Apple’s busy day continues, with the company’s new Find My Friends app going live in the App Store ahead of iOS 5 and iCloud. Now you’ll never lose track of your friends and loved ones -- assuming they have the good sense to also have an iOS device, that is.
Most people probably aren't aware of Mobigames incredible iOS game, Edge, from the early days of the App Store. That's because the game was tied up in a major legal battle that kept it off the store for huge swaths of time (synopsis: the gaming industry's most infamous patent troll, Tim Langdell, sues the crap out of anything with the word "Edge" in it, claiming he owns the copyright because his company is named Edge Games.)
The era of the PC-free is finally here! Syncing over Wi-Fi has to be one of the best new features of iOS 5. You no longer have to connect your iOS device over a cable to your Mac or PC. Like AirDrop, all you need to sync is to have your iOS device and Mac on the same network. Cutting the cord couldn’t be easier, and we’ll show you why (and how!).
This seems to be the prevailing logic of Chillingo's Contre Jour HD, an iOS game in which your goal is to help a gigantic rolling eyeball creature named Petit across assorted surreal landscapes. It's not a simple process; you'll have to collect glowing lights, modify terrain as needed, avoid traps, and use nearby objects such as stretchy (and nonstretchy) tentacles, air geysers, portals, and slingshots.
It was both a blessing and a curse to be an Apple fan last week, with the iPhone 4S announcement immediately overshadowed the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. But now, the second full week of October is in full swing, with more than a million preordered iPhone 4S units headed to customers this Friday. Here’s what else is making news for Monday, October 10, 2011.
What do you do on your iPad these days? Do you play games? Keep track of your finances? Surf the web? And does anyone actually use that euphemism anymore? It feels like it's getting pretty dated…
And you know what else is dated? Watching television on your TV. Yes, folks, the cool way to keep track of your favorite shows is to prop up the iPad on your knees while you're in bed and doze off to the sweet sounds of Meredith Grey's constant whining on Grey's Anatomy. And while you might know about ABC, NBC, HBO and TBS's official apps for the iPad, here are a few other free apps that exist just for your entertainment.
Having a problem with your Apple gear can be a lonely road of Googling, trolling the Apple Support Forums, or paging through Mac|Life hoping we address your exact problem. But if you live relatively close to an Apple Store, you can make a Genius Bar appointment. Eye-rolling name aside, the Geniuses can get hands-on, diagnose what’s going on, and very often offer a fix on the spot. Our own Nic Vargus and Susie Ochs both have gotten great service at the Genius Bar, and so have these readers, who were kind enough to share their stories of how their day was (usually) saved—often at no charge. Thanks to everyone who wrote in!
Anyone can make a halfway decent iOS game these days, but to create a hit, there’s three criteria: gorgeous graphics, replayability, and simple controls. Built around spectacular frozen sculptures that are quickly blown to bits, Amazing Breaker has this formula down to a science.
It’s that time of the week when our thoughts stray from the work at hand to what we might do this Columbus Day weekend, but the tech industry is pushing through hump day with a variety of news items you’re sure to enjoy. Work off that post-keynote hangover by reading the latest news for Wednesday, October 5 starting… now!