There was so much news this week we don't even know where to start. Okay, that's not entirely true, but it was a super busy week. We had CES hitting on all cylinders all week and we covered that extensively, then there was the launching of the Mac App Store (and its nearly immediate hacking) which was rather exciting, and before the weekend was over we had pretty solid support for the iPhone at long last arriving at Verizon.
Wow. That's a tall order, but if anyone can bring it down to nice bite size morsels of weekly goodness, it's the dedicated Mac|Lifers who saw it all, just In Case You Missed It.
Hey readers: Did anyone notice something different while tinkering with their iTunes Account today? Why do we ask? Well, we were puttering around with the credit card information associated with an iTunes account here at the office today. Upon saving those updated credentials, we noticed that Apple had sent us an email informing us that our account information had changed.
Well, by now all our regular readers should have nursed their hangovers into sweet regular living, cleaned up their homes, made bail, and managed to find their ways home from three states over where they awoke the next morning. We don't blame you. Most everyone we know was all too ready to say sayonara to 2010, and no matter what the Mayans say, it's full speed ahead 2011. So pour yourself some coffee and let us take you back in time to the last week of the year, the one you've oh so blessedly blotted from your memories, because after this New Year's Eve, this really was a true case of In Case You Missed It.
If you're like me, you've grown weary of the various traditional holiday celebrations. Battling consumers at the mall to secure a present the recipient will most likely return on December 26, is an exercise in masochism.
Luckily, there is a holiday that understands our frustration with the growing consumerism of traditional holiday celebrations, Festivus.
There are plenty of ways to watch digital content on your television. Solutions run the gamut from a set of cables outputting your Mac’s A/V signals to your TV, to dedicated set-top boxes like the Apple TV, Boxee Box, or even Google’s new Google TV platform, which is currently runs on a handful of devices from Sony and Logitech. But there’s one problem: while all of these solutions are great at some things, none of them are great at everything. Frankly, I’d even settle for “good” rather than “great,” if it meant I could get all my digital content when and how I want it, without having to juggle between multiple devices, interfaces, and remote controls.
Hey you... procrastinator! Yeah, you, the guy or gal who has waited until the last minute yet again to come up with cool gadget-oriented gifts for your Mac or iOS loving family or friends. Thankfully for you, we’ve assembled some pretty nifty gift ideas, starting with ten choices for the budget-conscious buyer among us. Here’s how to make your $10 per person budget really soar!
USB: it connects our things to other things and sometimes even to our computers. Apple was the first to implement this once next-generation technology, but unfortunately the company fell off the bandwagon when it came time to adopt USB 3.0. Of course, this is not entirely Apple's fault--NEC has not yet released any Mac OS X compatible drivers for the system, leaving Mac-o-philes lusting for that 5GB/s upload rate.
Mac users have had a long, sometimes frustrating relationship with the MobileMe. Originally launched a decade ago as iTools, the service was touted by Apple as a series of free, internet-based tools to make the lives of OS 9 users just a little bit easier. By 2002, iTools had evolved into .Mac and became a subscription-only service geared towards the needs of OS X users, and thus it remained until 2008 when the service was once again rebranded as MobileMe. The service as we know it today is one that MobileMe subscribers have a hard time admitting that they love, as it very often give us reasons to hate it.
This week, in response to an email from an exasperated user of the service, Steve Jobs promised that MobileMe would be getting an overhaul in 2011. Mr. Jobs, if you're reading this, we'd like to offer up a list of five ways that we here at Mac|Life feel Apple could improve MobileMe.
If there’s one thing you can say about Google it’s that they’ve more than their share of irons in the fire. Over the past several years, the company, originally known for their search engine excellence, has branched out to embrace cloud-based communications and online office productivity technologies with products like Gmail, Google Phone Google Docs and their oh-so-doomed Google Wave endeavour. Mac and Windows computer can choose to access these online offerings via Google’s speedy Chrome internet browser to They’ve carved out a niche for themselves in the smartphone market as well with the various flavours of their Android operating system, which can be found on an increasingly wide variety of handsets and other mobile devices. Recently, they even mounted an assault on our living rooms (to mixed results) with Google TV. In short, Google has become an unstoppable technology juggernaut hellbent on forcing their way into every section of your gadget-filled life that they can. Today, the company came one step closer to fulfilling that dream of whole-market permeation with the official unveiling of a number of new products that may have the potential to alter the technological landscape to such an extent that even we Mac users, content in the cloister of our walled garden of App Stores and Finely-tuned hardware and the awesome power of OS X and iOS, stand to be effected by.
It was inevitable that it would come to this, but ultimately we all knew this was the direction Google was headed with their book project. Not simply scanning and indexing various libraries holdings, but moving toward e-readership was always in the cards for the search giant. And with their announcement today, Google moves into direct bookstore competition with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and more.