Automatic is a gadget with a companion iOS app that gives just about any car built since 1996 advanced features, including some that even address the "nut behind the wheel." Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous takes Automatic out for a spin and comes back impressed with its style, fuel-saving behavior modification, and the ability to answer that age-old question: "Does anybody remember where we parked?"
The Booq Boa Shift backpack has been designed specifically for Mac users. It will accommodate 13, 15, and 17-in MacBooks with plenty of room for everything else, even textbooks. There are elastic pockets for both left- and right-handed iPhone users. Each bag is fitted with a serialized ID tag to assist in case it's lost. The TMO rating is a perfect 5/5.
The SOEN Transit Bluetooth speaker is designed to be the very best speaker of its kind. Measuring just 32 cubic inches, it's designed to be taken anywhere, and it exudes class in packaging, accessories, design, features, convenience and sound. However, design constraints place limits on performance. John Martellaro sizes it all up.
The Speck PixelSkin HD case for the iPhone 5/5s is not designed to let the iPhone's color show through, but if you don't care about that and want superior protection, ease of use, attractive color choices and great grip, this is a superb case.
How do you make a great tablet even better? In the case of Apple, you make it thinner, lighter, and faster, and the call it the iPad Air. This is the first big redesign for the iPad line since the iPad 2 was introduced in 2011, and it shows. Is the fancy new look worth the cost of upgrading? Read on to see.
Apple's long awaited updates for its Mac iWork apps are finally out, and one of the big new features they bring to the table are substantially better compatibility with their iOS counterparts. The tradeoff is that Mac users lose some functionality to gain that compatibility, and for Pages '09 users it may not be worth the price.
The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens system for the iPhone 5/5s replaces the original 3-IN-1 system. The new kit features a fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15x macro. The fisheye and wide-angle optics have been improved compared to the original version.
The recent release of OS X Mavericks was accompanied by a number of updates to the iWork and iLife suites of Mac productivity apps. The made-for-Mavericks iLife version 9.5 is still known as iPhoto ’11 and remains essentially unchanged. Nevertheless, it is still the go-to application for the majority of typical Mac owners who love photography.
Keynote 6, part of Apple's new iWork family, has made the leap forward to 2013. It's a complete rewrite of Keynote '09 and now has file compatibility with the iOS version. Here's John Martellaro's review.
When a major new release of an operating system is emerging, the developer can take two approaches. First, be heady with agenda and greatly annoy the users with abrupt, dramatic change. Alternatively, the developer can focus on all the areas that make the OS more secure, more fun and more usable. Apple has chosen to skip the first path and take the second with OS X 10.9 "Mavericks." John Martellaro weighs in.
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