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iPhone Lightening Cables from Eastern Collective

Ok just a quick post from me! 

An annoying fact about being an iPhone and iPad owner are the Lightening Cables, they are a bit crap!  They improved slightly with the new design but still are not brilliant quality, break easily and are to short for my liking! 

I was very pleased when Matt from the Eastern Collective sent me a nice care package of 4 new Lightening cables!  One big problem in the Geek household is that we all are Apple lovers, but they all like to borrow my cable and then deny doing so!   I also seem to eat Lightening Cables, the plastic seems to deteriorate and crack exposing the inner wiring or break near the end that connects to the phone! 

Now when I first opened the package from the Eastern Collective I was excited (I'm a geek, these things excite me), the colours are very vivid and well different! I know which cables are mine easily now and can also tell which little thief has "borrowed" them in the Geek House! 

Another massive bonus for me is the length, I have USB Ports under my desk and the original cable is just long enough for the phone to charge but can't use it without disconnecting! This is no longer the case thanks to the Eastern Collective cables being 1.5m! 

If you are in the market for some new cables I certainly recommend these!  As they are similar priced to the original Apple lightening cables, have seen them on Amazon for £18 or you can order direct form the Eastern Collective site for $25.95, as well as the great price they are certainly more robust that the plastic Apple ones as they are made form an excellent woven nylon! 

Disclaimer: Eastern Collective sent me these for free but no obligation for me to talk about them! 

Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard

Every now and then I get the opportunity to review some tech!  The lovely folk at Logitech sent me an Ultrathin Keyboard for my iPad Mini!

I have to admit I was not expecting much, for my old iPad 2 I used to have a keyboard it was reasonably bulky and in the end I stopped carrying it around!  One reason I love my iPad mini is that it is so small and lightweight, I was there fore hesitant about a keyboard for it! 

When I got around to unboxing the keyboard I was amazed at how light it was! I was also concerned that being this light it might break easily!   I shouldn't have worried.  I have been using the keyboard now for about a month and it has become one of my valuable work tools.  

A few weeks ago my MacBook blew up and was out of action for 3 days, so I turned to the iPad and Logitech Ultrathin keyboard and it worked brilliantly.  I also use it a fair amount for work! 

I am not lucky enough to have a work iPad or a light laptop, but I can access the system through my personal iPad so when needed I have been using this keyboard with no problems at all!

One thing that does need mentioning is the Keyboard, I have yet to charge it! The packaging does say that its battery will last for 3 months and a fully belief that.

Overall this is an amazing product, if you are in the market for a keyboard for your iPad Mini then you can't go far wrong than this one.

I have made a short video so you can see what it looks like! 

A nice little app: Mail to Self iOS8 extension app

A load of you iPhone users have updated your phone to iOS8 and no doubt no about the enhancements this has given your device such as custom keyboards and notification widgets! But another enhancement to the iOS is the sharing extensions which enable users to share content between multiple apps.

Source: Extra Thought

Source: Extra Thought

I have started using a new app, which uses this extension in a very cool but simple way.  The app is called Mail to Self, the app create an extension that enables you to send a link to your email with the touch of a single button.

I use this feature often, once you have set up the app it very easy to use.  You just tap the "Mail to Self' icon from Safari's share menu to send a link to any page that you are viewing to yourself.

There are other functions within the main app itself such as emailing any link copied to your clipboard to yourself.

Again a very simple app but one that will save you time! The app extension also works with Tumblr, Amazon and any other app that uses the iOS' native share menu.  It is not extensive for making reminders but for the times when you want to send yourself a quick reminder of a page you are viewing etc it is ideal!