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Hands on: See Hyper’s iStick in action

Hands on: See Hyper’s iStick in action

The Kickstarter campaign for Hyper’s iStick, which surpassed an original goal of $100,000 in just three hours, is currently racing toward $1,000,000 with only eight days left.

With so much interest in the iStick, a USB flash drive with a Lightning connector, we had to take it for a test drive. Watch our video to see what you think. You can keep an eye on Hyper’s Kickstarter, which ends June 17, here.

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2048 Storms App Charts With Math-Based Gameplay [Video Review]

2048 Storms App Charts With Math-Based Gameplay [Video Review]

The app store has found another craze almost as popular as Flappy Bird. Developers everywhere have been releasing their own versions of the hit app Threes, a tile-based game that has players swipe to add numbers. 2048 is an application that features this same addicting gameplay with its own twists and no cost. Can you reach the score of 2,048 or even higher?

Take a look at 2048 and find out what you think.

This is a Cult Of Mac video review of the multi-platform application 2048, brought to you by Joshua Smith of TechBytes W/ Jsmith.

“NCAA March Madness Live” Brings Tournament Games To iOS Devices [Video Review]

“NCAA March Madness Live” Brings Tournament Games To iOS Devices [Video Review]

Now that the month of March is finally upon us college basketball fans have more to cheer about. The app NCAA March Madness Live gives fans the ability to watch tournament games live, see stats, create brackets and so much more. Will NCAA March Madness Live become your go-to app during the big tournament?

Take a look at NCAA March Madness Live and find out what you think.

This is a Cult Of Mac video review of the multi-platform application NCAA March Madness Live brought to you by Joshua Smith of “TechBytes W/Jsmith.”

iPad Air Review Roundup

iPad Air

As the fifth generation full-sized iPad, users likely know what to expect from the newly-released iPad Air. And while the device doesn’t try and reinvent the wheel by radically altering the iPad’s genetics in either abilities or form factor, the mere fact that Apple has proven able to further hone what was already a winning concept — by decreasing the size and weight, upping the speed and power, all while maintaining battery life — is reason enough to mark down the iPad Air as an assured winner in the tablet category. This verdict is more than backed up by the reviews which have begun flooding in over the past 24 hours, with reviewers now having had around a week to test Apple’s newest tablet.

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First Impressions: NeatConnect Is The Wireless Scanner You’ve Been Waiting For [Review]

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NeatConnect by Neat
Category: Scanners
Works With:Anything with Wi-Fi
Price: $500

I’ve been using Neat products for the past couple of years. I’ve got a NeatDesk for Mac and an active NeatCloud account. So when the folks at Neat reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in putting the company’s latest piece of hardware – NeatConnect – through the paces, I jumped at the chance.

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Sleek and Powerful, the New 11-Inch MacBook Air Will Blow You Away, Again [Review]

Sleek and Powerful, the New 11-Inch MacBook Air Will Blow You Away, Again [Review]

Apple’s new 11-inch MacBook Air is simply incredible. Of course you probably already knew this puppy was light, and gorgeous, but the power that this tiny machine packs is truly breathtaking. Optimized for speed and portability, the new MacBook Air improves on its predecessor to prove that it’s the best notebook computer Apple’s ever made.

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iOS 5’s New Camera App Will Delight You. Here’s Our In-Depth Preview of the New Features

iOS 5’s New Camera App Will Delight You. Here’s Our In-Depth Preview of the New Features

Apple didn’t announce a new iPhone with a beefed up camera on Monday, but they did inform us that they are making some big improvements to their camera app. With the ability to take pictures from the lockscreen, volume shutter buttons, basic photo editing and much more, Apple’s done a great job of making sure the iPhone will continue to be one of the most popular cameras on the web. Here is our run down of the new features in iOS 5’s camera app.

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iMessage is Going to Be Huge! Here’s Our Hands-on Look at How it Works

iMessage is Going to Be Huge! Here’s Our Hands-on Look at How it Works

Apple’s new iMessage app was one of the biggest surprises at WWDC yesterday. Once I got iOS 5 and Lion installed on my devices, I asked our Twitter followers what they wanted to know about the new OSes and we got a lot of questions about iMessage and how it works. There seems to have been a bit of confusion regarding the new service, so let me help explain how iMessage works on iOS 5.

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The Daily: Not Much Bang for Murdoch’s Buck

The Daily: Not Much Bang for Murdoch’s Buck

The Daily's tech bells and whistles can't save it from empty-calorie content.

The Daily, the made-for-iPad product from Rupert Murdoch and News Corp., made a much-anticipated world debut Wednesday at the Guggenheim in New York. News Corp marketing promised “a package that’s smart, attractive and entertaining.”

Too bad it delivers an experience that’s pedestrian, plain and vaguely creepy. Not to mention prone to crashing.

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Hello Dolly! Put Time Machine Backups in the Cloud with Dolly Drive

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SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD 2011 — Dolly Drive, a new cloud-based storage solution specially tailored to Mac specifications, launched Thursday from the Indie Spotlight at Macworld in San Francisco and looks to be one of the smartest plays — and best values — to come out of this year’s show.

Remote storage accessible from anywhere, any time, Dolly Drive is designed to work exclusively and specifically with Apple’s Time Machine, giving Mac users an inexpensive, seamless method for creating secure, redundant (in some cases, perhaps, primary) backups that can be accessed to restore digital files from any location with an Internet connection.

With tri-level security including authentication encryption, data transmission over secure tunnel and multi-leveled, complex authentication protocols for third-party access to data at Dolly data centers, a Mac user can feel confident in the security of data stored for as little as $10 per month for 250GB. Other pricing plans prove Dolly Drive is serious about delivering value for a service that should be attractive to computer users of any sophistication level.

No other remote storage solution we’re aware of is engineered to work directly through Time Machine, nor is any so dedicated to serving Mac users.

This is definitely one of the nicest finds we’ve seen at Macworld 2011 and well worth further exploration.