We’re all about convergence, but sometimes gadget makers are prone to
slapping iPod docks on products that don’t really need them, like
armchairs and toilet paper holders. iHome’s iP71 isn’t one of those
head-scratchers. It’s a set of stereo desktop speakers featuring an
iPod dock, so you can play music from your iPod, your Mac, or another
audio device, plus keep your iPod charged at the same time.
In-flight movies suck. They’re usually not the greatest films to begin
with, and then anything that could possibly offend anyone--otherwise
known as “the good parts”--gets edited out. Lucky for you, all you need
is a MacBook and some headphones to stage your own film festival at
35,000 feet. But spinning a DVD takes a serious toll on battery life,
which is where DVD ripping comes in.
Sometimes, when I'm in a hurry, I curse the iPhone's touch screen. All
that typing on those itty-bitty keys with no tactile means of quickly
and accurately ensuring I'm tapping the "i" and not the "o" or "u," can
be a hassle.
When you're bumping out messages on the fly as you walk, sometimes the
iPhone screen is just plain aggravating, and you envy those Blackberry
users and their quickety-quick thumb typing. Yes, the touch screen is
beautiful and lets you do so many cool things, but sometimes your hands
are a little too shaky or sometimes you're just having a clumsy day.
Well, the good people at Mobile Mechatronics have you covered.
No matter how happy you are with your current Web browser, chances are
you’ve wondered if another browser would make your Web wanderings
faster, easier, or at least a little more festive. We speculate about
that too (probably far too often), so we decided to run some tests,
compare features and figure out which browser currently rules the Web.
With the advent of iPhone OS 3.1, Apple gave mobile Safari the ability to alert you of malicious phishing websites, but you're not protected until you sync your database. After some confusion, Apple explains how to do this.
Filling your own inkjet printer cartridges can slash inks costs by 60
to 85 percent, save oil that’s used to transport them, and cut down on
the hundreds of millions of plastic empties that clog U.S. landfills
each year. And no, Virginia, using refillables won’t actually void your
printer’s warranty--despite what store clerks might tell you.
Amazon is positioning the Kindle DX as Newspaper 2.0. With a larger
screen, it tries its best to mimic your favorite daily read without
getting your fingers all inky. Amazon has deals with many of the big
national and international papers, but it remains to be seen if
dead-tree versions can be supplanted by expensive electronics.
We’ve seen the “just plug it in” pitches on late-night TV, the cheesy
website, and the spotty instructions, none of which exactly inspire
confidence in the magicJack. But still, the allure of nearly free phone
calls all over the country (or to Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.
Virgin Islands) is strong. Plus since it’s VOIP, your number can travel
with you. Believe it or not, magicJack turns out to be pretty magical.
After years of listening to the smug kids at Best Buy and GameStop talk smack about gaming on the Mac, we found five Windows PC games that not only are dirt cheap, but also perform amazingly well under Apple’s Boot Camp technology.
If BBEdit is bare bones, then Fat Albert is supermodel skinny. The
versatile text editor can do so many things, we think it may contain
some sort of alien technology. Bare Bones Software’s latest update,
BBEdit 9, may well be the ultimate toolbox for coding on a Mac.
we say text editor, of course, we are talking about a hugely different
category from the word processors that “normal people” use. You won’t
find fancy fonts, templates, or glitzy charts; instead, you will find
color-coding, line numbers, and pure, unadulterated, text (exciting
stuff, right?). Back in the olden days, programmers swore by vi or
Emacs, but GUI’d text editors have introduced so much functionality
that you wonder sometimes whether you’re writing the code or the app
is. BBEdit’s feature set is enormous, and some might call the app the
gold standard of text editing.
Coke versus Pepsi. Mac versus PC. Canon versus Nikon. Among these great
rivalries, we can only pick out one clear winner. (Here’s a hint: It’s
not the colored sugar water.) In the latest Canon-versus-Nikon
entry-level digital SLR (single-lens reflex) battle, both cameras score
hits against the other.