If you're like me, you regularly struggle to figure out which files you can and can't load onto your iPhone because it's just so darn small. But as they say, "there's an app for that," or in this case "there's a chunky-looking USB thingy for that."
The AirStash is a wireless media server that looks like an oversized USB drive with a power button on the top and an SD slot on the back. The USB end is presumably used to charge the device and the power button turns it on when you're ready to use it. The info stored on the SD card can then be wirelessly accessed on your iPhone or shared with your friends. They bill it as a "pocketable wireless media server," so we assume it'll be targeted at storing stuff like movies and TV shows — exactly the kind of stuff that takes up space on your iPhone in the first place.
For anyone who's ever lost their iPhone and then proceeded to pick up the landline and dial the handset number over and over again, hunting down the faint ringing emanating from the couch cushions, the guys at ZOMM will be releasing something you might like.
The ZOMM functions as a keyring that both supports Bluetooth and tethers wirelessly to your iPhone. In cases where you leave the handset or the ZOMM itself behind, the unit will begin to blink, buzz and chime. Other features include the ZOMM alerting you to incoming calls and allowing you to take them through the ZOMM like a disconnected speakerphone.
With the Consumer Electronics Show on the horizon, accessory manufacturer L5 Technology has stated that it will be using the event to debut the L5 Remote (complete with a free application), a device that gives your iPhone or iPod touch universal remote control access functionality.
Software developer Mophie announced its intention to enter the mobile payment market on Thursday by unveiling details of a credit card reader peripheral for the iPhone. When released, the device will allow users "complete financial transactions on the go."
The device will ship with a companion iPhone application to handle the payment and, unlike some current peripherals, is designed to remain attached to the iPhone for long periods of time, resting flush with the iPhone's casing.
The Consumer Electronics Association announced over the weekend that they've created an iPhone app for all you folks trekking out to Las Vegas next month for the Consumer Electronics Show. Oddly enough they told us not to share this with everyone, but it's very obviously in the App Store so we can't think of a reason not to. 2010 International CES [App Store, Free] allows you to view the many CES events, plan out your schedule for the week, and see a map of the various exhibit halls.
If you're headed out to CES, we definitely recommend loading this one on your iPhone before you arrive. There's no way AT&T's network is gonna hold.
The Wall Street Journal has confirmation from Gary Shapiro, the head of CES, that Apple will be officially present and showing in 2010. Shapiro has attempted to contact Steve Jobs to ask him to do a keynote at the event, but Apple has yet to respond. Update: The Wall Street Journal has retracted its statement that Apple will attend CES. There has been no confirmation so far. CES takes place in Las Vegas, January 7-10.