Wow, it’s the middle of the work week again… already? How time flies when you’re having fun! Our daily recap is a rousing mix of Apple Store rumors, Angry Birds, an angry iPhone carrier in the Czech Republic, a botched native Gmail app for iOS and the return of Retrospect, once the most celebrated backup software on the Mac. It’s all right here and ready for your eyeballs on this Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
Do you know any Terminal tricks or third-party apps that can bring these three things back to Lion? First, the winding gear in the lower-right corner of a Finder window that lets me know the information is being accessed, just not visible yet. Second, the line of info at the bottom of the Finder window that tells me the number of items and disk space remaining. And third, the translucent QuickLook window, instead of solid gray.
You know the symptoms: applications don’t open as fast as they used to, and you always seem to be running out of space on your hard drive. It’s painful to admit, but your MacBook Pro that was so shiny a year ago may finally be showing its age. But you don’t have to put your faithful companion out to pasture––or make another $2,000 trip to the Apple Store––just yet. Save those pennies while you work (and play) more productively by upgrading your MacBook Pro yourself.
Most of us are paying our rent or mortgages today now that the clock has flipped over to November, but don’t let that big chunk of dough flying out of your bank account bring you down. There’s good news flying around the internet this fine day, including the resurrection of clipboard manager iClip, rumors of a native Gmail app for iOS and hey, GarageBand now works on your iPhone or iPod touch! Here’s all the news that’s fit to print for this Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
Bored? Looking for something new to put a little excitement into your life? Why not try out a freemium game? Here are five of Mac’s top free-to-play titles that are worth their free content -- and some of your coin, too.
It’s that time of year again, and fear is in the air. Around the world writers are knitting their brows, clenching coffee-stained teeth, and breaking out in cold sweats at the thought of not finishing their stories with a bang. It can only mean one thing: it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and take that dive into the literary world you’ve always dreamed of––at least, I hope so. I’ve already completed one novel-length manuscript, but this year I’ll be competing against the clock in my first NaNoWriMo. Besides understanding friends and an endless supply of caffeine, I’ll rely on software suited to NaNoWriMo’s unique demands. Fortunately, there are plenty of NaNoWriMo-friendly options available for your Mac and iOS devices.
Happy Halloween to MacLife.com readers! We don’t have any particularly spooky things featured in this edition of the daily recap (unless you’re a Mac Pro fan), but there are plenty of treats in store for you with Plex 2.0 now in the App Store and some iOS 5 technology reportedly making the leap to OS X Lion one day soon. Here’s what’s making news for this final day of the month, better known as October 31, 2011.