Judging by the announcements at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year, console video game developers are well aware of the growing community of gamers with tablets and smartphones, and aim to capitalize on these crossover players with both a controller in their hands and an iOS device in their lap. Many new companion apps are coming down the line, but several are already available for some of the biggest console hits around. Here are eight that can enhance your traditional TV gaming experience.
It was the week of Comic-Con and the week when Steam broke the internet by causing a stampede with their annual Summer Sale, and most of all it was another week with Apple and all the fun stuff you can do with your iOS device and your Macs. And it just my be that crazy summer heat, but we even allowed that Apple could learn a thing or two from rival Microsoft. Yeah, it was that kind of week.
It may be Friday the 13th, but today is your lucky day if you're interested in sweet deals on apps. We've got a goodly stack just waiting to turn your bad luck into great. So sit back, fire up the App Store, and get downloading because with this much free sweetness, how could you possibly complain?
I'm down in San Diego this week to do some reporting for a story you'll read in a future issue of Mac|Life, and there's so much to see here that I wanted to share it with you in gallery form. Every year, over 100,000 people flock to sometimes-sunny-but-always-muggy San Diego (I'm sorry, the weather here is a complete contrast to what I'm used to in San Francisco) to gawk at celebrities, spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on collectibles, and meet their inspirations. It's a gathering of the geeks--a mecca, if you will--and though your feet ache by the sixth hour of the second day, somehow it's always worth it.
Like a few other apps we could name (ahem, Instagram), Pinterest remains mired in a pocket-sized mindset, stuck on our iPhones and iPods or simply blown up for our iPad. With all the great visuals posted to the popular social media site, we'd love it if there were a better way of interacting with our accounts than simply using Safari and a bookmarket. What about pictures we take on our iPads? Email them to ourselves, and then pull out a second gadget? Or sigh and stick with the official app?
Luckily, some third-party options are available to make Pinterest available in a native manner on the iPad, so here are some suggestions about how to get the best out of your pinning on Apple's big screen.
While GarageBand is arguably the best bargain in the App Store, offering up a potent brew of playable instruments and integrated multitrack recording, there has been an avalanche of impressive dedicated synthesizer apps in the last couple of years. If you're overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices, here's a quick rundown of some of the top available picks. None are designed to replace GarageBand; in fact, most are primarily meant to be used in live musical performances, played as unique instruments with no counterparts in the real world. And the most expensive iPad synth app is still cheaper than almost any commercial Audio Units plugin for a desktop, so you'll find quality, convenience, and value within these 10 apps.
It's a shame that more app developers don't code with the iPad's big screen in mind, especially when the app in question revolves around photographs. Instagram has been around for nearly two years now and there's still no native iPad or universal form of the app. With all that screen real estate, it's a shame to have to run the iPhone version embiggened, trapped in portrait mode, just to see pictures of our friends' adorable offspring or recent meals.
Luckily, a bevy of third-party apps are available that offer a bit of a twist on the old iPhone photo sharing app. Here's a look at several such apps that are all grown up for the big screen.
Maybe we're being a little melodramatic by calling them life-threatening, but with every iOS or Mac bug comes an outcry from hundreds of thousands of Apple users. Take last week, for instance, when a Mac App Store bug caused several software updates to instantly crash apps once installed on both Macs and iOS devices. Apps included the popular Instapaper, GoodReader, Angry Birds Space HD Free, and even Readdle's Scanner Pro 4.1 update. Fortunately, the ordeal was over once Apple finally stepped in to quell the grief that had been caused over a few days, but this is not the first time that Cupertino has had to deal with squashing huge bugs. Take a trip down memory lane with us to investigate some other cases where Apple products have been plagued by nasty computer bugs.
With its stellar support for HTML 5, WebKit, and many Google-related features, it’s no wonder that many users are making Google Chrome their go-to browser. If you enjoy the desktop browsing experience that Chrome provides, then you’ll no doubt enjoy the mobile browsing experience that the recently released Chrome for iOS provides. From syncing your browser data to storing your passwords, we’ll give you a full walkthrough of Chrome for iOS, and how to perfectly pair it with its desktop counterpart.
Want to run the latest iOS betas but too cheap to pay $99 per year to become a developer? It turns out there are websites that will sell you an activation for your device, but this unfortunate practice is becoming extinct as Apple finally cracks down on the practice.