Popular adventure game developer Telltale Games has announced that their new game, set in the universe of the seminal 1980s sci-fi flick, Back to the Future, has released to the App Store. If you grew up wishing you could live in a world full of flux capacitors and irritable Libyans then this may be the best chance you'll ever get. Episode 1 features a completely new story set within the Back to the Future universe.
One time, a long, long time ago, in a binary world far, far away, one of the most commonly used web browsers was called Lynx. This command line-based web browser enabled users to surf the web without the added headache of flashy graphics and blinkie text. For those of you nostalgic about the text-only internet days (before lolcats were mainstream and Caturday was a holiday) and aching to return to a time when things were simpler, here's an easy way to do so in Terminal.
Feeling lazy? Don't bother tippa-tapping away at your keyboard. Instead, tell your Mac what to do! That's right--show it who's boss with the built-in OS X Speech Recognition service. Read on to find out how to use your voice to do simple things like open applications and check to make sure it's Monday. But, y'know, be kind, use a bit of discretion and say please and thank you afterward. Your Mac will appreciate it.
Over at Fast Company's Co.Design Blog, Aza Raskin, son of Apple legend and Mac co-creator Jeff Raskin, takes a look at at memo written in 1981 detailing the creation of the first Mac. It's a great piece detailing early design decisions that still affect Apple to this very day.
For many of us on the Mac|Life staff, Instagram is our go-to iOS app in the event that the good times start rolling in our presence. It seems that a lot of other folks feel the same as we do about the photo capturing-and-share platform, as close to 300,000 photos are uploaded to Instagram's servers every day. It could be that those already lofty numbers might swell in the days to come as Instagram is now offering their application's API to developers.
There's nothing worse than being in a hurry and not remembering your password. Fortunately, with Mac OS X’s built-in password manager, you can easily recover those lost passwords without having to bother with the password reset debacle. Use Keychain Access to search for and retrieve any saved password.
Just imagine, a little over 20 years ago we were barely able to drag a mouse across the screen, let alone get around a desktop interface without typing in a few command lines. Forunately, things have drastically changed, but the command line still provides a powerful way of interacting with your Mac.
Unfortunately, most Mac users never dive into Unix because of how intimidating it can seem at first. But familiarizing yourself with it -- even a little bit -- is a good idea for your coding arsenal. We rounded up some of the most utilized Unix commands you should know so you can get started tinkering with Terminal.
Connecting to web services on your home Mac over the internet can be a pain, especially if you’re having to remember your home's IP Address. This can be solved with a free solution from DynDNS. In this how-to, we’ll show you how to easily create a domain name for your home use (using DynDNS), allowing you to easily connect back to your home computers without using an IP Address.
Uploading and downloading files through a server over FTP is easy these days with modern FTP clients like Transmit, CyberDuck, or Flow. But if you happen to be in a situation where you're away from home and the Mac you're using is unequipped with a handy FTP client, you can easily retrieve and upload files using the command line. In this how-to, we’ll show you how to put the command line to good use by connecting to an FTP server.
SSH (or Secure Shell) is a great service to enable on your Mac at home or work. This useful tool not only enables the ability to remotely access the command line interface of your Mac, but also to remotely access your files through a secure FTP (SFTP) connection, which gives you the ability to transfer files at will. Read on to find out how to transfer files between your own computers over a secure network connection using any modern FTP program.