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Monday, June 11, 2012

An Overview of iOS 6

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:51 PM

"Apple on Monday took the wraps off iOS 6, the next version of the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch."

Great overview of iOS 6 by Macworld. I'm really liking the Passbook feature, among other things. What are your thoughts on this latest update to iOS that will be released this fall?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kudos Power System for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"Kudos Power is showing their Wireless Charging Power Kit at this last week's Macworld Expo, and we took a moment to learn more about this system for the iPhone 4 and 4S from Jerry Escobar, Brand Marketing."

Well, it certainly is a hefty enough case to be shock resistant, or at least that is what I get out of the picture. I like the idea of simply putting my iPhone down on some kind of pad to charge it, but I'm not too keen on such a bulky case. I think I'm going to stick with my extra power chord and keep the streamlined looks of my iPhone intact. But if you need a bulky case that doubles as part of a charging system, and are willing to fork over $99.00 USD for it, by all means keep in contact with Kudos over at their website.

iKeyboard for iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"Before the 2012 edition of the expo wrapped yesterday, I had the opportunity to take one last pass on the exhibit hall floor to check out what the Saturday crowd was showing interest in. There was one product that grabbed my interest as a writer, especially considering how much I use my iPad for creating articles."

I don't like the idea of having to carry around a keyboard to use with my iPad, since if I'm going portable I don't want to carry a lot of stuff. But this device, since it attaches to your iPad and doesn't take up a lot of room if you use a case might be just the ticket. I don't usually have a problem using the on screen keyboard though, but if you do and want to give this a try, you can find the iKeyboard at for $35.00 USD.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jot Touch Stylus From Adonit, Too Much?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"The folks at Adonit have been working hard on their new product, the Jot Touch, a pressure sensitive stylus with a built-in antenna and a free SDK kit for drawing app developers."

Too much as in it seems pretty complicated to me, but then again i'm used to just a regular old stylus or the tip of my finger. I suppose being able to have tight control over the end of the stylus would be useful for those doing intricate work on their iPad or tablet, but for the regular user like me, I don't see the value. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Docking Station Options for Your MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 05:00 AM

" I've been looking for a docking station for my 11-inch MacBook Air ever since I picked it up a few months back. Not only has there not been anything that has caught my eye, but there haven't been many available to even look at."

That is until he saw this little gem. What really sets this one apart from other docking stations, such as the Henge Dock, or even the Twelve South BookArc is that you can actually secure your MacBook Air with this one. In fact, until I saw this article about the Landing Zone, I was all set to buy a Henge Dock, but am now rethinking my choice. The advantage of the Henge Dock is the ease of use and minimal footprint. Slide in your MBA and you are ready to go, and since it sits vertical instead of flat on a desk, it has the minimalist in me wanting it. However, if I was in a situation where my work space was public or semi-public, I'm thinking I would go for the Landing Zone for the security aspect. Price being another consideration, Henge Dock certainly wins here since the Landing Zone, when it is in production (it's a Kickstarter project), will be roughly $200.00 USD while the Henge Dock will be available in February 2012 and retails for between $55.00 and $80.00, depending on the size you purchase. What are your thoughts on docking your MacBook Air, or do you prefer just using the regular cable hookups? For those of you with MacBook Pros you might be interested in this one.

Waterproof Your iPad With Watershed

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"Watershed is a company based in North Carolina that makes a variety of waterproof bags, including a range of military backpacks."

And not only your iPad, but a variety of other things too since they have a wide range of products on their website. We just had a meeting about disaster preparedness at our agency and these bags would be perfect for that as well. I mean, if it's good enough for the Navy SEALs then why not me right?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

iPad or iMac, This Stand Causes Some Confusion!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"iPad stands are nearly as numerous as iPhone cases, but the PadDock 10 is more than just a stand. In addition to making your iPad look like a smaller version of an iMac, it adds speaker and connector features too."

It certainly, on first glance, makes you think it's an iMac but in reality it is just an iPad stand that can charge, sync, tilt and also has height adjustment. Looks like it would fit right in on anyone's desktop, and wouldn't look bad on a shelf if you used your iPad for photo viewing. It's available now from SMK-Link Electronics for $99.00 USD [link].

Monday, January 30, 2012

Editor's Choice Awards From Macworld by TMO

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 03:00 AM

"The Mac Observer's Editors Choice Awards from Macworld|iWorld Expo 2012 are out, and just like previous years, there were plenty of great products for us to check out. We chose eight products that we feel represent the best of what was shown at the conference and expo for the Mac, iPhone and iPad."

Great variety of products from this year's Macworld Expo.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Have You Considered a Refurbished Mac?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 AM

"Maybe you're a college student. Maybe you're one of America's vast numbers of un- and under-employed workers. Maybe you're simply frugal. Whatever the case, the situation facing you is this: You're on a budget, you need a new computer, but even with limited cash you'd rather not buy an inexpensive Windows-based PC-you're an Apple fan and don't want to switch. What to do?"

One obvious solution is, of course, to go the refurb route and check out the savings you can get, usually 10 to 20 % off the original prices. Sometimes you can get more, if you are lucky, but all come with the standard warranty as well as the optional Apple Care. I've purchased refurbished Macs in the past, and probably will do so in the future, and have yet to have a problem with any of them. They are basically new to be honest, so it's worth considering if you want to save a little cash. What are your thoughts? Ever purchased refurb?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Simple Trick to Upgrade Low Resolution Music With Music Match

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Yesterday we walked you through everything you need to know about using iTunes Match. Today, Macworld highlights a super-fast new trick to help you upgrade all your low-resolution music to the service's excellent 256 kbps AAC files."

