The latest edition of the incredibly popular game The Sims was released in June 2009, and it featured several changes and improvements. Open, continuous neighborhoods and "moodlets" make the game that much more lifelike, and players now have more options than ever when it comes to creating and controlling the lives of their Sims. Some players, no doubt, like to wander aimlessly through the game, figuring things out as they go. For players who really want the inside scoop, however, there's The Sims 3: Prima Official eGuide. This 255-page e-book provides detailed information about every aspect of … Read more
You've received a new GPS navigator over the holidays...now what? Just jump in the car and start navigating, right? Maybe, but maybe not.
While most modern portable navigation devices are simple plug and go affairs, there are a few things you can do to make your navigation experience both easier and more efficient. Check out our guide to get the skinny on getting started with your new (or old) GPS device.
The website "iFixIt" has been a goldmine of information and how-to instructions for repairing various models of Macintosh that have been released over the years, starting with the "Pismo" PowerBook G3 in 2004. Their take-apart manuals have been filled with detailed photographs and illustrations that clearly show the steps for replacing parts, and accessing components for servicing. On December 15th, they licensed all of their repair manuals to the public for free.… Read more
Meditation Techniques Guide provides a basic set of instructions and information for studying or practicing the art of meditation. Written for the novice, these easy-to-follow directions will help anyone interested in these simple and relaxing practices.
The program's interface is simple to navigate since it's in the form of a 60-page e-book in PDF format. The text is written in a plain, understandable language, though there were a few typographical errors. We love that the book's introductory chapters address skeptics of meditation. The book's arguments were sound and convincing and acted as a great segue into … Read more
Stress Management Guide provides insight and help into dealing with a stressful life. The program's simplicity is equally its best aspect and its weakest element.
The program's interface is simple to master, since it's just a PDF e-book. The text is written in a language that was light on jargon and very informal. The book covers the signs and symptoms of stress. The bulk of the book focused on how to deal with stress and rid your life of it. However, sound advice, such as getting 20-30 minutes of daily exercise, is overshadowed by less professional sounding … Read more
Buying a laptop, either for yourself or as a gift for someone else, is always a nerve-wracking process (even with our expert help).
To make your holiday shopping a little less tense, we've put together a list of handy laptop resources, including buying guides, shopping tips, and roundups.
Laptop Buying Guide (2009 Edition) Our basic industry overview looks at the different laptop categories, sample user types, and key components to look for (or avoid). Even better, it's been completely rewritten to cover the latest hardware and industry trends.
Just in time for the crazed holiday shopping season, San Francisco-based GoodGuide releases the first iPhone app that lets you scan bar codes for what the guide calls "impartial" health, environmental, and social responsibility ratings of not only the products you are scanning but their companies, too.
As our Webware staff wrote in August, "GoodGuide is the reason we have awards for tech services and products: it's a small and relatively unknown service that demonstrates real leadership on the Web." And as we report in Health Tech just this week, GoodGuide is an invaluable resource … Read more
Stereophile magazine has just published its "2010 Buyer's Guide," a tell-all "book" for audiophiles on the prowl for new gear.
Sure, you can get a lot of this information on the Internet, but it's nice to have it all neatly arranged between two covers of a magazine. Inside you'll find listings for 4,000 audio products. So if you're in the market for a hi-fi,the "2010 Buyer's Guide" will save you a lot of time.
You'll find listings of turntables, phono cartridges; CD, SACD and DVD-Audio players; … Read more
The Seafood Guide is a free app from the widely respected Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program that can help you make environmentally-friendly seafood choices. Basically, it's an automatically updated, location-sensitive, and more detailed version of their popular pocket guide (30 million distributed to date). The Seafood Guide gives you an A-to-Z list of seafood for your region, which you can browse or search, all with one of three color-coded rankings: Best Choice ("abundant, well-managed, and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways"), Good Alternative ("an option, but there are concerns with how they're … Read more
It's rare that I get my hands on a 30-inch monitor these days, as only a handful of vendors actually make them. Not surprising given their usual prices, which can range from $1,000 up to $1,600 in some cases.
The HP LP3065 is a typical 30-inch monitor. A resolution of 2,560x1,600 pixels? Check. A number of useful ergonomic options? Check. A wide viewing angle thanks to its use of high-end panel technology? Checkeroo!
Unfortunately, the LP3065 also inherits the 30-inch monitor trend of only including a brightness setting as the sole video adjustment option. Check … Read more