Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Facebook Rolls Out Optional 'Nearby Friends' Feature for iOS App http://www.maclife.com/article/news/facebook_rolls_out_optional_nearby_friends_feature_ios_app <!--paging_filter--><p>Taking a cue from social networking services like <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/foursquare_50_review" target="_blank">Foursquare</a> and Apple's own <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/find_my_friends_review" target="_blank">Find My Friends</a>, Facebook has started releasing a new service for its<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8" target="_blank"> iOS app</a> that will announce when your friends are in the general area. It's called <a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/04/introducing-a-new-optional-feature-called-nearby-friends/" target="_blank">Nearby Friends</a>, it's optional, and it's meant to facilitate impromptu group activities and social events.</p><p>In Facebook's words, "If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/nearby_friends_0.jpg" /></p><p>Facebook gets a lot of attention for its privacy policies, and so it's perhaps not surprising that the announcement takes special care to emphasize that Nearby Friends is entirely an opt-in feature. In other words, you'll need to turn the feature on for it to work, so you won't need to worry about it pinging your location to members of your friends list unless you want it to.</p><p>As a bonus, you can apparently choose which friends will receive the notifications, which comes in handy if there's only one or two people who are welcome to look you up at any time. The feature will slowly be extended to users of both the iOS and Android apps in the US "over the coming weeks." There's currently no indication as to when or if international users will have access to the feature.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/facebook_rolls_out_optional_nearby_friends_feature_ios_app#comments News Apps Facebook geolocationary iOS 7 iphone social networking Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:33:38 +0000 Leif Johnson 19777 at http://www.maclife.com Concept Images Suggest How Apps Might Look on 'iPhone 6' in Light of Rumors http://www.maclife.com/article/news/concept_images_suggest_how_apps_might_look_iphone_6_light_rumors <!--paging_filter--><p>It's all but a given now that the next iPhone will come in two larger screen sizes, but that extra real estate raises the important question of how Apple plans to handle the resolution. As a user named "Pi is exactly 3" on <em>The Verge</em>'s<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/15/5615268/how-apple-gets-to-4-7-a-theory" target="_blank"> Apple forums</a> notes (via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/274831/apps-will-look-like-4-7-inch-iphone-6/" target="_blank"><em>Cult of Mac</em></a>), it'll likely remain the same if past history proves anything.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/pi1.jpg" /></p><p>Pi's reasoning seems sound. During the similar jump in screen size from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5, for example, Apple maintained the existing resolution of 326 pixels per inch in an effort to avoid the pixel fragmentation seen in Android-compatible smartphones as new screen boast even higher resolutions. To accommodate the shift, Apple simply maintained the dimensions of the former apps for developers on the new iPhone 5 until they updated them, but surrounded them with black pixels.</p><p>There's a strong chance that Apple will do the same for the "iPhone 6." The <em>Verge</em> reader quoted a recent report from famed analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities, Inc. (via <em><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/09/kgi-iphone6-predictions/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></em>), which stated that the new 4.7-inch screen would boast a 1334x750 Retina display with a the same pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. In addition, Pi created mockups (above and below) to demonstrate how this would work in practice.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/pi2.jpg" width="620" height="561" /></p><p>The main challenge&nbsp;with such an approach is that it means Apple will retain the same Retina resolution it's used for years while competing smartphones continue to push their resolutions to ever more impressive limits. Of course, the bigger question is whether all those extra pixels actually matter as they're near impossible to see with the naked eye with the current resolution. Sticking with the current resolution, on the other hand, would allow Apple to maintain visual uniformity for its apps across several years' worth of iPhone models regardless of the age of the apps themselves.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/concept_images_suggest_how_apps_might_look_iphone_6_light_rumors#comments News apple Apps development iOS 7 iphone Rumors software speculation Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:25:38 +0000 Leif Johnson 19776 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Game Releases This Week: April 17, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/new_ios_game_releases_week_april_17_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u338318/2014/04/hitmango.png" width="620" height="301" /></p><p>Each week brings a barrage of new games for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it can be difficult to pick out of the cream of the crop by looking at a mass of icons and titles. Luckily, we're tuned in to the most notable releases, and we'll be presenting a small stack of them with this column. Every single week, you'll find a diverse array of free and paid games across a variety of genres, and we'll highlight the unique aspects of each, as well as anything that seems like it might be a barrier to enjoyment.