Tag - Hands on
So you're heading out of town on vacation for a week or two, and you want to make sure no one is snooping around your house while you're gone. You don't want to plunk down the thousands of dollars to wire your home for a security system, and you're not sure if you want to spend hundreds on a do-it-yourself kit, either. We've examined a home security camera that is not only easy to use, but irresistibly cheap: The Yi Home Camera.
When this app first came out, we got it, and completely understood why it was useful, and why people would like it -- we just didn't really adopt it for ourselves. Then it was updated, and suddenly we "got it" in another sense: we really grasped how useful it is. The improvements in the second version made us use the app a few times a week. Now with Workflow 1.5, we're typically using it daily.
When you bought your Apple Watch, did you have a hard time picking which color you wanted to sport on your arm? We thought our choice was fairly obvious, but sometimes we still wistfully wonder what could have been if we'd picked space gray, gold, or even simple silver. Now, thanks to Griffin, you can change up your style for far less than the cost of a new Apple Watch with their Ultra Thin Case.
There are times when it is a pleasure to use a Mac and not only when you've been working on a PC. There are just features of OS X that we take for granted –– and there are also certain applications that help that. If you've already got an earlier version then you know that Alfred 3 is one of them. If you haven't got it, go get the generously well-featured free version and immediately buy the paid one too.
We love our iPad Minis around these parts, as they're the perfect size for a portable tablet. They're lightweight, but feature a screen big enough to do just about everything we want them to, which is why we find ourselves toting them to places we wouldn't normally take a tablet, and introducing them to hazards they're not meant to handle. If you want to protect your tablet from the great outdoors, we suggest checking out Satechi's Waterproof IPX8 iPad Mini Case.
If you freelance, then arguably your only stock in trade is time -- and it's hugely important to track it, both for your clients and for yourself. Equally, if you're in a big corporation, the odds are that you have to slog through some kind of time-recording report, and having an app that at least does some of the work for you has got to be gold. Work Tracker 1.0 is an app for recording how long you spend on any particular task, or for any particular client.
One of the lesser-appreciated features of email today is how you can swap the application you use to read and write it, without swapping email addresses. You can practically swap in the middle of writing a message, it's that easy, and Airmail 3.0 for OS X wants to persuade you to make the jump. Mind you, so did Airmail 2.1 which we reviewed a year ago, but each new version does push it a little further along from good to compelling.
Who wants to get real mad over a game that is both simple and challenging at the same time? Who wants to tackle game with good graphics and solid controls, as well as some genuinely fun mechanics behind it? If this sounds appealing to you, then allow us to introduce you to Symmetrica.
Are you a big fan of turn-based strategy games that lean heavily on tactical planing and well-thought-out dialog choices? Good, because we are too, which is why we're going to show you a little game that just came out of Steam Greenlight, a game called Overfall.
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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