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In Case You Missed It: Sep. 26 – Oct. 2

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Apple TV has arrived and is our latest new beloved gadget. New iPad cases are everywhere with either old school pen and paper to accompany it or a new school Bluetooth keyboard. And the iPhone 4 hits China’s shores. All this and more inside this week’s cavalcade of you-know-what just In Case You Missed It.

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The Social Network is Worth Every Penny – It’s ubiquitous nowadays, social networking, on our computers, on our phones, and whether you’re a Foursquare addict or a Twitterer or a Farmville junkie on Facebook, this is pretty much how it all started. Mark Zuckerberg’s empire making makes for a good flick. And apparently someone’s got a crush on Justin Timberlake.

Internet Privacy 101 – Your Safety Guide to Social Networking – And what kinds of friends would we be if we encouraged your social media involvement and didn’t help you batten down the hatches and keep your privacy under a bit of control? This walk through will help you decide what to share — and with whom.

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Best Case Scenario – Bluetooth Keyboard Cases for the iPad – The market is flooded with cases for your iPad, and only a few of those are in brick-and-mortar stores wher you can actually touch and feel them. Not a great situation if you’re picky about what you wrap your baby in, so we do the legwork for you. In this particular edition, we look at two rather impressive early keyboard cases that turn your iPad into a netbook, just like that.

September’s Highest Rated Reviews – It’s round up time. That’s right, all our best reviews of the month packed into one tight little bundle. Were there greats this month or was it a blah kind of September? Only one way to find out. To our archives!

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How To Customize Your Gmail Experience – Gmail is pretty much our default email anymore. All our old accounts sit there musty and dusty, checked only once a month, if that. But with all the features and customizability Gmail can offer, including third party solutions, it can be a little tricky to get the best use out of. Never fear, Mac|Life is here. Fire up your Firefox and we’re gonna take your email from awesome to awesome awesome. Err, yeah, something like that.

How To Download Videos from YouTube with Safari – Configuring Gmail might be a little tricky and require some in-depth work, but this tip, downloading videos straight from YouTube for watching later offline? This one is simplicity itself.

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Well, with the iPhone 4 finally on sale in China, you can be sure there’ll be some news about that…how about it selling out over the weekend…of course, trust the Chinese government to cripple some of its functionality; oddly enough, it’s maps which seems a strange choice to us…we’d more expect a story like this one about Android apps sending your private data to advertisers, except substitute in government…what we’ll be interested in seeing, of course, is whether or not these new Chinese owners of iPhones will be cranking out the mobile movies with iMovie, which is only all right in its present incarnation…or if watching a movie is more your style than making one, this 3D movie site and app could be just the ticket…or maybe you go more for the latest craze of augmented reality games like ARDefender which we have to admit looks pretty bad-ass…and you know we know our games, because we make it a point to play and rate ’em once a week — at a minimum…if you’re not a gamer, then you can take heart if you’re a regular Googler in the newsuendo that Google Voice will at long last be making its triumphant arrival in the App Store…or maybe you’d rather just pick up Pinger and make some free voice calls for your iPhone and iPod touch…also in the App Store? The update to Apple’s remote, which is paving the way to a little more sharing among devices in your home; can you say AirPlay soon? We can…and finally, it’s the throwdown, people, the smartphone display war gets all technical on us as Dr. Raymond M. Soneira blinds us with you know what.

Hipster convergence happening soon! Hipster convergence coming your way! That’s right, famed notebook maker, Moleskin, fresh off their Kindle case, is bringing some of that same notebook-enhanced device cover to the Apple line with beauties for your iOS babies…and while this is where we talk iPad, the cases just naturally brings us to this Bat Utility Belt complete with iPhone holster…if only they made a similar holster for the iPad, as owners of Apple’s magical, revolutionary tablet tend to skew younger and male, pretty much Batman’s target demographic…but it’s only European (younger males) who will be getting the sweet tethering option, at least according to this analysis of the new OS…coming to everyone, though, in iOS 4.2 will be the Game Center badges, which will help you Frag the Editors in all kinds of games, because you know you want to…but get a load of this Mac|Life interview with the developer of our beloved Game Center…and maybe you’ll be playing so on your newer, thinner, not necessarily smaller iPad if you can credit this rumor…but will you want to/be able to play on RIM’s new PlayBook? Dunno, but it looks a little uh awkward in the hand…but you might be doing a little more touchscreen action if Apple’s latest patent-based rumor is correct about jumbo sized iMac touches…touchscreening you may or may not want to touch comes to the iPad wit
h the new New Yorker app, featuring a risque how-to with actor Jason Schwartzman…but are these magazine apps too big? Definitely is our impression.

