I have a confession to make: I’m a document pack rat. In all other areas of my life I’m meticulously organized, but when it comes to files and folders, my stuff is all over the place. Digital spring-cleaning is not my forte, which is why I’ve got a bunch of portable hard drives strewn about with various data. Thankfully, Seagate’s 4TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk will let me consolidate onto one single hard drive with enough space to back up my Mac and iOS devices and store my media files.
Who’s ready for some Halloween weekend? We sure are, it’s been a long and busy last full week of October with more tricks than treats. As always, however, the internet has plenty of love to give, including a sneak peek at Photoshop CS6, more Apple software updates, game updates and even a BlackBerry PlayBook promotion to chuckle about. Here’s the latest for this Friday, October 28, 2011.
Not being very familiar with iMovie, I had it import all the movies on my Mac. I noticed my drive space might have suffered for it. How do I disassociate all those movies from iMovie to reclaim that lost drive space?
Ah, the weekend is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the last full week of October won’t bring a harvest of goodies before it winds to a close. Lots of free (and cheap) stuff hit the App Stores today, and we’re all geared up for iTunes Match which is running out of days to launch in “late October”. In the meantime, here’s all the news that’s fit to print for this Thursday, October 27, 2011.
Before iCloud commits our DVDs to a life of protecting tabletops from tasty beverages, DVD Ripper HD aims to help us shift their contents to our hard drives to mix with our purchases from iTunes. The app provides numerous options to convert the content of your DVDs to formats compatible with popular devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and many others. Advanced features include the option to trim the original movie to a smaller section before it’s ripped and also to adjust the aspect ratio.
Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up to two external hard drives, both connected to the same MacBook? Say, one connected with FireWire, the other with USB, or the second drive daisy chained off the first?
Take a classic arcade game premise, expand upon it the right way, and you’ve got something good. That’s what Gameloft did with Tank Battles, a top-down tank simulator that puts you in the cockpit of a World War II tank. You’ll fight through 50 campaign levels, battle against the computer in assorted random levels, play cooperatively with a second player, or get down and dirty online in Death Match, Team Death Match, or Capture the Flag. Like the arcade tank games you loved, Tank Battles sports an array of power-ups such as speed boosts, homing missiles, invisibility, flamethrowers, rockets, short-term invincibility shields, and land mines.
Among BlizzCon 2011's hubbub came perhaps the most heralded bit of news from the event: solid details regarding Heart of the Swarm, the first of two expansion packs for Blizzard's best-selling StarCraft II real-time strategy game.
And where the stereotypical view of a video game's "expansion pack" seems to generally include a few new units and several new levels to play on, Blizzard seems to be crafting a follow-up to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty that's as detailed and content-rich as Wings of Liberty itself.
Does it feel like a long week to anyone else? Yeah, we know it’s only Tuesday, but still… the weekend can’t come soon enough! The week has brought bad news for both Netflix and Amazon (both taking a hit after reporting third-quarter results), but there are plenty of other things happening as well. Take a look at what you might have missed for this Tuesday, October 25, 2011.