Now let’s take those design muscles you flexed while making your journal and push them a little harder. Using iPhoto on a Mac, you can create your very own book and have it shipped right to your door. (And once you know how to make a book, it’s a cinch to create a calendar or letterpress card in iPhoto as well.)
What kid doesn’t want to be the next Justin Bieber or Hannah Montana? An easy, fun tool for a solo act or a whole band, GarageBand for iOS will help your kids create actual songs, even if they skipped a piano lesson or two.
Keeping your passwords secure is growing in importance. It seems like every few months, websites are getting hacked and usernames and passwords are revealed for the world to see. Using the same password on various sites can increase your chances of having your accounts breached on multiple occasions.
We know--it's way easier to remember one phrase than a ton of different ones. Fortunately, there's password management software out there that can help you keep track of all of your different accounts and their unique logins. 1Password is one of our favorites, because it allows you to create, store, and manage all of those accounts and passwords, as well as store account information, notes, software licenses, and even your credit card information--all without the fear that it'll be discovered by prying eyes.
Read on to learn how to set up 1Password and take the next step toward a more secure online presence.
There are over 575,000 apps in the App Store. You’d think that they’d cover every conceivable base, but the truth is, there are gaps here, there, and everywhere -- missing heavy-hitters like Microsoft Access, not to mention the little Mac utilities you've come to rely on. Your only choice is to access your PC from your iPhone or iPad.
We are increasingly encouraged by social networks to flag things we find online that we like. The Facebook "Like" button is now almost ubiquitous, popping up on myriad websites, but you’ll also find similar functionality in Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many other networks.
Making a stop-motion animation video with your kids' dolls or action figures is a lot easier than you might think, especially with iStopMotion for iPad ($9.99). It's a great project for parents and kids -- with these tips, you'll be animating anything in next to no time.
Edovia’s Screens VNC is a versatile and capable VNC client that lets you access other computers remotely over a local network or, if the free Screens Connect server software is running, across the internet. After the initial setup, when you double-click on a computer (or "screen") stored in your local Screens Library, its desktop appears in a window on your local Mac. The computer you’re trying to reach has to be switched on, and although a Screens VNC connection can wake a computer from Sleep Mode over a local network, this isn’t possible when you’re connecting over the internet.
It’s easy to make your own comics, even without drawing skills. ComicBook! ($1.99, universal) lets your kids take a bunch of photos, then turn those into superheroic comic pages. The app is universal, so this can also be done with an iPhone or iPod touch, but the end results are certainly more impressive on the iPad’s larger display.
Action Movie FX (free, iPhone and iPod touch) lets you film short videos and add Hollywood-style special effects such as explosions, tornadoes, and all manner of crashing vehicles. You can literally create your own—highly impressive—action scene in under a minute. Kids 9 and up will have no trouble recording clips and adding effects, but your results will improve greatly with these tips