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mid the glow of the iPhone 4’s unveiling—and it was after poking at it for a few appreciative moments, he returned it
a pretty bright glow; I was mightily impressed—I had with a firm shake of his head, saying he thought it was crippled
to wonder: How serious is the damage that Steve Jobs without Flash—an assumption he defended largely on the basis
is doing to Apple’s public image? The kernel of that concern, of his read on Jobs’ tone toward Adobe on the subject.
course, is the stand he’s taken against Adobe Flash. I was instantly reminded of Sony. In the ‘80s—the era
His approach to the whole affair is such a contrast to how of the Walkman—if you wanted the best, you bought Sony.
he’s become incredibly active on email this year, cleverly Period. Their brand was just that pristine, that respected.
replying to choice emails from the company’s massive, loyal Then came the ‘90s, when Sony’s stubborn arrogance about
following—and usually in a manner that’s briefer yet more digital-music formats
Could it be that Apple
effective than 140 characters of tweeting. But his longest and integration turned
is the next Sony, and
written comments of the year came in the form of “Thoughts them into a synonym
on Flash” (read it at, his widely publicized essay Google is the next Apple? for crusty, outdated,
that attempts to shore up his defense of Apple’s ban on Flash and outmoded. After all, we’re all pretty smart and savvy about
on iOS devices. which companies we give our money to. Sure, Apple’s flying
I’m not going to delve into the merits of his argument after as high right now as any company can fly, but the second a
Rik Myslewski so ably dissected the whole affair in his terrific critical mass of negative opinion builds about choices being
debut column last issue. But what I’m struck by, judging rudely yanked away from users, rather than being expanded for
from your emails and my conversations with new and old them, it’ll all come crashing down. Google would have a great
acquaintances over the past month, is how true the maxim is opportunity to step right into that void with Android, so could it
that no one likes a bully. be that Apple is the next Sony, and Google is the next Apple?
I’m not convinced that Jobs is wrong about the stand that But then again, I look at my insta-certainty that I’d purchase
he’s taken on Flash, but I am convinced that the inelegant, an iPhone 4 (and before that, an iPad), and I wonder if none
clumsy way he went about it only hurt Apple. That really of it matters. Is Apple just that good at innovation and design
became clear as I spoke with a contractor who was helping me that Jobs can make missteps like this one and yet emerge on
with a major plumbing disaster, and he lit up at the chance to the other side of the burning coals without singeing his feet?
check out my iPad, saying how useful such a device would be Drop me a line with your thoughts on the whole thing at
to someone like him who works in the field all day long. But

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“Can we hurry “I’m going to “Is that you, “Sorry, I’m all “I was caught “Freedom! I can
up and light this sit with the Shaky?” hopped up on up watching The actually feel my
thing on fire?” true believers. —Robin, using beets.”—Roberto, Real Housewives brain’s creative
—Ray to Robbie, The jaded press her nickname for who was shaking of New Jersey.” pathways
as they were testing corps doesn’t Roberto, upon his leg up and down —Flo, explaining coming alive
the ioSafe fireproof get excited feeling the office after drinking Robin’s why she missed again.”
hard drive at Ocean enough.” floor trembling fresh-squeezed, Steve Jobs on All —Mark to Robin,
Beach on a cold San —Susie’s plan of rhythmically. energy-packed beet- Things D. just one month after
Francisco summer action for the WWDC and-carrot juice. experimenting with
afternoon. keynote, which slashing his internet
happened right as use and online
we put this issue media digestion.
to bed.

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>>>Share Your opinions, r ants & r aVEs

Feeling Bloated
Will Office 2011 read documents from Pages or Numbers (June/10
leTTeR OF The MOnTh issue, p12)? Will Pages and Numbers read Office 2011 documents? (Will
App-solutely! any of them read AppleWorks documents?) If I use Copy/Paste, will I
I’ve been a long-time reader of Mac|Life, and now that I own an get the same formats and calculations? For Office 2008, the answer
iPad, I’m interested in reading all my magazines on the device. is NO!
Are there any plans to offer your magazine in a digital format Will Office 2011 allow us to get rid of the hundreds of unwanted
for the iPad?—Bryan Thurnau…and a gazillion other readers templates and intrusive pop-up advisories, and just let us work? Probably
not. Will Office 2011 take
In short, yes. I completely agree—I can’t wait to read all up more space and run slower on older systems? Probably.
my magazines on iPad. That’ll be a great day, and we’re So why do we continue to buy new editions that make our lives
working toward making Mac|Life a part of it. That said, as more difficult? I’m ready to buy anything that promises compatibility
with any app-development project, with standard document formats, that lets me work without trying
so many factors affect its to override what I do, and that doesn’t overload me with unwanted
launch date that it’s impossible options! But Microsoft and Apple are playing marketing games, and
to predict a time frame. We their plan is bigger, more complex, less compatible, and only really
want it to happen as soon as workable on the latest OS. Why should I buy it?—Jim Newman
possible, and rest assured that We’d love to see Microsoft prove you wrong with Office 2011, but
we’ll make sure everyone who experience certainly has taught us all to expect otherwise, and
reads our magazine and website you make some great points about how and why. Since you’re
knows about it when it becomes tired of bloatware word processing, try a text editor instead—I
available.—Paul love WriteRoom (, $24.99), which provides a
clean, minimalistic interface that lets you just focus on writing.

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The Necessity of Number Pads
In your May issue’s “Supercharge Your Mac” article
(p34), you praise the minimalistic design of the Apple
Wireless Keyboard, including the lack of a number
pad, saying, “When was the last time you relied on
those redundant buttons?” Are you kidding? I use my
number pad every day! It’s much faster for entering
any type of number: phone numbers, spreadsheets, or Adobe serial
numbers. The typesetting department where I work as the IT manager will
not use the wireless keyboard just for this reason. The new iMacs come
with the wireless keyboard by default. You can optionally select a normal
keyboard when buying one, but I have forgotten to do this occasionally. I
end up having to purchase another keyboard. I now have a stack of three
wireless keyboards in my office.—J. Luther Barnhart
FM Transmitter and Charger
It’s definitely a trade-off. We’ll gladly sacrifice the number pad for the
slim, svelte portability of Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, but for the tasks
you describe, there’s no arguing that a number pad is a huge asset.
That’s why the other two keyboards we recommended in the story are
both full-size options with number pads.—Ray

Drowning in Email…
So much has been written and said about the iPhone and iPod touch
over that past two years that I’m surprised no one has addressed this
issue. Compared to an iPhone, a device that’s carried around with the
user pretty much at all times, an iPod touch sees far less frequent
use. Many iPod touch owners I’ve talked to use it as little as weekly
or even monthly, preferring to take it with them on business trips to MiniBud
help pass the time. What that means is that when we use the touch to Retractable Compact Earphone
check our mail accounts, we’ll get an avalanche of incoming messages.
Of course, that wouldn’t be so bad if there were a way to globally tag
them for deletion—but there’s not. Instead, we have to sit there and
tap each message—one by one—in order to select it for deletion. Dual Dock Stereo Speaker
Ever tried this with 400 messages? It can take 15 or more minutes just
to delete your mail. Please, Apple, in the next iOS update, remember
that many of your iPod touch customers aren’t checking their mail
every day. Help us out with a global tagging solution to make deleting
mail far less tedious.—Dennis Globus
That would be a terrific addition to iOS—we’re rooting for it too.
In the meantime, we’re almost positive that your email is set up
as a POP account that streams all your email from the server to
whatever device pings the server asking for your new email. While
settings vary too widely from ISP to ISP for us to give you precise
advice, try tinkering with your ISP’s email options (usually accessed
through their website) to set a limit on how long emails stay on the
server. Or consider switching to an IMAP account, which sometimes
involves a higher monthly fee. One final idea: you could have all your
email forwarded to a Gmail account and managed through Gmail
so that when you fire it up on your touch, the deleting’s already
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FoUrth time’s A chArm

Apple unveiled a redesigned iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010, and our hands-on
testing left us impressed—and ever-hungry for more. BY SUSIE OCHS
By the time Steve Jobs took the stage for his keynote address at Inside, Apple added its own A4 processor and beefed up the battery
WWDC 2010, the tech world had already seen dozens of leaked size, promising 40 percent longer talk time (up to 7 hours when using
photos of iPhone 4 prototypes and might be forgiven for dismissing the 3G network). Because Apple designs the processor and battery
the announcement as old news. Of course Apple still had plenty of in house, it can optimize performance to maximize battery life—the
surprises in store: more details about the company’s been on a roll lately with its
iPhone 4’s unique design and hardware, long-lasting notebook and iPad batteries,
its dual-camera system, LED flash, which have consistently outperformed
FaceTime feature, and iMovie app. Apple Apple’s stated specs in our testing. So
hadn’t started taking preorders as we we’re reasonably confident the iPhone 4
went to press, but we were lucky enough will continue this trend. Opening apps and
to get hands-on time with the iPhone test-driving the new iMovie for iPhone, we
4 immediately after the keynote—and noticed speedy, responsive performance,
walked out with our credit cards burning but it wasn’t head and shoulders above the
rectangular-shaped holes in our wallets. already-zippy iPhone 3GS.
The iPhone 4’s design is different The new three-axis gyroscope joins the
enough from its predecessors that the accelerometer and compass to provide
early peeks couldn’t entirely spoil it. The all- developers with six-point motion sensing to
white version reminded us of a reimagined build into their games, augmented reality
first-gen iPod—all it needs is a glowing red apps, and whatever else they can dream up.
Home button. Jobs compared it to a Leica The front-facing VGA camera lets you shoot
camera, and its rounded metal buttons self portraits, and its focal length and focus
and flat edges do echo a Leica’s classic, are optimized for Apple’s new FaceTime
understated aesthetic. The chemically feature, which allows video calls between
strengthened glass front and back do pick iPhone 4 units over Wi-Fi only.
up plenty of greasy fingerprints, but it’s Our FaceTime hands-on felt a little
still a joy to touch. And the shiny ring of gimmicky, with mild graininess and lag
stainless steel that encircles the iPhone 4 marring the Jetsons illusion a bit. Still,
provides the phone’s main structure while initiating a FaceTime call was a no-setup
functioning as an antenna—that, and the snap, as was switching between cameras
second mic for noise cancellation, should on the fly so your chat buddy can see you
improve call quality, which is something The iPhone 4 is just 93 millimeters in the front camera or your surroundings
iPhone users have clamored for since the thick—0.37 inches. It’s currently the on the rear. Fortunately, Apple is making
world’s thinnest smartphone.
first iteration. FaceTime’s protocols an open standard, so
Apple calls the new 3.5-inch touchscreen a Retina display because other companies can use it in their own projects, opening the door for
its 326 pixel-per-inch, 960x640 resolution with 800:1 contrast ratio integration into apps like Skype or Adium.
smooths text to the point where your eyes shouldn’t notice the pixels Our look at an unfinished iMovie for iPhone showed potential, too,
any longer in normal conditions. Our hands-on time proved this with basic but effective controls that stay out of the way, letting users
true—we saw no pixelation even when zoomed way in on text, making doll up their plain video footage with titles, transitions, and themes,
reading web pages and the new iBooks a pleasure. The iBooks app also then add photos and music. We suspect many competing video cameras
reads PDFs now, providing a handy row of thumbnails at the bottom for like the Flip will be relegated to a junk drawer. All the videos and photos
skipping around. And with such true colors and the impressive viewing we saw on the demo units were shot with iPhone 4 prototypes, and
angle that comes with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, photos look the tap-to-focus video and stills, optional LED flash, and improved
amazing too. 5-megapixel camera produced some pretty slick-looking results.

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The iPhone 4 demo units all ran the new iOS 4, which was still a couple weeks shy of
its June 21 release date as we went to press. We’d already gotten a look at the new OS at
Apple’s preview event in March (see Jun/10, p10), but the good news at WWDC was that it
was to be a free update. First-gen iPhone and iPod touch units can’t run it, and second-gen
iPod touch and iPhone 3G won’t be able to use all the features, specifically the intuitive
multitasking. Meanwhile, the rich-media iAds, scheduled to launch July 1, sure look
polished and ready for prime time, but at the end of the day they’re still ads that users
have the option of clicking or ignoring, their novelty notwithstanding.
As always, we left the event with plenty of questions. Why no 64GB storage option,
especially if we’re meant to record and edit high-def video right on the iPhone? This
could be a supply issue, or (likelier)
Apple added its A4 Apple’s desire to keep the iPhone
processor and beefed up 4’s price points—$199 for 16GB and
$299 for 32GB—the same as its
battery size, promising 40 predecessor. No additional carriers
percent longer talk time, up were announced (that iPhone-on-
to 7 hours when using 3G. Verizon perma-rumor feels more
like wishful thinking every day), and
we heard no official word from Apple about AT&T’s decision to discontinue unlimited data
plans for new customers—a bit surprising considering iOS 4’s ability to stream music from
Pandora in the background and the way data-hungry apps like Netflix for iPhone were
highlighted in the keynote. AT&T says its new 2GB and 200MB monthly data caps should WWDC’s theme for 2010: The intersection of tech-
nology and liberal arts. The conference sold out
be sufficient for just about everyone, but that’s at today’s usage patterns—what about just in eight days, a record for Apple.
tomorrow’s? Apple seems committed to pushing its handheld computing platform further
and further with each iteration, and we think the iPhone 4 will help the company keep its
perch on top of the smartphone heap...that is, if its sole U.S. carrier doesn’t hold it back.

Testing out FaceTime after the

keynote, we made some new friends.
But we also wondered if this is really
the killer feature Apple thinks it is.

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Alleged Killers
Can any tablet match the iPad? And if one did, would you want one anyway?

he iPad may have taken down non-products like HP’s Slate none of them run Apple’s superior touchscreen iOS. Some, we’re sorry
(heavily rumored to be cancelled) and Microsoft’s Courier to say, even run Windows, so don’t count on Mac integration. Still, we
(straight-up confirmed cancelled) without breaking a sweat. But present this collection of iPad competitors to keep you informed about
there is no shortage of challengers lining up to battle Apple’s magical what’s out there and to help you make conversation at your next nerd
device for supremacy. Some don’t actually exist yet, and of course, party. Yup, we’re here for you like that.

Apple made a point to
avoid the netvertible crowd
(“netvertibles” are netbooks
that convert to tablets), but
the ultralight IdeaPad might
make some question that
logic. With an up to 250GB
hard drive, 1.8GHz Intel
Atom N470 processor, up to
2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch LED
touchscreen, and optional
8-hour battery, the Windows
7–running S10-3t (from $549, might be the
cream of the aren’t-better-
at-anything crop.

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Archos 7
About half the size of an iPad and sporting a
rad fold-out kickstand, the super-wide Archos
7 Home Tablet ($199.99, might
have been a worthy adversary—if only the
company hadn’t left out an accelerometer,
locked down access to the Android Market,
and skimped on built-in storage (8GB!).

At first blush, joojoo ($499, looks
a heck of a lot like the iPad, but the devil is in the
details: It’s heavier (2.5 pounds), bulkier, and more
cumbersome, with less storage (4GB), a smaller
battery, and a lame belief that web apps are the
wave of the future. The custom OS only runs the
internet—yup, no native apps.

EXoPc slAtE
ExoPC has targeted September
7 for the release of its Windows
7–based Slate ($599, exopc
.com), which boasts an 11.6-inch
1366x768 screen, 2GB of RAM,
and 1080p video playback, not
to mention USB ports and a
camera. If it isn’t powered by
pixie dust, color us impressed.

DEll strEAk Mini 5

Set to ship sometime around Labor Day, the
5-inch Streak is more of a big smartphone than
a small tablet—it even makes calls. Frankly,
we’re numb to its still-vague promises of Flash
(“later this year,” says a blog post on
and video chatting (“down the road”).

FoXconn tEgrA
Chock full of specs the iPad can only dream
about—a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex 9
processor, 1GB of RAM, a front-facing camera,
USB ports, and the promise of Flash—Nvidia’s
9-inch Android prototype looks mighty
impressive. But the lack of a release window has
us skeptical.

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In the erA of iPAd, Who needs flAsh?*

*You do. By Christopher Null
At web development shop Zeitbyte Digital Media, President Gary Kahn reminder of the old “special version of the site for IE users” days. Says
used to do a lot of development in Flash, creating embedded video Kahn, “It keeps reminding me of the browser war, where you’re doing
content for the likes of the Museum of Modern Art, Kenneth Cole, MTV, a lot of busy work, spending so much more time to develop the same
and even Perez Hilton. material over and over.”
But then along came the Apple iPad, and its lack of Flash support— Talent is also a concern. It’s hard enough to find developers who can
support that Apple is telegraphing is about as likely as a fourth season work in Flash, much less HTML5. Michael LaVista, CEO of Caxy, a web
of Arrested Development—and everything changed. iPad users simply consulting and development company, says HTML5 is harder to use and
wouldn’t be able to access all of these Flash websites that Zeitbyte—or is so expensive to code for now that it’s cost-prohibitive for many of his
anyone else—had developed, instead leaving them staring at those clients, iPad or no. “The market share isn’t significant enough to merit
cold, baby blue rectangles where a video of Tori Spelling or Lindsay pouring resources into it yet,” he adds.
Lohan ought to be. And what’s worse, not everyone is using an HTML5-compliant
And so today Zeitbyte is pouring its development resources, well, browser. Says LaVista, “We still have tons of clients using IE6!”
pretty much right where it used At web shop Fuel Industries,
to: into Flash. senior developer Scott Hunter
Yeah, you read that right. says he “hasn’t heard a peep”
Never mind the iPad—or the about HTML5 from major
iPhone or iPod touch, for that clients and that the company
matter. Flash still rules when it has yet to be asked to create
comes to interactive, game, and an external HTML5 site. “Our
video content for the web. clients are still working on
Sure, everyone is interested iPhone integration,” he notes,
in the standards-based reflecting the general slowness
alternative, HTML5, the new of corporate America to pick up
and developing alternative to new standards.
Flash. In theory, HTML5 will And why not stick with
allow developers to create Flash, anyway? Adobe’s Dave
the same types of content McAllister, Director of Open
that Flash allows for today— Source and Standards, boasts
illustration Courtesy of tony Gil

video, games, and all sorts of that Flash has an 80 percent

browser-based parlor tricks, market share of the casual
and all without the need for a gaming market, and that it
plug-in. Any HTML5-compliant “has been able to demonstrate
web browser will be able to that it has the coolness factor
render this content without that developers are looking
an additional download, and for.” Talk about the proprietary
developers will be able to create components of Flash all you
it without having to pay for want, says McAllister, but “For
the tools to do so from one practical purposes, Flash is a de
company that controls the keys: Adobe, in the case of Flash. facto standard.”
The problem is, no one seems to care. Steve Jobs, of course, has made his own sentiments on that rather
Sure, there are a few pockets of interest in HTML5 here and there, publicly known.
but every development shop we talked to reported that Flash is still Regardless, all the developers we spoke to are confident that
commanding vast interest from clients. In fact, we couldn’t find anyone HTML5’s day will come, it’s just a question of when. Kahn thinks it’s a
that had shifted programming resources from Flash to HTML5 yet in question of months. LaVista, one of years.
any serious measure. Either way, it means more work for dev shops. Virtually everyone
The main reason, according to the developers we spoke to, is is unanimous that the near-term solution will be joint development of
that HTML5 just isn’t fully baked, and it isn’t nearly as mature and both standards, with Flash and HTML5 websites running side by side
as capable as Flash is today. For starters, you still have to code for and delivered on demand, ensuring there will be plenty of work for
different HTML5 implementations in different browsers, a stark talented web gurus for years to come.

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For months now, we’ve been asking you to send us your
OU ASKED FOR most burning Apple questions, and to put it mildly, you
HELP WITH THE came through. The queue in our inbox looked longer than
the lines that curled around NYC’s 5th Avenue Apple
THORNIEST Store for the launch of the very first iPhone. And when
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could only marvel at the insightful list of vexing technical
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DUPLICATES IN iPHOTO: I can’t fi nd any options in but the shareware app Duplicate Annihilator ( can
iPhoto for removing all duplicate pictures in one fell fill this gap and free your photo library of clutter. Despite the name, it
swoop, and I don’t want to fi nd and delete them all identifies and tags duplicate pictures with a keyword so you can collect
myself. Any ideas? iPhoto lacks iTunes’ duplicate-deleting prowess, them in a Smart Folder to review and annihilate at your leisure.

2 3
WI-FI DROPOUTS: delete all of the previous locations. MULTITOUCH GESTURES: Why can’t I do the
Since upgrading to ■ Within your new location, drag one-fi nger double-tap to open documents in
Snow Leopard, my AirPort to the top of the service Snow Leopard?
Wi-Fi connection randomly order by clicking on the gear icon and You can absolutely use the one-finger double-tap on your
drops for no reason. I still get choosing “Set Service Order.” Multi-Touch trackpad to open documents in Snow Leopard.
Wi-Fi reliably on my iPhone, ■ Delete all of your preferred Simply go into your Trackpad System Preference and make
and my wife gets it on her PC. networks. To see your preferred sure that “Tap to Click” is checked. Your confusion may also
Any advice? networks, click on AirPort in the left stem from the fact that your Multi-Touch trackpad is capable of
This problem seems to be affecting margin, then the Advanced button, understanding many gestures. So if you’ve enabled “Dragging”
many Snow Leopard users, so we’ve then the AirPort tab. or “Drag Lock,” you might be holding down your finger too long
come up with a series of steps that ■ Within that Advanced area, click on after the second tap. If you’ve enabled “Secondary Click,” you
should resolve it. Start the TCP/IP tab and turn off might be tapping in the wrong area of your trackpad.
with the first and work IPv6. Then, go into the
down until the problem DNS tab and make sure
goes away: that your DNS servers are
■ Update to Mac OS X 10.6.3 correct. If in doubt, try Google’s
or later. DNS servers of and
■ Restart your modem and router. ■ Run Keychain First Aid in Keychain
■ Upgrade your router’s firmware to Access, which is located in your
the latest version, particularly if it’s aUtilities folder.
non-Apple router. ■ Manually change your router’s
■ Turn AirPort off then on again from wireless channel to another channel
your menu bar. to avoid interference with other

■ In your Network System wireless networks. See which SYNCING iPHONE PHOTOS: When I sync my
Preference, create a new location and channels are being used by other iPhone, all 6,000 of my MacBook Pro’s photos
networks with a move to the iPhone—very uncool! How do
utility like AirRadar I remove them from the phone and ensure one-way
($20, photo transfers to the Mac in the future?
■ Turn off 802.11n That’s at least 5,950 pictures too many. Just connect your
mode on your router, iPhone to your MacBook, then select the iPhone in the iTunes
leaving it in 802.11b/g sidebar. Click the Photos tab, where you can choose to
mode only. transfer none of your pictures or just specific iPhoto Albums,
■ Change the Faces, and Events to your iPhone. Re-sync to apply your new
security settings on settings and get back a few gigabytes on your iPhone.
your router from
■ Zap the PRAM
on your Mac (get
One of our best tips for troubleshooting Wi-Fi connection
instructions at tinyurl.
problems is to create one brand-new location and then
delete all of your previous locations. com/365z95q).

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still runs processes from I’d like to save hard
a program I deleted. How drive space with the
Finder’s Compress
do I delete an application command, but I’m not
entirely and prevent this getting useful results.
from happening? I recently compressed
a 117.4MB file to just
Unfortunately, there’s no If an application didn’t
116.7MB. Am I doing
standard way to remove come with an uninstaller, something wrong?
a program from your Mac, then the only way to delete
Not all file types can
but some developers it is to drag it to the Trash.
simplify the job by However, this won’t remove be compressed with
including an uninstaller preferences and other the same space-saving
with their support files left behind results. For example,
application. on your Mac. compressing a ZIP
It may lurk You can use
archive won’t make a
in the main Spotlight to
folder of search for
significantly smaller
the app the deleted ZIP file. Some files,
you want to application’s such as JPEGs, MP3s,
terminate— name to find and other media
check those these strays,
formats, have a certain
subfolders!— but if you
level of compression
or it might have a lot of
be in the applications already built in, but the
original to remove, sizes of text files and
installer consider uncompressed image
itself. Launch investing in file formats can be
the installer a dedicated
dramatically reduced
and proceed uninstaller
through it carefully. An like CleanApp (tinyurl. with ZIP compression.
uninstall feature may be com/5nb2yy), AppZapper
obvious, or it could be (, or
hidden among options to AppCleaner (tinyurl.
customize the installation com/2a2nls). These
process. Be sure to quit programs automate the
the program you want process of zapping unwanted
to delete before programs—and their stuff—
uninstalling it. off your drive for good.

