Well, the MacBook Air didn't get much love during Apple’s recent events, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of deals to go around to get you the lightest, best laptop around. Maybe people aren’t throwing over their Airs for the newest, freshest model like they are for iPads, but that doesn’t mean you’re not ready to rock these bargains.
Apple's new monolith-inspired AirPort Extreme follows what the company is calling a "top-down" design. We're still not sure exactly what that means, but in this case, it's about 6.6 inches from the top down to the bottom of the redesigned, vertically oriented Wi-Fi base station.
We came, we saw and for the most part, OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 appear to be a big hit with Apple fans. Pro users who have been waiting literally years for a new Mac Pro were also generally pleased with Cupertino's sneak peek of the new hardware, and we crossed off most of the items on our own personal wish list. Now we have to endure a long, hot summer before we can get our hands on all these goodies, but first let's recap some of the other stories from Monday you might have missed.
Great things come in small packages, so this week's refurbs are all about Apple's line of nearly hockey puck shaped objets d'art that not only look good, but pack a wallop to boot. The accessories have taken over! These deals are going like hotcakes which makes sense given their size and these price cuts.
What better way to end this first full week of February than with an explosion of apps? Thursday was a big day for apps old and new, with plenty of updates and even a couple of fresh releases hitting the pipeline for those with the right access. There's plenty to cover, so let's get right to it, shall we…?
Streaming entertainment is more convenient than juggling Blu-ray and DVD discs, but it demands a fast pipe to your internet service provider, or ISP. For instance, Netflix recommends download speeds of at least 3Mbps for the best video quality, while Apple suggests 8Mbps for streaming 1080p content from iTunes. In most of the country, getting these broadband speeds means signing up for one of two kinds of internet connection: DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) or cable.
When it comes to home networking, wireless seems to be the trend. But while one Wi-Fi networking on its own works wonders, you may soon discover that as your neighbors add on their own wireless networks your own Wi-Fi speeds will diminish. This kind of interference can make it difficult to stream video through YouTube and Netflix, or play video games over the internet. Fortunately, there are a few precautionary meaures you can take to avoid this kind of interference. Read on to find out how!
Apple has finally released an AirPort Utility for iOS, enabling users to manage their AirPort routers without having to go through a Mac or PC. The AirPort Utility works on both iPhone and iPad, but it won’t give you access to all functions of your AirPort Extreme or Express like the desktop version of the application. However, if you’re looking for quick AirPort management, look no further than this free application.
iOS 5 ushers in a new “PC-free” era for Apple’s mobile devices, with Cupertino acknowledging that many owners are using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without a computer. To aid such users, the company has also released a new AirPort Utility app for setting up and managing their AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule without a computer as well.
Apple quietly refreshed the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations earlier this summer, and a new report claims they’ll soon cap off the move with an update to the 802.11n model of the AirPort Express, presumably ahead of this fall’s launch of the iCloud service.