</p><p>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the biggest release this week, following its Mac version by just a few weeks, though Hitman Go, Unpossible, and Yomi are also standout options, along with a handful of potential others we’ve highlighted. And Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is still supposed to launch anytime now, but it’s not yet on the App Store as of this writing—so maybe it’ll pop up later on. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/new_ios_game_releases_week_april_17_2014#comments Gallery App Store AppLife Apps baseball Disney farmville games Hearthstone Hitman IOOTP iOS iPad iPhone iPod Isolani new releases Unpossible Warcraft Where’s My Water Yomi Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:15:02 +0000 Andrew Hayward 19775 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, April 17 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_april_17 <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we focus on the little guys. The smaller end of the market of Apple products. The entry level. If you've been trying to convince a friend or relative to make the switch, these lower priced options might just be the ticket to helping convince them what you've known all along.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_april_17#comments Gallery Apple TV Bluetooth Speakers Deals digital projector earbuds External Battery external hard drive fifth gen ipod touch handheld projector Headphones iMac iPad iPad Air ipad mini with retina display ipad wireless keyboard iphone 5 case iphone 5S case iPhone case iPod iPod touch Keyboard keyboard case MacBook macbook air macbook pro Music projector refurb Refurbished refurbs retina display sales usb usb hub wallet case weekly deals wireless keyboard wireless speakers Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:43:41 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 19774 at http://www.maclife.com Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/family_guy_quest_stuff_review <!--paging_filter--><p>Family Guy made its name on TV by being simultaneously derivative and edgy; it riffed on The Simpsons’ formula of an animated nuclear family with a drunken, lovingly-dumb father, but its gags went further or weirder. And it did it well. So you might have reason for thinking that Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff—which takes its cues from The Simpsons: Tapped Out—might also push boundaries and poke fun at conventions. You’d be sadly mistaken. The Quest for Stuff is a shallow, money-grubbing, cynical, and downright boring freemium city builder with few redeeming qualities.</p><p>On the positive side, great care has clearly gone into the graphics, with all the little visual details replicated on even minor characters and buildings. It’s chock full of the same sharp dialog you know and love (or hate) from the show—albeit mostly without voice acting. Many jokes are recycled from the series, but there are plenty of original (and funny) ones that self-consciously reference the senselessness of your experience and the minutiae of previous episodes. The game hits its high point before you even start playing, though, delivering a delightful animated opening in which Family Guy gets canceled again and Peter fights the Giant Chicken (revealed to be the president of Fox) in a battle that destroys the entire town.</p><p><img src="/files/u338318/2014/04/quest-for-stuff-2.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Your job is to rebuild Quahog, a feat made challenging not through difficulty but rather suffocating timers that drag progress to a standstill. You don’t play The Quest for Stuff so much as periodically jump in and tap stuff for 30 seconds to bank money and experience, and put Peter’s friends and family to work on new quests/activities. That's all done so that you may eventually rebuild a new section of the town or unlock new characters, costumes, and quests—ready to repeat ad infinitum.</p><p>What’s worse are the minuscule amounts of money and experience most buildings produce on a rolling basis—some as often as every minute, others over a few hours. These resources halt production entirely until you tap to reset them. It’s a slog to get anywhere without splashing the cash, whether you’ve played for five minutes or several hours, and it’s simply not worth the trouble to wade through the crap for well-written speech bubbles and quest descriptions.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> No amount of fan service or witty writing can save Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff from mediocrity born of leaden pacing and shameless freemium money-grubbing.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id838500730" target="_blank">Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff 1.0.7</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TinyCo, Inc </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://tinyco.com/support" target="_blank">tinyco.com/support</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Great introductory cutscene. Witty, humorous writing. Graphics capture the finer details of Quahog.