When people reminisce about their college days, they look back with misty-eyed fondness on the flowing beer and promiscuity. But few get nostalgic for the lectures. So when iTunes U first opened its virtual doors on May 30, 2007, and presented the public with lectures and class notes, we marveled at the range of knowledge presented by some of the world’s finest minds, free of charge--and promptly ignored it.
But in the thirteen months since iTunes U has been available, the content has expanded considerably. (Over 60 accredited universities and colleges, 25 institutions, and several public radio channels have put content online.) Initially, iTunes U only provided the public with lectures, language lessons, and campus tours. Now, if offers music and dance performances, poetry readings, and a wealth of audio and video content that is as entertaining as it is informative.
After more than a year of training, Apple’s star duo is ready for the Beijing Olympics. The 2.0 Software Update finally brings support for Chinese input to the iPhone and iPod Touch, just in time for next month’s opening ceremonies.
On July 11, the new iPhone was released… one week later, Batman: The Dark Knight hits the theaters. Coincidence? Perhaps. But get this, if Bruce Wayne made a portable computer, wouldn’t it be called a BatBook? And if Apple built a car chances are it would be marketed as a MacMobile, right? Batbook/MacBook… MacMobile/Batmobile. Spooky.
Similarities aside, the time has never been more right to answer that eternal question: Quien es mas macho? It’s Batman vs. Steve Jobs!
Would it surprise you to learn that the coolest Mac software out there wasn’t created by Adobe, Microsoft, or even Apple? We expose the most useful but least-well-known apps you should be running on your Mac to get more done, have more fun, and make more of the time you spend in front of the computer.
When it comes to software, using a Mac is an exercise in irony. On the one hand, Apple famously includes 90 percent of the software most users need right out of the box. On the flip side, no other platform enjoys such a thriving, clever community of third-party software developers. Everybody knows about the Mac desktop heavyweights—Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office for Mac, and so on—but we wanted to uncover the best unsung creations from lesser-known developers. Some of these apps offer low-cost or free alternatives to Mac system defaults like Mail or iChat. Others improve system applications by tweaking existing features. And still more expand the boundaries of the Desktop by adding wholly new capabilities. So find a comfortable chair. You’ve got some downloading to do.
1. Affix a label to your MacBook, marking it as your property. Hard plastic or metal labels are more difficult for thieves to remove without damaging the laptop’s case, which makes reselling your ’book much harder. Stoptheft.com sells serialized metal labels, called STOP plates, for $25.50 that require thieves to go to great lengths to remove—and if they succeed, they’ll discover that the indelible phrase “stolen property” and STOP’s toll-free number are stamped beneath it.
Apple wants you to run out and buy a brand new iPhone 3G Friday sight unseen, but there's nothing wrong with a little comparison shopping — especially when AT&T wants you to fork over a few months' salary.
The iPhone is a fantastic device that revolutionizes how you communicate, consume media, and surf the mobile web. But one thing it doesn’t do, at least out of the box, is let you delve into instant messaging on the go. Your only option is to use text messaging on your carrier’s network, which can quickly become costly and doesn’t give the instant gratification of an IM client or chat room.
Your wireless service provider really doesn’t care that your life just isn’t going to be complete without an iPhone G3. Instead of wishing you well and letting you go, they want you to pay an Early Termination Fee of a couple of hundred bucks or so before they’ll release you from your contract.
Learn the how to get out of your current mobile providers contract after the jump.