If you don’t mind a game that uses chest size as an indicator of
success and happiness (we certainly don’t), The Movies packs a
ridiculous amount of depth and replayability that’ll reel in gamers,
creative types, and machinima fans. (Ma-shin-a-wha? It’s animation
created by a 3D graphics engine, usually one from a videogame.)
Every day, we wish iCal could do something that our Palm IIIx did in
1997. There’s a Palm calendar app called DateBk, and it has a feature
called Floating Events. The idea is that incomplete to-do items would
“float” to the next day, so if you forgot to do something, it wouldn’t
get left behind on your calendar as the days marched on. The fact that
BusyMac’s BusyCal brings that crucial feature to our calendar makes us
do a little happy dance, and that’s only scratching the surface of this
In the year 1 B.iP. (Before iPhone), all a smartphone was expected to
deliver was the ability to email on the go, sort of browse the
Internet, and maybe have two or three simple games to help pass the
time. Smartphone OSs were updated with the same frequency as
presidential elections, and the idea of one of those devices playing
nice with your Mac was laughable. Of course, once the iPhone hit the
market, smartphone makers scrambled to catch up. The Motorola Droid is
a prime example of that scrambling attempt to dethrone the iPhone as
the king of smartphones.
Don’t panic, but one way or another, data loss and troublesome software updates will
happen. Regular Time Machine backups help protect your Home folder from
these hazards, but missing or messed up system files can prevent your
Mac from running properly or even starting up. And who wants to perform
tedious reinstalls? Snow Leopard’s installer is great and all, but
seeing it once was enough.
A good mouse is priceless. It’s a key cog in any computer-based
workflow. But the thing is, everyone has a different idea of what
“good” is. For mobile users, it might mean small and light, while a
desktop Mac user may value comfort above everything else. Apple takes a
one-size-fits-all approach to mice, and while the new Magic Mouse can
pull off cool tricks, sometimes simple and reliable is all you really
need. Besides, options are always a good thing.
You know who's been naughty (your friends) and who's been nice (you, naturally), but you're still gonna have to get 'em presents. We've got a few great recommendations, as well as some contests, and, as always, the best links of the past week, all in one handy dandy place.
There are two camps in the world of DJing--analog purists and the
cutting-edge digital folks. The purists hold on to their vinyl like
children clutching their favorite toy, while the digital folks look for
the best way to rock the house and steer clear of the poor house. The
latest update to djay by algoriddim allows you to rock the beats
without breaking the bank.
After months of unconfirmed rumors about its maybe, possibly imminent
arrival, Western Digital finally released its next-generation WD TV media player--just
mere days after we finished our Dec/09 issue, in which we named the
previous-gen model as one of our “2009 Gear of the Year” favorites. We
had a few niggling criticisms of that earlier version, but in the
latest model, Western Digital has made some excellent improvements to
what became our favorite set-top box for media playback.
Of course the holiday season is upon us and everyone's schedule is filled with madness. You know it, we know it. No need to spend what little time you have scrolling through our incomparable archives. Here's a short list of some of the hottest articles we've compiled for you.
In the 1980s, “portable audio” took the form of comically large boom
boxes with as many flashing lights and extra buttons as eight D
batteries could power. The ’90s turned boom boxes into gadgets so sleek
and light, they looked (and often were) incapable of pushing enough
decibels to fuel a party, let alone annoy the neighbors. And today, the
iPod has pretty much killed the boom box, collectors of old-school