If you’ve got a few extra bucks to spend this year, you can make even $100 go a lot further this holiday season. Just because you’ve waited until Christmas week to start shopping doesn’t mean you have to settle for junk! Here are ten great ideas that will make last-minute buyers look like heroes to any gadget lover.
We all know that gadget lovers tend to have more expensive tastes, and they can be a finicky bunch of folks to buy for when money is tight. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of ten last-minute gift ideas to fit your $50 (or less) budget, with stuff that they’ll really enjoy, including Mac software, iOS accessories and a couple of things to make your last-minute buying look like you had it together all along.
There are plenty of ways to watch digital content on your television. Solutions run the gamut from a set of cables outputting your Mac’s A/V signals to your TV, to dedicated set-top boxes like the Apple TV, Boxee Box, or even Google’s new Google TV platform, which is currently runs on a handful of devices from Sony and Logitech. But there’s one problem: while all of these solutions are great at some things, none of them are great at everything. Frankly, I’d even settle for “good” rather than “great,” if it meant I could get all my digital content when and how I want it, without having to juggle between multiple devices, interfaces, and remote controls.
Boxee continues to prove itself as a powerful, easy to use, and all-around great media consumption system. However, it’s useless if you can’t get media from your computer to your media center installation of Boxee. If you've got an old Mac lying around, why not breathe new life into it by turning it into a Boxee media server? This Mac can be used with any Boxee installation you may have -- whether you’re using one of those snazzy new Boxee Boxes or Boxee on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.
With iPhoto's new card and calendar making feature, it's pretty easy to make a last minute keepsake for relatively cheap, and without having to don your parka and head out to the store or post office. But, sometimes it can be a little tricky getting started on the crafting process, so we put together a few quick tips for making some holiday cheer with iPhoto '11.
One thing I really like to do with my spare time is super impose things upon other things. And hey, it's the holiday season, so it's definitely time to superimpose photos of Santa's hat on my head. It makes for a nice Facebook photo and can save a bit of money on those professional photographs you take every year for the annual Christmas card send out. If you've got Photoshop handy, dive in and I'll show you how to turn yourself into Santa Claus!
Christmas is just around the corner, and brick and mortar retail stores everywhere are filled to the brim with sales, people exasperatingly shopping for their loved ones, and overplayed Christmas music. Why not get into the Christmas spirit yourself without leaving the house? It's a cold world outside and there's no place warmer than in your bed with your iPhone 4.
No visit to Apple's future would be complete without fuzzy "spy shots" of upcoming Apple gear. And of course, there's a long history of Photoshopped fakes getting the Twitternet chattering. While occasional product leaks happen—remember the iPhone 4 brouhaha last spring?—Apple is a master of controlling what gets out and what doesn't. But Apple fans are so hungry for details it's no wonder that fakes can quickly gain traction. And rolling out your own Apple fake is surprisingly easy. Just follow our step-by-step guide to grabbing your 15 seconds of internet fame.
Acceleroto’s Air Hockey for iOS has been around since the doors first opened on the App Store, so it’s no surprise that the company is preparing to duplicate the success of their popular app by making it available in the Mac App Store as well. Here’s a peek.
In computer years, it seems like Dropbox has been around forever -- that is, until you realize that it has only just this week finally landed at version 1.0, a pretty big milestone for the cloud storage service that has brought the Mac and Windows together with mobile devices at long last.