Let's hear it for software developers who don't charge for their work. Witness these five excellent apps for the iPhone 3G and updated iPod touch, then check out five more freebies you'll definitely want to install. (As before, all links will take you directly to the iTunes Store.)Aurora Feint Bejeweled meets Bard's Tale in this amazingly polished puzzle/RPG game. Last.fm and Pandora Tired of your own music library? Name a favorite artist and these two apps will build you a custom radio station, then stream tunes over 3G or Wi-Fi. I can't … Read more
The Acer AL2216WBD offers fairly standard specs, including 1680x1050 native resolution, 5ms response time, and 700:1 contrast ratio. It sports both VGA and DVI connectors, and the latter is HDCP-compliant, meaning you'll have no trouble viewing Blu-ray movies if your PC or notebook has a Blu-ray drive.
As a general rule, I despise paying monthly fees for anything. But a little over $3 per month for an Xbox Live Gold subscription? I can live with that. Newegg has 13-month Xbox Live subscription cards on sale for $39.99, with 3-7-day shipping included free.
In case you're new to the Xbox scene, a Live Gold subscription enables you to play games online against others. If you buy one of these cards directly from Microsoft (or, say, Best Buy), it'll cost you $49.99. You can use the 10 bucks you save to grab a new game … Read more
To help kick off its new MP3 audiobook download service, Borders is offering Jon Krakauer's spellbinding Into the Wild free of charge through July 19. You do need to sign up for a Borders Digital Audiobooks account, but it's free to do so, and that's the only catch.
Well, actually, there's one more: To access the book (and any others you purchase), you have to install something called OverDrive Media Console (currently Windows-only--grrr). It's basically a download manager that organizes your audiobooks and generates multipart MP3s (which you can then copy to any portable player … Read more
It's the rare notebook that doesn't have Wi-Fi, but not all models offer Bluetooth. Though not a critical feature, the short-range wireless technology is handy to have for things like cordless mice and cell-phone tethering (i.e., using your phone as a modem). Meritline has a teeny-tiny USB-powered Bluetooth adapter on sale for just $7.99 shipped.
What I love about this thing is that it's so teeny-tiny: Just a rounded little nub. You can leave it plugged into a USB port and barely know it's there. This is a Bluetooth 1.2-compliant adapter with a … Read more
The online Apple Store is clearing out 8GB iPod Touch refurbs for $199 shipped. That's a pretty sweet price considering that they sell new for $299. And I'm here to tell you: The Touch is the single greatest thing since sliced bread.
Essentially an iPhone without the phone, the iPod Touch does music, videos, photos, e-mail, Web browsing, and tons more, and looks Jessica Alba-sexy while doing it. The new 2.0 software update adds support for games, e-books, Internet radio, the New York Times, and countless other applications. (My current favorites: Aurora Feint, Bejeweled 2, and eReader.)… Read more
Now here's a deal for home-office and small-business users: Newegg.com has the Brother MFC-465cn multifunction printer on sale for $69.99 shipped. It's a new unit, not a refurb, and you don't have to deal with a single rebate.
Though quite a compact unit, the MFC-465cn packs in mucho features, including a 2-inch color LCD, media-card slots, a bypass tray that accommodates 4x6-inch photo paper, a 10-page auto document feeder, and an Ethernet interface. (Too bad it's not wireless; that would be icing on the cake.) Brother promises print speeds of up to 30 pages … Read more
If your home network can't quite reach all corners or you need faster throughput for file copying or video streaming, it might be time to consider a router upgrade. Buy.com has the TRENDnet TEW-632BRP Wireless N Home Router on sale for $28.99 shipped (after a $15 mail-in rebate).
In case you're unfamiliar with it, the new 802.11 Wi-Fi standard (currently known as Draft-N) promises better range and faster throughput. The TEW-632BRP is backwards-compatible with older 802.11 hardware and comes with four Ethernet ports, two external antennas, and the usual raft of security features.
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Over the weekend I updated my iPod touch to the 2.0 software, and I consider that $10 well-spent. Now I can access all the same great apps as iPhone 3G owners. Thankfully, many of them are free; I've rounded up five I really like. (Note that all links require iTunes.)AOL Radio Stream radio from over 200 stations spanning 25 music genres. It can even round up local stations. Who needs an FM tuner now? eReader As a longtime fan of reading e-books on my PDA, I'm overjoyed I can now do the same on my touch. … Read more
Data disaster can strike anywhere, anytime. If you're not making regular backups, you're asking for trouble. Trust me. In that spirit of doom and gloom, I've rounded up five free backup utilities for preserving different types of data. All of them are "set-and-forget" programs, meaning once you've installed and configured them, they'll do their thing in the background. Doesn't get much easier than that.Amic Email Backup This highly automated tool backs up most popular e-mail clients at scheduled times and can restore the library to another computer (great if you have … Read more