Apple TV shipped this week! Apple TV shipped this week!…and with its iOS base, this thing can be jailbroken; I wonder how long until someone– Whoa! well, that didn’t take long at all…of course, if you try and don’t like, you can always come back to Apple’s safe haven nice and easy through USB and iTunes…but in case you were interested in seeing what was inside that new little hockey puck, never fear, iFixit does the usual tear down.

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In Case You Missed It: Sep. 12 – Sep. 18

Now that the weather is turning rainy and colder, it’d be a really good time to catch up on some television, some films, and some gaming. Well, turns out you’re in luck with Boxee in the on-deck circle, the all new Apple TV ready to drop, and possibly even Google TV setting up shop. Plus, iPads are expanding to new retail locations, Game Center is taking off big time, and we haven’t even hit the holiday shopping season yet. So tuck in to some electronic goodness from your friends at Mac|Life.

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The Complete Guide to Game Center on iOS – Apple’s gone social networking in a big way with Ping built into iTunes and Game Center a big part of iOS 4.1. But maybe you’re asking, what is Game Center and how do I get going? Maybe there’s a couple editors here that you think are a little too big for their britches. Follow our tutorial and you’ll get in the mix, ready to frag. (Pssst, editors, here comes more fresh meat.)

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mSpot Review – Apple bought Lala, but what the heck are they doing with it? Where’s our cloud streaming music? mSPot rides to your rescue with free 2GB accounts that sync to your iTunes library. Unfortunately, you have to be on a computer to listen (or an Android phone, boo-hiss) which sort of defeats half the purpose of streaming music.

Skooba Design Netbook and iPad Messenger Bag Review – We try and we try to find a messenger bag worthy of carrying our iPad or our MacBooks. It’s quite a struggle finding size, form, appropriate numbers of pockets, and everything else to reach bag nirvana. This one’s not quite there, but it does have plenty of pockets.


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Typing Special Symbols in OS X and iOS – When we want you to know about In Case You Missed It™, Mac|Life® has you covered. When it comes to typing special characters in OS X and iOS, we’re the Mac|Daddies©.

How To Change Auto-Save Settings – There aren’t tweaks that can do every single thing you want to do on your Mac (unfortunately), because some things just aren’t options. But, you can try checking out this easy Terminal command to find some preferences you can tweak in just about any software, provided you change the name of it in the command. Meanwhile, there’s a few other suggestions inside.

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You know you need to know. With three top of the line iOS devices out in the wild, there can be only one fastest draw in the West; let’s see who it is…this is the kind of info that would come in handy if you were going to take one of these games to Game Center and try to get a little shoot out on with the editors…whyn’t you try this particular bit of Fruit Ninja fun for your Game Center martial arts action….speaking of Ninjas, who doesn’t love a good unsubstantiated rumor about Steve Jobs and throwing stars, all based on anonymous sources? Why even Bloomberg got in on the reporting of a story they’d have skipped had it been about Snooki…but in case you fancy the idea of Steve as full on Ninja, this little animation shows what it’d look like….if Ninja isn’t your style, why not frag a Mac|Life editor and then you can talk some smack, like the big brave words of Niklas Savander of Nokia who had some choice words for the iPhone…speaking of competitors, it looks like HTC is striking while the iron is hot with a few new products that will definitely expand Android’s presence in the smartphone racket…and Android seems to be pushing into Apple’s marketshare, so it’s definitely time to look past this AT&T suicide pact. Seriously.

Meanwhile, the world still patiently awaits some kind of iPad killer, just as we’ve waited and waited to see something, anything that would beat the iPhone. While we wait, let’s enjoy the news that Best Buy will soon be added as an iPad retailer…and since the iPad is devouring laptop sales, according to Best Buy themselves, of course they’d want to get in on this action…which means Apple is seriously going to have to add some new names to their manufacturing supply chain, and — hey! — what do you know, just in time…which makes you wonder about this recent Xbox Kinect smack talk from Microsoft that claims they’ll be crushing iPad sales shortly; you know, I’d be concerned, if the Kinect did anything other than games…not that Redmond has forgotten to get to work on iPad apps, but let’s hope it’s more than just Bing…even though Bing is increasing its market share over top of Yahoo…not that Microsoft is the only person talking smack about the iPad as Amazon gets in on the bashing since they’ve been feeling the e-reader heat…in good iPad news, rather than all the naysayers, HP is the first to join the wireless printing party on the tablet end of things…AirPrint is live in iOS 4.2 which is out for developers, so grab it if you are one or know one…and we’ve also seen someone take an iPad and a camera and make beautiful art together; try that one on your Kindle — oh wait, you couldn’t if you wanted to…and while you can read your newspaper on the Kindle and not on the iPad, we’d like to add the word “yet” to that last phrase.

