Izon View ($150) is the newest home recording camera from Stem Innovation, following the iZon we reviewed and liked three years ago. Like its predecessor, the new camera can stream live video and record video clips to a free app by connecting to a wireless network, lending itself to numerous uses — a nanny cam, pet monitor, and security for a home or small business are all possibilities. Setting it apart from past Stem cameras, Izon View's newest feature is night vision, enabling it to continue to make videos when a room goes dark. The 5" x 2" cylinder camera comes with a magnetic base, 9' USB to Mini-USB cable, power supply, and two screws with anchors, in case you want to mount it to a ceiling, wall, or other surface. Izon View comes in black and white, in a single or double camera pack, and it can be paired with multiple cameras. Up to 100 recorded video clips can be stored for free in Stem's secure cloud at one time. The camera is currently being sold for $100 through Stem's web site, down from a $150 MSRP.
Mercedes-Benz and Volvo won’t be offering Apple’s CarPlay until 2015, 9to5Mac reports. Both carmakers were previously said to include the functionality in car models by the end of this year. While Volvo’s upcoming new XC90 will be able to use the feature, the functionality won’t be included until 2015. Hyundai has yet to incorporate CarPlay into its 2015 Sonata, but a spokesperson said the functionality will indeed be included by the end of 2014.
World’s First USB Case for iPhone 5s
A new phone case by CasePlug proves you can do more with an ordinary USB plug then previously thought. The featured, built-in USB mechanism, has a rotating, quick-release plug that’s used for mounting, syncing, charging and kickstand for your phone.
An iOS 8 preference list file has been found with an iPhone resolution of 736x414, reports 9to5Mac, which would translate to a Retina “2X” screen resolution of 1472x828. At a 4.7” screen size, this would be around 359 pixels per inch (PPI), versus a 307 PPI resolution for 5.5” — the latter just enough pixel density to qualify as a Retina display. If displayed on a 4” screen, this would equal 422 PPI. Previously, 9to5Mac reported in May that Apple was testing a 1704x960 resolution for the next-generation iPhone, which we noted at the time oddly fell just shy of the “full HD” 1920x1080 resolution found in virtually all HDTVs and many competing smartphones. It’s possible that either or both reports are wrong, however, the 736x414 resolution comes directly from Apple’s latest Xcode 6 SDK betas for iOS 8.
If the new numbers are accurate, it suggests that Apple — rather than merely tripling every pixel from 320x568 as was previously suggested, increasing the level of detail while keeping the same balance of on-screen elements — may instead be adding 94 pixels of width and 168 pixels of height to the existing iPhone UI. Conceivably, that resolution could enable one additional column and one or two additional rows of Home Screen icons, adding 11-16 more icons to the Home Screen for a total of 35-40. It might also mean additional coding work for game developers, as on-screen art would need to be manually adjusted to fill the extra pixels. 9to5Mac reports, though, that the preference list file suggests the resolution will display the same number of icons—20—as on the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s.
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Apple has released the sixth beta of iOS 8 to its testing partners, including cellular wireless providers, according to BGR. This beta has not gone out to the standard broad array of developers, reportedly since the sixth beta has arrived too close to iOS 8’s anticipated Gold Master release in September. The report also claims this carrier build has already been rejected as a potentially final version due to an issue with using YouTube in Safari. A number of fixes can be seen in the beta’s release notes, for resolving issues with Continuity, Mail, Messages, Photos, Push Notifications, and more.
Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack, a shared data plan that offers double the quantity of data as its competitors for similar rates. The included charts note the pricing breakdowns and carrier comparisons; Sprint notably bills the data as “high-speed,” though its cellular network has been criticized for offering sub-par performance in much of the United States.
Coming off its failed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint is doing away with its highly advertised “Framily Plans,” replacing them with the new Family Share Pack plans. In addition to the new data prices, for a limited time Sprint is offering up to $350 to buy out the contracts of customers switching from other carriers, via Visa Prepaid Card. The Family Share Pack will be available starting on Friday, August 22.
Japanese film and minimalist case maker Power Support has been a favorite of iLounge’s editors for years, even though it has radically cut back its product lineup since the iPad was released. The company’s completely clear Air Jacket shells for MacBook Air caught our attention years ago; now it’s offering Air Jacket Clear Black for MacBook Pro ($75-$80), which lets you tint the exterior of your Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro.
Even as technology advances, our tastes long for the past. Even though their materials differ, Apple’s metal and glass devices can be paired with equally beautiful wooden furniture that reminds us of the way things were. The Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk ($1,750-$1,850) is a wood desk that complements the modern design of your iMac. Handcrafted in San Francisco, it’s assembled in 6-12 weeks after the order is placed in your choice of three different sizes and two different types of wood.
As the sequel to Magnus, a metal iPad stand we covered two years ago, Ten One Design’s Magnus Air ($40) is a low-profile, sleek stand for the iPad Air. Following in its predecessor's footsteps, Magnus Air secures the iPad using a magnet that's hidden inside the stand. The concept is simple: you place the non-volume side of your iPad on the curve of the stand, and the magnet secures it very well. Simple design makes for a good user experience, though the lack of case compatibility and a substantial decrease in metal content make Magnus Air less appealing than top options we've tested.
Go Design's pitch is compelling: the TravelCard Charger ($39) is said to be a "credit card sized" external battery pack for the iPhone with Apple Lightning certification and five hours of additional talk time per charge. And if you're not too literal about the phrase "credit card sized" — arguably the battery's biggest selling point — you'll probably like the combination of features and pricing. Offered in several colors, TravelCard is a Kickstarter-backed product with some typical Kickstarter caveats: our review unit arrived in a blank white box with only the battery and a separate white micro-USB to USB cable inside, nothing more, and Go Design makes no promises as to its longevity or warranty.