All year long I look for the very best gadgets for my end-of-the-year gift guide columns. This is the first of three installments, replete with something for everyone, with most items going for under $60.
Apple is indeed an awesome and wealthy company, on track to become the first one valued at a trillion dollars. But the heritage of Apple is also concentrated power in a small executive team, and that means too much falls through the cracks.
Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.
I love managing my finances on my Mac, but I have never liked depending upon Intuit or its Quicken for Mac products. Intuit, as you probably know, has no love for Mac users. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been looking for a personal finance solution for the Mac since 1998, and he finally found it: iBank 5.
olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.
Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.
The New Trent Alixo 6S case for iPhone 6 gives you a sturdy transparent inner case and two click-on fronts, one in white and one in black. The Apple logo is visible to one and all. The clamshell design helps protect against dust and moisture.
Silk Innovation’s Stealth Armor case for iPhone 6 protects your iPhone with a rugged shock-absorbent rubberized core, a polycarbonate exoskeleton shell and tempered glass display protector. Three interchangeable back plates in gold, gunmetal, and silver allow the user to match the iPhone color.
Having spent some quality time with an iPad Air 2 lately I realize just how much I prefer it over my 4th generation iPad. Of course it’s thinner, lighter, and faster the first iPad Air, but it’s so much lighter, thinner, and faster than my 4th generation iPad that I’ll never be happy holding my 4th gen iPad again. As far as I’m concerned, it turned into fat, sluggish beast overnight.
For many people, music is an important part of their lives. It's so important that Apple's iTunes should be the finest example of what Apple developers can build. It should be up to Apple's standards as best-in-class software. Unfortunately, iTunes 12 has a subpar user interface, and it is judged to be the worst software Apple has ever produced. It should be withdrawn from the market.
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