Technology

  • Story Leather Showcase: Minuum Keyboard

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a while since we really took a look at a new an innovative app or piece of technology. Well with the recent IO 2014 conference we're happy to show off Minuum. I do understand that it's been out for a while, but when I saw a picture of the Moto360 with the minuum keyboard and I couldn't resist talking about it!

     

    A little back story from the Minuum About Us Section,

    Minuum was developed as a University of Toronto research project: Invent a better way of typing on touchscreen mobile phones without looking. This encouraged us to investigate various device tilting techniques relying on user motion—which we understood to be useful in the field of wearable technology. The Minuum virtual keyboard for touchscreens is simply one extension of this approach. Our original research also led to the development of the disambiguation algorithm, a new alphabet layout, and exciting results based on user studies with various device tilting techniques: We found that people could type at tremendous speeds, using carefully designed audio feedback, without any visual feedback or looking at their phones.

    This is just a snippet of what's on their website so for more please visit http://minuum.com/

    After a week of using the keyboard I'd have to say it's functioned a lot better than I would have anticipated. I had my reservations on how the minimal typing space would work, as I do have larger fingers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive and intuitive the auto correct is. Hat's off to the person(s) who programmed Minuum because it managed to get Leather Phone Case from ldzfbsr phkje rqsc. In my mind what I typed and what I wanted to find we not even close, but they did it.

    Another perk is that I really enjoy the ability of also using a full sized keyboard along with the minimized one. There are certainly situations where I would prefer one over another.

    Pros: The design of Minuum is very clever, uses the layout of the the traditional qwerty keyboard and condenses if in a very usable fashion.

    "Auto Correct" function. The whole keyboard itself should pride itself on the correction feature it has. How it can take a jumble of letters and find the right word 99% of the time is nothing short of awesome.

    Let's not forget the screen availability now that the keyboard is almost non existent.

    Cons: Although intuitive for the person who uses a keyboard on a daily basis, for an average user the learning curve might not be as high, but the expandable keyboard was available for a reason.

    My last con, which is a bit trivial, is that that condensed keyboard is a bit too small to where I'm unable to make out the lettering at time. Again trivial problem at best.

    Overall I'd say this is an amazing keyboard that will definitely be very useful for new tech creations down the road. In fact Minuum just released a fun little video on how it works with Google Glass:

     

     

    Minuum is available for Android and iOS right now; you can even try it out free for 30 days.

    For more info on Minuum you can visit their site at http://minuum.com/ or you can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: iPhone 6 is almost here!

    Posted on July 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    With August around the corner we know that iPhone 6 is getting ready for release and we wanted to just let everyone know that we'll be working extra hard to get out the new case designs for the iPhone 6. In addition to getting the iPhone 6 designs out we're hoping to introduce a brand new addition to our website as well.

    Check the following link once the iPhone 6 has released for the new stock items that we will be adding in! http://www.storyleather.com/in-stock-items/apple-iphone-6.html

    As for that surprise, you'll have to wait and see, just follow our facebook and twitter for any new updates in the following weeks and month.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumors

    Posted on July 12, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    2014 has been a pretty big year for the smart phone; Samsung S5, HTC One M8, Experia Z2, the soon to be released iPhone 6, and even one that was designed by the community called One+. Well it seems that news is buzzing around a September/October  announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA Berlin. Why does that date sound funny though...well it's the same (speculated)  date that the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 will launch. Aside from the release/announcement date the really fun rumors are in the design of the phone itself.

     

    The first a foremost interesting rumor is the addition of a curved screen. Now my first thought, as most might have, is the curved screen that we saw on the LG G Flex, but this is not the case. Here's a picture from Tech Radar to show what this might look like.

     

    Of course this is a concept photo (again could be real/fake), but the unique part of this is that the screen curves to the edge and it looks like it would be used as a mini display. What's really amazing about this change is that this would allow for a full faced screen for the primary display. Tech Radar also mentioned that the price might come to about $800, which I hope isn't true. There are more rumors, but this one seemed to stand out above the rest. To find out more you can visit Techrader.com.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    *All information and photos were provided by www.techradar.com 

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  • Story Leather: Custom Medical Device cases/Insulin Pump and Glucose Monitor

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Story Leather, most come to use for Wallets, purses, cellphone cases...but we don't just make cases for these items alone. Lately we've gotten quests to make cases that would accompany a medical device, specifically glucose monitors and insulin pumps. So far we've had the devices that commonly pop up: IBGStar and Dexcom. Each of these devices have a specific function but the common problem is finding something to house the item. So in order I'll give a quick overview of the cases that were built for each one!

