Archive for December, 2008

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #7

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Number 7 on our list of the top 10 Apps that we really like right now is Shazam.

Say you’re in a bar (or restaurant, or shop, or any location where music is playing) and you hear a great song, and you want to know who the band is.  All you have to do is hold your iPhone up in the air and Shazam will identify it for you.  No need to bother the bartender.

Still waiting for the EMC Retr…

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Still waiting for the EMC Retrospect dev team to update their blog. Would love to see how Retrospect X is coming along!

BlackBerry Media Sync Preview for Mac

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A few people have asked us about the preview of BlackBerry’s Media Sync for Mac, which debuted a couple of weeks ago.  Our Mac specialists have been advising our clients to not download RIM’s BlackBerry Media Sync as other BlackBerry syncing apps, such as PocketMac for BlackBerry and Missing Sync, will cease to work once it is installed.  As most of the BlackBerry users we know need to be able to sync their contacts and calendars (and can use Missing Sync to sync non-DRM protected files from iTunes anyway), it’s better to wait until RIM can sort out the conflicts with other sync software.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #6

Monday, December 29th, 2008

If you’ve had enough of the holiday tunes and want to acquire some new music that is better suited to your personal tastes, then check out Need Mac Help’s #6 App, Pandora Radio.

The Pandora Radio App is personalized radio for your iPhone.  It helps you create “stations” based on your favorite bands, songs or style of music.  If you don’t like one of the songs that Pandora suggests, you just select the thumbs down and Pandora will further refine the selections to fit your taste.  You can also bookmark songs that you like and create stations from them or buy them in iTunes.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #5

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

This next App brings an instant smile to the face of some, while others find it downright annoying.  It’s a freebie, so you can download it and decide for yourself.  Wooo!

No Retrospect X for Mac Today

Friday, December 19th, 2008

I spoke to the folks over at EMC Insignia to find out what happened to their planned release of Retrospect X for Mac today.  The update is that they are still working on it and will now premiere the beta version at MacWorld in January.  They are also going to update their developer’s blog today or over the weekend to let everyone know where they are at.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #4

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Next up on our list of iPhone Apps is Delivery Status by Junecloud.  This App is particularly useful right now to help track all those holiday packages and year end purchases.

You can track shipments from UPS, FedEx, DHL, the USPS among others.  Orders placed with Amazon, Apple and Google Checkout can be tracked before they even ship.  With the free Dashboard widget (or any web browser), you can easily sync all your tracking numbers.

Problems with New Leopard Upgrade to OS X 10.5.6?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I’ve been reading through the support forums and blogs about various problems that users have been encountering with the new upgrade to OS X 10.5.6.  Some of the issues reported thus far include:

  • Freezing at “configuring installation” screen
  • Mail crashes
  • Network issues
  • Time Machine backup failure
  • Problems with DFU mode

If you are anxious to install the upgrade, we recommend first reading the instructions on Apple’s website and to consider installing the larger Combo update.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #3

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Next up in our list of (currently) favorite (and in no particular order) Apps, is Beejive IM.

At $15.99, Beejive is probably one of the more expensive Apps that we like, but it’s worth every penny.  For starters, it’s an incredibly stable IM application, probably the most stable one out there.  It also has a very attractive and easy-to-use interface.  And it works with almost every IM network out there — AIM/iChat/MobileMe, MSN/Windows Live, Yahoo!, MySpace, GoogleTalk, ICQ and Jabber (no Skype yet).

One of the best features is the ability to participate in multiple chats simultaneously AND move back and forth between them with ease.

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #2

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Facebook is iPhone App #2 on our (non-exhaustive and in no order of importance) list of favorite Apps.

All the main Facebook features are here.  You can view newsfeeds, write to your friends, view your wall and the walls of your friends, and view friends’ photo libraries.  As would be expected for an application intended for use on a mobile device, the Facebook iPhone App features very nifty mobile features like the Facebook Chat IM service (you can chat with your friends for free!) and fast photo uploading.


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