Well, right out of the gate, you have to know we have refurbs because that's a really easy way to pick up a Mac at a great discount. And since we know you're looking for bargains, we'll keep the refurbs right at $1,000 so you can figure out where that tax return is going. But that's not all. By all means, check out this week's awesome refurb deals, but stick around for some sweet for your iOS devices.
Small Bluetooth speakers don’t care if your device has Lightning or 30-pin, or even if it’s a Mac or an Android phone. You can stream music from any Bluetooth device, and the audio-in lets you connect anything with a headphone jack. You won’t be blowing anyone’s hairpiece off with the sound, but they’re portable enough for travel.
At first glance, the Logitech UE Boombox looks a bit like something Judy Jetson would carry to a beach party on an asteroid. It’s all smooth curves and brushed aluminum, evoking the Mac Pro’s cheese-grater aesthetic, as well as mid-20th-century design.
Most drawing apps have sliders to control things like brush size and opacity, but using just your finger or a regular stylus, it’s hard to feel you have total control. Ten One Design’s Pogo Connect Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Pen is a pressure-sensitive; we hoped it would make drawing on that touchscreen feel more like drawing on our Mac using a Wacom graphics tablet. But the pressure sensitivity features vary between the 13-and-counting compatible drawing and note-taking apps. In ArtSense and Photoshop Touch, for example, pressing hard gave us darker lines, but didn’t change the width, and in Paper by FiftyThree, the thickness changes but not the opacity.
What do you get the iPhone user who already has everything? How about a swanky Bluetooth 4.0-enabled wristwatch they can use to pair with their favorite Apple device so they'll never miss your call again?
Apple’s iPod nano never stays the same for long, but this seventh iteration feels more like a mishmash of past features than a clear step forward. It keeps the touchscreen of the sixth-gen model, but loses the clip, so it doesn’t work with those third-party watch bands that were all the rage. You can watch videos on the 2.5-inch, 240x432 screen, but it lacks the fifth-gen nano’s 720p camera.
Whether you’re a kid stuck at home on a snow day or a kid stuck at the office on a workday, toys rock. And kids of all ages know the coolest toys are remote controlled, letting you fly or drive away a dull afternoon from your couch or cubicle. If anything can beat that, it’s toys that you can control wirelessly with your iPhone or iPad.
The iPhone 5 is great in pretty much every aspect, but battery life continues to be an issue for some despite its slightly larger battery than the iPhone 4S. While you can't swap out the battery for a larger one, there are 5 simple usage tips that can keep your iPhone 5 running longer than it would otherwise.
It's too early to see it, but you know in the next couple weeks the market is going to be flooded with accessory deals as manufacturers prepare for the iPhone 5. For now, things are holding steady, but the dam's gonna burst soon. Meanwhile, get your hands on some of these top tasty bargains.
Undeterred by the Dictation feature included in OS X Mountain Lion, Nuance has announced a new version of its own Mac software that makes Dragon Dictate faster, more accurate and more personal than ever.