If you want more oomph from your MacBook’s speakers, TwelveSouth’s BassJump 2 can deliver enhanced low-end sound without adding all the bulk of traditional external speakers. The company has just updated the software that handles the audio processing for this external subwoofer, delivering new features and full OS X Mavericks compatibility.
There are very few bags out there that let you carry a massive amount of stuff without sacrificing style. C6 has managed to create a rugged, stylish and handy backpack that is very easy to carry around. The C6 backpack comes in two different sizes—a large and small—and in multiple colors, including black and forest green. The small backpack and the large backpack are both excellent choices, though the larger one may be the way to go.
MacBook or iPad? Laptop or Windows Surface 2? It’s a question that’s getting harder to answer these days. Our own Charles Moore has been wrestling with it, and Joanna Cabot over at TeleRead is faced with a similar dilemma. Her current MacBook is aging quickly, and with the amount of work she’s offloaded to her iPad, she was wondering if a Microsoft tablet isn’t the way to go.
When I offered to review Citizen Berlin messenger bag from Chrome Industries, I have to admit it was based entirely on looks. I absolutely love the design of this bag, and will cover that in a bit. But truth be told, when I received the Citizen Berlin, I didn’t even know how to use it. That won’t be an issue for fans of messenger bags, who will instead be able to focus on all the features the Citizen Berlin offers, and rightly so.
WaterField Designs has introduced yet another successful line of premium products for Apple’s premium devices. The Staad backpack is a one-of-a-kind bag, made with extremely high quality materials and assembled with fine craftsmanship. It comes in tan waxed-canvas or black ballistic nylon color options, and offers customers the choice of black, chocolate or grizzly premium leather for the flap of the bag. Whichever color you choose, the Staad goes with almost any kind of office clothing, but also works great for when you dress casually as well.
Chrome Industries has announced the third issue of their City Series bags, this time inspired by Berlin. The new Chrome City Series Berlin bags—Citizen Berlin and Yalta Berlin—are made with water resistant “felted” polyester and embossed suede. The inside features Chrome’s own Bavarian inspired needlework print, while the hardware is finished with an antique brass finish.
Exotic sports cars are made of the stuff. Jetliners are made of the stuff. So why shouldn’t a laptop case be made of carbon fiber, one of the lightest, strongest materials available? If DFWComposites recently-launched Kickstarter campaign reaches its funding goal, a Carbon Fiber laptop sleeve could be in your MacBook’s future.
I’ve been pondering lately the fact that my current fleet of Apple hardware is the oldest I’ve ever had since climbing aboard the Cupertino Express back in 1992 with a used Mac Plus. I used to think of myself as a sort of “late early adopter,” typically buying in when the first major revision of a device becomes available, but I tend to like things more the longer I keep them, whether they be items of clothing, tools, cars, or computers.
Describing it as “hauntingly beautiful,” Twelve South today pulled the sheet back from their new GhostStand Macbook riser stand. A simple stand composed of interlocking Lucite arms, GhostStand raises your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro about six inches off your desk. This provides a number of benefits, while its barely-there aesthetic helps keep your desk space visually uncluttered.
Most bags make you choose one: your iPad or your Mac. These days, people just can’t leave home without having multiple devices in tow. This is true for people like me who have to carry a Mac to do work while using an iPad for music and reading newspapers and magazines. At the same time, I’m also expected to carry notebooks, my iPhone, and of course, all of the chargers for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. I’ve never owned a bag that could carry all of this stuff, until the Booq Viper Courier.
With the ever-diminishing size of laptops, carriers have become smaller, too. The problem is that you still have all the stuff you need to take with you: power cables, external drives, pens, etc. You need something that’s light and mobile, but can also organize your digital life. The Booq Viper is an answer to that; a hybrid of the traditional bag and the minimalistic sleeve.
Apple is rumored to be moving away from the current LED-backlit LCD displays that it currently uses in all of its current iOS and Mac products. According to a report from Korea’s IT News, Apple is looking to adopt IGZO displays for all future iOS devices and Macs, and the company may be making this shift as early as next year.