Reared on a Mac Plus, graduated to a Performa 6400/180, detoured briefly into eMate 300 territory (which still runs), and currently rocking several variants of MacBook, Aaron is steeped in arcane Apple lore and fluent in Reality Distortion™. Cybersecurity consultant by day and hopeless technophile with aspirations to be a low-grade foodie.
Pioneer has launched two new models of in-ear DJ-quality headphones designed to make excellent sound more portable. Rather than carting around a bulky set of DJ over-ear cans, the new DJE-1500 and DJE-2000 aim to offer the same sound quality via a lightweight in-ear form factor.
Part connect-the-dots, part puzzle game, Dandelions: Chain of Seeds blends the spontaneity of blowing dandelion seeds off a stem with the slowly satisfying logic found in a game of solitaire. The game is billed as a “zen puzzle experience,” and it is a calm, beautifully surreal world filled with challenging arrays of shapes to connect.
Upstart Danish audio firm LIbratone today announced new branding with the tagline “360 Scandinavian” ahead of a refresh to the company’s product lineup of high end speakers. Rather than focusing sound on a single spot in front of the speaker, Libratone’s gear features multiple speakers firing in multiple directions, with the goal of providing uniform and room-filling sound.
INKredible bills itself as an app that’s “Just like paper, but better,” and for the most part it’s true. If you’re looking for a solid note-taking app for your iPad, INKredible provides just the basics: a piece of digital paper and a variety of digital pens from which to choose. With a unique approach to handwriting and some especially useful tools, dedicated pen-and-paper aficionados may just be able to ditch the dead trees and go all digital for capturing notes, doodles, drawings, and sketches.
Launched at CES back in January of this year, ClearView bills its Clio Bluetooth speaker as the First Invisible Speaker; from the photos, that seems to be an accurate description. Product images on their website feel less like geek porn and more like a game from Highlights magazine—spot the speaker in the room scene. Featuring a single curved glass panel and barely-there base, the Clio transforms 2.1 channel sound from boring box to invisible marvel.
A combination of Crux’s two previous cases for the iPad 2/3/4 models, the CruxENCORE for iPad Air combines a laptop-style keyboard case and a 360º flip case for tablet use. Recently launched for funding on Kickstarter, there’s still time to back the project if you’re looking to use your Air more seriously than the onscreen keyboard allows.
iResizer is a content-aware image scaling app that lets you resize your images without distorting the subjects. You can squash a landscape into a square while preserving the people in your snapshot, but the app’s got some rough edges that make it a tough sell.
MacTech’s BootCamp is back this year for round III. Newly updated topics include security, mobility management, and configuration, while the Office for Mac Accreditation has also been updated. Check out full details and make use of the discount AppleTell readers can get on the conference fees!
The Paick Sleek is an external battery pack for portable devices with an integrated carry handle/charger cable in the top. Weighing it at only 5 ounces and roughly the size of your iPhone, it’s designed to give your battery some extra oomph without busting your pocket.
A stylus can be a useful replacement for your finger when using an iDevice, but they’re largely far from prefect. With about a week to go on Kickstarter, the Zen precision stylus aims to solve many of the issues by including unique features like shock absorption and a 3-in-1 design that lets you carry less in your pockets.
Aptly named, Intensify is designed to help you bring out the details in your photos, whether it’s recovering landscape details lost to haze or just making an otherwise drab cityscape pop. Unlike some programs of the HDR editing variety, however, Intensify’s adjustments are natural looking and can be infinitely altered through a powerful combination of sliders and masking.
The HiddenRadio2 Kickstarter campaign is hot, and for good reason. This pint sized bluetooth speaker offers a great blend of functionality and design, and looks for all the world like something Apple would create if they chose to enter the mini Bluetooth speaker market.
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