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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Don't like Instagram video? Here's a stop-motion skit made from 1600 photos

    In case you missed it, Instagram announced two new ways to shoot video. If you're feeling a little miffed by having only 15 seconds of video recording time to work with, a group of Friends in Faux put together an amazing 1600-photo stop-motion video dubbed Instagrammimation.

  • Opinion: Add an external drive to your WMP or iTunes music collection

    Kat Korsmo asked how to play music off an external hard in Windows Media Player library. (My answer covers iTunes, as well.)

  • Opinion: How to extract audio from movie files

    A reader who prefers to remain anonymous has some movies that he'd like to turn into an entirely different kind of media file. He writes:

  • Opinion: Gesundheit! Six apps that ease the hell of allergy season

    I have Kleenex stuffed into the pockets of every coat I own, my makeup bag holds eyedrops and Claritin, and I keep an ample supply of Benadryl at my desk. Given those details, you may have been able to correctly guess that I suffer from allergies. What am I allergic to? It's hard to say, since every time I've gone for an allergy test I react to literally everything they test me for. Nothing like getting 185 needless needle shots to the arm, am I right?

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: None more flat

    Apple and Mavericks have been sitting in a tree since at least 2005; Macs shine in court; and how much flatter could a title be? The remainders for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 go to 11.

  • Opinion: Dealing with iTunes font sizes, file types, and missing files

    It's time for another grab bag, selected from the many questions I get from readers. In this week's column, I look at some questions about font size in iTunes (spoiler: your options are limited), identifying music file types in iTunes, finding which tracks iTunes has lost track of (spoiler: there's an easy way), and moving podcasts to another Mac.

  • Opinion: Getting started with Safari

    Throughout these lessons I've casually thrown around such phrases as "launch Safari" and "when you do this, Safari will open and take you to...." And I've felt reasonably confident in doing so because, after all, if you're currently sitting in front of a Mac there's a very good chance that you're reading these words within Apple's Web browser.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Making a PC-smartphone love connection

    Your PC and mobile device don't get to visit very often. In fact, other than special occasions where you're transferring that new album or movie over, they barely talk at all. It's time they reconnect--literally. Luckily, Chrome experimenters are playing matchmaker and hooking them up better than ever with these awesome free games.

  • Opinion: Matchmaking app Tinder is tech's answer to 'How I Met Your Mother'

    "Let me tell you the story of how I met your mother," a father tells his young son, gazing misty-eyed into the distance as he relives the experience. "It was on the iPhone app Tinder. We both swiped to the right."

  • Opinion: The Macalope: Clearly wrong

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark! Assuming that "Denmark" is what we're calling the space between Henry Blodget's ears, and not Cupertino. And why not? Both have seasonal variations of daylight and require frequent land reclamation.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Charge!

    Your iPhone may be getting more than just power from that charger. Elsewhere, the patent lawsuit is coming from inside the law firm and the iHernia of Mac portable concepts. The remainders for Monday, June 3, 2013 are large and in charge.

  • Opinion: Prollie gives your tweets an A for effort

    Twitter and Facebook will tell you to follow and friend--a celebrity with millions of followers or an acquaintance from high school, usually--but they can't figure out whose updates won't bore you out of your mind.

  • Opinion: Meet Stanley, the player piano that will play just about any song you tweet to him

    For too long, player piano-human interactions have been a one-way conversation. But thanks to a little techno-tinkering, this no longer need be the case. Sing for Hope Pianos, an annual art project that places 88 piano-based installations throughout New York City, has teamed up with digital boutique agency Digital Kitchen to reinvent the old timey player piano for the social media age. The result: Stanley, the player piano that can read your tweets and play (just about) any song you send his way.

  • Opinion: Answers to your questions about iTunes and videos

    Many of the iTunes Guy columns focus on music, since the majority of the questions I receive are about that kind of media. But I get a fair number of questions about videos, and in this week's column, I cover four questions dealing with videos: their formats and tags, and how to make smart playlists to group movies by title.

  • Opinion: Replace Calendar with Fantastical on your iPhone

    Apple's built-in Calendar app for iPhone is fine, but I prefer Fantastical, a $5 alternative from Flexibits. Because the app can access your iPhone's calendars, it essentially offers complete integration with any calendaring system your iPhone can use or sync with--including iCloud, Google, Yahoo, and Exchange calendars. I reviewed the app in November of last year, awarding it four mice.

  • Opinion: Automator workflow of the month: Automatically copy Photo Stream images

    I recently read Jeff Carlson's "Four things Apple could do to improve iPhoto right now," and one point he made struck me in particular--that I couldn't make Photo Stream images appear in a folder of my choosing. Thinking how convenient this could be--for copying images into my Dropbox folder, for example--I set about finding a way.

  • Opinion: The Macalope: The fast with the facts and the furious

    Several thoughful pieces have been published recently on smartphone market share.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: iTunes 11.0.3 update improves app updating

    Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, the recently updated iTunes 11.0.3 introduces several interface tweaks. For my money, the most welcome addition is one that Apple doesn't even mention on its "About iTunes 11.0.3" page: a redesigned interface for checking on and downloading updated apps.

  • Opinion: With an SSD, backups are more important than ever

    Welcome to the dawn of the SSD age. Solid-state drives now offer great performance at affordable prices, which is why more and more users are choosing them in new PCs and adding them to older ones.

  • Opinion: All about About This Mac

    In this week's tip, I'll discuss a cool feature that you may be wholly unaware of--even if you're a long-time Mac user.



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