Salty the iPhone emerged from the ocean with super powers, namely that he can dispense essential advice and spread the cooling salve of knowledge over all your hottest, itchiest, burningest questions. Pose your quandries at email@example.com, and check out his latest round of infinite, snarky wisdom after the jump...
With Apple, we never know more than we have to, and its upcoming "product transition" is no exception. We know it's coming before Sept. 30, and we know it'll put a strain on the company's gross margins. But if Apple's track record for such announcements is any indictor, we should be ready for something big.
If you’ve visited iTunes recently, you may have noticed something different about the “Top TV Episodes” section. Currently, the three best-selling shows aren't episodes at all, but an independently produced series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly).
Thanks to iTunes, this may be the beginning of a paradigm shift, where television shows will be freed from network control and put into the hands of their creators.
Batman is the sole protector of Gotham City, the last line of defense between its hapless citizenry and fiends like the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler. But what Batman has in grit and combat ability, he lacks in stylish computing power. Enter Apple to help the Dark Knight not only vanquish crime, but look good dong it. So what’s the Dark Knight missing from his utility belt?
Newsweek recently examined whether the episodes of Seinfeld still hold up 10 years later. After I got over the shock that "yikes, that was 10 years ago? I am friggin' old," I thought it was a nice article -- everyone loves Seinfeld, it's fun to look back, yadda yadda yadda. But Mac|Life dares to ask the deeper, more important, and far, far geekier question:
Would the episodes of Seinfeld hold up if the characters had access to iPhones?
When people reminisce about their college days, they look back with misty-eyed fondness on the flowing beer and promiscuity. But few get nostalgic for the lectures. So when iTunes U first opened its virtual doors on May 30, 2007, and presented the public with lectures and class notes, we marveled at the range of knowledge presented by some of the world’s finest minds, free of charge--and promptly ignored it.
But in the thirteen months since iTunes U has been available, the content has expanded considerably. (Over 60 accredited universities and colleges, 25 institutions, and several public radio channels have put content online.) Initially, iTunes U only provided the public with lectures, language lessons, and campus tours. Now, if offers music and dance performances, poetry readings, and a wealth of audio and video content that is as entertaining as it is informative.
After more than a year of training, Apple’s star duo is ready for the Beijing Olympics. The 2.0 Software Update finally brings support for Chinese input to the iPhone and iPod Touch, just in time for next month’s opening ceremonies.