It's Fourth of July weekend! And you know what that means: the only reason you're reading this right now is because you're stuck in traffic and Maclife.com was the first site you thought of to check while moving a miserable 5 miles per hour. Well, here you go: four free iOS apps to keep you groovin' through Independence Day weekend -- and do spare a few minutes this weekend to remember your Founding Fathers.
I know, I know -- an iPhone refresh is imminent and I'm still covering iPhone 4 cases. But, you know what? Some of you aren't upgrading any time soon, I know this. And I also know that sometimes people get really bored of the same ol', same ol' and want to graduate to something new, and perhaps a little more artsy, like the Incase Bird's Nest Snap Case featured in this week's Best Case Scenario. I also know that you can't sell an iPhone 4 with a battered chassis, so do cover it up in a protective case like the Speck ToughSkin or IvySkin Wrangler Case. And, there are a bunch of ridiculous products out there, including one that claims to make it easier to hold the phone with your shoulder. But does it really work? You won't find out unless you click "read more".
Over half the MacLife staff is out of the office today, no doubt soakin' up the sunshine and having all kinds of fun. And we're here putting the finishing touches on another installment of Price Drop, so your weekend can be as good as theirs -- thanks to some generous iOS app developers who have slashed the prices on these handy helpers and cool games to help you kick back. Most of the apps in this week's roundup are even free! Free, like our lucky, lucky coworkers...
Admit it -- your friends think your parties are lame. It's alright, my parties were like that too, until I started renting ponies, throwing confetti and pouring endless bottles of champagne. Then everyone started showing up and my soirees were ones to be remembered. Now, you don't have to go all out like I did--go the cheaper route and enlist some free apps to get your party poppin'.
This week we're taking dedication to the next level. Anything that makes us want to use exclamation marks and talk like the dude in the Bowflex commercials is fair game this week, when we're whipping out the most hardcore games you've ever played. We take a look at Mortal Kombat (with fatalities! and blood!) to Line Surfer (get crushed by waves!) and then check out an extra secret contender that might just be the most hardcore game of all time. This week's Game Time is not for the feint of heart.
Here’s a neat trick: Intel’s next-generation chips will require half the power of their current top-of-the-line microprocessors when providing the same performance—or they will boost performance by around 37 percent when running at the same power levels. Intel achieved this by redesigning the transistor, that infinitesimal on-off switch that makes chips tick. Today’s microprocessors have a slew of those li’l switches -- the Xeon X5670 in a fully loaded Mac Pro, for example, has over a billion crowded onto its 240 square millimeters