By the time it was actually released, Apple's tablet computer was akin to a magical unicorn -- a fantasy beast seen by only the favored few, though many, many people told wild tales about it. But as it turns out, the iPad did have some magic tricks up its sleeve: it has "magically" provided Apple with a gateway into the enterprise -- and no, we're not referencing the Starship. We're talking about men and women in suits crunching numbers; a world where Apple hasn't been yet able to gain much ground. Well, until the iPad that is.
Apple has created a deck for car audio, but no one seems to have noticed. It has GPS. It has satellite radio capabilities. It has a built-in iPod. It has Pandora. Heck, it even has Netflix. Talk about your ideal road-trip companion. Best of all, it starts at just $629—or $499 if you ditch the GPS capabilities. That price is so low it’s blasphemous in the car audio scene. That’s right—we’re talking about the iPad.
If it’s so great as a car accessory, why have we rarely heard of it fulfilling this seemingly obvious purpose? The answer’s an unfortunately complex one, having to do with the iPad’s uncommon diagonal dimensions and housing complexities, the safety concerns it creates for the driver, and perhaps most importantly, the danger it presents to the car audio industry.
In a world studded with Photoshop-style image editors and Painter-like natural-media tools, it’s really tough to find a new kind of artistic software that brings something truly unique and innovative to the table. But the little-known Studio Artist 4 totally pulls it off, delivering a one-of-a-kind creative application that can craft visuals like nothing else—if you’re prepared to spend some time mastering its intricacies.
Nobody likes a know-it-all, right? Well, unless they need to know something that know-it-all knows. And on the flip side, some people are just naturally helpful and want to offer advice—but unless your name is Miss Manners, you might not get asked.
Aardvark is a fun and free service that matches up question askers with confident answerers. It brands itself as a “social Q&A,” and it’s perfect for those times when you need a subjective opinion (“What’s the best Twitter app for iPhone?”) rather than an easily Google-able fact (“How much does Twitterific cost?”). Plus you get to give your two cents on other people’s queries while keeping your privacy intact.
Christmas means plenty of new toys, as well as the need for cords and wires to power that sweet new home entertainment system. However, most HDTVs and and other newfangled gadgets don't arrive equipped with the appropriate cables right out of the box, causing stress to those eager beavers anxious to plug in their new television and watch a flick. But no matter: there is such thing as a "the best" HDMI cable, and we've broken down some of the best options available to you, including those for your iOS devices and other essentials.
Last-minute Christmas shopping is stressful enough without having to untangle Apple's product matrix too. If you're shopping for a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, here are some helpful tips to help you get the most out of your budget.
FaceTime for Mac, introduced at October’s exciting Back to the Mac event, finally lets Mac users video-chat with people using an iPhone 4 or fourth-gen iPod touch. FaceTime for Mac is still in beta, but it’s free and easy to use. How easy? So easy we can explain it all in one page…
Apple finally took the wraps off its fabled tablet today, confirmed to be called the iPad as rumored. The device is intended to bridge the gap between the iPhone or iPod touch and a full-fledged laptop, but as “magical & revolutionary” as Steve Jobs thinks it may be, we can’t help but wonder what the company could have unveiled today that would have been more impressive.