Stories by Serenity Caldwell

  • Hands on with Google Drive

    Start your engines: Google’s long-rumored Drive service is officially out and ready for a test… well, drive. The search giant’s answer to services like Dropbox, Drive offers 5GB of free online storage space that also syncs with a local folder on the desktop of your Mac or PC. (An Android app is currently available, with an iOS app in the works.)

  • Mountain Lion: Hands on with Safari

    Though Safari didn't receive as huge an overhaul in Mountain Lion as other OS X apps have, it still got some love from the folks in Cupertino. Refined search interfaces, sharing integration, and clear-cut password storage are just three of the things you have to look forward to come this summer - here are a few brief impressions of Safari's new features.

  • Five exciting app changes in Mountain Lion

    Though Mountain Lion snuck onto the scene just this morning - big cats are sly like that - I've already discovered a few delightful details about the apps in Apple's upcoming OS update for the Mac, thanks to editorial director Jason Snell's hands on with the software. Here are five app changes I can't wait to see come to my Mac this summer.

  • Up close with iOS 5: Wireless syncing and updating

    One of the best parts of iOS 5--regarding device management, at least--is that you no longer have to connect your device to your Mac or PC when you want to sync your information or download a subsequent software update. There are two features at work here: iTunes Wi-Fi Sync and Software Update.

  • Guide: How to upgrade your iOS device to iOS 5

    iOS 5 has hit the stage, and eager users everywhere are getting ready to upgrade their devices. If you're concerned about the upgrade process, or simply want to know all your setup options before making the big switch, let us help you upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 5 with this step-by-step guide.

  • Five new things your apps will do in iOS 5

    Apple has been sure to highlight the apps receiving the biggest changes in iOS 5 - Safari, for example - but there are still many new features in iOS 5's other built-in apps that haven't gotten as much attention. With iOS 5 arriving next week, it's high time we looked at some of the goodies awaiting you in the updated versions of Maps, Weather, FaceTime, Contacts, Music, and Video.

  • 'One more thing': The spirit of Steve Jobs lives on

    I was scrambling to finish a column when I heard the news. One minute, I was trying to come up with a witty response for an Apple proof-of-concept video; the next, trying to come up with anything to say at all. As I stared in shock at my computer screen, I watched responses pour in from friends and Twitter compatriots alike. Some of them were Steve-isms; some, anecdotal tales. But within all of them, the message was essentially the same: "Steve Jobs has profoundly affected our lives."

  • iCloud to make official debut on October 12

    Following its preview at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in June, iCloud has received an official debut date - October 12 - at the Let's Talk iPhone Apple event. It replaces the company's oft-maligned $99 MobileMe service, offering a central online repository for your mail; contacts; calendars; music, TV, app and book purchases; photos; documents; and backup.