And for some shorties regarding TV action, it turns out there might be some hackability in Apple TV’s iOS…what there won’t be is Warner Brothers programming as the media conglorporation opted out of Steve Jobs’ offer…and if you were thinking maybe you’d wait for Google TV instead, you might just have to wait a little longer…although if you’re a Boxee kind of person, the latest Boxee Box is up for pre-order…and if you’re a fan of live TV, you might just get to watch a little YouTube Live on your new Apple TV..and maybe, just maybe, you can watch a little Mac|Life Live on your Apple TV.

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In Case You Missed It: Sep. 5 – Sep. 11

Well, once again, it was kind of slow iPhone news week, as iPods iPods iPods were all the rage (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!), but it’s not like no one was talking about it, especially with the new SDK rules that rolled out. Flash on the iPhone? Well, not really, but sorta yeah, if you count apps made in Flash being legit all over again. Thanks, FTC!

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Is the iOS SDK Killing Creativity? – We all know that Apple can be a rather demanding, pushy partner. The App Store is literally littered with the broken dreams of developers who were too this or too that for Cupertino. Now some App Store developers are saying it’s worse than that. They claim the iOS SDK limits what they can really do.

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How To Add Additional Email Accounts to Game Center So Your Friends Can Find You – Multiple inboxes are a lovely way to compartmentalize your life, but it’d be nice if you could sometimes bring those strands together. LIke for gaming, for instance. Did you get hooked up with Game Center, but now your boss is breathing down your neck for not adding him? Brings your multiple identities into one fragging killing machine with a little help from the Mac|Life game-squad.

iPhone 4 HDR Photgraphy Tips – HDR on the iPhone 4 can really make your pictures sing, so much so we even put up a Flickr page of some of our best shots and some submissions for readers. Here’s how to set it up and how to make staff editors lose their hands through camera magic.
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Eternal Storms Flickery Review – Don’t get us wrong, we loves us our Flickr, but the interface is a bit cluttery and it can take forever to load stuff and if you’re a shutterbug with a penchant for sharing, you just don’t have the time. Flickery sports a price tag under twenty bucks and brings the familiar iTunes/iPhoto menu layout to your photo interface, as well as some rudimentary editing powers. An all-around better experience than Flickr is our bottom line here, people.

August’s Highest Rated Reviews – Get ’em while they’re still hot and fresh from last month. That’s right, all our top-rated gear, gadgets, and groovy software in one easy to find place. Miss something during the month that is too good to pass up. Yeah, you’ll find that here.

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Don’t think, like those redonkulous types in Redmond, that their new mobile OS and handset are going to kill the iPhone any time soon…no, the iPhone will be with us a bit longer, but you know what won’t? the Free Bumper hook up, so if you’re planning to get one, go get two…plus, now that the iPhone 4 has been approved in China, we think we might just see a bit of a jump in sales…you know why we’re so sure the iPhone isn’t dead? Because they’re making that thing bulletproof, yo, so Bill Gates is gonna have to do more than pop a few caps at our beloved handset…this certainly isn’t going to be the nail in Apple’s mobile coffin anytime soon, and we’ll make book for anyone who cares to quibble with that finding…but if you have a 3G model, popping caps is something you won’t be doing, at least not in the Game Center…I guess we won’t be putting our iPhone 3Gs here either, since the lens is a bit subpar, as is the lack of HDR, but it’d still look pretty sweet…and it looks like Flash-built apps are a go once again in the App Store Review Guidelines… probably as a result of Steve Jobs feeling the hot breath of the FTC right down his neck…what does it all mean? Let’s see what everyone’s favorite Daring Fireball had to say…all right, we were wrong, it wasn’t that bad a week for iPhone news, but nothing like the iPod line.

And while everyone’s talking how the new touch models will be getting FaceTime like the iPhone 4, they also pick up the vibration action…but we’re thinking that these slick new features might bump up sales of the currently most popular mp3 player out there….or maybe this might just bust the iPod touch clear through the roof, a sleeve that turns your WiFi only player into a 3G cell phone; no, we’re not kidding…what about the rest of the line, you ask; well, how about these beauty shots of the new shuffle getting unboxed…and while you might not be able to watch videos on the nano anymore, you can at least watch slideshows on your TV, as if that made up for it…and if the lack of video playback angers you, then enjoy these pictures of the snazzy device being taken apart all the way down to the bits and bytes…or at the very least, you could use your nano as a watch, if an uberchunky wrist is what you’re going for, one with a cord sticking out of it. Wait, we see a use now! If only we were still in high school…

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In Case You Missed It: Aug. 29 – Sep. 4

Well, what do you think? Did Apple’s Annual Music Event live up to your expectations? The iPod touch refresh did for us, but what about Apple TV? And iTunes 10. What about that? There are some things to like, some things to not like so very much, and ways to fix a few things you liked better in version 9. As always, Mac|Life has it covered.

