Chrome is a worthy competitor to Safari. Not only do they run the same rendering engine underneath the hood--WebKit--but Chrome extensions are far more developed and can oftentimes provide a richer experience to the user. With Chrome becoming a major player in the browser wars, we cherry picked the ten best extensions for this powerful browser from Google.
The world has caught 3D fever. It’s in our TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, and movie theaters. In due time, 3D features will probably even appear in our shampoo and breakfast cereal (”No, Mommy--I want Cap’n Crunch 3D!”). Yet Apple seems conspicuously ambivalent about all the 3D hype. Are Steve’s engineers really treating 3D as a passing fad? Of course not. They’re just going to wait until 2013 in order to do it right.
As blizzards and the like bear down on the nation, sometimes traveling can get a little dicey, and it can be easy to lose where you're at. Granted, you could probably just pull over and open a map, but why not let your iPhone do that for you? We highlight two apps that are the leaders, Navigon's MobileNavigator North America, and TomTom's U.S. & Canada app.
These days, everyone is an amateur Francis Ford Coppola—or maybe that’s an amateur Kevin Smith. Anyway, if you go to any sporting event, birthday party, soccer game, or random Tuesday happy hour, someone’s bound to break out a portable video camera to capture the moment. They’re practically weightless, easy to use, and can shoot in full HD—so why not? But if you’ve ever been subjected to someone’s shaky video of the time they hit a perfect 450 playing Skee-Ball, you know how nauseating 1080p video can be when it’s shot handheld.
There are already plenty of capable VNC apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, but there’s a new kid in town called Screens, and it’s making friends quickly thanks to a superior touchscreen experience like never before.
When it comes to smartphones and tablets, you’ve gotta feel for Microsoft -- they’re underdogs these days when it comes to such markets, while companies like Apple and Google continue to grow with no end in sight. But one thing you can say for Microsoft, they’re persistent.
Sure, the folks at Sling finally have an iPad version of SlingPlayer Mobile waiting in the App Store to gobble up your $29.99, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten their original iPhone version, which has just hit version 2.0.
The Verizon iPhone may still be a shot in the dark, but according to a new job posting on the Apple website, the company may be looking to put the iPad on the Verizon network. This position will be a full-time job, with a location in Cupertino.
Someday we’ll magically enjoy all our media whenever we want, wherever we want—and without compromises. That day will probably also involve puppies riding rainbows. But until that dream comes true, we’ll play our music and movies over cloud-based services or hardware like Verbatim’s MediaShare network drive. It streams files to local computers and game consoles, exports photo albums to social media sites, backs up your Macs with Time Machine, shares connected printers, and—wait, there’s more!—lets you access your files over the internet from computers and iOS devices. Despite this Swiss Army streamer’s strengths, we were disappointed by its cumbersome setup and the need to maintain a subscription to use MediaShare’s most powerful features.
iPhoto is a good thing. Pre-installed on every new computer cranked out by Cupertino, millions of Mac users have come to rely upon the application's user-friendly functionality to collect, edit and share their photos, as these are all tasks that iPhoto does very well.
That said, I think we can agree that the software flounders in a sea of fail when it comes to finding and deleting duplicate photos that--by way of editing or import--have found their way into your photo collection. Sure, you could root through your iPhoto collection and delete each and everyone of the duplicates you stumble across manually, but if you're anything like us, you've got so many photos crammed into your Mac that the thought of doing is daunting, to say the least. Fortunately, there's a far easier way to rid your iPhoto collection of those darned duplicates.
After months of anticipation, Infinity Blade has finally come to Apple's iOS platform--and it will do its very best to take every cent of your lunch money if you're not sure of what you're doing.
Set in a medieval age, Infinity Blade puts you in the role of an unnamed hero who must fight his way through the multiple champions of a castle in order to take on and try to defeat a mysterious figure known as the God King. Despite your best efforts and intentions, you will not succeed--or at least, not the first time through.
So, without further ado, here's what several hours spent working towards (and finally) defeating the God King taught me this past weekend.
Everyone wants to know what Apple's Next Big Thing will be. So we gazed into our crystal ball to glimpse these four ripped-from-the-future prototypes of devices that Apple could make in the years ahead. Join us this week as we post a new prototype every day thought up by the Mac|Life staff, and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments.
Whether it’s a lovely 3.5-inch Retina display on an iPhone 4 or the absolutely stunning 27-inch Cinema Display, Apple’s rightly famous for putting gorgeous visuals first. But they’d never bother with a device as mundane as a regular television set. No, when Apple moves into the living room to capitalize on the snowballing convergence of the internet, gaming, apps, computing, and plain old movie-watching, the least significant thing the AppleVision will do is deliver a pretty picture.
But let’s start with that. The AppleVision’s 65-inch P-IPS display will offer 30-bit color depth capable of displaying more than a billion colors. That alone will make it prettier than any picture currently on the market.
In my household, we have years-old receipts stored in grocery bags, and no memory of who borrowed our favorite, not-made-anymore PlayStation games, both of which could be remedied by a database. Instead of just storing information, a true database acts on it, reminding you about deadlines, dynamically sorting contacts based on upcoming birthdays, and otherwise remixing your data. But iDatabase 1.0 does none of this. You’re better off with the grocery bag.
I just bought my Magic Trackpad and I’m excited to use it, but I can’t get my computer to recognize it. The Trackpad system preference keeps saying, “The pairing attempt was unsuccessful”, even though it says that it found the trackpad.
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.