    The first device is simple, IBGStar uses the apple Port to add on a very unique devices that works with a test strip to monitor you blood sugar levels. As such its a fairly simple design to incorporate to our own design. The added request from our customer was to have an added zipper pouch to keep some test strips and the pin so they could have everything on hand.

     

    The second device is the Dexcom glucose monitor. It works like the first, but the device has to be near the sensor which is attached to your body. The case that was built here we're actually based one two designs, a Double Decker and a Zaza. The Zaza was built as a stand alone case for the Dexcom G4 and was was built to keep the device right on the belt for ease of access. The Double Decker Design was built because they wanted to have the device near their phone for ease of access.

     

     

    The last device which we didn't mention, but we thought we would be safety would be the Minimed 530G. We did a bit of research on this and the only problem with be the our magnet closure. We read that the device shouldn't be near a magnet as it might disrupt the gear pumps. So if you were looking to have a case built for the Minimed then we would high suggest a non magnetic closure.

    That being said this device was a bit more unique because it's an insulin pump. The challenge would be the wiring and the tubing for the device. Ironically it wasn't bad as our pouch/holster cases have a small space at the top and bottom of the sides, enough to fit the tubing through.

     

    To our knowledge these three are the only devices we've built cases for, but that doesn't mean we haven't built it for any other device. If there is another device that you want to have a case built for just give us a call at 1(800) 539-1688 or send us an email at support@storyleather.com.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather App Review: Centrallo

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Centrallo, first word that intuitively comes to mind is central and that is the best way to describe this app; Centralizing your life. There are other apps out there like Evernote, Dropbox, and even Google Drive. All these apps aim at having a cloud platform where information can be stored and accessed and then modified, but that means having to use all three apps to get all the unique functions. Well that's where Centrallo comes in, the app that takes the best of the 3 and combines it into an easily navigable interface.

     

     

    Before I get started I do want to layout that I'm not doing a side by side comparison of Centrallo to Dropbox, Evernote, etc. Each of these apps are different in their own universe so comparing them is like comparing apples to oranges as it were.

    At a glance Centrallo has a very clean user interface. All the options are on the left and easily within view. In addition the speed isn't bad, it a very quick to load and doesn't seem to be bogged down when going from one tab to another. Another mention about the interface is that you have a choice between a black a white background; although a minor detail it's nice to have a preference as it's much easier for me to read on a black background. going back to usability, as I mentioned before, it looks very intuitive. the way that the interface it laid out makes for a very easy learning curve.

     

     

    Moving on to some of the other features we have the ability to create lists. This is different in that these lists are infinite in how many you can make and store within each other. To illustrate that I've created a list which also contains a list and that list also has a list (listception). The great part of these feature is how easy it is to make these lists and prioritize them. Simple click on the C+, name it, and you're done. To put another list inside of it you simply drag one list into another and voila list in a list.

     

     

    Lastly is the prioritization, if you worried about misplacing an item and not being bale to find it, well simply flag it as important (the icon marked "!!!" and go to the priority tab (also marked "!!!") to find it.

     

    There are other features included in Centrallo, but these items are similar across other platforms so I chose to highlight the key features that make Centrallo stand out.

    Here are my final thoughts:

    Pros: It's has a quick learning curve and the functions are intuitive. The design is simplistic and allows for the easy learning curve. It runs very smoothly and I can't stress how much I like that the toolbar on the left is always visible. It makes navigation that much faster and simpler.

    Cons: One "con" might be that I was hoping to to use this item as a browser based system. A stand alone program would be great. Who's to say that won't be added in later, only time will tell. Not a con, but more so a suggestion would be that having a dedicated image gallery would be great for image storage and thus eliminating the need to use drop box. I mean even adding in a storage area for documents would be amazing as well.

    There were a few other items that I didn't see, but they wouldn't be cons as this app is in its early stages.

    Final Thought(s): I think that if you looking for an app to help keep you organized with a clean look and quick learning curve then Centrallo is great. It's free and is available on iOS and Android so there's no seclusion. I can't wait to see what else they add into Centrallo!

