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March 17, 2014

Review: Avatron Software Air Display 2

Air DisplayI often have my iPad sitting on my desk displaying something when I’m not using it—usually it’s some sort of entertainment media, a weather map, or stock quotes. Still, there are times when I feel like it’s just displaying something to justify its presence on my desk. Avatron Software hopes to give your iPad (or iPhone, Android device, Mac, or Windows PC) another use by becoming a second display for your computer. Air Display is a tool aimed at anyone that could temporarily use some extra screen space…

January 29, 2014

Review: CoolStream Portable Bluetooth Speaker

CoolStream Portable Bluetooth SpeakerA few weeks ago, we took a look at the CoolStream Duo, a device that adds Bluetooth compatibility to just about any kind of speaker or amplifier. What if you don’t have existing audio hardware and want to make your iOS device or Mac a bit louder? This time, we had a chance to try out CoolStream’s Portable Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 gadget that seeks to provide a very inexpensive alternative to products like Jawbone’s Jambox, Beats Audio Pill, or Logitech’s Ultimate Ears family…

January 28, 2014

Review: Realmac Software Ember

EmberIn the days that Macs featured rainbow-colored Apple logos, there was a handy tool that lived in the Apple Menu—the Scrapbook. The idea was that you could use it as a place for images, text, sounds, and other content that you could later paste in documents. Unfortunately, with the transition to OS X, Scrapbook didn’t make the cut. Realmac Software has sort of resurrected the idea with Ember, a $50 Mac app and free iOS app combo…

November 1, 2013

Review: SwitchEasy SafeKeys

SwitchEasy SafeKeysAs predicted, Apple would eventually phase out the traditional MacBook Pros in favor of the Retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. This happened with last week’s event, although it was surprising that the 13″ model is being kept for the foreseeable future. Besides that it continues along, like the iPad 2 an iPod classic, there are a lot of unibody MacBook Pros still in service. Since portable computers generally go everywhere and anywhere, there’s always the concern of damage from accidents—especially spills. SwitchEasy got into the game with the SafeKeys, a silicone rubber keyboard protector that is designed for the MacBook Pro specifically…

June 25, 2013

Review: Moshi PalmGuard

Moshi PalmGuardThe MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are surprisingly sturdy machines, despite being quite thin. Part of this comes from the unibody design, and Apple’s lightweight, but strong aircraft-grade aluminum. Still, scratches and wear tend to happen, especially in areas that we interact with our systems the most. Moshi offers the PalmGuard, a $20 peel-and-stick protector, designed to match the finish of your computer and protect what’s underneath…

June 17, 2013

Review: Muzzy

MuzzyiTunes is one of Apple’s oldest pieces of software, actually predating OS X as far as consumers are concerned. Because of this, and numerous ways that developers can improve upon Apple’s experience, there have been tons of ways to use iTunes without directly using iTunes. Muzzy, a new free app, tries to offer some additional features directly from the menu bar…

April 12, 2013

Review: iLoveHandles Barnacle

BarnacleIt never ceases to amaze us the random accessories that people come up with for the iPhone—cases are pretty straightforward, as are most audio-related accessories, along with things to charge your device. Most stands that we’ve seen are some sort of angled, notched item allowing you to have your iPhone on a desk or table. The Barnacle by iLoveHandles is a $5 product that tries to approach the idea of an iPhone stand quite differently…

March 18, 2013

Review: FutureTap Street View

Street ViewWith iOS 6, Apple moved away from Google Maps as its source for map tiles. Building a new mapping system from scratch is no small task, and the public was quite critical. Eventually Google released its own Google Maps app for iOS and Apple’s own mapping system has gotten quite good. Besides public transit information, Maps also lost the ability to show Google’s Street View panoramic photography. If you opt to not use the Google Maps app, FutureTap is offering a standalone app, dubbed Street View, which integrates with Apple Maps and sells for 99¢…