Tag - Gift Guide
As with other holidays, some of the best gifts are things that will last a while, so the person will frequently be reminded of your thoughtfulness (as opposed to flowers, which die quickly and are just as swiftly forgotten). To that end, MacNN Editor Charles Martin and One More Thing podcast co-host Malcolm Owen have come up with a few items that we think will create a lasting impression, and prove useful all year long -- arranged in no particular order, but covering a wide range of budgets. We've tested most of these, and some have been received as gifts, and they are all still much appreciated.
It probably hasn't escaped your attention, but we at MacNN have been giving you suggestions for gifts you could give to friends and family this holiday season, over the last few weeks. With barely a week left before Christmas itself, if you have yet to buy any presents, here's a selection of items from our own MacNN Store that you may still be able to have delivered to you before the big day, if you're quick and extremely lucky. Just as a warning, you may want to get an IOU for a gift ready, just in case your order does arrive too late to wrap.
Oh, the heck with the tech news! Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming back! Oh and we hear that a couple of interesting sci-fi movies may be coming out out soon, not sure about that. Sure, we do spend time covering a bunch of different topics, ranging from the crazy sale prices of the Apple Watch to a gift guide for the Mac switcher in your family, as well as analyzing the strong reactions to the new Apple Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 or 6s, and take cheap shots (get it?) at Walmart Pay.
It is highly likely that you know of someone who has either expressed an interest in switching to Apple products, or have already switched. As an upstanding citizen of the Mac and iOS user base, you may feel the need to grease the wheels and help this neophyte along in the ways of Apple, and what better way to do that is there than to spend some money on extremely useful gifts to make their transition as smooth as possible?
So you looked over our recent gift guide aimed towards computer gamers, and didn't find the perfect present. Fear not, for we are back with the second installment of the guide, now complete with a range of popular video game options.
Take your mind back to before the iPad. Before the iPhone, even. Yes, even before the iMac. No "i" anything yet ... it's kind of remarkable to think that there are plenty of people walking around today who's first-ever Mac was an iMac. That there was not a time (until late 2011) when Steve Jobs wasn't running the company. The stories are true, though ... all of them. For those members of your family that still wish the Apple logo was made up of six colors, we've put together a MacNN gift guide for the veteran Mac user.
Generally speaking, it is difficult to do holiday shopping from a single store, and still manage to appease all of your family and friends -- and doing it cheaply at the same time. Regular readers will be familiar with the MacNN Deals store, and today's gift guide aims to nudge you in the right direction when picking up things for your loved ones with a few themed selections, giving you not only cheaper options, but also some higher-priced fare for those who you think deserve such a present.
Every family has one member who's always on the road, either for business or personal travel. Whether it's your college-age kid backpacking around Europe, or your on-the-go brother who jet-sets to meetings around the globe. For the MacNN family, that guy is -- me. There's always a certain amount of tech we just have to bring along -- the trick is getting it all in there, yet keeping it light enough to not be a burden. In this Gift Guide, we'll take a look at some of my road-tested travel gear.
Kids headed back to school has been a lucrative market for ages, and this year is no different. There's always been the need for television and music. Additionally this year's crop, like every other for the last 15 years, is digital, connected, and with these come an insatiable need for power to charge these devices. We've got ideas for the back to school crowd, to keep things organized, drown out the noise of the neighbors, and just to get things done.
Kids are great -- except when they aren't. The fall is fabulous for many reasons, not the least of which is sending the munchkins off to be educated for the day, and off to college for the older set. Yeah, kids are the future, but parental freedom is good -- and necessary too. In this gift guide, we look at a few options for parents sending their entire brood off to school.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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