The promise of a laptop is to let you work anywhere. But their dirty secret is that the "comfort" of being able to answer email from your favorite coffee shop often isn't that comfortable at all. If you've ever tried to type a long missive on a totally flat keyboard, bending your wrists weirdly to do so, or suffered a sore neck from titling your craning down to focus on the screen, you know what we're talking about.
Aviiq makes some well-constructed and handsome full-size laptop stands, but the new Portable Quick Stand is designed to go wherever the spirit takes you and your 'Book.
Sometimes, your Mac will connect to a janky Wi-Fi network. The connection is slow or you're on the other side of a lead wall and you're getting a really poor signal. When you finally find an Ethernet jack to plug into, you may notice you're still connected to the Wi-Fi network that was giving you problems. This is because your Network Service Order list is out of its proper order to allow the Ethernet to take over when plugged in. Don't fret, we'll show you how to reset the Service Order list on your Mac to ensure that Ethernet takes priority over AirPort.
Apple may have Thunderbolt fever if its latest MacBook Pro and iMac models are any indication, but that doesn’t mean other PC manufacturers are ready to follow them into the storm. Case in point: Hewlett Packard.
Cloud-gaming service OnLive has some exciting announcements: Borderlands was just added to the all-you-can-frag PlayPack Bundle, and Duke Nukem Forever will be available on lauch day, with a sweet deal for anyone who preorders their full PlayPass now.
We think the apps in our June issue’s cover story, “20 Killer Mac Apps Under $20,” (coming soon to MacLife.com!) are all great deals. But there’s no better deal than zero. These 10 fun and useful apps are all free in the Mac App Store -- without big “for a limited time!” callouts in their descriptions -- but developers are free to raise the prices anytime they like. So get ‘em quick.
Live streams, made popular by sites like Justin.tv, have become ubiquitous in the post Web 2.0, socially-connected world. Now, Ustream hopes to change the way people interact with live streams by allowing you to place a live stream on, where else, your Facebook page. If you're itching to share your "All Bacon, All the Time" cooking show with your Facebook friends, we're here to help you.
It was a big week for app sales and for a few chairs being shuffled around on the tech deck. What'd you think of Microsoft buying up Skype? Did you sign up for Google Music Beta yet? We possibly end the backpack versus messenger bag debate for all time, and other juicy little tidbits, in case you missed it.
Do you plug in your iPhone or iPad to sync with your Mac (or PC, you poor soul), then groan in dismay as the progress bar crawls toward the finish line? You don’t have to grin and bear it—with a few simple tweaks, you can reduce the time it takes to sync your iDevices with your computer. For starters, store as few photos as possible on the iPhone or iPad itself—in addition to freeing up valuable storage space, this speeds up syncing by trimming fat from the backup that iTunes makes before each sync.
Apple’s totally earned that whole “it just works” thing…except when it comes to getting photos on and off your iDevices. Quite frankly, it doesn’t work well at all unless you know your way around a less-than-obvious app or two. Fortunately, they’re super-easy to use, and once you get acquainted with them, you’ll wonder why you mucked around with anything else.