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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

trick case

    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

          olloclip

            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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              Ivan Dimitrijevic

              Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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