GPS is an amazingly transformative technology, originally designed for military commanders to pinpoint enemies and navigate through hazardous battlefields. Though GPS has since spread to car navigation devices and handheld camping gizmos. Starting with the iPhone 3G, Apple began integrating GPS into their mobile device with features users eventaully took for granted.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. If you're one of our more easterly readers, you're probably getting sick of the stuff. Unless you're a skier or a snowboarder or are inexplicably into curling. If you're out a little further west, it's just the thing for the slopes and you wish you were getting a little of that east coast action.
And if you're up north in Vancouver, you've been seeing it all the time. And in honor of the 2010 games, Mac|Life has a full slate of medals to hand out in the best writing of the week. Of course they're all gold, silly. It's Mac|Life, after all.
By now, you've undoubtedly become familiar with Google's ubiquitous
prescence on the web. Whether you're sending an email in Gmail, finding
directions to that fancy restaurant using Google Maps, or pretending to
be a part of the latest microblogging craze with Google Buzz, the G-word
is everywhere. Well, it turns out that there is also a whole library of
Google web applications and services stacked up behind the everyday
services you may have come to take for granted.
Joe Biden breaking into hyper-melody. The health care debate set to a
funky-fresh beat. Congressmen warbling melodically about climate
change. No, you’re not having a fever dream. You’re watching “Auto-Tune
the News,” the YouTube sensation by Brooklyn-based musicians and
lifelong Mac users the Gregory Brothers.
Auto-Tune is a
pitch-correcting technology appearing with increasing frequency in
hip-hop tracks by artists like T-Pain and Akon. It was created to fix
the pitchiness of talent-deficient singers, but when set to super-high
levels of correction, it makes a singer (or rapper or talker) sound
vaguely robotic. The Gregorys take the “Auto-Tune the heck out of
everything” gimmick to a new level by creating Auto-Tuned songs from
the voices of politicians and wonks in news footage and even C-SPAN.
And it’s all done with a Mac.
Love was in the air. As was the smell of flowers and candies and chocolate and that really warm funny smell that comes out the vents of your MacBook when you've been streaming videos for hours. Yes, love.
So instead of finishing off that Whitman's Sampler, give your waistline and your scale a break and sample some of this week's tasty treats from the Mac|Life crew. We promise: no coconut.
In such a Photoshop-saturated society, it’s easy to forget that the
software hasn’t been around forever. Since February 2010 marks the 20th
anniversary of Photoshop 1.0, now is the perfect time to revisit
everything from Adobe’s systematic dismantling of its competition to
the way the software was used to make Katie Couric “lose weight.”
Still using jagged little strips of metal to unlock your front door? Paying someone to feed your pets while you’re away for a weekend? Then it’s time to truly enter the second decade of the 21st century. Setting up home-control automation that runs from your Mac and iPhone is surprisingly simple, and the results can feel like magic. We kick things off with a primer that takes the hassle and jargon out of home control, then dive straight into showing you the best possibilities for managing your home’s lights, entertainment, security, and loads more. Just wait until you check out the washing machine that tweets when it’s finished a load…
It was the week that the Macworld Expo made. Sure, it was the first year that Apple hadn't been there in a long, long, loooooong time, but we still found plenty to get excited about. Our crack team of Mac|Lifers hit the show and brought you back enough tasty video of gadgets, widgets, doodads, software, and all the usual geektasticness you've come to expect from Macworld.
So join us in this very special edition of our greatest hits from the week of Mac Geek.