iPads used to turn heads, but after 63 million sold, give or take, an iPad in the wild isn’t the conversation starter that it used to be. But more than any other stand we’ve tested, Octa’s creative TabletTail is novel enough to draw attention at coffee shops, on planes, or anywhere you’ll use it--and with its compact size and 6-ounce weight, you’ll use it almost everywhere.
For those of us who read magazines more than any other print or digital publication, the idea behind Next Issue is marvelous. Much like a Netflix for such periodicals, the iPad app lets you plunk down a subscription fee each month in return for unlimited access to dozens of top magazines, with both current and back issues (only 2012 releases at present) available for all. It's a prospect that could have serious effects on both the buying and reading habits of magazine aficionados, with multiple plans offering various monthly, biweekly, and weekly publications, though the execution doesn't live up to the brilliant concept at present.
Over a decade ago, Nintendo brought deep, turn-based strategy to the handheld games market with Advance Wars. The cartoony military battles were a perfect fit for the Game Boy Advance, and in many ways, Rubicon has captured the same spirit on iOS with Great Big War Game. Strategy games generally work splendidly with a touch-screen interface, but it's extremely rare to find an iOS title in the genre with such a massive amount of content.
The more music you collect in iTunes, the more you’ll need a good way of organizing it all. Otherwise, you’ll be constantly skipping through songs to get to the tracks you want. The way to keep things in order is with playlists, of which there are two kinds: normal and smart.
When Apple refreshed its laptop line in June 2012, the entry-level price of the 13-inch MacBook Air came down by $100, to just $1,199. Surprise, that’s also the price of the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. We can’t remember Apple having two entry-level machines like this--in the days of the white plastic MacBook, that was always the rock-bottom-priced option, and until this revision, the MacBook Air was always slightly more expensive than the MacBook Pro, since the Air’s fancy, shrunken innards cost a premium. So now the question becomes how to choose.
When I was a kid, I discovered something amazing: detangler. You spray some on your hair, and voilà, a comb will run right through it no matter how tangled it was. To my knowledge, this product hasn’t been invented for headphone cables, and that’s a darn shame. But Jays seems to have solved the tangled cables problem anyway with the a-JAYS Four. These earbuds sport a flat rubber cable that just doesn’t tangle. I really tried, too. I balled them up and shoved them in my pocket, let them roll around in the bottom of my bag, never used a carrying case -- I even wore them in bed a few times. The cable is just wide and flat enough to resist knotting, and it simply doesn’t catch on itself when you ball it up. There’s no need to wrap or coil the headphones on anything. Just pull them out of wherever you stashed them, give ’em a shake, and they’re ready to go, untangled.
We usually have some killer deals on Macs or we have a bevy of cases for your inspection, but this week our hottest deal is on an iPad. Now, if you're in the market for a Mac, we've got a couple that might suit and there will never be and end to cases or case sales, so we've got that covered too. But if you've been holding out on buying an iPad, perhaps a look below at this price will entice you.
Many iPad games have been designed in mind for ION Audio's iCade, the peripheral that brings a physical joystick and buttons to Apple's tablet in an arcade-like cabinet, with more and more titles being added on a regular basis. The official list includes a large mix of classic arcade games, many more designed in their mold, and numerous other interesting experiences, but if you have an iCade and just want to tear into some great games without digging around, here are our picks for some of the best iCade-compatible options available.
The arrival of a new Apple television commercial is always cause for celebration (with the possible exception of those recent "Mac Guy" spots), and this week brings yet another focused on the iPad experience.