Butterflies in the sky, you can go twice as high. Just take a look, it's on one of those apps on your iPad, it's Reading Rainbow. Yeah, the song doesn't work so well with those lyrics, does it? Well, Executive Editor Susie started singing it the other day and we sort of derived a little inspiration from it and decided to scope out a few apps you can read. And don't worry, this isn't a column where I regurgitate the three e-book readers available in either of the App Stores. We actually found some pretty cool apps, including one that has every piece of information you could ever want to know about Apple's computer history, an iOS app for sad, emotional poetry buffs, and the link to an amazing website full of all the creative inspiration you could ever hope for.
We actually shouldn't say that because saying that word is like muttering Beetlejuice three times in a row--something awful happens, like some writer somewhere is just stuck and may never finish their novel because you dared to utter that evil phrase. Hopefully these apps will get you out of your situation and into the zone--where words flow out of your fingers like water out of a hose. Free flowin'.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year--that is, until you have to fight your way through 12 months of knots and brave the cold so that Santa knows to stop at your house for some cookies. Of course, it’s just not Christmas without lights, and it’s just not Mac|Life without a few iPhone apps to help you deck your halls and keep everything calm and bright.
If a day ends in Y, we know it's ripe for a new iPad rumor. Today's rumor involves a lens supplier being picked for the next generation iPad. We're excited about a front-facing camera. A camera on the back, not so much.
Comcast gets in a public spat with backbone ISP Level 3. We try to get all mad at Comcast, but because of lack of information, we end being logical. Damn you logic!
Ever since you were a kid, reading comics under the covers with a flashlight and “flying” around the backyard in a homemade cape, you knew what you wanted to be. Some of us chose to be the noblest hero imaginable; others decided to give the supervillains a run for their money. But some of us had flimsier allegiances, flipping from a dark hero to a noble villain at a moment’s notice. This tradition lives on in the Going Rogue expansion for NCsoft’s City of Heroes massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Like the original City of Heroes, you’ll create a superhero (or villain), write an origin story for the character, choose one of five origins (Natural, Magic, Science, Mutation, or Technology) select from five archetypes (Blaster, Controller, Defender, Scrapper, or Tanker) and venture out to do some damage.
If you’ve been keeping up with the technological arms race of music video games, you’re probably aware that Rock Band 3, released this October, features a Pro mode that teaches players to actually play guitar or keyboards. A real, stringed electric guitar is forthcoming, but at the moment, Pro guitar mode can only be played with the Mustang – a plastic controller with strings only for strumming, and a neck littered with buttons.
We're going to show you how to use the Mustang plastic guitar with Garageband.
I’d like to upgrade to Snow Leopard, but I’m afraid that if I do, the RightZoom app I have installed will no longer work, and I can’t figure out how to determine whether it will or not. SnowChecker (free, snowleopard.wikidot.com/snowchecker) doesn’t list RightZoom, so I couldn’t check compatibility that way. I’m not sure I want to go back to the default behavior of OS X’s yellow and green buttons, but I’d like to upgrade. Any advice?
I found this tip by accident and wanted to share it--hope you haven’t heard this before. One frustrating thing about the iPhone is photo management. Oh, sure, you get a chance to delete photos after importing them into iPhoto, but you only get that one chance, and it’s all or nothing. If you only want to delete some of the photos, you’ve got to do that manually on the phone--or so I thought.
Turns out there’s another way. Plug in your iPhone and open Preview, then select File > Import From [Your iPhone’s Name]. A window appears showing all the photos on your phone, and you can move them around, save them to disk, and delete them from the phone individually or in batches. Don’t ask me why this is in Preview and not iPhoto!