When a friend’s child ran up to us at a dinner party with a shocked
look on her face and proceeded to describe what one of the older boys
had “accidentally” stumbled upon on the Internet, we realized that the
time had come to impose some serious restrictions on Web activity in
our house. Enter Net Nanny, recently available for Macs, which helps
you limit access to the Internet’s darker corners. And while there are
parental controls built into OS X, they may not be strict enough.
To help get free back to its rightful place of, well free, we've
compiled a list of apps and services that are indeed free and won't
require you to sit through a pitch about how great it is to be a foster
parent to a monkey. We do want to note that some of these items are
services ors ystem preferences. But hey, they're free, so stop
complaining and enjoy.
Apple’s newest edition of Final Cut Pro polishes an already mature,
dominant video editor. That’s good news, since every Final Cut user
will find clever, thoughtful refinements in version 7 that make life
easier. But the focus on smaller tweaks has one drawback: it’s kept
Apple from some fundamental infrastructure work that’s also needed.
No matter how big the hard drives in our Macs get, there’s still never enough storage. And while flash drives are handy, there are plenty of occasions when we need way more space for data--whether it’s carting around an entire issue’s worth of InDesign files or transferring our collection of ’90s alt-rock MP3s from home to our office machine.
Like lots of people these days, I get most of my music either from my collection or through on-demand internet radio sources like Pandora and Last.fm. The last time I actively listened to the on-air radio must have been years ago.
Clearly, I am not the target market of this rumored in-house app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
You’ve got tons of music, movies and other media files stuffed in your
Mac, right? Watching The Office from your laptop is fine and dandy, but
sometimes you just want to kick back on the couch and watch stuff on a
real TV. Which is why we’re hooking you up with a WDTV from Western Digital.
The FS80 is an 8-inch digital photo frame that incorporates a 300 dpi
scanner. As digiframes go, it’s a winner, with 1GB of onboard memory
(to hold about 500 high-quality images), a bright 800x600 screen, handy
infrared (IR) remote, and built-in slots to read CF, SD, and xD memory
cards. The onscreen menus are easy enough for any second-grader--or
slightly tech-savvy grandparent--to navigate.
In the pantheon of music-creation software, Live has always presented
an original and truly innovative approach to making music in the studio
and onstage. In this latest release, Ableton has delivered a very
strong balance of new features and interface tweaks, which will
definitely please existing Ableton fans and likely turn the heads of
folks more accustomed to using audio software like Apple’s Logic and
Digidesign’s Pro Tools.