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5 awesome iPhone 6 cases coming soon to Mobile Fun

Friday, November 21st, 2014

In this article we’re going to take a look at five awesome upcoming iPhone 6 cases that are coming soon to Mobile Fun. Let’s get right into the recommendations!

5. Create and Case Book Case

Create and Case iPhone 6 Book Case - Sunny Leo    Create and Case iPhone 6 Book Case - Warrior Owl

Our first case is this beautiful one from Create and Case. The Book Case is adorned with your choice of two beautiful watercolour-like designs, printed using a specialised technique onto high quality leather-style material. These cases are practical too, with the flip cover providing screen protection, giving you a place to keep your cash and cards, and even turning over to form a flip cover. Whether you choose the Sunny Leo or the Warrior Owl, you’ll be delighted with this eye-catching and gorgeously rendered case.

4. Seidio OBEX Waterproof Case

Seidio OBEX iPhone 6 Waterproof Case - White / GreySeidio OBEX iPhone 6 Waterproof Case - White / Grey

Next up is one of the most protective cases for the iPhone 6 on the market: the Seidio OBEX. This case is so well crafted that it’s actually waterproof, allowing you to use your phone underwater or in the rain without worrying about potential damage. The case is striking too, with clean lines and a beautiful two-tone design in white or black.

3. Twelve South SurfacePad Luxury Leather Case

Twelve South SurfacePad iPhone 6 Luxury Leather Case - Camel    Twelve South SurfacePad iPhone 6 Luxury Leather Case - Camel

The TwelveSouth SurfacePad is a gorgeous real leather case for the iPhone 6. The case is slim and well-designed, manufactured with Napa leather and fine stitching. The SurfacePad folds to serve as a landscape stand for your phone, and also includes a pair of pockets in the front cover for your cash and cards. If you’re looking for a slim and stylish case to protect your phone from day-to-day wear, then the SurfacePad should be near the top of your list. The case is available in camel (as seen above), blackred and white flavours.

2. Draco Ducati Aluminium Bumper Case

Draco Ducati 6 iPhone 6 Aluminium Bumper - Flare Red    Draco Ducati 6 iPhone 6 Aluminium Bumper - Champagne Gold

The Draco Ducati is a unique case: it is made almost entirely from aluminium, it has an unusual curved shape, and it is officially licensed by the Italian motorcycle company of the same name. The combination of the shape and the material makes it feel great in your hand; solid and unbreakable. The Ducati logo will be a nice touch for motorcycle fans, and isn’t large enough to offend the eyes either. It’s a top-notch premium metal case that provides excellent drop protection without affecting accessibility. Three colour variants are available: redgold and grey.

1. Spigen Slim Armor CS Case

Spigen Slim Armor CS iPhone 6 Case - Gunmetal    Spigen Slim Armor CS iPhone 6 Case - Champagne Gold

This special edition of the Spigen Slim Armor includes a handy credit card slot on the back. It looks completely ordinary from the outside though, so you won’t have to worry about opportunistic ne’er-do-wells. The case is a little thicker because of the storage area, but makes up for it with improved scratch and drop protection. With a range of colours (gunmetalgoldwhite and mint) and a slick modern look, the Slim Armor CS is definitely a case to consider.

Conclusion

That’s all for now folks! Be sure to check in with us again soon, and feel free to take a look at our other great iPhone 6 articles!

Thermodo: a tiny, awesome thermometer for your phone

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Thermodo is a tiny but awesome dongle that sends highly accurate temperature readings to your Android or iPhone.

So how does it work? Well, you plug the Thermodo dongle into your phone’s headphone port. The app sends an audio signal to the dongle, the dongle attenuates the signal amplitude using your phone’s microphone, and then the app calculates the correct temperature. It sounds complicated, but all you need to do is launch the app. The entire process is silent and near-instant, granting you easy access to the temperature whenever you want to see it.

When you’re not using the Thermodo, you can keep it on your keyring with the included ring and holster, so your headphone port is free to be used. Even when wrapped in its tiny holster, Thermodo is less than an inch long and weighs almost nothing.

Thermodo Smartphone Temperature Guage    Thermodo Smartphone Temperature Guage

The Thermodo is a passive sensor, meaning it uses no power and doesn’t require an internet connection to work. It’s a massive improvement over relying on an internet weather service, which is delayed and only vaguely in the same area as you are. Instead, you get immediate and accurate results on demand – awesome.

The Thermodo was a massive Kickstarter success, raising ten times their $35,000 goal, so we hope you’re equally excited. We’re looking forward to getting the Thermodo in stock as soon as possible. To see more information or place your pre-order, please visit the product page linked below!

Be sure to let us know what you think of the Thermodo in the comments below.

