Despite the best efforts of tech giants including Google, the dream of a truly cashless mobile wallet remains out of reach -- but next summer, a slim black gadget could finally fulfill that goal, and it won't even require your smartphone to pay.
Three million page views on TechRadar in a single day show just how the iPhone 5 has attracted mainstream attention. It's all anyone's been talking about this week and we got our first look at it at the launch on Wednesday.
We've written a first-look review so you can digest our initial thoughts before the in-depth verdict is in. Short version: it's great! But is it great enough?
Check it out, along with all of the other gear we've tested this week!
Brookstone has some cool new gadgets on the way, Apple employees are getting a hefty discount on their next Mac or iPad, Tweetbot for Mac may be on the way and OMG! There's a new Centipede game in the App Store from Atari! Excuse us, we've got to go now… sorry for the rush, just sit back and enjoy the news for Thursday, June 21, 2012, won't you?
How do you make the iPhone more fun? You give it a robot to control. Enter Sphero, the plastic ball that you control with your iPhone. Though we covered it briefly at CES earlier this year, we got a better look at the device while perusing this year's E3 show floor. At first glance, it's hard to tell Sphero's purpose. But once it's calibrated with an iOS device, Sphero is all at once a toy, a game controller, and even a programming tool.
If your kids are going to be using your lovely Apple gear, you may as well protect it. And maybe you can pick up a new toy or two while you’re at it. We've picked out 8 of our favorite iOS toys for kids. Some you can control with your iPhone, and others just make your iPad easier to cuddle with. One thing is for sure: all of the things featured turn your iOS devices into kid-friendly gadgets.
The more we play with the Apple TV, and the more Apple updates it with new features and new software, the more we like it. But the problem is that unless you've got at least one Mac or iOS device, it's simply not something you'd want to buy. This latest version is a perfect example of that. New 1080p features and a new interface will be enough to attract Apple fans, but for anyone else there are simply better, cheaper options out there. Still though, we've enjoyed our time with it and it's been fun to test it alongside some of Panasonic and Sharp's 2012 TVs this week.
The Sharp in particular offers stunning value for money – so if you're looking for a great home cinema TV on a budget, be sure to check out the review after the cut!
We've got deals for you, people. Whether it's refurbed Macs or just about the most awesome priced package of iPad accessories or even this sweet helicopter, they're all in one place -- and heck, why are you still reading this? These deals won't be around forever.
They're out there, lurking online in places you go and places you don't. We're talking deals, people. Sure, you can hunt them down on your own, you can set up alerts, you can even put your favorite deal busting sites into your RSS feed, but since you come to Maclife.com every day for the lowdown, we thought we'd round up the best deals we've found this week and save you the trouble.
It was a week for updates, that's for sure. (Even the product above got updated, though this happened years ago over several iterations. Ahem.) This week saw people pushing out new versions of software everywhere we turned. We don't know what's in the pipelines, but we like it when our apps get great new tools and slick new features. It's pretty hot stuff, we don't mind telling you. And here's some of the other hot magic happening this week.
While CES is the ultimate showcase for brand new technology and innovative gadgets, it can become redundant. Throughout the labyrinth of booths, there are a myriad of copycats, all trying to garner interest in "the next big thing". The fact of the matter is that many of these things are not the best things to come out of the show floor. Read on and I'll tell you why.