Gadgets

Best snowboard boots: Snowboard equipment for every level

Visit Almaty via PexelsWhether you’re a pro on the powder or just starting out, a successful snowboarding run starts with appropriate snowboard gear, especially when it comes to your feet. Are your boots comfortable? Secure? Not too tight but also not too loose? Unlike ski boots, which are rigid and unforgiving, snowboard boots are flexible and, in general, much more comfortable—a blessing for anyone with wide feet or any podiatric issues, like bunions, corns, or hammertoes. (Think about how distracting…

Gadgets

Best snow blower: Clear your driveway fast

Fabian Mardi via UnsplashThere’s nothing more beautiful than the calm after a blizzard—until you remember that you’re responsible for cleaning it up. Thankfully, it’s easy to turn an impenetrable winter wonderland into something you can actually navigate with the best snow blower. While it can be very gratifying to get out there and shovel it yourself (as long as you do it safely), in some places you’ll have no choice but to bust out the big guns. With the right…

HARDWARE

Wrise is a new and specialized word processor for Mac

There just aren’t too many new OS X word processing applications appearing these days, with Microsoft Word and Apple’s Pages ruling the roost. So it was with some interest that I took a look atWrise (US$29.99 introductory pricing at the Mac app store), which certainly provides a fresh take on word processing. Like most word processors, Wrise gives you editing, font choices and background colors, as well as spelling and grammar correction. But it also has some very unique features:…

Science

Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap “Send” before you get to see the message. Additionally, Quiptalk boasts that the app doesn’t store any conversation history, so it’s easy to hop on and send some private thoughts without having to clear the log later on. The iPhone app…

Technology

These USB to Lightning charging cables are AWESOME

No, I’m not being overly effusive about a USB to Lightning charging cable; I’m just referring to the brand name for a line of accessories. Awesome Cables used crowdfunding and some design smarts to create charging cables that are a bit different from what you’ll get from most other manufacturers. Today we’re looking at a pair of these cables, both of which use a braided, non-tangle covering on the exterior. The Mamba Cable (US$30) is Apple MFi-certified, and what you’re…

Gadgets

These USB to Lightning charging cables are AWESOME

No, I’m not being overly effusive about a USB to Lightning charging cable; I’m just referring to the brand name for a line of accessories. Awesome Cables used crowdfunding and some design smarts to create charging cables that are a bit different from what you’ll get from most other manufacturers. Today we’re looking at a pair of these cables, both of which use a braided, non-tangle covering on the exterior. The Mamba Cable (US$30) is Apple MFi-certified, and what you’re…

Technology

Five products from 2014 I can’t live without: Kelly Hodgkins

With 2015 right around the corner, the team at TUAW has been looking back at 2014 and reminiscing about their favorite apps and products of 2014. It’s my turn to chime in, and I’ve decided to combine the best of both world’s by including apps, Apple hardware and Apple-related accessories in my list. Osprey Axis Daypack Osprey makes great backpacks and its “All Mighty Guarantee” can’t be beat. I purchased the Axis this spring and have been using it as…

Gadgets

Five products from 2014 I can’t live without: Kelly Hodgkins

With 2015 right around the corner, the team at TUAW has been looking back at 2014 and reminiscing about their favorite apps and products of 2014. It’s my turn to chime in, and I’ve decided to combine the best of both world’s by including apps, Apple hardware and Apple-related accessories in my list. Osprey Axis Daypack Osprey makes great backpacks and its “All Mighty Guarantee” can’t be beat. I purchased the Axis this spring and have been using it as…

Software

Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap “Send” before you get to see the message. Additionally, Quiptalk boasts that the app doesn’t store any conversation history, so it’s easy to hop on and send some private thoughts without having to clear the log later on. The iPhone app…

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Apple bought back $56 billion of its own stock in 2014

Apple is no stranger to stock buybacks so its no surprise that the trend continued in the 2014 fiscal year. And how much stock did Apple buy back this year? According to a new report for FactSet, Apple spent over $56 billion buying back stock this year. That’s $36.8 billon more than IBM who took the second for most spent on buybacks with $19.2 billion. Stock buybacks have been good for Apple. So good that this year Apple also earned…

Technology

Hi.Q: Improving health through knowledge, motivation, and fun

It’s that time of year again, when we’ll start hearing about new ways of tracking our health and losing weight. While that seems to be an annual holiday trend, making true health gains involves making a long term commitment to eating right, exercising more, getting more sleep, and so on. How do you learn about healthy habits? Hi.Q (free) is a new iPhone app that tests your knowledge through a series of fun and informational quizzes, then provides a community…

Technology

Hi.Q: Improving health through knowledge, motivation, and fun

It’s that time of year again, when we’ll start hearing about new ways of tracking our health and losing weight. While that seems to be an annual holiday trend, making true health gains involves making a long term commitment to eating right, exercising more, getting more sleep, and so on. How do you learn about healthy habits? Hi.Q (free) is a new iPhone app that tests your knowledge through a series of fun and informational quizzes, then provides a community…