The holidays are nearing and you're totally stressing. At this point, we'd tell you to just troll the 'net for photos of puppies and kitties to put a bit of a smile on your face, but that doesn't exactly solve the problem of disorganization. No worries, we've got a few apps for you that'll help you get your things together for this crazy time of year, including an app that organizes your photo downloads from Safari, the new Evernote update for iPad and a gift profiler for your Contacts.
This week's tips will show you how to access and remove your most recently used apps in the iOS task manager, use your own wallpapers, and elminate typos.
You'll end up with greater knowledge of how you can effectively use the iOS task manager, personalize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with your favorite images, and amaze your friends with your perfect typing skills.
The new iPhoto ’11 looks amazing—and that’s a great thing for software that helps you get the most out of your photos. But it’s more than just a pretty face, letting you actually do some pretty amazing things with all those pixels. Apple built in major enhancements to the full-screen mode, slideshow templates, and online sharing tools. But iPhoto isn’t just about zeroes and ones—’11 boasts improved book-design tools and a new letterpress-card feature for those extra-special anniversaries and events, making it that much easier and more satisfying to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds.
Ever since Apple completely redesigned iMovie back in 2007 to make it more approachable for novice home-movie editors, it’s received a lot of flak from all those who were using the previous version for more pro-level work. But iMovie was never meant for professionals, and that version (iMovie ’08) was ideal for anyone who didn’t know a thing about video editing. As iMovie ’09 came and went, the howling continued, but with the return of audio editing and more to iMovie ’11, the outcry should subside at last.
When Apple rolled out iLife ’11, it touted the fact that more than 5 million folks are using GarageBand to create music, podcasts, and other types of audio, making it one of the most successful DAW (digital audio workstation) programs of all time. With this newly updated revision, there are even more reasons to really dig this maestro of a music-making app.
Perhaps the single most important new editing addition, Flex Time, has been brought over from GarageBand’s older sibling, Logic. Simply grab a part of a sampled audio track—a guitar lick or a vocal—and instantly drag it to a new position in time, with extremely smooth—and musically useful—results. It’s a study in effortless, clear interface design, and once you drag a guitar lick into place with it, you’ll instantly be hooked. GarageBand is incredibly smart about automatically grabbing the desired audio segment, and adjusting either the head or tail of the waveform based on where you click the mouse.
In an effort to protect iOS users from fraudulent activity, Apple has updated the platform's Terms of Service and will now force gamers to reveal their real identities when sending out a friends request to another player. So, let us get this straight: Firefly was canceled, Uwe Boll is still making movies and now Apple will no longer let us hide behind gamer tags as we destroy all comers during a fierce game of Cro-Mag Rally?
iPad and iPhone owners waited a long time for iOS 4.2 to release, then were kicked back another week for iOS 4.2.1 as Wi-Fi issues were resolved. Does Apple have something else up its sleeve? Could an update be coming as early as this month or maybe even next week?
Apple has been busy this week cleaning up some of its accessory offerings, updating their Universal Dock package, dropping a compact wired keyboard and finally dropping the price on their AV Cable sets.
Apple released a new version of Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers on Thursday night which could be a potential gold master, while notifying Mac App Store developers that they’ll have to host their own demos, trials and betas.
If you do freelance work or own a small company, it’s important to have a good piece of software to take care of business. AccountEdge has been a Mac favorite for years, and with their just-released 2011 version, they’re also making the leap to iOS as well.
Spotlight is a great tool for searching for documents and files on your Mac, but did you know that Spotlight can also be used to quickly find and launch applications with only a few keyboard shortcuts? It's true, and in this how to, we'll show you exactly how it's done.
Having software you use on a regular basis start up with your computer, such as iTunes or Dropbox, is great. Having software you seldom touch start up with your computer and slow everything down is a drag. If you've ever wondered about how prevent software from automatically starting up with your Mac, or conversely, how to make software spring to life when your computer turns on, this is the tutorial you've been waiting for.
ioSafe is well-known for their fireproof and waterproof hard drives (which we reviewed a while back) that protects your data no matter what. They're about to release an all-new product at CES 2011 in January, and they want you to guess what the product will be.