If you've ever used the app Knock to unlock your Mac with an iPhone, you've probably felt a little bit like living in the future. But the developer of that software has much grander designs in mind, with a forthcoming release eyeing the ability to automatically sign into everything you do on the Mac. No word on when such a feature might arrive, but the Knock folks are taking on beta testers to help out. And with that, here's a fresh round of updates before we enjoy a work-free 4th of July, and we'll see you back here on Monday, July 7!
A site like MacLife.com would be remiss in not joining the celebration for Mac OS X, which is now officially an unruly teenager at the ripe young age of 13 this week. We remember well the excitement of first installing the OS, only to discover there was very little we could actually do with it prior to booting back into Mac OS 9, but in time that infant learned how to talk and walk and soon we spent all of our time there. Read on to find out more about the release of Cheetah 13 years ago!
These days, it's not much of a surprise to see new tablets popping up out of nowhere from every manufacturer imaginable -- but not so much from the wireless carriers who sell some of them. But that's exactly what Verizon Wireless is doing this week, selling its own Android 4.2 tablet at an affordable price that puts its own 4G LTE network front and center. Because really, why should manufacturers have all the fun...?
Hard to believe it's June already, and in just one short week we'll all be savoring Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, the first such event Cupertino has held all year. And of course, the rumor mill is in full gear as the calendar races toward the event, so you can expect a lot of wild theories about stuff Apple may or may not introduce next week, but remember this: It's a developer event, so while we'll likely get a peek at iOS 7, expect any new product announcements to center around OS X. Just sayin'…
Mobile users have become accustomed to searching with only their voice, but those on the desktop are still stuck with the ol' keyboard and mouse -- that is, unless you're rocking Google Chrome, whose latest stable version now includes voice search.
As I was following the stream of Google I/O updates on my Twitter timeline last week, one thought kept popping into my head: Apple could never get away with this.
I'm not saying it wasn't interesting. Over the course of three hours, Google showcased its new Hangouts app and Google Play Music All Access service, some exciting developer tools and major updates to Maps, Chrome and Now, but anyone expecting a repeat of last year's show was sorely disappointed.
iPhone users rarely have any need to envy their Android-toting friends, but the introduction of Google Now certainly gave them one reason to do so. With the feature finally available on iOS with the latest update to Google Search, does it actually live up to expectations? Google Now gathers weather, places, travel, and customized interests into neat stacks of virtual “cards.” Related entries are grouped to minimize clutter, but users can temporarily eliminate unwanted entries by swiping them off the screen, or permanently toggle off entire categories in Settings.
The rumor mill is really going into overdrive this week, foaming at the mouth on every little scrap related to iOS 7 or OS X 10.9, which are both expected sometime this year. But not everyone is enamored with these wild flights of fancy, so we're here to mix things up with some good old-fashioned tales ripped straight from the pages of real life. At least you won't have to wonder "when" or "if" with this batch of stories!
One of the most unique features introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last year was Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant. The feature has now landed on iOS as well, thanks to update to the Google Search app.
No, you won't get stabbed for missing out on these hot news stories from the Ides of March. Still, don't go missing any more of 'em if you want to stay healthy, know what we're saying? We're saying, you could miss out and feel sick about it. What'd you think we were saying?