The summer is starting to heat up. We just got off the All Things Digital Conference and we're winding up for the final stretch before WWDC 2012 crushes out the news cycle. Is it the calm before the storm? Not quite, as a few news waves were made and we found a few apps worth your notice. Plus, you could have bid on these killer shades.
If your kids are going to be using your lovely Apple gear, you may as well protect it. And maybe you can pick up a new toy or two while you’re at it. We've picked out 8 of our favorite iOS toys for kids. Some you can control with your iPhone, and others just make your iPad easier to cuddle with. One thing is for sure: all of the things featured turn your iOS devices into kid-friendly gadgets.
Just like your Memorial Day picnic, today's Hottest News is a little of this and a little of that. So get yourself a big plate of mashed jailbreak potatoes, a side dish of free apps, and a bowl of iPhone 5 rumors. Then settle back to watch the cats play with iOS devices and enjoy.
Given the span of time between iterations, writing about Diablo III with the expectation that you've played the prior games is probably unfair. As hard as it is for series die-hards to imagine, 11 years is a sufficient amount of time to assume an entirely new generation is just now experiencing the role-playing dungeon crawler for the first time. Moreover, Blizzard apparently felt the same way. Despite a somewhat simplified interface and a troublesome dependence upon online connectivity, the storied developer has yet again crafted one of the most addictive video games in history.
Whether by fluke or design, the iPad is the perfect gaming device for our purring friends. It has a strong, sturdy screen that can sit flat on the floor, along with a capacitive multi-touch interface. Cats can paw and scratch at it without doing any damage (though doing so remains entirely at your own risk), and true to Apple tradition, it just works. Games made specifically for cats have emerged as a lucrative genre over the past couple of years, so join us in looking through eight of the best. But don't come back complaining if your cat ends up demanding to spend more time than you on your iPad.
Apple is notorious for its product placement. Unlike most companies, Cupertino doesn't pay for placement--it offers product instead. Sometimes it's subtle, and other times writers (who are oftentimes fans themselves) create entire episodes centered around a devotion to Apple. From vintage Apple to the iPad, here are 10 shows that feature Apple computers.
Occasionally, new tech can feel like a car without wheels. When Apple and Intel announced their new Thunderbolt input/output interface last year, the list of compatible devices was a bit slim. Obviously, the super-fast data transfer speeds are now showing up on new peripherals with each passing month, but what about that expensive Thunderbolt cable sold by Apple? As noted by Macworld, a few companies are finally stepping up with third-party alternatives. While there's not much of a price incentive, these cables at least offer slightly different features from Apple's lone offering.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
The process of keeping the mind sharp and punchy is a lot like going to the gym -- except instead of lifting weights and working up a nasty sweat, some of us prefer to engage in a bit of clever wordplay to keep the brain firing on all cylinders. When mental gymnastics are preferable to good old-fashioned physical exercise, the App Store is a hot spot for hunting down the best puzzle games for getting the job done. Get ready to flex some mental muscle and scarf down some tasty word salad with these stimulating gaming apps for the orthographically inclined.