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Olloclip : macro, wide angle and fish eye lense all in one.

The iPhone camera has always been a bone of contention with many people on the Internet.  It does a great but not spectacular job of catching pictures in the moment and whilst it’s not the best camera in the world it hasn’t stopped third-party developers coming up with a rather neat gadgets for those picture snappers out there.

Introducing the Olloclip, a 3 in one lens attachment that clips onto your iPhone 4 / 4S and gives you some rather cool effects. Cool, but I would imagine not always practical.
Olloclip Olloclip : macro, wide angle and fish eye lense all in one.

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Logitech AV Stand

It’s well known that the iPad’s speaker is, well, a bit weedy. While there are a million and one low cost stands out there, if you really want to use your iPad as a movie screen, you need one that incorporates a decent speaker too.

Enter the Logitech AV Stand, a tubular stereo speaker with an arm-mounted iPad holder.

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iOS 5 Setup iPhone Gallery

We’ve only gone an installed the iOS5 GM on our beloved iPhones here so we thought we would put out our gallery of what it looks like when you install iOS 5

More screen shots coming shortly!

Steve Jobs Apple Logo

Hindsight Editiorial : Steve Jobs Passes Away

Its probably wrong that anyone, bar a select few, in the journalist or blogging world can say they knew anything Steve Jobs the person, not Steve Jobs the icon and yet his death has had a profound impact on the world.

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Steve Jobs Passes away

The moment that I heard the news via a chat room it was immediately deemed as a hoax as none of the major news sites seemed to know of the news, then slowly it began drip feeding through the networks leaving us with the news that SJ has indeed passed away.

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Review : Samson Meteor Mic – USB Microphone with Great Retro styling

Doing a podcast is something that we’ve wanted to do here at EssentialMac for a while now but had a feeling that recording audio from the iPhone headset that’s bundled with the device or via the in built microphone wasn’t going to be the best way to go about it.

When the Samson Samson Meteor Mic dropped on the door mate for review it grabbed our attention and we hoped this wasn’t all style over substance. But let’s face it, it’s a little beauty.

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Adobe Flash Cpu Usage

How Stop Adobe Flash From Being Cpu Intensive (kinda)

Whilst it may be a standard for the Internet, Adobe Flash also set a new standard for how quickly it can tax the CPU and drain your battery.

However the other day I made a simple discovery on how to reduce the CPU usage was watching any flash video. It seems that whilst watching a video and pressing right click to bring up the context menu your CPU usage can drop as much as 40%

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Onlive Service Full

Online Game Service Currently Full. Struggling to cope at launch?

Just days after its launch it seems that the OnLive gaming service is showing signs of struggling to cope with demand.

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We’ve been testing this service over the last few days and so far have been remarkably impressed with what is on offer even if our bandwidth allowance is being thrashed to it within an inch of its life.

If you have the bandwidth capability then it seems that Mac gaming with decent high resolution graphics is finally on the horizon. During our testing on a mid-2009 MacBook Pro our CPU usage barely went above 50% whilst playing an intensive game such as Tom Clancy’s splinter cell.

The issue of the service being unavailable could just be down to peak demand for the initial launch period so we’re going to keep testing this and report back shortly in the next coming weeks.

Feel free to post any comments below.

Run OSX Lion on your iPhone (sort of..) with Ultimatum

We don’t often comment often on such areas like the jail breaking community however when we saw this one it definitely makes the grade as a news item.

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Ultimatum - Lion on the iPhone

Not many readers will probably remember the old days of Windows Mobile. Microsoft’s attempts to bring a scaled down version of their desktop operating system to a small handheld device. This included features like the start button, movable windows and applications. Surprisingly enough it really didn’t work.

Introducing the ultimatum theme developed by Jdsss which brings the Lion desktop to your iPhone. Normally things like this are just a skin without much functionality and end up running applications already installed. Not only does the automated theme genuinely looks like Apple’s desktop operating system, but it also functions as if it was a genuine operating system.

You will find all the standard fare, such as finding menus, stacks, launchpad, scrollable docs and windows that can be dragged around exactly is if you were using a mouse or trackpad.

The ultimatum theme requires a jail broken device and is available from the ModMyi repo

Portal Now Free To Play

Portal now free to play for Mac and PC

We don’t tend to have much coverage about Mac gaming purely because none of our rates are really up to the task of doing any decent gaming.

Portal Portal now free to play for Mac and PCWell our Hackintosh project did allow us to play games such as portal and Assassins Creed but, as anyone who reads this site knows, that rig bit the dust quite a few months ago.

It’s typical that we don’t have a rake to play any games on just as Steam announces that the standalone version of portal is no showing up with no price.

Portal is one of those rare games which isn’t showing its age just purely down to the great puzzles and compelling gameplay.