    Don't forget to check out their website at http://centrallo.com/ and Twitter at @lifecentralized for any updates.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Iphone 6 Rumors?

    Posted on February 18, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well.

    For today's article I thought I'd share some Iphone (6) news. The article I'm referencing was published by Digital Trends (DT) on Feb 7th, 2014, but it seems to be one of fair speculation/fact. I will link the article HERE, but I will go into some of the details in which they are speculating on.

    (Please note that these photos are concept photos and they are provided by Digital Trends)

    The first rumor we can probably put to rest is the name. They mentioned that given the past history we can safely assume it will be iPhone 6, I'm putting my money there as well, but who's to say that they can't change it up.

    This next rumor is one that caught my attention, sapphire screens. from what I know do know about sapphire screens they are a little pricey, but they are extremely durable when compared to any other materials used for smart phone screens, they have a video showing just how awesome these screens are. Digital Trends (DT) noted that Apple and GT Advanced have a contract that could place sapphire screens on the new phone; in addition, the quantity involved would help lower the cost of sapphire overall. To further place this as fact rather than fiction, Apple's new Facility in Arizona is set to create more jobs and create new components, probably the new sapphire screens?

    I don't want to get hung up on talking about the screen, but DT brought up the possibility of having solar charging capability added on to the superman like screen. Real or not I think that's something that's worth mentioning.

    One rumor that has circulated is the possibility of a bigger screen size. Here is the concept art associated with this possible claim.

    I don't know how other users will perceive it, but some actually like that the iPhone sizes haven't changed over the years while others would prefer a larger screen. I'm not on one side or the other, but a bigger screen that uses a near indestructible screen with possibility of solar charging...I'll take it. (even without the solar charging).

    To get more details on this article please refer to this LINK that will take you to the original article posted by DT. I only highlighted some of the rumors, big ones though. Of course we'll have to wait for any official information till around may or June, so until then it's all smoke and mirrors (still fun to think about though).

    For all our other stories plus much more visit our website at www.storyleather.com or check out our Facebook and Twitter for more info.

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    (all photos and information were provided by Digital Trends)


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  • Showcase: Google Wallet

    Posted on February 5, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from Story Leather, I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

    Some of you remember that we talked a bit about Coin and their new take on the credit card. This time we figured we'd look at Google Wallet! We know that Google Wallet has been out for a while now, but I finally got around to ordering the card and downloading that app; so lets take a look.

     

    (Image provided by Android Guys)

    Google Wallet, for the most part, uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to do most transactions; however, Google has also provided the option for you to order a Google Wallet card and its free. This card compliments the app because not many places will have a machine that can readily use the NFC tech aside from some fast food chains and convenience stores. I wanted to note that the Google card won't work as a substitute for your debit card, in fact the Google card is linked to your Google Wallet, I will explain that feature a bit more when we go into the features and benefits. With the basics aside lets dive into all the features that make Google Wallet so unique.

     

     

    One of the first features we wanted to talk about is that Google Wallet can store multiple credit and debits cards on the app for easy access. The one drawback is that your stored cards can only be used with an NFC terminal, which most places have yet to adopt. Places that I have seen with NFC capability are fast food restaurants and most convenience stores which make things a bit faster and convenient.

    Another feature of Google Wallet is the debit card and the Google wallet account. Google wallet has it's own separate account aside from your stored credit and debit cards and you're able to transfer funds into to use on a daily basis. What's unique is that Google gives the option to have a debit card that is linked to your Wallet. This comes in handy in places that don't have an NFC terminal.

    One great benefit to using Google Wallet over your traditional card is that you're able to control you're spending. I find myself eating out quite a lot and I never really know how much I spend until its too late. Luckily with Google Wallet I just give myself a month or weekly allowance and once I use it up then that's it for the time being. It's a really helpful tool for those trying to save up as well. One would just deposit money into the Wallet account and let is accumulate until you hit your target.

     

     

     

     

    One last feature we wanted to show off, because there're are way to many to go through in one round, are the offers you can get from using Google Wallet. In the app there's a section that lists special offers for food, clothing, and many other services. This includes special deals or discounts that are redeemable upon check out. This eliminates the need to carry around coupon clippings or printed email offers! This helps me quite a bit because I am able to search for any offers in my area instead of clipping coupons and going to one specific place.

