Grab bag o' news this week as no one really duked it out for top dog in the headline race. Apple's got a few tricks up its sleeves, Samsung did well in sales, lawsuits are such a constant they're like air anymore, and the iPad still kicks major butt. So what else did happen this week worth your time? How about these 10 stories, tips, and reviews?
The summer movie season kicks off in earnest this weekend with The Avengers, the monstrously hyped, years-in-the-making Marvel Comics adaptation that pulls together the storylines of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and surely many other familiar faces. If you're planning on waiting on line for a midnight screening, or just want to catch up on the heroes' adventures before seeing the film in the near future, here are eight apps starring members of The Avengers that'll get you pumped and prepped for the movie ahead.
Owners of the iPad have a reason to rejoice today, as they are finally able to join their music-loving brethren on Mac and iPhone in the phenomenon that is Spotify. After a less-than-satisfying release of an iPhone app that wouldn't run natively on iPad, the music streaming giant sat down and built an app from the ground up to give Apple's tablet crowd access to 17 million streaming songs. While the wait was lengthy, the app appears to be worth it.
When it comes to iOS apps for the youngsters, there’s no shortage of them available from the App Store. Problem is, most of them are loud, obnoxious and frequently garish. So what’s a parent to do? We’ve collected 10 of our own favorites that are guaranteed annoyance-free -- and parents might even enjoy them, too.
Apple calls OS X “The most advanced operating system in the world,” but really they could have called it the most beautiful and few people would have objected. OS X is full of little design touches that have redefined what people expect from a personal computer, and which complement the gorgeous Jonathan Ive-designed Macs that it runs on perfectly. In fact, you can’t (legally) install the operating system on anything but a Mac, so the two are forever entwined – and that gives Apple advantages that other computer manufacturers simply don’t have. With Apple’s latest MacBook Air, for example, you’ll find special keys on the keyboard that link specifically to new functions in OS X Lion, such as Mission Control.
The biggest news this week wasn't really all about Apple, but it was their week to shine in their financials, Google's chance to show off their new cloud storage, and Sprint's chance to show us how losing a LOT of blood wasn't really a horrible thing.
We are up to $1,758 donated on our Giving Page! The code MACLIFE, which you can enter at checkout to have all donations up to $100 automagically matched, expires on May 1 -- that's Tuesday! (Where is the year going, seriously?) And my desk is collapsing under the burden of all the cool stuff I have to give away to our generous donors, so be sure to find out how to win a prize after the jump!
With the churning nine-to-five bustle of our daily routines, it’s tough to pull away from our own little life bubble long enough to notice the staggering impact we humans have on the natural world around us, and try to take action to facilitate positive change. Fortunately, a handful of helpful App Store picks let you work green thinking into your busy schedule. For eco-minded folks looking to find ways to make a difference while they’re on-the-go, these cool apps let you save energy, reduce waste, educate yourself, and make more environmentally conscious choices.
Traditionally speaking, making quality-looking comic books takes serious writing chops, careful storyboard planning, and a high measure of artistic ability. For both casual comic fans and hardcore enthusiasts who've dreamed of crafting their own creative amateur comics for fun (but possess zero drawing skills), ComicBook! makes it easy to put hilarious strips together on your iPad in a matter of minutes with only the most minimal effort.