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iOS Game Review: Battles will charm you in Outwitters

Hero Academy may have put asynchronous multiplayer games on the iOS map, but Outwitters, a turn-based strategy game by One Man Left, drenches the familiar formula in an absurd level of bubbly effervescence. The charming factions that duke it out in each match are disarmingly cute, making the cutthroat tactical battles they engage in all the more … [Read more...]

How to Keep iTunes from Automatically Downloading Purchased Items

How to Keep iTunes from Automatically Downloading Purchased Items

When I open iTunes on my MacBook Pro to play music or listen to the radio, I get a popup showing “Sign in to use this computer for automatic downloads.” It asks for my iTunes account credentials. I’ve tried to get rid of this message, but it keeps popping up every few minutes. I’ve taken the computer to the Genius Bar, but they were unable to … [Read more...]

How to Downgrade Back to iOS 5

How to Downgrade Back to iOS 5

Did you upgrade to iOS 6 with the thoughts that you’d have a better mobile experience on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, but didn’t? It's Maps, isn't it? Luckily, you can downgrade your device with ease back to iOS 5.1.1, and update again when Apple's released a fix for some of the features that are bugging you. Continue reading, and we’ll … [Read more...]

How to Get Started with TextExpander

How to Get Started with TextExpander

Keyboard shortcuts aren’t just for menu items. TextExpander lets you make “snippets” that expand into larger chunks of text or an image--anything you find yourself typing again and again, you can shorten. TextExpander 4 is $34.95 at www.smilesoftware.com, and users of TextExpander 3 can upgrade for just $15.1. Create a SnippetClick the New … [Read more...]

Review: Skooba Design Laptop Weekender V.3 laptop duffel

If you’re reading these words, there’s an excellent chance that when you travel, you truck along not only clothes and very small containers filled with shampoo and toothpaste, but also a fair collection of gadgets (and the accessories necessary to power and connect them). This often leads to toting multiple carry-ons: one containing personal items … [Read more...]

iOS App Review: Layout brings collages into the iPad age

iOS App Review: Layout brings collages into the iPad age

If you thought photo collages were a thing of the past, think again. In reality, they’ve merely gone the way of Polaroids and telephone handsets—they died for awhile, but are coming back to life with major digital mojo. Layout, a photo-editing app for iPad 2 or later, helps you create and share photo layouts for easy collage storytelling. True to … [Read more...]

Review: Apple EarPods

Review: Apple EarPods

[Editor’s note: Last week, we posted our initial hands-on impressions of Apple’s new EarPods. Now that we’ve had the EarPods for a week, we’ve expanded on those initial impressions for this formal review.] It’s become de rigueur to describe Apple’s white earbuds as “ubiquitous” and “iconic”—and justifiably so. Not only are they almost … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion 5

VMware Fusion 5

VMware has quickly updated its popular Fusion virtualization software to support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and Microsoft's Windows 8 preview. Fusion 5 aims to merge the best features of both platforms, while continuing to improve performance over its predecessor. In our full review, we take a closer look at the new features and compare Fusion's … [Read more...]

How to Use Do Not Disturb Mode in iOS 6

How to Use Do Not Disturb Mode in iOS 6

iPhones have long been the offenders of waking us up in the middle of night with beeps, buzzes, and bright flashing screens. Fortunately, Apple has found a solution for those sleepless nights (and times when you'd rather just not be bothered) in the form of Do Not Disturb mode. When you place your phone in this mode, your device will remain … [Read more...]

50 Tips and Tricks for iOS 6

50 Tips and Tricks for iOS 6

With iOS 6 -- out today! -- Apple added a lot of useful features to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. From Passbook, to the new Maps app, to capturing panoramas in the revamped Camera app. Apple has brought a lot of fit and finish to iOS 6, and we'll show you how to get the most out of these new features.As a reminder, iOS 6 is a free download, … [Read more...]

AccountEdge Pro 2012 a business standout, but shows its age

AccountEdge Pro 2012 a business standout, but shows its age

Acclivity’s AccountEdge Pro is the powerful, significantly more feature-rich big brother to the company’s very good entry level business account application, AccountEdge Basic ( ). Both are built on the same double-entry accounting foundation, but AccountEdge Pro offers significantly more features and capabilities, including inventory management, … [Read more...]

How to Enable Click and Drag in Mountain Lion

How to Enable Click and Drag in Mountain Lion

I have a new iMac with the newest version of OS X. I recently purchased a Magic Trackpad, and in the new system settings for Mountain Lion, I cannot find the “Double-click to drag a file or folder” option. I do, however, see the three-finger drag option.Apple tweaks the gestures sometimes, and in Lion, the option to “Double-click to drag a file … [Read more...]

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...]

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