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.
The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is designed for mobility. Weighing just 2.5 ounces, it has an internal battery, two Bluetooth channels, and can handle a wide variety of OS X gestures.
IK Multimedia's iRig Pro -- the newest entry into the increasingly crowded audio input field -- seeks to set itself apart from the pack with its versatility and ease of use. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous leaves no cliché unturned as he cuts to the chase to see if this acorn fell far from the iRig tree or if it's a jack of all trades and master of none.
There are carry cases for a MacBook Air that have room for accessories, and there are snap-on, plastic clamshell cases to protect a MacBook Air. However, another very elegant, professional approach is a finely crafted leather slip case from Mint Cases. John Martellaro was impressed, and here's his review.
Apple's iTunes festival concluded Monday night with a performance by Katy Perry. The event took over The Roundhouse theater, an historic music venue in Camden Town, in North West London, where the entire month of September was dedicated to iTunes, the Festival, and Apple itself.
Apple's highly anticipated iOS 7 is finally out and in the wild, and there's plenty that's new in this update. From a redesigned user interface to revamped apps, There's little that hasn't been touched by Apple engineers this time around. With that much changed, is iOS 7 worth installing? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet says yes. Read on to see why.
Want full-sized digital sound from your guitar or bass without the strain and hassle of lugging around a full-sized amp? The impressive (but inelegantly named) Sonoma Wire Works Guitar Jack Model 2 is stunning, but be prepared to BYOC (bring your own cable).
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.
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