If we told you there were patents galore in this week's news, would that surprise you? Well, what if we told you iLife everywhere, Facebook and the BBC on the iPad, and a new king of the smartphone manufacturing world? Well, there's that and there's more in this week's hottest Apple news. Just make sure you don't burn before reading.
Just got your new MacBook Air but not sure what to do with all your old CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs? Stop trying to stick them in that paper thin aluminum powerhouse, there is no optical drive in the MacBook Air. Settle down before you hurt somebody, and check out these five external optical drives you can plug right in and get back the whirring sound you've missed. Now, we're not talking Blu-ray or Thunderbolt here, just straightforward USB 2.0 based drives for disc jockeying, burning and ripping, and installing software.
Remember those school reports you had to do in geography class, where you had to look up a bunch of data about local cities and towns? Probably not, because that's a lousy way to learn. Unfortunately, that's the WindowSeat experience too.
We finally got ahold of the brand spankin' new Mac mini and MacBook Air. While the specifications were already very impressive -- a bump in performance with its updated processors and the inclusion of the new Thunderbolt i/O port -- the deal is absolutely sealed when you get ahold of one of these beautiful babies. The MacBook Air is light and easy to weild, and while the Mac mini is a little heavy out of the box, its sleek, brushed metallic chassis had us instantly infatuated, and we couldn't wait to pair it with the new Thunderbolt Display. Click through for your own 360-degree view of both the MacBook Air and Mac mini.
Oh, and can you tell what they both have in common? Okay, we'll tell you: neither have an optical drive!
“Drum like a pro” is JamKit’s slogan, and while we hate to be nitpicky... well, what pro plays a 27-piece drum kit using two fingers? Then again, “Drum like you were playing a really complicated but slick game of Simon, and match your skills against other finger-drummers worldwide” is a bit unwieldy.
People have been armchair-quarterbacking the Civil War forever. This turn-based strategy game American Civil War lets you settle all that by controlling the Union or Confederacy in campaigns that focus on individual years or the entire five-year war.
So you couldn't make it to Comic-Con to see our booth? That's okay. We brought the action to you! Check out artist Stephane Kardos, who spent Friday and Saturday of Comic-Con doing live demonstrations of his iPad 2 art. Every picture you see here is of a Con attendee. Maybe you'll see yourself in one of his illustrations? Click through the gallery for a look at some of his drawings.
Sharing music was easier in the days of boom boxes and giant hi-fis that filled a room with sound. Now our music -- and devices -- are more portable, which is awesome, but if you want to share your tunes with a buddy you're stuck sharing headphones or using a splitter (which keeps you tethered together) or listen via your device’s tiny built-in speaker. With MyStream, you can use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to play the same songs on two devices.
Mac|Lifers, let it be known that I was wrong. Really, severely wrong. Your precious iPhone 4 may be extinct in just a few short months, but the case companies, they are still a-makin' them. And that means we're still reviewing them! If you just adopted an iPhone 4 into your home, you might want to check out this week's Best Case Scenario, featuring a brushed aluminum case from id America and a tough shell from Incipio. There's also two cases for your iPad 2, including a beautiful vintage leather case made in Spain and a back cover from Targus that pairs well with your SmartCover.
It's been five months since Thunderbolt technology arrived on the scene with the latest MacBook Pro refresh. At the time, not many devices were available to make use of the speedy new I/O connection. Since then, the new port has now appeared on new MacBook Airs, iMacs and Mac minis, and with that, the quantity of Thunderbolt-capable devices has improved as well! While some devices and accessories may not be available just yet, many should be arriving shortly. We highlight a handful that could help with all your future data transferring needs.