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How to Make a Bootable Mountain Lion Installer Disk

How to Make a Bootable Mountain Lion Installer Disk

For Lion, you ran an article about making a bootable backup of the OS X installer disk image in case of a hard drive failure. I skipped Lion, but now I have upgraded to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and would like to make a bootable installer disk.We previously covered how to make a bootable DVD or thumb drive of the Lion installer (bit.ly/ml_lionboot). … [Read more...]

Review: Note Taker HD for iPad

Software Garden’s Note Taker HD is an application for your iPad designed to help you quickly capture notes using your finger, a stylus, or keyboard. The app also allows you to annotate PDF files and add a variety of graphics to your notes, including graphs, tables, and your own drawings and sketches. Note Taker HD is a pretty nondescript looking … [Read more...]

Hands on: Apple’s new EarPods headphones

It’s become de rigueur to describe Apple’s white earbuds as “ubiquitous” and “iconic”—and justifiably so. Not only are they almost inextricably linked to the company’s iPods and iPhones, but Apple revealed at its recent press event that it had shipped 600 million sets of the headphones, a number that almost certainly makes them the most-used piece … [Read more...]

Fanny Wang WangBuds

Fanny Wang WangBuds

Earbud manufacturers have it rough. Just about every portable device has a pair, generally of iffy quality, but included sets have the advantage of being free. Space considerations prohibit large drivers, and the biology and uniqueness of people's ears present their own issues. Fanny Wang says their product, the ...... … [Read more...]

Velodyne vPulse headphones offer big bass without offending

Velodyne vPulse headphones offer big bass without offending

Audio manufacturer Velodyne has traditionally been known for its high-end subwoofers. Indeed, a visit to the company’s home page reveals photos of speakers designed to provide the lowest of the low frequencies in a home-audio system, ensuring that bass sounds are clearly heard (and felt). These high-quality subs include fancy features such as … [Read more...]

AccountEdge Basic offers true, hassle-free double-entry accounting

AccountEdge Basic offers true, hassle-free double-entry accounting

Managing financial information is, by far, my least favorite part of being in business for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I like the money, but time tracking, invoicing, bill collection, monthly statements, and expenses—all a necessary part of the business process—require far more attention than I want to give. Which is why it’s important for me to … [Read more...]

iPhone 5: you know you want it

Apple has done it again. And, yes, I’m sure we’ve said that before. But what’s with them constantly taunting us with the newest and best?  Those upgrades, the amazing features… yeah, regardless if we have an iPhone 4s, that 5 sure looks great. And here’s why. The thinnest, lightest, and fastest iPhone ever is something … [Read more...]

MyScript Notes Mobile for iPad

MyScript Notes Mobile for iPad

On one hand, the $8 MyScript Notes Mobile from Vision Objects is yet another of the growing number of iOS note taking apps. However, it attempts to separate itself from the pack by focusing on handwriting as its main—well, actually, it’s only—form of input. As you might guess, notes that you create with MyScript Notes are stored inside notebooks. … [Read more...]

How to Properly Secure Your Mac and iOS Devices

How to Properly Secure Your Mac and iOS Devices

Sometimes, securing your Mac with a password is not enough to keep it from getting compromised. There are a multitude of things you can do to keeep your Mac safe from prying eyes. Read on and we'll show you how to protect both your iOS devices and your Mac.Secure Your Devices DigitallyTurning on Account Password Protection on your MacOn the Mac, … [Read more...]

Amoebattle for iPhone and iPad

Amoebattle for iPhone and iPad

Microcosmic warfare plots a course for cuteness in Amoebattle’s pastel world of Pokémon-like critters, but don’t be easily fooled. The colorful real-time strategy offering from Grab Games boasts a brisk challenge to match its enticing gameplay. Aided by a robot advisor, your initial battles to cleanse each map of rampaging rogue amoeba do a great … [Read more...]

SpiderOak 4.7 a strong candidate for online storage, backup, and sync

SpiderOak 4.7 a strong candidate for online storage, backup, and sync

When I first encountered the SpiderOak backup-service a few years ago, I found myself imagining that a marvelous alien species had designed it to teach us about their culture. It’s a little more explicable these days, even as the company has built out its synchronization and sharing components on top of the backup component. SpiderOak started as … [Read more...]

Bark sends Growl alerts to Notification Center

Bark sends Growl alerts to Notification Center

Before Mountain Lion’s introduction of Notification Center, Mac users often turned to a third-party app for receiving, collecting, and displaying alerts from their apps. That app, of course, was the once-free Growl. Now, though, we’re in a new era: Growl is a $2 app in the Mac App Store these days, and Notification Center duplicates a decent amount … [Read more...]

Eight great Gmail tips

Eight great Gmail tips

When it comes to managing your email, Google’s free Gmail is easily one of the most efficient tools around. Here are eight tips for using some of its best features. … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Repurpose Your iPhone 4/4S

5 Ways to Repurpose Your iPhone 4/4S

Who knows what Apple is announcing this Wednesday? An iPhone? A thing? Who knows? But if they do, you'll probably want to upgrade, right? And you may be wondering what to do with your current phone? You could always sell it, or you could make use of your investment and give it a new job around the house. … [Read more...]

Filtering faked email messages

Filtering faked email messages

You'd like to filter a particular kind of email crud but either identifying information is missing or faked. How do you go about it? Chris Breen reveals all. … [Read more...]

Review: Octa TabletTail

Review: Octa TabletTail

The Octa TabletTail gives you a smooth, domed handle to hold your iPad, while a WhaleTail attachment provides extra leverage and a variety of sturdy viewing positions. … [Read more...]

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