    Overall Google Wallet is an amazing app that makes saving, paying and shopping much easier; as it says on the website; "Shop, Save, and Pay with your Phone." I don't think it gets much simpler than that.

     

     

    For more info on Google Wallet you can visit their website, www.google.com/wallet, or if you have a question you can visit their FAQ and see if someone already asked it for you. I hope everyone enjoyed this mini review of the Google Wallet and for more stories please visit our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

    I hope everyone has a great week and I'll be finding other cool stuff to show you soon!
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  • Showcase: Typo Keyboard

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from all of us at Story Leather, we hope this week is shaping up very nicely everyone.

    Today I thought I might talk about something that I think is pretty cool, the Typo Keyboard. Over the past month we've received a lot of orders asking that we make a phone case holster that can hold the Typo Keyboard, so one of our guys thought; "wow that's quite a few orders, we should check it out". Of course by the time I checked it out the pre-orders were sold out, so I'm in line as it were, but I thought I'd take a look and highlight some of the key features of the Typo Keyboard. Before I get into my thoughts, here is a video from Typo that gives a quick glimpse of their product.

    TYPO PRODUCTS - iPhone Keyboard Case from Typo on Vimeo.

     One of the first things I immediately liked was the design. From seeing the video and pictures it doesn't add much to the bulk. Another highlight of the design is that it gives back the full view of the screen. I've seen other keyboard attachments in the past, but it requires that the keyboard be placed right over the digital keyboard. Pretty sure that defeats the purpose of using a keyboard that will always take up half the screen. With Typo, it allows for a full view of the screen while the device is attached; I think that's pretty unique. Overall, the keyboard keeps the slim sleek design that iPhone users have come to appreciate while keeping the product functionality.

    (Image provided by whatsupmarkets.com)

    A second feature that was worth mentioning is the dedicated battery they built into the Typo. I originally thought that it would use the iPhone's battery, but Typo has an independent battery pack to keep from draining the phones battery. From the FAQ, they have said that the keyboard would require charging every 7-14 days depending on use, not shabby since texting takes up a majority of my time as it is. Included in the package of course are all the USB charging cables and because it uses a standard micro USB charging cable you won't have to fret if you happen to misplace that cable.

    (Image provided by theverge.com)

    One last detail I wanted to highlight is that the backlight on the keyboard. I know that doesn't seem like it should be something to get excited over, but it's one of those details that when overlooked becomes a problem. So I for one am glad that this detail was not overlooked.

    In summary, Typo Keyboard looks like to does everything as promised: provides a platform for faster typing, minimizes typing errors, simplistic design that doesn't add bulk, allows full use of the screen, dedicated battery, and a backlit keyboard. These are just some of the details I was able to glean on from other sources. I'm hoping that once I get my hands on one I can get a better look and feel as to how the Typo Keyboard works.

    (Image provided by digitaltrends.com)

    This is just one person's view of the Typo, of course others have been able to get their hands on it, like pcmag.com. Once the new pre-orders are available then I'll have to make sure that I get in line for one. As of now the current price listing for a Typo Keyboard is $99 and current pre-orders are sold out. For more info on their product you can visit their website.

    Thank you for taking some time to look at Typo and we will be bring you more gadget reviews soon!

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    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Promotion and was tagged with Apple, iPhone, BlackBerry, smart phone, phone case, leather, Facebook, leather case, iPhone 5, custom case, iPhone 5S

  • Story Leather Innovation Review

    Posted on January 9, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from everyone here at Story Leather. We hope that everyone had a fun and safe New Years following Christmas.

    In keeping with the New Year we wanted add something new to our blog, our very first innovation review. This is where we will try to find something new that is an upcoming invention and give you some of our thoughts on the product. Or it could be something that's already out and it hasn't caught our eye yet.

    This week we wanted to look at Coin, a new way to integrate all your credit cards into one. Here's a video that they recently released detailing Coin and its many features and benefits.

    From what they've shown us on the video it seems like this could solve a lot of issues with giant wallets bursting due to the amount of credit cards or other nick knacks that we have. This also helps with those using wallet phone cases with only one or two slots. Although the Coin card itself can only store 8 cards at a time, the app itself is said to store an unlimited amount of cards ranging from credit, debit, gift, and even reward cards.

