The announcement of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple CEO hit the internet hard this week, so I thought it'd be appropriate to theme Free App Friday with current events. Now, Steve Jobs isn't completely gone here, people. He's still around in some form or another on Apple's Board of Directors, and you can probably still spot him out once in awhile near his favorite pizza joint in San Francisco. But if you want to keep his legacy going on your Mac and iOS devices, check out these free apps that let you pretend Steve Jobs is still the CEO of Apple.
It seems like every week the Mac|Lifecrew is addicted to another app. It's not affected by genre, price, or even the amount of fun we're having, but rather what we've downloaded most recently. The sharing process usually starts the same too, someone says "Hey other editor, have you played this game?" And then all the sudden everyone's playing it and we can't stop. But of all the addicting apps we've found, these are the ones that we just can't stop playing, no matter how hard we try.
Forget the dog -- bag is man's best friend. Every day, we carry a bag on our backs or hanging off our shoulders to and from work, school, the gym, the yoga studio, or even a friend's house. Bags have to be big enough to carry the essentials and compact enough that you can squeeze by a crowd of standing passengers on the train or bus ride home; they need to be comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time, and easy to clean if they get into a scuffle with dirt on the ground or a fresh wad of gum on the seat next to you; and they need to be able to lug around your precious computers and gadgets without the worry that something will break on the way home.
If Google's purchase of Motorola was driven by a need to acquire more intellectual property, is the big G looking to protect its own innovations or jump on the patent troll wagon? How many patents is too much, anyway? Oh, and is Apple really just ripping-off blockbuster sci-fi movies with the iPad? And what happens when patent lawyers go wild?
Patent piling, space odysseys, and conspiring lawyers... it's another exciting week here at Law & Apple!
August, the month that could really use a holiday but doesn't have any for some crazy reason, is dragging on. It's Friday again. That's a good thing, but if you have time to kill this weekend, whether you're hiding from lousy weather or wiling away the hours in an airport, we've found some great time-killers on sale in the App Store, at low, low prices of free to $1.99. Treat yourself...
Summer time is almost to an end, and you've probably got a ton of photos to sift through and upload to the web. Our suggestion is that you start with the incriminating blackmail photos first to get that over with, and then work your way up to the all-smiles group pictures. To get those photos to the web from your phone, here are four free apps that work in conjunction with your favorite social networks. Because it's Free App Friday and no one should have to pay for an app on a day like today.
Minecraft is an enigma. The simplicity, both visually and conceptually, might turn off hardcore gamers who have no urge to build massive structures and replicas. But take up your tools for even a few hours and you'll inevitably be addicted by the game's scale. In Minecraft, your only impediment is your own creativity. Here's a glimpse of my time in the Minecraft world.
Another dizzying week for the Apple legal team. First they see an adversary's competitive product wiped from the entire continent of Europe (mostly), only to see the it rise again in every European country (mostly). What caused the teutonic change of heart in the Düsseldorf regional court? Perhaps some altered images that Apple submitted as evidence?
As the European battle rages on, a new front was opened in the United States, with Apple's longtime nemesis launching a massive salvo of lawsuits. The wish list of compensation being claimed includes barring the sale, manufacture and import of nearly every Apple product in the United States. And, the lawyers were good enough to request a jury trial. Wheeeee!
Just like calling and leaving a voicemail in the 90's was a great way to let your friends know you were thinking of them, social networking is now the norm to let your friends know you're creepily stalking them on the internet. And what better way to keep in touch with all of your pals then with a heaping of free Mac apps to constantly remind you that yes, you have friends out there that are worth tracking on a minute-by-minute basis. Or, maybe you're crazy obsessed with a pundit or famous YouTube star (My Drunk Kitchen, anyone?). Keep tabs on them with these free apps.
We like the mall almost as much as Robin Sparkles, but we're even a bigger fan of just pretending we're going to a mall by playing an iOS game. Still better, designing our own mall. That's where Mega Mall Story comes in.