Apple’s Safari is a fine Web browser, but many prefer the open-source, cross-platform Firefox, which lets you customize it to heaven and back with themes and add-ons, called extensions, that give more functionality. And the brand-new Firefox 3 packs a ton of improvements, boosts performance, and still comes in for the low, low price of nothing. (What a country!)
Big screen, big value, updated iMac sports faster processor and more memory.
Ah, the humble iMac. It’s not as light as the MacBook Air, not as fast as the Mac Pro, and not as portable as the MacBook. Despite the iPhone’s tendency to grab all the attention of late, Apple is clearly still dedicated to its core business of making computers, and the latest round of iMacs are great-looking, solid machines. Once we set up the new 24-inch 2.8GHz iMac in our lab, it got admiring looks from nearly everyone who passed by, and, in fact, the Mac|Life test unit is already responsible for at least a few 24-inch iMac sales that we know of.
Adventures in absurdity--everyone but our art director laughed at the title.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is as grand and tongue-in-cheek as its title. The team behind popular webcomic Penny Arcade (www.penny-arcade.com) took off their critic hats to become creators, turning their sharp eyes for good game design into an engaging title. Episode One is packed with inside jokes, but even if you’ve never heard of the comic, the game’s sharp story, dialogue, and gameplay mechanics make it a must for adventure fans.
Things that go bump in the night: ghosts, ghouls, and the new HP Photosmart Pro B8850. If this printer sits idle for more than a day, it powers on, wakes up, and checks each of its 4,884 ink nozzles to make sure they’re unclogged so it can be ready to go when you are. Then it powers down and goes back to sleep.
So you want to be a blogger? Not just any blogger, you want to be a super mobile blogging Ninja. Blogging as you take down your enemies. Blogging as you sharpen your katana. Blogging while in line waiting for an iPhone 3G.
For those of us who demand quality blogging on the go, WordPress is available as a free application in the iTunes App Store. It brings convenient mobile blogging to any iPhone or iPod touch running iPhone software 2.0.
Struggling to organize your to-do lists? LifeShaker could be just the tool you need. More than a boring ol’ list, LifeShaker offers an interactive, colorful interface that displays all those tedious tasks hanging over your head.
The audio hardware market is crowded with a cornucopia of portable digital recorders, ranging from tiny dictation devices to multitrack monsters. The Zoom H2 Handy Recorder does an admirable job offering a happy medium, combining pro-level 96KHz recording with a small form-factor and price tag to match—the street price is just under $200. Aside from its cheaply built feel, there’s very little not to like about this diminutive wonder.
Aurora Feint is a fantasy-themed puzzle game that boasts gorgeous artwork, elaborate visual effects, and a rich, dramatic soundtrack. It’s easily one of the most polished games we’ve seen from the App Store yet - give or take some hiccups.
Think you’ve got better ears than the sound engineer who mastered your favorite CD? Maybe you’d just like to get the most from the tinny speakers on your $2,000 laptop. The folks at JoeSoft are here to help. For a lot less than the cost of pro audio hardware, you can try your hand at soundscaping on your Mac with Hear.