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Takes an eternity to rebuild the town. Not much to do. Limited voice work. Designed and balanced to suck money out of you. As with the show, some dialogue oversteps the mark between edgy and offensive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-score"> <div class="field-label"><strong>Score:</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1.5&nbsp;Lame </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/family_guy_quest_stuff_review#comments Gallery Reviews Animation app store reviews AppLife Apps cartoon Family Guy Fox freemium Games iPad iPhone iPod iPod and iPhone Quest for Stuff Software Tapped Out The Simpsons Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:18:39 +0000 Richard Moss 19772 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Name Your Own Price for the B2B Designer Bundle http://www.maclife.com/article/news/deals_name_your_own_price_b2b_designer_bundle <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-b2b-designer-bundle" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/screen_shot_2014-04-17_at_10.55.09_am.png" width="650" height="228" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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Whether we're making digital reproductions with our all-in-one desktop printers or copying paper with the massive units in our offices, we're constantly stymied by jams, blurry images, and slow, clunky interfaces. Even the simple, camera-based apps on our iPhones have their shortcomings, and we often find ourselves retaking and cropping images until we get them right.</p><p>With a gorgeous interface and a good developer pedigree, we had high hopes for Scanbot. There's a clean, simple aesthetic that runs through every screen, helping you capture and organize your documents with ease. The priority here is speed, as Scanbot's foolproof interface can attest to, but it doesn't come at the expense of professional features, including high-resolution output, a low-light indicator, and automatic edge detection. Our final products weren't always perfect, but the powerful cropping tool and one-touch enhancer fine-tuned things nicely.</p><p><img src="/files/u338318/2014/04/scanbot.png" width="620" height="548" /></p><p>Scanbot is the first app from the creators of the now-defunct doo storage service, so we were hardly surprised to see a tight integration with the cloud—but we weren't expecting such comprehensive synergy. Nearly every major service is represented, and you can set your image to automatically upload to your favorite. It’s a much better method than the standard save-and-email strategy most of the other scanner apps use, though you can still clutter up your Camera Roll if you so desire.</p><p>The app’s interface does a nice job of prompting you with tips on how to take better scans, but we would have liked a little more control over our documents, most notably a perspective or skew tool to straighten crooked scans and flatten folds. Also, we wish we were able to organize our scan into folders instead of rushing off to the cloud every time, and we had some issues with moving and resizing the digital signature.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Scanbot certainly isn't the first scanning app for the iPhone, but it might be the first one we actually use regularly.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanbot-pdf-scanner-multipage/id834854351?mt=8" target="_blank">Scanbot 1.0.1</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> doo GmbH </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.scanbot.io" target="_blank">www.scanbot.io</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $0.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Clean interface that makes scanning a breeze. Excellent integration with cloud services. Powerful automation tools and editing features.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>No in-app organization. Missing pro tools to straighten scans. Digital signature buggy and confusing to work with.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-score"> <div class="field-label"><strong>Score:</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4&nbsp;Great </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/scanbot_review#comments Reviews app store reviews AppLife Apps Documents Doo iPhone iPod iPod and iPhone Photos productivity Productivity Software Scanbot scanner scanning Software Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:38:24 +0000 Michael Simon 19770 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Get a Year of Web Hosting from DreamHost http://www.maclife.com/article/news/deals_get_year_web_hosting_dreamhost <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/one-1-year-of-award-winning-web-hosting-w-dreamhost" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/dreamhost_1.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>When you decide to put your website online, there's a few things that you want to make sure of. You want a host that will keep your site up and running at all times so you never miss out on a potential visitor, you want tons of diskspace and bandwidth to work with, and support any time you may need it. You'll get all of that and more from DreamHost, and you can get a year of the web hosting service on sale right now in our&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/one-1-year-of-award-winning-web-hosting-w-dreamhost" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>DreamHost is an award-winning company known for its amazing service. After a year of using it, you'll understand why. On top of offering you all of the bandwidth and diskspace you could need, you'll also enjoy a 100% server uptime guarantee, unlimited email accounts, two free domains, and $100 worth of Google AdWords credits to bring people to your site. 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This method would also allow Shazam's song identification technology to work with Siri, presumably by asking "What song is playing?"<br /><br />Shazam and Apple spokespeople declined to comment on this enticing prospect, which could wind up being introduced as part of this year's iOS 8, expected to first be unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in early June.