small, medium and large, the GoCuff has been anatomically engineered, and allows you to use your iPhone to its full capacity through the unique PVC touch-sensitive screen. If you’re into adventure sports, such as snowboarding, skiing or paragliding, the GoCuff also tracks elevation gain and GPS, while still allowing for a full range of motion at the wrist. What’s even better is that the GoCuff is made from incredibly thin, perforated neoprene, which means it has a high level of breathability – essential when taking part in sports and fitness activities.
Date added: 19/08/2013 Keep on losing your keys? iPhonefixed likes the new KeyMe App.
There’s not a lot that’s more annoying than discovering that at some point during the day, you’ve lost your keys, or even worse, you’ve simply locked yourself out. If you don’t happen to have a spare, or haven’t left one with a friend or neighbour, you have to face the inconvenience and sheer expense of calling a locksmith to have your locks changed – this is irritating enough if it happens once, but let’s face it, some of us are just unlucky when it comes to keys. If you’re one of those people who just can’t seem to hang on to their keys, you’re probably already aware of the locksmith fees, and would do pretty much anything to avoid paying them in the future. Luckily, KeyMe, a New York City based startup has revolutionized the locksmith industry – and could be about to change your life too.
The design is simple, yet revolutionary, and could make a real difference to people who continually lose their keys. By simply placing your key on a piece of plain white paper, and scanning copies of both the front and back, you can create a virtual key which is then stored on your digital keychain. The app then generates two pieces of information for the locksmith – the key type, and a series of numbers which gives depth cutting instructions, which means they can create a brand new key right there on the spot. The app itself is free, and it costs nothing to create an account and scan and store your digital copies of any keys, but it will cost you $9.99 to access the information, should you require it. The locksmith doesn’t need any extra information, and when you consider that the fees for a new lock can cost in excess of $150, it’s pretty much a bargain.
Founded last year, there are already five self-service kiosks throughout 7-Eleven stores in Manhatten, where you can both scan and make duplicate copies of existing keys. If you’re thinking of the future, you can also order via the KeyMe mail order service. The company offer various key designs, in a range of colours and styles, from the charity printed varieties to character keys ideal for children. For those who like something a little more eclectic, choose a novelty design such as the guitar or saw shaped keys, or go for practicality and pick the bottle version, which doubles up as a bottle opener.
Date added: 16/08/2013 eleMount - iPhonefixed love it!
There are a hundred different iPhone and iPad mounts on the market, but from flimsy plastic materials to unreliable manufacturing processes, there’s always a chance that your phone may not stay exactly where you want it. eleMount, a universal mounting system, is completely different from its competitors, and boasts a huge number of features that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Carved from solid aluminium, and CNC machined to the highest standard, eleMount adheres to any flat surface without leaving a residue, and can be repositioned easily as many times as necessary. Whether you need to take advantage of your iPhone’s GPS system and use it as a sat-nav, or take a call hands free, you can mount your iPhone on the eleMount system single-handedly in seconds.
If you’re a keen photographer, you probably already know that the Apple store is full of photography apps that can do anything, from turning your iPhone into a DSLR, to editing your images in a few simple steps. The iPhone camera has huge capabilities, but as yet, there’s no dedicated tripod for close-up photography, or group shots. eleMount features a base that completely unscrews, to reveal a 1/4” 20 thread that can be easily mounted to your tripod for taking pictures or videos – so no more blurry pictures or people missing from the end of a row.
eleMount is an iPhone accessory like no other – from it’s incredible multifunctional properties to the sleek, futureproof design, you’ll find it slots into your life as if it had always been there. Forget cheap, plastic locks and clamps, and instead choose to mount your iPhone in style with eleMount.
Date added: 12/08/2013 Four Great Interiors iPhone Apps
Here at iPhonefixed, we love good design almost as much as we love our iPhones, whether it’s contemporary homewares, sleek technology or classic furniture. There’s no more important aspect of design, however, than that of the things with surround ourselves with, from modern furnishings to vintage prints, which is why we’ve compiled our top four iPhone apps that have interior design in mind.
Houzz is the unrivalled king of interiors apps, with a whopping 1,500,000 high resolution pictures available to browse. Using your own personal virtual ideabook, clip and save pictures for later use, join the community to discuss decorating possibilities and even save images to view offline.
