Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire hits stores on Tuesday, and the floodgates opened at midnight on Monday for reviewers to unleash their thoughts on the Android-based tablet -- and, of course, how it will or will not threaten Apple’s current domination of the tablet market with the iPad 2. Here’s a look at what the reviewers have to say.
Wireless all-in-one inkjet printers are all the rage these days, and from a quick glance at the specs, you’d be led to believe that they’re mostly the same. The reality is, all wireless printers are not created equal, so we rounded up six Mac-compatible units (each from a different manufacturer) to find out which one is worth your time and money.
Another year of BlizzCon has come and gone, but what does it mean for Mac users? Come along with us as we dig into the newest details for StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack. Plus, see some of the best cosplay costumes this side of Azeroth. For the Horde!
In case you’ve been unplugged from the Internet today or simply didn’t set your alarm clock to wake you up in time, Apple held a media event at their Cupertino campus. “Back to the Mac” brought a tantalizing peek at the next Mac OS X Lion 10.7 which brings some iOS-style functionality to the Mac, a new iLife ’11 suite, FaceTime for the Mac and yes, a pair of new MacBook Air models.
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.
The day after the iPad was announced, the joke went something like this: Hold up your iPhone and innocently exclaim, “Hey, check out my iPad nano!”
Good one. But now that we’ve gotten our hands on the iPad and seen how easy and fun it is to use, the joke’s basic truth shines brighter. The iPhone OS and its multi-touch input are so at home on a bigger screen that it feels like this was how it was meant to be all along. Recall what it’s like to go from a small TV to a big, high-def one--while it’s pretty much the same thing on paper, it’s still a vastly better experience when you sit down to watch a movie.
But if the iPad represents the way the iPhone OS was meant to be experienced, it still isn’t totally clear exactly what it’s meant to be used for. A lot of people we’ve spoken to are having trouble wrapping their heads around that. If I have a MacBook and an iPhone, they wonder, why do I need this? Short answer: the apps.