It’s the most wonderful time of the year--that is, until you have to fight your way through 12 months of knots and brave the cold so that Santa knows to stop at your house for some cookies. Of course, it’s just not Christmas without lights, and it’s just not Mac|Life without a few iPhone apps to help you deck your halls and keep everything calm and bright.
Ho, ho, ho. It's the calm before the storm. There's the holiday season fully underway with more to come, and that doesn't even count on all the new tech releases gearing up for the first quarter of 2011. Everyone's poised with their next big launch, so fasten your seat belts, the next year is going to be killer. Here's what happened while we wait, breath bated.
Here at Mac|Life, we really do love free apps. We love loading up our iOS devices with seriously utilitarian apps that live in the cloud, too. Here's a look at some of our favorite cloud applications that work across ALL platforms--Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Quick Look is arguably one of the best baked-in features that most Mac users take for granted in OS X. By selecting a file and clicking the space bar, users are given an almost instant sneak-peek at the file's contents, be it an image, video or text. This can be an incredible time and sanity-saver when trying to locate a particular file that you can't quite recall the name of. However, if you want access to any more functionality than the sneak-peek that Quick Look affords, you'll have to open up the application responsible for producing the file you're viewing.
Most of the time.
Printing a document while still in Quick Look is an easy, if not immediately obvious way of speeding up your work flow. Here's how it's done.
USB: it connects our things to other things and sometimes even to our computers. Apple was the first to implement this once next-generation technology, but unfortunately the company fell off the bandwagon when it came time to adopt USB 3.0. Of course, this is not entirely Apple's fault--NEC has not yet released any Mac OS X compatible drivers for the system, leaving Mac-o-philes lusting for that 5GB/s upload rate.
Two days ago, the cool cats at PopCap Games released the long-awaited Bejeweled 3. The newly released title features beautiful, high-definition graphics, amazing sound and music, four additional game modes from its predecessor, and an unlock and achievement structure centering around 65 achievement badges to be earned through gameplay.
In short, your brain, Mac and free time once again belong to a Bejeweled game.
In spite of its sequel status, the core gameplay in Bejeweled 3 remains much the same as the original: shift the jewels around the board to form identically colored chains of three or more in order the clear the jewels, score points and move on to the next level. As classic as this may be, the designers over at PopCap went several steps further, dreaming up a slew of new games modes that both retain the core gameplay of the series (as well as its incredible simplicity) while adding in new ways to play and achievements to unlock.
Without further ado, here's what several hours of wonderfully wasted game time were able to divulge as to how best to play the new modes.
As the Mayan time-line nears its end, the job market continues to fluctuate and North Korea keeps on keeping on, the frightened, confused denizens of earth cry out to anyone that will listen, pleading for a calming voice of reason to give us something--anything--that resembles a spot of good news. What's that you say? PANTONE has announced their Color of the Year for 2011?
Remember those recent reports claiming that the Mac App Store would open prior to the Christmas holiday, say around December 13? A new report says yeah, not so much -- look for the doors to swing wide open as originally planned in January.
Have you ever been somewhere and wondered if you could share your Internet connection from your Mac with your iPad, iPod touch, or data-less iPhone? It's easier than you think, thanks to a feature of Mac OS X. In this how-to, we'll show you just how it's done by creating a wireless ad-hoc network right from your AirPort-equipped Mac.
Surprise! AT&T isn't making friends with Consumer Reports readers and we wonder once again how come no talks about a Sprint iPhone.
iPad 2 rumors spin up the Internet. The latest rumor involves a shipping date for the next-generation iPad. We still think it'll drop in April instead of February. Listen for our super logical iPad-in-April reasons.
And finally, Flo has an issue with the new ABBA app.