My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know all too well that most folks settle for something smaller, and usually it's a case of the smaller, the better. That's why designers are always trying to get bigger sounds out of smaller speakers. Enter the Vanatoo Transparent One, a 10-inch-tall powerhouse armed with a 5.25-inch aluminum woofer, a separate rear-mounted 5.25-inch passive radiator, and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter. This little speaker made a … Read more
I didn't know the price of the M-Audio M3-8 when I first started listening, I just assumed it was $900 to $1,000 for the pair of speakers. No, the street price is closer to $600 for a pair, around the same price as for one of the reigning wireless champions, such as the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air or Bose SoundDock 10. And the M3-8s deliver so much more of the sound of your music than those two wireless models, it's not even close. For one thing a pair of M3-8s produce stereo, and the sort of … Read more
StreamToMe for Mac allows you to stream media from your desktop to iOS devices using Wi-Fi or a 3G connection, without the need to convert files. The app's features and performance are top notch, making it an excellent option for high-quality media streaming for any occasion.
StreamToMe for Mac comes with a sleek interface that displays local servers and devices on the right side of the screen and a fully-functional media player on the left. There is an additional option to manually input an IP address for streaming, if you wish. To detect devices for streaming we had to … Read more
Sketch Pad 3 offers quite a few tools to draw on your iPhone, but suffers from an interface that is all but impossible to control easily with adult fingers. The push-and-hold mechanic required to find and use any of the tools, colors, or other adjustments to the basic functions of this app can be frustrating, and for some people very hard to manage. It's a shame, too, because the app, itself, is well made and has a number of great features.
When you open Sketch Pad 3, you can create a new image or view the ones you've … Read more
LINE Messenger seems to be one of the best, free messaging apps when it comes to features and looks, but you might not be able to find any of your friends. If you can't, it's definitely worth inviting them to this messenger if your circle hasn't already settled on another app.
This app lets you send free calls and texts to your friends. Unlike other apps, it only lets you send messages to users who already use the app. During testing, there were a grand total of zero people from a contacts list of almost 400. To … Read more
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is the latest example of the company's weird pricing decisions. At $300, the Tab 3 is expensive for a small tablet that -- aside from its 1.5GB of RAM -- has fairly modest specs and hardware features.
In the "small tablet" space -- 7- to 9-inch screen sizes -- great models are more affordable than ever. The Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Fire HD 8.9, Nook HD, and Nook HD+ are all available for $269 or less. Of course, one reason they're so affordable is that they're … Read more
MacUtil for Mac hands more control over to you in determining the look and utility of your desktop, tweaking the user interface in ways you may have already been wishing you could.
MacUtil for Mac comes as a small download, and once unzipped and copied to your Applications folder, it is ready for action. The app offers 50 different tweaks to the user interface, and we tested each one. Some of the tweaks are mostly aesthetic such as changing the dock from 3D to 2D, or making its background clear, but even these can have a minor impact on system … Read more
Learn Final Cut Pro X Free provides a number of lessons for how to use the Mac's premier video editing software; but with trial restrictions and lack of iPhone 5 support, the app has some issues. The core of the app, its educational lessons, are well designed, however, and because they load fast and download quickly from the server, it is possible to use them on the fly as you learn the software.
Developed by Mahalo, a popular online learning company, Learn Final Cut Pro X has a sleek interface, high-quality videos, and an intuitive interface. While the feature … Read more
Puffin Web Browser is one of those rare alternative browsers that manages to understand what works well in Safari and yet enhance and build on that formula in many ways. While the integration of things like iCloud is not as deep and there are some other features missing, what Puffin brings to the table makes it a solid browser that enhances more than it takes away.
The basic design of Puffin is familiar. It looks a lot like Safari with the tabs on top of the menu instead of below. On the iPad this actually looks quite good and makes … Read more
Helium App Sync & Backup saves copies of your vital data for you if you don't want to do it, yourself. It includes an app backup in addition to backing up your sensitive files, but it's a major pain to set up. It takes most of the appeal of automatic backup away.
Helium App Sync & Backup is made mostly for rooters, but it will work with some unrooted phones, too. To be sure it works with yours, check developer options in your settings menu and see if you can turn on USB debugging. If you can't, … Read more