(You're reading all posts by Charlie Sorrel)

About Charlie Sorrel

Charlie Sorrel Charlie Sorrel is the Reviews Editor here on Cult of Mac. Follow Charlie  on Twitter at @mistercharlie.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

Rough Rider Bag Will See You Through The Coming Apocalypse [Review]

Rough Rider Bag Will See You Through The Coming Apocalypse [Review]

Rough Rider by WaterField
Category: Bags
Works With: Anything
Price: $335

WaterField’s Rough Rider is just about the best looking leather bag I’ve hung over my shoulder. It’s also the toughest. And it’s also one of the heaviest. So you see, the bag may be perfect for you, or it may not.

Read the rest of this post »

Review Roundup: Small Camera Bags With Space For Your iPad

This week we look at lightweight, easy-to-carry camera bags that are perfect for carrying a mirrorless camera, an iPad and a couple of other bits – because the days of crushing your shoulders with a giant backpack filled with DSLRs and MacBook Pros are over.

Read the rest of this post »

Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos App Improves Navigation, Adds Enjoyment

Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos App Improves Navigation, Adds Enjoyment

Oh man. It looks like “fairly well designed photo-storage and viewing services” are the new black. Or something. Now Amazon is back in the game with an updated version of Amazon Cloud Drive Photos, an app with a name only a Microsoft worker drone could love.

What’s new? Nothing less than the return of enjoyment.

Read the rest of this post »

Effect Stack, An Acceptable Image Editor For OS X

Effect Stack, An Acceptable Image Editor For OS X

Effect Stack is an OS X image editor that costs just $10 and weighs in at 3.9MB. It’ll process any image your throw at it, including RAW files, and its gimmick is that you can stack effects (hence the name) and shift the layers of this stack to switch things up.

It’s not bad.

Read the rest of this post »

Peres, An Electronic Nose That Sniffs Your Meat

Peres, An Electronic Nose That Sniffs Your Meat

You know how when you pull that rank-looking piece of meat from the fridge, you don’t really know whether it’ll fill you or kill you? Is that chunk of chicken still fresh? Should you grill that fish or toss it?

Now (or soon anyway), you can use the Peres to answer those questions. It’s an electronic nose that sniffs your meat and tells you whether it’s still good to eat.

Read the rest of this post »

Pentax 645Z Medium Format Camera: 51 Megapixels For Just $8,500

Pentax 645Z Medium Format Camera: 51 Megapixels For Just $8,500

In the olden days, format snobbery was a little bigger. Real photographers used medium format cameras, stuffed with big rolls of 120 or 220 film, and they laughed at folks who struggled by with little toy “full-frame” 35mm cameras.

These medium format cameras were also distinctly old school, without much automatic control.

Back then, the Pentax 645 was an odd camera, an affordable medium format camera with auto-everything. Well, not everything, but way more than you’d get in the Mamiyas and Hasselblads at the time.

Which is all to introduce the Pentax 645Z, Ricoh’s new 51.5 megapixel body with a price tag of $8,500, not much more than a top-of-the-line full frame SLR body.

Read the rest of this post »

Still Think You Can’t Do Real Work On The iPad? A Lot Has Changed Since 2010

Still Think You Can’t Do Real Work On The iPad? A Lot Has Changed Since 2010

This story first appeared in Cult of Mac Magazine.

Back when I worked exclusively on my iPad, writing posts for Cult of Mac and everything related to that, I had a hell of a time getting some things done. It seemed like every tiny step needed to be researched before I could get anything done.

In the end, I quit and went back to a split iPad/iMac setup, but not for the reasons you might think.

Read the rest of this post »

Spotify For Beverages: Cups App Offers Unlimited Coffee In NYC

Spotify For Beverages: Cups App Offers Unlimited Coffee In NYC

Cups is an amazing proposition, and it’s going to be fascinating to see if it works. The app/service gives you unlimited coffee in NYC, from $45 per month. Yup, subscription coffee, just like Netflix or Spotify.

Read the rest of this post »

Hell Freezes Over: A Cool Fanny Pack Exists, And It Holds An iPad Mini

Hell Freezes Over: A Cool Fanny Pack Exists, And It Holds An iPad Mini

This is the Gallery Waist Pack. It’s the answer to the question, “What if we made a fanny pack for the iPad?”

That’s not quite as simple as it would seem. After all, the fanny pack is the preferred bag of the middle-aged and style-free. It’s the bag for somebody who values practicality over everything else.

And while the iPad is not completely the opposite of this, it is at least opposed to the beige pleated-pants crowd.

Mixing the two is like crossing the streams.

Read the rest of this post »

Hum, the Note-Taking, Audio-Recording App For Musicians

Hum, the Note-Taking, Audio-Recording App For Musicians

Folks who work with words have Drafts. People who want to capture a quick picture have a home-screen shortcut to the built-in camera. But what do musicians have to remember a tune when it pops into their head? Now they have Hum, an iPhone app for capturing song-writing ideas.

Read the rest of this post »