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We're all a-flutter, all a-tingle, all ready for what tomorrow morning will bring when Steve Jobs kicks things off at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Will he stun us with the iPhone 5 against all expectations? Or will it be all iOS 5 all the time, with glimpses of what the upcoming hardware can do? What about refreshes of other existing lines? We know he's gonna talk iCloud, Lion, and our favorite mobile operating system, but what else? What else? we cry!
And, yes, of course, we didn't let the grass grow under our feet, so just in case in all the WWDC hype, ya missed it, here's this week's bag o'goodies.
You may not be privy to the world of Android (or even interested in learning its ways), but you can't deny that you don't utilize Google just a little bit (a tiny bit, even) on your own phone. Stop being so bashful about the habit and give in! Here are three free apps to help reinforce your Google habit with your iOS device or Mac, and three more reasons why Google's services still play a heavy party in our daily lives.
The notion of that is kind of scary, by the way. But we'll deal.
You know how the song goes: I get by with a little help from my apps. Your apps can help guide you through the levels of a difficult console game, learn to play an instrument, and keep time, just like your human friends would. Well, except for that last part -- especially if you're trying to make it home by curfew. That never works out, so stop trying.
The Terminal is the single most powerful thing on your Mac, its command-line interface. But if you type in the wrong command, either nothing will happen or you could wreak real havoc on your system. Let MacPilot drive, and it won't steer you wrong. The well-organized, friendly interface includes hundreds of ways to tweak features on your Mac, run maintenance routines, back up files -- everything the Terminal can do. But you just click. It's super-complete, easy to use…quite brilliant, really.
We think the apps in our June issue’s cover story, “20 Killer Mac Apps Under $20,” (coming soon to MacLife.com!) are all great deals. But there’s no better deal than zero. These 10 fun and useful apps are all free in the Mac App Store -- without big “for a limited time!” callouts in their descriptions -- but developers are free to raise the prices anytime they like. So get ‘em quick.
Everyone has secrets. Whether it’s your complete collection of Justin Bieber B-sides or some photos that are better off shared with a very select group (the visual record of our sophomore year of college comes to mind), there’s just some stuff that’s better off hidden. When we were teenagers, that kind of stuff went under the bed. ÜberMask is the digital equivalent of that space. It’s not exactly Fort Knox, but hey—out of sight, out of mind.
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.