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Apple’s Remote app for the iPhone and

iPod touch lets you control the playback
of media that you’ve already purchased or
downloaded. But for content that doesn’t live
REMOTE CONTROL: on your Apple TV, such as YouTube videos
WHEN I USE MY iPOD or the iTunes Store, you’ll still need your
TOUCH AS A REMOTE traditional Apple remote to navigate to those CRASH-TASTIC: It always
FOR MY APPLE TV, IT APPEARS screens. However, the good news is that happens at the worst possible
TO ONLY GIVE ME ACCESS TO whenever an onscreen keyboard appears on time: I’ll be using my PowerBook
THE APPLE TV’S LIBRARY AS IF your Apple TV, the Remote app will display G4 when the screen suddenly
IT WERE AN iPOD. IS THERE A its own keyboard, which lets you quickly type dims and shows a Rosetta
WAY TO USE THE iPOD TOUCH what you’re searching for. Stone’s worth of languages
LIKE THE TRADITIONAL APPLE telling me to restart the
REMOTE? FOR EXAMPLE, CAN I computer. Why does this keep
USE THE TOUCH TO NAVIGATE TO happening, and how can I stop it?
THE YOUTUBE APP AND SEARCH Ouch. What you’re describing
FOR VIDEOS, OR TO BROWSE THE is a kernel panic, a cute name
MOVIE RENTALS? for a not-so-cute problem. An
operating system’s kernel acts
as a bridge between applications
and the computer’s hardware, and
kernel panics are the last-ditch
efforts of the operating system
to recover from serious conflicts
between them. The chief causes of

PHOTO MIGRATION: Can Faces and Places data in iPhoto ‘09 be moved to another kernel panics are faulty RAM and
Mac, or do I have to click on all those faces and enter all those locations again? software incompatible with the
All your vacation sites and friendly faces will transfer to another Mac with OS X’s Migration
operating system you’re running.
Assistant, or you can drag your iPhoto library file from your Pictures folder to the same location on
Unfortunately, that range could
a new Mac. When you launch
include any number of bad things
iPhoto on the new machine,
that may be happening on your
you’ll be told the locations
of pictures containing GPS poor PowerBook.
data must be retrieved again, Happily, even a kernel panic
but custom locations you’ve isn’t the end of the world, and we
entered yourself (for pictures can offer some pointers to help
taken with older cameras, say) you figure out what’s wrong. The
will remain intact. first step is to look at your Mac’s
history. Was there a time when
All that time you spent
entering Faces and it didn’t get kernel panics? Think
Places data will not be back to any (and we mean any)
lost just because you
bought a spiffy new Mac. new hardware or software you
installed before the panics began.
Update or uninstall them one item
GMAIL, BEHAVE!: I sync Gmail with OS X’s Mail, but when I at a time to isolate the panics’
delete a message from Mail, it remains in Gmail’s All Mail cause until you narrow down the
folder in the sidebar. What’s the right mailbox setting to trouble. Also note which hardware
move a message deleted in Mail to Gmail’s Trash? and software you’re using just
All your Gmail goes into the All Mail folder, whether or not it’s been before they strike—there may
recently deleted and no matter which Gmail folder label is attached be a pattern. Whatever the issue,
to the message. Google’s default IMAP Mail settings (available here: your Mac isn’t happy, so be sure are correct, but to send a Mail message directly to back up important files and
to Gmail’s Trash, you’ll have to drag it to the [Gmail]/Trash folder in
verify your hard drive with Disk
Mail’s sidebar.
Utility regularly.

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GET ZIPPY iPHONE BACKUPS: How can I speed up

iPhone backups so I’ll never have to cancel mid-
backup again? They seem to take forever when a
couple minutes really should do it.

A First off, keep your iOS software current. Not

only will the latest updates squash bugs and
add features, they can improve backup times. To
update, sync your iPhone, select it in the iTunes
sidebar, then go to the Summary tab.

B Pare down the number

of applications on your
iPhone. Application data like in- C Sync
often. If you sync
app purchases, saved games, and at least once or twice a day,
new documents are all backed fewer applications will have
up when you sync, and that can new data to back up when
add up to a long wait while the you reconnect to iTunes. If
backup progress bar creeps by. To you can’t bear to part with
start cleaning house, connect to any of the applications on
iTunes, select the Apps tab, then your Home Screen, making
delete your most infrequently used multiple faster backups will
applications. You’ll lose the data let you keep all your favorite
Ask yourself this: Are those apps you never use on your
saved in these apps, but you’ll gain apps at your fingertips.
iPhone really worth slowing down your backups? speedier backups.

D Keep Camera Roll clean. While the

contents of your iPhone’s photo library
aren’t backed up during a sync, the photos,
E Connect to a USB port on
your Mac instead of an
external USB hub. Not all USB
movies, and screenshots in Camera Roll are. ports are created equal, and
Transfer this media to iPhoto as soon as connecting to a powered, full-
you begin a sync, and delete the files from speed USB port that’s built into your Mac will ensure the fastest possible transfer
Camera Roll when the transfer is complete speeds during backups. That means you can be off to your next port of call
to get this data copied onto your Mac while quickly, secure in the knowledge that your iPhone data is safe on your computer.
excluding it from being backed up in iTunes.

F Before you sync to iTunes,

purge unnecessary SMS
messages, old call histories, and
non-essential files downloaded
by apps that store data on your
iPhone. For example, if you
regularly copy files to your iDisk
app or productivity apps like
DocsToGo, make sure you’re only
carrying what you need before a
backup. Odds are these files live
elsewhere on your Mac or iDisk,
so there’s no need to back them
up again.
Junk your old,
More photos = slower backups. unused files, too.

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P5 Headphones

Concert for one

P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones What’s it to be? The rush-hour commute, the stuffy office, the line at
the local supermarket? Or the control room at Abbey Road Studios, a box at the Met, the front row
at CBGB in 1976? The noise-isolating P5. It’s not a set of headphones. It’s a transportation device.
Listen and you’ll see.

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TIME TRAVEL: I’ve been running Time RIP ENCRYPTED MOVIES: I want an easy way to
Machine for months in Mac OS 10.6.3, but download a DVD to my computer so I can put it on
I’ve never seen instructions about how to my iPod or iPad. I used to use HandBrake, but that
go back in time and retrieve information. Help! no longer works for encrypted DVDs.
Mount your backup drive, then launch Time Machine from HandBrake (free, is still the quickest and
your Mac’s Applications folder. Your desktop will be replaced most reliable tool for directly converting DVDs into video
by a timeline and Finder windows showing your Mac’s files that will play on your iPod or iPad. But you’ll also need
contents as they were in the past. Just click a Finder window to install VLC (free, if you want to decrypt
(or click within the timeline) to return to a specific date. You commercial DVDs. Place both HandBrake and VLC into your
can also search within Finder windows for specific filenames, Applications folder, and you’ll be able to convert encrypted
and more. When you find a missing file, select it and click DVDs with HandBrake once again.
Restore to return to the present with your document.

HandBrake and VLC need to live together in your

Applications folder.
If you aren’t yet using Time Machine to automate your Mac should. Setup literally takes just a few clicks.

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DUMP DISCS: I want to go disc-free on my BRANCHING OUT: Which operating systems—
MacBook, but a few of my games require a CD and I mean all of them, not just Mac versions—
or DVD to play. Is there any way to make OS will run on a PowerPC-based Mac?
X think the disc is in the drive when it’s not? The PowerPC processor has become something of a museum
OS X’s Disk Utility can make a duplicate of your piece since Apple abandoned it for Intel’s chips, but these
game’s CD or DVD and save it to your Mac as a file called a disk image. Linux distributions can help you breathe new life into G5- and
Once created, disk images can be double-clicked to open and mount on G4-powered Macs. Ubuntu (, Yellow Dog
your desktop just like a conventional disc (you’ve already seen them in (, and Fedora ( all
software installers downloaded from the internet). But there are two things maintain builds that run on PowerPC hardware. When you’re
to remember: copy-protection schemes on the disc may prevent duplication, looking to run a worthwhile alternate operating system on older
and you should have plenty of room on your MacBook’s hard drive before Mac hardware, the penguin has you covered.
you begin. A DVD’s disk image will take up several gigabytes.
To get started, insert the disc you want to dupe, then launch Disk Utility
from your Utilities folder. Select the disc in the sidebar, then click New

Image in the Disk Utility toolbar, set the image format to DVD/CD Master THE $1M
in the resulting sheet, and save the disk image to your Mac. Next time you QUESTION:
want to play your game, double-click the When will Adobe
image file, then launch your game Flash content be viewable on
normally once the virtual game iPhones and iPads?
disc mounts. When you’re Never. In April, Steve Jobs had
finished, you can drag this to say about Flash on Apple’s
the mounted disc to the website: “Flash was created
Trash to eject like any during the PC era—for PCs
conventional media, and mice. Flash is a successful
leaving the disk business for Adobe, and we
image on your Mac can understand why they want
for the next time to push it beyond PCs. But the
you want to get your mobile era is about low-power
game on. devices, touch interfaces, and
open web standards—all areas
where Flash falls short.”
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iLIFE OOPS: I accidentally deleted iMovie iPAD PRINTING: What
and the Apple Loops that came with are the best ways to
GarageBand. Can I reload them from the print from the iPad?
original disc without losing all my other iLife files? Until Apple decides to
Sure! First, launch the iLife ‘09 installer from your disc. At build printing into iOS,
the bottom of the final screen is a Customize button that there unfortunately
lets you install iLife components individually. Click it, then isn’t a “best” way—
select the items you want to reinstall. The installer will although there are
insist on installing GarageBand along with your missing several apps in the App Store that might meet your needs.
loops, but your missing Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone runs on the iPad and will print
applications and files photos to certain Canon printers. And the App Store is full of plenty of
will return to your third-party apps that promise printing from your iPad, although in our
Mac without affecting experience the results are decidedly mixed. PrintBureau ($12.99) searches
other iLife applications your network for shared printers. It reliably printed to one—but not
and documents, another—of the printers on our home network without any intervention.
including GarageBand There’s an optional free helper application you can run on a Mac to give
preferences. Just PrintBureau access to your printers (a solution common to several iPad
remember to run printing apps), but we’d hardly call that true iPad printing.
Software Update We also had success with Air Sharing HD ($9.99), which is packed
afterward to ensure that with features for moving and sharing files with your iPad. It didn’t work
everything’s up to date. immediately with our Wi-Fi–enabled printer, but turning on Printer
Sharing on our Mac made all our printers visible to the app. But—like
using a companion app—that also requires that you have a Mac running.
Ultimately, the least fiddly solution often ends up being emailing yourself

TAME BOOKMARKS: I have tons of a document and printing from a computer. Hopefully Apple has something
Safari bookmarks on my Mac. I don’t better in the pipeline…
want them all on my iPhone, but Apple
only allows syncing of all or none. Is there a fix?
It’s almost elegant. Xmarks ( syncs
bookmarks across multiple browsers, and its profiles let
you decide which bookmarks appear on specific devices,
including your iPhone. Best of all, you can view (and even
search) them in a layout formatted for Mobile Safari. Just
sign up for Xmarks, follow their instructions, and disable
iPhone bookmark syncing in iTunes. Unfortunately,
Xmarks doesn’t sync new bookmarks made on your
iPhone back to your Mac. Like we said…almost elegant.

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STAY SAFE: How can I tell if SIM-PLIFY: I have a 1G iPhone that I
someone is using my Wi-Fi? want to use as a simple iPod touch,
Elementary, my dear Wi-Fi user! The leaving aside the phone features
mystery’s solution lies in MAC (Media Access Control) entirely, but I don’t have the original SIM card. What
addresses, which are unique codes that identify are my options?
network devices. Different routers have different ways Your options are slim. Unlike later models, the 1G iPhone
of showing which addresses (and thus, devices) are requires a SIM card to operate as a basic iPod, even
accessing your network. If you have an AirPort router, after AT&T service has been terminated or transferred
launch AirPort Utility from your Utilities folder, double- to another phone. You can get a new SIM card from
click your router’s icon, then click the Advanced icon AT&T, but this will require signing up for a new phone
in the resulting window. Click Logging and Statistics, service contract. Unfortunately, there’s no way around
then Logs and Statistics. In the Wireless Clients section, you’ll see a graph showing this limitation besides jailbreaking your iPhone with
the address of each device connecting to your network. The list will include your Mac, one of the methods
the AirPort router itself, and any other computers, iPhones, game consoles, or other floating around on
devices using your Wi-Fi connection. Next, match the MAC addresses to your network the internet.
devices. We’ll get you started: your computer’s address can be found in the Network
section of System Profiler. When you’re finished, you’ll know the addresses of devices
you want on your network, so you can tell when something with a foreign address is
using your Wi-Fi. Then the game’s afoot!

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FONT FIXES: When using
MERGE PARTITIONS: Is there any way Mail, any font that I use in
to un-partition a non-boot hard drive in my outgoing email always
OS 10.6 without wiping the data? shows up on recipient PCs
You’re in luck. Since 10.5, Utilities folder, then select as Courier—that archaic,
OS X’s Disk Utility has been the drive in the sidebar (be typewriter style font. How
able to add and remove sure to choose the icon can I get my Mac fonts to
partitions from disks without noting the drive’s capacity, translate onto PCs?
affecting other data on the not just its name). Click
drive. However, Disk Utility the Partition button, then
won’t merge data from the in the shaded box showing partitions to resize them
deleted partition to another the drive’s Volume Scheme, and fill the empty space that
partition on the drive, so back select the partition you want will be left behind by the
up all your data—especially to remove. Click the minus deleted partition. You can
files on the partition you’ll be button below the Volume also click the plus button to
removing—before you begin. Scheme chart to remove add a new partition that can
Once all your data’s the partition (don’t worry, also be resized. Click Apply
securely backed up, launch it won’t disappear right to commit your changes and
Disk Utility from your Mac’s away). Click and drag other begin Operation: Un-partition.

NO SCRATCHING: I just bought a new 21.5” iMac (late 2009 model) and In order for a font to be successfully seen on
found a serious design flaw: the CD slot has sharp aluminum edges that can somebody’s computer, they need to already
inflict permanent, irreversible scratches to valuable CDs. Help! have that particular font installed on their
These days, Apple’s really into razor-sharp edges. For machine. If your recipient doesn’t have the
example, the unibody MacBooks also famously same exact font as you, their computer
have sharp edges where users rest their wrists, will substitute your font with a font that is
and those very same sharp edges have made already installed on their system. This applies
it onto the slot on the side of the iMac where to emails, websites, Word documents, almost
CDs are loaded. Luckily, those sharp edges anything. If maintaining the integrity of fonts
are just on the outside, not on the internal is important to you, you’ll need to create
drive itself. So if you carefully and slowly PDF files or images and attach them to your

slide in your CD without touching the outgoing email message.
outside edges, you may avoid scratching
your CD. But here’s a more practical solution:
Put electrical tape around the edges of the slot.
This isn’t the most beautiful thing to look at, but it’s
almost guaranteed to keep scratches at bay. Another
option would be to purchase an external CD drive to either use
as your primary CD drive or to make copies of your valuable CDs.
That way, if a CD gets scratched, at least it’s not the original.

iTunes account. This could in with your most recent iTunes
be because a different user account information, then verify
has logged into your iPhone, that your address and billing
because you have multiple information are correct. If the
usernames or passwords tied problem persists, the apps may
to your iTunes account, or the culprit. Try updating them
APP-UPDATE ERRORS: When I try to even because your billing in iTunes, then deleting them
update apps from my iPhone, I get a information was recently from your iPhone. Reconnect
“Cannot Connect to iTunes Store” error, changed on another your iPhone to your computer
yet I have no problem downloading new device. The easiest place to sync the updated apps back
apps, and no problem updating them in to start is by navigating to the phone. If, down the road,
iTunes on my computer. What gives? to Settings, tapping Store, these same applications refuse to
Assuming the problem is reoccurring and not a and confirming that yours is update from your iPhone again,
freaky networking accident, it sounds like your the currently active account deleting them from your Mac and
iPhone (or the problematic apps themselves) on your iPhone. If it is, try re-downloading them from the
may be confused about the status of your signing out and signing back iTunes Store may fix this.

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Setting a specific folder to open in a by the Finder to store icon sizes, window permanent changes to these directories.
particular view (such as columns, icons, or backgrounds, and more. System utility What looks like random stubbornness may
lists) can make browsing files in the Finder apps like TinkerTool ( be OS X remembering that it’s in charge of
a lot easier. Just open and set each folder and Cocktail ( can these folders, not you.
to your preferred view, then select View > reveal or delete these files for you, or To show your Mac who’s boss, log in
Show View Options in the menu bar and you can use the Terminal to delete them as the root user, then set uncooperative
check the topmost button in the resulting yourself if your UNIX Fu is strong. folders to the view setting you prefer. Just
window to force the Finder window to If those options don’t do the trick, your be careful, and remember to log back into
always open in that view. Unfortunately, Mac may think you don’t have permission your normal user account and disable root
the Finder has ignored these helpful to reset the view options of certain folders. access when the job is done. Moving or
preferences since the earliest days of OS Some, like the Applications folder, don’t deleting the wrong files while logged in as
X. Your stubborn folders aren’t the first! technically “belong” to any user except root can have serious consequences for
Your folders may be confused by corrupt the system itself, and only the system your Mac. Apple explains how to log in as
.DS_Store files, the invisible files created (also known as the root user) can make root here:


JUST OPEN!: I used to double-click any I just wanted to bring
photo, and it would open in Photoshop. When to your attention a
I installed 10.6, this feature disappeared. widespread, frustrating issue that
Now I have to drop the photos onto the Photoshop icon. exists with all 2009 Mac Pros.
Snow Leopard ignores “creator codes,” which changed its Whenever you play any audio,
file-opening behavior (see Ask, May/10, p81)—it’s all about file the CPU rapidly heats up (core
extensions now. Right-click a JPG, choose Get Info, and under temperatures as high as 90ºC, CPU
Open With, choose Photoshop, and click Change All. Do this heat sink 60ºC). This problem exists
again for PNG, PSD, TIF, and any other photo file types you In Snow Leopard, file in 10.5 and 10.6, but does not happen
want Photoshop to get first dibs on. extensions are boss. in Windows running in Boot Camp, so
it appears to be a Mac OS X bug. And
after spending $8,000 on Apple’s top

iPADS KILL WI-FI: When enough of us use iPads on the office Wi-Fi, it can machine, I feel like I have been had.
crash the Wi-Fi itself! I’ve heard this is a common problem—is there a fix? Yes, this seems to be a prevalent
You’ve heard right, and it’ll take an OS and/or firmware update from Apple to problem with the 2009 Mac Pros.
vanquish this annoying glitch. Until then, know that the issue is caused because an iPad can stop Playing any type of audio heats up the
renewing its DHCP lease when it goes to sleep, so if you set your Pro precariously close to—but not
iPad to never sleep (Settings > General > Auto-Lock > Never), you’re quite at—dangerous heat levels. If your
good. That’s hardly ideal, and at Mac|Life HQ, we set up an iPad-only Mac actually reached dangerous heat
Wi-Fi network, which creates a smaller pool of DHCP leases and levels, it would shut itself down. This
keeps the main Wi-Fi network safe. Interestingly, iPads are also increased heat also causes decreased
prone to other Wi-Fi glitches, like sketchy signal strength, frequent performance. Unfortunately, we don’t
drops, and slow speeds. Bizarrely, one of the first things you have any solutions for you, but we’re
should do is increase the brightness upward and turn off the Auto publishing your letter in the hopes that
Brightness option (Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper). We can only greater publicity on this issue will help get
guess that something’s screwy with iPad power management… a speedy resolution from Apple.

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AIRPORT FIZZLES: I stream my music from iTunes to an
AirPort router, but it frequently cuts out. What can I do?
First, make sure your iTunes and AirPort software are up to
date. If the problem persists, move your router away from possible sources
of interference. Wi-Fi is convenient, but it’s not an exact science. Signals
can be impeded by microwaves, wireless phones, thick masonry, and more.
If dropouts continue, try changing the channel on which your AirPort
broadcasts in the Wireless tab of the AirPort section of AirPort Utility.

FAMILY PLANNING: My wife and I have our own iPhones and iTunes
accounts, and we’re adding an iPad to the happy family. Can we sync both
iPhones and the iPad (plus our Apple TV) to a single iTunes account, and
share our apps on all devices without affecting our current library and future purchases?
Bad news first: there’s no way to merge multiple iTunes accounts into one, so your family will
have to keep juggling separate accounts and purchases from your iPhones, Apple TV, and
WHAT A MESS!: One of my co- bouncing baby iPad. The good news is that apps, like DRM-protected movies and TV shows,
workers spilled juice on his older can be used on up to five authorized computers and the iDevices that sync to them. Just open
MacBook Pro, and now the keys iTunes, select Apps in the sidebar, then drag iPhone applications you want to share from iTunes
are sticky (when pressed down, to a networked computer or removable hard drive. Select File > Add to Library in iTunes on the
they don’t pop up right away). second authorized computer, then choose the exported apps to load them into that computer’s
What’s the best way to clean up? library.
These apps
Sounds nasty! Although this particular spill won’t retain
has long dried, we’ll start these cleanup saved data
instructions from the moment right after from the
spillage to make them more widely useful. original
So: Immediately power down, disconnect the computer,
power cord from the MacBook, and remove but
the battery (if it’s removable). After doing as otherwise
much as you can with paper or cloth towels, they’ll
turn the machine over with the lid partly open be fully operational and can be updated normally. Apple TV purchases, however, will still be
to allow the liquid to drain, making sure that tethered to one of your computers. But even these files can be synced and transferred to
the laptop doesn’t close all the way. Give it multiple computers and iDevices.
about 72 hours to completely air dry and then Here’s the better news: Home Sharing, introduced in iTunes 9, simplifies this process by
take apart the machine to thoroughly clean allowing users to drag and drop media to shared computers within iTunes. Activate Home
the innards. The website has great Sharing by selecting Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing. Repeat this step on all your computers,
step-by-step guides to taking the keys off and entering one iTunes account username and password on each. Then you can drag media from
getting your MacBook back to normal. When shared libraries in iTunes’ sidebar into a computer’s local library at will. Future purchases can
dabbing at disassembled keys and other be shared automatically by clicking the Settings button at the bottom of Home Sharing iTunes
parts, we recommend a bit of gauze lightly library, then selecting which media you’d like to share. Once you set up all computers on your
dampened with rubbing alcohol. network, syncing works automatically, zapping new media off to each machine.

DOUBLE THE ADDRESSES: Why do I have duplicate
Contact entries on my iPhone but not on my Mac?
Odds are your iPhone has gained multiple groups of contacts
after syncing them both wirelessly through MobileMe and
through iTunes when you connected your iPhone to your Mac.
Whatever the cause, check your iPhone Contact app’s Groups. If you see a group named
From My Mac in addition to groups you’ve created in OS X’s Address Book, it’s a sign your
iPhone thinks you have two distinct sets of friends.
To fix the problem, first back up your Mac’s contact data. Connect your iPhone to iTunes,
uncheck Sync Address Book Contacts in the Info tab, then re-sync. If that doesn’t remove
the extra contacts, turn off MobileMe contact syncing in Settings on your iPhone, choosing
to delete the existing contacts on your phone. Next, turn Contact syncing back on, and
choose to merge MobileMe’s data onto your iPhone if asked. Now you should have just one
set of contacts shared between your iPhone and Mac. You’ll have half the friends, but half It’s hard enough to find the contact you’re looking
the hassles. for—who needs duplicate entries?

