Snow Leopard is finally here (OK, credit to Apple: it’s actually early). Though Apple is quick to point out that Snow Leopard is first and foremost a refinement of Leopard, the new OS isn’t without a number of new and updated features.
In this week’s video, I take you on a visual tour of some of my favorite new tricks in Snow Leopard.
The iPhone 3.0 software update finally enabled iPhone apps to support turn-by-turn navigation. And now there are three apps on the market — from TomTom, Navigon, and Sygic — that provide turn-by-turn directions as well as embedding maps within their app. (That’s important because if you lose your cell signal, you don’t want to lose your way!) Essentially, these apps function like a standalone satellite navigation system… but they’re inside your iPhone.
These apps aren’t cheap. They range in price from $50 to $100. And so much of their appeal involves observing them when they’re in action. That’s the purpose of this video — to show you these apps as they appear when you’re using them. In this video, I make an endless series of loops around Mill Valley, California in a hot car (windows rolled up and fan turned off so you can hear me — the things I do for you, dear video-watchers) while testing all three out.
What this video is not is a complete in-depth shootout review of the three products. The fact is, they’re all deep, deep products and deserve more time than I’ve yet spent with them. Look for our reviews of all three — individually and comparing them — in the near future. In the meantime, though, I hope this video gives you a better idea of how they work.
Music is an important part of my life. And because it is, I tend to consume a lot of it, from a lot of different sources. In the past year I’ve acquired a tool that pours music into my waiting ears by the bucketful—the Sonos Multi-Room Music System. Of all the musical gadgets I own, it’s the one that gets the most airtime.
Sonos recently released its new $349 Sonos Controller 200 (CR200) and I’ve had the opportunity to review it (and yes, I like it too). Given the release of this new controller it seemed an appropriate time to take a video gander at the Sonos system.
If you have an iPhone you can fuel your newfound interest. In this video, I’ll show you three iPhone apps that you can use to learn more about astronomy and space. All of these apps won’t cost a lot of money at the iTunes Store, and they’re sure to teach you a thing or two about the celestial objects around us.
One of the more popular bits of Mac software—at least around the Macworld office—is Agile Web Solution’s 1Password. The utility stores online passwords and other bits of personal info. But that simple sentence doesn’t explain why 1Password is so much better than the built-in functionality of most Web browsers.
In this edition of the Macworld Video, I take you on a quick tour of 1Password, showing off some of the utility’s most useful features.