Vaja makes several models of leather cases for iPhones, iPads and whatnot. Today, the Nuova Pelle premium leather iPhone case is our item of interest, and it’s worth the attention. The Vaja Website states the Nuova Pelle is a study in minimalism, and they are right about that.
Similar to the Apogee ONE, the Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac a two channel audio interface with a large multifunction button and a sleek design. Unlike the ONE, it has an OLED display for even more visual feedback and control, and a single USB MIDI connection. But the biggest difference is the audio quality. It’s hard to believe, but the Duet’s audio quality is even better than the ONE, which is exactly what justifies the price point of $649 on this audio interface.
The Apogee ONE is a portable audio interface with built-in microphone. Unlike other portable audio interfaces, the Apogee ONE has two inputs in addition to the built-in microphone. Plus, it has a very slick design and, most importantly, audio quality second to none amongst portable audio interfaces. Thanks to a recent product update, it now comes with a Lightning adapter cable, making it compatible with nearly all of your iOS devices. But does all of this justify the steep entry price of $349?
New York-based RESCUECOM’s 2013 Q3 Computer Reliability Report (which includes tablets) was released November 20, in which Apple finished second behind Samsung. What’s different with this survey is the margin between the top two’s respective reliability scores; Samsung’s metric of 694 is nearly three times that of Apple, which finished barely ahead of the runner-up pack, scoring 259 to Lenovo’s 250, Asus’ 212, Toshiba’s 69, HP’s 66, Dell’s 50 and Acer rounding out the top eight with a dismal 16 reliability score.
Waterfield Designs’ Finn Wallet is great, especially because the materials are high quality, the colors are fantastic, and the design is exactly what you would expect from Waterfield. The Finn Wallet is available with three materials from which to choose: full-grain cowhide with a natural deer tan finish in six colors, silver and black nylon “Flash,” and tan waxed-canvas.
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.
As we’ve been pointing out for several weeks now, Apple is really on top of software updates. So far, the company has seeded an OS X Mavericks update to developers, released iOS 7.0.4 to the public, and has updated several applications in both OS X and iOS. On Monday, Apple seeded the first betas of iOS 7.1 and the Apple TV software to developers. iOS 7.1 (which arrives with build number 11D5099e) brings several bug fixes to iOS 7, including several fixes for network connection issues.
Western Digital has revealed the My Passport Air, a portable storage device with up to 1 TB in a stylishly thin all-aluminum enclosure. “Its ultra-slim, high capacity design and advanced content security features make it a must have accessory for even the most discerning Mac aficionado.”
JBL’s Synchros line of in-ear headphones provides you with clear, high quality sound. You’ll notice a big difference in sound quality from your standard earbuds even if you’re not an audiophile. The Synchros S100i is one of the best options for in-ear headphones in the market for its price point. Headphones of this quality tend to be priced above $150, and I think JBL got it just right with $99.
Aspyr loves you so much…I don’t know what else they can do to approve it. This week, they announced that BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1 is now available on the Mac. And if you don’t have Macintosh to play it on, they’ve got that covered, too. Through their GameAgent service, they’ll be giving away a 27″ iMac loaded with Aspyr games such as BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Civilization V: Gold Edition, and more.
Vancouver based designer and manufacturer, Edifier, has introduced their newest product called the Luna EclipseT. The Luna EclipseT boasts a powerful 74 watts of power in addition to having a 3/4” / 19mm tweeter and a 3” / 76.2mm full range driver built into each speaker. The Luna EclipseT allows users to connect any compatible device via Bluetooth, including all of Apple’s iOS devices, Macs, and the iPod nano.
Earlier today, we shared Target’s Black Friday deals on Apple products. If you don’t think they were good enough, take a look at the Black Friday deals being offered by Best Buy and Walmart. Both retailers are using attractive discounts on various Apple products—including iPads, Macs, iPhones, etc.—to make sure you hit their stores on (or before) November 29th.