Security vs Convenience

This week on Your Mac Life: "Security vs Convenience"

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How to configure Google's two-step authentication

First, let’s clarify what two-step authentication actually means. In Google’s case, it works this way: If you enable two-factor authentication, when you next log in to your Gmail account, you’ll first proceed as you always do—by providing your username and password. But before you get to your inbox, Google will next demand a separate code.

Of course, you won’t know what the code is offhand. Thus, for the second factor of authenticating that you really are who you’re claiming to be, Google will send a text message to your phone containing the six-digit code to use.

Archives for August 1st, 2012

This week's show "Mountain Lion, Olympics and Mac Genius Ads"

Mountain Lion, Olympics and Mac Genius Ads

This week on Your Mac Life: "Mountain Lion, Olympics and Mac Genius Ads"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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New Mac ads: landing with a serious thud

Repeat after me: “The sky is not falling. The sky is not falling.”

I know it’s hard to say after viewing the new batch of Mac ads that debuted on the Olympics. I’m still in a bit of shock myself.

Sure, Apple has had a low point or two in its advertising past — but its low points are usually higher than most advertisers’ high points.

This is different. These ads are causing a widespread gagging response, and deservedly so. I honestly can’t remember a single Apple campaign that’s been received so poorly.

Sly's Website of the Week - July 25th, 2012

Yes I know most people think that unboxing photos/videos of Mac products is lame enough, but…well, this is just sad.

Unboxing the Nexus 7 is Fun!

;-)

Archives for July 25th, 2012

This week's show "Mountain Lion and Apple Earnings"

Mountain Lion and Apple Earnings

This week on Your Mac Life: "Mountain Lion and Apple Earnings"

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Archives for July 18th, 2012

This week's show "The Olympics and is Software too Cheap?"

The Olympics and is Software too Cheap?

This week on Your Mac Life: "The Olympics and is Software too Cheap?"

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How Low Mac Software Prices Harm Users and Developers

Some time ago – never mind how long precisely – most indie or shareware Mac applications cost at least $20 or $30. It wasn’t uncommon to pay, say, $50 for a useful utility, or $100 or more for a word processor or text editor. Now, browsing the Mac App Store, you can see that most apps sell for $10 or less, and those that cost more are the exception.

While these decreased prices are good for users in the short term, I think they represent a dangerous long-term trend, and that, over time, this will result in less good software available for the Mac.

Interview with Jamie Lee Curtis, Author of "Where Do Balloons Go?"

Award winning actress and New York Times best selling author Jamie Lee Curtis has turned one of her books, "Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery", into an iPad book, full of wonderful illustrations, clever animations and even little Easter Eggs.

I was lucky enough to spend a short time talking to Ms Curtis and I wasted far too much of it being a fan boy. But she was kind and gracious and utterly lovely. I hope you enjoy listening to the interview as much as I did doing it.

Click here for the interview with Jamie Lee Curtis.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Sly's Website of the Week - July 11th, 2012

Okay since my last website of the week was a little on the morbid side, what with the remote controlled taxidermy cat flying through the air, here’s something to counter it...in all its cute glory.

All together now, "awwwwwwww". ;-)

~ Sly

Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion

The word on the street is that Apple has released to developers the golden master of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)—the final non-public version. And that means the official public release of Mountain Lion isn’t far off. Speculating on the specific date of release makes for interesting discussion—all Apple has said publicly is that the new version will arrive in July—but those aiming to upgrade as soon as the new OS drops have more pressing matters: Getting their Macs ready for Mountain Lion.

As with Lion (OS X 10.7) last year, Apple is advertising Mountain Lion as dead-simple to install. But as with every major upgrade to OS X, there are a few things you can do before Mountain Lion is released to ensure that your Mac is ready for the new release.

