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6 Incredibly Cool iOS Accessories You Need To Buy Right Now

6 Incredibly Cool iOS Accessories You Need To Buy Right Now

Some people may say that Apple products tend to be a bit overpriced, but I like to call these people haters. There is a common image of the average iOS user in popular culture – an ironic hipster desperate to be different or a person trying boost their perceived social status – but even though people snicker and make jokes online, the truth is that the slick design and great reliability of Apple devices has made them incredibly popular.

Across the world, a big part of the mobile device market is dominated by Apple, and retailers have seen a big rise in demand for quality accessories that further enhance the user’s experience in recent years. While the basic iOS accessories are well designed and do their job well, when it comes to satisfying our inner tech junky they simply aren’t enough. If you, like me, are constantly on the lookout for unique and practical little gadgets to enhance your iPhone or iPad, then check out these six cool iOS accessories.

1. The Trick Cover iPhone case

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    We can all appreciate a good sturdy iPhone case, after all these things are slim and slick, and people can get extremely clumsy at times. However, for some of us there is an inherent need to keep our hands busy, and since the government frowns upon twirling nun chucks or butterfly knives in public, a good alternative is the Trick Cover case. The sheer awesomeness of this product cannot be adequately explained through words, so I’m going to let this video speak for itself.

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    Flipping around, twisting and twirling your phone open and closed, like some incredibly cool action hero. Now, I am a bit worried that it will take quite a few drops before you get good at it, but the case is fairly sturdy, so you shouldn’t worry too much about being foiled by gravity. You can check it out here.

    2. The iRig 2 guitar interface

    iRig 2

      If you enjoy playing the guitar, then you are going to love the iRig 2. It essentially allows you to plug a guitar into your iPhone, effectively turning it into a tuner and recorder. The 1/8” TRRS output connector makes this accessory compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, while the 1/4” instrument input works with just about any guitar and bass that you want to plug in.

      It also features a headphone output, and comes equipped with a set of AmpliTube apps, making it easy to practice without disturbing anyone, so that you can hone your skills no matter where you are. You can find out more about the product on the official website.

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      3. Drop Kitchen Scale

      Drop kitchen skill

        Let’s say you want to take a quick break from the everyday life, so you step into the kitchen to prepare a quick snack. As you make the same old boring sandwich you always do, you lament the fact that you are a lousy cook and therefore lack a bit of variety in your diet. Do not despair my friend – combining the Drop Kitchen Scale with your iPad will help you to make all sorts of tasty treats, even with limit cooking skills.

        Every good cook knows that it’s all about finding the right ingredients and following a tried and true recipe, and this great little kitchen scale comes complete with a recipe app that will enable you mix everything up just right. All you have to do is follow the instructions. The app even sets a timer so you don’t forget to take the meal out of the oven on time. Check it out here.

        4. Zagg Rugged Folio

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        zagg rugged folio

          The iPad is a very practical and portable little piece of equipment, but it sacrifices some functionality to achieve the level of slimness and lightness that make it perfect for professionals on the go. There are a number of good keyboard accessories available, and while they all work quite well, the Zagg Rugged Folio is one incredibly sturdy package that will keep your iPad safe from all manner of bumps and drops. The case is great at absorbing shock and has four different modes of carry, making it ideal for outdoor use. Find out more about it here.

          5. Olloclip 4-in-1 lens

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            The advent of smartphones with decent cameras has made it easy for aspiring photographers to take their first steps, and for everyone else to have fun and document some interesting moments and breathtaking scenery. However, the basic camera doesn’t really pack a big punch, so you are left with so-so images. If you want to up the quality of the images you can take, without breaking the bank, the Oliclip 4-in-1 lens is the perfect choice.

            You just snap it on and have access to 4 different lenses – fish eye, wide angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro. It’s a neat little package that comes in several different color combinations, and with clips that allow it to be worn with a lanyard. Check out their official site for more info.

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            6. Incipio Wireless Smart Lamp Adapter

            Incipio wireless lamp adapter

              Say it’s been a long and eventful day and you are finally headed home. You’ve finished your guitar practice, snap a bunch of photos, made a nice dinner and are ready to have someone over. As you finish dinner and move to the couch to have some wine you pull out your phone, and dim the light down to set the mood. Sounds pretty smooth, right?

              Well, Incipio’s Wireless Smart Lamp Adapter works with standard light bulbs and simply screws into the socket, allowing you to remotely access the lights in your home via mobile app. You can even manipulate lights using Siri voice commands, which makes for some incredibly cool scenarios – just imagine yourself saying: “Siri, set the mood please”, and you get the perfect lighting. Check out this cool product here.

              There are some amazing accessory products that are coming out for iOS devices these days, the six on this list being some of the more interesting finds based on personal preference, and who knows what the future brings. It is truly a great time to be alive, so make the most of it and get some great little gadgets to make things more interesting.

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              Last Updated on August 29, 2018

              5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

              5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

              Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

              Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

              Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

              1. 750words

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              750 words

                750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                2. Ohlife

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                ohlife

                  Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                  Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                  3. Oneword

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                    OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                    Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                    4. Penzu

                      Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                      With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                      5. Evernote

                      Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                      Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                      For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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