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Transfer TiVo-ed Shows to Your Mac

If you’re a TiVo user, you probably can’t live without its ability to record and control TV shows. Roxio Toast 8, includes a TiVoToGo feature—but with a $100 price tag, it doesn’t quite have the same ring as “free,” which is how much TiVoDecode Manager costs.

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We’ll be revealing four amazing – but purely conjectural – Apple product studies in the January issue of the magazine (check this website on Nov. 26 for the full article). But for now we wanted to share our vision of how this fabled tablet might pan out.   We call it the MacBook Flash, and it eschews a bulky hard drive for featherweight flash memory. Granted, the lack of a spinning disk is all just rumor-mill hearsay, but the concept isn’t so far-fetched. The solid-state Flash could be slimmer than three-quarters of an inch thick, and include a touchscreen OS for drag-and-pinch navigation and fingertip data entry. For times when you need to write anything of length, you’d slide the screen upward, revealing a keyboard (à la the Sidekick mobile phone). Optical drive? Très gauche! Instead, you would install apps over an Internet connection (à la third-party iPhone apps) or through FireWire and USB drives. Only power demands compel us to spec the Flash at thicker than a half-inch. With a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 128GB of Samsung memory, and a 12-inch glossy widescreen display, this MacBook will need a legitimate power supply. So please consider. And check back on Nov. 26 for a peek a four entirely new product directions that Apple might explore. 

Better Your iLife (Part 3)

 ...with Mac|Life's collection of iLife '08 tips and how-to projects.

...with Mac|Life's collection of iLife '08 tips and how-to projects.

Better Your iLife (Part 1)

Create, share, enjoy: It’s Mac|Life’s tagline, but it might as well be iLife ’08’s, too. Apple’s suite can do a lot for its low $79 price, weaving together audio, video, and photos into fun projects like a personal website or blog, hardcover photo albums, home movies complete with original music, and more. We reviewed the apps in iLife ’08 in our November issue, but this month we’re sharing our best tips and project ideas, to help you get the most from iLife’s new features. We hope they will inspire you to fire up your Mac - and your imagination.

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Mac|Life Leopard Guide

 Leopard will be in our excited little hands Friday at 6PM. No more cursing the iPhone because it delayed Leopard's launch. No more wondering if Spaces, Stacks and Time Machine are worth the hoopla. Soon we'll driving the most advanced operating system in the universe.*

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The only thing more terrifying than your film is your budget. This Halloween you could throw a boring old party or hand out the same old candy. Or you could gather your friends and family and create a cinematic masterpiece. Follow us as we lead you to the summer camp that is The Mac|Life Guide to Creating a Cheap and Cheesy Horror Film. 

Nobody got rich by throwing stuff away - except the garbagemen.Old iPods don’t die, they’re harvested. A growing mini-economy around scavenging parts is giving old and busted iPods second lives. With discarded electronics accounting for 70 percent of the heavy metals and 40 percent of the lead found in U.S. landfills, it helps to keep even a small percentage of Apple’s 100 million iPods out of the e-waste stream helps.  

 If you can't wait for Leopard or don't plan to upgrade immediately, here's how you can train your Tiger today.

Distraction-Proof Your Desktop

"I'll start working right after I check my email. Ooh! YouTube link!"