There’s nothing like a bold statement to get our attention, and Chris
Graves, president of Mac-centric Internet host MacHighway, makes this
one: His company is “presenting [its] services as an alternative to
MobileMe, as opposed to a replacement.” We take his nuanced wording to
mean that MacHighway Easy lacks the full features of Apple’s option,
but could still serve the same purpose for some customers by providing
email accounts, website hosting, and file-server storage. The service
even includes a domain name and other features beyond MobileMe’s scope.
But since MacHighway is inviting the comparison, we’ll have to ding it
for the areas where it can’t match MobileMe: ease of use, and iCal and
Address Book syncing.
Maybe it's spurned on by the latest news about Opera's speed
enhancements in Java or maybe it's just part of the general browser
wars, but Mozilla's come out with Firefox 3.6 today and word on the
street is this baby is fast.
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.
The biggest challenge of the Web is finding information you want. For a
while, bookmarks sufficed, giving users an easy way to quickly return
to their favorite sites. As bookmark lists grew, Really Simple
Syndication (RSS) became the preferred tool of Internet power-users. An
RSS reader makes it easy to track a large number of sites, but
eventually, you’re subscribed to so many feeds that finding the good
stuff becomes a challenge. Enter Fever, a Web-based RSS reader that
tries to solve this info overload by sorting your news by importance.
While Apple retains the right to deny apps that they claim duplicate
core features (the supposed excuse for the Google Voice blanket
rejection), there are any number of apps that do just that. Try
searching browsers in the app store for proof.
So with an announcement from Mozilla's CEO John Lilly that the open
source giant plans to "release an app to the iPhone App Store in the
next few weeks," that he claims will "surprise people," speculation
began. Theories centered around two strong contenders.
If you have a tolerance for a buggy build of a browser that crashes or freezes regularly, you can have Google Chrome on your Mac. If you want a stable, proper release, unfortunately you'll need a PC (or run Parallels, ugh). For everyday users, there's been little Mac love. That's soon to change.
Depending on where you live and work, it can seem like the
Internet is everywhere. But sadly, a good Wi-Fi signal can be lacking
when you need it most--and the days of open home–Wi-Fi networks are
mostly gone, as even your mom has figured out how to lock down her
network. But with Verizon’s MiFi in your pocket, you can access the
Internet from just about anywhere.
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.