If you were a kid (or had a kid) any time between the mid-1980s and the
turn of the century, chances are you have a bunch of old videotapes
with incriminating footage on them. Chances are also good that your
mother (or someone like her) has probably bothered you on more than one
occasion about converting those aforementioned tapes—because really,
who uses a VCR anymore? Using Elgato’s Video Capture, you can turn any
analog source into 640x480 digital video files, for playback on your
Mac, iPod touch, or iPhone.
Obviously, we’re big fans of MacBooks. We take them everywhere. And
while Apple makes pretty sturdy gear, we’ll admit that we still like to
give our machines a bit more protection. There are tons of laptop
sleeves on the market, but unfortunately, a lot of them strike us as a
bit—well, blah. Haul’s line of MacBook sleeves, on the other hand, are
anything but boring. Made from recycled billboards, each is a
one-of-a-kind piece that can transport your laptop in singular style.
Like everything Apple does, the new MacBook Pro lineup spawned a great
deal of Internet chatter among Mac faithful. Some welcomed the new
13-inch Pro with open arms, remembering the well-loved 12-inch
PowerBook—and happy to have a small MacBook with pro-level features as
an option. Others were less than pleased with the loss of the
ExpressCard slot in most MacBook Pro models (see “MacBook Semi-Pro?”
below), which Apple replaced with an SD Card slot in all but the
17-inch model. With no fewer than six different models available—not to
mention BTO options—there’s a wide range to choose from. And with a
$1,300 price spread across all the MacBook Pros, it’s clear that Apple
is targeting the new Pro models at a wider audience than ever.
Who says you need guns and tanks—or even arms and legs that bend—to
wage war? Real-time strategy game Multiwinia puts you in command of an
army of 2D stick figures called Multiwinians, hell-bent on destroying
enemy factions in six multiplayer-style game modes (which can also be
played alone) across a unique vector-graphics landscape.
Burning Naughty Bits Syndrome is, well, a rather personal thing. You’re kicking back on your chaise lounge, bedecked in short pants with a MacBook on your lap, and within 10 to 15 minutes your
’Book’s legendary battery o’ hellfire is threatening to poach your eggs.
There’s nothing quite like the glow of tubes burning hot in a heavy,
smoky tube amplifier for making an electric guitar sing and scream. But
when you want the sweet sound of six-string Nirvana to go, Native
Instruments’ slick new Guitar Rig Mobile offers a cool combination of a
tiny hardware interface and the stripped-down power of their potent
Guitar Rig software studio for just around a hundred bucks--and it’s got
plenty of big audio bang to fuel your rock ’n’ roll dreams.
Maybe Fujitsu’s design team felt nostalgic for their now-dead printer division, because there’s no way around it--the S1500M looks like a printer (or at least a scanner with an identity crisis). That’s not a bad thing, mind you.
Apple’s iPod has spawned an entire industry of accessories, speakers in
particular. Here at Mac|Life HQ, we’re constantly testing a stream of
iPod speakers, ranging from tiny battery-powered portable models and
alarm clocks, all the way up to models meant to pair with full-sized
home stereo components. But rarely does something catch our eye like
these speakers from Kanto.
Think of all the things you’ve always wanted to know how to do: fold
origami, set a formal dinner table, pick a lock…or maybe have sex in a
car? Amazingly enough, you can learn how to do all of these things—and
many more—with Howcast’s free iPhone app. This excellent freebie puts
an iPhone “wrapper” on the mind-blowing array of how-to video content
available on Howcast.com.