The iPhone is an amazing device that simplifies previously clumsy mobile features in an elegant package. But if you want to dive past Apple’s sparse instruction manual, and especially if you’re looking to hack your phone, you’ll need to learn a few terms.
If there’s an activity that could unequivocally be described as low-tech, meditation is it. All it consists of, after all, is sitting quietly as you clear your mind and concentrate on nothingness. Believe it or not, however, your Apple tech can help you on your journey toward nothingness—or “mindfulness” as practitioners prefer to call it. But before we detail the specific Mac- and iPod-based meditation tools, here’s a short introduction to the concepts involved.
Caffe Mac—legend or fact? Does this Shangri-la of no-compromise corporate consumables actually exist? And if Caffe Mac does exist, does its menu roundly trump the “food” we Mac|Life staffers must hunt and gather within the hostile-to-haute-cuisine hinterlands of our own corporate HQ? I was intent on answering these questions during a recent trip to One Infinite Loop. Read on for the full scoop—and don’t miss my paparazzi shots of The Steve!
Shooting RAW digital photos gives you the most image data possible, enabling you to reinvent your image-editing process.
Mention “digital photography” and no two people will think of exactly the same thing. For many, it may be an idea as simple as using a point-and-shoot camera to run around taking endless snaps until space on the flash memory card runs out. A quick trip to the computer to offload and they’re back in the game. While some are content with this state of affairs, others are ready to take the next step to greater photographic enlightenment, which isn’t a huge leap. And because experimentation costs you nothing—you can learn about digital photography without the expense of burning through endless rolls of film—today‘s digital cameras make the critical, and highly educational, trial-and-error process much more accessible and enjoyable.
Do you really need an iPhone 3G? We give you 5 reasons it’s the world’s best cell phone—and 5 reasons to wait to buy one or just keep rocking your 2G iPhone.
We admit it—after hearing Steve Jobs’s keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9, we all wanted an iPhone 3G. Badly. There’s plenty to like about the iPhone’s second coming, but we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t show you both sides of Apple’s newest smartphone, the good and the bad. In fact, the original working title of this article was “10 Reasons You Need an iPhone Now,” but in researching the story, we couldn’t look past the device’s clear downsides.
So in the spirit of the proverbial angel and devil that sit on either shoulder when you’re weighing a decision, we present both the good and the bad news about the iPhone 3G, so you can you make the most informed choice possible.
They weren’t on a mission of redemption like the USA Basketball team. They don’t have eight gold medals like Michael Phelps. They didn’t break any world records. And they won’t be getting a Speedo endorsement any time soon.
But Apple’s Executive Board members had plenty of reasons to high-five during the Games of XXIX Olympiad: Like each time Microsoft spokesman Lebron James, or Yao Ming, or any of the 11,000 other athletes from around the world was shown listening to an iPod before an event. Or whenever a broadcaster waxed intellectual about Phelps’ pre-swim playlist. Or when Dwight Howard was photographed downloading an app onto his iPhone. (Not so much when a duct-taped MacBook Pro made an appearance, but you can’t win 'em all.)
So we started thinking: What if Apple’s Executive Board, rather than its products, were the stars of the Beijing Olympic Games? What events would they participate in? Who would win gold?
Pro racer Brian Vickers explores the NASCAR-Mac connection.
Make your way through the mullets and deep-fried turkey legs, and then swing a left at the John Deere hats and six-packs of Coors. Now go past the Kenny Chesney CDs and all the NRA bumper stickers. Do you see suddenly familiar terrain? You’ve just left the world of uninformed, outdated NASCAR clichés. You’re now in the real world—and, look, there’s Brian Vickers, typing away furiously on his MacBook Pro.
Vickers drives for the Red Bull Racing Team in the Sprint Cup Series, the big league of NASCAR competition. He fits neither the NASCAR stereotype (Ricky Bobby) nor the Mac user stereotype (latte-sipping emo hipster), but he somehow manages to integrate his love of Apple technology (he’s an avid Mac|Life reader!) with his racing team duties at nearly every turn.
Vacation season is winding down. Some will be heading back to school. Others, will head back to work. Back to the cruel, harsh world we go. A world populated by PC users who believe that Windows rocks and think that harping on and on about it, will make that deluded dream come true.
We know it won’t of course, that’s why we’ve created our list of reasons why those people should shut their pie-hole. Check it out after the jump.
Justin Long does Apple’s masculinity quotient no favors—and he’s just one of many somewhat, well, “precious” expressions of the Apple brand. Now, we love Apple just as much as you do, but there’s no escaping the fact that a broad cross-section of Americans associate Apple products with rampant artsy-fartsyism. In other words: Apple says VW Beetle, not Chevy Camaro. Apple says miso-glazed sea bass, not double-bacon cheeseburger. Apple says Moby, not the Crüe.