For all of its faults, iTunes is a versatile media player, allowing you to organize music in interesting ways -- assuming you know how to do so in the first place. Among the built-in tools offered are Ratings and Smart Playlists, which can be used in tandem to display media in most any way you can imagine.
Apple’s AirPort Extreme is best known as a slick, easy to use wireless router for sharing an internet connection with computers and mobile devices in your home. But like many Apple products, its seemingly nondescript appearance belies its awesome capability. Here are five ways you can get the most from your existing AirPort Extreme – and even your hard drive-equipped Time Capsule or diminutive AirPort Express as well.
It's a fact: as your iTunes collection gets bigger, the amount of free space on your drive gets smaller. Sure, you could stuff your computer's internal drive to the gills with as much media as you can jam in there, but as Macs require a reasonable chunk of drive real estate to keep on puttering along in a trouble-free fashion, we'd advise against this storage strategy. What to do? You could buy a larger internal drive for a little more breathing room. You could bite a bullet and delete a few thousand files from your enormous collection of music, movies and television shows, but that's a pretty extreme fix. If neither of these solutions appeal to you, how about transferring part of your iTunes library to a spare external drive that you've got laying around? Yeah, that's the ticket! Here's how to do it.
FaceTime for Mac, introduced at October’s exciting Back to the Mac event, finally lets Mac users video-chat with people using an iPhone 4 or fourth-gen iPod touch. FaceTime for Mac is still in beta, but it’s free and easy to use. How easy? So easy we can explain it all in one page…
Quick Look is arguably one of the best baked-in features that most Mac users take for granted in OS X. By selecting a file and clicking the space bar, users are given an almost instant sneak-peek at the file's contents, be it an image, video or text. This can be an incredible time and sanity-saver when trying to locate a particular file that you can't quite recall the name of. However, if you want access to any more functionality than the sneak-peek that Quick Look affords, you'll have to open up the application responsible for producing the file you're viewing.
Most of the time.
Printing a document while still in Quick Look is an easy, if not immediately obvious way of speeding up your work flow. Here's how it's done.
Hot on the heels of the suggestions we pitched to Apple for how they could make MobileMe awesome, the folks from Cupertino sent out word to users of the subscription-based cloud service that they've updated their calendar application. Not only has Apple provided the online version of their popular iCal application with a fresh face that closely mimics that seen in the iPad iteration of the software, they've also baked in the ability for the application's users to share their calendars with others and send out event invitations with one-click RSVPs. Sound good? If your a current MobileMe subscriber and want to start using these great new features, let Mac|Life show you the way.
Earlier this week, we showed you how to remove Twitter followers from your account en masse, making it easy to clear out the deadwood from your feed so that you can focus on reading tweets from the folks that matter to you the most. Today, we're going to show you what to do if you just kind of want the folks that matter most to shut up for a little while. Muuter is a free service from 3 Monos Lab and Andrés Bianciotto that gives you the option to temporarily silence any number of Twitter users for as little as an hour up to as long as a week. By following this how-to guide, you'll learn how to get some much needed Twitter-based peace and quiet with no more effort than it takes to click your mouse a few times.
Twitter can be a blessing or a burden. The social media phenom has the power to keep its users in touch with friends old and new, track the movements of their favorite celebrities and keep abreast of world-changing events as they happen. That's the blessing. The burden of the service is being inundated with spam robot accounts programmed to send you more tweets than you can bear, finding masses of unwanted followers added to your account and trying to navigate through the quagmire of messages polluting your twitter feed as the result of both. For all the benefits Twitter brings us, no one needs that sort of pain.
Fortunately, there's a number of excellent services out there that will help you to restore sanity to Tweet-loving life. In this how-to, we're going to show you the best way to shake off the scores of unwanted followers and freeloaders you may have collected with just a few clicks of your mouse.
There are a ton of productivity applications out there that will help you plan a project, sort through a complex series of tasks, or simply get things done. While power users might need to download applications like Things or Omnifocus to keep their affairs in order and synced across multiple piece of hardware, many day-to-day users don't need the raw organizational power that those sorts of software packages provide. If your to-do list needs are spartan, we've got an easy to use solution that will help you keep on top of of everything in your busy life.
Whatever it might be that Apple has planned for Lala--the much-mourned music streaming property that the Cupertino-based behemoth acquired and woefully shut down back in May--they're playing it close to their chest.
While you wait for what we're all hoping will be the awesome power to stream our entire music iTunes music library from the cloud, let Mac|Life show you how anyone with a MobileMe account can start streaming their tunes for free right now. While you won't be able to listen to a playlist you've hashed together, the ability it groove to individual audio files streamed to your iOS device on the cheap is a great first step. Let's get started!