Need for Speed Carbon dumps drivers into a city full of tuner cars and racing crews that owe as much to West Side Story as to The Fast and the Furious. (Oh, how we wish rival crews would dance and snap their way through the plot.) If you can stomach the quirky premise, the game has a deep range of races and fun driving sequences—we never get tired of high-speed police getaways. Just be sure to ditch your keyboard and mouse, because accurate driving controls practically require a gamepad or racing wheel.
The iPod game catalog has evolved from an eye-rolling list of classic videogame clones to a wide array of options. I played the latest batch over a sailing vacation, testing them on my iPod Video during lazy tacks. While nostalgic cash-in games make appearances—Sonic and Bomberman—I found a new favorite iPod game.
CoverScout can search Amazon’s music library for covers, but it doesn’t match the song with the correct album.
iTunes’ ability to display album artwork adds a visual element to your music collection, but its ability to actually get that artwork doesn’t always work. CoverScout can help fill those holes in your music collection, if you can work around some of its shortcomings.
The iWear AV920 is almost there. Almost, but not quite. Undoing, oh, about a million gajillion years of human evolution (we could be off by a few gajillion) is not going to be easy no matter who you are, but Vuzix, the makers of the iWear AV920 glasses, are trying. Vuzix has given us twin high-res LCDs mounted in a 2.9-ounce visor that serve up the equivalent of a 62-inch display on a 0.31-inch eyeglass screen about, oh, 2.5 inches from your retinas. The product’s development could have been driven by the modern desire to miniaturize everything or the unending need to extend the functionality of small-format video viewers à la the iPod, but it’s really anyone’s guess.
Altiverb 67 offers a simple, but effective, floating panel for mastering with precision. Altiverb 6 is a plug-in for music production that creates reverb based on real samples of real spaces. Put simply, you can record your mumblings and guitar noodling, then apply an effect that makes it sound like you recorded them in the Sydney Opera House. For anyone mastering music for specific settings - studio or nightclub engineers, for example - Altiverb 6 is a formidable tool to have on your Mac.