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.
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.
Google’s free Gmail service is all kinds of awesome, and it’s generally
pretty darn reliable. But like any Web-based service, Gmail can go
down. These rare events are cause for amusement at Mac|Life
HQ--seriously, have you seen how Twitter freaks out when Gmail is down?
You’d think the sun and moon had collided or George Lucas had announced
a Broadway musical about the political career of Jar Jar Binks.
if you depend on Gmail for all your über-essential email, it stinks to
be kept out of your account even temporarily. Luckily, backing up Gmail
is pretty easy and won’t cost you a dime. Ready? We’ll use Mail to
store the messages and a combination of Automator and iCal to retrieve
them so you don’t even have to open Mail periodically and fetch the
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.
I’m not a thrifty man by nature, but after cobbling together enough
money to buy my first single-family home, I wasn’t about to take out a
second mortgage just to get the place decorated. In fact, the very
concept of hiring an interior designer or color consultant strikes me
as frivolous on an intestinal level. Color theory and design
inspiration is free online, and at the end of the day, what looks right
is right--because perfection in home decor is in the eye of the
beholder. That last thing I need is some woman named Astrid telling me
my walls would look better in “Butter Crème.”
My young son loves to talk with my mother over iChat, but we're about
to move to another time zone that will make scheduling their virtual
face time a lot tougher. Can we use our iMac's iSight to record video
messages and send them back and forth instead?
Okay, so the world didn't
change. Steve Jobs came out, unveiled the iPad, it was pretty much most
of what we'd come to expect by this point with a surprise or two thrown
in. Seriously, Apple, AT&T again? That we didn't see coming.
you know what you should see coming? A week's worth of articles, sliced
and diced, chopped and grated, and summarized for your pleasure below. Who says the only thing going on is the freaking Super Bowl?