Weekly Wrap: MacBook Air tests, tons of reviews, and five years of iPhone

This week, Macworld offered some advice, a slew of reviews, and a look back at five years of iPhone. Let’s dive in.

The explainer

We like explaining things. So this week, we explained precisely what green can do for you. We offered up three quick browser tips. If you expect that last one to include advice like “eat lots of mushrooms” and “try using fireballs,” you misread; these are not quick Bowser tips.

Other advice we shared included how to choose a to-do manager, how to present with the iPad, how to turn photos into a movie, and how to prepare for this weekend’s final farewell to MobileMe. And this week’s Macworld video tip showed you how to set up your Mac for remote file access, or SUYMFRFA for short.

Want to understand why Google’s so laser-focused on getting its apps (like Chrome and Google Drive) on iOS? We have that answer as well.

Reviews, both hard and soft(ware)

We found that the new AirPort Express is a powerhouse, and we don’t say that about every wireless router, you know. Macworld Lab put build-to-order 2012 MacBook Airs to the test, and the results may surprise you. And that may be cause a monster pops out from behind the article as you read it. Maybe.

We gave the Soundfreaq Sound Kick a listen, and we also put the SpeechWare USB 6-in-1 TableMike to the test.

Our reviewers tested a bunch of iOS apps. Our conclusions: Temple Run: Brave is decent, but uninspired; Pocket Planes is fun, but slow-moving; DocAS is capable, but sloppy; and Mole Kingdom is just too darn sluggish. We also went hands-on with the new Podcasts app, and to be polite, we went headphones-on as we did so.

On the Mac side, GemFest 2012 continued apace. We liked Bronson Watermarker, FormalAddress, MailTags, Typingstats, and Clusters.

Other apps we looked at included Nisus Writer Express and Nisus Writer Pro; since there are only two of them, there can be no Nisust, though one may be Nisur than the other. We also reviewed Adobe Illustrator CS6, which was by design. Get it?!

The iPhone turns five

The original iPhone was released five years ago this week, and folks at the end of the line outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store are almost inside the store. We looked back at the significance of the iPhone’s launch—and its omnipresence in our pockets. We remarked that the iPhone’s influence today is stronger than ever. And we highlighted five key moments in the iPhone’s story—and not one of them is Antennagate. That’s a Macworld guarantee.

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