Kenu Stance: the first iPhone 6 / 6 Plus tripod for photography and more

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The Kenu Stance is the first tripod designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Stance slots into the iPhone’s Lightning port, allowing your iPhone to stand up by itself. This is brilliant for taking photos, particularly with the new time-lapse mode introduced in iOS 8. Let’s take a closer look at what’s possible with the Kenu Stance!

The ideal mobile photography accessory

Kenu Stance Compact iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Tripod    Kenu Stance Compact iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Tripod

The Kenu Stance uses a 360 degress ball-and-socket joint, making it easy to rotate and position your iPhone at the perfect angle. The added stability means you can take much clearer and sharper photos, and time-lapse videos work well too. Thanks to the smooth rotation, you also get absolutely perfect panoramic photos – just the thing to capture a beautiful landscape.

Good for movies video calls too

Kenu Stance Compact iPhone 6 / 6 Plus TripodKenu Stance Compact iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Tripod

The Stance can also be used as a landscape stand, with the legs folded together and resting behind the phone. This stand mode is great for watching videos or playing games, or just leaving on your bedside table with an alarm clock app up. It’s also quite good for FaceTime and Skype video calls, as you can just set up your iPhone facing you and then have your hands free.

Hilariously, the Kenu Stance also includes a bottle opener, because why not?

A truly mobile accessory

Kenu Stance Compact iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Tripod    Kenu Stance Compact iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Tripod

The folding design and lightweight construction of the Kenu Stance make it easy to keep with you. The Stance weighs only 34 grams and measures just 7.9cm when folded, so you can keep it easily in your pocket or bag.

 Signing off

The Kenu Stance is a well-designed accessory, packing a lot of features into a compact size. If you’ve got an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and you’d like to do more photography on your phone, then this is an invaluable addition.

The Stance is available for pre-order at the time of this writing, and will be available soon. To receive a stock notification email, place a pre-order or see additional information, please visit the product page linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the Kenu Stance!

Apple release iOS 8.1.1 to fix iPhone 4S and iPad 2 performance, bugs and security issues

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 this week, and it’s a must-have update for owners of older iPad and iPhone models, including the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. That’s because the update purportedly improves performance significantly in these models, which previously had become quite sluggish while running the new, heavier iOS 8.

Here are the official Apple release notes:

“This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. For more information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.”

The update is also intended to fix many issues with Bluetooth, WiFi and battery life that have been reported in iOS 8 thus far. I’ve been seeing really bad WiFi stability on the iPhone 6 Plus so far, so hopefully that issue will be fixed with the new update.

Apple also mentions some security issues. If you visit the link, you’ll see that a number of potential exploits and unwanted behaviours have been curbed, including some that may have contributed to the first real case of iPhone malware from Chinese app stores earlier this month.

The update is definitely worth applying, and can be downloaded over-the-air or via iTunes as normal. Thankfully, there are no reports of any unwanted side effects, as was reported with the iOS 8.0.1 release.

Has the update been effective for you? Let us know in the comments below.

Microsoft Band (and Microsoft Health) coming soon to Mobile Fun

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Microsoft recently got into the fitness game with the release of its health platform, called simply Microsoft Health. The service turns data gathered from fitness devices and apps into simple, useful insights that help you become healthier.

One of the fitness devices it supports is Microsoft’s first fitness tracker: the Microsoft Band. The Band is one of the most powerful fitness trackers ever, packing an amazing amount of sensors into a slim TPE band. It’s also the first truly cross-platform fitness devices: the Band works with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The Band is coming soon to Mobile Fun, so let’s take a closer look.

The Microsoft Band looks simple at first glance. It’s a large rubberised band, with a large rectangular colour display on the front and a clasp on the back. The closer you look, the more you find. The screen is a touchscreen, capable of showing live fitness data and even texts, emails and calls from your phone. The sliding clasp is designed to grow and contract to fit your wrist, whether you want a loose fit for daily use or a tighter one while you’re working out.

On the inner side of the band, its capabilities are easily explained – the entire ring is studded with sensors. That includes a 24 hour heart rate sensor, accelerometers and gyrometers for counting steps and tracking sleep, GPS to map the routes that you’ve run or biked and a UV monitor to see if you need sunscreen. There are other sensors too, like a galvanic skin response sensor that measures stress and sweat, a skin temperature sensor and plain old ambient light and capacitive sensors. It’s a startlingly comprehensive package, 10 sensors in all, far more than other fitness accessories.

Through clever algorithms and these sensors, the Microsoft Band is able to automatically record your exercise throughout the day, telling the difference between walking and biking; pull-ups and push-ups. You can also download workouts to the Band, which will guide you through a set of exercises and rests. You can also use the Microsoft Health app on your phone to see videos of how to do each step with good form, which The Verge found quite useful when they didn’t know what kind of move a V-Up was.

The Microsoft Band will be available in the coming weeks at Mobile Fun. For live pricing and availability data – and the ability to be notified when stock arrives – please visit the product page linked below:

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