BOO! That’s right, that’s right, it’s that time of the year, when all the spooks and haunts in the world go out looking for candy and treats and the ever elusive, ghostly white iPhone, the ne’er to be seen specter. Here’s the tastiest bits of Mac|Life from the week, giving you a little something to read while waiting for the knocking on your door tonight. Just don’t bob for any Apple products; they don’t care much for water.
– 12 Cool Tips and Tricks for iMovie ’11 – The new iLife brought a ton of slick new features to iMovie, our own personal favorite being make your own Movie Trailers. But there’s more than that and we’ve got twelve tricks that’ll make you the next Spielberg in no time.
– Forget Antennagate–“Brightnessgate” is the New Happening Drama of Smartphones – What’s up with your phone’s brightness? Why is it sometimes like staring right into the sun at noon on a sunny summer’s day? And how long til Mute Button/Orientation Lock-gate arrives?
– How To Get MobileMe to Play Nice with Read It Later – If you’re a MobileMe user and you use Instapaper or Read It Later, you’ve probably run into this. Bookmark syncing destroys your bookmarklets wirelessly. Well, don’t let it get you down. Here’s how to make it work forever.
– How To Get Started With iPhoto ’11 With These Essential Tips and Tricks – We’ll admit, we were slow to coming around to some of iPhoto’s best features and with the update to ’11, there’s even more greatness. We just hope we feel the love sooner this time around.
– MediaRover Review – It takes a bit of syncing in the beginning, but after that, it’s all about the sharing love as MediaRover makes all your iTunes libraries play nicely nicely.
– Review: Crumpler Moderate Embarrassment Messenger Bag – It’s rare that a company recognizes that their product — while necessary — can be kind of embarrassing to look at. Crumpler makes a great bag that also knows its limitations.
Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to your iPad. It’s practically November, which means iOS 4.2 will be rolling itself out sooner or later. Biggest change? The orientation lock switch goes back to being a mute button. Nooooooo!….this will be a short-lived experience with orientation lock if you’re just now getting down to the AT&T or Verizon store for your iPad…and should you want to wrap that beauty up in something to keep it safe, this month was a plethora of case and bag reviews, whether you roll Booq style denier fabric…or you inexplicably want a handle on the side to turn your iPad into a virtual briefcase or something…if you’re not a fan of the Embarrassment above, you can hit up Targus for the EcoMart Mini…or if super-duper security is more your style, PacSafe has just the ticket…lastly, while you may love your big iPad screen, this table will make you cry when you see how rinky-dinky an iPhone can make your iPad look.
It just wouldn’t be Halloween without some treats for our readers, so here’s a selection of free apps for the ghouls and goblins among our readers…speaking of great apps, Early Edition is one of our daily must-haves and this weekend only (ends today) it’s on sale for only 99 cents. What are you still reading this for? Get hopping…and if that isn’t news enough, how about the very first time Plants vs. Zombies goes on sale in its history?…since it’s Halloween, you can also grab the lower priced, lower featured Angry Birds: Halloween while you’re there…and while you’re at the app store, be sure to pick up Everyday Looper, which reliable sources tell us is what Reggie Watts uses for this killer song.
You know what treat is not going to be in your Halloween basket no matter how much you beg? White iPhone 4. It briefly made an appearance in the Apple Store App…then disappeared until the spring, according to Apple…and even dropped off the face of Apple.com…the reason, apparently, has to do with the white colored glass back lets too much light leak into the camera…so you’ll just have to imagine how much higher Apple would have leaped over RIM as mobile phone vendor if they’d had had that special handset…because the black ones sold out in China in just 10 small hours…