You know the routine--you come home from a long day at work, plop yourself down in front of the computer and start chatting away with your friends about your hard day at the office. Before you know it, you've got three empty plates in front of you of food half eaten and a night's worth of catch up work still waiting to be started. It's not the most ideal situations, but it happens. Chatting--it's what's for dinner.
The Mac|Life staff celebrate the Giants win with a hearty "yeah!" and share ideas on getting David Hasselhoff to follow them on Twitter. Susie and Flo also discuss the wonder of the new Sesame Street short, and the gang shares their fond memories of their first portable Macs. Also, Ray cautions against NudeRunner-Girl.
Plus, we answered a few reader calls, and your questions from Twitter and Facebook.
This week, for Free App Friday, we're doing something special to help reel in the spookiest day of the year: Halloween. In all honesty, yours truly isn't a fan of all the scary things this holiday has to offer. But, Halloween can be all about the fun you share with your friends, from dressing in costume to swapping candy (no one wants to get stuck with a bucket full of Butterfingers, now do they?). The best part is that you can download a bunch of throwaway apps on your iPad and iPhone to ring in the celebration and get into the Halloween spirit!
The time is now to plot out your plans for world domination. But before you go forth with lording over the 6 billion people that inhabit this earth, you'll need some practice so that you can come to expect the unexpected. We've rounded up a few apps that can help you take control of your own life--and the lives of others. Sure, you can't tap and touch the world into submission like you could in a game of Pocket God, but you can at least prepare by learning leadership and organization skills. Right?
In this episode of the Mac|Live podcast, the gang discusses what might be announced at this Wednesday's Apple event, and whether or not we'll be seeing a refresh to the MacBook Air. Robbie and Flo also discuss how Mac gamers have helped increase Steam's market share in the gaming sphere, and they remind all of the readers and listeners to join us for Frag the Editor Fridays.
The internet is abound with wonderful things, like ridiculous pictures of galaxy cats, search engines that find super secret mixes and b-sides from your favorite music artists, social networking sites that violate all the principles of privacy and websites filled with free software. Yes, that's right, free software, and especially open source software. Open source is wonderful because it gives developers a hobby, and the users some hope that their favorite free software will only get better with age--sort of like a fine wine.
This week, we're covering open source software like WordPress, Miro and WikiHow.
Man, iTunes really got a kick in the shins when it updated to its latest iteration. The music library software totally took a beating--or, at least, a berating--from its faithful fans when it changed its icon, changed the way it displays album covers and launched it's own social network. Well, I went out in search of ways that you can beef up iTunes a bit and get it doing what you want it to do with these wonderful free apps. Maybe they'll change your mind about that blue iTunes icon, or maybe--just maybe--they'll remind you how wonderful iTunes is because it takes care of all your iOS devices.
And since you need iTunes to sync your iOS devices, I found two applications that will allow you to bypass that whole iTunes mess and deal with your devices all on their own. Psch, we don't need no middle man!
Android users have already had the pleasure of making this app a staple in their mobile lives, and now iPhone users can, too! Google Googles is now available on the iPhone in the Google Mobile app. The application lets you search the world around you by snapping photos, and it also delivers relevant search results to you based on your location so that if you're taking a picture of the foggy Golden Gate Bridge, it will not show you a photo of a landmark on the other side of the country.
Pardon me for perpetuating stereotypes here, but I love shopping. Sometimes, I like to keep a browser window open with a pair of good looking designer shoes, or perhaps a page full of sale items, just so that I can dream about having enough disposable cash to blow through a whole rack at Bloomingdale's. But that's just a dream, and most of my shopping is done inside a grocery store, at a farmer's market, or at the drug store down the street from where I live. Fortunately, there are a ton of apps, both online and on a variety of mobile devices, that can aid in finding the best deals, so that I'm always getting more bang for my buck. That, my friends, is the true reward of shopping.
Calling all students of engineering! And, anyone who just loves sharing the things they've created. AutoCAD WS has just hit the App Store, and it's totally free! The application enables you to view, edit, and share your DWG files from anywhere, and it allows you to view and work with AutoCAD drawings directly on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Dang, talk about mobility.