Apr 27 2009
When it comes to Apple products, software and hardware, there’s no beating the real thing. But, when its free, it certainly doesn’t hurt to try.
And if you’re still ticked off about the new Touch apps not being free, you can always sign the petition.
Remote Backups with Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner has been around for years, but a recent update introduced a new interface. And with it can the ability to securely back up to another Mac. This app not only backs up, but dose it on a schedule and creates bootable backups.
Setting up a network backup requires a couple of steps. Once you chose a remote destination, you’ll need to supply an IP address and you’ll be prompted to install a package on both Macs.
Now you can use your old Mac as a backup server and enjoy smart, incremental backups with a dependable and free application.
Update your Touch for Free
Can you replicate Apples $20 iPod Touch for free? More or less, but you are going to have to jailbreak your ‘Pod. The easiest way to do this is to restore to the 1.1.1 firmware and go to jailbreakme.com.
Once free’d you can add Customize, a third party app that (among other things) allows you to rearrange your apps.
Customize also lets you swap out graphics all over the Touch’s (or iPhone’s) interface.
Steve also showed off a new feature of Google Maps that finds your location with cell towers and wifi routers. Navizon, a similar service, has a 3rd party client for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
What about adding web apps to your home screen? We can do that too, thanks to iPhone Apper. This website will create a small app package that, installed on your ‘pod, will let you launch your web apps (with a custom icon).
Now, there are ways to get iPhone’s Mail, Notes, Stocks and Maps but I’ll leave you with Google to figure that out yourself. Now, its not Steve-tastic but it is free!