Gmail is a fantastic service from Google, and while it works seamlessly with email programs like Apple Mail and Entourage, sometimes it’s just simpler to use it in a web browser. Unfortunately, that can’t provide the finesse of a dedicated email application, which leaves the user experience feeling subpar instead of super. The good news is that Gmail’s completely scriptable, which means you can modify it to suit your needs. Don’t worry if coding isn’t your expertise--many people have written ready-made scripts that you can use to improve your experience in just a few clicks.
Using our bright and shiny Apple gear to navigate the web, it’s easy to think the Internet is all LOL Cats and sunshine, and that everyone who interacts with our social-networking profiles and other online presences really is our friend. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Depending on what you share online, where you share it, and how you control it, people who may not have your best interests at heart can find out an awful lot about your life--and potentially use that information against you.
The ability to stream online videos is one of the hallmarks of today's web. Videos on any topic you can imagine are just a click (or tap) away, provided you have an internet connection. But what if you're on your way to an internet-less destination? How will you watch your daily workout video (or favorite cat video) once you get there? The solution is simpler than you might think. With Apple's Safari web browser, a few additional clicks will have your video off of the web and onto your hard drive.
Grab the popcorn. Dim the lights. But forget about DVDs or on demand--the smartest, cheapest way to enjoy a treasure trove of high-def movies and TV is streaming them from your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Our in-depth guide makes setup a cinch no matter how you tune in.
Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut give Mac users intuitive tools for editing their home movies from dry, amateurish “Wave to the camera, kids” productions into something that’s actually worth watching. But if you start with cruddy footage, there’s only so much you can do in post-production to improve it. Two of the biggest problems that can’t really be fixed later on are poor sound quality and a jittery camera. So when you’re ready to take your backyard epics to the next level, we offer the following improvements to your movie-making setup. They won’t break the bank, but they’ll definitely improve your work. Next stop, Sundance?
Well, Autumn is officially here, gang, the beginning of the long indoor season if you live in a cold and rainy part of the country (hello, Seattle!). While the Mac|Life staff will be kicking back with 80 degree weather this week, some of the rest of you might be cuddled up indoors, listening to the rain, reading on your iPads, watching a movie or two, or at least fighting with some Angry Birds. Here's a full dose of our best of the week to help you make the most of your rainy days.
This week we'll take a look at how handy folders can be in the iOS Dock, learn how to create a special Apple logo folder, and practice a few tricks that make iTunes 10 a bit more palatable, Plus, we'll teach you about the new iPhone Field Service test in iOS 4.1.
Some of us here at Mac|Life headquarters have a penchant for loud, dancey music. Sometimes, those beat-ific artists have special mixes that are not yet available for purchase in the iTunes or Amazon MP3 store, which is really unfortunate. But then we'll find a YouTube video of the song (usually paired up with a static visual of the artist) and repeatedly groove to that downloaded FLV file, though this process can become a bit tiresome overtime. What if we want to take the song with us on the go and load it up on our iPods? Fortunately, that's what audio extractors are for, especially free ones.
Read along to find out how to extract the audio from your FLV files, and keep the music alive.
I use TextEdit as my ongoing “journal” notebook. But the document is quite sizable now, and autosaving has become a significant event--and every 5 minutes (the maximum offered in the preferences) is too frequent for this interruption to occur. Do you know how to change this value with the Terminal? That’s how I adjusted the number of recent items in my menu, and I’d love to fix this as well.
This week's tips focus on the recently released iOS 4.1 and some of the things that you can do with it on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and older iPod touch models running iOS 4.1.
Apple has made changes or additions to Phone Favorites, Keyboard, and Parental Controls. Plus, we threw in a tip about getting information regarding the hardware and software within your iOS based device using the About feature.