iOS 8 may have gotten most of the attention at Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the fun stuff isn’t limited to iPhones and iPads. Yosemite will bring the biggest update to OS X in years, combining desktop-level power with the elegance of iOS to create a stunning environment that will make even old Macs feel new again. Here are the features we’re looking forward to the most.
Skype has long offered video call capabilities for more than two users on Mac (and PC) — but only when at least one had a paid Premium subscription plan in effect. Now, the company has eased that restriction, making group calling available free as of today to all computer users, along with those on Xbox One. And iOS users may be next to be added to that list.
Apple seeded the beta for OS X 10.9.2 beta to developers today, and the update included a big bit of news for users of Apple's FaceTime software. As of the next public release, Mac OS X users will likely be able to use FaceTime Audio, the voice-only version of FaceTime that was included with the launch of iOS 7. As things stand now, users of FaceTime on Mavericks have to use a version in which voice and video activate together.
It’s easy to forget the iPad’s been around for only three years, since it’s made such a big footprint in our day-to-day lives. It’s great for lean-back, leisurely weekend activities like watching a movie, video chatting with faraway relatives, and playing a few rounds of Words with Friends. But don’t leave it behind when it’s time to return to the salt mines Monday morning—turns out, the iPad works at the office almost as hard as you do.
Sparrow may have blazed a trail for acceptance of third-party iOS email clients, but there’s a new kid on the block: Mail Pilot, a universal app that attempts to infuse slick organizational talents into traditional IMAP email. Mail Pilot’s creators should be applauded for native iPad support out of the gate, a feature still missing from popular alternatives like Mailbox. For those who spend their evenings at home with the iPad, the ability to move between iPhone and tablet at will is a big plus. Sadly, IMAP compatibility issues make this pricey app a tough recommendation.
Now that every computer and device you own is equipped with a webcam, there's really no reason not to video chat with those loved ones that don't get to see you in person all that often. These five apps reflect the best of video chat services--we're sure one of them will suit your needs!
Taking your email signatures from blah to bling is a simple way to set your messages apart from others, and it can be especially important if you need branded emails for your business. If you’ve ever seen one of those fancy email signatures that have Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking links, then you know what we’re talking about. Try as you might, but you won’t find any option in OS X’s Mail app to create image and link-based signatures. Fortunately, you don’t need any special software to pull this trick off. Continue reading to learn how it’s done.
We saw VoxOx at last year's CES and were impressed by their devotion to creating a portal for all your communication networks. But their interface was a bit too cluttered for our tastes (and many others, according to the VoxOx team). Even with their good intentions and wealth of features, their product just wasn't good enough to topple everyone's favorite (often open-source) communications clients. Now that just might change.
Now here's some good news: Google's web-enabled, do-everything communications management platform--Google Voice--is now available to everyone (and by everyone we mean everyone living in the United States.)