So simple but clever. Just have faith that the music will still be there when you delete these old tracks. At least that is what Macworld says will happen.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Apple's Thunderbolt Display, A Couple of Reviews

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 02:46 PM

"From most angles, Apple's new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display looks just like the 27-inch LED Cinema Display released last year. However, if you take a closer look at what the Thunderbolt Display has to offer, you'll find a display that's ideal for owners of the Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Air."

This isn't the only review of the new display, as AnandTech also has a pretty in-depth one available here. As I've said before on these pages, this is definitely on my want list and once I get a new MacBook Air with Thunderbolt it will be my next purchase. 4 out of 5 mice with this review from MacWorld, which is brief and to the point, but I kind of like that.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Macworld's First Look at Final Cut Pro X

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"With the release of its hotly anticipated Final Cut Pro X (FCP X), Apple breaks new ground-not just with its flagship video editor's interface and underlying infrastructure-but with the whole mindset of what it means to be a working professional video editor."

This is a first look but it does hit the major points of Final Cut Pro X including workflow, rolling, magnetic timeline, clips, library and effects. According to Macworld, Final Cut Pro X is "has been re-designed from the ground up with a radically different approach-one that acknowledges and uses device and camera data in a manner that has never before been attempted in the video editing environment."

They also state this is the future of the way data streams from all devices will work in the future. If you use Final Cut Pro, it sounds like you need this version.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Free iPad 2 Starter Guide from Macworld

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"So, you've braved the weeks of waiting and the long Apple Store lines and finally gotten your hands on a new iPad 2. You've taken your first step into a larger world-now it's time to put your shiny new tablet to work. Start by learning all the iPad 2 basics with Macworld's new iPad 2 Starter Guide, available for free in the iBookstore."

You can see the other Superguides here, but this one is a briefer version called a "Starter Guide," specifically for the iPad 2, and best of all it is free. Simple to obtain, just click on this link from your iOS device (has to be from iOS device since their iBookstore only works on them) and download it. What are you waiting for?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Macworld Expo Names Best of Show Winners

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

"Macworld Expo is a great way to see products for the Mac and iOS devices. But of the thousands of products on display, a select few stand out. These products are recognized with our Best of Show awards."

There are some great products here (though I'm kind scratching my head at the Awind McTivia. Maybe someone can explain the appeal?) Anyway, I highly recommend you click through to see the rest of the great products there. As a Busycal user, I'm definitely going to grab BusyMac BusyToDo. Is there anything in the list that you're planning on buying?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Not Attending Macworld? No Problem, Watch it Streaming at UStream

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 02:47 PM

I watched it this afternoon, when the folks from Mac Power Users were talking about backup solutions. The audio was fine, however the video was a little shaky but not unwatchable by any means. Regardless, it gives you the ability to take part in some of the presentations going on at Macworld, just go to UStream.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Macworld Expo Starts Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"It was not so long ago that the Mac world was buzzing during this period of the year, especially during the two days of the start of the Macworld Expo."

Granted, since Apple has stopped going it lost some of it's luster but it is still an active event attended by many of the faithful. If you are planning on going, here is also an article on some of the "essential" apps you might find handy, and there is even a Macworld specific app to help guide you around the event. And don't forget to check in at the official Macworld Expo site for more information. Anyone going this year?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Time to Register for Macworld 2011

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 12:00 PM

"Today, Macworld announced via e-mail that free registration for the 2011 conference is now open."

And if you register [link] by July 26th 2010 (the date in the article is wrong, it should read July not June), your registration is free.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free iPad Starter Guide From Macworld

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"As you may know, for the past few years we've been publishing a series of books, more or less bi-monthly. The Macworld Superguides are available as downloadable PDFs, on paper, and some of them even appear as iPhone apps."

Eventually Macworld will get these super guides out for the iPad via iBook, but until they do they are offering a free e-book called the "iPad Starter Guide" that you can download and put into iTunes and sync with your iPad.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Read All About Steve, and Something Called the Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Classic Apple" @ 02:00 PM

"At age 28, Steven P. Jobs, Chairman of Apple Computer, was on top of his game-rich, famous, spoiled, and seemingly unrestrained by the usual social mores. He had the chiseled face, jutting jaw and thick black hair of a typical matinee idol."

Before you worry too much, the rest of the story doesn't read like it's coming from an Apple fan boy meeting Steve Jobs for the first time. I found the stories interesting, especially coming from Dave Bunnell, co-creator of Macworld, and he has ten installments about what it was like in the early days before, during and after Macworld (the magazine) was born.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

What Macworld Thinks You Need to Know About the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 PM

"Now that the iPad has been out for a few days and you've read every possible review, first-impressions article, and opinion piece, you're probably starting to think about more practical matters: Given that Apple's new device has the same connections-dock connector, headphone jack, Bluetooth-as my iPhone or iPod touch, will it work with the accessories I already have? Which new accessories should I buy? And will I need to carry a bottle of Windex for that screen?"

Macworld does a thorough job on the accessories available for your iPad and also talks about some that I hadn't even thought of, and I experienced first hand how slow charging is when you try and charge it with an iPhone charger. It took forever!

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