For more than a decade, people like you have flocked to How To stories and videos we've produced on CNET. (iPod your car, anyone? Wow, that's a blast from the past.) Whenever we write a roundup of iPhone tips or a collection of Chrome shortcuts, you click like crazy, discover inspiring new tricks, and share your newfound tech knowledge with your friends.
MacBooks are well-known for doing awesome, useful things--they don't (usually) get viruses, the battery life is great, and the user interface is simple.
What they didn't tell you is that your MacBook can do a lot of awesome useless things. Take a moment and indulge in the (mostly) unnecessary features available:
5. Invert desktop colors. Tired of the same look and feel of your display? Press CMD-OPT-CTRL-8 and the colors on your screen will be inverted--white pixels turn black, blue turns orange, etc. This seemingly useless trick is actually an accessibility feature, and can be helpful in bright-light situations, but we all know it was really implemented to let geeks prank their unknowing friends.
4. Talk to me, Terminal. Most Mac users will likely never touch the Terminal, a built-in program that allows users to run commands for the OS to perform. It does do a couple awesome things, though. In Spotlight, type "Terminal" and hit enter. Here, type "say" followed by a word or phrase. Useful? No. Awesome? Yes.… Read more
For any Mac users who take advantage of iWeb for their Web site publishing needs, editing offline and keeping your Web site active online can be a bit tricky. A couple Apple Support Community members have combined to come up with some good practices of doing just that.
Support Communities user "mharts" writes:"I would like to over-haul my website look on iWeb and put up "under construction". But I don't want to loose the photos and some of the writing I've done."
This is a common issue with iWeb users, and … Read more
Snowboard Hero is a 3D snowboarding game that might be the best yet for iPhone--once you get the settings squared away. Start by choosing between Career and Record Chaser modes. In Career mode you'll start by playing as the default character, "Dude," but after racing and beating specific challenges, you'll be able to choose from six different characters with varied skills. Start by going through the tutorial, which gives you the basics for jumping, grinding rails, and performing tricks. From there you'll need to complete challenges that vary from going down the hill as fast … Read more
Right-clicking (or Control + clicking) on a Dock icon will bring up a contextual menu with available options for that application or file. This trick will allow you to customize the language of that contextual menu, further personalizing your Mac experience.
For example, when you have Safari open, if you right-click on the Safari icon in your Dock, the contextual menu offers you the options of New Window, Options, Hide, Quit (as well as showing you the current page name). You can change Quit to anything you want, like say, "End" or "Close."
Each winter the Super Bowl attracts more viewers. Super Bowl XLIV, last year, between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, attracted an audience of 106.5 million viewers.
The commercial, which begins airing this week on select networks, features the all-new 2011 Audi A8 flagship sedan, the most technologically advanced vehicle the company has ever produced--and a favorite among CNET editors.
Last … Read more
So you've gotten yourself the sleek new MacBook Air and your first thought is to install Windows 7 on it. OK, that's my first thought. The problem is the laptop has no optical drive, meaning you'll probably have to buy an accessory that costs around $80 to do the job.
Well, unless you're reading this. Yes, it's totally possible to install Windows 7 (or Vista) on the MacBook Air without a DVD drive. All you'll need is a computer running Windows 7 (that has a DVD drive), a 4GB or larger USB thumbdrive, a Windows 7 installation DVD, and about an hour of free time.
Note: make sure you back up the contents of the thumbdrive as they will be completely erased during this process. Also, the actual work is a lot shorter and less intimidating than the look of this article.
Here are the detailed steps.… Read more
Solipskier is an innovative 2D arcade skiing game with ingenious controls, stylish sound and visuals, and gameplay that's surprisingly rich given its simplicity.
Solipskier's side-scrolling interface is as streamlined as its premise: you drag your finger to draw a ski slope, and a speedy skier--moving from left to right--skis over every incline, straightaway, and jump that you create. The challenge comes in maintaining your daredevil skier's speed, building up your score (and score multiplier), and keeping your skier alive. Call-outs on the right side of the screen warn you of upcoming gates, tunnels, and hazards (all with … Read more
Not even the Jedi Mind trick could get LucasFilm to change its opinion on Jedi Mind's name.
The small software developer announced on Tuesday that it has changed its name to Mind Technologies. In a statement, the company said it decided to change its name "to avoid potential infringement of trademarks owned by LucasFilm."
Mind Technologies has also redirected its former Web site, JediMindinc.com, to its new MindTechnologies.com.
Mind Technologies' name was just one part of the issue LucasFilm had with the company. It also didn't like that it used "Jedi" in … Read more
If you are texting groups of people often and have a difficult time finding the conversations, use this trick to tag your texts, making them easy to access later.
If your texting habits are anything like those of some of the people I know (my own aren't too crazy), you undoubtedly find yourself needing to text specific groups of people quite a bit. It may be co-workers who meet up on Monday nights for Bingo, your brothers and sisters (but not your parents, because they just don't need to know), or your closest pals. In any case, it … Read more