In addition to Jeff Carlson’s review of the Stump iPad stand, we look at three major products this week, none of which is entirely successful. Glenn Fleishman leads off with coverage of Amazon’s rather limited Cloud Drive online storage service and Cloud Player online music player. Then guest contributor Lukas Mathis delves into what’s wrong with Skype 5, a major upgrade from the previous Skype 2.8 for the Mac that has caused much consternation among users. And finally, Adam reviews Firefox 4, a fine upgrade to the popular Web browser that is nonetheless unlikely to attract users of other browsers. Notable software releases this week include Dropbox 1.0.28, Mac OS X v10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010), and GarageBand 6.0.2.
Looking for a compact, versatile stand that can hold an iPad upright or angled, in portrait or landscape orientation? The Stump Stand is the iPad accessory Jeff Carlson uses at his desk most often while working on iPad-related projects.
Beating Apple and Google to the punch, Amazon has launched Cloud Drive, a Dropbox competitor, and Cloud Player, a way to play back any unprotected MP3 and AAC files you put in its cloud.
Millions of Mac users use Skype for text chats, audio calls, and video chats. But the recently released Skype 5 replaces the simple interface of Skype 2.8 with one that lacks features, wastes space, and is actively difficult to use. Lukas Mathis outlines the problems.
Mozilla’s latest major release of Firefox offers a few new user-level features, but puts most of its effort into performance and standards improvements. It’s a welcome upgrade, but isn’t revolutionary.
Notable software releases this week include Dropbox 1.0.28, Mac OS X v10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010), and GarageBand 6.0.2.