We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
While it’s always a thrill to bring home a new Mac or iOS device, it’s a bummer having to move all of your data over from an older computer or mobile device. This is especially tricky when you want to sync up iTunes on your new computer and have not yet transferred over your library. Fortunately, you can do so from your iPod. Here’s how.
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.
Some apps get it right from the start. Others are so bad that they don't even last long enough to get sorted. And then there are those that fall somewhere in the middle. You know what we mean -- hiding among the dozens of well-designed, high-quality apps on our home screens are a few that we just can't bring ourselves to delete. Maybe they were once great (or maybe we just wanted them to be), but whatever the case, they're in desperate need of a little red App Store badge.
Creating a journal in iPhoto is like crafting a scrapbook page that you can post live on the web for anyone to see, for free. Not only is it fun to design a journal, but it’s a super-fast way to show off vacation pics, or to show distant relatives how much the kids have grown. In addition to creating a journal on an iPad, you can also make one on an iPhone in the same way. The fehttp://www.maclife.com/node/14365/editature is currently missing from the Mac version of iPhoto, however.
Now let’s take those design muscles you flexed while making your journal and push them a little harder. Using iPhoto on a Mac, you can create your very own book and have it shipped right to your door. (And once you know how to make a book, it’s a cinch to create a calendar or letterpress card in iPhoto as well.)
It's not easy to adjust to typing on the iPhone or iPad virtual keyboard -- it's small, cramped, and lacks tactile feedback. If you're eager to master the art of touch screen typing, though, you can rest assured that there's an app for that. We've found 10 awesome iOS games that'll provide the perfect guilt-free play experience, letting you improve your typing skills and have fun at the same time. With help from these iOS typing games, you'll be touch screen typing like a pro in no time.
How many computers are on your home network? If it’s more than one, Screens lets you easily control the other machines over your local network or, with the free Screens Connect server app installed, over the internet—even from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the $19.99 Screens VNC app for iOS.
Making a stop-motion animation video with your kids' dolls or action figures is a lot easier than you might think, especially with iStopMotion for iPad ($9.99). It's a great project for parents and kids -- with these tips, you'll be animating anything in next to no time.