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.
Bluetooth speakers are having a moment--not only are they dropping in price and increasing in quality, they provide more versatility than speaker docks. You can stream music from a Mac, an iOS device, or even a PC or Android handset, and you’re not stuck in one spot, either. As our office fills with piles of Bluetooth speakers, we singled out three in the $150 range: The main boast of SuperTooth’s Disco is 28 watts of kicking audio, while Soundfreaq’s Sound Step Recharge aims for versatility with four input options, and Brookstone packs big sound and sensitive controls into the Big Blue Studio.
Real talk time: the iPad’s onscreen keyboard isn’t the world’s greatest typing tool. It functions admirably for short tappings, but for anything longer than an email, using a virtual keyboard can be an exercise in frustration. But many solutions to this problem sacrifice one of the iPad’s greatest features: its portability. Keyboard-packing cases are nifty, but most add so much weight and bulk to the svelte device that you might as well get a netbook--or deal with constantly swapping your iPad in and out of different cases.