GroovBoard lap desk for iPad

Big thanks to GroovBoard for sponsoring the site this week. The GroovBoard is a lap desk and stand that turns your iPad into the perfect couch computer. Make yourself comfortable and get some writing done with a real keyboard while the GroovBoard holds your iPad at the perfect angle.

Like to pull up your knees and get really snuggly but still want to use your iPad comfortably? No problem. Want to just relax and read an ebook without having to hold the iPad in your hand? Check. No matter if you want to use your iPad to write, read, draw, paint, make music, play games or watch movies, the GroovBoard will hold on to your iPad, Apple Wireless Keyboard and stylus, so you don’t have to.

Each GroovBoard is beautifully hand-crafted from a selection of fine hardwoods. Models currently come in ash, apple (of course), cherry, plum, oak and walnut and fit a wide variety of interior design styles. Because gadget accessories should also be an accessory for your home.

Special launch offer from July 30 through August 5: Save $10 on all GroovBoard models!

Thanks to Treehouse

Thanks to Treehouse for sponsoring the site this week.

Do you ever wish you could look over the shoulder of your designer/developer heroes and learn from the best? At Treehouse, you can. With a Gold Membership, you get access our entire Projects library. Watch as our crackerjack team take various projects from idea to implementation, then download the source code and get your hands dirty. Finish off by completing quizzes and code challenges and show off what you’ve learned.

Build your own app, launch your own startup, or get that dream gig. At Treehouse, we’re helping you bring your ideas to the light of day. Excuses not included.

Big thanks to BubCap

My thanks to BubCap for sponsoring the site this week. BupCap is a clever and effective way to cover the Home button of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, preventing unwanted presses. There are four variations available: regular, Ultra, Max and Pro. The first three are made of semi-rigid plastic. They’ll resist an accidental (or unwanted) button press from a child, while allowing an adult the activate the button. Think of a teacher in a classroom or a parent.

The BubCap Pro is made of rigid aluminum and can only be activated with a toothpick. It’s difficult to remove by hand. It’s extreme for sure, but perfect for when you absolutely cannot have a user navigating away from a given applicaion. Think museum kiosk, trade show or something similar.

Each model is sold in a 4-pack for $5.99, in addition to an Intro Pack (2 regulars and 2 Ultras) and an Explorer Pack of six (two each regular, Ultra and Max) for $7.99. Finally, the BubCap Pro is available in a two-pack ($9.99) or a 25-pack for mass deployment ($119.99) in black or white.

BubCap Home Button Covers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Big thanks to BubCap Home Button Covers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for being this week’s sponsor. The BubCap is a cover that, when placed over the Home button of your device, prevents it from being pressed. It’s fantastic for trade shows, students, users with special needs and kids. In fact, I recommend the BubCap in my article, “How to child-proof your iPhone.”

Prevent Unwanted Home Key Presses

There are four BubCap models of varying rigidity: regular, Ultra, Max and Pro. The regular, Ultra and Max models are semi-rigid and made of plastic, while the BubCap Pro is rigid and made of aluminum. The plastic models will yield to the firm press of an adult, but most children will not be able to activate the Home button while its in place. Think of how often you’ve given your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to Jr., only to have him navigate away from the initial app and get into something else. This eliminates that issue completely.

Additionally, my wife is a special needs teacher and a BubCap prevents her students from accidentally tapping out of communications apps. Best of all, they remove easily without leaving a residue and are re-usable.

Go Pro

The aluminum BubCap Pro can only be activated with a toothpick and is practically impossible to remove by hand. It’s extreme for sure, but perfect for when you absolutely cannot have a user navigating away from a given applicaion. Think museum kiosk or something similar.

Try It Out

Each model is sold in a 4-pack for $5.99, in addition to an Intro Pack (2 regulars and 2 Ultras) and an Explorer Pack of six (two each regular, Ultra and Max) for $7.99. Finally, the BubCap Pro is available in a two-pack ($9.99) or a 25-pack for mass deployment ($119.99) in black or white.

You’ll find a BubCap iPad photo after the break.

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Chicken Out! is a fun puzzle game for iPhone

Big thanks to Podotree‘s Chicken Out! for iPhone and iPod touch (free) for sponsoring the site this week. I love puzzle games and Chicken Out! had me playing all weekend. Its good looks and simple gameplay make it one of those games you pull out when you’ve got some time to kill.

A Fun Puzzler

You’re presented with a grid and two chickens. Your job is to eliminate all but one by sliding them into each other. Chickens can only side left-to-right and top-to-bottom (no diagonal slides allowed). Plus, each chicken can only be moved once.

The first few rounds are simple but eventually the number of chickens increases and careful planning is required. Play long enough and unlock special chickens like the wrestler who hurls chickens and lands a square ahead of the others. Each has a signature move that clears out the chickens but also adds a unique challenge. Get really good an unlock arcade mode, bombs and more.

Game Center, Sharing

Each of the game’s ten levels features many puzzles to beat, so there’s a good amount of play time available. Game Center is supported, as well as bragging via Facebook and Twitter. For the price of free, you can’t go wrong.

Go Get It!

Download a Chicken Out! and have fun. [1. Plus, your patronage helps keep the pirate ship afloat.] Just don’t blame me if you find yourself humming the song. Click below for more screenshots.

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Thanks to Tango Remote HD

Big thanks to Tango Remote HDfor sponsoring the site this week.

This app is really cool, and lets one iOS device act as a remote control for the music and video on another. I’ve been using it for quite a while and can say it works well.

To get started, connect your iPad, for example, to a stereo or powered speakers with Tango Remote running. Next, launch the app on your iPhone and control the music playback as long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. No more running back and forth. You can even create playlists on the fly with the remote device.

What’s cool is that it works with video on your device, too. Connect an iPad to your HDTV with Apple’s Digital AV Adapter and use the iPhone or iPod touch to control it while enjoying a wired, direct connection between the TV and the iPad.

Tango Remote is available now from the App Store for $4.99. Check it out.

Thanks to Tango Remote HD for iPhone and iPad

Did you receive a new iPad, iPhone or iPod touch over the holiday? If so, check out Tango Remote HD to enhance video and audio playback on your new device. It allows one iOS device to function as a remote for the other. For example, connect your iPhone to a set of powered speakers and use an iPad to control music playback, complete with playlists, artist, album, etc. You can even create playlists on the fly.

Or, connect your iPad to a TV and control video playback with your iPhone or iPod touch. A direct connection means snappy response. I’ve been enjoying this app for a long time and I know you will, too. Go and get it.

Thanks to Tango Remote

Thanks to Tango Remote HD for again sponsoring 52 Tiger this week. This cool app lets you use one iOS device as a remote control for another. I like to connect my iPad to a set of powered speakers and use my iPhone to play its music. I’ve got full control of the music library, including playlists. I can even create new playlists on the fly, right from my iPhone.

What’s even better is that Tango Remote works with video, too. Connect the first device to a TV and start/stop with another. There’s no more online streaming lag as you’ve got a direct connection between the device and your TV, plus no more need to walk across the room.

At $4.99, Tango Remove is a very useful little utility. Go get it.

Thanks to Tango Remote HD

Big thanks to Tango Remote Control Media Player HD for being this week’s sponsor. This fantastic app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch lets you use one iOS device as a wireless remote for media on another. For example, you can connect your iPhone to some powered speakers and use an iPad or iPod touch to play music, skip, jump between playlists or even create new playlists on the fly.

Alternatively, connect the iPad to a TV and use the iPhone to control playback of your videos. No Apple TV required! Tango Remote Control Media Player HD ($4.99) is available in the App Store now.