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Over the past few days I've had the pleasure to play with and listen to the latest offering from Sonos, the PLAY:1, and I'm amazed. They've either discovered magic or decided to lower their margins because, at US$199, the PLAY:1 now opens the door for many more prospective Sonos customers than before without sacrificing any quality at all. Yes, compared to the now middle(-sized) Sonos child (the PLAY:3) the PLAY:1 sounds different, but to my ears neither better nor worse. The new PLAY:1 has a bit more midrange than the PLAY:3 but that's just fine. The size and the price of this make it either a perfect entry point for someone into the Sonos world, or a perfect add-on for the kitchen or bedroom where you're wishing you had a Sonos unit. Buy two and you're in stereo mode. Or add 'em to your Playbar for true rear-channel surround sound. We went into a longer discussion about it during today's Mac Geek Gab #470 if you want to hear more (along with the story of how I set them up).
I am happy to welcome Smile back as this week's sponsor here at TMO, and especially so this week because they've asked me to talk about their brand new product, PDFpen Scan+. Your iPhone's got a great camera, and it also has a really killer processor. Put those two things in the hands of the smart folks at Smile, and they turn out an app that will use the camera to scan documents and the processor to perform optical character recognition (OCR) on the text contained therein. The result can be a PDF with real text, not just a picture, or the raw text itself for you to edit.
Apple today updated their iMac models with a slew of technological enhancements including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3.7GHz i7 processors, and up to 4GB of VRAM.
iOS 6 users who have upgraded (or will upgrade) to iOS 7 may lament the loss of their "swipe to delete" functionality. In iOS 6, swiping to the right brought up a 'Delete' button, whereas now in iOS 7 that to-the-right swipe causes a different type of navigation. Never fear: Apple hasn't left you in the dark, they've just changed directions on you. Try swiping to the left in mail and you'll get instant payoff!
iPhone 5s orders sold briskly on Friday morning, but those who got their orders in within the first few minutes are beginning to see the payoff for their efforts. iPhone 5s shipments began today, some for delivery as early as Wednesday of this week.
iOS 7 does a pretty good job taking just about any image you have and making it work with the new parallax background effect, moving your image behind your icons. But there are tricks to making it work well, and there are also some fantastic photographs out there on the internet. Combine it all together and you get FreeiOS7.com's collection of parallax wallpapers. They've sized them for both the iPhone and iPad, so head on over and check 'em out. Easiest is to do it from your iOS 7-based device, then save your favorite image(s) to your camera roll and... off you go!
iTunes 11.1 introduced some huge changes, specifically with regards to podcasts. You may not realize it, but podcasts are now synced with your iOS devices (and Apple TVs updated to Version 6) and that means iTunes manages things VERY differently. From sorting to deleting, nearly all of it has changed. We'll be talking more about that on our upcoming Mac Geek Gab this Sunday, and likely writing some more tips, too, but for now there's a great post at Apple's Support Forums with some good tips to get you started. Hopefully this helps!
As is typical with a new iOS release, Apple today updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions to account for several new features included in the OS. While most of these are trivial and expected, one addition clarifying the way rental downloads work jumped out at us. In short, you have thirty days to begin rental downloads and then another thirty days to start watching once you've completed your download. More details in the article.
We here at the TMO Towers have been furiously digging through iOS 7 to find all the new stuff in there for you. With this article, we highlight our 12 favorites but... there's likely more, so please read, and then let us know what you've found!
Ten years ago Skype started as a small company looking for a way to cut down on the founders' international phone bills while they developed Kazaa. Today it's a multi-billion dollar Microsoft asset. Every company has a story to tell, and Skype has chosen today to tell theirs.