Build your own Apple Mac

It goes against the Apple licence agreement, but making your own Apple Mac computer has spawned a huge underground community. Darren Yates reveals the best hardware for the job.

Best apps for iPhone and iPad, June 2013

Foldify Custom paper cut-outs. Price: $2.99 plus $0.99 for additional content packs | By: Pixle | From: App Store It’s an iPad app that lets you create paper cut-outs and colour them how you want. You then print them out cut them out fold along the dotted lines a bit of glue here and there…

Windows store vs App store & Google Play: The fight is on

If Apple has taught Microsoft one lesson it’s that selling your own software isn’t enough – you need to sell everybody else’s software too. Long before Microsoft announced the Windows Store we knew it was coming. Apple may have popularised and mobilised the app store concept to typical Apple efficiency but it deals only in…

How to use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control

It’s happened again. The darn remote control has gone walkabout and you’ve got no other way of changing the channel or music track adjusting the volume switching A/V sources or even turning your TV DVD player set-top box or stereo on and off. Or do you? If you have an iPhone or iPod touch there’s…

How to turn your iPad into a mobile image editor

It’s unlikely that an iPad will ever be as good as a PC for advanced image editing but for the vast majority of people it’s more than adequate for storing and displaying images and applying quick adjustments to photos before sharing them. This makes the iPad a great companion for travel as you can use…

Meet Androidland: Australia opens “world-first” Android store in Melbourne

(Image: Telstra)Despite its massive growth over the course of the past year one thing Android has been lacking when compared against its staunch mobile rival iOS is a flagship retail presence and themed shopping experience to compete with the slick and pervasive Apple Store juggernaut. Enter Androidland a dedicated 154sqm Android shopping space which opened…

Apple pounces with $31.99 Mac OS X Lion, the cheapest Mac OS ever?

Delayed by a week due to suspected last-minute bugs with its Resume feature Apple today has released Mac OS X 10.7 Lion for download at the bargain price of $31.99. The eighth version of Mac OS X ships with some 250 new features the most notable of which are new Multi-Touch gestures (pinch tap swipe…

Prognosis Negative: the death of the white MacBook?

This month’s widely expected (though unconfirmed of course) MacBook Air update will see Apple’s successful ultraportable range upgrade sizably in the CPU stakes. The Air which currently features positively ancient Intel Core 2 Duo processors (even though updated late last year) is anticipated to leapfrog Intel’s first-generation Core CPUs and ship with second-generation Core Sandy…

App stores: the future of desktop apps?

Before the App Store emerged in July 2008 it was nothing short of painful to load apps onto smartphones; enabling it with a few clicks created an unprecedented go-to-market opportunity that lets even the smallest app developer reach an audience of tens of millions.Over 300000 iPhone and iPad apps and 10 billion downloads later Apple…

New cheaper Sandy Bridge iMacs start at $1,399: 2010 vs 2011 models compared

As was widely tipped earlier in the week Apple has updated its line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers with Intel’s second-generation Core “Sandy Bridge” processors. With claims that the new lineup is up to 70 per cent faster than the previous range and with three times the graphics performance the refresh is a significant incremental…