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CONQUER SYNCING: What’s the most elegant way to
sync iTunes libraries between work and home computers?
We use SuperSync, a program that lets you sync your iTunes library among multiple
computers on local networks or over the Internet. SuperSync’s busy interface can seem
a little daunting, but in just a few quick steps, you can start copying music from your
crib to your cubicle and back again. Casual Fridays will never be the same.


To get started, you’ll need a copy of SuperSync running on
both your home and work computers. Two licenses will set
you back $24, or you can snag ten for $34 and give one to
your manager for Boss’s Day.

SuperSync looks and feels

kinda like iTunes, but is a
whole different beast.


When you first launch SuperSync on your home Mac, it loads and displays your iTunes library
in an iTunes-alike window organized by genre, artist, and playlist. While SuperSync may look
SuperSync can even keep a little like iTunes (and it can even play some unprotected audio files), it’s really a conduit and
metadata updated across
different Macs. control panel for syncing, not a jukebox. Your DRM-protected files must still be played by an
authorized copy of iTunes, although SuperSync will transfer them just fine.
If your music collection doesn’t live in your Mac’s Home folder, you can point
SuperSync to a library stored on a remote or network drive and share from
there. To set up sharing, just check the obvious boxes and enter a password in
the application’s Network preferences. While you’re there, you can fine-tune
what you sync and how. For instance, you can keep specific media types—all
videos, for instance—out of your shared library and pick which metadata
changes will be synced back to your home machine. Whether you simply want
to copy files or meticulously update their play counts, ratings, and more across
your computers, SuperSync has your back.


To sync your library, install and launch SuperSync on your work machine,
then turn on sharing and connect to your home computer. This is easiest (and
fastest) on a local network, but you can sync your music over the internet by
manually forwarding ports on your home router, or by using a UPnP (Univer-
sal Plug and Play) router and letting SuperSync do the work for you.
Once you get both computers talking to each other, you can synchronize
your entire library in one go, sync individual files, or transfer albums, artists,
and whole genres at once. You can even sync your playlists—both their
music files and the lists themselves in the iTunes sidebar. Naturally, files
added to iTunes on your work computer can be synced back to your home
Mac. Just finish your download in iTunes, then phone home with SuperSync.
When the syncing starts, SuperSync’s interface
New files will be noted automatically and can be transferred with a click. gets pretty busy.

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My MacBook
Pro has been
acting strangely. It will become
sluggish, get hot, and the fans 36
IT’S A RAID: I have Apple’s RAID card in my Mac Pro, and it always
pops up this error message: “Write cache disabled due to insufficient
battery charge.” But...what is a RAID card, and what should I do?
RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent/Inexpensive
Disks, and it’s a tech that lets you combine multiple hard drives so
will come on at full speed. they appear as one. RAIDs can either be mirrored or striped—in the first, each
drive is an exact copy (or mirror) of the other drives, so if one fails, you’ll still
Activity Monitor shows that
have all of your data intact on another (known as redundancy). If you configure
a process called “PTMD” is
your drives as a striped RAID, the storage space of all of your drives is added
taking over 60 percent of my
together into one larger drive. This will give you increased performance and
CPU. How do I prevent PTMD
increased storage space, but no redundancy unless you’ve configured your
from taking over my Mac?
RAID with parity handling (which uses a portion of each drive to hold identical
This may not be a common question, but copies of data from one of the other drives). RAIDs can be controlled by
it certainly is a burning one! According software like Apple’s Disk Utility or the excellent SoftRAID ($129, softraid.
to Apple’s Mac OS X Reference Library, com), or they can be controlled by hardware like your RAID card. The main
PTMD stands for “platform thermal monitor advantages of a hardware-controlled RAID are increased performance and
daemon,” and it communicates any OS reliability. With the error message you’re receiving,
notifications effecting thermal conditions it sounds like the battery on your RAID card has Apple’s Mac Pro RAID Card
improves RAID performance
to your hardware. This daemon is supposed died, so take it into Apple to get replaced. and reliability.
to automatically quit itself when it’s done
communicating, but apparently your Mac
erroneously thinks that its thermal conditions
are continuously changing, so it’s trying to I’d guess the following: One of the things most
let your hardware continuously know this ■ Front-facing camera for obviously missing from the
incorrect information. current iPad is a webcam. This
This seems to be a new problem that has would instantly transform the
■ Multitasking (duh, already
cropped up for some users in Mac OS 10.6.3, iPad into a videophone, and
so hopefully it will be fixed in a future update
■ Higher-resolution screen its size—just slightly bigger
to the operating system. In the meantime,
■ No Flash than the human face—would
you can manually quit out of PTMD in Activity
■ Gorgeous ads that will be perfect for face-to-face
Monitor (launch it from your Utilities folder)
whenever it starts acting up. You may also change your life video chats. It’s also likely that
try resetting your Mac’s System Management ■ Unicorn tears the next iPad will have more
Controller, which is responsible for thermal memory and a faster processor.
management (follow the directions at If we’re lucky, it might have an HDMI port too, so you can hook
it up to a TV to show off
photos, videos, and apps.

Dual cameras—
a front-facing One thing it definitely
camera for won’t have, though, is
videoconferencing support for Adobe Flash.
will be huge for That door is closed,
opening up a whole probably forever.
new market for
Daniel Lyons
Newsweek the iPad.

iPAD 2: What upgrades

will we see in the next
version of the iPad?
(We emailed a trio of
Dylan Tweney
well-known tech experts Wired
Christopher Null
for their predictions.) Yahoo! News, Technology

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40 SAD MAC: My iMac flat-

preferences.plist and restart your Mac.
■ Security incompatibilities. Try changing out freezes when I try to
the type of wireless security on your router wake it from sleep. I ran DiskTools
(for example, WPA instead of WEP). Pro, which verified and repaired my
■ Wireless interference. Turn on hard drive, but it still hangs after
MAC VAN WINKLE: When I wake my interference robustness on your router or waking from sleep.
MacBook Pro from sleep, it doesn’t connect change the wireless channel.
to my Wi-Fi. Sometimes it even forgets the ■ Your system may need a general This is often a symptom of a failing graphics
Wi-Fi password. How the heck do I get it maintenance. Run Disk Warrior on your card or a failing logic board inside your Mac, in
to remember? machine, repair permissions with Disk which case you would need to take your Mac
First, check out the extensive troubleshooting Utility, empty the caches, and run the UNIX into an Apple Authorized Service Provider
steps that we gave in Question #2 to see if any maintenance scripts with Cocktail. for repair. However, before assuming the
of those ideas solve your problem. Beyond that, worst, you can perform a series of basic
your problem may be caused by one of the troubleshooting steps to rule out other
following issues: variables that may be causing this symptom.
■ Two Wi-Fi networks with the same SSID First, try to rule out hardware problems:
(wireless network name). For example, do you ■ External devices: When your Mac fails to
connect to one wireless router that’s named wake from sleep, try unplugging any external
“Linksys” at work and then another router hard drives or peripherals to see if doing so
that’s named “Linksys” at home? If so, your makes your Mac suddenly wake from sleep. If
Mac may be trying to apply the password so, those external
from one router to the other router. devices may be
Rename one of the wireless networks. to blame.
■ Keychain problems. Launch ■ RAM: You may
Keychain Access (in Utilities) and delete also have bad RAM
any AirPort Network password entries inside your machine.
for the wireless networks that are giving You can try to
you problems. pinpoint bad RAM
■ Preferred Networks problem. Go by either removing
into your Network System Preference, one of your RAM
click on AirPort, then the Advanced button, chips and see if the
then the AirPort tab. Delete any unused problem continues,
networks, and drag your current network or by running the
to the top of the list. Apple Hardware Test to see if it can identify
■ Corrupt preference file. Trash the file any bad RAM. To run the Apple Hardware
located at Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/ Test, take a look at the DVDs that came with
your Mac; one of them will say that the Apple
Hardware Test is on it. Insert that DVD and

restart your Mac while holding down the D key
STYLE MANUAL: What exactly does Steve wear on a daily basis?
on your keyboard.
We asked our team of fashion experts, and they said, “The same dang thing no
■ Reset your Mac’s System Management
matter what.” So we made them stalk the streets of Cupertino and watch hours of
Controller (get instructions at
keynote footage to bring you the scoop on Steve’s sartorial secrets. That’ll show ’em.
Next, try to rule out software problems:
■ Trash the following files and then
Levi’s 501 Aged Perfect Jeans, St. Croix Mock-Turtleneck, restart your Mac: Macintosh HD/Library/
$60 These jeans provide the $165 The iPhone lacks Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

ultimate blend of style and buttons, and so does Steve AutoWake.plist and Macintosh HD/Library/
comfort, and their roomy pockets in this lightweight cotton top
are the safest place to hide blended with moisture-wicking Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
prototype iPhones.  microfiber.  PowerManagement.plist
■ Reboot your Mac in single-user mode and
run fsck (file system check)—get instructions
Lunor Ideal I 380 Glasses, price unknown.
New Balance 993 Trainers, Steve’s specs probably cost somewhere ■ Back up your Mac, then erase and install
$140 These classic trainers are between an iPhone Mac OS X.

+ +
just right for sneaking out of and a MacBook
If all of these steps fail, it’s time, sadly,
meetings or dashing to the Pro, but they
office to jot down an insanely make him look like to bring your Mac into an Apple Authorized
great idea.  a million bucks.  Service Provider.

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variables. First, make sure that you do Snow Leopard; purchase faster internal
not have any virus software scanning and external drives (7200 RPM or SSD);
your backup drive. This is a known factor use a faster connection interface (eSATA
that could slow down your Time Machine or FireWire 800); add more RAM to your
backups to a crawl and that may affect your Mac; and turn off hard disk sleep in the
computer’s overall speed as well. Energy Saver System Preference (this last
Then, eliminate the possibility that your one has a huge impact if your hard drive is
backup drive has a hardware problem by powered via USB only and has no separate
STOP TIME: When Time Machine is swapping it out with a different backup AC power).
running, my Mac virtually comes drive. If you don’t have another
to a stop. What is happening, and drive handy, a utility such as Drive
what should I do? Genius ($99, or Disk
Warrior ($99, can help
Any time an application such as Time you sniff out failing hard drives. Your
Machine is actively reading or writing to a backup drive must also be partitioned
hard drive, you may notice a tiny bit of a properly, as explained at

speed loss if you’re also trying to access 3zne68.
your hard drive as well because the read/ Next, use a different backup
write heads take time to physically move to program like ChronoSync to see if
different locations on the hard drive platter. the slowdowns continue. If they do,
However, the key phrase is “a tiny bit ChronoSync will let you see which file
of a speed loss,” meaning that the speed is actively being backed up while the
loss should be negligible to most computer problem is happening. It could indicate
users. Time Machine is designed to be a problem with that particular file or
fast and extremely lightweight, so if your with your internal hard drive.
computer is actually coming to a standstill, Other than that, you can try some
then something else is going on. The best general tips to speed up your Mac
way to troubleshoot this is by eliminating overall: Upgrade from Leopard to

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DISPLAY DESPAIR: FEELIN’ SOCIAL: Does is a bit more complicated. While Apple hasn’t
Why has Apple used Apple have a Twitter set up an official company page, it has created
so many display account or Facebook an App Store Facebook page: facebook.
interfaces recently, page of any sort whatsoever? com/AppStore. Our preferred destination,
and is the current Mini DisplayPort Steve may be cool with answering emails, but though, is the Apple YouTube channel, which
standard the best tech for the job? the company isn’t too keen on Twitter. There lets us check out all of our favorite Apple
Apple’s flirtation with different video is no official Apple Twitter account. Facebook commercials:
interfaces makes it seem like a puppet of the
International Dongle Cartel, but it’s really all
about doing more with ever-shrinking video
ports. That includes today’s Mini DisplayPort,
which can carry video and audio and connects
to VGA, DVI, or HDMI displays at resolutions
up to 2560x1600. We’re not sure if that
makes it the best technology, but if it lets us
carry just one small adapter that works on
both MacBooks and iMacs, we’re happy.

Mini DisplayPort meets VGA with this adapter. YouTube has your favorite Apple commercials.

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four Apple devices: two
MacBooks, an iPhone, and
an iPad. It would be wonderful if MobileMe
would do its job and sync all of my calendar
and contact information, but I continually
have glitches. One of the devices will often
FEELIN’ BLU: When will Apple stop syncing, and then I have to wipe out
include USB 3.0 and Blu-ray in data and start all over again. Is there any
Macs? What’s taking so long? way to alleviate these problems?
USB 3.0 gear is already trickling We’ve heard from an Apple support
onto the market, so it’s probably representative that syncing problems with
just a matter of time before the MobileMe are very common because the
first computers sporting the blazing MobileMe servers are not yet robust enough
new standard roll out of Cupertino. to handle more than 1,000 synchronizations
Unfortunately, Blu-ray is another before everything needs to be reset from
story. Apple’s interest in promoting scratch again. While 1,000 synchronizations
its HD iTunes movie downloads and might sound like a lot, consider that a sync
Steve’s declaration that bringing takes place every single time you make
Blu-ray to the Mac is “a bag of hurt” a change to a contact or a calendar. The
don’t bode well for Blu’s chances on good news, however, is that this same
the Mac. representative told us that Apple is aware
of its MobileMe syncing shortcomings and
is continuously working to increase the
competency of its servers.

PHOTO DOWNLOADS: There seems to be no way to download my photos In the meantime,
from my iPhone directly to my Mac without using iPhoto. Even then, I if you want to
have to drill down through some crazy iPhoto directories in the Finder stick with
just to copy the photos somewhere else. Can’t I just pull these photos off my iPhone and MobileMe
put them wherever I want? syncing,
Any photos that are in iPhoto Now, onto your next You could have your your best bet
can be easily and quickly question of bypassing iPhone launch Image Capture for solving
copied somewhere else on iPhoto altogether. In Mac itself, which lets you manually the glitches
your Mac simply by dragging OS 10.6, the Image Capture download your photos into you’re
and dropping them out of application gives you a the directories of your choice experiencing
iPhoto. For even more control significant amount of control and then delete those photos would be to follow
over the size, format, and over what happens when from the iPhone. You could our extensive guide from our November
name of your photos, use you connect your iPhone. If have your iPhone launch 2009 issue (or find it online at tinyurl
the File > Export command in you have multiple cameras Preview, which lets you .com/3a8tyt8—scroll down to #37) on how
iPhoto. You don’t need to— or iPhones, Image Capture import iPhone photos from to reset your MobileMe syncing from scratch
and you really shouldn’t—be even lets you set different the File menu. You could on all of your devices.
drilling down into any iPhoto preferences for each have your iPhone run an Alternatively, you may want to ditch
directories on your Mac. individual camera. AppleScript. MobileMe altogether and explore alternatives
But perhaps best of such as the web-based calendaring and
all, your iPhone could contact solutions from Google, which can
launch AutoImporter, a synchronize to your iPhone and iPad using
hidden application that Google Sync ( On
automatically imports your Mac, you can synchronize to Google
photos to the directory of using Spanning Sync ($25 for one year,
your choice, without you or use the built-in (but
intervening at all. It’s located more limited) syncing tools within Snow
at Macintosh HD/System/ Leopard’s Address Book and iCal.
Library/Image Capture/ If you have an extra Mac that you can
Support/Application/ use as a server machine, you can even take
AutoImporter, and you syncing into your own hands by using a
can set this application’s product like Apple’s Snow Leopard Server
Image Capture is the place to go to directly download photos from
your cameras or to set what happens whenever you connect your
preferences by choosing ($499, or the outstanding Kerio
cameras. AutoImporter > Preferences. Connect ($540,

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THE OTHER TEAM: I’m running you’ll have full read and
Windows 7 on my Mac using Boot Camp. write access to your Mac
How do I maintain my computer so both partition...and so will all
the Mac and Windows platforms stay healthy? And how those Windows viruses.
can I make a clone of my computer that captures both? So be doubly sure to have
For tips on how to keep your Mac users are not required antivirus software on your
Windows 7 partition healthy, to do. PC side.
you’ll want to turn to our Your Mac will continue To clone your entire
sister magazine Maximum to maintain its health as computer, you’ll need to
PC ( is a good long as all those hundreds make two clones: one for
place to start), where you’ll of thousands of Windows your Mac partition and one
find the experts on all viruses can’t reach your for your Windows partition.
things PC-related. Although Mac files from within the For the Mac partition, use a
conventional wisdom Windows 7 environment. tool like SuperDuper ($28,
about PCs dictates that And they won’t be able or Carbon
you’ll want to defragment to since Boot Camp only Copy Cloner (donations
your Windows hard drive allows you to read your Mac requested,
regularly and immediately partition but not write to it. For your Windows partition,
install antivirus software However, if you install a we recommend Winclone
on your Windows partition, program like MacDrive 8 (donations requested,
If you gotta run Windows 7, Boot Camp can get it
those are two things that ($49,, done on your Mac.

My iMac has
separate user
accounts for my wife and me,
plus a Guest Account for when we
have parties and people are drawn
to the 27-inch screen to play. Can
the Mac automatically return to
the login screen after some period
of inactivity? I don’t want guests VOICE CONTROL ON MY iPHONE
to have access to our accounts, 3GS? I NEVER USE IT, AND IT’S
and I don’t want my wife to have ANNOYING WHEN IT’S IN MY
to remember to log out when POCKET AND ACCIDENTALLY
she’s finished. I just want it to go
The auto-logout option is in System Preferences > Security.
back to the login screen to force
the next person to log in as a user Good news: You can shut off Voice
or guest. Control dialing. Bad news: Voice Control
No problem—head to System everything else stays on. To shut down
Preferences > Security and check Voice Control dialing, you need to turn
the box for Log Out After X Minutes on the Passcode
of Activity, setting X to be any Lock option for
number you like. While you’re your iPhone. To
there, make sure Disable Automatic do this and turn
Login is checked too. That way, the off Voice Control
login screen always appears when Dialing,
you start up, instead of a default navigate to
administrator account. Settings >
It’s also easy to lock down General >
the Guest Account with System Passcode Lock.
Preferences > Parental Controls, Set up a Guest Account with System Preferences > Accounts, Once you turn
then manage—or spy on—it with Parental Controls.
which lets you select which on Passcode
applications will be available. By default any hard drive, called, say, “Save Stuff Here.” Lock, you can
files in a Guest Account’s Home folder are While you’re sprucing up the Dock, add some turn off Voice
deleted when they log out, but you could park big, pretty icons for party-startin’ apps like Dial.
an alias in the Dock to a shared folder on your Photo Booth and Camera Bag.

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First things first: You gotta have plenty of And diScREET
knowledge about past and present Apple Employees at the Apple Store must
products. Geniuses must know hardware be like employees at Disneyland—
ranging across entire generations of Apple you’re in the Happiest Place on
products, as well as software offered for all Earth, so smile…and keep your
of the latest operating systems. After all, lips zipped tight about any advance
you never know what to expect when you knowledge of upcoming Apple products
work at the bar. For all you know, you might have. Or else.
BEHIND THE BLACK SHIRT: a customer might bring in
What does it take to their Performa 460 and
become a Genius Bar ask you to transfer their
technician? hard drive data to one
There are fewer great of those newfangled
Mac Pros.
occupations in life than
working at the Genius
Bar. Think about it: When hAndS
someone asks you what Before you can
you do for a living, you get get your hands on
to tell them that you’re a customers’ gear, you
need to get trained. BLAcK
Genius. On top of that, you
A lot. Applying to iS BOSS
get to manhandle Apple The shirt color is
be a Genius begins
computers all day long, with a battery of tech an essential part of
dealing with situations like questions—and we’re working in the Apple
figuring out what in the not talking the ins and store. The shirt depicts
heck is going on with a outs of GarageBand, either. what department you
Applicants are expected work in and makes it so
MacBook that a carpenter
to have deep knowledge that customers know who
impaled with his drill exactly the Geniuses are
about how to diagnose and
(remember to tell him it’s fix serious hardware and who can help them with
no longer under warranty). software issues—after all, their waterlogged iPhone.
Check out our handy chart most of their job involves
(at right) to see what it coping with damaged or
takes to become a Genius seriously broken gear. Survive
that hurdle, and it’s off to LOAd-BEARinG
Bar employee.
Cupertino for four weeks of Can you diagnose a problem
sessions that include acquiring and solve it within 15 minutes?
three Apple certifications The Geniuses at the Bar can.
(OS, Desktop, and Portable) Appointments taken at the
and practice time with fake back of the store are only
customers who are really supposed to take as long
good at being a pain in your as it takes to get you halfway
backside. After that, the through your favorite sitcom,
apprenticeship continues in which ensures that even
a real live Apple Store for stores with heavy traffic
as much as another month volumes have a chance to
before you become true help everyone out. <<<
blue Genius material.

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bviously, we’re all proud to be Mac users—the Mac OS and Apple’s elegant
hardware are a match made in geek heaven, and we can’t imagine ever not
using Macs. In fact, the only time we’re ever reluctant to admit our rabid
Mac fandom is when we’re hanging out with our PC-using buddies and the
conversation turns to gaming. “Mac gaming?” they snicker. “Isn’t that an
oxymoron?” Well, laugh it up, fuzzball, because we’re here to tell you that 2010 is the year
Mac gaming finally gets some respect.
Launched in May, Valve’s industry-leading Steam service for downloading games and
managing multiplayer is tearing down the wall that used to separate Mac gamers from our
PC pals. Apple’s latest machines—desktop and laptop—have powerful Intel processors
and graphics cards, backed up by long-lasting batteries, that make gaming more attractive
across the product line. New technology is closing the gap between Windows and Mac
release dates, and the big publishers are bringing huge, hotly anticipated titles to both
platforms this summer. In the pages that follow, we round up dozens of reasons to get
excited about gaming on your Mac, including details on how to take on the Mac|Life editors
in multiplayer battles over Steam. Being a Mac user will always be cool, but these advances
in gaming are making it more fun, too.



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Steam on mac thiS changeS everything

omewhere down the road on a cold winter’s night, when your 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 (zombie killin’!)
grandchildren ask, you’ll be able to tell them 2010 was the year rounding out the pack. Valve has also
promised that the much-anticipated Portal
gaming came into its own on the mac. “it was the year of the
2 will arrive both on Mac OS X and Windows
iPad,” you’ll say thoughtfully while sitting by the cozy fireplace. “it was simultaneously—an olive branch years after
the year ioS 4 finally brought data tethering to certain devices. and it the company canceled a Mac port of the sci-
was the year valve finally released Steam for the mac so we could play fi classic Half-Life.
some really cool games without having to boot into a Boot camp or Why the change of heart? For one thing,
virtual partition… porting a title to Mac OS X has gotten easier.
After years of playing around with Linux
“it was also the year i entered rehab for my Portal addiction.”
binaries for its dedicated server machines,
then porting the Steam download and user
JUSt What iS Steam, anyWay? directly download games, maintain lists of interface rendering engines to Mac OS X,
Seven years after its groundbreaking release friends you play with, devour the latest news Valve has already sorted out a fair amount
on Windows and after more than a year of and updates, and much more. It’s supremely of the tricky development work. Other
development, a not-so-little content-delivery usable, and for any gamer, it quickly becomes factors, such as Apple’s switch to Intel
app called Steam launched this May on the as essential as Safari and iTunes. processors in 2006 and the availability of
Mac. It opened the floodgates for a slew Presently, Valve reports that it has an Mac OS X system libraries that Valve was
of marquee Windows-based games to run installed base of 25 million Steam clients, already familiar with, helped the process.
natively on Mac OS X while also providing making the system one of the most Additionally, Valve has been collaborating
additional tools to help developers port their successful online storefronts ever created. with Apple on refining its OpenGL code so it
current work to the Mac. Think of Steam as The Mac version’s initial library of over 50 works well with games, and it also developed
a kind of App Store for your Mac—but with recently released and soon-to-be-released its own toolset, the Steamworks API, to make
a cooler, black-toned interface. When you games includes classics such as Half-Life porting that much easier.
install and launch the Steam client on your and Half-Life 2 (narrative-driven shooters),
Mac, you connect directly to Valve’s online Counter-Strike (multiplayer perfection), Shoot Both WayS
game store, where you can purchase and and Portal (a dark, funny puzzler), with Left But even if porting is easy and a platform’s
users are clamoring for a
great game, the only way
a company will undertake
that effort is if they can
turn a profit. Valve seems to
have thought this through
on both the developer and
consumer ends, and the
key feature, Steam Play,
allows for the free transfer
of games across OSes. Say
you already purchased the
Windows versions of Portal
or Left 4 Dead on your Boot
Camp partition. Just launch
Steam on your Mac OS X
partition, download the Mac
version of the game you’ve
already paid for in Windows
at no additional cost, and

every game has achievements

to earn, a list of your friends who
also play, forums, support links,
and more.

