There was plenty of news this week about Steve Jobs and at least one of those makes the grade in case you missed it, but just like Apple isn't one man, our coverage of all things Apple takes other things into account as well. So here's some of our most popular stories from the week, just in case ya missed it.
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...
Happy Father's Day to everyone out there. We know, we know, you were spending so much time looking for that perfect gift for dad (i.e., tie) that maybe you might have missed a few stories this week. Well, that's all right, you know, because like dad, we're always toiling in the background, making sure you have food on the table and a roof over your head and plenty to read. So here you go. Don't say we never gave you anything. And shut the door already, were you born in a barn?
Technologies like Skype have been around for some time, letting us make calls from our computers. The iDevice revolution put VoIP calling in our pockets, but services like Skype are actually rather limited. Yes, you can Skype or fring on the 3G network now, but only to other members of the same service. Skype can call Skype and fring can call fring, or you can pay to make calls to numbers outside of their service. Not a bad deal if you're calling another country, but paying to use your iPhone data package you already paid for to call your buddy seems like a raw deal to us.
Not surprisingly, a couple apps have come up with an interesting alternate form of calling.
Despite the surge in popularity from sites like Facebook, Twitter, and others, email still plays a vital role in keep us in a communication loop. And with the advent of push email, it's hard not to ignore every new message that arrives in your inbox. But for many iOS device owners, push email is only a dream because their provider doesn’t support push. Fortunately, there's a free application called Boxcar that can make push notifications possible.
I use Mail and recently signed up for a Gmail account. I’d like to send and receive my Gmail through Mail. I got as far as setting up Mail to receive my Gmail messages with IMAP, but so far I can’t get Mail to send email from my Gmail account. I have the outgoing server set to <smtp:gmail>.
This weeks tips focus on reseting your iOS User Dictionary (which we recommend you try after getting used to the iOS virtual keyboard), renaming iOS folders instead of accepting the default name that iOS creates, using the focusing feature on the camera included in most last model iOS devices to take better photos and videos, and a way to get more out of your Google mail, contacts and calendar by setting up your Gmail access using Exchange ActiveSync versus IMAP.
A lot of people sleep with their iPhone by their bedsides, since an iPhone makes a great alarm clock. However, sometimes the incessant email alerts, push notifications, SMS alerts, and phone calls can keep us from actually drifting into a sweet, sweet slumber. In this week's tips, we'll show you how to silence those notifications, as well as show you how to monitor your data usage, monitor the memory on your iOS devices and walk you through the difference between deleting and archiving your Gmail inbox.
Google astonished everyone by launching Gmail back in 2004 with a then-generous 1GB of storage; today, that’s climbed to 7.3GB. Thanks to all that space—along with threaded conversations, a powerful spam filter, conversation labels, and more—Gmail remains a standout amid other free webmail products that have been around much longer. Here’s how to tap all that power under its hood.