Friday, November 30, 2012

Cygnett Workmate for iPad mini

The Cygnett Workmate is a dual shock-absorbing case that will give your iPad mini double the protection. The Workmate is constructed of 2 different materials, a harder plastic and a soft rubber that offers the most protection from any accidental drops and dings that your iPad mini might incur. The workmate is impact resistance and also features raised edges so that when you lay your iPad mini face down the screen of your iPad mini is raised off of the surface you have it laying on.

The Workmate only offers rear and side protection but coupled with a nice clear screen protector your iPad mini will be in good hands. Maybe bad hands if you actually drop it! Don't drop it. But if you are unsure if the Workmate is up to the task for any accidental drops then check out this video that Cygnett recorded showing the iPad mini surviving a drop test.

The Workmate easily slides over your iPad mini and "snaps" into place with ease. Putting the Workmate on the mini is very simple and removing it is just as simple! All the ports and buttons will line-up nicely and I had no problem whatsoever accessing any of the buttons such as the volume rocker or any of the ports such as the Lighting connector on the bottom of the iPad mini. The speaker grills have a nice cut-out that line up perfectly with the speakers built-in to the iPad mini.

The Workmate does add some slight bulk to the mini but that should be expected as this type of case is built for ultimate damage control. It does not really add much extra weight to the iPad mini though, just a tad bit of thickness. Overall I don't think you will notice the thickness that is added to the iPad mini. It will also add some extra grip to the iPad mini, as with most iThings, they are always slippery feeling but with the Workmate on your iPad mini you will have an extra added grip on your device.

  • Offers double protection
  • Adds grip to the iPad mini
  • Dual-shock absorbent
  • Easy to slide on and remove
  • Impact Resistance
  • Slight thickness added to iPad mini
  • No front screen protection
Overall this is another fine product from Cygnett, I highly recommend the Workmate as I feel it will probably do the best job of protecting your iPad mini from most accidental drops. As with all the Cygnett iPad products I have reviewed this comes with a lifetime manufactures guarantee as well as a 2 year warranty.

You can purchase the Workmate from Cygnett for only $39.99

Be sure to check out my review of the Cygnet FlexiGel iPad mini case.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Disable In-App Purchases

A quick video tip on disabling In-App Purchases on your iPad. This is really useful if you have small children who use your iPad and they know your iTunes password. So far I have been lucky with my daughter not actually purchasing anything on my iTunes account. Never hurts to set in-app purchases to off so you don't have to worry about it. You can always turn them back on if you need them enabled.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Turn off background rendering in Final Cut Pro X

A quick FCPX tip to turn off background rendering. I find this really helpful on my older Macbook, seems to not have as many "beach balls" when I use selective rendering.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

FlexiGel for iPad mini

FlexiGel is a soft, durable, protective flexi-case for the iPad mini made by Cygnett. The FlexiGel will help protect your iPad mini from scratches as well as offering some impact resistance if you were to drop your iPad mini. The FlexiGel only covers the back of the iPad mini so in theory you screen is still left unprotected and you might want to consider purchasing an iPad mini screen protector. The FlexiGel is raised a tad on the front of the case so if you lay the iPad mini face down on a table or desk it will not scratch the screen as the screen is slightly lifted off of the flat surface it is laying on.

The FlexiGel easily slides over the 4 corners of the iPad mini and all the buttons and ports have cut-outs with the exception of the power button and the volume rocker. The power button and volume rocker have soft buttons overlaying the actual button when you have the FlexiGel on your iPad mini. I tested this case with my earbuds and my Lighting cable and had no problem accessing the ports while using the FlexiGel.

The FlexiGel retails for only $19.99 and it comes highly recommended to help protect your iPad mini from bumps and scratches. The FlexiGel comes in 2 colors: Blue and Black.

  • Impact Resistant
  • Raised Edges
  • Easy to slide on/off
  • Manufacturers lifetime guarantee
  • 2 year warranty
  • No front screen protection

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a brilliant "RTS/Time Management" style game. Clash of Clans is a universal iOS application that will run on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. It is a free download in the App Store but relies heavily on In-App Purchases. IAP are not required but honestly to enjoy the game you will need to purchase gem packs in order to find the game enjoyable or it will take you forever to build your kingdom.

I first learned about Clash of Clans by watching some videos posted on YouTube by Simon Tay. Simon also has some terrific CoC tutorials for offensive and defensive strategies, I highly recommend you check out those videos before diving into CoC.

Overall the gameplay is fantastic, I love these types of games and I used to play an online Flash based game called Evony, Clash of Clans is the first game that comes close to the fun that Evony offered. If you enjoy these types of games I highly recommend you check it out and the fact that it is free to download means it cost you nothing but a few moments of your time.

  • Free to Play
  • Build your village into a undefeatable fortress
  • Battle with players worldwide and take their Victory Points
  • Join together with other players to form the ultimate Clan
  • 10 unique units with multiple levels of upgrades
  • Defend your village with Cannons, Towers, Mortars, Bombs, Traps and Walls
  • Fight against the Goblin King in an epic campaign through the realm
You can download Clash of Clans free in the App Store:

Clash of Clans - Supercell (iPad)
Clash of Clans - Supercell (iPhone)

Clash of Clans - Supercell

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More information on the Developers Website

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

That Tech Show - The Note II

+Jennifer Ruggiero  got her Note II today so we did a short un-boxing video. We will also have a video with her initial response to the phone as well a review of the Note II after she has used it for a couple of weeks.

Jennifer and I discussing her just unboxed Note 2. Yes, we know the NFC chip is not in the battery. At the time of recording she had just unboxed it and assumed it was like her other Android device.

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iPad mini DROP TEST + WorkMate

In a world-first, Cygnett's Industrial Designer, Shannon Brown, has drop-tested the iPad mini with and without the WorkMate shock-absorbing case.

The heavy-duty WorkMate comprises a two-part construction- a silicone, spark-etched chassis, with interior ridges to disperse point of impact shocks and proud non-slip 'feet'; and a strong polycarbonate shell, with a rubberised coating for an easy-grip, matte finish.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Sharing Menu - Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6

Quick video showing the new sharing menu in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6. Apple introduced a ton of new changes in 10.0.6, the sharing menu is kinda confusing at first. I am so used to it being in my top menu bar but not any longer. Apple introduced an iOS like share icon that can be adjusted to add your most shared services (YouTube, Vimeo, Export etc..).

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