If you’ve been planning to attend Macworld/iWorld in early February next year, think again, since it’s moving to late March. And if real-world conferences are too much trouble these days, check out what’s possible with the free Google+ Hangouts On Air, which we’ve used for TidBITS Presents and Take Control Live — Adam Engst explains how to use it for both giving and attending presentations. Adam also looks at how to take advantage of the new gestures in version 2.1 of the Gmail iPhone app; Matt Neuburg reviews Cloud Mate, which makes iCloud’s Documents in the Cloud work more like Dropbox; and David Rabinowitz shares his real-world experiences with electronic textbooks in today’s college environment. Notable software releases this week include Snapz Pro X 2.5.2, TextWrangler 4.5.1, and BBEdit 10.5.3.
If you’ve gotten used to going to San Francisco for Macworld/iWorld in late January, check your calendars for next year, since the show is moving to late March in 2014.
If you read email using the Gmail iPhone app, the latest version now enables you to move between messages more easily and work with a set of selected messages at once.
Cloud Mate provides a unified view of all your iCloud Documents in the Cloud folders, giving iCloud more of the feel of Dropbox. It’s not perfect, but it might make you more willing to use Documents in the Cloud.
The iPad has tantalized educators with the possibility of electronic textbooks, and we’ve heard lots about it from publishers and publishing industry pundits alike. David Rabinowitz has a somewhat different view, and as a college senior, he has been watching the evolution of etextbooks up close.
Want to do an Internet video call with up to nine other people, with reliable audio and video, plus the option to make it public and record the entire event? Google+ Hangouts does a better job than any other solution we’ve tried, for free.
Notable software releases this week include Snapz Pro X 2.5.2, TextWrangler 4.5.1, and BBEdit 10.5.3.
We focus on the underworld this week, with news that patent troll Lodsys is once again targeting iOS developers, the story of how security writer Brian Krebs unmasked the author of the Flashback malware, and why the iPad is a good bet for reading about super villains.