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Merchant Case + Square Reader for iPhone 5/5s Review

The Merchant Case + Square Reader is a clever way to keep a Square Reader close while simultaneously protecting one’s phone.

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Many, many people who run their own small business are undoubtedly familiar with Square. Or at the very least they have a passing familiarity with it. It’s the sort of thing that’s great for an artist selling their work at a show, or even an entrepreneurial babysitter, but some businesses need a bit more than that.

ShopKeep Mobile is meant to be that little bit more. It’s a cloud-based system that uses Griffin’s Olli hardware to provide business owners with a point of sale system they can carry around in their pocket. Registers can be set up quickly (accepting credit cards and cash), inventory can be tracked, and sales reports can be viewed in real time – plus it’s integrated with QuickBooks. It can search through inventory, manage a customer database, use email receipts, adjust pricing for sales, connect with a printer for more traditional receipts and reports, includes a barcode scanner and a credit card reader/swiper, and can be used offline if necessary. Basically it’s designed to be an alternative to using more typical register setups. Kind of like the Apple Store when you think about it.

ShopKeep Mobile is still in beta but you can register on the site to be kept informed of its progress. Of course there’s also the slightly less mobile ShopKeep POS system for iPads that’s already available if you can’t wait to get started.

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StudioConnect HD is the newest audio toy from Griffin Technology; allowing users to record multiple tracks in HD to both iOS or Mac OS X at the same time. It accommodates microphones, guitars, keyboards, and bases, as well as acting as a charging platform for your iPad. Which iPad? Any of them, really. It comes with both a 30-pin and lightning connector (plus a USB port to connect to your Mac).

The StudioConnect HD will be available from Griffin Technology’s website soon (Fall 2014) for $199.99.

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Compatible With
- Auria (iOS)
- GarageBand (iOS and OS X)
- Logic Pro X (OS X)
- JamUp / BIAS (iOS)

Features
- Two ¼”/XLR combo inputs with individual Gain control, Pad switch, 48v Phantom Power and Signal/Clip LED indicator
- USB MIDI and 5-pin MIDI support
- TRS 1/4” balanced out for monitors
- Dedicated Monitor and Headphones volume controls
- Compatibility with iOS (30 pin & Lightning) and OS X (USB)
- Conveniently holds and charges iPad

Square has been around for a fair bit now; making digital transactions on-the-go and generally allowing small business owners a convenient way to charge customers using nothing but their iPhone and a tiny add-on. The new Merchant Case they’ve created in conjunction with Griffin Technology looks to improve upon that convenience.

Aside from simply securing your phone in a sturdy non-slip case, it will also make toting the reader and using cards even easier. There’s a spot in the corner of the case allows the Square Reader to slip right in without having to take the case off, and a groove along the bottom that allows credit cards to slide through easily and consistently. And once you’re done processing transactions for the day you can simply tuck the Square Reader into a compartment on the back of the case and forget about it until it’s time to use it once more.

The Merchant Case + Square Reader set won’t be shipping for another couple of weeks, but you can preorder it now for $19.99 on Griffin’s website.

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There’s a lot about modern technology that would have made my childhood self ridiculously excited. The ability to play the likes of Streets of Rage in the palm of my hand for one, being able to play 3D games without glasses thanks to a Nintendo 3DS for another – even just the opportunity to call someone from a mobile phone would have seemed pretty futuristic to the 10 year old me. I think this next one is going to take the prize of most amazing, though. Being able to control an indoor helicopter with my iOS device.

That reality is possible thanks to Griffin Technology and their new creation the HELO TC.

The HELO TC is a twin-rotored, indoor helicopter built on a lightweight metal frame with a black polycarbonate body. I’m no engineer, but that sounds pretty stylish to me. The sample images certainly back that thought up.

The helicopter comes with a Flight Deck infrared module which plugs into the iOS device in order to transmit control signals to the helicopter. Two types of flight are then made available. Touch Control uses the display to control the throttle and virtual joystick. Tilt to Steer mode uses the iOS device’s accelerometers thus meaning that users have a more tactile experience. The app can also record and store three Flight Plans so that users can repeat a flight pattern quickly and easily.

The HELO TC is a very neat idea. The helicopter’s built in battery recharges from any USB power source while the Flight Deck module simply needs 4 AAA batteries. It’s simple things like this that means the HELO TC will be a very affordable $49.99 upon its retail release later this year, just in time for the holiday season.

For those who can’t wait, the HELO TC is also available from the Griffin Technology site, although be warned, it’s currently showing as out of stock there.

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nextiphoneThe new iPhone is here, or will be on Friday. We’ve already covered the big bucket of amazing that is the iPhone 3GS and the huge disappointment that is the horrible carrier we are saddled with here in the US. But, let’s get back to the item at hand, our Design the Next iPhone contest.

As you remember our contest was for you, our faithful readers, to pick the features that you thought would be announced on the next iPhone, the one we now know as the iPhone 3GS. We had a great turnout for entries and before we announce the winners, let’s take a look at some of the most popular things people thought we’d see in the iPhone 3GS but won’t.

The most expected feature that wasn’t announced (yet), was multiple colors other than black and white at 34%. Following that closely was wireless syncing and then multitasking for third party apps.

The least picked features overall were the Apple logo used as a flash and wireless charging (ala the Palm Pre).

Contest Results

A big huge thanks to Griffin Technology for sponsoring our contest. They donated over $200 in great products to use as prizes for this contest.

The first place winner of our contest was John Clayton from Illinois. He’ll be getting a great prize pack from Griffin Technology including a PowerDock4, TuneBuds Mobile, and iTrip AutoPilot.

Second place was won by Shivi Aiyar from California. His prize pack from Griffin Technology includes a Clarifi 3G case, and an AirCurve iPhone stand.

And third place winner got a $15 iTunes gift card. The winner was Raul Escutia.

nextiphoneI think we’re all expecting (and hoping) a new iPhone will be announced at the keynote presentation at WWDC in a few weeks. But the rumors as to what features that iPhone will have are all over the place.

Starting today and through the morning of the keynote, we invite you to guess what the features of the next iPhone will be. The three people with the top scores overall will win some great prizes from Griffin Technology with a total retail value of over $250!

Here’s how the contest will work. We’ve gathered a bunch of the rumors we’ve heard and read about the new iPhone and put them in a pick list and assigned points to each based on how unlikely we think each feature is. To enter the contest, you guess which ones are correct. You will get points for each correct feature you guess and lose the points listed for each incorrect feature you choose.

Read on for the full list of prizes and more on how to enter.


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