Many have tried--and failed--to reinvent the book in digital form. It took the powerhouse that is Amazon to reinvigorate the idea of e-books, and when it released the Kindle, gadget nerds and book lovers rejoiced. But let’s not forget that Amazon’s roots are in selling stuff (books in particular), not building hardware. That’s why the company is piggybacking on the infrastructure it built to sell e-books to Kindle owners, first with an app for iPhone users and now with Kindle for your Mac desktop. It’s all about selling virtual books by the truckload.
Arriving just in time for Steam’s debut on the Mac, the Core i5 MacBook Pro is the best gaming laptop Apple’s ever built. And thanks to the new processor’s Hyper-Threading technology and Turbo Boost speeds, this MacBook Pro is also a workhorse that delivers both impressive speeds in all the most processor-intensive applications and a built-in battery that lasts an entire day.
When I reviewed the Wi-Fi iPad for our June cover story (4.5 out of 5 stars), it was a little tricky coming up with bona fide complaints about it--call me fangirl all you want, but I was smitten, as was the rest of the Mac|Life staff. With the iPad Wi-Fi+3G, my rose-colored glasses are covered with smudgy fingerprints of regret. After two days of failed 3G account activation and a good 90 minutes of phone calls (first with AT&T, who passed me to Apple, who told me to talk to AT&T, who transferred me to Apple, who transferred me back to AT&T), the 3G iPad’s luster was fading--fast. I even considered returning it. And that’s saying a lot for someone who loves the iPad as much as I do.
Despite what it might sound like at first, Wacom’s Cintiq monitor/tablet combo isn’t just a wacky gimmick--although it does feel pretty sci-fi and futuristic. Essentially, it’s all the technology of the Intuos4 tablet crammed into a 21.3-inch touch-sensitive display. The Cintiq boasts 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity--double that of the previous generation--and the ability to recognize the angle of the pen in applications like Photoshop and Painter. Our tests revealed smooth lines while painting with the Brush tool and more realistic strokes as the Cintiq matched our natural drawing angle.
Apple haters love to trot out the fact that the iPhone and iPod touch lack a physical keyboard. And of course, the first feature iPhone users notice about any rival keyboard-equipped smartphone is usually the microscopic keys. 4iThumbs attempts to bridge that gap, offering some of the tactile feedback of a hard keyboard without giving up all the benefits of the iPhone’s virtual keys.
Dr. Dre’s been known for crafting party-starting beats since the mid-1980s when he was part of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. While the Cru’s break-dance tracks and electro slow-jams would later be eclipsed by his work with N.W.A. and as a solo artist, there’s no doubt that Dre’s been rocking our headphones since the days of the Walkman. And now we get a chance rock his ’phones.
Imagine being put at the helm of a gargantuan Federation ship, zooming from base to base, relying on your allies as you gun down a Romulan fleet before laying siege to their luminescent base. Sounds fun, right? Well, Star Trek D-A-C didn’t get the memo, or at least it didn’t get the budget to pull “fun” off. D-A-C stands for Deathmatch, Assault, and Conquest, the three main modes. And if that name seems weak, just try playing this unimpressive game.
I’ve resisted buying a Bluetooth headset because I’m not down with cyborg fashion. But as the Borg used to say on Star Trek: The Next Generation, resistance is futile--especially now that many states are adopting laws requiring the use of hands-free devices while driving. Sure, you could use a wired headset, but wires are cumbersome--and besides, it’s 2010. In that spirit, we called in three intriguing new Bluetooth headsets and put them through their paces.
Losing data sucks. Your spreadsheets from work are one thing, but the truly heart-wrenching losses are the things you can’t replace: pictures of your kids at Disneyland, the Great American Novel you’ve been working on since college, or your 300GB iTunes Library that you’ve been lovingly curating for the last decade. Luckily, tools like Prosoft’s Data Rescue can help get your data back whether you lost it to file corruption or simply to being overzealous with the Empty Trash command (we’ve all done that at least once).