Monthly Archives: March 2013

  1. Kindle Fire vs iPad Mini for Reading

    Kindle Fire vs iPad Mini for Reading

    It used to be that you only had a few choices when it came to choosing an e-reader. With media technology crossing platforms, however, more consumers are using their e-readers for browsing the Internet and using their tablets for reading digital books.
     
    If you're trying to choose between the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini for reading, here are some of the pros and cons of each tablet.
     

    Screen Size

     
    Let's take a look at screen size first. The Kindle Fire HD is available in two screen sizes: 7 inch and 8.9 inch, which gives you a choice depending on how compact you want the device to be or how large you want the reading area to be.
     
    The iPad Mini is available with a 7.9 inch screen size—a happy medium between the two Kindle Fire models.
     
    The choice here depends mostly on your preferences. Would you rather have a smaller device with less room on the screen or a larger device with more screen space?
     

    Resolution

     
    Although the the iPad Mini boasts high quality color reproduction and wide viewing angles, it can't compare to the Kindle Fire HD when it comes to reading. The 1920x1200-pixel resolution on the Fire displays vibrant, highly contrasted text and videos for an unsurpassed media experience. The iPad Mini, on the other hand, can feel a bit blurry in comparison when it comes to text, pictures, and videos.
     

    Accessories

     
    Both the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini come with plenty of options for decking out your tablet with accessories. We recommend starting off with a case for Kindle Fire or an iPad Mini case if you're an avid reader. The book case for Kindle Fire and iPad Mini adds a touch of nostalgia to your reading experience.
     

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  2. Gift Ideas for iPhone 5

    Gift Ideas for iPhone 5

    Buying a gift for someone—even someone you know really well—can be tough. Fortunately, if they're an iPhone 5 owner, you've got plenty of options for buying a gift that's both practical and personal. There's an iPhone 5 accessory for everyone—even your aunt with the crazy cats.
     

    1. iPhone 5 Case

     
    The most basic iPhone 5 accessory is a protective case. Once you scratch or drop your iPhone, there's no going back. Make sure that doesn't happen by protecting your phone with a case, such as the Little Black Book iPhone 5 case from PQ.
     
    Besides shielding your phone from drops, nicks, and scratches, a iPhone 5 book case also offers theft protection, since it looks just like a moleskine notebook rather than an expensive iPhone. Throw in a Zagg screen protector for even more protection.
     

    2. Gloves

     
    If you live in a cold climate, you know how fast your fingers go numb when you're trying to text outdoors. A warm and cozy pair of touchscreen-friendly gloves can fix that problem.
     
    Choose a pair that's stylish and fits well. Some touchscreen gloves cover your fingers completely, while others include holes or tiny slits so that you can still use your fingers to type or navigate the screen.
     

    3. Speaker Dock

     
    If you're buying for a music lover, a speaker dock is one of the best gift options you'll find. Some of these speaker docks also double as an alarm clock and a charging station. You can spend anywhere from $30 for cheap speakers (if you're not picky on quality) up to hundreds for a speaker dock with professional quality sound or wireless capability.
     

    4. Camera Lens

     
    While the iPhone 5 has a powerful camera already

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  3. Best iPod Accessories

    Best iPod Accessories

    Got an iPod? Once you've filled it with your favorite music and podcasts, it's time to think about making it more user-friendly with a few well-chosen iPod accessories. The best iPod accessories are ones that focus on powerful acoustics and making your iPod as portable and protected as possible.
     

    Headphones

     
    The first iPod accessory on our list is all about the sound. The better the acoustics, the more you'll enjoy jamming to the playlists on your iPod.
     
    Two of our favorite headphones are the Thinksound In-Ear Monitor MS01 and the Earjax Moxy Earbuds. The Thinksound earbuds are made with real wood in order to create a natural resonance that you just can't get from cheap plastic earbuds. The acoustics on these earbuds are so good that the New York Post claimed, "There is no distortion on the Ms01s. None."
     
    The Earjax Moxy earbuds are affordably priced without sacrificing quality sound. Onheadphones.com was so impressed with these earbuds that they said, "Still trying to find something bad to say about the product. That should say it all." We think it does.
     

    iPod Case

     
    As small as your iPod is, it's easy to drop. With an iPod case from PQ, you won't have to worry about accidents like that. The front and back protection of PQ's iPod case prevents scratches, dings, and other damage. It also disguises your iPod, providing theft protection without the cost of insurance.
     

    Zagg InvisibleSHIELD Screen Protector

     
    Once your screen gets scratched, there's no going back. Fortunately, with a Zagg screen protector, you can prevent that from happening.

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  4. 19th Century Romantic

    19th Century Romantic

    As a small business owner I am constantly adapting to market shifts and technology advancements.  For a nineteenth century romantic, this can be daunting.  But, I do peruse the tech blogs and fight the zombie stare when Mr. PQ is explaining things to me, just managing to cling to the tail of a rapidly advancing society.  I love  iPad mini, and my iPhone 5, even more as it’s encased in a PQ Little Pocket Book.  That being said, I use a sand timer for my tea, hike with a compass and generally run gadget free.  There is value in remembering life before technology, in most cases.

     

     

    Earlier this week a parcel arrived from our new merchant service provider.  As I extracted the contents I showcased each new item for Will and Karl (Operations and Customer Service)  A new iOS credit card scanner, (“sweet”, Will and Karl) new software to install (“awesome” Will and Karl), and a stack of carbon duplicate sheets for credit card transactions.  Cue the blank stares and crickets.  I don’t necessarily like being old enough to remember the days of hand cranking a credit card receipt, or worse yet, hand writing the entries, but the boys perplexity was priceless.  Karl had a faint memory of having seen one in a hipster vinyl store, Will was still trying to imagine how those carbon sheets sales would hit his inventory software in the cloud.  Meanwhile I was busy reminiscing about the good old days when a transaction could be penciled rubbed onto a paper, mailed to a bank, debited from an account and some 10-14 days later a check would arrive back to the merchant.

     

     

    As our dear Uncle Mel once said when he learned that transactions are not hand written anymore "Damn, it’s just like printing money"(true story).  Not quite Uncle Mel

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  5. Accessories for the iPad Mini

    Accessories for the iPad Mini

    When the iPhone is too small and the iPad is too big, reach for the iPad Mini. It's just the right size for browsing the web, responding to emails, and stashing in your purse or backpack for a lightweight mobile device.
     
    The first order of business when you get your new iPad Mini is to configure the settings and install your favorite apps. After that, it's time to accessorize. Here are some of our favorite accessories to get you started.
     

    Zagg InvisibleSHIELD

     
    Your iPad Mini is in pristine shape when you unbox it. How do you keep it that way? By adding the protection of a screen protector and a case for the iPad Mini. The Zagg InvisibleSHIELD screen protector keeps your device clean and new. It's made from the same material used by the military to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt, and debris.
     
    Need to remove it? Not a problem. The Zagg screen protector peels off without leaving any sticky residue behind.
    [caption width="300" align="alignnone"]iPad mini screen protector Use a screen protector to prevent scratches.[/caption]
     

    Case for iPad Mini

     
    The second way to keep your device looking like new is to protect it with an iPad Mini case. Besides protecting your mobile device from scratches and wear, it also provides drop protection for moments when you get a little clumsy.
     
    Using a protective case means that you don't have to be paranoid about carrying your iPad Mini in a purse or backpack. You don't have to worry about your dog scratching the case or your cat knocking it off the coffee table. The peace of mind an iPad Mini case brings is more than worth a few extra

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