Mac users have had a long, sometimes frustrating relationship with the MobileMe. Originally launched a decade ago as iTools, the service was touted by Apple as a series of free, internet-based tools to make the lives of OS 9 users just a little bit easier. By 2002, iTools had evolved into .Mac and became a subscription-only service geared towards the needs of OS X users, and thus it remained until 2008 when the service was once again rebranded as MobileMe. The service as we know it today is one that MobileMe subscribers have a hard time admitting that they love, as it very often give us reasons to hate it.
This week, in response to an email from an exasperated user of the service, Steve Jobs promised that MobileMe would be getting an overhaul in 2011. Mr. Jobs, if you're reading this, we'd like to offer up a list of five ways that we here at Mac|Life feel Apple could improve MobileMe.
Earlier this week, we showed you how to remove Twitter followers from your account en masse, making it easy to clear out the deadwood from your feed so that you can focus on reading tweets from the folks that matter to you the most. Today, we're going to show you what to do if you just kind of want the folks that matter most to shut up for a little while. Muuter is a free service from 3 Monos Lab and Andrés Bianciotto that gives you the option to temporarily silence any number of Twitter users for as little as an hour up to as long as a week. By following this how-to guide, you'll learn how to get some much needed Twitter-based peace and quiet with no more effort than it takes to click your mouse a few times.
It was inevitable that it would come to this, but ultimately we all knew this was the direction Google was headed with their book project. Not simply scanning and indexing various libraries holdings, but moving toward e-readership was always in the cards for the search giant. And with their announcement today, Google moves into direct bookstore competition with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and more.
While we’re all busy hightailing it into the digital age, photographers everywhere are also rediscovering the charming aesthetics of the analog days gone by.
Lomography--or casual, snapshot photography using Lomo cameras made in Russia--is getting hot (yes really--check out lomography.com for more). But having to purchase a separate camera for the sole purpose of taking slightly out-of-focus, high-contrast photos seems a little drastic. So if you already own either an affordable point-and-shoot or a fancy DSLR and have access to Photoshop, why not just apply a few simple filters to give that trendy look to your digital photos?
Twitter can be a blessing or a burden. The social media phenom has the power to keep its users in touch with friends old and new, track the movements of their favorite celebrities and keep abreast of world-changing events as they happen. That's the blessing. The burden of the service is being inundated with spam robot accounts programmed to send you more tweets than you can bear, finding masses of unwanted followers added to your account and trying to navigate through the quagmire of messages polluting your twitter feed as the result of both. For all the benefits Twitter brings us, no one needs that sort of pain.
Fortunately, there's a number of excellent services out there that will help you to restore sanity to Tweet-loving life. In this how-to, we're going to show you the best way to shake off the scores of unwanted followers and freeloaders you may have collected with just a few clicks of your mouse.
Oh the weather outside is delightful right now. From where we sit, there is a light dusting of snow with the promise of much more later today and tonight. Forget what science says about solstices and equinoxes, winter is here when the snow comes to stay. And since many of you are going to be cuddled up by the fire, why not cuddle up with Mac|Life and the week in review. We'll bring the marshmallows.
The holidays are nearing and you're totally stressing. At this point, we'd tell you to just troll the 'net for photos of puppies and kitties to put a bit of a smile on your face, but that doesn't exactly solve the problem of disorganization. No worries, we've got a few apps for you that'll help you get your things together for this crazy time of year, including an app that organizes your photo downloads from Safari, the new Evernote update for iPad and a gift profiler for your Contacts.
In an effort to protect iOS users from fraudulent activity, Apple has updated the platform's Terms of Service and will now force gamers to reveal their real identities when sending out a friends request to another player. So, let us get this straight: Firefly was canceled, Uwe Boll is still making movies and now Apple will no longer let us hide behind gamer tags as we destroy all comers during a fierce game of Cro-Mag Rally?
Apple has been busy this week cleaning up some of its accessory offerings, updating their Universal Dock package, dropping a compact wired keyboard and finally dropping the price on their AV Cable sets.