Lynktec Blog | Tech News, Tips, & Amusing Tidbits!: August 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Innovative Artwork - iPad Artist Evan Thomas Creates Digital Works of Art

Art enthusiasts and tech lovers alike are fascinated by this new style of painting.  Using apps like ArtStudio Pro ($4.99, but there's a FREE Lite version) and FinngrPro ($0.99), modern-day artists can create wonderful pieces of digital art on their tablets.

You never know when inspiration will strike.  With this emerging art form, artists can take out their iPads and begin sketching or painting immediately.  Evan Thomas is an iPad artist who started out just drawing as a way to pass the time.  Now he showcases his work at State Fairs and even teaches classes in iPad art.

We are honored that Evan's preferred tool is his TruGlide Stylus!  In his bio below, he talks about how he got started, exhibiting at the California State Fair, and of course, his stylus preference. (I especially like the part where he calls the TruGlide "the greatest thing since sliced cheese"!)

Sacramento artist with digital iPad art
Evan Thomas showcases his iPad art at the California State Fair


- Biography - 

Evan Thomas is an iPad artist, instructor, and gallery curator based in Sacramento, California where he most recently exhibited and demonstrated iPad Art to very curious attendees at the California State Fair.

Evan had returned earlier this year to exhibiting art after years of absence from the scene. He first showed and sold his pieces as high quality Giclee original art prints in signed limited editions which were created on an iTouch.  Now his preferred device is an iPad Mini. The images were painted with no intention of  showing or gaining a career. They were instead made to pass time - like others who knit or play Angry Birds do. Producing new pieces almost daily, he found that he had enough artwork to put together a show in Midtown Sacramento.

The California State Fair's Carol Buchanan had followed Evan's postings on his Facebook artist page -  (evan thomas sacramento ipad art ranch - She invited him to exhibit and demonstrate iPad art at the State Fair, giving him a 100 square foot booth right at the entrance of the Fair's Fine Art Hall and a parade of 45,000 fairgoers. Many were amazed that you could even do art on an iPad and wanted to know what program was used. Evan uses primarily ArtStudio Pro ($4.99 at the App Store), but suggests FinngrPro (free) for younger artists.

Many fairgoers also wanted to know what physical tools he used. Evan recommended the TruGlide stylus, which he preferred to rubber tip styluses, since the microfiber technology allows the aptly named TruGlide to quickly and easily glide over the screen. Going from idea to execution became almost immediate with TruGlide. A rubber tipped stylus in comparison feels likes it's plowing through drying glue. Another attractive feature of the TruGlide stylus is that it has a smaller tip, giving artists much more control over little details of their artwork. Evan also noticed how quick and productive he was with a TruGlide stylus, which he likes to refer to as the "best thing since sliced cheese."

Those interested in seeing more of Evan's artwork and his almost daily new additions to his portfolio can follow him at Often his final iPad art pieces are accompanied with beginning and intermediate stages.


Watch this video to see how Evan got started with iPad art, what apps he likes to use, and his exhibit at the California State Fair!

Watch one of his works created from start to finish!

Visit Evan's website,, or check out his Facebook page,, to see more!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Apple Expected to Release New Gold iPhone

I remember my very first cell phone was a forest green Ericsson flip phone (with a little green screen just big enough to fit a phone number).  I don't think you could even play Snake on it.  One of my sister's first cell phones was a shiny pink Razr.  Now of course, we can buy cases in a million different colors and styles, but our phones are still typically black or white.

glittery gold iphone case - just kidding
Just kidding!

Well get ready to camp outside your closest Apple Store, because Apple is expected to come out with a brand new gold iPhone 5S.  Here's a picture of it!!!

Here's the real one....

gold iphone, black iphone, white iphone
Stunning new gold iPhone with its classic black and white siblings

Apple iPhone 5S champagne gold

The new iPhone color has also been referred to as "champagne" and looks very sleek and classy.  Gold is a popular color for smartphones in China, so some suggest Apple is hoping to increase sales there.  Click here to see a stunning slideshow of high-resolution images of the new gold iPhone from Phone Arena.

high-res image of new iphone

Check out this article from our friends at PC Mag - iPhone Rumor Roundup: Gold iPhone 5S Pics, 5C Price - to read the rumors and tidbits about Apple's upcoming products.  This article also has information about the new lower-priced iPhone 5C.  Rumor has it these new products may be launched September 10!

