Our gadgets are useless when the batteries fade or we misplace their charging cables. Bluelounge’s Sanctuary elegantly solves both problems, charging and storing your electronic devices. The rounded, Plexiglas box conceals a dozen power tentacles to juice up mobile phones, PDAs, iPods, and more. But the Sanctuary is a tease for hard-core gadgeteers; its size only accommodates a few devices.
Steve Jobs dissed the stylus when he introduced the iPhone, but digital artists know nothing beats a stylus and tablet for drawing on your Mac. Trouble is, the lag between what happens on your tablet and what ends up onscreen can force you to alter your drawing style for the computer. TabletDraw aims to change all that.
Despite the bold promise of Internet video, the reality is that your couch is much more comfortable than your computer desk. But there’s that old “last mile” problem—how to get the movies and other video content from the Net to your TV. Netflix has offered video streaming for well over a year, but the MPAA’s insistence on DRM-protecting the content delivered to paying customers, and Apple’s refusal to license its Mac DRM solution (while scofflaws continue to download things for free) has kept Mac users shut out. Roku has mostly solved both of these problems, with its new Netflix Player, a set-top box that brings Netflix’s streaming content directly to your TV.
Life is all about choices, and the ability to explore just how good or evil you can become through the choices you make is one of the big attractions of Fable: The Lost Chapters. But when later choices don’t change as a result, are there really any consequences?
We love the latest and greatest gear, but we’re suckers for old ideas brought to life with new technology, too. Enter Battle of Waterloo, a choose your own adventure story for the iPhone or iPod touch.
When it comes to selling your old junk—er, lightly used treasures—eBay is the first stop for many. However, building your auctions via eBay’s Web interface isn’t exactly a fun process, especially for novices. That’s where equinux iSale comes in. iSale is a beautiful application for Mac OS X Leopard that assists you in creating and managing eBay auctions. iSale makes everything easy, from jazzing up your listing to managing shipments, in a familiar iTunes-style interface.
If you create screencasts or software training tutorials, you’ve probably been using Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro, which has been the go-to product for this specialized task for many years. Well, there’s a new kid in town, and it’s fair to say that Vara Software’s ScreenFlow offers some significant advantages over Snapz Pro, to the extent that it’s in a category all by itself.
A stitched-and-stuffed leather Wi-Fi pal, the Chumby is a virtual companion, chock-full of useful and amusing information. It’s somehow still cuddly, even with a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen mounted to its face, but its Internet-enabled widgets demand to be taken seriously. Because it’s essentially a small, Internet-connected computer, the Chumby is equal parts digital-picture frame, weather forecaster, New York Times reader, alarm clock, Internet radio, and game platform. Depending on your needs, it could be something completely different. While we found some flaws, its casual, fun nature—and surprisingly handy tools—enable it to blend into any home.
No pockets in your running shorts? That doesn’t mean you have to pound the turf or treadmill in silence. The Music Band-It keeps your music streaming while you run, walk, or hike. The armband, which comes in versions to fit the iPhone and a variety of iPods, features built-in earbuds with a retractable cord that make listening to music while you work out hassle-free. The patented retractable 4-foot-long cord gives you only as much length as you need and is kept neatly organized when not in use.