Monitors equipped with a USB-C socket with Power Delivery function allowing to charge the computer with one cable are becoming more and more common. However, not all monitors are compatible with every computer. Sometimes even the presence of a USB-C connector does not guarantee that you can connect it to your MacBook Pro with just one cable to transfer an image and charge your computer. Then you need to use a Display Port or HDMI adapter. So I appreciate those monitors that actually allow me to connect only one USB-C cable to my MacBook Pro and not to worry about anything else (of course I'm exaggerating here), and I had the opportunity to test it for the last two months. It was Philips Brilliance 329P9H.
Thule travel accessories have been on my blog for years. Their hallmark is a very nice minimalist design, functionality and durability The backpacks I described five years ago still look like new. What's more, Thule has bags and backpacks for virtually every circumstance, I found that out recently when I was looking for something that I could conveniently pack my entire set of devices I use in my school programming lessons.
Sonos speakers are well known to MyApple readers, recently we have described, among others, the Sonos One models. Recently the company presented its latest product, the Sonos Move speaker, which I had the opportunity to test intensively in recent weeks.
I recently had the opportunity to test two Sonos One speakers connected in a stereo pair.
Since last year, Apple has been quite strongly focused on games available on almost all devices, i.e. iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. This is evidenced by the Apple Arcade service, in which, within the framework of a monthly subscription, users have access to a constantly expanding list of games. Currently, it is already 128 titles. There are a lot of games among them, which are more addictive for a longer time and which are much better played with the use of a controller. There are quite a few of them, and one of the brands that should be well known to players playing on Apple devices is Steelseries. A few weeks ago, the successor of the popular controller of this brand, Nimbus+, was released. I had the opportunity to test it intensively playing games not only with Apple Arcade on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.
Last year I had the opportunity to test two LG smart TVs equipped with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support. These were: top shelf model - 55C9PLA - equipped with OLED screen and definitely cheaper, directed to people with much thinner wallets, model with NanoCell SM86 screen. Both models offered quality and capabilities adequate to their price. However, they had a certain "flaw", they lacked the Apple TV application, allowing access to both films and series offered in the Apple TV+ service, as well as to the iTunes store and user's library of films bought there. This has fortunately changed at the beginning of this year and LG TVs now have virtually everything that Apple can offer them. I found out about this by testing a mid-range TV in recent weeks when it comes to NanoCell LCD models. We are talking about the 55SM9010 model.
Logitech mice are the best, and basta are the best - this kind of statement is not an idle talk thrown to the wind, although of course there will be those who do not agree with it. For years, however, the accessories of this company are often chosen by professionals who spend long hours at the computer. They are simply comfortable and very functional. One of the most popular are MX Master mice. Last year Logitech presented its third generation - MX Master 3. I had a chance to test it for the last two weeks.
One of the darkest and most interesting titles currently available in Apple Arcade is "Overland". It's a kind of American road tale, where a group of random people often drive through the United States, or rather what's left of them. "Overland" is a game with a post-apocalyptic climate.
"Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas" is one of the best - in my opinion - adventure games that have been created. Inspired by the classics (Legend of Zelda), the game was created for iOS, macOS, tvOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One, Windows and Nintendo Switch. The player played the role of a boy who, trying to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance, has to defeat the beasts living in the ocean, including the title monster - Oceanhorn. The action of the game took place on the islands of the archipelago formed after the fall and absorption by the ocean waters of the kingdom of Arcadia. "Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Old Realm" is the prequel of this story, because it presents events a thousand years earlier.
Five years ago, in April, I got up very early in the morning. It was probably two o'clock when I got into the car. My goal was Berlin, and more precisely a certain exclusive boutique in the center, where the day after the official premiere, you could still buy a new revolutionary Apple product - the watch. The journey from Łódź to Berlin took me about six hours. Another four I stood in the queue to buy - as for communes - what they gave - Apple Watch 42 mm with an aluminum case and a silicone strap, i.e. sport version.
The Sonos brand does not need to be introduced to MyApple readers. It's one of the manufacturers of the best, in my opinion, multi-room systems, with compact speakers such as One or larger Play, portable Move (all described on MyApple) or subwoofer Sub. The offer also includes soundbars, the older Beam (which is also being reviewed) and the latest Arc, just being introduced to the market, being the first Sonos device with Dolby Atmos surround sound technology support. I had the pleasure to test it a few weeks before its market launch.
Last month Steve recalled growing up with computers in United States. Each of you has his or her own memories of the past and your first time with a computer, especially a Mac. And of course, I have mine. Well, they are a bit different to Steve's, due to two important factors. First, when he graduated from high school I was born (1974). Second, I was growing up in a bit different reality, about 5,300 miles away to the east and behind the Iron Curtain in communist Poland.
There was a lot of pre-release speculation and rumors about the iPhone 6s camera. As usual, some of them turned out to be true, while others were just wishful thinking and perhaps ideas of the functionalities of the next Apple smartphone generation. As a photographer, I decided to see for myself what its camera was really like and for the first time I bought the newest iPhone — the iPhone 6s — on its launch day.
