Where we live, it snowed this weekend. Then while we were out at the mall, Christmas music started to play. Can it be that time already? Seriously? Does the march to the holidays start without our wanting it? Alas, 'tis so. At least you have Mac|Life to keep you warm and safe from little drummer boys.
Back when it was nothing but a small, tiny speck of the internet, Google launched its over-the-air voice calling service called Grand Central. The service was supposed to provide tools and features that you might otherwise have to pay for, like unlimited voicemail, unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited texting and voicemail transcription, but for absolutely free. The service took off, and now Google's VoIP service is a hit. Everyone and their grandmother has the feature enabled on their mobile phones because of its easy set up, whether they're using a smartphone or dumb phone, iPhone or Android phone.
But what if there was more from Google Voice than its advertised features? We've got 14 awesome tips and tricks to get Google Voice working like a boss, and more than just another free phone-over-the-internet service. Read on for tips on how to do things like send free text messages, block calls, and set up different voice messages for different people.
BOO! That's right, that's right, it's that time of the year, when all the spooks and haunts in the world go out looking for candy and treats and the ever elusive, ghostly white iPhone, the ne'er to be seen specter. Here's the tastiest bits of Mac|Life from the week, giving you a little something to read while waiting for the knocking on your door tonight. Just don't bob for any Apple products; they don't care much for water.
This week's tips are all about getting things done on your favorite iOS device. I frequently have people asking me what I am doing with my new toy (i.e. iPad) and when I tell them I'm working, they don't believe me. The truth is that the iPad, or any other iOS device for that matter, can be used for fun, but more importantly you will probably find a use for them at any job. Therefore, after many queries and questions about apps that I use for work, I thought it might be a good time to share some of them with you.
So this week, I'll give you four app recommendations that will show you how to add a second display to your Mac, access computers remotely, store and access your data in the cloud, manage and view files of all kinds, and access Mac|Life content on your iOS devices.
These apps are seriously useful and if you like hearing about apps like these leave me a comment and I'll share some more app gems with you in the future. On the other hand if you have one you'd like to tell us about leave a comment about that too.
Whew! Another week another gangbuster series of announcements and news for Apple. It's an amazing run and it doesn't look like it's planning to stop any time soon. So let's all stand back and hear Cupertino roar.
We bet that by now you’ve had the opportunity to try out Apple’s newly released beta of FaceTime on the Mac. Here at Mac|Life, we’ve definitely had a lot of fun testing it, but we recently thought it would be a cool idea to make it even more useful. What if you could use FaceTime on the Mac to check in on your house, pets, or perhaps use it as a security cam on your stealthy-looking MacBook Air?
All Hail the iPad! And why not? After all, Cupertino's slick little device has been an unparalleled hit, and not just for Apple. Remember DVD players and how quickly those ended up in every home? Yeah, well the iPad is crushing the DVD player in adoption rates. Yeah, you read that right, and you're gonna keep on reading, because this is In Case You Missed It, kids, and we mean business.
The iPhone makes any trip better. You’ve got your camera for capturing memories. You can fire up a game to kill time in airports and train stations. Your music is always handy. And of course Maps, Mail, Safari, and all the subway-mapping, restaurant locating, and airline-check-in apps that chomp data in order to do their stuff.
But if you’re traveling overseas, you’re going to need a plan for where that data will come from--if you rely on your iPhone’s AT&T connection, you’re going to need deep pockets. Because while nationwide network access is included in your monthly data plan, when you go abroad your phone is connecting to another company’s network, who charges AT&T, who passes hefty fees on to you. You’ll pay 2 cents per KB (1.5 cents in Canada), which can add up quickly. For perspective, going over your DataConnect plan’s limit here in the U.S. will only ding you 5 cents per MB (with DataConnect 5GB) or 10 cents per MB (with DataConnect 200MB), so those KB are up to 400 times more expensive overseas. Ouch.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow this advice and you can have a great time on vacation and avoid an astronomical data bill later.
It's the TV wars, but you know what? It's a repeat of the phone wars we've been seeing for some time. Google has decided to forge ahead into realms Apple pioneered. Who will come out on top? Competition is good for the market and for the consumer, so let's see some innovating.
The iOS keyboard packs in a few hidden shortcuts that make using it much easier, even if you're already a flash at typing with your fingertips. We've collected the tricks into an easy-to-reference cheat sheet.