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you’re good to go. Even
better, Mac and Windows
users can team up—or battle
each other to the death—in
multiplayer games while
taking advantage of Steam’s
friends list, achievements,
and community features.
You’ll still have to wait to
get Mac ports of every Valve
game you own for the PC, but
not much longer, according
to Valve. Developer Jason
Mitchell says, “The base
[engine] layer is there for
them already. We can get to
the titles in a year with 1.5 to
2 full-time engineers devoted More Mac games are being added to Steam each week, and if you bought any games on Steam for Windows, you
can re-download them on your Mac for no charge.
to it.”
“There’s something week following the launch of the Steam for Mac users ought to enjoy Steam’s non-
every week,” says Valve’s vice president of Mac client. According to Lombardi, Valve gaming bells and whistles, too. Upcoming
marketing, Doug Lombardi. “We’re targeting thinks it can sustain that growth and even Dashboard-esque widgets will provide the
Wednesdays for new-release day on the push it further into the teens as additional ability to stream music through Pandora
Mac, and we understand that people want users sign on and more games are added to or watch Hulu right on Steam. And gaming
the other [Valve] properties out on the Mac. the Steam storefront. Success stories like add-ons include an extension that allows
They’re coming. We’ve made Torchlight, Killing Floor, and you to buy game guides and switch between
you wait several years, and if that 11 percent figure are the the game and the guide as you play.
you can wait a few more days smoking gun that proved that
or weeks, we’re finally going Steam on the Mac could work. GAMING BEYOND THE MAC
to make good on all that.” “Making a Mac version But in the Apple universe, the beating
these days isn’t an heart of gaming is absolutely Apple’s
ENTICING DEVELOPERS extraneous extra effort,” mobile devices. Even with Steam already
Valve’s system even puts says Lombardi. “Now that succeeding on conventional notebooks
other developers at ease—in we’re proving that there’s and desktops, representatives from Valve
the past, developers often double digits of extra revenue
had to wait weeks or months to glean from [it] without
to see how their games were an incredible development
selling. The Steamworks
API includes utilities that
effort, folks are seeing this as
absolutely penciled in. We’re
report real-time sales data, optimistic that [developers] MACLIfE.COM
so developers distributing are going to be doing what Jump on the Steam train and get up
their games on Steam can we’re doing with Portal 2, to speed with our extensive Steam
see what’s selling and offer which is bring the game out coverage at
discounts and promotions on both platforms. You make Check out our beginners’ guide to
as needed. one purchase, and you have Steam, a list of cool things you can
But the best news is that access to both versions via
do with Steam, and our how-to for
Valve saw a bump right away Steam. And that’s the way
navigating Portal—more coverage
from its Mac sales. “The it goes.”
is being added as Steam for Mac’s
first week was 11 percent,”
See what your friends library keeps growing.
says Lombardi of Valve’s are playing at any given
revenue increase in the moment.

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admitted that the jump over to the iPhone,

iPad, and iPod touch will be incremental at
first, serving more as an extension. “You’d be
able to check your achievements, schedule
a game time, make friends, and chat with
friends,” says Lombardi. “But creating
a game from that experience would be
something we’d want to do from scratch.
We’re looking at them with great interest, like
everyone else is, but we’re not listed on the
iPhone developers page yet, and we’re not
going to be appearing there in the coming
weeks or months.”
Even so, with Steam for Mac’s growing
library coming in, the promise of Portal 2
(at right) being simultaneously released for
the Mac on the same day as Windows, and—
hopefully—the financial numbers to prove to
other developers that Valve’s model works,
Awkward hand-holding between robots is just a small part of the humor that makes Portal so great.
Steam will be the dawn of a new era of Mac Once you dive into its marvelous, puzzled-packed adventure, you’ll be overjoyed to know that Valve’s
gaming. Let the fragging begin. highly anticipated Portal 2 will be released simultaneously for Mac, Windows, and Xbox 360 toward the
end of 2010—and it includes a cooperative mode featuring the lovely couple above.

MAAAAAAc- 10 tO try firSt
Life! Valve adds more Mac games to Steam every week—see the full lineup at We recommend these 10 games to anyone
cOMe Out And looking to get their gaming feet wet.
PLAAAAAAy >> Top-down shooter Madballs in Babo:
invasion ($9.99) is fast-paced, colorful, and
>> Survival-horror first-person shooter
killing floor ($19.99) has stunning
We’ve got a community on Steam, and
chaotic; and it contains just enough strategy graphics, co-op mode, and cross-platform
we’d love nothing more than for you to keep players coming back. multiplayer.
to join and, oh, shoot us in the face. >> Stylized puzzler World of goo ($19.99) >> Beautiful and heart-wrenching, must-
find us at is charming, simple, family-friendly, and have Braid ($9.99) is a compelling winner of
absolutely addicting. the “videogames as art” debate.
groups/official_maclife, join, invite your
>> Clever writing and puzzles keep the five- >> Cure that Diablo itch with torchlight
friends, chat, comment, go nuts. As episode adventure tales of Monkey island ($19.99), a fully fleshed-out action-RPG on
more multiplayer games are added to ($34.99) enjoyable to the end. Steam.
the roster—team fortress 2!—we’ll >> Fast paced and clearly focused, MMO >> The essential Orange Box ($29.99) is five
action-RPG city of heroes: Architect amazing multiplayer games for the price
let you take us on head-to-head every
edition ($19.99) has an easy learning curve. of one: Half-Life 2 and both its follow-up
friday at 4 p.m., Pacific time, for a
>> The bundled Sam and Max complete episodes, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.
bloodless massacre we like to call Season 2
“frag the editor fridays.” (no skill ($29.99) saves
you $15 compared
required…believe us.) See you in the with buying its
virtual trenches. five episodic
>> Vibrant and
zany with limitless
replay value,
Peggle complete
($14.99) is a puzzle
masterpiece that,
Say hello to our quite simply, you
little friends!
need to own.

Braid is breathaking.

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he fine folks at Blizzard have been at the mac gaming party service has always been fun, it’s
forever, earning much respect and loyalty for their policy of a little like wandering into the woods and
simultaneously releasing games on the mac and windows. And inviting every nearby creature to eat you—
between the long-anticipated sequel to the widely loved StarCraft the service is packed with power players, and
it’s survival of the fittest. To help fix this, the
franchise and the world of warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack for the
new tutorial system includes nine challenges
world’s most popular mmO, Blizzard has a huge 2010 planned.
that bridge the gap between single-player
and multiplayer game modes. They also
wELCOmE BACk TO SpACE following a nonlinear structure in which
After more than seven years of development, players choose the story path as Raynor
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, is finally takes on missions to earn upgrades and
slated for release July 27. The sequel to the additional units for later. But Blizzard reps
legendary sci-fi real-time strategy game and did confirm that gamers will play as the Zerg
its Brood War expansion includes a primary and Protoss races throughout the game.
chapter called StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard’s games always have a long
focused on the Terran race, and two roughly learning curve, but a redoubled effort has
30-level expansion packs: Heart of the Swarm been made to make StarCraft II easier to
and Legacy of the Void, which focus on the pick up. In addition to the tutorial mode,
Zerg and Protoss races, respectively. “The instructional movies are available in
story kind of got away from us and got really, missions, plus more tips and movies can StarCraft II’s nonlinear single-player mode
really big,” jokes Blizzard’s design director be found in the Help menu. Forgot which starts on an interactive version of the battleship
Dustin Browder. structure you need to build next to get the
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty centers weapon you want? Simply open the Help teach the skills needed for multiplayer
on protagonist Jim Raynor as he leads an screen, look at the technology tree, and gameplay, such as defending a base and
insurgency against the Terran Dominion. you’re good to go. effectively managing resources. In one, you
Most levels are played as the Terrans, While multiplayer StarCraft on Blizzard’s can only control the game with hotkeys—a
little tough love to show
you how much faster
hotkeys are when you’re
playing online.
Better yet,
has a new algorithm to
match opponents more
fairly. When you’re on
a winning streak, the
application will give you
tougher competitors to
test your mettle. Feel like
you’ll never win again? The
game will seek out more
evenly matched players
and offer bonus points
for beating a favored
opponent. StarCraft is all
about multiplayer, and
if Blizzard can get this
just right, the seven-year
StarCraft II prompts you on
your next move, such as what
to blast with your laser drill.

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BliZZaRd (cont.)

wait will be completely

forgotten in a flash.

the WoRld
To many Mac gamers,
there is but one game,
and its name is WoW. For
those faithful and the
series’ many other fans,
the most hotly anticipated
Mac gaming release is
the World of Warcraft:
Cataclysm expansion
starCraft ii’s protagonist, the hard-drinking insurgent hero Jim Raynor, gets by with a little help from his friends.
pack, which aims to
literally change the face will also introduce two new races: the expanded race and class combinations when
of the World of Warcraft map. In the third werewolf-like Worgen for the Alliance, and creating characters—if you wanted to be, say,
expansion, the dragon Deathwing—the final the Goblins for the Horde. a Blood Elf dentist, um…you still can’t. But
opponent from Warcraft II—will resurface Cataclysm will also raise the level cap you’ll have more choices than ever before. No
through a dimensional barrier, causing a from 80 to 85; allow flying mounts in new release date had been announced as we went
cataclysm that reshapes much of the map’s areas; and introduce a revamped stat system, to press, but Blizzard’s plans for Cataclysm
surface. This will tear apart existing towns, archaeology as a secondary skill, and new shows the company’s dedication to keeping its
such as the Horde capital of Orgrimmar, flood guild modes, battlegrounds, and dungeons. flagship MMO fresh for newbies and veteran
some areas, and level others. The changes Even better, players can now select from players alike.

7 doWnload
Steam and OnLive (see p49) are just the giants. Other Mac-only and Mac-friendly
download services each have their own flavor—and occasional aftertaste. Each

leaves DRM copy-protection (or lack of it) up to game publishers. Since content
often overlaps, shop around for the best deals.

deliveR2MaC diReCt2dRive gaMeRsgate gReenhouse
With 120 games, this Mac- IGN-owned Direct2Drive Re-download-friendly, 180-title The digital store owned by
only service owned by Virtual emphasizes other platforms, GamersGate has a community Penny Arcade, Greenhouse’s
Programming emphasizes but Mac games are well rewards program that rewards small catalog of seven indie-
customer support, and you can represented with about 45 active fans with discounts or developed games is a delightful
re-download purchases later if titles. You can re-download prior free games. Post enough on garden of off-the-beaten-path
needed. VP’s own titles appear purchases, plus you don’t need the boards, buy other games, titles that hold their own against
here two weeks before being to run a special client outside and otherwise engage to unlock anything the big publishers have.
available at competitors’ sites. your browser. the bonuses.

gaMeagent gaMetReeonline MaCgaMesaRCade
Nearly all of GameAgent’s 19 Mac-only GameTreeOnline is MacGamesArcade serves the
Mac games are exclusive titles owned by TransGaming, whose Mac-only niche of its owner,
from its owner, Aspyr, so you’ll ties to EA and Ubisoft secure Inside Mac Games, with clean
find many greats, especially occasional exclusives and firsts. browsing, buying, and re-
Star Wars games. The dark Around 50 games are available, downloading of its catalog of
side? It costs an extra $5.99 and unique community features 1,000-plus games.
to re-download titles for up to include beta access for in-
the addicting World of goo is $19.95
two years. development titles.
at greenhouse.

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IN thEIr CrosshAIrs thIs yEAr

alve and Blizzard might get a lot of attention, but they don’t have all the games.

v We called up some of our favorite Mac-friendly developers to inquire about their

plans, and found that they were just as excited about this year as we are.

soldAk ENtErtAINMENt
Indie developer Soldak Entertainment has been pumping out action-
the settlers 7: RPGs for the Mac since 2007, and its latest, Din’s Curse, follows the
Paths to a kingdom
template set by genre pioneers like Diablo, but with randomly triggered
environments and layouts. “Things are constantly changing and evolving
based on your actions, the actions of the people in the town, and even
the monsters’ actions,” explains founder Steven Peeler. “Every single
playthrough is pretty unique.” Next up for Soldak is an expansion pack,
tentatively titled Din’s Curse: Demon War, in which your character finds
himself fighting off the warring demons and undead.

For well over a decade, Feral Interactive has partnered with
publishers to bring their top titles to the Mac, and surprise,
surprise, they’re still at it. After last year’s smash shooter
BioShock, Feral delivered Rome: Total War, an excellent real-
trANsGAMING time strategy, and its most recent release, Brothers in Arms:
Double Time collects two well-received World War II shooters
TransGaming has already been busy in 2010, delivering Mac in one package. Peter Cohen, head of marketing, believes the
versions of popular Electronic Arts games Dragon Age: Origins broad range of Mac hardware makes it easy for anyone to play
and The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff expansion, as well as Ubisoft’s a great game. “Apple is doing a better job than ever of offering
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom. According to Paul Nowosad, powerful hardware that can run games across the entire product
vice president of corporate marketing and business development, line,” he says. “Gaming isn’t something that’s limited to ‘pro’
the shift toward same-day releases on PC and Mac is making Macs machines anymore—Mac Mini and MacBook users can get in on
more appealing for gamers. “No longer is Mac gaming only about the fun, too.”
casual downloadable content or the latent releases of PC titles,” Feral’s next release this summer is Mini Ninjas, the latest game
says Nowosad. from Hitman creator Io Interactive. This kid-friendly action-
TransGaming’s latest Mac releases—The Sims 3: Ambitions adventure follows a pack of young ninjas as they attempt to take
expansion and Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister—launched down the Evil Samurai Warlord and his animal henchmen.
simultaneously across platforms early this summer. Trail of the
Twister marks the teen detective’s first appearance on Mac, but Mini Ninjas
she won’t be investigating the “Case of the Missing Mac Games”
anytime soon!

s2 GAMEs
“Just because you prefer some of the advantages the Mac has over
the PC, you shouldn’t be punished by not having amazing games to
go along with it,” says Marc DeForest, CEO of S2 Games. All three of
the company’s titles have been released on the Mac, and the latest is
the just-released Heroes of Newerth, a five-on-five real-time tactics
game based on the immensely popular Warcraft III map Defense of
the Ancients.

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GamING power (cont.)

Australian developer Brawsome has lent its talents to Diner Dash
spin-off Avenue Flo and to point-and-click adventure Emerald City
Confidential. Founder Andrew Goulding says the increased Mac support
in game engines makes it easier to bring titles to the platform, and
helped him while preparing his latest indie game, Jolly Rover. Released
in June, it’s a pirate-themed, point-and-click adventure with sharp
hand-drawn artwork and hilarious voice acting. Goulding is upbeat
about the game’s potential: “Mac users seem to embrace point-and-click
adventure, if stats on casual charts are any indication,” he says.

telltale Games
Telltale Games has led the point-and-click adventure genre on the
Windows side for a few years with episodic favorites like Sam &
Max and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, but you supreme
won’t need a Boot Camp install to enjoy its hilarious hits for long. Commander 2
Dan Connors, CEO and cofounder, says the company intends to
bring its existing catalog to the Mac in the near future, including
Strong Bad, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, and the first
two seasons of Sam & Max. Of course, the third season of Sam VIrtual proGrammING
& Max episodes, called The Devil’s Playhouse, will continue to
unravel over the summer, and the company’s Tales of Monkey Hot off the releases of well-received shooter The Chronicles of
Island five-episode series is already available for the Mac. Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (reviewed on p79) and soccer
Telltale’s next Mac project is Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent, franchise sim Championship Manager 2010, Virtual Programming
a quirky adventure about a federal puzzle investigator sent CEO Mark Hinton says his company has big plans for the rest of
to discover what’s happening at the Scroggins Eraser Co. in the year: “Mac gaming for Virtual Programming has never been
Minnesota. It’s the first entry in Telltale’s Pilot Program initiative, so exciting and so busy.” Looming on the horizon is a Mac version
which will launch single episodes of various new games, and then of real-time strategy hit Supreme Commander 2, which launched
use sales and player feedback to decide whether to fund a full to solid reviews on Windows and Xbox 360 this spring. Also in
season of episodes. “We think it allows us to be more diverse and the works are celebrated tower defense title Defense Grid: The
more creative in the stuff that we pursue,” explains Connors. Awakening, time-traveling first-person shooter Darkest of Days,
the Heir to the Throne expansion pack to strategy favorite Europe
Universalis III, and ItzaBitza, an edutainment adventure that lets
wallace & kids draw their own characters and items in the game.
Gromit’s Grand

So far in 2010, long-time Mac gaming leader Aspyr has brought ports of
The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, Civilization IV: Colonization,
and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (reviewed on p81) to
the Mac. Plus, the company has been re-releasing many favorites via its distribution portal.
“We’re working with other Mac publishers in hopes of creating a Mac
gaming destination beyond Aspyr,” says Elizabeth Howard, director
of digital publishing and business development. She couldn’t shed any
light on what to expect for the rest of 2010 from Aspyr, but hints that
we’ll hear more once the ink dries on some publishing contracts.

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onlive it’S like a water faucet for GaMeS

he Steam service downloads games able to play the latest games without worrying be wired (no Wi-Fi), and OnLive will manage
directly to your Mac, so the hardware about your processor speed or graphics card. peak-time demand by adding users to the
you’re using significantly affects how OnLive CEO Steve Perlman says that any service gradually. “We’re not going to let more
well that game will run. But a competing new Intel-based Mac running OS 10.5 will work people on than we can handle the load for,”
service called OnLive (scheduled to have with the service, except the first-generation Perlman promises. “We want it to just work.”
launched on June 17) takes the hardware out MacBook Air, which can overheat. Of course, OnLive’s service also lets users demo
of the equation entirely, letting you play games since all the game data (both what you see games before buying, spectate other gamers’
without even having to install them. on your screen and the input from your matches, record and share “brag clips,” and
OnLive’s data centers are crammed with controllers) is streamed live, you’ll need a high- even pause a game on a PC and pick it up on
high-performance servers that run the speed internet connection to avoid latency and a Mac later. Later this year, OnLive’s planned
games, and the company’s new technology lag—a 5MB/s connection is best for games in MicroConsole add-on will even stream games
for streaming low-latency video allows you HD resolution. At launch, this connection must directly to your TV, no computer required.
to play remotely on your client Mac through After seven years of development,
a browser plug-in. Since OnLive’s computers OnLive’s goal is to treat games as media
are doing all the heavy lifting—including that should work the same anywhere,
keeping the games running, for example—you rather than applications that are tied to
can jump into Unreal Tournament 3 within a a single platform’s capabilities. Pricing
couple of seconds, instead of the two-minute details can be found at, and
startup time you’d experience on a high-end we’ll have more coverage at maclife
gaming PC. OnLive also shoulders the burden .com/tag/onlive once the service is live.
of keeping the game servers updated with the onlive’s catalog offers Mac users their first
latest hardware upgrades, so you’ll always be crack at some hugely popular pc games.

GaMer Gear don’t try to GaMe with your trackpad—truSt uS

hese Mac|Life-recommended gaming peripherals and add-ons might not make you an fpS sharpshooter or an MMo
t wizard overnight, but at least they’ll eliminate the time-honored crutch of blaming your equipment.

razer deathadder MicroSoft XboX 360 controller

A top-quality mouse should be any gamer’s first purchase. Razer’s No other gamepad can compete with
classic DeathAdder ($59.99, now comes in a Left Microsoft’s timeless, ergonomic,
Hand Edition (pictured) especially vibration-equipped, USB-connected
for southpaws, and both the universal Xbox 360 Controller
right-handed and left- ($39.95, It should
handed options are totally work perfectly, but if you have trouble
Mac-friendly. using any gamepad with your Mac, download GamePad
Companion ($15,


razer naGa
MMO junkies will love Razer’s Naga ($79.99) and its 17 programmable SteelSerieS 5l MouSepad
buttons, which include a 12-key thumb grid. You can program The Steelseries 5L ($39.99, is plastic but feels as
thousands of key combinations and keep soft as cloth. Suitable for all mouse
‘em right under your thumb. It’s sensitivities, it’s especially optimized
even comfortable enough to for laser mice. Even non-gamers will
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Get extra mileage from your
Mac using OS X’s Terminal.

erminal (in Applications/Utilities) gives press Return halfway through. And bear in mind that
you direct access to the UNIX system that some commands are case-sensitive, so be true to
underpins Mac OS X. By typing specific exactly what’s printed here. (Or head over to
commands into your Terminal window, you can make to cut and paste the
changes, open settings, or access features that commands directly.) One final warning: All the tips
aren’t available by any other means. in this feature have been thoroughly tested, but
After typing one of the commands listed here, experimenting with the Terminal is not a task to be
press Return to activate it. Commands split over two undertaken lightly. Don’t try to modify or adapt these
or more lines should be typed in their entirety—don’t commands unless you really know what you’re doing.

1. iROBOT sudo defaults write 3. LOGIN GREETINGS

Your Mac can talk to you. Using a robotic /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ Another sudo (and therefore dangerous)
voice reminiscent of a 1950s sci-fi flick, it can StartInterval command enables you to add a message to
ask after your health, tell you a joke, or say -int 1800 the login window. In the Terminal, type:
anything else you care to type. It’s a simple The 1800 at the end of this command is sudo defaults write /Library/
trick. Just open the Terminal application and a half hour, expressed in seconds. You can Preferences/
enter: say Mac Life change this figure to suit: For example, to LoginwindowText “Your Message”
And the Terminal robot utters the name of back up once an hour again, replace it with Replace Your Message with whatever it
this magazine. Obviously it doesn’t have to 3600, and for two-hour backups, use 7200. is you want to display, of course, but leave
be Mac|Life—type anything you like. Give it a Always remember to be especially careful the quotation marks around it intact, and
go; it’s fun. with commands that begin with “sudo.” be careful with your punctuation. Some
These are system-level commands that can characters (exclamation points, for instance)
2. BACK UP AT WILL cause huge problems if misused, which is stop the command from working.
By default, Time Machine backups take place why you’re asked for your administrator’s To remove the message, type:
every hour, but you can change this through password the first time you try one. sudo defaults write /Library/
the Terminal. To make it back up every half Preferences/
hour instead, simply type: LoginwindowText “”

04 Play Games in the Terminal

As you may know, OS X is UNIX-based. Emacs, a text editor, forms part of the UNIX system, and it
contains some Easter egg games, including the ever-popular Tetris, Pong, and Snake. First you must
find your Emacs version number. In the Terminal, type cd /usr/share/emacs/
Press Return. Now type ls (lowercase LS) and press Return again. You’re given your Emacs
version number (1.21, for instance). Write it down. Then enter the following:
ls /usr/share/emacs/[VERSION]/lisp/play
Replace [VERSION] with the number obtained earlier (no parentheses). You get a directory of
all the available games. Make a note, or take a screenshot. Now switch to Emacs through Terminal
by simply typing emacs. To access the games, press Escape, then X, and type the name of the
game you want to play before pressing Return. You can switch to the next game by pressing A variety of simple games—like
Pong—are accessible via the Terminal.
Escape, X, and the name of the next game. Have fun!

