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MacLife 101: How to Filter Spam in Apple Mail

MacLife 101: How to Filter Spam in Apple Mail

The Mac|Life 101 series is where you can come to learn new and simple ways to do things with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. Whether you’re new to the platform, or just want to learn a new technique, then Mac 101 is for you.Spam is everywhere, but with modern email, you can smartly combat this problem. Built into every Mac is the … [Read more...]

Mac Gems: Bartender helps you take control of menu-bar icons

Mac Gems: Bartender helps you take control of menu-bar icons

Pity the poor menu bar. It seems like just about every app you install these days wants to put a little icon up there, often to little real advantage. It’s not uncommon for that ever-expanding line of icons on the right to extend under the reach of the menus on the left. In short, the menu bar is a mess. That’s the problem that Bartender is here … [Read more...]

Review: Pioneer’s A3 XW-SMA3-K is a solid AirPlay speaker system

Pioneer’s $399 A3 XW-SMA3-K, known to its friends—OK, referred to by me—as simply the A3, is an impressive AirPlay speaker system. The all-black, rounded-rectangular prism is 12.6 inches wide, 7.1 inches tall, and 5.8 inches deep, and it weighs 7 pounds, 11 ounces. On the front base of the unit are, on the left, several status LEDs, with a strip … [Read more...]

Review: Xerox Phaser 6700/DN color laser printer

The $1549 (as of 11/07/2012) Xerox Phaser 6700/DN produces some of the smoothest photos you’ll see from a workgroup color laser printer, albeit a little orangey until you tweak the palette. It's also fast, and it offers lots of paper capacity. The price of supplies is very inexpensive, with the price per four-color page as low as 8.6 … [Read more...]

Review: Perfect your alley-oop with NBA 2K13 for iOS

With big lights, great graphics, and a Jay-Z produced soundtrack, NBA 2K13 is all about the big stage, and it's one of the rare sports games that delivers an enjoyable experience on the iOS platform. Keeping the spirit (and much of the core gameplay) of its console version, NBA 2K13 raises the bar for basketball games on iOS devices. This $8 game … [Read more...]

Top 10 Messages Tips

Top 10 Messages Tips

How to make the most of Mountain Lion's Messages ServiceIf you haven’t made the most of Mountain Lion’s new Messages app, we’ll get you going.With every new device and new software release, it becomes increasingly clear that Apple’s plan for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad is to make them all work seamlessly together, with iCloud as the hub they all draw … [Read more...]

Review: Sony Alpha SLT-A57

Review: Sony Alpha SLT-A57

The 16.1 megapixel Sony SLT A57 digital SLT camera is aimed at a very discerning camera buyer: Goldilocks. Papa Bear might prefer the bigger, more complicated and more expensive A77; Mama Bear might pick the lighter entry-level A37, but if Goldilocks is the photographer I think she is, she’s going to think the A57 is just right. And so may … [Read more...]

Review: House of Marley Lively Up Leather Scout Pack laptop bag

House of Marley’s Lively Up Leather Scout Pack is a good-looking, eco-friendly laptop bag that adjusts to fit all sorts of goodies—including a full-sized iPad and a 15-inch MacBook Pro. But after using the Scout Pack for a week, I was less enamored with the bag than I thought I would be. It needs a few tweaks to make it great for everyday use, and … [Read more...]

Mac Gems: FoldingText is a unique and versatile text editor

Mac Gems: FoldingText is a unique and versatile text editor

On the surface, Hog Bay Software’s $25 FoldingText (Mac App Store link) is a basic text editor. In fact, if you don’t dig too deep, you could easily be fooled into thinking that FoldingText is too simple to merit more than a passing glance. The reality is that FoldingText is an amalgam. A polyvalent text-editing powerhouse. Part text editor, part … [Read more...]

Review: The World Ends With You brings fashion and quirkiness to action role-playing games

Some games trade substance for visual flash. But in the action role-playing game The World Ends With You, the world of fashion is the game's substance. You play as a teenager in Japan's colorful Shibuya district suffering from amnesia and in a desperate battle for survival in “The Reapers Game.” The game is available as separate downloads for the … [Read more...]

5 new iPad apps we love

With the new iPad mini a hot commodity, we mustn’t forget about all of the amazing app developers hot on its tail, producing fantastic apps that highlight the mini’s features.Here are five of our newest apps we love and why we love ‘em. ShopShop Get it here from iTunes; Free A simple, basic shopping list that helps you organize … [Read more...]

5 new iPad apps we love

With the new iPad mini a hot commodity, we mustn’t forget about all of the amazing app developers hot on its tail, producing fantastic apps that highlight the mini’s features.Here are five of our newest apps we love and why we love ’em. ShopShop Get it here from iTunes; Free A simple, basic shopping list that helps you organize … [Read more...]

Review: Netatmo Weather Station and your iOS device let you monitor the weather

The Netatmo Weather Station is described as “the first personal weather station for iPhone & iPad.” The Weather Station itself consists of two pieces of hardware, and the company provides a free iOS app for accessing weather data from these devices. Like a standard weather station, the Netatmo Weather Station has an indoor module and an outdoor … [Read more...]

Review: Fourth-generation iPad is faster, stronger, better

Review: Fourth-generation iPad is faster, stronger, better

The release of the fourth-generation iPad so soon after the third-generation iPad may have come as a surprise to even diehard Apple watchers, but the device itself won’t. By now, we all know what an iPad looks like, and the fourth-generation iPad looks nearly identical to a third-generation iPad—which itself looked more or less like the … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for iTunes 11

How to Prepare for iTunes 11

While iTunes 11 is running a little late, it is expected to drop on us this month. When it arrives, it will be the single biggest change to iTunes since the introduction of the iTunes Music Store. To prepare for this large update, you may want to prepare your iTunes library, adding album artwork, correcting album titles, and getting rid of … [Read more...]

iPad mini Review

iPad mini Review

“Apple knew what I wanted even before I did.”For fans of Apple, iPads, and shiny, beepy things, the arrival of the iPad mini is cause for celebration--and that’s before we’ve actually gotten our hands on the thing. Steve Jobs famously said that Apple wouldn’t get into the small-tablet market, and yet here we are just a few short years later with a … [Read more...]

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