Back in the late 1960s, a popular public service announcement intoned: “It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are?” Let’s rephrase that for today: “It’s 2012. Do you know where your data is?” My guess is that you don’t.
Thirty years ago, we geeks knew exactly where our data was: on floppies in Tyvek sleeves. Then we got multiuser systems at work, and shared hard drives with our coworkers. Next, networks put our files on central servers, a step further away from our direct control. In the 1990s came the Internet, which gave us access to a world of content, but which also gave the world a doorway--preferably a locked one--into our Macs.
It was the week of Comic-Con and the week when Steam broke the internet by causing a stampede with their annual Summer Sale, and most of all it was another week with Apple and all the fun stuff you can do with your iOS device and your Macs. And it just my be that crazy summer heat, but we even allowed that Apple could learn a thing or two from rival Microsoft. Yeah, it was that kind of week.
While GarageBand is arguably the best bargain in the App Store, offering up a potent brew of playable instruments and integrated multitrack recording, there has been an avalanche of impressive dedicated synthesizer apps in the last couple of years. If you're overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices, here's a quick rundown of some of the top available picks. None are designed to replace GarageBand; in fact, most are primarily meant to be used in live musical performances, played as unique instruments with no counterparts in the real world. And the most expensive iPad synth app is still cheaper than almost any commercial Audio Units plugin for a desktop, so you'll find quality, convenience, and value within these 10 apps.
Maybe we're being a little melodramatic by calling them life-threatening, but with every iOS or Mac bug comes an outcry from hundreds of thousands of Apple users. Take last week, for instance, when a Mac App Store bug caused several software updates to instantly crash apps once installed on both Macs and iOS devices. Apps included the popular Instapaper, GoodReader, Angry Birds Space HD Free, and even Readdle's Scanner Pro 4.1 update. Fortunately, the ordeal was over once Apple finally stepped in to quell the grief that had been caused over a few days, but this is not the first time that Cupertino has had to deal with squashing huge bugs. Take a trip down memory lane with us to investigate some other cases where Apple products have been plagued by nasty computer bugs.
GarageBand is great for huge projects and making your very own custom ringtones, but just launching the application can sometimes be a huge overkill. If you're in a jiffy and you just want to quickly extract a snippet, you can trim your favorite song in iTunes and sync it to your device. Read on to learn how it's done!
With its stellar support for HTML 5, WebKit, and many Google-related features, it’s no wonder that many users are making Google Chrome their go-to browser. If you enjoy the desktop browsing experience that Chrome provides, then you’ll no doubt enjoy the mobile browsing experience that the recently released Chrome for iOS provides. From syncing your browser data to storing your passwords, we’ll give you a full walkthrough of Chrome for iOS, and how to perfectly pair it with its desktop counterpart.
It's not quite as well-publicized as Antennagate or all those "overheating" iPads, but there's an annoying little issue still prevalent in iOS 5 that you might have experienced. It's hard to pin down the cause--although Apple's discussion boards are filled with complaints from photo junkies--but if you've ever gotten stuck on the "Waiting for items to copy" step of an iTunes sync, you're not alone.
For most of us (this writer included) it's an occasional nuisance. It generally pops up at the end of a lengthy sync but there doesn't seem to be a consistent culprit. Apple's discussion boards are filled with complaints about the so-called iTunes sync bug, with situations ranging from genius results to large photo libraries. It seems to be a bit more prevalent on Windows, but there are certainly a healthy share of Mac users at their wits' end, too.
Whether you’re moving to a new Mac, or just switching up that machine that you sync your iOS or iPod device with, moving your library can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the process is relatively straight-forward once you understand a few basics of how iTunes stores your data. The method that we’ll use in this article not only copies your audio and media files over, it also retains your ratings and playlists. Follow along with this guide to move your iTunes library to another computer.
After dipping its toe into the subscription-pricing waters with last year’s Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe has moved onto the next phase with Creative Cloud. While the new service offers cost-effective access to the full Creative Suite 6 Master Collection for under 50 bucks a month, the cloud cover feels a little thin as far as other worthwhile features, at least for the time being.
Digital representations of pinball machines seem to get better and better with each new passing genre entry, and they've proven particularly well-suited to the iPad and iPhone. Several slick apps are available on both devices that deliver a mix of original and classic tables, including many based on beloved characters and properties, and typically deliver a large array of perspectives and options to satisfy even the most avid pinball nut. Some fantastical options exist, like Frogger Pinball and Undead Attack Pinball, but for those players seeking a real-life experience on their iOS device of choice, these six apps can satisfy that need.