It’s a first for the Macworld Podcast—an episode recorded entirely while floating in the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico. MacMania IV has set sail, bringing together folks who are passionate about the Mac for a week of tips, advice, and the occasional sight-seeing expedition. I’m joined by two members of the MacMania faculty in this podcast episode: Macworld Senior Editor Christopher Breen and Andy Ihnatko, a frequent contributor to Macworld and a Chicago Sun-Times columnist. We talk about the cruise itself, the itinerary you can expect on a Geek Cruise , and the strange thrill of offering troubleshooting advice in the middle of the ocean. Andy also talks about podcasting, including his own DVD-review podcast . Listen to episode 27 To subscribe to the Macworld Podcast via iTunes 4.9 or later, simply click here . Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader at: http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/mwpodcast/rss.xml Interested in podcasting? … [Read more...] about MacMania Cruise IV
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FastMac has announced that it is shipping the iV , a three-in one charging kit for the iPhone. It costs $79.95. FastMac claims the iV paired to an iPhone provides up to 24 hours of talk time, 31 days of standby, more than 20 hours of video playback and 72 hours of audio playback time. The iV connects to the iPhone’s dock connector and cradles the iPhone (separate versions are available for the iPhone and iPhone 3G). A full-sized USB port is built in, so it can power up a Bluetooth headset, digital camera or other device that recharges using USB power. The case is molded out of a soft-touch non-slip material. The bottom is contoured so the iPhone can still be docked and charged inside Apple’s own iPhone Dock and Universal dock; it incorporates speaker chambers that reflect the iPhone’s sound up and out towards the listener. … [Read more...] about iV extends iPhone battery, adds flash, Bluetooth charger
Multi-bay storage enclosures are versatile; you can reconfigure them for speed or redundancy depending on your needs. The ThunderBay IV from OWC has four drives that can be swapped easily with the aid of a screwdriver. You can configure the disks independently or as a RAID with the help of Disk Utility. The ThunderBay IV's simple design and consistent performance make it an attractive desktop storage device. While the drive case is black like the late 2013 Mac Pro, the perforated metal front panel is reminiscent of legacy Mac Pros. The front panel has to be unlocked with a key to access the individual drives, and the key acts as a handle for pulling the front panel off the drive. Status lights for power and drive activity are visible through the front panel. A large fan in the back of the drive pulls air through the perforated front panel and expels it out the rear. Below the fan are two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining, a Kensington lock slot, and power switch. The drives … [Read more...] about OWC ThunderBay IV review: a solid and versatile desktop storage solution
Google’s streaming video game service Stadia had ambitious plans to disrupt the gaming industry, which is dominated by consoles. The tech giant had planned to pack Stadia with original content, announcing two years ago that it was hiring hundreds of game developers and starting studios in Los Angeles and Montreal. But those teams barely had time to get started before they were dismissed earlier this month as Google shut down in-house game development. From the beginning, Google’s approach to video games wasn’t very Google-like. The Alphabet Inc company tends to launch bare-bones products and test them as they grow. With Stadia, it came out big. Flashy press conferences and ad campaigns promised high-quality games with innovative features playable on Android smartphones or on the TV through Chromecast. Gamers would have access to a library of exclusive titles and well-known favourites like Assassin’s Creed without having to dish out US$500 (RM2,027) for Sony Corp’s PlayStation or … [Read more...] about Google’s Stadia problem? A video game unit that’s not Googley enough
Looking good, Furiosa. Photo: Jasin Boland/Warner Brothers Imperator Furiosa has come out on top at the Critics’ Choice Awards: Mad Max: Fury Road leads the list with 13 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Actress for Charlize Theron, Best Director for George Miller, and a healthy spread across the technical categories. Carol , The Martian , and The Revenant came in with nine nominations each. On the TV side, Fargo led the nominees with eight, followed by The Leftovers and Transparent with six each, and The Wiz Live! with five. There are a lot of welcome surprises, including nominations for Rectify , UnREAL , You’re the Worst , André Holland for The Knick , and Constance Wu for Fresh Off the Boat . It’s a good list! The winners will be announced January 17 at a televised gala on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN airing at 8 p.m. Here’s a full list of the nominees: MOVIE BEST PICTURE BEST ACTOR Trumbo The Martian Black Mass … [Read more...] about All Hail Furiosa!