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When you think of gaming monitors, your first thought is probably not ViewSonic. While they have long been in the display market, gaming-oriented products have never been a big part of the company's lineup. This changed recently, with the launch of the new XG product lineup, featuring three individual displays designed with gamers in mind. We recently got our hands on the entry-level option, the 24-inch XG2401, and have spent the past few weeks putting the display through a series of tests to see just how well it performs. Read on to find out in our review.
This may be a first for us: we're examining a new software release in not one, but two separate reviews. It's not because this is going too long, either. It's because this software is FileMaker Pro 15 and it's less an app, more a whole world. If you are an existing user, then you probably love it -- but you also know that any upgrade has to earn its keep, so you'll be looking for details of what's new. Yet if you've never touched it before, the differences between this and the previous version 14 won't really tell you whether it's worth your time and money. So do this for us, please: if you have never tried FileMaker Pro, carry on reading this; if you're an old hand, read the other review -- that one's for you.
Apple has given us its first Mac hardware update for the year, and it has come in the form of a refreshed Retina 12-inch MacBook. First introduced around this time last year, the 12-inch MacBook has certainly not been without controversy since its introduction with Apple heralding it as its vision for the "future of the notebook." What makes the MacBook unique in Apple's Mac lineup is that it is the first all-new MacBook the company has introduced in the past few years, and it takes many of the lessons that Apple has learnt in making its mobile devices, and applied these in making what it believes is the ultimate ultra-portable notebook. The new model continues with the all-new Apple-designed keyboard with butterfly mechanism, and single USB-C port, but has some new Intel silicon in tow. So how does the new one perform? Find out in our review.
The iPhone SE has landed, and it has caused something of a stir. Sure, new iPhone launches often cause a stir, but the latest iPhone is something a little out of the ordinary. It is an iPhone model that sits at the bottom end of Apple's range (the mid-tier of the overall smartphone market), yet it is powered by the latest custom A9 processor found at the heart of the top-of-the-line iPhone 6s. Not only that, but it also includes exactly the same highly-acclaimed 12-megapixel camera found on the rear of the iPhone 6s. Perhaps, to justify its lower pricing, Apple has tucked all its latest tech into a slightly revised body of an iPhone 5. This begs the question: is the iPhone SE the best value -- or even the best -- iPhone ever made? Find out in our review.
Over the last few years, consumer drones have slowly started to grow in popularity. What started as a fairly expensive hobby has grown into a much more competitive market. So much so, that the US government recently began imposing a new law that requires all drones over eight ounces in weight to be properly registered before flight. Walk through any mall, and you will likely find a booth selling relatively cheap quadcopters designed for kids, but as you are likely already aware, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Recently we got our hands on a high-end model: the Chroma Blade drone with a 4K camera. Is this the ultimate aerial hobby camera for you? Find out in our review.
Working out without music isn't fun, but working out with earbuds or headphones that are plugged into your phone can be a complete nightmare. That's where the Urbanears' Hellas come in: they're Bluetooth headphones, so there's no wires to get tangled up in, and they rest gently on your ears, so those of you who don't like earbuds can enjoy them as well. They're clearly designed for workouts in and out of the gym, but are they the best bang for your buck? Check them out in our review.
For part one of my contribution to the Year in Review series, I have decided to look at some of my favorite stories that turned into lasting series. Among the staff here, we have varying opinions and perspectives on pretty much any topic you can throw at us, but this can often be hard to properly communicate to our readers. Extended series, however, give us a chance to zero in on a topic, and provide a more complete look at whatever it is we are discussing.
It's difficult to find a decent Bluetooth speaker without running into a few problems. Potential buyers could go for quality and spend a lot, opt for a cheap but low-quality device, or take their chances with a mid-range device that tries to give decent audio reproduction and build quality in equal measure. The KitSound Hive 2 certainly counts as a mid-ranged speaker aiming for great things, but does it succeed in punching above its weight? Find out in our review.
Do you mind if I pick pieces of my own first? I want to pick my own five favorite articles that I wrote for MacNN this year –– and I want to do that first, because it's easy. It is so much easier than trying to pick a favorite five from everyone's pieces, though I can't postpone choosing those for much longer. In part two, I will be doing exactly that -- so please read this slowly to give me more time to choose.
The iPad Pro, long rumored, is finally here. As can sometimes be the case with Apple's products, it has sparked strong debate and discussion about who it is for, and whether or not it can replace your notebook. Not in a vacuum ourselves, we felt obliged to set straight at least some of the apparent misconceptions about the iPad Pro before we made it to our full review. We have been using the iPad Pro for around a month now, and can report that it is easily the most capable iPad yet. However, is that enough to convince the skeptics that Apple's vision of mobile computing is indeed the future? Find out in our review.
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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]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives