Here at Mac|Life headquarters, we're celebrating the win of Ad Age's VanGuard Award for "Most Promising Magazine iPad Edition." Thanks so much to you guys, the readers, for taking the time to download the app and send us feedback. "Issue Zero" was a success, and we look forward to releasing our next app (coming very, very soon!) and seeing what you guys have to say about that, too.
Evernote, in both its free and premium formats, has been a favourite productivity application among many Mac users since its debut. At its core, the application is an robust organizational dynamo, enabling users to keep their lists, notes, web clippings and so much more organized, synced and accessible across a wide variety of operating systems and hardware. With the release of Evernote's most recent beta, it appears as though Evernote's development team will be maintaining the software's reputation for organizational excellence, while at the same time, implementing a pair of interesting new features to expand the program's already expansive functionality.
According to a reports from a number of credible sources, it looks as though Comcast has had just about enough of streaming content providers, or more to the point, Netflix. Back on November 19th, the company, which is no stranger to bullying high-bandwidth users, informed Level 3 Communications--the contractor responsible for making Netflix’s streaming magic happen--that they would be forced to pay a toll for the privilege of being able to transmit content to end-users on their network. The broad strokes of the story are that Level 3 gave into Comcast’s demands in order to ensure uninterrupted Netflix service to the millions of Comcast users who rely upon the streaming service for the few hours of media-enabled escapism that their day affords. However, looking deeper into the issue, the Devil is most certainly in the details.
It's been a month and change since Apple released its new MacBook Air line, and since they were nice enough to hand me a review unit on my way out of the October 20 event, I've been using it every day.
I wouldn't say it's changed my concept of what a computer is, or revolutionized my life, or anything as lofty as that. It's a great little machine, though. And even with the reviews written and verdicts given and the television commercial running near-endlessly, people still have questions. I asked our 20,000 Twitter followers what they wanted to know, for example, and found plenty of things you're still curious about...
There’s a rumour floating around on the internet that the next generation MacBook Pro--which is supposedly dropping in April--will not only feature Intel’s much-ballyhooed Light Peak interconnect technology, but will also see Apple’s portable workhorse follow in the footsteps of svelte Air-branded sibling by ditching its optical drive. As a result, many pundits and geek oracles have been asking the questioning whether or not this move by Apple heralds the death of the optical drive. My opinion? Absolutely not.
At long last it arrived. Multitasking on the iPad showed up in iOS 4.2, and all we had to give up for it was the ease of the orientation lock button above the volume rocker. There were plenty more goodies too, and let's not forget other news about other Mac stuff, all of which was covered by the turkey (and tamale) stuffed gang at Mac|Life.
Way to get our hopes up then crush us as usual, rumor mill. Here we were, our iOS devices with their backups ready to download some 4.2 multitasking on our iPads and more. Heck, we even hear there's some more performance enhancing kicks for we sad 3G owners. And then Friday came and went and ... nothing. Well, here's a taste of what happened while we waited patiently aboard the good ship S.S. Mac|Life.
Where we live, it snowed this weekend. Then while we were out at the mall, Christmas music started to play. Can it be that time already? Seriously? Does the march to the holidays start without our wanting it? Alas, 'tis so. At least you have Mac|Life to keep you warm and safe from little drummer boys.
BOO! That's right, that's right, it's that time of the year, when all the spooks and haunts in the world go out looking for candy and treats and the ever elusive, ghostly white iPhone, the ne'er to be seen specter. Here's the tastiest bits of Mac|Life from the week, giving you a little something to read while waiting for the knocking on your door tonight. Just don't bob for any Apple products; they don't care much for water.
This is the final week of our 2010 DonorsChoose Challenge, so let's step it up and outgive Maximum PC's readers, OK? Mac! Life! Mac! Life! Mac! Life! (Sorry, I've always been a sucker for a really good chant.)