Graphics tablet users are an odd bunch. They’ll tell you how a mouse is a horrible input device. How you’ll eventually end up with a medical device wrapped around your wrist while they draw pretty pictures of flowers and mock up logos with a pen. That love of the tablet inevitably leads them to one company: Wacom. Frankly, there isn’t another tablet maker out there that even comes close--which puts the company in an odd position. How do you upgrade a product that’s already near perfect?
The new Apple TV looks exactly like the previous version: same small black box. It’s got the same inputs and outputs on the back: AC power, HDMI output, micro-USB for service only, optical audio output, 10/100 Ethernet. It’s just as easy to set up: simply sign in to your Wi-Fi account and use the remote (or better yet, the free Remote app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to navigate around.
At a cost of $899.99 (body only), the Sony Alpha 65 is $500 cheaper than the Alpha 77 that was launched at the same time, but it has the same 24.3 million effective pixel sensor, making it the joint highest resolution APS-C format camera available.
We’re in the age of the celebrity headphone. Everyone from Jay-Z to Quincy Jones to, um, Snooki has headphone deals now. Those celebrity endorsement deals don’t come cheap, which is why it’s common to see certain brands costing several hundred dollars. But not everyone wants to drop several bills on a pair of cans. So we rounded up some more moderately priced headphones and put them through their paces. And the results were surprising.
This is the scenario: You’ve got an Apple Wireless Keyboard. You’ve got a Magic Trackpad. You want to keep them together. Henge Docks has your back.
The Clique is a hunk of white plastic that perfectly fits the Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, keyboard on the left and trackpad on the right. And that’s...pretty much it. Each device snaps into the Clique snugly, and my hands quickly got used to having the two conveniently located side by side.
We all know what happened when that iPhone 4 prototype got left in a Silicon Valley bar. A journalist’s house got raided, two guys got a year of probation, and an Apple employee ended up with a lot of ’splainin’ to do. The whole situation could have been avoided if Apple had used Kensington’s BungeeAir case.
An iPad stylus is like a little umbrella in your piña colada. You don’t need one. But it’s a nice extra.
The Nomad Compose is different from every other stylus I’ve tried in that it doesn’t mimic the feel of a pen or a pencil, but rather a paintbrush--it has real bristles, blending natural and synthetic fibers. I tested the Dual Tip Long version, which has a 0.7-inch brush tip on one end, and a much shorter 0.05-inch “glide bevel tip” on the other. The bevel tip is made of the same brush material, but its beveled shape mimics the feel of classic styluses you may be used to. It works for drawing lines as well as tapping buttons in iOS apps.
Don’t get me wrong. iOS games are great. But sometimes all the tapping and dragging leaves us wanting some old-school gaming--moving stuff around and actually interacting with physical objects. Sifteo’s cubes bridge that gap, bringing tactile sensations back to digital gaming. The cubes have little color screens on top, but gameplay isn’t all virtual. Onboard accelerometers sense motion, and the cubes also register their positions in relation to each other. You’ll be tilting, flipping, and moving these cubes all over to win.
I’ve never received so many compliments until I started donning this backpack around town. Family members, colleagues, and even a few fashionable hipsters threw a “Love your backpack!” my way. This is one of the most stylish, functional backpacks I’ve ever worn, and it’s good at carrying my gear, too. But it’s not exactly one of those bags you want to haul everything in at all times.