Friday, August 16, 2013

LYNKtec's Back to School Specials!!!!

Going to college this fall?  Heading back to high school soon?  LYNKtec is offering Back to School Specials for you!

iPad stylus, TruGlide, cleaning cloth, microfiber, note taking, class

The Smartie Microfiber Cleaning Cloth will keep your screens sparkling clean and add a cool personal touch to your tech.  Be sure to check out our NEW designs - Whooo Are You? and Tee Off!  Also, have you seen our NEWEST product - the Clean-a-Roo Joey?  The mini pouch is perfectly sized to clip on your backpack or stick in your pocket, and it unfolds into a full-sized cleaning cloth.  Rub away smudges with the plush inside of the pouch, and make your screen shine with the silky microfiber cleaning cloth.  You can also use it to clean your glasses, TV, mini fridge, or whatever!

Owls, Golf, cleaning cloth

  Save 10% with our introductory
  offer on our new Smartie Cloth
  and Clean-a-Roo Joey designs!

  Coupon Code: NEWDESIGNS10

Do you use a tablet to take notes in class?  With the smallest fiber tip available on the market, the TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus is perfect for taking notes quickly and accurately.  We know school is hard work, so you deserve a present.  When you buy your TruGlide Pro, just use the coupon code below, and we'll pick a Mystery Smartie Cloth to give you for FREE!  Free stuff makes going back to school so much more fun!

best deal for back to school, fiber tip stylus, clean your ipad

  Receive a free Mystery Smartie
  Cloth with your purchase of the
  TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus!

  Coupon Code: FREESMARTIE


Can't decide which products you want?  How about all of them!  Our Back to School Bundle includes a TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus for note-taking, a Smartie Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for polishing your touchscreens, and a Clean Stand to prop up your tablet for studying (or for watching movies....)

value, microfiber cleaning cloth for ipad, tablet, stylus

  Get 15% off when you buy the
  TruGlide Pro, Smartie Cloth,
  and Clean Stand!

  Coupon Code: B2SB15

Shop for all these fantastic Back to School products on, and best of luck in your classes!

good luck in school

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Flexible Display Technology from Samsung - How Would You Use It?

Samsung is working on new flexible display technology, and they want to know what kind of devices you'd use with this technology.  They are having a contest where people can submit their ideas for a foldable computer, a GPS device shaped like a globe, or whatever else you can imagine.  Read more in Darrell Etherington's article - Samsung Wants You To Figure Out What To Do With Its Flexible Displays on Tech Crunch.

Enter your ideas for their flexible technology here, and you could win up to $10,000!

new technology flexible bending screen

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Always On: The 5 Toughest Gadgets You Can Buy

Considering I accidentally just ran over my iPod with my car, I thought I'd share this video from CNET with you - ranking the 5 Toughest Gadgets You Can Buy.  What happens when you put an iPad in liquid nitrogen?  You can find out in this video!  The Sony Xperia Z phone is waterproof.  They do not just run it under water.  They make it into a chocolate bar!  It's like a MythBusters-type video, so it's pretty entertaining and informative as well.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How Smartphone Users See Each Other

LYNKtec Blog readers, I thought I'd share this cartoon with you to add a laugh to your day!  Accurate or no.... what do you think??

how smart phone users see each other post on lynktec blog

Monday, August 5, 2013

18-year-old's Invention Could Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds!

18-year-old Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California created a supercapacitor that could soon charge your phone in as little as 20 seconds!  Furthermore, she says this new technology will last for 10,000 charging cycles, compared to a battery's 1,000 charge cycles!  The high school student won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this May, and she will be starting college at Harvard University this fall.  Here is a video from CNN about her invention:

Read more about Eesha's incredible technological achievement in the article Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds from NBC News.  They have a great video about her linked to that article as well!