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05. Fix Window Sizes in FFView


FFView ( Terminal solves the problem. Type: There’s a wealth of downloadable free
ffview.html) is a great sequential image defaults write com.feedface.ffview comics available on the web. For example,
viewer, perfect for comics, but its udn_dont_resize_img_win 1 mobile comic publisher Robot Comics offers
Pagewidth Mode resizes its window every The window now remains a constant size. a list of high-quality, free-to-download
time you turn to the next image. This is To reverse this, enter the code again, material suitable for reading on your Mac
very annoying if you want to set—and replacing the 1 at the end with 0. Now with FFView. Check it out at http://tinyurl.
stick to—your own window size. restart the app. com/dk8ell.


If you want giant-sized magnified Dock icons, Address Book also has a hidden
With the right
enable Magnification in System Preferences > Terminal command, Debug menu. To enable it, type:
Dock, and in the Terminal type: you can increase the defaults write
Dock icon size to
defaults write 512x512.
largesize -int 512; killall Dock ABShowDebugMenu -bool YES
This increases their maximum size to The Debug pull-down appears
512x512 pixels. You can substitute another in the menu bar. To disable it
figure if you wish, but don’t go any higher again, repeat the command and
than 512. To switch this effect off, just return replace YES with NO at the end.
to the Dock’s preferences and move the The application must be closed and
Magnification slider back. restarted for these commands to
take effect.
7. HYBRID DOCK FOLDERS but if you only want the Web Inspector, type:
For a different version of a Dock folder or defaults write
Stack’s List option, type: WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true
defaults write After restarting Safari, you can now
use-new-list-stack -boolean YES; access the Web Inspector by right-clicking To enable a debug menu in Safari 4,
killall Dock a web page and selecting it from the type:
This gives you an interesting hybrid of the contextual menu. As you might guess, you defaults write
List and Grid viewing options. Your List view can deactivate this feature by repeating the IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1
icons are bigger, and if there are more items command, but replacing true with false and Quit Safari and restart it for the
than fit the window, you can scroll through restarting Safari. hack to take effect, giving you an
them in the same way as you would in Grid extra menu bar pull-down labeled
view. Also like Grid view, clicking a folder 9. DEBUG ICAL Debug. To get rid of it again, repeat the
now opens it within the Stack. If you find you Like many OS X applications, iCal has a Debug command, replacing the 1 at the end
don’t like these changes, type the command mode that can be activated through Terminal. with 0. A
again, replacing YES with NO. Type: restart
defaults write is again
8. INSPECT THE WEB IncludeDebugMenu YES required.
Safari’s Web Inspector offers a great deal of A new menu bar pull-down titled Debug
detail about web pages, and it’s invaluable for appears. You can hide it again by repeating
serious web developers. You can activate it the code but replacing YES with NO. iCal
using Safari’s Debug Menu outlined in No. 11, must be restarted for changes to take effect.

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12. Enable X-Ray Folders in Quick Look

If you highlight a file in the Finder and Fortunately, you can spice up your folder- Quick Look now offers an X-ray view of a
press the Space bar, you activate Quick viewing experience, and Terminal is the folder with an icon that shows you what’s
Look, giving you information about the way. To make Quick Look give you an inside it. To disable this feature, type the
item in question and possibly a preview X-ray image of a folder, simply type: command again, replacing YES with NO.
of the file. Folders look pretty dull in defaults write Quick Look folders are returned to their
Quick Look, as you can see here. QLEnableXRayFolders -boolean YES customary state.

14. RECENTLY USED Leopard’s way of doing things, type finish showing reflections of the
This somewhat intimidating the following Terminal command: application icons, use this tip to
code introduces a new stack into defaults write switch to something a little simpler:
13. your Dock, showing a list of your show-expose-menus -boolean defaults write
QUICK TIP recently used applications: NO; killall Dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall
To turn the Dock defaults write Repeating the command with Dock
icons translucent for persistent-others -array- YES instead of NO returns your Your Dock background is now
applications that are add ‘{ “tile-data” = { “list- Dock’s Exposé functions to normal. a much plainer translucent black
open but hidden, type: type” = 1; }; “tile-type” = design with a thin white outline.
defaults write “recents-tile”; }’; killall Dock 16. GRID VIEW HIGHLIGHTS Icons are no longer reflected in the Type it carefully. It’s a really If you open a stack in Grid view, Dock, and open applications are
showhidden -bool useful feature. When the new stack you can navigate through its indicated by a white dot instead
YES; killall Dock is in your Dock, you can right-click enclosures using the arrow keys, of a blue floodlight. If you decide
Repeat the it and change it from showing and the currently selected icon is you prefer the 3D look after all,
command, replacing Recent Applications to Recent highlighted by a gray gradient box. you can repeat the command,
YES with NO to Documents, Recent Servers, However, if you drag your mouse substituting NO for YES, so you’ve
disable this feature. Favorite Volumes, or Favorite pointer over the grid, no such nothing to lose by giving it a go.
Icons for applications Items. It can be displayed in Fan, highlighting appears unless you
that are already Grid, or List view, just like a regular use this Terminal command: 18. SEARCH YOUR MUSIC
hidden when you stack. If you want to get rid of it defaults write When you highlight a track in your
activate this feature again, just drag it out of the Dock. iTunes library, you get a right-
will not appear mouse-over-hilite-stack facing arrow in a circle. Clicking
translucent unless 15. EXPOSÉ YOUR DOCK -boolean YES; killall Dock this searches the iTunes Store for
you show and then By default, clicking and holding You now get the same similar material. However, using
hide them again. on the Dock icon for an active gray background box during this Terminal input, you can get it
application in Snow Leopard mouseovers as you do when to search your library instead:
activates Exposé, showing all of navigating through the grid using defaults write
that application’s currently open the keyboard. Replace YES with
windows. In Leopard, of course, this NO to switch this off again, though invertStoreLinks -bool YES
gave you a contextual menu; that’s we doubt you’ll want to. Restart iTunes to activate it,
something you can access in both and repeat the command with NO
operating systems by right-clicking 17. DOCK THE GLOSS replacing YES to switch things
on the icon in question. If you’re If you’re not too keen on the back to their default behavior.
running Snow Leopard but prefer 3D Dock, with its shiny glass

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19. Drag Dashboard Widgets onto Your Desktop

One of the most interesting Terminal tips the desktop function just like
enables you to drag your widgets out of the they do on the Dashboard.
Dashboard and onto the desktop, where they To disable this feature, repeat
float above open applications and Finder the command, replacing YES
windows, akin to the Gadgets in Windows with NO. Again, you must log
Vista’s sidebar. To activate it, type: out and log in again or restart
defaults write your Mac for the change to take
devmode YES effect, after which widgets that
You must then log out and log back in, or are already on the desktop can
restart your machine. You can now capture a be returned to the Dashboard,
widget by clicking and holding it, and pressing but there they must remain.
F12 to dismiss the Dashboard and drop it on
your desktop. By capturing a widget that’s on
your desktop and pressing F12, you can return
it to your Dashboard too. Widgets placed on Liberate your widgets from the Dashboard—place them on your
desktop instead.

20. EXPANDED SAVE VIEW quality of the shared screen: very simple command you can employ from
The Save command brings up a dialog where defaults write the Terminal:
you choose a filename, save location, and defaults write
sometimes the format in which it will be controlObserveQuality 1 AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder
saved. Next to the title, there’s a blue button This reduces the screen to its lowest Be careful with this one. Those files are
with a triangle pointing down. Pressing this possible quality setting, giving you a black- hidden for a reason, and while it’s interesting
expands the dialog, giving it a similar format and-white image. You can replace the 1 at to see what’s there, don’t fiddle with them
to a Finder window. If you want this window the end of the command with the numbers unless you know what you’re doing. To
to appear in its expanded form by default, 2 to 5, offering progressively higher-quality turn off this feature, repeat the command,
type: screens: 2 gives a grayscale image, 3 offers replacing TRUE with FALSE.
defaults write -g 8-bit color, 4 is 16-bit color, and 5 takes you
NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode back to full color, the default setting. 24. COPY, GOLD LEADER!
-bool TRUE This must be the strangest Terminal
If needed, just replace TRUE with FALSE 22. SCREENSHOT NAMES command ever. Go on, type:
to revert to how things were. If you capture a screenshot in Snow Leopard, telnet
it’s automatically titled “Screen shot” You’ll see the Star Wars movie, retold in
21. FASTER SCREEN SHARING followed by a date and time. You can change ASCII art. Wait for the prefilm credits to end,
MobileMe’s Screen Sharing is an excellent this using a Terminal command: and don’t resize the Terminal window, or the
feature, but depending on your internet defaults write graphics won’t format properly.
connection, it can be very sluggish. name
Thankfully, you can speed it up by using a “Anything you like”; killall
Terminal command to reduce the image SystemUIServer
Simply change Anything
you like to whatever you 25. QUICK TIP
wish to call the screens you With this handy command, you can
capture—the date and time quit the Finder in the same way you
remain unchanged. To go would any other app:
back to the default, replace defaults write
Anything you like with QuitMenuItem -bool YES; killall
Screenshot. Finder
A Quit option now appears at the
23. REVEAL foot of the Finder menu. To remove
HIDDEN FILES it, type the command again,
There are several applications replacing YES with NO. <<<
that let you look at Mac OS
“They shut down the main reactor. We’ll be destroyed for
X’s hidden files, such as
sure! This is madness!” resource forks, but there’s also a

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uitar amplifiers have been going into your iPhone or iPod touch, and you’ll be
through an identity crisis lately. For pickin’ and grinnin’ in a few seconds. Other
years, one amp with a good sound cables will let you connect a guitar to your
was all fine and dandy, but then digital iPhone directly, but the signal coming through
technology figured out how to capture and the iRig is noticeably cleaner and quieter than
cram the sounds of many amps into one the $29.99 PRS Guitarbud cable (prscables
program—and who doesn’t like choice? Now .com), and it’s worth the extra $10.
the realm of digital amp emulation comes to While the AmpliTube iRig combo does more
Apple’s handhelds with AmpliTube, aided and than we expected, the system doesn’t do
abetted by the iRig adapter, and the results everything we’d hoped. You can upload MP3s
are rocktacular. to jam along with, but you still can’t access
AmpliTube for iPhone is a collection of iTunes directly, so the fact that the Songs
five virtual amplifiers, clearly based on (but icon is an iPod is a naughty tease. Also, you
not licensed versions of) classic tones by can’t slow the songs down in the player, but
Marshall, Fender, and Mesa/Boogie. Each you can loop a phrase to drill your skills. Oh,
amp suits a different tonal purpose—clean, and the iRig only comes with the limited Free
crunch, lead, metal, or bass—and offers your version of AmpliTube; the Full edition runs
choice of cabinets and microphones to tailor an extra $19.99, or you can use the $2.99 LE
the sound. You also get a collection of 10 edition and add effects and amps à la carte
stompbox-style effects, including specialized for $2.99 to $4.99 a pop.
units like an octave pedal and an envelope But you know what? It’s
filter. As on real stompboxes and amps, the worth the money. You can get
controls are clearly labeled and easily battery-operated headphone
tweaked: Tap the knob and adjust the AmpliTube offers several cabinet options, from amps for around the same cash,
a humble 1x12 combo to a slanted 4x12 half-
volume or intensity by sliding your stack. minus effects and with just one
finger up or down. AmpliTube (usually poor) amp sound. The
offers a surprising amount of tonal versatility; it’s easy iRig gets you rocking in higher
to save presets along the way. fidelity and in
Most impressively, whereas PRS total privacy, and
IK Multimedia
Jam Amp (Jun/10, p57) featured AmpliTube lets
noticeable latency, AmpliTube passed you go crazy with Price: $39.99 for iRig and
AmpliTube Free; $19.99 for
our signal along with almost no lag, and customization. AmpliTube Full; $2.99 for AmpliTube
even has a setting for even less latency The bottom LE plus $4.99 for each additional
amp and $2.99 for each additional
at the cost of fidelity. The best praise line. We haven’t effect
Requirements: iPhone, iPod touch,
we can offer is that we quickly seen anything or iPad
forgot we were playing guitar else this feature- Wide tonal flexibility. No
through a phone. rich. AmpliTube perceptible latency. iRig is the best
guitar interface we’ve tried.
The $39.99 iRig interface adapter is like a private
Processor-intensive real-time
is the way to connect your beloved playground for amp emulation makes it a battery
drainer. The full software should
real-world guitar to that virtual amp farm. guitar geeks, and have been bundled with the iRig.
Plug your quarter-inch guitar cable and the iRig is the key
headphones into the iRig, then plug the iRig that opens it. R A T E D

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Bridge that language gap with an app

Those of us with serious bouts of the travel languages that can be dictated to you, so you can
bug tend to hit the road with a light load, hear exactly how words are pronounced. You’ll need
which means leaving the phrase book at to rely heavily on this feature for languages that
home and foregoing any possibility of real use non-Western characters, for example.
communication overseas. Fortunately, Despite the app’s potentially useful features, we
Trippo VoiceMagix is a language translation still wouldn’t trust it as our primary translator on an
app that can help you overcome the excursion around the world. For starters, it doesn’t
language barrier without the extra weight work without cell service or a Wi-Fi connection.
in your carry-on. Worse, VoiceMagix occasionally couldn’t figure out
Unlike a paperback phrase book, what we were saying, especially in a noisier setting.
VoiceMagix has the ability to register your Translation from English was usually way too literal,
voice input and translate your English into and grammar and conjugation were not always up
any of the 27 languages available in the to par, which could cause some communication
app, including French, Hindi, Traditional issues if you’re trying to converse with non-English-
Chinese, and lesser-known languages speaking natives.
like Romanian and Hausa. All you have to The bottom line. As a utility, Trippo VoiceMagix
do is dictate your phrase clearly into the proved itself extremely essential. However, for
microphone of your device, and the app will your trip around the world we’d suggest the added
translate it into the language you choose. weight of a paperback phrase book.
VoiceMagix can also translate text that —Florence Ion
you copy and paste from your mobile
Trippo VoiceMagix 1.0.0
browser, and send messages in other Cellictica Ltd.
You’d be better off piecing together words from a
languages via SMS, email, or various social Romanian phrase book. $24.99
networks. There’s also a selection of 14


Looking and feeling like real Action-packed
pinball, Pinball HD is perfectly role-playing
suited for the iPad and its game Chaos
controls. Tap the left side of Rings crams the
the screen and the left flippers same animation,
activate, opposite for the right. engrossing
Pinball wizards can also shake storyline, and
their iPad for that essential game mechanics
ball-saving nudge. Players of Square Enix’s
can view the entire table in videogame titles
landscape mode or follow the into a smaller
Bet you keep your real-life valuables in chests too.
ball in portrait mode. Both are form factor.
usable options, but portrait To play, choose a two-person team and guide them around
mode is slightly more risky the perilous dungeons with the intuitive touch-anywhere joystick
Don’t shake the iPad too hard, or because the flippers aren’t controls. Most of the game is spent engaged in turn-based battles
you’ll tilt.
constantly in view. that can become a little tedious, though the item-drop and level-up
The game includes three tables to choose from: a table modeled systems give you something fun to strive for. And during duels, you
after the Wild West, a jungle table with a gorilla named “Big can control both characters in your party separately or in a paired
Kong,” and an impressive underwater table. They vary in size and attack. The game is fairly easy for newcomers to the RPG genre,
complexity, but each is enjoyable though there is no autosave feature, which gets frustrating if you
and graphically striking. Pinball HD 1.3 forget to save before a difficult
Gameprom Chaos Rings 1.0.0
The bottom line. At a rock- battle starts. Square Enix
bottom price, Pinball HD is a $2.99 The bottom line. It’s another
must-have for enthusiasts of the must-have, must-play Square Enix
silver ball.—Nic Vargus game.—Florence Ion

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There’s no excuse not to log your life

Journaling is an easy way to score a great side of the screen has a sidebar where you
deal of personal satisfaction. By scribbling can attach pictures from your iPad’s Photos
down your daily trials for posterity’s sake, app to your entries. You can even tag your
you’ll be able to look back on the successes adventures to help you sort through them
and train wrecks of your life, alternating years down the road. Most importantly, the
between whimsy and the cold sweats of journal’s text entry area is easy to read in
remorse for years to come. If you’re a most lighting conditions. You can time-
novice to journaling, you’ll want to settle stamp your entries and personalize them
on a method that’s easy to use, secure, and with a number of fonts and font sizes.
reliable. Having used MaxJournal on my There’s no point in logging your life for
iPad for over a month, I can say that the years if you don't have a way to ensure
application more than fits the bill. the safety of your entries. Fortunately,
The beauty of MaxJournal can be found MaxJournal has you covered there too.
Keeping the facts straight is easy with the
in its simplicity of design and purpose. Its You can password-protect your journal and generous set of tools provided by MaxJournal.
uncluttered interface makes it very clear export individual entries to a number of
that a lot of thought has gone into ensuring different file formats. Best of all, your
that the application’s users can quickly log whole journal can be backed up to your Mac MaxJournal 1.21
their exploits and then easily find them to via iTunes. Omaxmedia
read over again later. A ribbon of dates runs The bottom line. MaxJournal will please $2.99
down the left side of the screen. Dates you’ve most users with just one use, and it boasts
made entries on are marked in blue, making features to keep them journaling for years
them easy to locate at a glance. The other to come.—Seamus Bellamy

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Mixologist Galcon Fusion iCARS Korg iElectribe Pastebot

Sometimes the I love Interface If you’ve ever I’m an
biggest obstacle multiplayer I love Star had dreams extremely
to cocktail hour online games on Trek, and with of being a finicky
is deciding what to mix the iPad, but turn-based iCARS Interface, superstar DJ or producer, organizer, which is
up. When my standards ones can take forever I can pretend that my Korg iElectribe is a why I’ve taken a liking
feel too standard, I turn to complete. Galcon iPad is directly from must-buy. The $9.99 app to Pastebot, a super-
to Mixologist. It has the Fusion’s real-time battles the science lab of the re-creates an Electribe-R powerful copy-and-paste
usual database of recipes, to strategically control starship Enterprise. The drum machine on your app that copies text
but I love how it lets me a galaxy of planets are app looks suspiciously iPad for a couple hundred and images from your
pull up drinks based on fast paced, easy to find like something Captain bucks less than the internet travels on your
the ingredients I want to and join, and most of all, Picard would have used original hardware. Casual iDevice. You can save,
use. And when I’m really super fun. Lag-free RTS to explore an alien planet. users can spend hours edit, and organize your
indecisive, a randomizer matches against 11 other Like the props in the tweaking the included clippings with just a few
lets me specify an players? Yes, please. The show, the app is pretty patterns, and big shots finger swipes, as well as
ingredient or two, then eight single-player modes and makes a few sounds, can even dive in and push them over to your
shake my iPhone to have with 10 difficulty levels but doesn’t actually do create their own beats Mac via the desktop
the deciding done for me. are just icing on the anything. That’s good from scratch. version of the app.
Cheers to that. space cake. enough for me.

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Media streaming on the iPad isn’t perfect, but it’s possible—and it pays off. BY NIC VARGUS

I’m not the early-adopter type, but I really me how many people were using my media at were huge advantages. Plus, you can upgrade
wanted the iPad. So I did what any reckless- any given time, and what exact file they were your storage amounts to 50GB or 100GB for
purchase justifier does: I bought the base accessing. I was able to shuffle my music, $99 and $199 per year, respectively.
model and said it was “for work.” Months repeat all the files in a folder, and repeat Another interesting option, a Mac app
later, that means I don’t have much room the same song over and over. But unless called Airfoil ($25,, can
left for the music and videos that the iPad your music files are all in one folder, this app turn your iPad into remote speakers. (Heads
was optimized to play. My 16GB hardly covers isn’t ideal for entire libraries, and worse yet,
my Boyz II Men audio, much less my Boyz you can’t search for your next song without
II Men concert videos. Apple didn’t build stopping the one you’re already playing.
an AirTunes-like feature into the iOS for Many iPhone users are already familiar
with OrbLive ($9.99,, which lets you
peruse your photos and documents as well as
music and videos. However, I found it wasn’t
as snappy as StreamToMe, and I ran into more
errors setting it up. Plus, it’s not a native iPad
app, so I was looking at a double-size iPhone
interface, and the pixelated picture made
videos basically unwatchable.
Though streaming-centric apps are the Air Video has tons of options to enhance your videos
on the fly.
best solution, they aren’t the only way to go.
For instance, Dropbox (free,
offers cloud-based storage that can stream
music quickly and efficiently. Video takes Though streaming-
a bit more tinkering; I had to use ripping
centric apps are the
best solution, they
software HandBrake (free, on
my Mac to get videos in the proper format
for playing them through Dropbox. The free aren’t the only way
2GB of storage fills up fast, especially if
you’re interested in storing videos. However, to go.
not being dependent on a computer running
OrbLive is better suited for the iPhone’s size. server software and the ability to access my
media anywhere with an internet connection up: The free trial puts irritating static noise on
streaming music from my Mac, so I had to get all transmissions over 10 minutes.) You need
creative. And by “get creative,” I mean, “turn an iPhone app called Airfoil Speakers Touch
to the App Store.” on your iPad (free, for
My first download was Air Video ($2.99, Airfoil on the Mac to recognize the iPad as a, which can stream videos remote speaker, and you have to control your
from your Mac with the help of the free iTunes from the computer. I used the Remote
local server software. I added folders that app (free, on my iPhone to access
I wanted to share and was accessing them my library while it streamed to my iPad. This
from my iPad almost instantly. It comes was the only solution that allowed me to play
packed with quite a few bonuses, such as music purchased from iTunes.
settings for live conversion, video quality, Without background audio (coming in the
resolution, and zoom. Air Video really only fall when iOS 4 arrives on iPad), even the
does video, though. Technically, Air Video best streaming apps are still fairly crippled.
can be made to play your music, but after Nothing allows you to access your iTunes
a bit of fiddling, I decided it wasn’t worth it media without setbacks. If you want to read
and got back to shopping. a book or surf the web while streaming
StreamToMe ($2.99, ProjectsWithLove music, you’re out of luck. However, there are
.com) allowed me to stream both videos and serious options for anyone hoping to stream
music, again by creating a free server that video on their iPads. Hopefully Apple will
also enabled me to set up a login account that get the memo, and we’ll see true AirTunes
StreamToMe doesn’t let you search for a song
password-protected my files. It even showed unless you stop the one that’s playing. Sob. compatibility soon.

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ioSAfe Solo
With the flames licking, it keeps on ticking

acking up your hard drive is important. feet of water for up to 72 hours. So of course,
But even the most rigorous backup we couldn’t wait to try to destroy it.
plan isn’t going to help if your house To test its mettle, we dumped a bunch of
floods—or worse, catches on fire. In a true data onto the Solo, lugged it to San Francisco’s
disaster, even your triple-redundant RAID Ocean Beach, and pitched it into a bonfire. The
backup system isn’t likely to be much help. power switch, fan, USB port, and other plastic
With dark days like that in mind, ioSafe’s line of components quickly melted away, but the metal
fireproof, waterproof externals might be big and case stayed intact. After it cooled, we also
bulky, but they promise to withstand even the tossed the charred Solo into a bucket of water
toughest data disasters. and left it overnight.
At 5x7.1x11 inches and 15 pounds, the Solo The drive features a data-recovery
isn’t going to be mistaken for any old desktop guarantee—ship your drive off to ioSafe after a
drive. The steel enclosure tells you this drive disaster, and they’ll recover your data to a new
means business. Our benchmarks uncovered drive. Being geeks, we couldn’t wait that long.
read and write speeds of 36.85 and 26.98 MB/s The next day, we took the case apart, removing
from the 7200 RPM drive, making it fine for use the drive mechanism and plugging it into a new
as your working drive. But this sucker is the enclosure. All our data was still there, no worse
Mr. T of hard drives—it sure ain’t pretty, but for wear. That’s just plain cool.
it’s pretty tough. ioSafe guarantees the Solo to The bottom line. The ioSafe Solo does a
withstand a 1550°F fire for up to 30 minutes, great job of protecting irreplaceable data from
thanks to heavy heat-absorbing plates that serious threats. You’ll pay a slight premium for
surround the drive mechanism. It’s also sealed that peace of mind, but aren’t your kid’s baby
inside a waterproof pouch, able to survive 10 pictures worth it?—Ray Aguilera

Price: $149.99 as tested (prices
vary with capacity and length of
Data Recovery Service)
Requirements: USB port
Available in 500GB to 2TB
capacities. Great fire and flood
Base models only include one
year of Data Recovery Service (3-
and 5-year upgrades cost $49.99
and $99.99).