    This is an closer look at the Coin. As you can see its the same size as a credit card and it has a display window to show the current card in use.

    Of course there are plenty of other questions people might have about Coin which can be found on their Q & A, but we thought we could address the more pertinent ones. One of the big that we had, and many other might have had, is about their security. On a very simple basis the Coin card uses a blue tooth emitter that pairs itself with your mobile device. Should you go to far it will send an alert to your phone and disable certain functions of the card as well. In the event that it is stolen or if the card is away from your mobile device for too long the card will automatically be disabled, the timing can be adjusted. What if you lose your phone you ask, well its actually paired to the account and not the phone so all you would have to do is get the app and sign into your account.

    We can honestly go on and on about how amazing this product is and we can ask just as many questions, but the last one might have to be about the battery life. They've said that the coin itself is the same size as a credit card with a battery life of 2 years! pretty impressive when you consider how thin that battery must be. The one major drawback is that because of the design and size you would have to buy a new coin when the current on runs out of battery, but we think that 2 years is pretty impressive considering you are issued a new card every 3.

    Overall this product could be something that helps the wallet clutter situation. As of this moment the coin is open for pre-order for early adopters at $50. The normal price estimated for Coin is $100. If you want to get a closer look at Coin then visit their website to learn more. You can also take a look at Gizmodo's review as well.

    As a reminder, we wanted to let everyone know that with every custom order we will include a handcrafted leather keychain pouch. We want to thank you for being a part of our first Innovation review and as always Tell Us Your Story.

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  • Jumping on the E-Reader Wagon

    Posted on December 19, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    Do you currently have an e-reader? There seems to be 2 camps of bibliophiles out there: those who loathe e-readers and only want to purchase real paper books, and those who swear by their e-reader. But as time goes by, those in the "real paper book" camp seem to be slowly changing their tune. Sales of e-readers and e-books have grown exponentially, and are expected to continue to do so.

    If you haven't jumped on the e-reader wagon yet, we've listed a few of the options below. But the real question is, why should you? For many, e-readers are more cost efficient (e-books tend to be cheaper than paper books, and go on sale more often). But e-readers can also be more convenient. Instead of packing 5 paper books for your vacation and pushing your checked bag over it's weight limit, you can slip an e-reader in your carry-on and bring thousands of titles with you. And with the newer readers, you can read comfortably in the dark without straining your eyes, making it so much easier to finish that page-turner without disrupting your partner with a bedside lamp.

    Our favorite e-readers are:

    Kindle Paperwhite - Amazon's second generation Paperwhite is a step up from the standard Kindle but is still solely an e-reader (unlike the Kindle Fire). The lighting is amazing, the pages flip quickly, and the battery lasts for weeks. It's available with wi-fi or 3G, and with or without special offers. The cheapest Paperwhite is $119 - you must connect to wi-fi to download books and you will see special offers on your screen, but these offers will not disrupt your reading experience. The most expensive is $209 and comes with Amazon's 3G service (no monthly fee) and no special offers.

    Nook GlowLight - Barnes and Noble's e-reader isn't quite as popular as Amazon's, though this was the first e-reader on the market with built-in lighting. The Nook is lighter than the Kindle, and has more available storage as well. The Nook is a tad slower than the Kindle though, so keep that in mind if you're a speed reader. There are no options for the GlowLight - one will set you back $119. No worrying about special offers or 3G. This is just a standard e-reader. Barnes and Noble is keeping it simple.

    Kobu Glo - This e-reader is the only real competition for the Kindle and Nook, as far as strictly e-readers go. The Glo is lightweight, Wi-Fi enabled, allows for expanded memory (like the Nook used to) and is compatible with EPUB files (most e-readers are not). However, the book selection is much smaller than Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and third-party purchases or loans require tethering to a PC. Not to mention the Glo is a little more costly than the other two at $129.99. However, the Glo is available in multiple colors. So if that's something you care about, Glo is the way to go

    Of course, there are a wide variety of tablets that support Kindle and Nook apps, as well as other e-book apps. But if you're looking for a no-nonsense e-reader, these are your best options. Which one do you prefer?


    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Amazon, Kindle, E-reader, kindle Paperwhite, nook, nook glowlight, kobu Glo, Barnes and Noble

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