Discovering new music can be a challenge, but Vern Seward points out 2 free apps that will help in this week's Free on iTunes. NPR Music and musiXmatch. And there are more freebie as well.
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).
New Trent’s iPad mini Airbender case features a fully functional keyboard, full cover protection, and it is water resistant. The iPad mini can be tilted at any angle. The keyboard separates if needed for standalone use and yet still affords good protection. The price is excellent.
LYNKtec has released a new Artist Paintbrush Tip for the TruGlide Pro stylus. This is a replaceable tip for the original Pro stylus barrel. It's not pressure sensitive, and it doesn't afford finer lines when drawing. Instead, it simulates the traditional soft brush experience that artists appreciate.
The iPad mini is a great product, but the inclusion of stereo speakers on the bottom didn't solve the problem of directing the sound forwards, towards the user. Customers still find themselves cupping the edge of the iPad mini to redirect and amplify the sound. The Sabine passive sound amplifier for iPad mini solves that problem.
Enjoy Shakespeare? Vern Seward points out two free iOS apps that'll help you get the most out of The Bard's master works in this week's Free on iTunes. They're called Shakespeare and SwipeSpeare, and he has some more freebies to share with you, too.
The Sunfire backpack from Altego is big and roomy. It is designed for Apple products and can easily hold all sizes of Apple laptops, even the 17 inch ones, and there is plenty of space left over for the rest of your Apple gear.
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!
Using hubs is a way of life for most Mac users, and we frequently require more than one to connect all our accessories. The 10-Point hub from Satechi adds nine additional USB 3.0 ports and one iPad-charging port along with other neat features.
Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 9, the latest version of its virtualization software for OS X. Notable are: significant speed improvements, cloud support, an improved experience with Windows 8 and Linux as guest OSes, and support for OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1.
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