Whether it’s ring-bound with a brightly coloured canvas cover or covered with industrial-printed cardboard, featuring a vivid elastic strap, Japanese brand MUCU‘s line of artisan-crafted notebooks offer style and substance in a way that’s sure to make a statement.
MUCU’s philosophy is to bring raw materials — canvas, newspaper-grade paper, leather — back into our everyday lives. These raw materials, they say, will endure long-term, and allow their users to continue utilising and enjoying them well past the point an ordinary notebook would begin to deteriorate or be discarded as garbage.
For those of us who love to experience the pleasure of writing on quality paper and storing thoughts in an attractive composition book — but have perhaps grown weary of seeing Moleskines everywhere! — MUCU‘s line is an affordable and interesting alternative. With a variety of styles and sizes available, they are certain to have a product to suit any need — MUCU features everything from faux-leather calendars and day planners (look for 2011 soon; 2010 is sold out!) to small pocket-sized scratch pads bound in cardboard that emits a fun, industrial, eco-friendly vibe. The larger spiral-bound notebooks can be ordered with blank pages, ruled pages, or even grid lines, for all those on-the-go architectural plans you may have.
The MUCU line is reasonably priced, and the hand-crafted items themselves are sure conversation pieces. With a variety of options and features, everyone who’s been in the market for new provider of upscale notebooks should be aware of MUCU’s offerings.
Flipboard is a new app for the iPad that markets itself as a “personalized, social magazine” (flipboard.com). The idea behind Flipboard is to put your social media stream into one place, and make a beautiful, easy-to-use user interface. When you first log in to Flipboard, you connect it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It then aggregates the feeds from your accounts into a magazine-like UI. It is most known for its beautiful interface and the page-turn functionality – a little bit antiquated, but nevertheless well-executed. You cannot directly post to Facebook or twitter form Flipboard, but you can comment on or like material. Flipboard not only pulls in the feeds but it also looks at links in the feeds and gathers other information from the web, to create an overall pleasing experience.
The Apple Magic Trackpad uses the same brilliant Multi-Touch technology as the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and MacBook Pro. It supports natural gestures as you can swipe through web pages as you would a book and even scroll with your fingers up and down the page. With the smooth wear-resistant glass of the Magic Trackpad, you use it just as you would a customary mouse but with added features. With Bluetooth technology, the Magic Trackpad connects to your Mac up to 33 feet so you can surf the web from the comfort of your sofa and have a more organised workspace. At just £59, the Magic Trackpad comes with two AA batteries so it is ready to use right out of the box with your Mac.
Leather is a rugged and beautiful medium to carry and to cover with. Crafted from top grain leather, the TUCH Minimalist sleeves and cases are a wonderful example of a lightweight, sleek and sophisticated case that enhance rather than hide the beauty of the products they carry. The TUCH line is made for the iPhone, iPad and MacBook.
As minimalist products, the one or two piece cases and sleeves are laser cut and assembled by hand with no stitching or glue. They are quite functional cases. The iPhone sleeve doesn’t require removal to charge, change the volume or use the headset jack. There are holes for the speakers as well, so sound is not hindered. The sleeve also holds up to 4 credit cards.
The soft inner lining cradles whatever you’re carrying. TUCH products are made to fit a bit snug in the beginning, but within a week the leather begins to form itself around whatever it’s carrying. The color also begins to age and patina into your unique, tailored piece of work. The Naked products are made of unadulterated veg tanned leather and the aging process is simply beautiful. There is also an Obsidian version that is black through dyed leather. There have been several limited editions as the designer has come across unique leather color and textures.
If you are looking for a beautiful, rugged, sleek and sophisticated carrying case or sleeve for your iPhone, iPad or MacBook, the minimalist leather TUCH products are a reasonably priced option that provides a unique long-lasting protective solution.
The Compass is the newest innovation to aid the consumer‘s use of the new iPad and it’s technology. The Compass is manufactured by TwelveSouth and is a folding easel for the iPad that is as mobile as the iPad users themselves. The stand is made of heavy gauge steel so users can rest assured it will withstand daily uses for a long time to come. While the stand is solid in its design and material it is still versatile. While using the Compass mobile stand you can operate your iPad in either hands free or hands on mode.
The stand allows you to view your iPad in landscape or portrait mode as an easel and folds up to be a little larger than any candy bar. The user is able to slip the Compass into its protective traveling sleeve and toss it in their knapsack, backpack, laptop bag, or purse if they wish. TwelveSouth has hit the nail on the head with this product by offering users the ability to place the Compass in two different modes. One mode made perfect for typing and the other is perfect for iPhoto slideshows and presentations.
If iPad revolutionized the way that education, business and the retail industry as a whole, then the new Compass mobile stand from TwelveSouth has revolutionized our ability to use and manipulate the iPad itself. The stand is a key accessory to purchase for anyone buying or receiving an iPad. It allows the user to make full use of the device while still maintaining its portability and versatility.
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