Lazy-Hands – Take That, Gravity!


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Last month, I tried to squeeze thousands of displays at CES into just a couple days. That meant a lot of skimming past the same old stuff and stopping, occasionally, for the unique and noteworthy. Usually, it was some flashy thing with lasers that did the trick, but in one instance, it was the genius of simplicity. When I saw Danny and Lazy-Hands, I stopped for a closer look.

The Lazy-Hands Idea

The funny thing is that Lazy-Hands isn’t an entirely new idea. I’ve seen several iPad cases that have a strap of some sort built in, but they were all cases and that was their selling point, the strap. What about the other features of other cases out there like screen protection and bluetooth keyboards? What if I want the strap without the case? What if I don’t have one of the top-selling devices people always make accessories for? Lazy-Hands stepped back from all the over-engineering (and the extra cost that comes with it) and offered up a simple and affordable solution with minimal materials and an easy design. Watch the quick video to see what I mean.

iPad Results

I have an iPad 2 and it’s certainly portable, but you notice the weight after holding it for an hour. I ride in a van-pool to the office five days a week and often use the commute to catch up on my reading. Lazy-Hands Grip for Tablets was made for this. When Danny said he’d send out samples, I was sure this would be a game-changer for me. It is, but only as much as it can be. I love the protection my case provides, so instead of applying the Lazy-Hands velcro swatch to my iPad directly, I applied it to my case. It works great, but it’s still tiresome to hold after a while just because of the weight. To be fair, this is not the fault of Lazy-Hands. It did what it was intended to do, and in my case, that meant increasing the comfort time for holding my iPad from about 15 minutes to a little over an hour.

iPhone Results

Like my iPad, I really prefer to keep a case on my iPhone, so I attached the Lazy-Hands Grip for iPhones version to my hard case and tried it on for a week. My first concern was getting my phone in and out of my pocket. Surprisingly, that concern went away as I used it all week and allowed me to focus on the advantages of this product. Although decreasing the drop-factor of my phone was not the most important feature for me, I found that I began to naturally rely on Lazy-Hands to defy gravity for me while I loosely let the phone lean in my hand. What I most wanted from Lazy-Hands was my thumb back. The iPhone 5, in all it’s tall glory, made reaching every inch of the screen with my thumb nearly impossible when holding the phone with the same hand. For the record, my hands aren’t tiny. It takes a little getting used to, but now I can easily navigate every inch of the screen with my thumb while my other hand is free for, say, mocha. This was well received.

Conclusions

Lazy-Hands isn’t a curved TV or coffee pot that tweets it’s status. It’s a product whose allure is a combination of it’s simplicity, usefulness, and low cost to the consumer. The value of it is doubled when you realize that the Grips for iPad comes with two Grips and two adhesive sheets. The Grip for Tables / iPads runs $17.99, while the Grip for iPhones / Smartphones is only $8.99. If you have something in between, they offer the $15.99 Grips for iPad Minis, Kindles, Nooks, and other small tablets and e-readers. The product is worth the price and it works just as expected.

Want One? Here You Go

Well, OK. We can’t give one away to everyone. Luckily, though, our review package came with a bunch of Lazy-Hands product, so there’s extras to use in another giveaway. If you’re a regular reader, you know the drill. For the uninitiated, here’s how it works. Just select one of the entry options below and complete the instructions to earn your entries. You know you’ve done it right when your number of earned entries increases. I’ll let the giveaway’s random number robot magic thing select some winners who will be notified by email.

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Protect Your iPhone 5 With The iSkin Claro


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I didn’t get an iPhone 5 right away, so I also didn’t have a case for it right away, but I knew I would be looking at iSkin as an option. When everyone I work with got an iPhone 5, I heard two repeating concerns about putting a case on it. The first was the looks of the phone. It seems a little silly to me to put the aesthetics over protecting it from damage, especially when damage can include scratches to the phone, but I understand the sentiment. The other concern I kept hearing was about the bulk it might add. Understandably, people don’t want to bulk up this thinner, lighter design. Luckily, iSkin sent me their new Claro iPhone 5 case to review and it answers both of these questions very well. Take a look for yourself in this video.

With my phone’s beauty protected as much as the hardware, I found this case to be a great compromise without much of an actual compromise. It’s slim and looks great and it generally protects well. The compromise I do recognize is that it’s thinner than some other cases and can be subject to its own damage while protecting the phone. As often happens with me, I had the Claro wrapped around my phone for less than 48 hours before I dropped, and subsequently stepped on it in a parking garage. There’s the real test, I suppose. As was its intent, the iSkin Claro protected my new iPhone 5 from any damage at all. The case, itself, has obvious scratches and broke in the thinnest part (right by the camera lens), but is still usable and did its job well.

Like most iSkin products, I really enjoy the Claro case and would recommend it for your new iPhone, especially if you’re afraid of covering up your iPhone 5’s design. If you want a fresh twist to the design, take a look at their Aura cases, which looks just as good, but with some additional color options.

An Apple a Day Keeps The Entrepreneur Away


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Apple devices have struck like an eye-popping thunder bolt in midst of the dark boredom filled consumerism of our generation. The iPhone and iPad have taken the term ‘user-friendly’ to a whole new level and have generally met great resonance from people belonging to all walks of life. Same holds for work places, however many experts are skeptical about Apple’s ostensibly clandestine ways regarding security issues, which according to them render these devices incongruous for adoption by enterprises.

And then the Siri Popped out of the Bottle…”your wish is my DEMAND!”
Most of us our familiar with the magical feature Siri in iPhone 4S and for those who have been living on the moon for most of recent history it is a virtual assistant that on the surface works like a genie allowing you to command your tasks like sending messages. It has the capacity to understand your voice, know those meanings that are traditionally not expected to be translated in binary logic and even talks back to you. So basically it can be an easy way for you to communicate with your iPhone, a really smart virtual assistant that understands your multiple commands intelligently (basically the Robin to your Batman) and can be your companion in emptiness- well you can excuse this one. For those of you raising eyebrows with arrière pensée lingering on their minds that it’s just too good to be true…Behold!

Take out the big guns and start aiming for the Apples
IBM disables Siri on employee iPhones as a sensitive security concern because the voice data exchanged is uploaded to the Apple cloud. Several calls have been made to Apple for revealing the purposes and processes for storage and analysis of this data. However, the fact that Apple has shown inactivity in this matter is being perceived by many companies is suspicious and apathetic. Chris Eng, a research official at Vera code favors this point by implying that the phones might not be capable for the computational capacity that it requires. But he still points to the fact that Apple should make public what they are doing with this data by coming out and saying that they are not storing it, if that’s the case. Daniel Ford, chief security officer at Sterling also agrees with Eng in that he does not find it surprising that enterprises are intimidated by it as there is no official word about it from Apple. Paul Henry, a security and forensic analyst at Lumension represents another brick in this wall, as he points out how there have been privacy and security concerns associated with Apple previously.

Apples and Oranges
Henry also notes that Google and Microsoft have been more disclosing with regards to security in their products where as Apple, despite consumer-orientation, has not developed such terms with security managers and enterprises as of now. Nonetheless, he adds that there are certainly clear signs from Apple to being more responsive regarding security so that they can also be adopted in government sectors and enterprises as readily. Apple’s release of “iOS Security, May 2012” is documented explanation about security in iOS devices, an important example in this vein.

While Apple devices continue to spread across the Globe and are met with great enthusiasm amongst private users, there remain some fears and insecurities about security on the part of enterprises which can be attributed a lack of responsive by Apple in the past. However, the trends have been changing and it might not be long before the strained relationship is straightened out.