Even though tons of us use Google Docs or some other cloud feature,
there's always that annoying moment when you want to work on something
and realize you created it and saved it to your work computer. Or you
stayed up late working on something at home, then get to work and
realize you don't have access.
LogMeIn solves that problem and
with the launch of LogMeIn Pro2 for Mac Beta, they've made it a snap
for those of us on the Mac end of the equation.
You know a game like Yahtzee has become part of the zeitgeist when the
immortal vampire queen in HBO’s True Blood is featured playing the game
with her minions (“We play to 6 million”). It’s true, and we must deal
with it: Traditional parlor games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and even
cribbage are hot.
You know who's been naughty (your friends) and who's been nice (you, naturally), but you're still gonna have to get 'em presents. We've got a few great recommendations, as well as some contests, and, as always, the best links of the past week, all in one handy dandy place.
There are over 100,000 choices in the App Store on iTunes. Genius Recommendations can help you find similar apps, but that can be a time-consuming process that sucks your battery dry to the tune of 10 apps at a time. As countless TV pitchmen shout out nightly, "There's got to be a better way!"
There are two camps in the world of DJing--analog purists and the
cutting-edge digital folks. The purists hold on to their vinyl like
children clutching their favorite toy, while the digital folks look for
the best way to rock the house and steer clear of the poor house. The
latest update to djay by algoriddim allows you to rock the beats
without breaking the bank.
Those precocious, over-achieving iPhone users, always multitasking:
Reading restaurant recommendations. Finding out where their friends
are. Playing games. Foursquare and Gowalla let them do all three of
those at once.
These hybrid apps combine the iPhone’s location
services, friends lists, databases of user-generated hot spots, and
user-achievement systems borrowed from the world of videogames. While
you’re out and about, you check in to nearby locations, letting your
friends know where you are, even via optional push notification.
Set in an alternate universe circa 1960, BioShock puts you in the role
of Jack, a lone plane crash survivor stranded in the dystopian
underwater city of Rapture. Your mission is to fight psychotic mutants
and robot drones, all while figuring out what happened to bring the
city to its knees.
World Tour is Activision’s response, ported to the Mac by Aspyr, and in
most respects, it rocks. You can play lead guitar, plus lay down bass
grooves, pound on the drums, or steal all the glory as the lead singer.
Unfortunately, you’ve got to bring your own USB instruments--but we’ll
get to that a little later.
Apple threw a fastball to the chin of third-party software publishers
when it introduced the Logic Studio bundle a few years ago. This
pro-level music-creation package offers a be-all/end-all combination of
MIDI and audio recording tools, with a cool side helping of MainStage,
which brings Logic to live performances. Our last review of Logic
Studio pointed out that the guitar-processing capabilities were a bit
on the weak side, but Apple has made improvements in the newest
incarnation of Logic Studio. The latest package includes new features
that immediately made our “must-have” list, and our guitar fetish has
been amply satiated with rather stunning new amp and effects emulations.