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
A video appearance by the company's chief designer, Jony Ive, is now a regular feature of every Apple product launch. Tuesday's release of new MacBooks and iPads was no different. Up on the screen, there was Apple's chief designer, attired in his customary T-shirt, offering yet another brief discourse on bezels and batteries, recounting how Apple surmounted sundry engineering challenges to achieve greatness.
"We are often faced with a paradox when we design to make products smaller and lighter, and at the same time more powerful....if we can overcome these challenges we can make something … Read more
DxO Labs announced its new Optics Pro 9 software Wednesday, an update the company believes does a better job stripping out noise than rivals such as Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture.
The software's Probabilistic Raw Image Enhancement, or Prime, takes more time than other noise-reduction algorithms, but it can detect finer details and accurate color amidst the noise speckles that afflict digital photos taken at high ISO sensitivity settings. DxO said the technology goes a full stop beyond the competition, meaning that it could cut noise from a photo taken at ISO 12,800 as well as a rival … Read more
A Mac Pro manufactured in the US? Color me unimpressed.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made some waves in December when he said the company would pour $100 million into a manufacturing facility in the US to manufacture some Macs. It was unclear until yesterday just which Mac would get the "Made In USA" treatment.
"It will happen in 2013," he said in an interview with Bloomberg back in December. "We're really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it's broader because we wanted to do something more substantial.&… Read more
GoPro Studio for Mac enables you to create professional video clips using advanced editing features and preset templates, making it a powerful tool for editing constant frame rate formats like GoPro, Canon, Nikon, H.264 MP4, and MOV. The app comes with a beautiful and easy-to-use interface, a cartload of features, and excellent performance, representing an excellent choice for amateur as well as professional video editors and GoPro fans.
GoPro Studio for Mac is a rather large download at 121MB, but well worth the wait. Once you install it, the application opens with an attractive, intuitive layout that lets you … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A $399 iPad Mini? Wrong way, Apple.
- Apple releases OS X Mavericks for free.
- Mac Pro available in December, starts at $2,999.
- Apple TV plays hooky again at iPad event, all eyes turn to 2014.
Just before introducing a brand-new model of the iPad on Tuesday, Apple made it a point to show off the many things people can do with iPads. From work to play to athletic training to taking a nap on the side of a mountain, the company's tablet can help just about anyone do just about anything, the company claimed.
But that's not how competitors see it. Microsoft in particular has taken the iPad to task since the introduction of its own Surface tablet, pointing to things like the Surface's optional keyboard-type covers and built-in Office software as … Read more
First the 17-inch MacBook Pro and now this.
If you were watching, listening to, or reading about Apple's announcements today, hoping to hear that the less-expensive non-Retina Display MacBook Pros would get fourth-gen Intel Core i-series processors, you're out of luck. On the upside, Apple didn't kill off the model entirely.
While the 15.4-inch model is gone from the current lineup, the $1,199 13.3-inch MacBook Pro remains with its 1,280x800-pixel resolution screen, third-gen 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 4GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 … Read more
Apple on Tuesday announced refreshes to its Mac and MacBook line of computers at a special fall press event in San Francisco. The MacBook Pro with Retina Display received a boost to Intel's new Haswell processor and improved battery life.
The 13-inch model is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, and includes a fourth-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, Iris Graphics, and a 128GB solid-state drive. The 15-inch model is equipped with a fourth-generation 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Iris Pro Graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
Both models … Read more