A month or so back I made a remark about replacing the current Mac|Life theme song with something of my own creation. I said it jokingly and before I knew it I was carrying a keyboard home with the intention of becoming the next Mark Mothersbaugh. Check back weekly as I either create a musical masterpiece or will end up with the musical equivalent of the Godzilla movie starring Matthew Broderick.
For as long as I’ve owned my iPhone, it’s held a permanent spot on my desk in its dock adjacent to one of my JBL Creature speakers. My cell phone is my primary form of communication in and outside my home, so it needs to be within reach at all times; and with so much e-mail checking and Internet browsing, it also usually needs to be charged.
Now that Apple has released the iPhone 1.1.3 firmware that allows users to automatically find their location in Google Maps and customize their home screens, it’s just a matter of waiting a few short weeks for all those third-party apps to start pouring in. But in the meantime, there might be a couple Web-based gems that you might have missed.
Stacks: Entirely useless There, I said it. It has been far and away my biggest disappointment with Leopard. Stacks was one feature I was really excited about, but after 10 seconds of using it, I knew Stacks had to go. Worse than being less than I expected, Stacks actually took away my favorite feature of the dock: the ability to navigate through folder structures.
I was relieved when Randy Newman was the artist of choice for last week's keynote. Nothing against John Mayer as a person. He seems to have a good sense of humor and seems like a genuinely nice guy. But the guys music makes me want to nap the day away.
In January of 1998, you could have bought as much Apple stock as you wanted for $4 per share. There was no iTunes, no iPod, no iPhone, MacBook, or really, much of anything save for the solid operating system software known then as Macintosh.
The aura of secrecy that precedes each Mac Expo is almost too much for one Mac|Life staffer. I decided to grab my camera and snoop around the Moscone center today. You know, in case Steve showed up holding a new product and was giving out iTunes gift cards. It could happen. Here is what I found.
An early peek at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, site of the upcoming Mac Expo and, more importantly, Steve Jobs’ foremost keynote presentation of the new year, reveals a new slogan for 2008: “There’s something in the air.”
If the rumor sites are to be believed, we are less than a week away from witnessing the first Apple products with built-in Blu-ray drives, a long-awaited feature that will officially begin the demise of the aging SuperDrive. With this weekend’s announcement that Warner Brothers would be abandoning HD DVD beginning in May (and Apple’s position on the Blu-ray consortium’s Board of Directors), it certainly seems probable that a portion of Steve Jobs’ Mac Expo keynote will be devoted to a brand new high definition drive. But for those of us unwilling to wait (or plunk down our hard-earned money on a new Mac or just for Blu-ray support), there are a few options already on the market:
As Macworld Expo approaches, we Mac fans begin to conjure up crazy ideas of what Steve Jobs could show us next. Some of the rumors have been swirling around a new tablet Mac -- specifically a slate tablet, say about 10-inches viewable and employing a modified version of the iPhone's Multi-Touch keyboard. Yes, the tablet rumor has been around for the last couple years, but now, all the ducks are in a row. Behold: Eight reasons (with and without evidence) the tablet is imminent: