When professional mountain guide and expert climber Dave Hahn is
packing for an expedition up Mount Everest, he always brings along the
essentials: climbing gear that’s in working order, clothes warm enough
for the Himalayan clime, and his MacBook equipped with a 128GB
solid-state drive (SSD).
Controlling a Mac is typically accomplished by sitting by the computer,
mouse and keyboard in hand. But what if you want to access your Mac
from another part of the house? Maybe you need to check on the progress
of an encode without having to walk into your home office. Or you’d
like to help your child understand how to work an application down in
the playroom without leaving the study. Or you’ve just broken your leg
and you wish you didn’t have to move from the sofa to control the Mac
you’ve turned into a media center.
In the two years since we first ran a feature on Twitter (“Your Mac: The Great Communicator,” Oct/07), the service’s popularity has exploded. If you joined the Twitter conga line long ago, its usefulness and flexibility are no news to you. But even if you’ve never Twittered in your life, the service still probably isn’t news to you--it seems you can’t turn around without a reporter, columnist, commentator, or comedian hauling out the tired old “What’s the deal with Twitter?” line.
The faster your Mac runs, the faster you can work. The faster you can
work, the more you get done. The more you get done, the better you look
to colleagues, clients, and, of course, your boss. Even if your Mac is
strictly a home machine, used for fun stuff like Web browsing, email,
and creative projects, the faster it runs, the happier you’re likely to
be with your Mac-using experience. Catch our drift?
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
When you’re trying to convince an Apple Store Genius that your nine-month-old MacBook Air inexplicably stopped working and you most certainly did not pour a steaming cup of coffee all over it, there’s a question you definitely don’t want to hear: How come it smells like hazelnut?
That the iPhone uses more bandwidth should seem obvious to most iPhone users; we
chose this phone because it makes Internet connectivity so easy. The real question is, how is, which of your most-used apps are responsible for the clogging of AT&T's network.
No matter how happy you are with your current Web browser, chances are
you’ve wondered if another browser would make your Web wanderings
faster, easier, or at least a little more festive. We speculate about
that too (probably far too often), so we decided to run some tests,
compare features and figure out which browser currently rules the Web.
After years of listening to the smug kids at Best Buy and GameStop talk smack about gaming on the Mac, we found five Windows PC games that not only are dirt cheap, but also perform amazingly well under Apple’s Boot Camp technology.