iPod accessories have taken a turn for the wireless since the introduction of the iPad, especially since it’s a bit bulky to prop up on a clock radio or speaker dock. The tide has shifted toward AirPlay or Bluetooth-enabled speakers that work with a wider range of smartphones, media players, and tablets. Logitech cuts the cord almost entirely with its $149.99 Logitech Wireless Boombox.
Students, teachers, and other professionals still expected to use a pen to take down notes: Targus is demoing the iNotebook at CES, a transcribing pen that automatically syncs your handwriting and translates it into text via an app on your iPad.
The iNotebook includes a rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled writing recognition receiver, which will hook on to the iPad and work with the pen to allow transcription of handwritten notes. The pen will also include integrated stylus that lets users write directly onto the iPad.
We've always wanted to fly helicopters, but pilot lessons cost way too much money. Now, thanks to the Griffin HELO TC, you can finally fly helicopters without a pilot's license. Just make sure you've got an iOS device—this bad boy is controlled directly from your favorite touchscreen.
We had a blast playing with it in our Fabulous Toys feature To enter, just leave us a message telling us what you think the best possible use for the Remote Controlled Helicopter would be! Oh, and only enter once, Ace.
Contrary to popular belief, the McTiVia is not a TiVia made by McDonalds. What it is, is a wireless streamer for streaming everything from your Mac to your TV. And it's got quite a few tricks up its sleeve. The McTiVia can wirelessly bring your Mac screen to your TV (with synchronized audio), remotely operate your Mac from TV with standard USB mouse/keyboard combo, or even be used as a wireless access point.
We liked it enough to give it a 3.5 in our review.
To enter, just leave a comment explaining what you would use this crazy TV to Mac hook up for.
The era of the PC-free is finally here! Syncing over Wi-Fi has to be one of the best new features of iOS 5. You no longer have to connect your iOS device over a cable to your Mac or PC. Like AirDrop, all you need to sync is to have your iOS device and Mac on the same network. Cutting the cord couldn’t be easier, and we’ll show you why (and how!).
Many of us at Mac|Life have cut ties with the cable company, and it feels great. There’s so much content available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and others, that we only miss those 400 channels occasionally—mostly for sports and news. Reclaim live sports and news, and cut streaming service costs with the HD HomeRun. It tunes in over-the-air broadcasts or unencrypted (Clear QAM) cable channels, if you’re not ready to end that service.
Like the times, music keeps a-changin’. These days, it’s more often enjoyed on the go from your iDevice, rather than by dusting off a CD or (gasp) record. That’s part of why Apple’s AirPlay feature, which lets you beam tunes from iDevices to compatible speakers, gets us so excited…but there’s actually a better option, if you can afford it. Sonos’ line of wireless music players can send your tunes on tour all over the house, and they offer more power and flexibility.
By this time of the year, traditionally we’d be reporting on a treasure trove of rumors about new iPods, with Apple’s annual fall music event usually arriving in the month of September. That’s not the case now that the iPhone 5 is hogging the spotlight after being bumped from the WWDC lineup back in June -- but there are still some things we’d like to see Cupertino do with the decade-old media players.
No, it’s not a yogurt that makes your Mac, um, run more smoothly. But McTiVia could dramatically improve how much you enjoy your Mac by wirelessly beaming your Mac’s display to your TV. There’s a catch or two, but just take a moment to think about how awesome it’d be to slap your OS X Desktop on your big screen and watch videos, surf, or even check email while your Mac hums away efficiently in another room.
Apple quietly slipped out hardware updates to the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule in June, which FCC documents claim to have stronger Wi-Fi range and performance. Despite Apple touting this newfound ability, AnandTech now has an exhaustive review of the networking products to confirm it in the real world.