Brought to you by the Wallpaper magazine and website, the Wallpaper Daily iPhone app combines all of the brilliant elements of the magazine into a handy mobile format. Featuring fresh exclusives on printed stories, and daily updates, this is the iPhone app for you if you like to stay ahead of the design game.
The Pinterest iPhone app is the mobile version of the website, and is basically a gigantic, worldwide pinboard with millions of people pinning inspirational interiors pictures at the same time. Create your own boards, re-pin images, and follow other peoples activity, and create a huge online dossier of design inspiration.
If modern homes and interiors are your style, the Dwell iPhone app will be right up your street. Featuring videos and slideshows of modern design, as well as the latest in product innovations, this contemporary app also has the ability to link with Facebook and Twitter, so you can easily share ideas and images with friends
Date added: 10/08/2013 Four great apps for DIY Projects
Let’s face it, as soon as the dry weather appears, while some of us might head for the nearest beach, a lot of us automatically start to think about DIY jobs. Whether you’ve got a shelf that needs putting up, a wall that needs replastering, or you’re thinking about fitting your own kitchen, we’ve rounded up four great iPhone apps to help you along the way.
Whether you’re planning an entire house renovation, or just redecorating the lounge, the Handy Man DIY app will help you every step of the way. A multi-functional app, which manages to perform various calculations, create shopping lists and display seasonal reminders, Hand Man DIY will turn every task from stressful to stress free.
There’s nothing more annoying than getting to the hardware store or home depot, and realising that you’ve either forgotten to measure that last wall, or that you’ve left the measurements on the table in the hallway. With the Photo Measures app, simply take a photograph of a room, annotate it with the measurements, and store it on your iPhone for the future. Featuring the ability to add extra comments, work in imperial or metric formats, and even export your image as a PDF, you’ll never be stuck without your information again.
Whether you’re doing something simple, such as putting up a shelf, or working on a more complex project such as plastering walls, the iHandy Carpenter iPhone app will make everything a whole lot easier. Forget carrying around lots of separate tools – this incredible app features a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel ruler and steel protractor, all with woodgrain and lighting effects that make them feel like the real deal.
If you’re working on a large scale construction project, whether it’s a new home, garage, or even a tree house, there’s nothing more frustrating that not having the right technology to work out your calculations. With the Builder’s Helper iPhone app, you can forget having to carry around a bulky calculator, and instead use your iPhone to work out the answer to any sum or equation you might need. Featuring both normal and unit calculations, pitch measurements and the ability to store your information, the Builder’s Helper app is the closest thing you’ll find to a DIY personal assistant.
Date added: 05/08/2013 iPhone 5S Rumours
It hasn’t even been a year since the iPhone 5 was released onto the market, but already the technology rumour mill is in overdrive with tales of the suspected launch of the next model of iPhone. Recent whisperings have covered various topics, such as the release of an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 6, and even a ‘light’ version of the iPhone, apparently to be called the iPhone C – a budget model, made from plastic which could possibly retail at just £63.00.
Those in the know have wagered that the next iPhone model to be released will be the 5S, purely based on the fact that Apple have provided us with a new iPhone version every year since they began manufacture. While some think that improvements may cover things such as internet speed – the 5S is rumoured to have a connection that is ten times as fast as the current 3G – others have been quick to speculate on much more impressive technology.
For any iPhone owner, security is always a huge concern, and while there’s always the option of a password, nothing is infallible. Except, of course, fingerprint recognition – leaked photographs and computer coding have caused experts to ponder on the fact that the iPhone 5S may possibly have cracked owners security worries by including a fingerprint scanner. This technology, which is rumoured to be delaying the release of the next generation iPhone, is thought to be the answer to unauthorised purchases within the Apple App Store, and also to the theft of personal data.
The second rumour exciting the Apple fans, is that the next generation iPhone is to be made of something completely different – a unique composition known as LiquidMetal. This material is incredible; it’s two to three times harder than normal metals, yet can still be injection moulded, which means that you get all of the clean, sleek Apple design, but with the added bonuses of it being scratch resistant and incredibly light. Given that Apple signed an agreement with LiquidMetal Technologies back in 2010, and that leaked images claim to have shown SIM card trays made from this particular material, it’s looking more and more likely that the next iPhone will be virtually indestructible. All we can do now, is wait and see.