Last year’s release of the iPad mini 3 let down many users and fans of this smaller Apple tablet. Except for a screen with a wider color gamut and the addition of Touch ID, it offered no other improvements. The future of smaller iPads seemed rather dim, and it appeared that bigger iPhones met the needs of users who wanted a device with a bigger screen. Was it an end to the iPad mini product line? Not at all! The latest model — the iPad mini 4 — is even lighter, thinner and faster, and I know there is no smartphone that could replace it.
iPhone and iPad users usually can enjoy new games before those who use Android devices. However, there are games that become available for iOS and Android months or even years after their release on PC or game consoles. Luckily, many of them get old very slowly like "Brothers: A tale of two sons", which was released in the App Store last month, over two years after its release for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows.
Smart watches and fitness smart bands have seriously changed my life. These devices let us record all of our activity and exercises, and continuously measure basic life functions like heart rate. They are also helpful in setting and hopefully keeping fitness goals. There are, of course, people who don't need electronic gadgets to motivate themselves to be active and healthy. However, these little devices can help people to keep their promises to go for a walk every day, to burn a certain amount of calories and to avoid unhealthy habits like eating pizza too often, then why not wear them? One of such devices introduced earlier this year is a fitness super smart watch - Fitbit Surge.
A few months ago one of my friends published a photo of us on Facebook that was taken over 20 years ago. In that photo I am completely different person, and I don't mean the time that passed that left wrinkles on my face. I am talking about my size.
Scandinavia is a region that stands out from the rest of Europe with its specific style and products. It's not just the well known car and furniture brands, but also sound devices (like great bass amps) that are appreciated by both audiences and musicians. One of the brands that has guaranteed the highest quality of sound for decades is Vifa.
Aaron Sorkin's “Steve Jobs" seemed to be doomed almost from the beginning: problems with finding the right actor for the starring role (some big names were changing like they were in a kaleidoscope), the entire project being sold by Sony to Universal, and then a bunch of critical reviews from popular technology writers. When finally released, the film flopped spectacularly and was dropped from about 2000 theaters by Universal after its poor box-office performance. According to some of my colleagues and Twitter followers, the film was so boring they felt like leaving the theater.
There is a Philips TV in front of you. You turn on your PlayStation 4 and put the gamepad on the couch, at the same time looking at your smart watch. Yes, you didn't notice that a few hours had passed. You grab your Surface tablet to check how many likes you got for your latest selfie taken with a Motorola smartphone. Incidentally, you notice a post shared by your friend: "Pegatron fakes data. Workers have to work over 60 hours per week". Unfortunately, your battery has died and prevents you from reading the article to the end, but you know that this article referred to Apple, and you hate this company. So before you grab your Kindle, you read the rest of the story on your HP laptop. Now you know that you can sleep tight, for you chose your devices wisely, rejecting those that Apple manufactured under inhumane conditions. OK, time to wake up.
Just a while ago I sat down in a front of a computer. I have a very important article to write. The deadline for sending it ends in three hours. I have think over it in detail; what I want to write and how I should write it. This should go smoothly and be done in no time at all.
Moments, memories, sometimes hazy, sometimes as if they happened literally a while ago. Scents, sounds, images that left on us everlasting impressions, that changed who we are, inscribed eternal marks in our memory, just like a scar. We remember them once in a while, not necessarily when we want to. "The year 1990 / summer holidays by the lake", "The garden party", "The cousin’s wedding". Albums, stamp albums, envelopes, empty chocolate and cigarette boxes filled with old photos, slides and negatives.
Leaving apart the incredible reliability of Apple products - a controversial topic for many, as there’s a common opinion that Apple devices never break - one of the most renowned features of them is their minimalistic design. Apple products have been trendsetters for many years, starting with the Apple II and early Macintosh, as well as present day MacBooks, iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.
I guess there is no need to introduce our readers to introduce apps like CleanMyMac, Hider 2 and Gemini, particularly the first two that have been around for seven years. My adventure with Macintosh computers started at about the same time, and shortly after I bought my first Mac I found CleanMyMac, a utility app published by Ukraine developers MacPaw. The Mac apps were created and the company founded by Oleksandr Kosovan.
James Thomson is a well-known iOS and OS X developer from Scotland. I had a chance to talk with him about development, new Apple solutions and adblocking. He offers not only great apps, but also very interesting views on many topics.
The past three months have passed more quickly than I expected. I spent those months on intense and frequent journeys. The summer has passed, as well as three-month period of free access to Apple Music. It’s time to decide whether to move for good to this new service, or to stay in Spotify, for which I have been prudently paying my subscription for its premium plan. Above all, I need to answer the question of where Apple Music is now, three months after its launch. Does its offerings and quality win out over Spotify? And is there something in Apple Music that would make me use the service frequently?
I remember it all as if it was yesterday. My first journey from Poland to United States for Macworld in 2011. In the media room I sat at the big round table occupied by a group of bloggers. Soon I realized that those guys were from TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog), one of my favorite blogs about Apple.