Archives for July 11th, 2012

This week's show "Digital Magazines and EPEAT Concerns"

Digital Magazines and EPEAT Concerns

This week on Your Mac Life: "Digital Magazines and EPEAT Concerns"

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Interview with Next Issue Media's CTO, Keith Barraclough

Next Issue Media wants to be "the Netflix of magazines" and the have just released an iPad app that allows you access to 39 digital magazines - TIME, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Bon Appétit, Golf Digest and many more.

I spoke to NIM's CTO, Keith Barraclough about the company, their offerings and how they are doing digital differently. Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

The Case for 7-inch Tablets

Last week the rumor mills and tech blogs were bustling last week about the possibility of a 7-inch iPad, potentially called the iPad Mini. Rather than focus this entire column on why it makes sense for Apple to make a smaller version of the iPad, I figured I would point out why I think there is a market for 7″ tablets and how such a product may fit in Apple’s and others portfolio.

Interview with Ron Avitzur, The Graphing Calculator Story

Ron Avitzur is a former programming contractor at Apple back in the 1990s. When his project was cancelled, he didn't take the opportunity to join a startup or travel or sit back on his laurels - he snuck back into 1 Infinite Loop to finish the job!

I spoke to Ron about what it was like to work on the ultimate "skunkworks" job at Apple and how he managed to pull it off.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Archives for July 5th, 2012

This week's show "7" iPad - the Only Thing to Talk about!"

7" iPad - the Only Thing to Talk about!

This week on Your Mac Life: "7" iPad - the Only Thing to Talk about!"

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MobileMe rides into the Sunset by Sunday

The sun is setting on the MobileMe era. By the time Sunday rolls around—on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to be precise—the cloud storage and syncing service that Apple debuted in 2008 will fade away.

You've been warned—and if you're a MobileMe subscriber, you've been warned repeatedly over the past month— that whatever preparations you need to make for this event have now come due. Procrastinators must face the reality that like it or not—and many people had mixed feelings about MobileMe from the start—it’s over and the new era of iCloud is beginning.

Sly's Website of the Week - June 27th, 2012

There really are no words.

No really, no words.

Some of you may find this a little queasy too, as in disturbing, and some of you may laugh your butts off. YMMV. Watch at your own discretion.

;-)

Archives for June 27th, 2012

This week's show "Das Keyboard, ditching the Connector and iPads in Schools"

Das Keyboard, ditching the Connector and iPads in Schools

This week on Your Mac Life: "Das Keyboard, ditching the Connector and iPads in Schools"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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iOS app face-off: Spotify Radio vs. Pandora

Pandora reigns as my go-to for free music on the iPhone and iPad. But a new contender from Spotify threatens to dethrone it. Spotify updated its iOS app this week with Spotify Radio, a free option that’s part of its larger services. To herald Spotify's arrival on the scene, I put it up against Pandora in an app death match.

Until Spotify's recent update, you could only use the Spotify iOS app if you had a subscription to its streaming service. (For more on streaming music, including Spotify, check out our comparison of the five major services.) The new version brings ad-supported radio stations to any iPhone or iPad user: you select an artist, song, or genre, and the app generates a station that plays songs similar to your choice. Sounds a lot like Pandora. And it is, though the two services differ in some important details.

AirPort Express (2012)

Pros: Excellent value, Compact for travel, AirTunes audio streaming

Cons: Lower throughput than Extreme and Time Capsule, No gigabit ethernet ports

Why Now could be the Right Time for Apple to ditch the Dock Connector

One of the long-rumored features of the next-generation iPhone is a revised, smaller dock connector. This has been discussed in the rumor mill since before the launch of the last iPhone, and the buzz only continues on today. Case in point: according to recent report by TechCrunch, several manufacturers claim that Apple will adopt a new 19-pin replacement for its now ubiquitous 30-pin dock connector.

But although such a change would present difficulties for the legion of companies that make accessories for iPhones, iPads, and iPods, we think now might actually be a good time for Apple to make that switch.

Archives for June 20th, 2012

This week's show "Repairing Your MacBook and the Microsoft-Apple Apocalypse!"