Mobile satellite communication company, Thuraya will be introducing this April a new product called the SatSleeve that will easily transform your iPhone into a satellite phone allowing you to be able to make phone calls and send SMS messages around the world.

The new phone case has a couple of features including an extra battery built in to charge your phone and give it more talk time in the field as well as a built in emergency button that will make an automatic call to a pre-programmed number.

Right now the SatSleeve will only transmit voice and SMS but look for a version to be released in the third quarter of this year that will also transmit data turning your iPhone into a truly global smart phone. Just think how fun it will be to be able to get work emails throughout your entire canoe trip vacation in Northern Canada.

The price for this bad boy isn't cheap with an MSRP around $500. No word on the proposed pricing for the data version but rumours put it at a couple hundred dollars more.

More info: thuraya.com

Published in Gear

Erik Jackson checking in at work. Image credit: apple.com

Apple LogoJackson Kayak just got a massive marketing boost this week by getting profiled by Apple (yes, that Apple). Jackson Kayak was highlighted as a company that uses Apple products (iPhone and iPad) extensively throughout the entire manufacturing process by JK employees.

Apple produced a very slick 2.5 minute video where company president where Erik Jackson and Chief Financial Officer Dave Olson introduces us to the company and talks about how using Apple products has really changed the way that they do business.

“We’ve been surprised how people have responded when we've given them iPhones and iPads,” says Dave Olson, Chief Financial Officer. “We were getting more time and more engagement from every employee that had an iPhone. So we got everyone an iPhone.”

Two really cool applications they make extensive use of are Facetime and the Square. For example, the staff use Facetime to quickly communicate with other staff (who might be out of the office) and to get a visual confirmation if the boat in question is a blem or not.

Jackson Kayak also makes use of the super cool Square credit card reader. It’s a small widget that plugs directly into the iPhone headphone jack and turns the whole thing into a portable credit card reader. Perfect for then they are out on the road.

It’s an interesting article and you can read the full thing here.

Image credit: apple.com

Published in Industry Stuff

Jackson Kayak iPhone Mobile

Jackson Kayak has always had a reputation as an innovative and media savvy company so it makes sense that they are one of the first in the paddling community to roll out a custom iPhone app called Jackson Kayak Mobile.

The app brings together the many different parts of Jackson Kayak’s social media element in one handy mobile location. You can easily pick up the latest Jackson news, online videos and photos. They also have an overview of their entire kayak line for easy browsing. One of the more innovative features of the app is the built in chat room. There you can connect with other Jackson Kayak fans through quick messages as well as post photos for others to see.

I think the Jackson Kayak app is a very good start but like all software that is version 1.0, it has some elements that should be improved before it really takes off.

Published in Industry Stuff

Rapid Media iPhone App Capture

iPhone/iPad owners know that it has been difficult to read many online magazines due to the fact that they all tend to be designed to work as a flash application.

Rapid Media (producers of Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots, Rapid and Kayak Angler) have solved that problem by building their own Apple approved iPhone app specifically designed for purchasing and reading their magazines. For those keeping score, they are the first paddlesports and fishing magazine to offer issues specifically designed for the iPhone/IPad but I’m pretty sure that will change soon.

Published in General News

To help boaters and anglers find boat ramps right in the palm of their hand, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the launch of the Take Me Fishing ‘Boat Ramps’ application for iPhone and Droid phones. The free app, which is available in the Apple iTunes store and in the Droid Marketplace, features more than 35,000 boat ramps across the country.

Published in Press Releases
iPhone with My-Cast Installed If you are one of the cool kids who own a iPhone or iTouch by Apple, you will want to check out a really cool application developed by Garmin called My-Cast. It allows you to get up to the minute weather information including extended forecasts, weather alerts, lightning tracker, radar and satellite imagery.

My-Cast is available for most web-enabled phones but the application has just been released specifically for touch sensitive phones like the iPhone.

Currently, the service is only available for the continental US and doesn't include marine forecasts but for those who are looking for things like surf forecasts, here is a great article to help you get started do you don't need to ask your sisters kid how to do it.

More info: My-Cast
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