Square, Inc's credit card reader for the iPhone and iPod touch has been getting lots of attention since their site was launched last year, and for good reason. It's still being beta-tested, but when it becomes publicly available, the reader has the potential to allow anyone to accept payment via credit card right from their iPhone. I can see it being used at farmer's markets, garage sales, small businesses; just about everywhere.
I've personally been able to play with the system and it's just as cool as it sounds; plug a little block into your headphone jack, load up the app, and you're ready to accept payment by card. Unfortunately the unit I played with was having some trouble, but Kevin Rose got together with the guys at Square to record a full demo of the unit. Check it out below!
Aliph announced a brand new version of the Jawbone today called the Jawbone ICON. The new headset features an improved version of Aliph's Noise Assassin technology, comes in several different styles and colors, and costs $100. It also has a cool feature called MyApps which lets you customize a button to call 411, perform voice-to-SMS, or even listen and post to Facebook and Twitter. The headset can also read things like caller-ID and battery life to you. To top it off, your iPhone will display the headset's battery life right next to the iPhone's battery life, just like Apple's short-lived bluetooth headset.
It'll show up in Apple Stores soon, but you can get a look now at the Jawbone site.
CES 2010 may have ended on Sunday, but we're still finding lots of cool products from the expo. One of my favorite items shown this year is RCA's Airnergy Charger; a device that collects energy from ambient Wi-Fi signals and turns it into DC power. It can also store the energy in its internal battery for use later, but if you're looking to charge up at a Wi-Fi hotspot, it shouldn't take too long. According to RCA, they were able to fully recharge a BlackBerry from 30% in about 90 minutes. That's not fast, but it's not slow either!
Photos and videos follow after the break!
Wrapping up our meta-coverage of CES 2010, Scosche has announced a new accessory that every iPhone owner should have. It's a retractable dock cable that fits on your keychain called the flipSYNC. It's super tiny and looks just like a standard key fob. I want one!
If you've ever been somewhere and wished that you had an iPhone cable, this is for you. No price or release date yet, but we're guessing it won't be too long. Pics after the break!
Last week we brought you word of a new product at CES called the AirStash. At the time, there really weren't any details available to us except that it would be a portable media server for your iPhone and other wireless devices. Unfortunately we weren't able to attend CES this year, but Engadget did get a chance to check it out.
Essentially the AirStash is an SD card reader with a battery, a web server, and 802.11b/g wireless built-in. The USB port is used for charging and managing data from a computer. Accessing the device on a phone is done in the browser and it supports SDHC cards of up to 32GB. There's still no pricing info, shipping date, or word on battery life, but we'll be sure to update you when if and when we hear more. Lots of images follow below!
If a TiVo, Slingbox, Roku and remote DVR all had a baby, their freakish love-child would be the Monsoon Volcano. It's super-thin and super awesome in that it performs the functions of all of those devices/services: it does time shifting like a TiVo, place shifting like a Slingbox/HAVA, internet video like Roku, and can be controlled remotely like a DVR. Not to mention it's got the looks, too.
You can use it to record TV programs to it's hard drive using your iPhone, as well as stream it to the device for viewing over either Wi-Fi or 3G. It uses a new compression technology that gives you the ability to download 128 hours of video to your phone, and a full-length movie downloads in just minutes. You can watch recorded programs from anywhere, and even surf the web with it to watch YouTube or CinemaNow on your TV.
True to fashion, Griffin showed up to CES with their well-designed buckets filled to the brim with shiny new toys for the CES-goers to ogle, many of them being for the iPhone and iPod touch. They have a new FM reciever, FM transmitter, microphone, chargers, car cradle, and a sport armband.
Still waiting for the day when you can fuel your car on nothing but hydrogen, and it's only exhaust is in the form of water vapor, greatly reducing the collective output of pollution from transportation? Sorry, those aren't economically viable yet. But, thanks to a company by the name of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, you can use hydrogen to fuel your iPhone instead, and that's almost as good, right? No, I'm afraid I'm not kidding.
Have you been wishing for the ability to hook up a keyboard to your iPhone and do away with those annoying touch keys? Well if you have, ION Audio may have a solution for you. It's called the iType and it's a full-sized keyboard that you can hook up to your iPhone using the dock connector. It works just as you'd expect a keyboard to work, with one catch; you have to use the iType app. You see, Apple opened the iPhone's dock connector and Bluetooth to developers with iPhone 3.0, but that access is limited to specific applications, not system-wide drivers. This means that everything you type on the iType keyboard has to be entered with the iType app and then copied out to your other apps.
Pricing and availability of the iType have not been announced, but it does exist and work, per hands-on experiences from several blogs at CES 2010.
Targus is showing off a new product claiming the ability to do away with smudges and fingerprints forever. It's a new screen protector using patent-pending Clear View technology that supposedly makes it completely "fingerprint-resistant." The iPhone 3GS and latest iPod touch were supposed to reduce visible residue from contact with our greasy mitts, but it doesn't totally remove the problem. If this thing is as great as they say it is, it could mean no more ugly glare obstructing, say, Safari while you're reading your favorite iPhone blog on the go.