Welcome to another thrilling rendition of Free App Friday. While the new Messages beta for OS X is what's on everyone's minds (and you can read Susie's first impressions about the beta app here), maybe there's some of you out there who don't want to text message with your Apple ID and would rather employ your Google Voice number instead. BigPhone Lite is a free Mac App that lets you utilize Google Voice from your computer. So now, when you're engrossed in an angry text fight, you don't have to get frustrated that you can't get your point across fast enough.
There are two things I learned the first year I took up cooking: it takes many failures to create a successful dish, and it’s okay to bring the computer in the kitchen. With the advent of online recipe archives, I’m not shy about placing the MacBook next to the cutting board. SousChef capitalizes on this, and hopes to become the proverbial apron your computer needs to help you cook. And frankly, it’s a great help.
With the looming demise of MobileMe, plenty of folks are casting about for Mac-friendly ways to host their website, and Karelia Software is positioning Sandvox 2 as the next step for “iWeb Graduates.” Professional web developers and designers might use it for rapid prototyping, but at $77, Sandvox doesn’t pretend to go up against the likes of Dreamweaver ($399, adobe.com).
We all use our iOS devices for a little more than keeping in contact with friends and surfing the web. Photo editing is one feature that has become ubiquitous among iPad and iPhone users. In today's Free App Friday, here are three apps for iOS that let you edit your mobile photos with flair. Plus, a Google Chrome app that enables you to transform your photos into vintage masterpieces without having to go through Instagram.
The built-in camera in the MacBook Pro and Apple Cinema Displays isn't just for FaceTime and Facebook photos -- it can be used to record dynamic video to send out to friends and family, or even to bravely start your own YouTube channel. But even if you wanted to record video, you'd still have to edit it and make it interesting to watch, though you might not want to pay for any of that fancy studio editing software, and iMovie can only do so much. Fortunately, there's two gems in the Mac App Store that'll help you make more interesting-to-watch, candid videos without knowing a thing about time tables.
Just like calling and leaving a voicemail in the 90's was a great way to let your friends know you were thinking of them, social networking is now the norm to let your friends know you're creepily stalking them on the internet. And what better way to keep in touch with all of your pals then with a heaping of free Mac apps to constantly remind you that yes, you have friends out there that are worth tracking on a minute-by-minute basis. Or, maybe you're crazy obsessed with a pundit or famous YouTube star (My Drunk Kitchen, anyone?). Keep tabs on them with these free apps.
There are so many games in the iTunes App Store that sometimes it's really hard to figure out what to download and what's worth playing. There's also the dilemma of the age old adage that if it isn't broken, there's no point in fixing it. And, well, so many game companies have already perfected the kind of games we're looking for, so why bother looking anywhere else? Well, I can answer this one for you: do the words "free" ring a bell?
If you wish you had a free alternative to popular games like Plants vs. Zombies and Bubble Bobble, you're in luck! I've found exactly what you're looking for. Maybe. Take a look for yourself after the cut and save a couple of bucks on all those big blockbuster games with these free alternatives. Because you can't spell "free" without the "f" from "fun", right? Glad we're all in accordance here.
The day you get a new computer can be an awesome day. Everything smells like an Apple store, your computer’s body is flawless, — even the keys are more click-y. But it’s also a day where you find out how much your computer was customized and personalized, tailored to your use. We took a look at our current computers and decided which apps we couldn’t live without it.
Stressed out? We feel you. Stress is the worst. Fortunately, the iTunes Store has tons of solutions. Podcasts are free, and searching for “stress” yields dozens of results. Since different people will respond to different techniques, download a few episodes and listen to them on your commute or in a quiet corner with headphones. A couple of our favorites are Dr. Harry Henshaw’s Enhanced Healing Podcast, which features relaxation music and binaural tones at five minutes an episode, and The Meditation Coach Podcast’s episodes “8-minute Guided Breath Meditation with Theta Rain” and “4-minute Mini Vacation Guided Meditation.”
Long-distance relationships are tough, but when you snag somebody way, way out of your league, you gotta make it work somehow. Luckily, technology means you never have to go too long without seeing your significant other.