Salty the iPhone emerged from the ocean with super powers, namely that he can dispense essential advice and spread the cooling salve of knowledge over all your hottest, itchiest, burningest questions. Pose your quandries at email@example.com, and check out his latest round of infinite, snarky wisdom after the jump...
The software has been updated to 2.0.1, giving us zippier performance and fewer bugs. Apple is ramping up production to keep pace with the public's rabid demands. So what's coming next for the iPhone 3G? Oh, lots.
Wouldn’t it be great if your home-ripped movies looked the same in your iTunes library as their expensive iTunes Store–bought brothers?
We already showed you how to convert your DVD collection into iPod-compatible clips using MacTheRipper and HandBrake (“Hardcore How-Tos: The Digital Media Edition,” Apr/08, p23). This time, we’re going to take this process a little further and polish up those files to make them look just like iTunes Store purchases, complete with named chapter markers, poster artwork, and a description field containing a film synopsis as well as a short list of its cast and crew.
If you followed our directions in the April issue, you’ll have to re-encode your film in step 1 below if you want to name the chapters. But the rest of these steps can be done to the files you already have. Most of the information for the description field can be gleaned from your DVD covers, but if you don’t own a scanner and don’t feel like typing all that information, the Internet is the best place to search for alternative content. Time to get your DVDs out and start creating a beautiful digital film collection.
iPhone and iPod touch owners are no longer constrained by their iTunes song library thanks to the iTunes App Store. With services from Pandora Radio, AOL Radio and Last.fm, all deliver streaming music to iPhones and iPod touches, the dance party never has to stop because of a lack of tunes. We groove to each service to help you find which one is right for you.
If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you have a few extra pounds you’d like to shed. If you’re also like me, you have a Macintosh. I thought, why not combine the two and take the cutting-edge power of computer science and apply it to my ever-expanding flesh? Ten pounds need trimming. Time to get to work.
A shareware game to pass the time between incredibly important work-related projects.
Deliciously addictive Tangle consists of a jumble of lines that you must untangle by clicking the dots at the corners and dragging them around. Black lines are good to go, gray lines are still tangled. There’s nothing to it, but it will suck you in like a giant vacuum cleaner—the tangles get bigger as you advance through the levels, and though some look patterned, trust us, they’re not. Tangle features unlimited levels, an online leaderboard, and even Internet multiplayer, all excellent touches.
Love Last.fm? You may like its eponymous iPhone app. Not familiar with the service? Do yourself a favor and try AOL Radio or Pandora instead. It’s not that the app is bad, per se, it’s just confusing and inconsistent, especially compared with the competition.
So the iPhone and iPod touch lack an FM tuner. So what? AOL Radio fills the gap and then some, serving up some 350 stations of streaming-radio goodness. It’s a fantastic app for music and talk-radio fans, and it doesn’t cost a penny.
With Apple, we never know more than we have to, and its upcoming "product transition" is no exception. We know it's coming before Sept. 30, and we know it'll put a strain on the company's gross margins. But if Apple's track record for such announcements is any indictor, we should be ready for something big.