With the shadow of the holiday season looming close, the thoughts of Mac|Life's editorial staff and stable of writers have turned to thoughts of family, good times, great food and what the heck to buy for the gamer who has everything. While picking up an A-list title for a Mac or console of choice can be touch and go, depending on the tastes of the gamer in your life, casual games of a certain quality are always sure to please. With this in mind, we're sure that you'll be thrilled to hear that Pop Cap, makers of some of the finest casual games to be had on any platform or device, is holding a holiday sale, slashing the cost of their maddeningly addictive casual games for Mac and Windows machines by 50%.
Netflix has let the lid off of a bit of good news and a minor amount of bad news this morning. The good news is that the media giant has finally made an unlimited streaming-only subscription option available to the media hungry masses for $7.99 a month. And now the bad news: for those of you who want their unlimited streaming cake but also wish to feed their DVD players too, the monthly cost of a combined streaming and rent-by-mail subscription is going up.
Finally, the iPad and iPhone are on a level iOS field. Multitasking, folders, printing, all the big ticket items are there. We jumped right in to the latest iOS update and have emerged with a list of tips, tricks and features that'll help you get the most out of your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Hey there, kiddies of all ages, how you like us now? It's the all new Mac|Life, but even though we've gone all pretty on you, we've kept the the same great content. You didn't think we'd scrapped the weekend round-up, didja? Absolutely not, and now it's settling in at home in our beautiful new digs and looking to kick back and give you the latest and the greatest.
It's holiday time and you know what that means--legions of families and singletons everywhere traveling back to their home bases for some tasty Turkey, and maybe even to receive a present or two. Of course, traveling around the country may also mean a whirlwind of headaches and missed sleep. But fear not, because this year could really change--all you have to do is enlist the help of your trust iOS device. Well, that is, as long as you're in an area where there's some radical reception and strong WiFi. We compiled a list of some of the helpful free travel apps and services out there that'll help you get to your gate on time and keep your plans in order.
It has been a few weeks since we last heard anything about the Mac App Store, but last night Apple emailed developers enrolled in the Mac development program to let them know that the store would be "Coming Soon."
If you're a savvy geek--which, as a reader of this site, you totally are--you can turn to the powerful real-time text input and collaboration technology built in to Google Docs. With the recent announcement that Google's cloud-based productivity suite now boasts the ability to edit and collaborate on documents from Android and iOS devices, there's no excuse for not doing so!
Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:
Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.
Boinx Software's iStopMotion is a great tool for creating stop motion movies using a camera connected directly to your Mac. This tool got much better today, however, with update 2.5. The update adds enhanced support for Canon cameras, better iMovie export options, tilt shift filter, and even color correction.