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Review: Barnes & Noble Nook HD wows with stellar display

Review: Barnes & Noble Nook HD wows with stellar display

Barnes & Noble isn't trying to do everything with the Nook HD. Instead, the company's 7-inch tablet focuses on doing what its Nooks have always done best: delivering the best reading experience you can get on any tablet today. By combining a high-resolution (243 pixels per inch) display with an attractive price and expandable storage, Barnes & … [Read more...]

Review: iBooks 3 is the best iBooks yet

iBooks 3 is the latest edition of Apple’s reading app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Like all of its biggest competitors—Amazon’s Kindle app chief among them—iBooks is free. In choosing your preferred e-reading app, you’re basically choosing which ecosystem you’ll use for purchasing the ebooks themselves. Kindle isn’t iBooks' only … [Read more...]

Get the big picture with iOS 6 panoramas

Get the big picture with iOS 6 panoramas

Panorama images provide a broader view of the world than typical photographs. With iOS 6, Apple brought the ability to create these big pictures to a pair of mobile devices: iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. This is a typical panorama shot with an iPhone 4S. Two things distinguish the Panorama option in the Camera app from most other offerings. First, just … [Read more...]

Limiting your Apple Remote

Limiting your Apple Remote

Every so often my coworkers, in the course of other business correspondence, slip in an Apple-related question of their own. For example, Coworker A tagged on this little gem to a recent communique: We used to have an issue where we’d be using the Apple Remote to run Apple TV and then, all of a sudden, iTunes on my wife’s MacBook would start … [Read more...]

Ask the Script Doctor: Solving Mail problems

AppleScript is a great tool for automating the apps you use daily on your Mac—if you can figure out the proper code. We're here to help: We've asked scripting and Automator expert Ben Waldie to solve some reader problems using AppleScript. The idea is not just to provide specific solutions for specific problems, but also to demonstrate some general … [Read more...]

New iMac and Mac minis are better than ever

With the recent release of the new iPad mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display, Apple has also unveiled a new iMac, with a whole lot to offer. With a few key features–including a new design, display, and faster processor, along with graphics and storage options that’ll make you swoon, the new iMac trumps all of its … [Read more...]

New iMac and Mac minis are better than ever

With the recent release of the new iPad mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display, Apple has also unveiled a new iMac, with a whole lot to offer. With a few key features–including a new design, display, and faster processor, along with graphics and storage options that’ll make you swoon, the new iMac trumps all of its … [Read more...]

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Just this week, Apple has unveiled some fantastic new products, including the new iPad mini, along with an updated version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a gorgeous Retina display, along with all flash storage. The new compact design comes in at just 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds, making it 20 percent thinner and almost a pound lighter than its … [Read more...]

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Just this week, Apple has unveiled some fantastic new products, including the new iPad mini, along with an updated version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a gorgeous Retina display, along with all flash storage. The new compact design comes in at just 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds, making it 20 percent thinner and almost a pound lighter than its … [Read more...]

Review: Libratone Zipp is the portable AirPlay speaker to beat

Libratone's Zipp is another entry in the continually expanding market of colorful and unusually shaped wireless, portable speakers. However, while most of those speakers use Bluetooth, the Zipp uses Apple's AirPlay technology; and instead of being a short, wide speaker system, the Zipp is a tall cylinder. That cylinder is 10.2 inches tall, 4.8 … [Read more...]

Bugs & Fixes: Work-arounds for sound loss, trailer failure, and over-full iPads

My Apple hardware has recently been bothered by several unrelated bugs—ranging from alert sound loss on my Mac Pro to free space mysteriously disappearing from my iPad. While I’ve figured out satisfactory work-arounds for most of these symptoms, they still defy a complete and permanent solution. Here are a quartet of the ones that have frustrated … [Read more...]

Mac 101: Your input devices

For the last few weeks I’ve casually thrown around phrases like “hover your cursor over,” “press the Command key,” and “swipe to the side on your trackpad.” And while I’m fairly confident that such suggestions are well within your powers to understand, it’s possible (likely, even) that you, your keyboard, mouse, and trackpad are not on entirely … [Read more...]

Create cool video titles in Final Cut Pro X

Create cool video titles in Final Cut Pro X

If you edit video, you probably use titles—to introduce a topic, identify a speaker, or perhaps credit actors and crew. Title design goes beyond just the choice of words. Fonts, colors, size, graphic elements, and animation all combine to establish a tone that can unify, support, and enhance your entire project. If you’re using iMovie to edit … [Read more...]

Review: 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro offers optimal choice for lightweight laptop users

When Apple released the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (), it was only a matter of time before the Retina display made its way to other Apple laptops. That time is now, and with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, a compelling argument can be made that Apple’s newest laptop is a perfect combination of performance, portability, and … [Read more...]

How to Hide Newsstand on iOS Devices

How to Hide Newsstand on iOS Devices

Since its introduction, there are many users who have never downloaded a Newsstand-enabled app to their iOS device. The icon just sits, taking up space on your home screen, without any way to turn it off, or remove the icon--until now. Thanks to a small Mac and Windows app called StifleStand, you can hide the Newsstand app in a folder without … [Read more...]

Mac Gems: QuickRes helps you get the most out of Retina displays

Mac Gems: QuickRes helps you get the most out of Retina displays

Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has a problem: OS X doesn’t allow users to easily take full advantage of the Retina display. Specifically, OS X doesn't provide a simple, quick way to switch between the many supported screen resolutions; in addition, the Retina display supports higher resolutions than OS X provides access to. Fortunately, several … [Read more...]

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