It's the weekend again, people. Which means you finally have a chance to catch up with all the news that broke this week, to check out some sweet reviews, to take our app advice, and to find some of the best how-tos and Mac help this side of the Genius Bar. It's the top stories from the news you missed.
Every Mac power user knows the might of the OS X menu bar. For the rest of us, that ever-present beam topping our desktops has been ignored for too long. You’ll likely see a few icons there already—system items such as Wi-Fi signal and volume, for example. Apple calls these “Menu Extras.” What we’re interested in, though, are third-party menulets or “applets”—super-charged icons that when clicked offer quick access to inspired utilities and novel services. If you’ve got a Dropbox account, you have one; likewise if you have Growl. But there are many more out there just waiting to be discovered. Here’s 20 of the very best.
iTunes wants to be your be-all, end-all media player, handling videos, podcasts, music, and even Internet radio. But it's overkill—using iTunes to play an Internet radio stream is like using a bazooka to kill a mosquito, and it's of almost no help in searching for new streams, either. Radium 3 is a cool music utility that lives in your menu bar and offers quick access to thousands of streaming radio stations and services.
Your iOS device is a crowded place. You've got an app for that and an app for that and an app for that. Wouldn't it be nice if you had at least one app that did more than just one thing? Well, you're in luck, because at least two developers have sweet little apps just packed to bursting with all kinds of function flavors.