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Logitech Squeezebox touch

Touching greatness
Ever since E.T. and Elliott bonded over a cut finger, excels. We felt liberated to play back gigabytes of music
we’ve understood the power of touch. Decades later, in the living room; connect additional Squeezebox
the electronics industry is starting to catch up. The devices to your network, and you can stream the
Squeezebox Touch packs one of Logitech’s network same or different music to each device. It easily beats
music players into a slim, touch-sensitive device. ferrying files by plugging in an iPhone or iPod.
The underlying player is practically the same as In addition to simple streaming of online radio
previous models—with the many benefits and several stations, the Squeezebox can connect to services
drawbacks—but the touch interface easily beats including Rhapsody, Pandora, Slacker, and others. You
traditional button-based controls. We only wish that the can also play back music directly from an SD card or
4.3-inch screen separated from the base—the device is USB disk. Squeezebox can even present slideshows
a single unit, so you can’t leave it connected and tap the from Flickr and Facebook—nice touches, but secondary
controller from the couch. functions for a music device.
You begin by installing the The quality of streamed audio was excellent.
Squeezebox Server software Since it connects to your existing
on a Mac. The software stereo setup, you’re only
streams all of your local limited by your existing
music, including iTunes audio hardware. In our
playlists, so you need to tests, streaming was
keep that Mac running reliably rock-solid, and
to access your own we didn’t notice much of
files. Logitech a performance hit when
supports a few using our network for other
network drives, tasks while cranking the
such as the tunes.
Netgear Ready While you can control the
NAS Pro, system with the bundled infrared
letting the remote from across the room, this
Squeezebox Squeezebox was made for touching.
reach them The interface is nearly identical to
directly. But other Squeezebox devices, but
in most cases, touch controls feel more
the device can’t effective than arrows
access network storage and an Enter
without a running Mac as key. The
an intermediary. touchscreen
The Squeezebox connects especially
SQUEEZEBOX to your network through 10/100 shines when
Behold the power of touch.
TOUCH Ethernet or 802.11g Wi-Fi. You’ll also searching with an
Logitech attach it to an audio receiver via stereo RCA onscreen keyboard.
Price: $299.99
cables, S/PDIF optical, or a coaxial digital plug. But the interface still has rough edges. For example,
Requirements: Mac OS 10.3 or later; In a pinch, you can plug in headphones or powered it works well to drag the timeline to fast-forward in a
wired or wireless network; stereo
system with speakers, headphones, speakers. song, but the same method stumbles in an hour-long
or powered standalone speakers Audio streaming worked well in all of our tests, podcast—we usually jumped too far. And support
Touchscreen aptly drives the although multiple-Mac setups can be cumbersome. for more NAS drives would make the system more
interface. Audio sounds great.
Supports many networking and Any of them can serve music; however, the Squeezebox attractive to a much wider audience.
audio-connector standards. Online
sources include Pandora, Slacker, needs to disconnect from one server before browsing The bottom line. The Squeezebox Touch makes
and more. the next. Switching libraries also stops streaming from a great network music player. It’s occasionally more
Can’t stream files directly from online music sources, which seems strange. Limiting the complicated than necessary, such as when swapping
most network storage devices. Can’t
access files from multiple computer Squeezebox to one library at a time is inconvenient— audio libraries, but its many benefits compensate for its
libraries at the same time. Interface
occasionally falters. pooling multiple libraries would be a much more elegant shortcomings. We only wish that the great touchscreen
solution. was detachable, so that you could use it to control
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R A T E D Get past this issue, and the Squeezebox Touch songs from anywhere.—Zack Stern

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NikoN CooLPix P100

Feature-packed and affordable, but the execution isn’t perfect
The P100 is Nikon’s latest compact superzoom camera. shortcomings. You can zoom during filming and the
It’s a further refinement of the P80 and P90 models autofocus continues to work—more than you can say
that came before it, with a new backlit 10-megapixel for some cameras—but there are problems with both.
CMOS sensor designed to improve low-light picture While you’re zooming, the picture sometimes jumps
quality, a slightly increased 26x zoom range and—most around as if the sensor’s come loose, and you have
exciting of all—full HD movie mode with stereo sound. to go into the Movie menus to activate the autofocus.
Like other superzoom cameras, the Once it is enabled, you’ll discover that it’s so slow—
P100 is styled like a small digital especially at longer zoom settings—that it’s
barely worth having. If your subject’s moving
even slightly, or it doesn’t have very clear
outlines, the autofocus can fail to lock on
There are other disappointments,
including the high-speed
continuous shooting modes. The
P100 has a very impressive 10fps
frame rate at full resolution, but
it can only keep this pace for
six frames. That works out as a
0.6-second burst, so your timing
will have to be perfect if you
want to capture fast action at its
peak. The alternative is the Sport
Continuous mode, which can
deliver 60fps or 120fps, but only
at reduced resolutions, generating
2- and 1.3-megapixel images,
respectively, and only for 25 or
60 frames. Again, that gives you a
very narrow window to work in.
The HDR mode needs work,
too. The idea is sound enough—the
camera takes a series of exposures
26x optical zoom is
great, but some of the in (very) quick succession and combines
P100’s other features SLR, them to produce an image with exceptionally high tonal
lack polish.
and it has a full range. But the results the P100 comes up with are gray,
set of Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, and flat, and soft looking—a long way from the spectacular
Manual modes. This type of camera is very tempting for HDR images you see in photo mags.
people who want a do-it-all camera at a low price, but Nevertheless, the P100’s picture quality generally is
they have limitations—the sensors are small compared good for this type of camera. It has built-in distortion
to a digital SLR’s, and this has a big impact on definition correction which stops straight lines near the edge
CoolPix P100 and noise. of the frame appearing to bow outwards (a common
Nikon Thankfully, the P100 is very responsive. It can zoom problem with zoom lenses), and the backlit CMOS from one end of its range to the other in less than 2 sensor does produce slightly better images at higher
Price: $399.95
Requirements: Mac OS 10.4.11, seconds, and the autofocus is fast, even at full zoom. ISOs. Our test shots came out sharp, well exposed, and
10.5.8, or 10.6 or later; USB Port; SD
or SDHC memory card
Nikon includes a focus-tracking mode where you center saturated, and while the lens did lose a little definition
26x zoom range. 1cm macro the subject on the display, and the focus locks on— at its maximum focal length (to be expected with
mode. Above-average picture great for action shots or shooting while you’re on the superzooms), the rest of the time it delivered sharp,
quality for a superzoom.
move. It’s not perfect, but works well most of the time. clear images.
Zooming and autofocus prob-
lems in movie mode. Continuous The 3-inch display on the back of the camera is clear, The bottom line. At heart the P100 is a competent
shooting limitations. Weak HDR
mode. and it swivels for waist-level or overhead shots. superzoom. It’s responsive and versatile, and produces
Mac | Life GOOD The P100 features a full 1080p HD mode, but good images. But the HD movie mode’s weaknesses
befitting its price, the movie mode has some drag the P100 down slightly.—Rod Lawton

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Bowers & wilkins MM-1
Mini but mighty desktop speakers

here was a time when listening to music meant sitting in front
of a stereo and popping in your favorite CD—or maybe even
an actual vinyl record. But these days, we do most of our
listening via iPods or from our Mac at our desk. Which is fine, except
for the fact that most computer speakers suck. But these speakers
from Bowers & Wilkins are so good, you should just stop reading this
review now and start earning some of the 500 bucks you’ll need to pay
for them.
The MM-1 speakers are designed specifically to work with your
computer, although they’re flexible enough to be used with other
audio sources. They connect to your Mac via USB, and they’re
instantly recognized as an output device in the Sound preference
pane. You’ll also need to plug them into AC power and connect the
two speakers together via a proprietary 3.75-foot cable permanently
attached to the left speaker. The included remote adjusts the volume
on your Mac and advances tracks forward and back. Smartly, Bowers
& Wilkins also included hard volume buttons on the right speaker,
as well as a headphone out and a 3.5mm AUX input for connecting
another audio source.
At 3.9x3.9 inches, a pair of MM-1s takes up a pretty minimal
footprint on your desktop. But the sound coming from these small
pillars is anything but minimal. Bowers & Wilkins built a 3-inch
woofer and a 1-inch tweeter into each channel, but those stats
don’t do justice to the gorgeous sound. We tested the MM-1 with
everything from WNYC’s Radiolab podcast to Black Sabbath, Bach,
and everything in between. In all cases, we were amazed at the clarity
and level of detail Bowers & Wilkins has managed to eke out of such
small speakers. Bass is taut and deep, maintaining its character even
at high volumes. Treble is crisp, and the overall sound quality is the
best we’ve heard from a pair of desktop speakers. And for 500 bucks,
we expect nothing less.
The bottom line. Bowers & Wilkins’ MM-1 are solidly built and sound
spectacular. They’re intended for the desktop, but they’re powerful
enough to pump music to a decent-sized room as well.—Ray Aguilera Bowers & wilkins
Price: $499.95
requirements: USB port, AC outlet
Excellent volume and clarity.
Compact size. No need for a
subwoofer. Beautifully designed.
Non-standard interconnect
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Data RobotIcs DRobo s

Redundant data for dummies
You know you should be backing up, right? And still, that if any particular drive kicks the bucket, there’s a
the dirty little secret of modern computing is that redundant copy of your data on another drive.
most of us—Mac|Life staff included—don’t back up Unlike standard RAID devices, Drobo S uses
as much as we should, and in some cases, not at all. a proprietary system that Data Robotics calls
And even if you do back up, using that old drive you BeyondRAID. This technology allows you to cram any
purchased in a fit of Y2K preparations isn’t much 3.5-inch SATA or SATA II drive into the Drobo. Where
protection. Drives fail, and it’s always a question of different drive sizes and manufacturers might trip
when, not if. Data Robotics, the makers of the Drobo, up a traditional RAID, the mix-and-match approach is
hope to make rock-solid backup simple and foolproof no problem for Drobo, which makes it easy to add or
with their line of external drive enclosures. replace drives as your storage needs change. Drobo
The front of Drobo’s black enclosure features five pools the storage capacity from all your drives, sets
aside space for redundant data,
and mounts on your Mac as
a single volume. There’s no
complicated backup software
to install, and you can use
Drobo in tandem with your
favorite backup software if
you wish, or simply store all
your files on the Drobo itself,
secure in the knowledge that
everything is continually
backed up.
Individual disks are also
hot-swappable, a distinct
advantage over traditional
RAID boxes. When a drive
fails, you can quickly replace
it without even bothering to
Green light, red
light! power down your Drobo. We
tested this feature by randomly
swapping out drives, and in all
cases, our data survived intact. When
you replace a drive, Drobo immediately goes
to work “healing” itself, restoring missing data on
pill-shaped the new drive to return your Drobo to its intended
lights that indicate the status of each drive. Green redundant state.
means you’re all good. Orange means you’re going to Our only real complaint is that all this behind-
need additional space soon. A red light means that a the-scenes data shuffling makes Drobo slow. In our
particular drive needs replacement. Blue LEDs across FireWire 800 test against another external drive,
the bottom of the Drobo serve as a capacity meter, the Drobo S transferred data at about half the speed
showing how much space you’re using in 10 percent of our other enclosure. Unlike RAID setups built for
increments. We love being able to quickly check speed, Drobo is focused on redundancy and simplicity.
Drobo’s status from across the room without having It works great for relatively small files like photos
Drobo S to fire up a utility. Connecting Drobo to a Mac is easy and such, but high-end users looking to use Drobo
Data Robotics, Inc. with a USB 2.0 port, an eSATA port, and a pair of to bulletproof their video-editing workflow will be FireWire 800 ports at your disposal. disappointed in Drobo’s speed.
Price: $799
Requirements: Mac OS 10.4 or later, At its core, Drobo is similar to a RAID device. The bottom line. If you need to store large amounts
USB 2.0, FireWire 800, or eSATA
Instead of being backed up to a single drive, your data of data without worrying about drive failures, the
Expandable, hot-swappable
storage with built-in backup. is spread over multiple drives. This redundancy is Drobo S is a pricey—but great—addition to the
Too slow for HD editing. Pricey. what makes RAID backup special. If you back up to a home office or small business. If you’re looking for an
Mac | Life G REAT single drive, your data dies along with that drive. But external RAID-type device for HD video editing, you
with a RAID, your data is copied to multiple drives, so should look elsewhere.—Roberto Baldwin

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2.53GHz Core i5 MACBook Pro
Still large and in charge
Apple’s entire MacBook Pro range was updated in the mid-2010
refresh, and while our first priority was putting the more commonly
purchased 15-inch model through its paces (Jul/10, p56, 4.5 stars),
this month we got to spend some quality time with the top-of-the-
line 17-inch Pro. It now boasts a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor,
which is actually more powerful than the 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo used
in the previous generation. The new 17-inch Pro also offers new
graphics technologies and a battery life of up to nine hours.
At a glance, the move from a 2.8GHz processor to a 2.53GHz
chip looks like a step backward, but new technologies included in
Intel’s new Core i-series mean nothing could be further from the
truth. The Core i5’s Hyper-Threading feature allows two threads
to run simultaneously on each of the processor’s two cores,
giving a total of four virtual cores. And if your application doesn’t
take advantage of all available
cores, the processor’s Turbo
Boost technology shuts
down those that are unused
and transfers the power to
active cores. The 2.53GHz
processor used here can run
at up to 3.06GHz when only
one core is used. The new
architecture also includes an
integrated memory
controller, connecting
system memory
directly to the processor and eliminating the need for a separate The 17-inch model
is the only MacBook
I/O controller, which means faster data access and an improved Pro to retain the
operating speed. ExpressCard slot.

Graphics processing now switches automatically between

integrated Intel HD graphics, which lacks power but is easy on the
battery, and the discrete GPU, an Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics 17-inch 2.53Ghz
core i5 MacBook
processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory. You can switch off this Pro
feature and use the discrete graphics processor at all times if you Apple
wish, but strangely, there’s no option to restrict the MacBook Pro to Price: $2,299
integrated graphics to preserve battery life. Specs: 2.53GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB
DDR3 SDRAM, 3MB shared L3 cache,
It’s been reported that the 2.66GHz Core i7 version of the 17-inch 500GB 5,400-RPM SATA hard drive,
Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics
MacBook Pro (available as a build-to-order option on the Apple processor with 512MB of GDDR3
online store for an additional $200) runs at over 212°F when the memory, Intel HD graphics with
256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with
processor’s running full-bore. The off-the-shelf model we tested main memory, 1920x1200 glossy
isn’t quite so vulnerable to overheating—in our tests, we found 17-inch LED-backlit display, backlit
keyboard, Multi Touch trackpad,
it barely rose above 176°F. That’s still pretty hot, but it didn’t three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800
port, ExpressCard/34 slot, Mini
cause any performance issues. More impressively, the MacBook DisplayPort, iSight, 802.11n AirPort
Pro ran silently, even after 15 minutes of running the processor at Extreme, Gigabit Ethernet, audio in/
out, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Beautiful big screen. Improved
We have very few complaints about the new 17-inch MacBook graphics switching. New processor
architecture. Retains ExpressCard
Pro. A Blu-ray drive would’ve been appreciated, but it was never slot.
going to happen. Still, at $2,300, this kind of performance is really Our first car cost less than this
limited to pros buying hardware on someone else’s dime. machine. Can’t restrict MacBook Pro
to integrated graphics for improved
The bottom line. Overall, the mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro is battery life.
a major step up from the previous generation. Performance is top Mac | Life GREAT
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SIMPLy AudIobookS downLoAd CLub

Simply unacceptable
With the ongoing battle between Amazon’s Kindle and Sadly, so does Mac support and customer service.
Apple’s iBooks, e-books have been in the spotlight Once you download a book, you’ll need to rename the
plenty. But audiobooks are still the easiest way for many Windows Media Download package it arrives in so you
readers to get a quick fix on the go. They can be enjoyed can open it in OS X. Here’s the kicker: audiobooks are
hands-free almost anywhere, and—thanks to Audible delivered not as one or two files converted from the
and iTunes—they’re as easy to buy as their e-book original recording, but as dozens of individual tracks
counterparts. Unfortunately, with that convenience ripped from CD—right down to incomprehensible track
comes digital rights management (DRM) that restricts names like “CD 01-003.” Not only is that the skeeziest
how you can listen to your books.
Enter Simply Audiobooks, a would-
be Audible-alike website offering
downloadable audiobooks—at
least some of which are free of
meddlesome DRM. Despite that
advantage, this upstart bookstore
can’t begin to compare to its better,
more established competition.
Its audiobooks are sold individually
or through monthly subscriptions
that range from $14.95 to $31.95
for up to three download credits
per month; it also offers Netflix-
style CDs-by-mail plans starting at
$17.98. As with Audible, you may re-
download your purchases, and those
files remain yours after you cancel
your account. Another nice touch:
each month brings a free download
that requires no membership to
download. We snagged a Hercule
Poirot mystery—très bon! Solid
search tools and a clean layout make As bad as DRM is, feeling cheated is even worse.
finding known books or authors easy,
but browsing isn’t fun. The 50-second
audio samples are too short to get a feel for a new thing we’ve seen in a long time, it makes navigating
discovery, and too many titles leave you high and dry books on an iPod almost impossible. What, nobody
with no sample at all. At least each book’s page gives heard of the iTunes Join CD Tracks command? Adding
you total runtime, author and narrator names, and other insult to injury, these files lack cover art, sport the bare
useful information. Simply Audiobooks delivers most minimum of metadata, and must be tweaked in iTunes in
other features you expect from online stores (ratings, order to remember playback position. Sigh.
user reviews, and more), but it lacks perks like New York Encoding quality was fine, but occasional skips
DownloaD Club
Times Bestseller lists and other reader-friendly guides, and distortion in several files made some narration
Simply Audiobooks, Inc. making the site more like an inventory than a bookstore. unintelligible. Our email to customer service about
Price: $14.95–$31.95 per month And what a small bookstore it is. Most of the Simply the issue went unanswered, and after several phone
Requirements: Firefox or Safari Audiobooks catalog consists of DRM-protected calls, we were politely told that the files sounded good
Web browser, broadband internet
connection Windows Media Audio (WMA) files; fewer than 500 enough for Simply Audiobooks. Unfortunately, that isn’t
Files are DRM-free. Purchases can titles are actually Mac-friendly DRM-free MP3s. This nearly good enough for us.
be re-downloaded without penalty.
slim selection all but ensures that either your favorite The bottom line. If you want DRM-free audiobooks,
Very limited selection. Audiobook
files are just tracks ripped from CD; author’s work will be unavailable or that there will be you’re far better off getting CDs from Amazon—or
some have skips and other glitches. gaps in their catalog because some books are available maybe trying Simply Audiobooks’ CD plans—and ripping
No cover art or choice of audio qual-
ity. Weak Mac support. only as WMA files. Most new releases are MP3s, them yourself instead of downloads. You’ll lose the
Mac | Life AWFU L however, so selection is improving. But for now, the instant gratification, but you’ll get much better results.
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Dexim P-FliP FolDAble Power Dock
Keeps your iPhone going, so you can keep going too
We’ve seen some fairly ridiculous iPhone nonskid pad didn’t always keep it from sliding around on
and iPod accessories in our day, so it’s extra an airline tray table.
refreshing when we find one as useful, well The base is a long-lasting 2000mAh
designed, and...well, sane as the P-Flip. It battery that you charge via USB, and then
ably fills three roles: a dock for charging charges your device. Dexim says you’ll get
and syncing to your Mac, a travel stand 8 extra hours of talk time, 15 hours of video
that works in landscape or portrait, and or gaming, or 60 hours of music. After using
a powerful external battery. the P-Flip for months, we believe it—if we
The P-Flip folds into a compact remember to hook up our iPhone 3G before
3x3.5 inches, is less than half an it dies, we can bring it back to 98% charged,
inch thick, and weighs only 2.5 disconnect the P-Flip, run it down again, and
ounces. We’ve carried it in our juice it almost all the way back up before the
P-FliP Foldable
Power dock jeans pockets, laptop sleeves, and P-Flip runs out of power. Blue LEDs give you an
Dexim backpacks, and even brought idea of how much capacity is left. Dexim includes it to a wedding in a tiny satin the USB–to–mini USB cable you’ll need for using
Price: $54.95
requirements: iPhone 3G or 3GS, clutch for some quick iPhone- the P-Flip as a charge/sync dock connected to
or iPod touch recharging mid-reception. your Mac, or charging the battery with your
Large-capacity external battery
can top off your device more than Flipping open the cover Mac or the iPhone’s AC adapter.
once. Compact design. Doubles as a reveals the 30-pin dock The bottom line. It’s a solid
stand and a syncing dock.
connector, and a curved support performer at a reasonable price,
Nonskid pads could be a little
bigger. for your iPhone or iPod touch’s back. and so essential to our daily lives that
mac | life EXCELLE N T The P-Flip can hold your device either awarding it the Editors’ Choice is a no-brainer.
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This space-saving dock has many
tricks up its sleeve
The Dualie is a portable hard drive and a docking
station for your iPhone or iPod. It connects to your
Mac via USB, enabling you to sync or otherwise
manage either device while it’s in the dock. But it’s
also powered via AC adapter, so you can recharge
your phone or audio player even when your
computer’s switched off.
Behind the iPhone/iPod dock sits a 500GB hard
drive. Connecting via USB, the drive can be removed
and carried around just like any other portable drive.
When used without the Dualie dock, the drive offers
USB and FireWire 800 connections—no power
supply required. The Dualie even has two extra
USB ports on the back, giving you a hub to connect
additional USB peripherals.
Currently, the Dualie is exclusive to Apple Stores
and Apple’s website. And Dualie looks the part, with
both the dock itself and the hard drive sporting a
brushed aluminum and rubber finish. Your iPod touch
or iPhone looks right at home there. It’s perfectly
compact too, with a footprint just under 4 inches
square. In our QuickBench tests, the drive proved
admirably speedy when used alone, but docking an
iPod or (especially) an iPhone slows it down by up to
25 percent. It’s best to make sure only the hard drive
is docked when transferring large files.
The bottom line. It’s a little expensive, but multi-
functionality makes Dualie an excellent addition to
any Mac owner’s desktop.—Ian Osborne

Buffalo Technology
Price: $199.95
Requirements: Mac OS 10.4 or
later, USB or FireWire 800 port
Excellent, space-saving
concept. Attractive, robust design.
A bit expensive for what you
get. Transfer speeds bog down
while an iPhone or iPod is docked.

