This past December, Microsoft announced that the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show would be its last -- a surprising move for a company that has cast such a dominating shadow over the trade show for the last decade. As the tech giant struggles to reposition itself in a rapidly changing consumer marketplace, it's the only move that makes sense.
First released as part of iOS 4.2 last November, Apple’s new AirPlay technology is potentially one of the most exciting aspects of owning an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- assuming you’re willing to wait just a bit while hardware manufacturers play catch up.
There was so much news this week we don't even know where to start. Okay, that's not entirely true, but it was a super busy week. We had CES hitting on all cylinders all week and we covered that extensively, then there was the launching of the Mac App Store (and its nearly immediate hacking) which was rather exciting, and before the weekend was over we had pretty solid support for the iPhone at long last arriving at Verizon.
Wow. That's a tall order, but if anyone can bring it down to nice bite size morsels of weekly goodness, it's the dedicated Mac|Lifers who saw it all, just In Case You Missed It.
Besides the Tauntaun Sleeping bag, there hasn't been an April Fool's product from ThinkGeek that has had us drooling more than the iCade. Lucky for us Ion Audio, has teamed up with ThinkGeek and Atari to bring the iCade to life.
Online editor and snowboarding fanatic Robbie Baldwin got a chance to check out the Recon Instruments Transcend goggles. These shades do more than protect your eyes from the sun and cold; they're the world's first alpine goggles with GPS data integrated into the head mounted display. The googles give real-time feedback to you with a micro LCD display on the inside that shows speed, coordinates, altitude, how much you've traveled and more. The Goggles use Google's Android platform and they're compatible with your Mac. There are two models currently available for $399 and $499. Check out the video after the cut for a quick look.
CES is awesome, but it’s distinctly not Macworld Expo. I mean, you can see everything from TVs to washing machines to flashlights. So I’ve spent the lion’s share of my time at the show at the iLounge, which is essentially the Macworld Expo within CES. While you can read about our very favorite gear at CES this year by checking out our FTW award winners, we confined the awards to five categories, and there’s a TON more stuff worth mentioning. So without further ado, here’s a look at the other compelling Mac and iOS products we dug up at CES…
We scoured the CES 2011 show floor looking for the best, most innovative products that this year's massive consumer trade show has to offer. Read on for a look at this year's most innovative iOS gadget, content creation device, lifestyle product and iPhone accessory, and audio dock, plus their runner-ups.
We saw VoxOx at last year's CES and were impressed by their devotion to creating a portal for all your communication networks. But their interface was a bit too cluttered for our tastes (and many others, according to the VoxOx team). Even with their good intentions and wealth of features, their product just wasn't good enough to topple everyone's favorite (often open-source) communications clients. Now that just might change.
You should be able to do more with your toy helicopters than fly them around. In fact, as Parrot has proved in the video below, you should be able to put on your dancing shoes and groove along with it, too! Watch as the iPhone-controlled Parrot AR Drone shakes its booty--literally.
Like a page out of a sci-fi comic set far in the distance future, this wall of solar charging backpacks come our way via Voltaic. The backpacks contain a battery pack ithat generates power as you walk out in the sunlight. The bags are lightweight, waterproof and are pretty rugged. Plus, there's a universal USB battery pack that stores power for your mobile devices.