While it’s always a thrill to bring home a new Mac or iOS device, it’s a bummer having to move all of your data over from an older computer or mobile device. This is especially tricky when you want to sync up iTunes on your new computer and have not yet transferred over your library. Fortunately, you can do so from your iPod. Here’s how.
When it comes to the Mac, there’s no Siri, but there is built-in speech capability, which is configured and activated in the Speech System Preferences pane. Primarily, speech on the Mac is designed for disabled users, but we’ve argued in the past that well-designed accessibility functions are beneficial to everyone, and we reckon that’s the case here. We explore this System Preferences pane and show how anyone can potentially improve their OS X experience by talking to their Mac and having it talk back to them--and now through a user-definable accent, no less!
Summer's in full swing, and while much of the United States has been roasting of late with blazing temperatures, it's time to celebrate those hot summer nights with a bang. Independence Day is coming fast, so get those grills started, sparklers lit, and televisions set to the national pastime. In honor of America's 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we bring you eight apps that will not only lead you to having a tremendous holiday, but can also teach you about the conditions in which the U.S. was founded and how to properly fly Old Glory.
Gone are the days when you needed complicated software to use a scanner with your Mac. Preview is all you need to scan, edit, and save any image or document. It even includes handy features such as the ability to detect multiple items in a single scan. This is ideal if you’re scanning lots of photographs, since you can place several on the scanner at once, rather than having to scan one at a time. Let’s get started!
A follow-up to the popular Tiny Tower, NimbleBit's Pocket Planes offers a charming, well-presented take on airline management that kept me hooked for hours, ferrying passengers and cargo from one place to another in planes of varying capacity, range, and speed.
After dipping its toe into the subscription-pricing waters with last year’s Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe has moved onto the next phase with Creative Cloud. While the new service offers cost-effective access to the full Creative Suite 6 Master Collection for under 50 bucks a month, the cloud cover feels a little thin as far as other worthwhile features, at least for the time being.
While seasoned musicians will take to GarageBand like the proverbial duck to water, what about the rest of us? People who can’t play an instrument might be left thinking the app isn’t for them, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Apple has created something called Smart Instruments that allow anybody to play like a pro, even if they have no musical knowledge whatsoever. GarageBand for iPad ($4.99) includes Smart Instruments for guitars, strings, keyboards, bass, and drum--everything you need to make beautiful music.
We’ve all been there: Awaiting a loved one’s arrival at the airport, only to discover that his/her flight is delayed. Never again fear such predicaments, because Just Landed has been cleared for landing on your iPhone. Combining GPS-based location services with up-to-the minute flight data, Just Landed knows exactly where you are and how long it will take to get to the airport. Run errands, have a bite to eat, or watch TV from the comfort of home, and the app pings you when it’s time to head to the airport.
Riding high off of the smashing success of the Temple Run and the theatrical release of Disney/Pixar's Brave, Temple Run: Brave blends the properties for a sharp-looking take on the former's speedy running approach, and aims to attract new players with a family-friendly resin. The beautiful update doesn't come without some issues, though, as the $0.99 price tag raises the barrier to entry ever so slightly over the free-to-play original.
Creating a journal in iPhoto is like crafting a scrapbook page that you can post live on the web for anyone to see, for free. Not only is it fun to design a journal, but it’s a super-fast way to show off vacation pics, or to show distant relatives how much the kids have grown. In addition to creating a journal on an iPad, you can also make one on an iPhone in the same way. The fehttp://www.maclife.com/node/14365/editature is currently missing from the Mac version of iPhoto, however.