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DEVONthiNk PRO OfficE 2.0
Ask me anything
If your work includes any explicit information collection,
DEVONthink deserves your attention. The amount of information
that needs managing grows on a daily basis, and DEVONthink’s
latest update makes great strides in its ability to collect and search
data. The core philosophy behind all three flavors of the app—
Regular, Professional, and Pro Office versions are available—is the
same: accumulate
lots of information
and then provide
ways of making that
information useful.
For starters,
DEVONthink 2.0
uses all the Spotlight
plug-ins that you
already have on
your Mac, rendering
most files’ contents
indexable by the
Simply mousing over a stored webpage shows you a wealth of metadata.
app. If you have
collections of paper
documents you’d like to make electronically searchable, you’re
in luck: DEVONthink Pro Office 2.0 includes Optical Character
Recognition (OCR), saving you from having to buy a separate app to
digitize text. DEVONthink 2.0 also keeps any files you add in their
original form, allowing you to export them later, preventing lock-in
to any proprietary data format.
So what do you actually do with DEVONthink 2.0? That depends
on what your task is. Authors use it to collect digital research
materials before sitting down to write books. Lawyers use it to
collect case research. You can even use it for searchable email
archives. Common tasks like note-taking, storing information
and URLs from the internet, and aggregating data on your Mac
are made easy by DEVONthink’s unified Inbox, the first collection
point for added files. From there, DEVONthink helps you tag and
organize disparate bits of information, whether into categories or
into separate databases. And it’s this ability to collect projects into
databases that makes DEVONthink a valuable addition over just
relying on the Finder and Spotlight.
What also sets DEVONthink apart is its abilities to make inferences
about related information, creating linkages and relationships across PrO OfficE 2.0
your data. At its simplest, the app uses word frequency to figure
out which documents are related. As you continue adding data,
Price: $149.95 (upgrades $20–$120,
DEVONthink builds more and better associations between your depending on prior version)
files, allowing you to use the See Also feature in its search window Requirements: Mac OS 10.5 or later
to have the app suggest similar documents. More often than not, Broad options for information
input. No data-format lock-in.
DEVONthink’s suggestions are quite useful. This capability alone is Cheaper versions available if you
a huge timesaver for focusing research through a large number of don’t need all the features of the
Pro Office version.
documents collected over a long period of time. Its depth and breadth can be
The bottom line. DEVONthink 2.0 is a great tool for collecting overwhelming. Sometimes value
only becomes apparent after
and making sense of a lot of information. It’s hard to imagine any collecting enough data.
knowledge worker not benefitting from the app’s organizational Mac | Life GREAT
tools. —Stephan Somogyi

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“Essential” is the new “lite”—and it bites
A new entry in Intuit’s venerable line of financial Essentials can import manually downloaded Quicken
software, Quicken Essentials is all about keeping track Web Connect files. Like the Quicken products that came
of your cash. Load it with your bank accounts, credit before, transactions must be categorized, but Essentials
cards, assets, and loans, and it’ll show you where the adds a Tags section to add data to each transaction.
money is going. Unfortunately, Essentials omits many key features
If you’re migrating from Microsoft Money or a that were present in the previous iteration of Quicken
previous version of Quicken, your first stop should for Mac. Investment tracking has been cut back, and bill
be the conversion tool. This is actually a separate pay, check printing, and Turbo Tax export features have
application that launches to perform the file translation. all been jettisoned. Then there’s the documentation,
Ooh-kay. We threw a 3.6MB Quicken 2007 data file which consists of a shallow “getting started” guide.
with about 3,300 transactions at the converter. After Rather than being given a full manual to fill in the gaps,
creating and saving a new file, the conversion tool users are sent to the Live Community, a web forum
required us to locate that file in the Finder and drag it where they can “get answers from other Quicken
back into the converter. We’re at a loss to explain why, Essentials users and experts.” The handful of Intuit
in a product touted for its simplicity, we needed to drag employees we found posting answers were undermined
a file into the application that just created it. Quirks by the disclaimer: “Intuit does not guarantee the

Editing transactions is a simple affair, and adding tags should be instantly familiar to iPhoto users.

aside, Essentials did convert and load the old data accuracy of the Live Community postings.” Sigh.
without error. Reporting was another disappointment. Essentials
Rather than being an update to Quicken Mac 2007, offers two monthly summary reports, one each for
Quicken Essentials is an entirely new product. Intuit the current and previous month, and they can’t be
has drawn heavily from Apple’s current interface customized. The Category Report is useful—it can
QUICKEN design principles—Essentials uses the now common be filtered by date, account, categories, and tags,
ESSENTIALS split-window design popularized by iTunes. While displaying the results in three levels of detail. Once
accounts and transactions can be entered manually, you’ve set up the filters just how you want them, you
Intuit Quicken Essentials was built for downloading. When can save it as a custom report. The third report variety
Price: $49.99
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or you add a new account, the first step is selecting your is the Spending Cloud, which shows your transactions
later, Intel processor financial institution from a list of hundreds. All the big in a weighted tag cloud—it looks interesting, but that’s
Easy to use. Automatic account banks are present, but we easily found our small local deceiving, and its utility is limited at best.
bank among the choices. After we entered our login The bottom line. Essentials is essentially bare
Weak investment tracking. Most
useful features are missing. Thin credentials, Essentials was able to connect to the bank, bones—many useful features are missing. It might
documentation. Useless “cloud”
report. create records for each of our accounts, and download score higher if it were a $19 download, but for 50 bucks,
Mac | Life WEAK transactions. If your bank isn’t listed or you don’t want we want documentation and support, not a public forum
to store your account passwords inside the application, where you may or may not get help.—Stuart Gripman

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LinebReAk CLoUdAPP
Turn to the cloud for lightweight,
ultra-fast file sharing
Considering how wired we are, the simple act of sharing a file with a
coworker is way more complicated than it needs to be. If I ask Susie
to grab a screenshot for a review, we always have to pause to figure
out how she should send it. Should she email it to me, IM the file over,
or put it up on the server? Where on the server should she put it? It’s
a huge waste of time when you consider that all we’re trying to do is
share a file. CloudApp aims to simplify the process of quickly sharing
files and web links, either with your coworkers, or with friends on
social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
CloudApp installs as an item in your menu bar. To share a file,
all you have to do is drag the file from a Finder window to the
little cloud icon at the top of your screen. If you have multiple files
selected, the app uploads them all as a single ZIP file. As you upload a
file, CloudApp copies a URL for your upload to your Clipboard, ready

CloudApp’s simple web interface offers tools for managing uploads.

for pasting into an email, Facebook post, or instant message. Even

better, you can use a system-wide hotkey to instantly send whatever
you’re working on to CloudApp. Through plug-ins called Raindrops,
you can customize the application to work with everything from
Firefox URLs to Photoshop files and tracks from your iTunes library.
Remarkably, there’s no limit to how much you can store in CloudApp.
By default, the links generated by CloudApp are “private,”
featuring long strings of random characters. Changing a setting in
the web interface will generate shorter “public” links—great for
Twitter—but the distinction is mostly a word game. Nothing you
upload is password protected, so everything is accessible to anyone CloudApp
who has—or can guess—the URL. Private links are only private Linebreak
by virtue of their being harder to guess. CloudApp’s minimal Mac
Price: Free
application is backed by a web interface that shows all the files Requirements: Mac OS 10.5 or later
you’ve uploaded, allowing you to grab previously generated links to Quick, easy file and link sharing.
Plug-ins support many different file
share again and delete files you no longer need. You can toggle files types. Can be set to automatically
between public and private links via the web, but there’s no way to upload screenshots.
change the privacy level on files as you upload them from your Mac. Doesn’t offer truly secure links.
Can’t specify public or private links
The bottom line. Privacy features are limited, but CloudApp is a as you upload.
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Pyramid distribution uboard usb

muLtiboard For your imac
Now your Mac has everything…including a cup holder
On paper, the UBoard seems cool. It’s a desktop shelf more useful.
with a built-in USB hub and even a cupholder. Once we The hard plastic legs also tended to move around
got it set up, however, its many shortcomings quickly quite a bit on our smooth desktop, which is problematic
became apparent, and it ended up taking up more desk when connecting and disconnecting USB devices—
space than it saved. some rubber feet would help keep everything in place.
UBoard comes flat-packed in a box and only took a UBoard also features a cupholder on the right side, but
few minutes to assemble into a shelf 22.9 inches wide by its placement toward the rear of the unit and its fairly
8.3 inches deep and 3.1 inches high. Though the white small size made us wary of spilling our drink while
plastic legs and glass shelf are sturdy enough, we were trying to use it.
disappointed to find that the UBoard is too tall to fit The bottom line. If you have a serious space crunch,
UBoard USB under the edge of our iMac—it is called “Multiboard for it might help, but 50 bucks is steep for what you get.
MUltiBoard for Your iMac,” after all. We placed it in front of our iMac, —Ray Aguilera
YoUr iMac
but that obliterates the main useful working area on
Pyramid distribution our desk. Instead, it seems the best use for the UBoard
Yep…that’s a cupholder.
Price: $49.95 is as a laptop stand with your external keyboard tucked
requirements: USB port
underneath the shelf until it’s needed.
Adds two USB ports to your
setup. UBoard sports three USB ports built into the left
Too tall to slide under an iMac. side, but unfortunately they’re bus-powered, so
USB ports are bus-powered. Drink
holder isn’t all that useful. they’re really only handy for low-power uses like
mac | Life WEAK flash drives and card readers. An option to power
the hub via an AC adapter would make UBoard much

KinGston technoLoGy data traveLer 310

256 gigs in your pocket
Recently, Sony announced that they were killing the 3.5- professionals who need to transport large, graphics-
inch floppy disk. Which is fine, as far as we’re concerned. intensive files. But we can’t help choking on the
Macs haven’t used floppy disks in well over a decade, price—$1,100 is a lot of money to pay for a flash
and with the internet, who needs ’em? But sometimes drive, especially when a MacBook with similar storage
you just need to move files from point A to point B with capacity can be had for under a thousand dollars. And
a minimum of fuss, which is where the USB flash drive the MacBook comes with a screen, keyboard—and
comes in. Plug it into your Mac, copy some files, plug it don’t forget, it’s an actual computer. Portable external
into another Mac—boom! File transfer done. While we hard drives are physically larger than this USB stick of
usually use flash drives to move images, Word docs, and course, but are available in larger capacities for under
maybe a few ripped MP3s between machines, Kingston’s $100.
new Data Traveler 310 is made to carry a lot more—256 The bottom line. A year from now, the Data Traveler
gigabytes, to be exact. 310 might be affordable for mere mortals, but for now,
As a flash drive, the Data Traveler 310 works the cost-per-gigabyte is sky high.—Ray Aguilera
exactly as it should. It mounted on several test Macs
without any problems, and we used it to move large
files back and forth between multiple machines.
data traveler Transfer speeds were quick, averaging slightly above
310 Kingston’s reported 25MB/s read and 12MB/s write
Kingston technology speeds in our tests. Kingston ships the drive with
Price: $1,108 Password Traveler, which can create a password-
requirements: USB port
protected volume on the drive—but of course the
Ginormous capacity.
application is Windows-only. Ultimately that doesn’t It’s cool in a “because you can”
For $109 less, you can buy a sort of way, but $1,100 is a lot to
MacBook. matter much, because Mac users can create their own pay for a flash drive.
mac | Life SOLI D encrypted volume on the drive with Disk Utility.
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NovoThiNk SUrGe
Plug your iPhone into the sun
Every time my day deviates from the normal home-to-work-and-back
routine, I have to plan a strategy for iPhone power. Car chargers are
an option, as is keeping a spare charging cable in your go-bag. But
what are you supposed to do if your day’s travels aren’t going to
include time in a car or in front of a computer?
Novothink’s Surge is a hybrid charger/case that promises to keep
your iPhone twittering, emailing, and calling without the need for
an external power source. The Surge’s back is taken up by a solar
panel that catches the sun’s energy, and stores it in an internal 1320
mAh battery. Given San Francisco’s well-deserved reputation for
fogginess, I was initially skeptical that the Surge would do me any
good. I was pleased to find that on a typical overcast spring day
in the city, the red LED indicating that the Surge was charging
stayed brightly lit—it even worked through the tinted windows of
Mac|Life’s offices and on a shaded balcony that wasn’t receiving
direct sunlight. And on those rare days when we do see the sun, the
Surge happily sucked it up and juiced up my iPhone with
no problem. Two hours of charge time
gives you enough power for 30
minutes of talk Now you can
use your iPhone
time on as an excuse to
AT&T’s get outside for a

Below the
solar panel, Surge
features four green
LEDs to indicate the charge
level of the internal battery.
The system is intelligently designed
so that it charges the iPhone’s internal
battery before storing excess power with
the Surge’s own battery, which means your
phone always has the maximum power available.
The Surge’s only issue is that it needs to be left in the sun—
preferably with your iPhone attached. If you have a corner office, Surge
that’s no problem, but most of the iPhones we know spend the day Novothink
in dark pockets, bags, or on desks under artificial lighting. The Surge
Price: $79.95
can be charged via USB in a pinch, but if you’re going to do that, why requirements: iPhone 3G or 3GS,
USB port to charge without sun.
drop 80 bucks on a solar charger?
Charges even in indirect
The bottom line. If you’re outdoors regularly or have a secure sunlight. LEDs indicate charge level.
sunny spot nearby where you can leave your phone during the day, Available in six colors.
Kind of bulky. Obviously won’t
the Surge could quite easily replace the nightly ritual of plugging work if your iPhone spends most of
your iPhone in to charge—or at least let you get through the day its time in your pocket or bag.
without a power-up.—Ray Aguilera Mac | Life GREAT

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Vin Diesel’s back,

lurking in the
shadows, ready to
kick some serious

Gritty stealth shooting with all the polish of a feature film
Those familiar with Vin Diesel might expect a sci-fi counterpart of Even minor characters have movie-caliber polish, and the voice
the Bic’d barbarian to blast the doors off the mothership, avenge his acting is first rate. Waiting in the shadows, you’ll overhear characters
fallen comrades, and hit the NOS—all in time to get the kids to soccer speak about their wives, their jobs, and their guns. Apparently, a ship
practice. full of mercenaries fosters rather foul mouths; Assault on Dark Athena
However, in Assault on Dark Athena (which starts where the last contains the most explicit language of any game in recent memory.
Riddick game, Escape from Butcher Bay, left off), Diesel sticks to the More vulgar than the guards are the controls. Athena’s keyboard
shadows. Quite literally. and mouse configuration starts out a complete mess. Primary controls
In this sequel, our hero Riddick (voiced by Diesel once again) is not are allotted to buttons that don’t exist on the Magic Mouse, and the
a bullet sponge like many first-person shooter heroes. For that reason, aiming sensitivity defaults to incredibly high. With a little tinkering and
it’s wise to stay where the guards can’t see him. Fortunately, Riddick reconfiguration, they’re tolerable, but they
can see in the dark, an ability called “eyeshine.” This talent is the only never become comfortable. Unfortunately, CHRONICLES OF
leg up gamers have as they try to escape a high-tech spaceship overrun each section of the game has at least DARK ATHENA
with deadly mercenaries. Apparently, fluorescent tube lamps don’t exist one sequence in which you jump from Virtual Programming
in the future, and the ship is awfully dark all the time. ledges to reach the next checkpoint. More Price: $49.95
If the story sounds like déjà vu to Riddick fans, well, it is. Much times than not, the iffy controls will send Requirements: 2.16GHz or faster
Intel processor; Mac OS 10.6.3
is recycled from the absolutely stellar Escape from Butcher Bay; Riddick plummeting faster than the Rotten or later; 1GB RAM; GeForce 8600,
both games have three main parts: shooter, stealth, and bassy one- Tomatoes score of a Fast and Furious flick. Radeon 2400HD, or better graphics
card with 256MB VRAM; 12GB free
liners. Dark Athena, however, is built on a new engine that supplies The bottom line. Though parts of the disk space
updated lighting effects, combat, and environments. Fighting is also game are a bit rough around the edges, the Comes with the awesome Escape
from Butcher Bay game. Brilliant
a much larger part of Athena—players frequently choose between fact that the game comes with a revamped voice acting. Exciting and enjoyable
devastating enemies with close combat or using the guns found version of the terrific Butcher Bay means fighting. ESRB rating: Mature.
around the ship. One of the true strengths of Athena is the way it fans should waste no time picking it up. Controls take some work to get
used to. Acrobatic sections fall flat.
gives you an almost guilt-inducing feeling of becoming a highly trained It’s a killer package that executes gritty Too much backtracking.
killer—manifested in brutal finishing moves when you melee, stab, or stealth-shooter with ease and style. Mac | Life GO O D
impale at exactly the right time. —Nic Vargus

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>>> play Have Mac, will game

The game controller (right) has

many settings to keep everything
running smoothly. The other
player (below) only sees the

Sam’s a “canine
shamus” and his
weird buddy Max
prefers to be called a
“lagomorph.” Sure,
Max, whatever.

Sleep iS Death
Waking from a great dream
Kids can run around the backyard without costumes or sets, imagining Completely open-ended, Sleep Is Death is whatever you make it.
they’re pirates on rolling seas. Adults playing in an empty black-box Scenes can take place anywhere you can dream up: the Earth’s core,
theater call this improvising, telling a collaborative story. Sleep Is Death on top of a pinhead, in a bubblegum lake. Characters can be a duck, a
tries to distill this spirit into a computer game. And it’s not fair to call it a girl, an airplane, a tornado, anything. The characters and scenery do
game; it’s so much more and less. come from somewhere; the leading player creates or downloads almost
Sleep Is Death requires two players on different computers, either everything ahead of time. Powerful editors let you build characters,
on a local network or online. The game includes a second download for ambient objects, backgrounds, even music. The game runs in a low
your friend, cross-platform for Windows, Mac, or Linux. And you might resolution, so creations have a pixelated style, but that’s more freeing
be able to find a partner to play with on than limiting—instead of striving for perfection, you’ll make something
Sleep iS Death, a community website. good and move on. Still, you could spend hours figuring out the tools
(GeiSterfahrer) One person leads the story, choosing and and building a cast and sets. Creativity is a big part of the fun.
Jason Rohrer controlling characters and backgrounds, But no matter how much the controlling player planned ahead, and handling dialogue for nearly you’ll run into situations where you can’t proceed. Suppose you built
price: Name your price, minimum $1
Requirements: Mac OS 10.2 or later, everything—think of the man behind the sets and characters for a story at an ice-skating rink. What happens if
plus a second computer and friend curtain. The second person sees just the the other player wants to leave that location? The leading player can
Powerful visual editors can
craft anything. Music editor builds created scene and controls their single scramble to create the new sets on the fly, but that usually takes much
soundtracks. Open-ended creativity. character. Players alternate 30-second longer than the 30-second turn allows. And if you say, “No, we can’t do
Downloadable assets can help build
up your object library. Records your turns, moving their character and typing a that,” too often, the other player can get frustrated.
stories for later review. Unlimited line of dialogue—when you’re finished, the Instead of creating a space where anything is possible, only the things
potential and replay.
Situations arise where you
game saves the single frame of action and you build are real. Kids and improvisers can agree on anything, since
need an unanticipated object sends it to the other player. Back and forth, they have no set or props. Sleep Is Death takes a visual approach, so
or set, halting a story. Weak
documentation causes confusion. like a story. The leading player decides players can only agree on what they see.
Lacks sufficient tagging or search when the game has ended, usually 30 The bottom line. Sleep Is Death’s limitless potential conflicts with the
system. Lacks goals other than
those you determine. minutes to an hour later. Afterward, you’ll practicality of creating everything. Still, players who can work together
Mac | life SOLI D get a storyboard that can be viewed in a or get absorbed in the tools can enjoy the creative process.
web browser, showing each turn and action. —Zack Stern

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Sam’s a “canine
shamus” and his
weird buddy Max
prefers to be called a
“lagomorph.” Sure,
Max, whatever.

And you’ve got a lot

of nerve putting a
trademark symbol in
game dialogue!


Classic games aren’t dead; they just smell funny
Videogame classics never really die. But they do come out of examine anything that catches your eye, and try everything—if an
retirement, receive full audio and graphical overhauls, and appear on idea seems stupid, odds are it’s part of the solution to the puzzle that’s
computer platforms they’ve never been on before—which is definitely been driving you nuts. A three-level hint system (if you’re stuck, press
a good thing. H) lends a hand and will actually tell you where to go and what to do if
Enter The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a recrafted need be. Unfortunately, the game’s tutorial doesn’t point out the hint
version of the 1990 LucasArts puzzle classic, not to be confused with system as clearly as we’d like.
the newer Tales of Monkey Island episodic adventures by Telltale Special Edition keeps the series’
Games. You control the character of Guybrush Threepwood, an aspiring trademark sense of humor intact, and even THE SECRET OF
young pirate who must pass three trials while rescuing Governor Elaine improves on it with updated voiceover SPECIAL EDITION
Marley from the dreaded ghost pirate LeChuck. Along the way, you’ll work. This is an irreverent game that knows Aspyr
learn how to improve your swordfighting skills via the perfect insult, where it’s coming from, and it’s funny on Price: $9.99
discover powerful new uses for the mighty Grog beverage, and endure multiple levels. Yet it’s also rewarding to Requirements: Mac OS 10.5 or later,
1.8GHz or faster Intel processor,
horrible, horrible puns—which actually come in handy as you work to replay later, especially if you had a new 512MB RAM, ATI or Nvidia graphics
save Elaine and establish yourself as a pirate to be reckoned with. idea for a puzzle you were stuck on. Special card with 128MB of VRAM, 2GB free
disk space
As an overhaul of a classic, this Special Edition succeeds. Updated Edition can be beaten within five to six Updated graphics. Challenging
graphics catch the eye, while top-notch vocal and audio works add to hours of gameplay, and while that time is puzzles. Solid performance. Low
price. A great introduction to a
the bright, friendly atmosphere. Plus, the interface is easy to master, enjoyable, we were left wanting more. classic series of video games. ESRB
and the game begins to feel intuitive after the first hour of play. We The bottom line. This game will thrill rating: Everyone 10+.
saw rock-solid system performance under Mac OS 10.6.3, and the game die-hard fans of the series, but it’s also Very limited replay value.
Tutorial/hint system should be a
never froze or crashed during test play. newcomer-friendly, and as funny and little better defined.
The game is designed around a series of puzzles. To solve them, satisfying as any puzzle game on the Mac | Life EXCELLENT
you’ll need to talk to everyone, pick up whatever items you can, market.—Nic Vargus R A T E D

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My husband surprised me with an iPad for my birthday, loaded with about 25 apps.
However, those apps are now tied to his personal iTunes account on his MacBook, so
when I go to sync the iPad with my own MacBook, my iTunes wants to override his apps
with the apps that I had previously purchased for my iPhone. I don’t want to do this,
so I haven’t synced my iPad yet. Ideally, I would like to merge his apps with my apps. Is
there any way?

Yes. Any content that your husband purchased through the If iTunes asks you if you want to overwrite your iPad with your
iTunes Store on his Mac or through the App Store on the iPad— own apps, decline that option for now (you’ll do that later).
apps, music, TV shows, and movies—can be stored on up to five Next, iTunes will ask you if you want to transfer your husband’s
authorized computers. Those five computers can then sync to any apps into your own iTunes library. Click the Transfer Purchases
number of iPads or iPhones. button, and all your husband’s apps will now be sitting alongside
First, authorize your Mac with your husband’s iTunes account your own apps inside iTunes. You can verify this by clicking Apps
name and password. In iTunes, choose Store > Authorize in the sidebar of iTunes.
Computer and type in his iTunes account information. Then you’ll You can then sync your iPad once again, and iTunes will ask you
need to copy his iPad apps onto your computer so that his apps if you want to overwrite your iPad with your apps. This time, you
and your apps can peacefully co-mingle in your own iTunes library. can allow that to happen because you’re now bringing over all of
The easiest way to do this is to plug your iPad into your computer. your apps—yours and your husband’s combined.

Each iTunes account can be authorized on up to five Click Transfer Purchases to bring purchased iTunes
computers. Store and App Store content onto your authorized Mac.

