I have a life-long passion for art. Unfortunately, due to the usual demands of adulthood, I haven’t drawn since architecture school 20 years ago. I’ve also been slow to try my hand at creating digital art because the software and graphics tablets seemed too darn expensive.
Once you get used to having a backlit keyboard, going back to a regular, non-illuminated keyboard can feel downright primitive. Apple introduced keyboard backlighting with the 17-inch PowerBook G4 in 2003, kept that feature in the MacBook Pro in 2006, and brought it to the MacBook Air in 2011. But Apple has never sold an external backlit keyboard for using an iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, or closed MacBook in the dark. No problem--Mac accessory maker Moshi fills that need (OK, that want) with the Luna, a black plastic USB keyboard that features backlit keys and a clear acrylic frame that glows at the edges.
We all wait with baited breath for what will come next week. With an event scheduled for a mere six days from now, we're sure gear dealers and refurb sellers are waiting for a glut of trade-ins, so be sure to come back next week when the deals will probably begin popping like corn at a theater. For now, here's some pretty sweet deals just for you.
You might be wondering: "What can a hotspot do for me?" Wonders, actually. It can turn your phone into a nifty little portable Mi-Fi so that you can hook up your iPad, MacBook, or other neighboring iOS devices to it to get on the internet via your phone's wireless connection. Sure, it'll be slower than Wi-Fi, and you'll need to have an unlimited data plan lest you get charged an arm and a leg, but it's a great way to really turn your iPhone into the supercharged mini computer that it really is. Read on and we'll show you how to do it.
There are plenty of ways to share audio online, but one place stands out as a service for the rest of us and not just professionals. SoundCloud was launched in 2008 by a sound designer and artist, with the aim of enabling musicians to share sounds and recordings with one another.
Lots of devices this week, so if you're getting ready to go back to school, now's the time for picking up some killer deals that will rock your world without smashing your budget. We're talking MacBooks and iPads alike, so read on and find the deal for you.
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.
When you dream of computers, do you dream of high-resolution displays? What about 5.1 million pixels on a screen that is almost comparable to the resolution of the human eye? A screen where the picture is as detailed and sharp as the scenery outside your window? Whether or not you’ve got the cash for it, you can’t deny that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is one of the most impressive notebooks ever built. But unlike the iPad’s vast library of Retina-ready apps, the Retina Mac apps are lagging a bit behind. More often than not, owners of the new MacBook Pro have to adjust the dimensions for apps that haven’t been updated. Developers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to convert, however, and they’re starting to do what’s necessary to make their applications shine on Apple’s new vivid display.
Keynote isn’t just a tool for presentations, it’s also a great piece of software for creating slideshows from your photos. Of course, iPhoto, OS X screensavers and the Apple TV also create great slideshows from your photos, but Keynote offers you far more flexibility to tailor the show to your liking. For example, when creating an iPhoto slideshow, you only get to set the transition type and the images that are used.