Roughly 20 years ago on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard could order a piping hot Earl Grey tea from the replicator and have it materialize before him within seconds.
We’re not quite there yet (and you’re no Patrick Stewart), but if you’ve got a Mac and a little extra time, you can happily print up a drinking glass, an iPhone case, a cufflink featuring Stephen Colbert’s head, toy starships--just about anything you can create (or download) a three-dimensional model of.
An ideal world would be one in which you hit publish and the readers come flocking. However as Mark Edwards recalls, getting from five copies a day to topping the Amazon charts takes a great deal of work. “We blogged, used Facebook and Twitter, posted on forums and networked like crazy with other writers and readers,” he says. “We submitted the book for reviews on sites and did everything we could to let people know it existed. It took a long time -- four months from publication to the top 10, spending two or three hours on it every evening. It was exhausting, but worth it in the end.”
Final Cut Pro X will celebrate its first anniversary in June, and the app has grown considerably in nearly 10 months. Apple has announced more big features to come later this year, but the real question is: Will professional users stick around long enough to use them?
What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “technology in education?” Is it an outdated Windows computer collecting dust in the back corner of a classroom? Software that’s nothing more than overly animated flashcards? Or is it the iPad, which supports interactive textbooks and dynamic educational apps for all ages? Whether the tablet is used to teach reading and arithmetic basics to kindergartners, or to create a presentation for teenagers, the iPad is a chameleon in the classroom with the flexibility to adapt to any kind of curriculum. All that’s needed is a school administrator who is willing to adopt it.
Despite Facebook's massive buyout and its rollout onto Android, we love Instagram. It's a fun blend of simple photography and social networking. But that doesn't mean there aren't some worthy alternatives to our favorite photo sharing service. While we can't see ourselves leaving Instagram anytime soon (none of these apps feature editing tools or filters, for instance), there are four social photo-sharing services worth checking out in the App Store.
While the iOS App Store success coined the phrase “There’s an app for that,” Apple couldn’t have done it alone. The ingenuity and creativity of third-party developers is a very big reason the iOS platform has grown, and companies like Readdle have been pioneers almost longer than anyone with inventive apps such as Scanner Pro.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Mac|Life website, you know that we love a good patent-based slap-fight. From the looks of things, so does Apple: to date, the company’s battle to stop Android handset manufacturers from infringing on their patents has cost the Cupertino-based tech manufacturer over $100 million. That’s small change to them, but an awful lot of money to the rest of us. What’re all the lawsuits about? We’ve put together a list of four patent lawsuits that focus on technology most iOS users take for granted every day.
All the major sports leagues out there have ironclad contracts governing how their content can be streamed online. The result is that you can't stream most sports broadcasts--at least not for free. Luckily, networks have finally made some of the most culturally significant sports events like the Olympics and the most recent Superbowl available online. In addition to these events, we've found a few other ways to get your sports fix for free, legally, without the hefty premium leagues like the MLB and NBA charge.
Despite having an iPhone since the original model launched in 2007, curiosity sometimes drives us into the arms of competing products -- especially ones as well-hyped as Nokia’s new Lumia 900, which many predict could be the first real shot Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has for success.
As widely reported this week, That ‘70s Show doofus Kelso (better known as Ashton Kutcher) has been cast in a new indie feature based on the life of Steve Jobs. Okay, so looking at some pictures side by side, the guy does resemble Jobs -- especially in his younger days. But that got us thinking: Are there better actors who could play Steve Jobs?