<br /><br />The same report closes with claims that Apple has already internally built a subscription-based music service similar to Spotify, Rdio, and Beats Music, but one source claims Cupertino is hesitant to release it for fear of accelerating already declining download sales.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/apple_reportedly_working_shazam_new_ios_song_id_feature#comments Gallery News Apple Inc. digital music discovery identification iOS 8 iPad iPhone iPod music search Rumors Shazam Siri Songs subscriptions WWDC 2014 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19768 at http://www.maclife.com Overnight Recap: Yahoo Hearts iOS Search, Pinnacle Studio, Verizon Offers More http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_yahoo_hearts_ios_search_pinnacle_studio_verizon_offers_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/yahoo_search_iphone_620px.png" alt="Yahoo search on iPhone" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>The CarPlay invasion appears to be coming in full force later this year, now that both Alpine and Pioneer have confirmed aftermarket systems and Hyundai just announced Apple's technology will be built into 2015 Sonata models. Apple's CarPlay website was also just updated and now adds Beats Music as another supported app, so there's plenty to get excited about — but for now, you'll have to settle for a recap of what went down over the last 24 hours...</p><h3>Yahoo Vying to Bump Google from Default iOS Search</h3><p>This isn't the first time we've heard this, but <a href="http://recode.net/2014/04/16/marissa-mayers-secret-plan-to-get-apple-to-dump-google-and-default-to-yahoo-mobile-search/" target="_blank">Re/code reported Wednesday</a> that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer appears to have a "secret plan" to persuade Apple to ditch Google as the default search engine on iOS — which honestly, may not take much prodding, given the ongoing hostilities between the two companies. One Yahoo insider calls Mayer's goal to "grab the pole position in iOS search," although for now that pitch exists only within the company and has yet to be presented to Apple, who already uses Yahoo for weather and stock data on its mobile platform.</p><h3>Pinnacle Studio Video Editor Comes to iPhone</h3><p>No longer limited to the iPad, <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-1900218.htm" target="_blank">Pinnacle announced Wednesday</a> the release of Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, a $9.99 video-editing app designed for iOS 7. The app allows iPhone owners to edit video, audio, and photos in a Storyboard-style user interface while retaining the ability to make precise trim edits in the Timeline. Up to three audio tracks are supported, including sync to video in full 1080p HD quality, complete with 3D animation, transitions, motion titles, and graphics and much more. Pinnacle Studio for iPad has likewise been updated for iOS 7 and now features 64-bit processing on supported devices for more powerful editing. Both apps are now available on the App Store, and the iPad version is a free update for existing owners.</p><h3>Verizon Delivers More Value to Off-Contract Customers</h3><p>Starting today, <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/04/more-everything-savings-coming.html" target="_blank">Verizon Wireless is offering</a> more savings for customers on its MORE Everything plan, and for the first time is allowing month-to-month subscribers to sign up and save by adding a smartphone for $30 per month on data plans 8GB and lower (a $10 savings) or only $15 per handset for 10GB or higher plans (a $25 savings). Better yet, new customers can finally bring their own smartphones and add them for the same MORE Everything rates, although a Verizon-compatible device is obviously required to do so. Last but not least, Verizon Edge early upgrade customers are also eligible for the same pricing, which pretty much matches exactly what AT&amp;T rolled out earlier this year.</p><h3>Chrome Remote Desktop Brings Mac to Android Screens</h3><p><a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/04/chrome-remote-desktop-goes-mobile.html" target="_blank">The Google Chrome Blog announced Wednesday</a> that Android smartphone and tablet owners will now be able to keep tabs on their Mac or PC back home, thanks to the free Chrome Remote Desktop app. After installing the desktop client from the Chrome Web Store, the Remote Desktop app allows VNC-style remote access and control of any computers connected to your Google account from anywhere there's an internet connection. Google also plans to roll out an iOS version of the app later this year.</p><h3>MediaFire Releases Updated iOS App with Native iPad Support</h3><p>Cloud storage upstart <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mediafire/id555646196" target="_blank">MediaFire announced Wednesday</a> that the latest version 1.3 of its free, universal iOS app has arrived in the App Store with a fresh new look and native iPad support. The company recently took its Mac and Windows desktop clients out of beta and offers a generous 10GB of free storage, which can get bumped to as much as 50GB by jumping through the right hoops. Texas-based MediaFire has ratcheted up its marketing efforts in recent months, most recently <a href="https://www.mediafire.com/upgrade/" target="_blank">slashing the price</a> of its 1TB Pro plan to a mere $2.49 per month in response to increased competition from Google Drive and other services.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_yahoo_hearts_ios_search_pinnacle_studio_verizon_offers_more#comments News App Store apple search Chrome Remote Desktop Google iPad iPhone Mac MediaFire overnight recap Pinnacle Studio Verizon Wireless yahoo Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:39:08 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19767 at http://www.maclife.com