Look, we all could use a little extra money. Unfortunately, jobs are hard to come by. And if you’ve already got one, it’s even harder to find additional work at times you’re actually capable of working. The good news is that, thanks to your iOS device, you can quickly find people who are willing to pay for menial things. Our favorite among them is Gigwalk (free), which lets you earn extra money while you’re out and about.
Over half the MacLife staff is out of the office today, no doubt soakin' up the sunshine and having all kinds of fun. And we're here putting the finishing touches on another installment of Price Drop, so your weekend can be as good as theirs -- thanks to some generous iOS app developers who have slashed the prices on these handy helpers and cool games to help you kick back. Most of the apps in this week's roundup are even free! Free, like our lucky, lucky coworkers...
Free news aggregator Taptu isn’t just universal in the sense that it comes with native versions for iPad and iPhone. It also aims to be a truly universal aggregator, letting you read your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn streams, plus RSS feeds from Google Reader, Bing RSS, or any thousands of sites around the web.
You’re in luck. Plenty of apps for OS X and iOS can give your children something to do -- and think about -- besides blasting zombies while your hands are full. Finding the right ones will take some investigation, but we can get you started.
Occasional snoring might be cause for good-natured joking, but long-term, heavy snoring is often no laughing matter. Left unchecked, it can become a thorny issue in relationships, and might even be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious medical condition. While you should definitely consult your doctor if you or your significant other is concerned about an ongoing problem, the resources at sites like WebMD.com, the Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.com), and MedicineNet.com can help you understand more about your symptoms and how to take steps -- like sleeping on your side and avoiding alcohol before bedtime -- to prevent another noisy night’s sleep.
The developer of the iPad port of Marathon ran into some roadblocks last February while trying to bring the classic franchise up to date. Between some serious technical bugs, and some licensing problems he wasn't even completely sure his work would ever get released.
For frequent Photoshoppers, Adobe Nav is the most worthwhile of Adobe's trio of iPad apps, built on its new Photoshop Touch SDK. This $1.99 app displays Photoshop’s desktop tools on the iPad screen, allowing you to access them without touching the mouse. Well, most of the tools, at least, with some very notable exceptions.
This week we're taking dedication to the next level. Anything that makes us want to use exclamation marks and talk like the dude in the Bowflex commercials is fair game this week, when we're whipping out the most hardcore games you've ever played. We take a look at Mortal Kombat (with fatalities! and blood!) to Line Surfer (get crushed by waves!) and then check out an extra secret contender that might just be the most hardcore game of all time. This week's Game Time is not for the feint of heart.
This problem can be solved in a relatively low-tech manner: a leftovers calendar. If you already have a calendar lying around, you can use that, and if you need to print out a blank calendar, open up iCal, start a new calendar named “blank” (or whatever), uncheck all the other calendars you’re already using, select the Month view, and press Command-P to print that month. Hang this calendar on your fridge, and when you have dinner leftovers, jot them down on the date you made (or bought) them. That way you’ll be able to see at a glance which leftovers have been in your fridge the longest -- just cross ’em off as you eat them. You can even add raw, perishable items (eggs, milk, meat, fresh veggies) to the calendar, marking the day you bought them and the day they expire. Glance at the calendar as you plan your meals, and you’ll be more likely to use it up before it goes bad.
We know, you hate your job -- we would too if we had to work on a PC all day. But just because the economy stinks doesn’t mean you can’t change jobs. It only means you’re going to have to work a little harder at it. These days, your professional online profile is as good as a first impression, so spend a little time sprucing up your LinkedIn.com profile with an updated résumé, skills, and a photo (not one of your drunken Facebook ones; in fact, you should probably delete those altogether). Think of the web as your first interview and present yourself accordingly.