Hands On / First Looks
The FineGrain team is back on Kickstarter with a new iPad accessory, the COBURNS iPad stand. Minimalist to a fault, COBURNS is a set of two wooden slats that can be used to hold your iPad at any angle without adding bulk to your iPad. Even though they use less material than FineGrain’s cases, the materials in each COBURNS are no less exotic; not only will your iPad stand up, but your iPad will also stand out with a pair of these fine looking wooden beauties attached.
I’ve now been able to spend about 24 hours with the iPad Air, my first iPad upgrade since the 3rd gen model, and it was worth the wait. From the slimmer design to the better camera to the faster processor, there’s little to not like about Apple’s newest upgrade. I even like the new name; iPad Air sounds so much better than iPad 5. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t found a couple things to nitpick in my early bullet point impressions.
As Apple announced at their media event in San Francisco yesterday, we now have OS X Mavericks, which brings a lot of new functionality to the Macintosh. Most of it is pretty slick, some of it is quite intrusive, and a lot of it you’ll never even notice. I’ve been playing around with the new OS since soon after its release yesterday, and here are my initial thoughts.
Maxthon Cloud Browser v4.31 is now available, providing bug fixes, stability, speed and performance enhancements. The latest update also includes “shake and send” cloud push and localized content in 15 languages. The free browser for iPhone and iPad is well worth downloading to take a look, and you’ll likely want to stick with it longer.
In spite of my misgivings about being an early adopter of anything as important as a major operating system upgrade, curiosity got the better of me, and I took the plunge and installed iOS 7. If you’re pondering an upgrade to iOS 7, make sure you’re ready to make the leap, because for better or worse, there’s no going back.
It’s taken me a couple days to formulate my bullet-point impressions of the iPhone 5c, mainly because this one is my wife’s. We alternate updates, with her being on the “incrementals.” With the iPhone 5c, however, Tieraney is mostly pretty thrilled. The different design and the striking color make it feel like a more significant upgrade than it is, considering the internals are pretty much identical to my iPhone 5.
iOS 7 has been out in the wild a couple of days now, and we’re all still basking in the vibrantly pastel glow of new transparency effects, wiggling our phones to watch the parallax, and appreciating the subtle goodness of gradients in our icons. While Apple’s annual refresh cycle gives us something to look forward to every year, it’s worthwhile to pause and see what didn’t make it into the new version.
iOS 7 is a bundle of goodies, and Siri gets a significant upgrade; there are now two voices, female and male, with improved speech and improved functionality. But Siri still has some limitations on what she (or he!) can do, and in at least one case, has lost an ability she had in iOS 6.
After months of betas, rumors, and colorful updates, Apple’s iOS 7 has finally been released to the public, and it seems the public is receiving it pretty well. Shortly after iOS 7 was released, New York City seemed to be abuzz with talk of Apple’s latest iOS update. I spotted a few high school students asking about the software while some friends explained how it worked, and even several people on the subway talking about updating later tonight.
As you’d expect, there’s going to be a race amongst gadget case designers to get their iPhone 5C cases on store shelves. Many have already announced their iPhone 5C case designs, and a couple even have them available for purchase. X-Doria is one of those companies, and they sent us four review units so we’re prepared when the iPhone 5C arrives. Here are our early thoughts.
Unlike brands that charge a high price just for a name, Adopted’s prices are entirely attributable to a very high level of craftsmanship, genuinely functional designs, and amazing materials. Each Adopted iPhone case looked great, and I couldn’t pick a favorite—though if you dock your iPhone 5, the Forged Case will probably be your best bet.
Smashmuck Champions is a MOBA, but if you think it’s like League of Legends, you’d be wrong. Each match lasts from 5 to 10 minutes with a variety of different objectives and maps that can change to either help or hinder you. Choose from 24+ heroes with skills that change based on the weapon you use, and with 600+ customizable items you can find a play style that suits you best.