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.
Traveling can leave you with a lot of time on your hands. Vern Seward points out three free iOS apps that wayward travelers might find useful. Circa, CityMaps2Go, Translate Professional.
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.
The iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver and space gray. If you're of a mind to protect your new 5s with a case and would like the color to show through nicely, here are five cases that do that in varying degrees, balancing protection with transparency.
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.
Learning a new language just got easier, more fun, and free. Vern Seward takes an exclusive look at Duolingo in this week's Free on iTunes.
Griffin’s Survivor case for iPad mini offers protection from numerous environmental factors and unlike many other full coverage protective cases, it is easy to use. Users can even recharge their iPad mini without removing the case.
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.
Got some photos you wanna share? Why not add a little something extra? Vern Seward points out 3 services that let you do just that on your iPhone or iPad in this week's Free on iTunes. Linea, Momentage, and Shuttersong.
Trips can be boring for kids; there is no way to get around that. So Griffin has created a backseat case for iPads that works with iPad 2, 3, and 4. The case fastens around the car seat’s headrest poles, and removing and inserting the iPad is simple.
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