Let's be real. Browsing the Web on a mobile phone, even an iPhone, is a lousy experience in comparison with using a full-fledged browser on a Mac. Jakob Nielsen explains the problems and offers suggestions on how to improve mobile Web usability in his Alertbox column.
The software this 12-year-old site was developed to promote may be long gone, but its lessons about backup are timeless. "Remember, Grasshopper, to believe in one's backups is one thing. To have to use them is another."
PC World offers this tongue-in-cheek countdown of 10 ways that Microsoft's forthcoming retail stores will differ from Apple's. Our favorite: "Stores will be named Microsoft Live Retail Store with PC Services for Digital Lifestyle Enthusiasts."
Jeff Carlson chats with Chris Breen on this week's Macworld Podcast to talk about what he likes and dislikes about iMovie '09, and whether it's worth upgrading or if people should jump to Final Cut Express instead.
John Siracusa at Ars Technica turns his attention to ebooks in this lengthy piece, bemoaning the slow state of adoption at the mainstream level and making the oft-missed distinction between ebooks and ebook readers.
Google has released Google Sync for the iPhone and other mobile phone platforms. If you rely entirely on Google Calendar and Gmail, it might be worth checking out, but beware, since it deletes your existing contacts and calendar information during setup (this is because it's setting up an Exchange account on the iPhone, not due to anything wrong with Google Sync). We'll stick with other syncing solutions for now.
The xkcd Web comic has an excellent two-panel strip that lays out just how bad guys would go about getting through strong encryption if they really wanted to. Hint: it's cheap, easy, and doesn't involve distributed computing.
Gmail Labs's Task List feature, released this past December,
has come to the iPhone. The new mobile version available at gmail.com/tasks is very similar to the
original, enabling users to add and delete tasks, and manage several
lists. Unfortunately, also like the original, there's still no syncing
with Google Calendar (and thus with iCal).
Fraser Speirs, who develops the FlickrExport plug-in for iPhoto and doesn't pretend to be unbiased, offers a detailed look at just what iPhoto '09's Flickr support provides in this blog post. Our take: iPhoto's built-in support will be sufficient for basic uses, but serious Flickr users will stick with Fraser's FlickrExport or one of the competing plug-ins.
Joe Kissell wrote the book on MobileMe, but also knows it's not the best solution for everyone. In this Macworld article, Joe explores other ways of getting a similar range of features.
Apple has changed its iTunes Plus upgrade policy, allowing you to pick individual tracks and albums to upgrade and remove digital rights management protection for songs you bought with DRM enabled. Upgrades are still $0.30 per song and $3.00 per album in the U.S. market.
The App Store really does contain more than just games and novelty programs. Jeff Carlson spotlights eight applications that designers will find helpful in his article at CreativePro.com.
Although Seagate has yet to respond to our inquiries about how Mac users can update buggy firmware in a wide selection of buggy Seagate drives, Steve Maller reports that Seagate tech support walked him through building a CD that booted his Mac Pro into FreeDOS, after which he could run the firmware updater. PowerPC-based Macs and drives in external cases are still out in the cold.
Apple has announced it will begin shipping iLife '09 on 27-Jan-09. The latest version features major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand; comes free with new Macs; and costs $79 for all other users.
As part of Macworld's 25th anniversary issue, Adam wrote an article about what he feels are Apple's six worst Mac-related products of all time. It's pure opinion, so check out the reader comments about what was - and should have been - included.