Michael GowanMacworld

Michael writes about music, home theater technologies, software, and much more.

TechHive: Spotify Radio vs. Pandora iOS app face-off


Spotify's new free radio service for iOS goes up against Pandora. Find out which streaming-radio service comes out the winner.

How to watch iOS videos on your HDTV

With a simple cable, you can view your iOS device videos on a much larger screen.

Get better HDTV audio with a soundbar

Looking for better sound from your HDTV with fewer wires? A soundbar is a single audio unit that incorporates the center, left, and right speakers. Paired with a subwoofer, soundbars provide the aural oomph lacking from flat screen HDTVs in a pretty package.

HDMI switches to the rescue

As the number of components in your home theater grows--you might have even picked up a few more over the holidays--you'll run into a problem. Namely, you have more HDMI-enabled products than HDMI inputs on your HDTV. An HDMI switch can help.

Six ways to stream Netflix to your HDTV

Time was the only way you could access Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature was on a Windows PC. Now you only need to watch on a computer (Intel Macs included) if you want to. There are now many different ways to enjoy streaming Netflix content where you *really* want to see it--on your TV.

Seven ways to save

Times are tight, but your Mac can help. Here are seven ways to save using the Internet and items you might have on hand.

Finding Mac accounting software for your small business

If you're looking to run your business accounting from your Mac, you'll be pleased to know there are a lot of options. Michael Gowan offers up details on some of them in this roundup.

De-clutter your digital life with Microsoft and organizing expert

Organization expert Peter Walsh has teamed up with Microsoft to produce a series of videos to help you get your digital clutter under control, using Microsoft Office.

Using Twitter for business information and advice

Twitter is handy for businesses looking to leverage social networking for promotion, but it's also a handy support tool for businesses that need help.

Tips for greener computing

Save money while you help save the planet: Michael Gowan offers some tips on how to reduce the environmental impact of using your Mac.

Share your videos online

How can you easily share your video with the world once it’s ready? Even if you have your own Web site, those large files require lots of storage and bandwidth. So why not let someone else do the hard work for you?

Stream programs to your Mac

This past season, many television networks finally began to embrace the Web fully. All the major ones offer streaming episodes on their Web sites. But that’s not the only place you can find free video to stream to your Mac—many sites offer content, both live and on demand.

Eight ways to go green

An energy-efficient office is good for the planet—and your wallet

The Mac media center

Ever since articulating its digital hub vision back in 2001, Apple has slowly been assembling the pieces of that media center. The iTV--when it's released sometime in early 2007--will wirelessly connect your home entertainment hardware to your Mac, and it could be the final piece in that puzzle.

Ring it up

Think paying $.99 to download a song is a rip-off? Yeah, right. That one-cent-under-a-buck is a damned bargain compared to cell phone ringtones. Before you ring up that next purchase, consider making your own ringtone. Playlist's Michael Gowan will show you how.