I’ve never been too paranoid about privacy. I use a club card in the grocery store, fully aware that my purchase habits are being tracked--but I don’t care if I can save a dollar on cereal. My car flies through the tollbooths at the Bay Area bridges thanks to my FasTrak device, which I guess could be used to track my movements if I ever murdered someone. Don’t worry; I’m not planning to--it’s just that I remember that happening on Law & Order once.
A battle-scarred wasteland, mutants, and an evil shadow government; cry as we might for originality in all forms of entertainment, postapocalyptic themes are more pervasive in nerd culture than black, plastic-frame glasses. Following in this great tradition comes id Software’s Rage (ported to Mac by Aspyr Media), a gorgeously rendered game that plucks liberally from the vine of similar titles--and goes nowhere with it.
The Mac OS wants you to be able to find whatever you’re looking for, and gives you plenty of ways to do that. You can stash folders and applications in your Finder windows’ sidebar. You can leave aliases on your desktop. You can keep them in your Dock. You can call up a Spotlight window, type in a folder or application’s name, and launch it that way. And now you can keep an auto-populating list in your menu bar, thanks to TopHat Folders Menu and TopHat Apps Menu.
Lots of app news today for both iOS and Mac alike, so we’re switching gears to mostly focus on these updates today. But there is one exception: A small bit at the end discussing the impact polarized sunglasses make on our favorite devices, which is particularly extreme on any iPad held in portrait mode -- the screen goes almost completely black with sunglasses on! Not much you can do about that except rotate the screen to landscape mode, but some interesting factoids to follow for this Thursday, April 5, 2012 edition.
Didn’t manage to catch the original Trine? Then we strongly urge you to dive into the sequel--it’s essentially more of the same quality platform puzzling as before, only with an extra layer of awesome.
Apple’s pro audio users were blessed with a couple of software updates on Tuesday, while a “highly reliable source” claims that Cupertino is hard at work putting a new iPhoto 9.2.3 patch on the fast track to address stability issues with this month’s update.
Finally! Apple has weighed in on all of this new iPad overcharging controversy, and as usual it’s much ado about nothing yet again. Meanwhile, the new iPad has been cleared for sale in China -- though Cupertino is mum on exactly when that will happen. But fear not -- today’s news is all about the new iPad, so read on and find out everything that’s making news for this terrific Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
Upgrading a file from one version to another has always been a crucial aspect of any application update—until Final Cut Pro X came on the scene, that is. This latest version was so different that there was no way to import your old Final Cut Pro 7 projects into it. The fact that migrating from iMovie was well integrated merely rubbed salt into this wound.
If your co-workers don’t seem to be getting much done today, you might want to take a peek at their smartphone or tablet -- Angry Birds Space has touched down in the App Store, promising to jettison your productivity like so much space junk.
Drag and drop images into the Picturesque window, and you can then crop them or add pseudo-3D perspective, reflections, curved edges, shadows, glows, and border strokes. Each of these effects is precisely configurable--for example, perspective is adjusted by specifying the rotation and elevation; reflection by specifying length, opacity, and offset; and so on.