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.
If there’s one thing you can say about Google it’s that they’ve more than their share of irons in the fire. Over the past several years, the company, originally known for their search engine excellence, has branched out to embrace cloud-based communications and online office productivity technologies with products like Gmail, Google Phone Google Docs and their oh-so-doomed Google Wave endeavour. Mac and Windows computer can choose to access these online offerings via Google’s speedy Chrome internet browser to They’ve carved out a niche for themselves in the smartphone market as well with the various flavours of their Android operating system, which can be found on an increasingly wide variety of handsets and other mobile devices. Recently, they even mounted an assault on our living rooms (to mixed results) with Google TV. In short, Google has become an unstoppable technology juggernaut hellbent on forcing their way into every section of your gadget-filled life that they can. Today, the company came one step closer to fulfilling that dream of whole-market permeation with the official unveiling of a number of new products that may have the potential to alter the technological landscape to such an extent that even we Mac users, content in the cloister of our walled garden of App Stores and Finely-tuned hardware and the awesome power of OS X and iOS, stand to be effected by.
With a new rumor circulating that the iPad 2 may be announced as early as January, speculation has begun on what the refresh will bring. According to a Chinese newspaper, Apple may focus on five specific areas for the new model.
Active noise cancellation is meant to reduce unwanted sound--the drone of an airplane’s jet engine, the hum of your office air conditioner, that kind of steady background noise. A tiny microphone detects the sound waves outside your headphones, then the headphones play an opposite sound wave which cancels out the original noise. That’s why they need a battery to work.
Walking the line between tool and toy, Spiderpodium’s eight legs can keep your iOS device--or any handheld gizmo of about the same size--right where you want it. The rubber legs stay in any position, so you actually get to use your imagination when dreaming up new ways to pose it--and there’s no reason a kid couldn’t also imagine it as a nefarious space insect attacking a brave colony of Lego men.
With 21.5- and 27-inch LED-backlit screens under a glossy pane of edge-to-edge glass, the new iMacs don’t look different from the widescreen all-aluminum beauties from late 2009. But inside, it’s a whole different story--with Intel’s latest processors powering these new models, the 2010 iMacs should see impressive performance spikes. We set up the 3.06GHz Core i3 model ($1,199) and the 3.2GHz Core i3 model ($1,499) in the Mac|Life lab to test how an i3 really performs--and what those extra three bills for the 3.2GHz iMac really get you.
It’s been less than a year since I acquired my trusty MacBook Pro, but it’s already filled to capacity with important documents and precious photos. Since I can’t physically expand the disk space within the computer, the search was on for a Mac-friendly hard drive that offers the holy trisect of features: speed, capacity, and reliability. I put three of the most promising new external drives to the test to see which one could live up to my demanding storage requirements.
The iPhone’s iPod functions replaced an actual iPod in my pocket long ago. But as great as it is to have one device I can use to tweet, listen to music, check my calendar, and make the occasional voice call, for me, the iPhone is a less than perfect music player. Without hard buttons for navigation, I can’t skip to my favorite tracks without having to look at the device. Luckily, Etymotic’s new hf3 headset has an inline remote for playback control (and taking calls), and this time around, they’ve added volume buttons as well for the ultimate in control.