Typing Special Symbols But those three common symbols, the © and ® and ™
I’m a university law professor, and apparently I’m the only person symbols, can only be found on the iPhone’s hidden emoticon
who has ever wanted to type the © and ® and ™ symbols. I can’t keyboard. Strangely enough, Apple has only enabled this
find them on my iPhone, and I can’t find them on my Mac. I need to emoticon keyboard on iPhones sold in Japan. So if you want
type these symbols regularly. access to this special keyboard, you’ll have to cough up 99 cents
On your iPhone, most special symbols and accented letters can to purchase the iEmoji app from the App Store.
be found by pressing and holding down different keys on your Not only will iEmoji give you the three symbols that are
iPhone’s keyboard. Give it a try—you’ll be surprised at what you currently missing from your iPhone’s keyboard, but it will give
find when you press and hold on a key. you over 600 adorable icons you can use as well. While the three

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symbols you need should display you can turn off the new-mail sound in Mail’s preferences and hand off
on anyone’s computer or phone, this responsibility to GrowlMail (free, GrowlMail will pop up a
the other icons will only appear visual indicator and an optional sound whenever new messages arrive
on iPhones, so they are best used in Mail, whether they were pushed or pulled.
for sending text messages to If you want Growl to use the exact same new-mail sound that
other iPhone users. Mail does, you’ll need to make a copy of the New Mail.aiff file from
Oh, and on your Mac, the Apple Mail (right-click Apple Mail in the Finder, choose Show Package
copyright symbol © is Option-G, Contents, and then open the Resources folder), and place it into your
the registered trademark ~/Library/Sounds folder.
symbol ® is Option-R, and the
trademark symbol ™ is Option-2.
For additional symbols, check the
menus in the applications you’re
using for an “Insert special
characters” option or install
the handy shareware program
iEmoji opens up a whole new world of
symbols and icons on your iPhone. PopChar X (€30,
To see which symbols have
keyboard shortcuts associated with them, enable the Keyboard
Viewer Input menu in your menu bar (located in System Preferences >
International in 10.5, or System Preferences > Language & Text in 10.6).
Then, choose Show Keyboard Viewer from the new icon in your menu You can configure GrowlMail to show a floating notification window for new
bar and press Option, Shift, or both Option and Shift to see the different mail, as well as play an optional sound.
symbols that you can type.

The Waiting Game

When is the new Mac mini coming out?
Apple follows Paul Masson’s classic line, “We sell no wine before its
time.” Only their wine is Macs, iPhones, or whatever people are itching
for that Cupertino hasn’t announced yet.
Your best bet is to keep an eye on
This is how Keyboard Viewer looks when you press the Option key.
It’s the first place we go when people ask us this question. Providing a
summary of each Apple product, this page will let you know where the
item is in its product cycle, tell you how many days it’s been since the
New Mail Sound in Apple Mail last update, and even link to recent rumors on Very
I’m having a strange problem with Apple Mail. Sometimes when new handy. Also keep in mind any upcoming events, such as WWDC, that
email messages arrive, I get the new mail sound. But other times tend to signal new product releases. And then just wait.
when new email messages arrive, Mail doesn’t make any sounds at According to the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide, the Mac mini was
all. Any ideas as to what’s going on here? updated last in October 2009, which is loosely calculated as mid
First, double-check that your Mail preferences are set to play a sound product cycle. So if you really need one today, go ahead and buy one.
when new mail arrives (go to Mail > Preferences > General and look for But if you can wait, a new one will be along when Apple’s good and
“New messages sound”). Next, go into System Preferences > Sound ready. We wish we could be more specific!
and verify that the checkbox is checked for “Play user interface sound
If both of those are set correctly, then you’re likely experiencing a
bug in Mail related to the IMAP IDLE command. If you’re checking your
email from an IMAP server that supports the IDLE command, your
emails are actually being pushed to Apple Mail in real time as soon
as those messages arrive. But Apple Mail’s new-mail sound doesn’t
work with push email; it only works with emails that Mail pulls from
the server itself. It pulls messages when you click the Get Mail button
or when it automatically checks for new mail based on its schedule in
To get your sounds back, you could disable your push email
altogether by going into each email account and unchecking the option
to “use IDLE command” (Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Advanced). Or

The MacRumors Buyer’s Guide helps you make educated guesses about when
to buy a Mac.

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Dear Journal: Help! iPhoto Noooo!
I use TextEdit as my ongoing “journal” notebook. But the Every time I hook up one of our iPhones to our iMac, iPhoto opens. I have
document is quite sizable now, and autosaving has become a to wait a few seconds, quit iPhoto, and switch back to iTunes again. I’m
significant event—and every 5 minutes (the maximum offered in sure it’s a setting on the iMac, but which one?
the preferences) is too frequent for this interruption to occur. Do It’s a setting in iPhoto, actually. Open iPhoto > Preferences, and look
you know how to change this value with the Terminal? That’s how under the General tab for a dropdown labeled “Connecting camera
I adjusted the number of recent items in my menu, and I’d love to opens.” (iPhoto views your iPhone as just another camera.) Set that
fix this as well. dropdown to “No application.” Now, when you want to get photos from
So you’re keeping your entire journal in one TextEdit file? We see your iPhone into iPhoto, you’ll have to connect the iPhone to the iMac,
how the “free” factor might trump dedicated journaling apps like launch iPhoto manually, and select the iPhone in iPhoto’s sidebar, under
MacJournal ($39.95,, 4 stars in Nov/08, p65) or Devices.
Mémoires ($29.95,, but doesn’t that one big text
file get unwieldy? Wouldn’t a new file for each day, week, or month
work too? Up to you—we’ll stop wondering and answer your question.
TextEdit’s preference file, called, is kept in
Back off, iPhoto! We’ll call
your ~/Library/Preferences/ folder. So we fired up Terminal, typed you when we need you!
defaults read ~/Library/Preferences/ and
pressed Return to have Terminal read the default settings in that
file. The list was pretty extensive, but we didn’t notice anything that
would adjust the autosave interval. So we’re skeptical that a Terminal
command could fix that—Apple only added autosave to TextEdit as of
Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, so maybe it will be expanded in future versions.

Don’t Do It
The power adapter for my G4 aluminum PowerBook quit working. Is the
adapter box fused, can it be split open to see if there is a wire broken
inside, or am I stuck purchasing a new one?
We are not trained electrical wizards—or even apprentice electrical
wizards—and as such, we’re going to urge you to just buy a new power
adapter. Opening a power adapter is a pretty dangerous thing to do, and
even if you safely pry it open, find a broken wire, and fix it, you could
accidentally introduce an electrical short, and that’s of course a fire
hazard. We just can’t recommend it.
If you need to figure out which power adapter goes with your
PowerBook, check out We found good
ForeverSave’s autosave intervals top out at 60, which can be seconds,
minutes, or even hours. deals on G4 PowerBook adapters at, which
has an Apple-branded white-brick-style adapter for $49.95, and a
In the meantime, you could set TextEdit’s autosave to Never, and PowerbookMedic-branded clunkier-looking adapter for $22.95. Both
instead use ForeverSave ($14.95, This come with a one-year warranty.
utility will automatically save files in the applications of your choice
at the interval of your choice—up to 60 hours. You can even exclude
folders, in case you want to isolate your journal entries in one folder
and exclude everything else.
Another tip: Dropbox (free up to 2GB, automatically
keeps versions of the files you store in your Dropbox folder, but you
have to access the previous versions by logging in to your account on sells a
its website, Once there, mouse over the file in question power adapter for less than
half the price of an Apple-
and click the down-facing blue arrow on the far right, which shows a branded power brick.
menu including a Previous versions link. So as long as you save that
TextEdit file to Dropbox, it’ll always have your last copy available, and
you won’t lose your journal if your Mac’s hard drive goes kaput. Ask is written by Susie Ochs and Scott Rose, a Los Angeles–
based FileMaker developer and Mac consultant. Visit him at


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Take Control of Flash

Your iPhone is refreshingly Flash-free,
but these handy tips can help Flash
Player behave on your Mac
Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably heard about the battle
between Apple and Adobe: Adobe wants Flash on the iPhone, and
Apple does not. In his “Thoughts on Flash” open letter, Steve Jobs even
outlined six reasons why Flash is not allowed on the iPhone.
We’re firmly on Apple’s side, and we’re betting that you are, too.
We’re tired of trying to watch Flash videos on our Mac, only to witness Adobe’s Flash Player can
seem to mess up your
the fans roar at full throttle, the entire machine slow to a crawl, the Mac nearly as much as a
Flash plug-in eat up our CPU usage, and then Safari crash. flash of lightning.
Until websites widely adopt the new HTML5 standard, which is
the modern way to play videos in formats such as H.264 without the
need for proprietary plug-ins like Flash Player, we’ve got some tips easy
on how you can have the best of both worlds: How to responsibly use
Flash when you need to, but still retain control of your Mac’s precious >> A Mac running Mac OS X, preferably 10.6
resources. BY SCOTT ROSE (see Step 3)
>> The latest version of Flash Player (see Step 1)

1 Update First
Update to the latest version of Adobe Flash. It’s always
a good idea to update to the latest version of Flash, which
2 Watch and Learn
You can see which processes are taxing your CPU by using Activity
Monitor (in Applications/Utilities). Sort by the CPU column to bring the worst
you can download at Also, offenders to the top. If necessary, you can quit or force quit them here, too.
if you’re running Mac OS 10.6.3 or later, you can download a In Leopard and earlier, you won’t see a separate listing for Flash; its usage is
prerelease version of Adobe’s Gala Flash Player at combined with your web browser’s usage. For an even easier way to track your, which is CPU usage, install iStat Menus ($16,, which lists your top five CPU
supposed to improve performance under Snow Leopard. resource hogs right in your menu bar.

We wish we could
tell you that
updating to the
latest version of
Flash will solve
all of your Flash
How is it even possible for the Flash plug-in to be eating up 103% of our CPU?
problems, but it
We’re just trying to watch an episode of The Apprentice!

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3 Upgrade Your OS
One of the smartest decisions you can make is to
upgrade your Intel Mac to Snow Leopard, because a crash of
the Flash plug-in will no longer take down your entire Safari
web browser with it. Flash will just crash itself while Safari
keeps on humming.

Snow Leopard will tremendously

stabilize your web browsing
experience, because it doesn’t allow
Flash to crash Safari.

4 Seek Out HTML5

Some websites are switching away from Flash
in favor of HTML5. Let them know that you support
5 Flash When You Want To
Install ClickToFlash for Safari (donations requested, or
Flashblock for Firefox (donations requested,
this decision by using the HTML5 version of their sites, addon/433). These plug-ins block all Flash content on webpages unless you
when available. YouTube has an HTML5 beta test that allow it on a case-by-case basis with one simple click of your mouse. If you
you can join at Vimeo includes a visit certain Flash-based websites regularly, you can whitelist those sites so
“Switch to HTML5 player” link below all of its videos. If you don’t have to click the Flash elements to see them.
your favorite video site (cough, cough, Hulu) doesn’t yet
support HTML5, email and ask them.

displays this
box instead
of any Flash
Simply click
it to see that
Notice the ultra-tiny red “Switch to HTML5 player” link in
the lower-right corner of this Vimeo movie.

6 Put It on Notice
Even if you approve Flash content in your browser, you
still have no control over how much of your CPU the Flash
plug-in will consume. If Flash starts hogging your processor
again, your fans will kick in again, your computer will run hot,
your Mac will slow down, and your battery will drain quickly.
The BashFlash
If this happens, you can quit Flash in Activity Monitor, or you menu bar icon
can turn to BashFlash (donations requested, will change its
color to red when
BashFlash places an icon in your menu bar to let you know if Flash is not
the Flash plug-in is trying to hijack your Mac. If so, click on its behaving nicely.
You can kill it
icon and you can instantly kill the Flash plug-in. right from this
menu bar icon.

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Transform Digital Photos

into Analog Masterpieces
Old-school cameras are cool again. But instead of springing for another camera, learn
how to use Photoshop and your Mac to emulate those trendy Lomo cameras.

While we’re all busy hightailing it into the digital age,

photographers everywhere are also rediscovering the
charming aesthetics of the analog days gone by.
Lomography—or casual, snapshot photography using
Lomo cameras made in Russia—is getting hot (yes really—
check out for more). But having to purchase
a separate camera for the sole purpose of taking slightly out-
of-focus, high-contrast photos seems a little drastic. So if you
already own either an affordable point-and-shoot or a fancy
DSLR and have access to Photoshop, why not just apply
a few simple filters to give that trendy look to your digital

>>>WHAT YOU NEED medium

>> Photoshop CS3 and up. We used Before (right) and

after (above): Jazzing
Photoshop CS4. up an ordinary photo
>> A photo with considerable lighting, preferably with old-school Lomo
taken outside.

1 Pick a Pic
Open a photo you would like to transform. We went with one that was taken
outdoors and has plenty of lighting—avoid dark photos taken indoors, which
won’t fully benefit from this process. This will make sure the end result looks
authentic, as if taken with an actual Lomo camera.

This photo has the perfect

balance of colorful tones and
lighting, and we’re going to ruin
it by making it look old.

>>Speed It Up!
If you like this tutorial, we suggest you make it into a Photoshop Action, which automates the steps so you can perform
a Lomo makeover on a huge batch of photos at once—we love doing this with our vacation candids. For help, see
“Automate Photoshop Tasks with Actions,” Apr/10, p90.

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2 Vignette
Bring up the Layers dialog and right-click your photo to
create a Layer From Background (or choose Layer > New >
3Color Tweaking
The best part about photos taken with a Lomographic
camera is the slightly faded and strongly contrasting colors, which
Layer From Background, in the menu bar). Next, we’ll add a lend that old-timey feel. Photoshop’s powerful color adjustment
dark vignette border to give our photo that faded look. Go tools—including the ability to modify individual color channels—
to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction and adjust the Vignette will let us emulate that look. Open the Channels dialog (Window >
settings so the Amount is –75 and the Midpoint is +75. Deselect Channels), and select the Red channel. Notice that your photo now
Show Grid and click OK. appears black and white.
Your photo should now have a noticeably faded black border
around the edges. Depending on the mood of your photo, you
can play with this effect—for a more artsy look, for example,
you can try setting Amount between +75 and +100 to make it
look faded and weathered around the edges.

Channels lets you adjust your photo’s colors individually.

Play around with these values to get the look you want.

First we’ll select

the Red channel.

Don’t be alarmed if you see some really bright contrasting.

4Pump Up the Contrast

Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast
and increase the brightness and contrast anywhere from 45
to 55—for an even more artsy look, you can take them up
all the way to 70. For this photo, we chose 53 for contrast Experiment
and 68 for brightness. As in Step 2, play with these values with the values
as much as you
as much as you want. When the Preview box is checked, want.
Photoshop will show you a preview of the overall effect.

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Transform Digital Photos into Analog Masterpieces (continued)

5 It’s Easy Tweaking Green

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the Green color channel, though
you don’t have to use the same values. Take the opportunity to do
something kooky with your photo by experimenting with other values.
When you’re satisfied, select the RGB color channel, and your Lomo
photo should be complete. Notice how our “before” photo (Step 1) had
natural colors and perfect lighting, while our after photo has higher
contrast and blurry edges—that’s the Lomography effect!

We dig our final product’s vignetted, faded snapshot effect.

Don’t have Photoshop? Or you just can’t sit still long enough to try this? No problem! We found three neat apps for
your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that can instantly turn your plain photos into Lomo masterpieces.


Lomo Camera ($2.99) is a minimal Popular iPhone-only app
app that transforms any of your saved Hipstamatic ($1.99) adds
images into a Lomography photo or analog flair to your digital
applies color modes like black and photos with vignettes,
white, red scale, blue scale, and fish oversaturation, and
eyes. You can email your creations, or discoloration, all essential
save them to your iPhone’s Camera elements of the perfect
Roll. Lomography photo. You can
export to Facebook and Flickr,
purchase more filters, and
transform your photos into
hipster masterpieces.


CameraBag ($2.99) is
like having a collection of
different cameras all in
your iPad bag. The iPad
doesn’t have a camera,
but you can still transform
pictures from your photo
library into extraordinary
pieces of Lomography, as
well as other photo types
like Polaroid.

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Cut Twitter Clutter with Lists

Curate, filter, organize, expand, and follow without following.
Yeah, Twitter lists sound pretty Zen.
These days, everybody and their cat is on Twitter. (Shout out to
@grandmawrinkles, the hairless feline of Real Housewives of New
Jersey!) But if you follow every reality-show pet, pro athlete, and hot
dog vendor you come across, your main Twitter feed quickly gets out
of control. Twitter lists have been around less than a year but are
still mainly the realm of power users, even though casual users could
benefit from them just as much—if not more.
The list feature lets you create groups of users into one Twitter feed,
which you then follow. The list gets its own URL (public or private)
and a link in your sidebar on Many Twitter clients support
reading lists, too. Why bother? Lists have two big advantages: Posts in
a list aren’t added to your main timeline—you have to go look for them
specifically, when you really want to read them. And second, you don’t
have to follow all the users on a list, just the list itself. So by grouping
some—or even most—of the people you follow into lists, you can
unfollow them. Voilá—you get to keep track of more users and tweets
while following fewer people in real time. BY SUSIE OCHS



Seeing the public lists you’ve been added to is always fun. Mine are mostly
tech-related, with some location-based lists and an alumni network thrown in
for good measure. >> Twitter account (free,

1 Create a List
Log in to your account at Even if you normally use a
Twitter client like TweetDeck or Tweetie, it’s easier to get acquainted
2 Populate and Unfollow
Your list is created empty. To fill it up with people you already
follow, look to the top right of the page and click the Following link
with lists by seeing Twitter’s own implementation. Plus, we’ll wind up under your profile picture. That gives you a page of everyone you
using a lot of browser tabs. To create a list, look for the New List link follow, and you can add them to lists with the list button to the right
in the sidebar on the right and click it. Name your list something good, of each person’s name. You can add people to as many lists as you like
because if you change it later the URL changes too—try a topic-based and even create a new list right from this dialog. The gear button to the
one, like Mac News. If your list is public, anyone can see it and follow right of the list button has a link to then unfollow the person, if having
it. If it’s private, nobody can see it, and the people who are on it don’t them in a list—and not your main timeline—is sufficient for you.
know it exists.

Add to a list (top), and unfollow (below)—although

we would never actually unfollow Gordon Mah Ung.

Creating a list couldn’t be much simpler.

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If you know any power users, check out their Twitter pages
and peruse the lists in the sidebar—we like to open each list in a new
4Hype Your public list gets a link that you can share far and wide.
Twitter lets users embed lists into webpages as a constantly updating
browser tab. You can subscribe to an entire list with the “Follow this widget, perfect for your blog’s
list” button at the upper-left corner of that list’s page, which puts the sidebar. (You’ll find a handy wizard
list in your sidebar for you to read when you like. Even lists that follow for customizing that widget at
hundreds of users (the limit is 500) won’t clutter up your main timeline Creating a
with posts, so go crazy. and let you search for quality list that people want to
lists that fit your interests and add yours to the directory—everything’s follow can help your own influence
tagged for easy browsing. and reach—it shows you know your

Widgets can show

off your nifty
widget to the
world…wide web.
Follow and unfollow other people’s lists from their specific list pages.

5 Focus Lists can also just make your own Twitter experience more
uncluttered, so you can pay attention to the tweets you really want
6 Twitter Clients
Tons of Twitter desktop clients and mobile apps support reading
lists, including TweetDeck, Twitter for iPhone (formerly Tweetie for
to see. Create groups for your organization, around a topic you care iPhone), Seesmic, Socialite, Twittelator, HootSuite, and more. Mobile
about, or as a dumping devices are especially great for this—try keeping a list of Twitter users
ground for guilty pleasures. who crack
Put accounts you “have you up for
to read” in one list for an instant
occasional monitoring pick-me-up
during the workday and anytime.
the “fun to read” ones in
another that you peruse on TweetDeck
handles lists
your commute home. It puts beautifully—
Twitter more on your terms. it had a
Get creative with your lists: Groups
topics, times of day you want feature
to read them, a “microblog- before lists
roll” of recommended users, came to
whatever. Twitter.

7 Web Services will email you the posts from your list hourly or
daily, optionally filtered by keywords. And will auto-generate
a list of the 20 people whose tweets you’ve favorited the most. It works
like a regular list within Twitter, but if you read it on you get
extra capabilities, like seeing the list members’ most recent favorite
tweets, too. involves
favorites and lists and
really large fonts.

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In his next dive into hardcore Apple hardware geekdom,
Rik Myslewski puts the latest chips on the table and asks:

THE LIFER Would the Next iPhones & iPads

Be Better Off with Intel Inside?

ntel has released a trio of we know a lot. Well, we know what Intel’s marketing department
chips that it claims can beat has told us.
the stuffing out of any mobile The Moorestown platform is made up of three chips. The Atom
chips on the block, including Z6xx processor, previously known as Lincroft, will be available in
Apple’s A4 processor, used first speeds up to 1.5GHz for smartphones and 1.9GHz for tablets, and
in the iPad and now in the iPhone includes Imagination’s PowerVR SGX 3D graphics and PowerVR
4. And Intel would be more than VDX video, a display controller, and a memory controller.
happy to save Apple the trouble The MP20 controller hub, née Langwell, provides platform-
of developing, say, an A5. level power management, a hardware and software security
Unfortunately, we members of architecture, low-power 24-bit audio, and USB. A mixed-signal
the great unwashed can’t directly integrated circuit (MSIC) formerly codenamed Briertown rounds
compare the A4 with Intel’s new out the trio, providing more power management, plus analog and
chips, developed under the platform codename of digital circuitry.
Moorestown. While Intel, whose chips power At Moorestown’s rollout event this May, the head of
Apple’s Mac but not its iPhone/Pad/Pod, will Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher,
tell you practically anything you’d like to emphasized the platform’s high performance and
know, Apple has released next to nothing low power requirements. When comparing it
about the A4. to current smartphone chippery—not named
But there’s really no reason for Jobs & by Chandrasekher, but almost certainly ARM-
Co. to talk. Intel needs to entice potential based—he claimed one-and-a-half to three
customers with Moorestown details, but times better compute performance and two to
since Apple is keeping the A4 all to itself, it four times “richer” graphics. Moorestown also
can maintain its customary secrecy. supports 1080p high-profile HD video and 720p
The iPad’s announcement—with HD video capture. Chandrasekher claimed that in a
characteristic Cupertinian disregard for both standard smartphone form factor, a Moorestown
definite and indefinite articles—said that “iPad is powered device would have over 10 days of standby power, two days
by A4, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip. Designed of audio playback, and four to five hours of web browsing or
by Apple...” That phrase “Designed by Apple” is hooey-esque. video viewing.
The IP (intellectual property) behind the A4’s compute core is Claims, of course, are easy—we’ll see what Moorestown can
almost certainly that of an ARM Cortex A8; the graphics core do when it appears in devices later this year. Who those devices
is an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX; and the two will be from, however, Chandrasekher wouldn’t say, noting
layers of RAM that share the A4’s package are from Samsung, that because discussions with prospective customers remain
which manufactures the A4 for Apple. confidential, “it probably wouldn’t be in my best interests to piss
Oh, and word on the street is that the A4 was designed by them off.”
chiphouse Intrinsity, bought by Apple this March. Bonus points I don’t see Apple jumping ship to Intel’s mobile chips in the
near future—although if Moorestown’s not seductive enough,
That phrase “Designed by Apple” its smaller and more power-miserly follow-up, Medfield, may be
is hooey-esque. when it rolls around next year. But Chandrasekher’s comment
was intriguing: If he had named names, can’t you imagine one
if you remember that Apple acquired another chipmaker, PA secretive, black turtleneck–clad CEO getting mightily pissed off?
Semi, in spring 2008 (but return those points if you didn’t
know that PA Semi’s top minds bailed after that acquisition). >>Since the late 1980s, Rik Myslewski has paid his rent by keeping an
Bottom line: We simply don’t know how much input Apple eye on Apple. He was editor-in-chief of MacAddict from 2001 until its
had into the A4’s design—meaning the integration of others’ transformation into Mac|Life in early 2007, and is now a member of
IP and the addition of one heck of a lot of advanced power- the snarkily sophisticated team at London’s The Register, which is
management circuitry. But about Intel’s Moorestown, however, “biting the hand that feeds IT” daily at

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