Tag - Gift Guide
I'm a dad, and I'm a child of the 1970s and '80s. That means I grew up in the heyday of arcades, and the birth of the home console. Those days are long, long gone, but it doesn't mean that I'm not interested in videogames anymore -- and by extension, your dad may be, too. You're starting to run out of time! Make your dad happy with one of our choices for the gamer dad.
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.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE