Tuesday
Aug172010

Glyphboard: Add Icons To Your Text

Add cool symbols to email, text messages and notes with Glyphboard. It's not an app you'll find in the App Store. It's a web app that let's you add hearts, stars, smilies, musical notes and other little icons wherever you can enter text on an iPhone.

Install Glyphboard
Open Safari on your iPhone and go to the Glyphboard web site (http://mrgan.com/gb/). Tap the "+" button (at the bottom of the screen) and then select "Add to Home Screen." An icon for Glyphboard will be added to a Home Screen, just like an iPhone app.

How to Use Glyphboard
Launch Glyphboard. Tap and hold on a symbol to select it, and then tap Copy. You can paste it into the Glyphboard scratchboard or paste it into an email message, text, note and anywhere you can paste text. You can use symbols in iOS 4 folder names, too.

Monday
Aug162010

Apple Battery Charger: More Batteries, More ECO-Friendly

If you use wireless accessories with your Mac the Apple Battery Charger is an accessory you should have for your accessories. Using rechargeable batteries means you won't have to worry about buying and disposing of batteries every time they need replacing.

Comes with Six
Apple's Battery Charger comes with six AA NiMH batteries - that's two for your keyboard, two for your mouse (or trackpad) and two waiting in reserve, ready when one set of batteries needs to be replaced. At $29, that's a nice price for high-quality rechargeable batteries and a wall charger, especially considering that chargers from Energizer and Duracell come with only two or four batteries.

Eco-Friendly
Plus, the Apple Battery Charger is a bit more environmentally friendly than other battery chargers. Unlike other chargers, the Apple Battery Charger senses when a battery is fully charged and automatically reduces the amount of power it uses to 30 milliwatts. Apple claims this is more than 10 times better than the industry average.

Works with Others
The Apple rechargeable batteries work in other devices too, like digital cameras and portable video game systems. And, if you already have other rechargeable AA NiMH batteries, you can charge them in the Apple Battery Charger, as well.

Saturday
Aug142010

Mac Address Book Tip: Display a Phone Number Fullscreen

You'll find this Address Book tip useful if your phone or fax machine is across the room, or if you just want to be able to see a phone number more clearly.

One your Mac, launch Address Book and then find someone you'd like to call. Make sure you're not in Edit mode. Then, click on the label for a phone number (for example, "home"). A menu pop-up. Select "Large Type".

The phone number will display, filling the entire screen.

Friday
Aug132010

Read Comics on iPad

Reading books on an iPad is something every iPad owner knows you can do. Yet, the iPad screen is great for more than written words. View rich, colorful (and of course, entertaining) comics on the large, brilliant screen of an iPad.

Enjoy epic clashes between superheroes and villains. Journey through time and space. Tag along with monster hunters. A number of iPad apps make comic reading an incredible digital experience.

Comics
"Comics" from ComiXology leads the pack. View full-color comics panel-for-panel right on your iPad. Comics has the largest comics library and store on the iPhone, with over 2,300 comics and more added every week. You'll find titles from many publishers, including Marvel, DC, Image Comics, Red 5 and Zenoscope.

Read classic and new issues of the Xmen, Batman, Spiderman and many others. Heralded titles like Invincible, Atomic Robo and many other comics from independent publishers are available, too. Comics are available for purchase from the in-app store, typically $0.99-$1.99 an issue. You can purchase collections, as well. And, there are lots of free comics to download.

What makes Comics special is the way you view comics. Read a comic page-by-page or use ComiXology's patent pending Guided View. Guided View leaves the entire comic page intact, and leads you through a dynamically masked view of the panels. You view each panel, automatically zoomed to fit the iPad screen. Swipe your finger to view the next panel. It's a surprisingly satisfying way to read comics.

DC Comics
Using ComiXology's viewing engine, read comics exclusive to DC: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Justice League and many more. There's free comics to read too, including the origins of favorite DC heroes.

Marvel Comics
Xmen, Fantastic Four, Spiderman and many other titles from the Marvel universe await you, to view on the iPad's large screen. The Marvel Comics app also benefits from Comixology's comic-reading engine. 

Comics Zeal Comic Reader
If you have comics in the popular CBR or CBZ digital comic formats, then the Comic Zeal Comic Reader is a necessity for your iPad. Transfer comic files to an iPad easily using iTunes file transfer. You can also transfer comics wirelessly using Comic Sync, available for download from the Comic Zeal web site.

Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics apps are available free from the App Store. Individual titles are available from their in-app stores for $0.99-$1.99, for most issues. Comic Zeal Comic Reader for iPad is available from the App Store for $7.99.

Wednesday
Aug112010

Stream Music to iPhone 4 Over The Internet from MobileMe

iOS 4 introduced a capability we hope Apple will improve upon - the ability to stream music over the Internet from MobileMe. You'll need a MobileMe account to give it a try.

First, from your Mac, copy a music file to your iDisk.

Next, install the iDisk app on your iPhone. After setting it up, locate the music file you had copied from your Mac and tap to play it. The song will play and continue playing even after you leave the iDisk app (just like music played from the iPod app).

While you can't play multiple songs one after the other, or use playlists, this early incarnation of music streaming on iPhone can still be useful. Friends and colleagues can share audio files - voice notes, podcasts, speeches, etc. - by copying them to your Public iDisk. Then, you can listen to them anywhere, from your iPhone.