Desktop digital-to-analog converters keep getting better and better, and the Micromega MyDac is a fine example of the breed. The 24-bit/192-kHz MyDac has three digital inputs: coaxial, optical, and USB, all selectable via the thumb wheel control on the front panel. The stereo RCA analog outputs can feed either your powered speakers or power amp. I was pleased to see the MyDac has a built-in power supply, so it doesn't use a wall wart. Micromega will soon release a matching headphone amp, which I hope to review here with the MyDac. Available in black or white finishes, its … Read more
Text messaging is way more subtle than a phone call, but who you text can still get you in trouble. My Sms Interceptor creates a password-protected area for all the contacts you shouldn't be texting. It isn't the easiest to set up, but it will definitely hide things from snoops or prying eyes.
The app appears in your menu, which is unfortunate if you're trying to hide it. The name isn't too revealing, but a less descriptive icon would be nice. Once you're inside the app, you have to navigate through a few annoying ad … Read more
I hate to use the term "sexy" to describe a gadget, but if the myIDkey isn't "sexy," at least it's "damn fine." It takes the concept of a USB drive that protects all your passwords and does it up right with voice-activated search, biometric fingerprint identification, and Bluetooth.
Making a USB password protection device sound exciting? That's pretty hot.
I'm not the only person who thinks myIDkey is worth a look. It just launched its Kickstarter project and already has pulled in more than $87,000 (and rising fast) toward its $150,000 goal. A $99 pledge gets you a myIDkey with two different protective sleeves.… Read more
Interior design is a visual task that does not come easily to many people. Luckily, MyFourWalls for Mac allows you to place custom modified furniture into rooms that you design in both 2D and 3D formats.
MyFourWalls for Mac easily allows the user to design rooms and place furniture into them. This program is capable of loading preexisting blueprints to be used for interior designing, or the user can design their own rooms. There are a variety of different view settings, modifiable furniture pieces, and design elements. The 2D models can be a little crowded, but all of the elements … Read more
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone informed its customers recently that its MyTalk service has been hacked.
In a letter to users obtained by Engadget, Jawbone wrote that it was the target of an "isolated" attack aimed at accessing user information. The company said that the hackers stole some of its MyTalk users' names, e-mail addresses, and the encrypted version of their password.
"We took immediate action to protect your login information," Jawbone wrote to its customers. "Based on our investigation to date, we do not believe there has been any unauthorized use of login information or … Read more
Switching up your wallpaper often seems to be a good way to foster creativity. However, finding dozens of great wallpapers can be a major challenge. My Daily Wallpaper takes most of the thinking out of it, randomizing almost 700,000 different wallpaper designs whenever you want. You'll never have to have the same desktop twice.
Most of the wallpapers My Daily Wallpaper offers are quite stunning to look at. However, the 100+ categories are so different from one another that you might end up with a few weird surprises and juxtapositions. Luckily, you can eliminate any category from your … Read more
Video converters tend to fall into one of two camps. The first is simple freeware for converting files from one or more video formats to another. The advantage of such tools (other than being free) is simplicity; the disadvantage is limited capabilities, not to mention the fact that you may need to keep a collection of them just to handle all your file types. The second type of video converter costs money. That's often the only disadvantage, since the premium converters usually handle many more file types and offer preset profiles that automatically convert files to just the right … Read more
Find My Friends is a handy app for families who want to keep tabs on each other. Of course it has a downside for couples who aren't always honest with each other, but that's to be expected.
Previously, I had shown you how to set up alerts for your Find My Friends contacts. Once set up, you'd receive an alert on your iOS device when they either arrived or left a location. But I neglected to show you how to send alerts to a Find My Friends contact, or to anyone else, regardless of if they have … Read more
There are tons of photo-editing tools out there that allow you to edit and add effects to your smartphone pics on the fly. Pimp My Shadow is another contender that, as its name suggests, lets you add shadow effects to your pictures. While the idea sounds like fun, the reality falls a bit flat.
First things first: You have to either take a new picture or select one from your Camera Roll. From there, Pimp My Shadow takes you to a screen where you have to erase the background of your picture by swiping your finger around the figure you … Read more
The new MySpace has launched to the public, and Justin Timberlake, the site's co-owner, is helping build some interest in it.
When folks head over to MySpace today, they'll find that they can now register to join the site. Upon doing so, users will be able to freely stream Justin Timberlake's new single featuring Jay Z, "Suit & Tie."
Until now, the new MySpace had been available only to those invited to try it out.
MySpace has gone through a series of reinventions over the years as it watched its star rise in the social-networking … Read more