Parallels Desktop 9, released this week, brings a ton of useful new features that help integrate OS X and Windows even further. But what about performance? Is this year's upgrade worth it for those who need to run Windows as fast as possible? Check out our Parallels 9 benchmarks to find out!
Parallels, famous for its virtualization software, has launched a new product for the iPad. It allows you to remotely operate and fully control any OS X or Windows app residing on your computer right from your iPad. It does this by translating traditional mouse controls into familiar iPad gestures. You can even run Windows apps, like MS Word, that reside on your Mac in a virtual machine file.
The 8 megapixel camera in the iPhone 5 is pretty good, and iOS provides a digital zoom, but serious photographers know that digital zoom is sketchy and having a real glass telephoto is preferable. The olloclip 2x telephoto (for iPhone 5 or 4S) provides that optical advantage and includes an adjustable polarizing filter. When combined with olloclip's special iPhone 5 (or 4S) case, the combination makes for easy accessibility and excellent telephoto images.
The Duracell SnapBattery for iPhone 5 combined with the Duracell Powermat with wireless charging make for a powerful duo and are easy to use on several levels.
Many people really love what they consider their ultimate iPhone case. For those folks, a bulky battery pack inside a case just won't do. If that describes you, but you still need additional power for your iPhone, the best choice is a small, handy, external battery pack that can be used with any iOS device. That's just what the Antec Advance PowerUp 6000 is. It's small, cleanly designed, full of 6000 mAh goodness, and could save the day by being able to charge your iPhone four times before exhaustion. And the price is great.
You have one of the fabulous olloclip lens kits for the iPhone that provides add-on fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses. But you have to remove your current case to use the lenses. That's a real pain. olloclip has solved that problem by launching its own iPhone case with a top section that flips out of the way. And it still protects your iPhone nicely.
You've heard about the phablets, notably the Samsung Galaxy Note II with a 5.5 inch display, running Android. Unfortunately, not all of the writing about the device, and phablets in general, has been phabulous. Here is an in-depth, no holds barred, technical analysis and detailed review of the Galaxy Note II by John Martellaro. It may not be what you were expecting.
Ulysses III is a complete rewrite of the legendary Ulysses II writing tool. It uses a wide range of OS X technologies to create a focused, elegant writing environment. By using Markdown, it separates how the document looks from the content. Version 1.0.1 is missing a few minor features, but is a solid and impressive initial release. John Martellaro liked it a lot.
There are times when the iPad or iPhone user needs a stylus. And because stylus technology has come a long way in terms of the design, craftsmanship and the nib material, they're even more fun to use. The LYNKtec TruGlide Pro, with a 5 mm microfiber tip, is the best pure stylus John Martellaro has ever used. Here's his review.
Forget warp drive, Mr. Fission and flying cars. For a real glimpse of tomorrow's technology today, it's hard to imagine anything cooler than charging your iPhone with a tablespoon of water. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous looks at the PowerTrekk -- a hydrogen fuel cell that's barely indistiguishable from magic.
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