The cottage industries that pop up around Apple products are an interesting phenomenon. On one hand, you have companies that appear seemingly out of nowhere and make a name for themselves creating new products for your iDevices. And then there are the other guys, the ones who repurpose existing products in interesting ways to hop on the gravy train. It’s hard to imagine a car bike rack being rejiggered for your iPad, but the SeaSucker is exactly that.
Even in an industry with such evocative and artful names as "Cut the Rope" and "Angry Birds," Desert Zombie: Last Stand may still qualify as one of the worst, most cliche video game names in history. That said, the game itself actually looks pretty cool, and the graphics are absolutely gorgeous.
When you show off your iPad to someone, you probably bring up Netflix or Hulu as one of your "check this out" apps. But, aside from the initial wow factor, it turns out that we don't actually watch Netflix or Hulu on our iPads much at all. According to the latest numbers from Nielsen, people who enjoy streaming video from Netflix and Hulu enjoy doing it on almost every other kind of device besides an iPad.
It appears both services are eager to be in the App Store, and we all seem eager to put their apps on our iPads, but no one seems sure of where we go from there.
Nielsen, a global leader in measurement and information, released a report today detailing the current US smartphone market. The report mirrors other recent data that suggests that Android is the top overall smartphone operating system, but Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer.
The June data from Nielsen shows that Google’s Android operating system now claims 39 percent of the U.S. consumer smartphone market; iOS holds second place with 28 percent, and RIM Blackberry has dropped to 20 percent.
Reisuke Ishida, the mind behind the iOS classic Space Invaders Infinity Gene (one of the first truly great iPhone games) has released a new game. It's called Groove Coaster, and it's a roller coaster of grooves.
Fans of British television have been waiting with bated breath for the BBC iPlayer app to cross the pond almost as long as the United States had been waiting for the arrival of Spotify. The iPad app isn’t washing ashore here just yet, but in an encouraging sign, it finally went global in 11 other Western European countries this week.
Those of us who have been around the computer world for a while remember well the classic RS-232 serial cable, long before the advent of USB, FireWire or Thunderbolt. Still widely in use today for scientific and retail products, iOS users can now tap into the fun with a new serial cable ready-made for the dock connector.
There is a whole lot of sun, and Apple would like to use some of its rays to charge your mobile device. This has been a targeted technology for Cupertino since at least 2009, when Apple won its first solar powered portables patent. Now, apparently, solar charging cells on future generation portable Apple devices might just see the light of day.
According to a report from DigiTimes today, Apple has progressed past simply "evaluating" if solar technolgoy was feasable for portable devices, and is now considering “inclusion of Taiwan-based solar firms in [its] supply chain.”
Mac|Lifers, let it be known that I was wrong. Really, severely wrong. Your precious iPhone 4 may be extinct in just a few short months, but the case companies, they are still a-makin' them. And that means we're still reviewing them! If you just adopted an iPhone 4 into your home, you might want to check out this week's Best Case Scenario, featuring a brushed aluminum case from id America and a tough shell from Incipio. There's also two cases for your iPad 2, including a beautiful vintage leather case made in Spain and a back cover from Targus that pairs well with your SmartCover.