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First Look: Apple TV – Look closely if you want to see this one, since Apple TV’s gotten teeny tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand, which really would have been handy if it had gotten its own App Store and games, but fear not, Cupertino has packed it full of goodness. What else would you have expected? We got a first look and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

First Look: New iPods – We also got our hands on the new iPods, and the nano and the shuffle are super cute. The easy navigating screen on the nano has all the similar qualities of the touch or the iPhone. Speaking of the iPod touch, the new version brings some of that iPhone 4 sweetness to the mix with FaceTime, front and rear facing cameras, and the beautiful Retina Display. Heck, we could go on and on, so just go read the article, already.

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Counter-Strike: Source Review – At long last. Can you believe there were people who actually bought a Windows machine just so they could play this? No, we can’t either — we might have even made that up. But now that Valve’s Steam has brought it to your Mac, you can get all your killing and being killed that you can handle. What’s not to love?

Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review – Sure, some people still take notes with paper and pen, as 20th century as that sounds. Livescribe presses the fast-forward on this old school habit and brings “smart” to the pen set. Of course, you still have to buy their special paper, but there are apps to download (to a pen!). Once the Mac version of Livescribe’s Desktop is up to par with the Windows version, in a update hopefully, this could be a serious go-to for note taking.

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24 iTunes 10 Tips, Tricks and Features – We’re tinkerers. It’s in our DNA. So you had to know that within hours of it being released, we’d poked, prodded, and probed the inner depths of iTunes 10, finding as many new gizmos and limitations to the new software as we could. And, as usual, we brought them here for you.

How to Use Put Back to Save the Day – The worst part about accidentally sending something to the Trash is getting it back to where it used to belong. Dragging and dropping is all fine and good, unless your original file location is nested within seven hosting folders. The Put Back option sends your files back where they belong.

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Even with the sweet new iPod line set to roll out, it appears that retailers are still having trouble keeping iPhone 4s in stock…which makes us wonder what to make of this rumor from Mexico that all the models released after September 30th will have the antenna issues fixed…if so, be still our beating hearts, just not so still we can’t hear them with our iStethoscopes (UPDATED: apparently the free version’s been pulled from the App Store)…in other international news, China Unicom is now offering in-store jailbreaking when you buy your iPhone; now that’s what we call service…and since it’s another slow week in iPhone news, roll that beautiful government held FCC iPod footage…and when it hits the market, it will come with iOS 4.1, which is packed full of what iPhone users are going to love…which will still not include Flash, and for good reason, as Android rolled it out just recently to the sound of le sucke

Of course, you already know it, but just in case you couldn’t make bail or were stuck in a liferaft miles from shore and a working 3G tower, we rolled out a smooth little app of our own…speaking of the ultra-cool Mac|Life app, you might have noticed, ahem, that that little piece of fantastic shot right up to number one with a bullet in the App Store…we are quite proud of it, even if we are one of 250,000 apps in the store…and in the speed category, looks like there might be something to those Intel Inside rumors about the iPad, as the company picked up Infineon, maker of the iPhone 4’s baseband chip…and according to the CEO of Intel, Steve’s pretty happy about this deal, so expect to see a super chip in the next iPad…at the very least, expect to see the multitasking in November as iOS 4.2 for the iPad rolls out…even sooner you can expect also to see some hardcore gaming next week when Chinatown Wars HD hits the App Store…but you can tuck away your iPad to look all corporate instead of gangbanging with this particular case…and maybe these iPad thingamajigs will finally be easier to get a hold of now that Apple plans to make 3 million a month.

And since iTunes 10 is out with all kinds of changes, it wouldn’t be an all star In Case You Missed It without news of that kind, like for starters, how to change the iTunes 10 logo (which nearly everyone hates) back to the old familiar…and by nearly everyone, we obviously don’t mean Steve and Cupertino…sure to be hated by the same people who don’t like the new logo and maybe even more, is iTunes’ option to make ringtones…the biggest new thing in iTunes, is, of course, Apple’s Ping service, yet another social network; we’re still kinda on the fence about it, some of us…but we will tell you who does love the new iTunes and Ping pretty hard: scammers. They want you to have a “free” iPhone…could that be why Facebook maybe blocked Ping? Or did they?…Steve has a few things to say about Faceborg…so what could Apple bring to Ping to improve their fledging music-based social network? Of course, we have some suggestions.

And lastly, since it brings iPhone, iPad, and iTunes news all together in one tidy little package, everyone’s favorite online comic, The Oatmeal, sums it all up for us.

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