Mood lighting is always nice, but what about programable mood lighting? That's what PlasmaTrim is for. This Kickstarter project is out to sell a bar of LED lights that attaches to your computer and offers complete programability for your lighting environment.
PlasmaTrim can cycle through patterns and give your Mac a nice glow, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Because it is both powered and controlled over USB, you can write plugins to trigger certain colors or patterns for different events. Receive an email? Make it flash red. ... more
Have you every found yourself longing for the days when you used to type important documents on a typewriter instead of a computer? The clickity-clack of the keys slamming into the paper in a hypnotic rhythm is something many miss. Sure, a typewriter might not be all that economical these days, and it certainly won't check your email… Wait, it can? There's a USB Typewriter? Damn.
This USB Typewriter, available on Etsy, not only connects to an iPad or Mac, but it also still works as it was originally ... more
Apple turned some heads when they announced that OS X 10.7 Lion was going to be sold through the Mac App Store. To assuage fears of the Internet-wary, Apple also sold the operating system at their retail outlets on USB sticks. Pocket-lint, an Apple blog in the UK, is claiming that they have a source at Apple that says Mountain Lion won't be sold via USB stick. Instead, it will be App Store only.
[quote]Apple has confirmed to Pocket-lint though that its concerns weren't justified with customers not remotely interested in ... more
Charging your iPhone and other USB based devices is obviously quite the pain. Last week we featured the world's smallest, and quite possibly smartest, iPhone dock to help you charge your phone. Today, we may have stumbled on a solution that extends beyond the iPhone and iPod touch. RCA has created an electrical socket plug that transforms your basic two socket plug into one socket and two USB plugs.
A number of vendors have outlet systems that bring this kind of functionality directly to your wall, but who has ... more
Go, greased lightning! Reports are coming in that April of 2012 will be Intel's initial big push for industry-wide adoption of their best-in-class data transfer interface called Thunderbolt. As of now, the only computer manufacturer to use Thunderbolt across their machines is Apple. Because it isn't widely adopted, selection of Thunderbolt devices is limited, and that's a little bit scary.
Apple is not new to the realm of early adoption of interfaces. They jumped fairly quickly on USB and Firewire, and that had mixed results. USB took off like ... more
Western Digital dropped new products today, and curiously, they are branded "For Mac". The new members of the My Passport family, My Passport Studio and the aptly named My Passport for Mac, both come formatted for Mac and play nice with Time Machine out of the box.
The My Passport Studio features an all metal chasis with a scratch resistant coating and offers multiple means for connecting to your Mac, though USB 3.0 is not one of them. The My Passport for Mac only includes a USB 2.0 option and is ... more
Find yourself needing to get just a little bit more juice out of your iPhone speaker while you're out and about these days? Have you ever thought about getting a self-powered speaker for your iDevice? How about one that connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPhone, or MacBook through the headphone jack? What about one that has a nice looking Apple logo on it that glows?
If you have, you should check out the iAudio Mini Portable Rechargeable Lithium Battery Speaker (say that 100x fast) while you can. Something ... more
A small bit of news that we managed to overlook during posting all of that new Mac, Thunderbolt Display, and Lion goodness this morning was that Apple hasn't completely overlooked those poor souls who can't afford to download Lion over the Internet and don't have an Apple Store within an affordable distance.
According to some fine print in Apple's press release (we were too busy looking for specs), the company ... more
If you're anything like me, I almost always charge my iPhone on my Mac or speaker dock. That said, I can never find the USB wall plug Apple ships with the iPhone.
The guys and gals at ThinkGeek seem to have solved this problem for me.
For $24.99, the U-Socket USB Wallplug uses regular US 110v power to supply 2.1 amps to a set of USB ports that sit beside regular grounded outlets, using built-in transformers. Genius.
Here's the company's video for installation, which doesn't look too tricky at all:
I love the thinness of the iPhone 5, but hate how fragile the device can be at times. Though I don’t drop my iPhone often, it has happened, and the only thing that has saved my mobile connection to the world is my case. As a frequent iPod, iPhone and
Two hundred and ten days, 22 hours, 33 minutes and 22 seconds No that’s not how long since the last Fast and the Furious sequel, it is the excruciating time lapsed since the last major Apple product launch. On October 23, 2012, the world was a kinder and more joyous