The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced plans to regulate health and medical apps with a set of proposed guidelines. The FDA posted the guidelines today, and is encouraging "consumers to weigh-in on the guidelines during a 90-day public comment period that follows that posting."
So, with Washington D.C. now proposing to potentially dictate how apps should be developed and used, do you have something to say about it?
If Mad Men has reminded us of anything about the 1960s, it’s that it was common for office secretaries to be subject to sexual harassment in the decidedly masculine workplace. Office Rush XL doesn’t appear to take place in the '60s, but the first thing that stood out to me about this unassuming iOS game is the way the secretaries serve coffee to their bosses by offering it up to them on their knees.
According to a report from The Korea Times, Apple began testing a new iPad screen manufactured by LG, as well as with longtime frenemy Samsung. The screen, reportedly capable of supporting quad extended graphics (QXGA) with a monster screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, would certainly continue to differentiate the iPad from its would-be competitors. But that Samsung is also a part of the deal makes us scratch our heads just a little, especially because the two are in major competitors.
Customers have been raising a fuss since Netflix raised their prices last Tuesday. Granted, a 60 percent price jump is difficult to justify, but the biggest question has been why. Netflix originally stated that the increase "better reflects the cost," and some of us may have scoffed at that; however, this may be exactly why we are now paying more. When costs go up, prices tend to go up, and the biggest costs to Netflix come from the six major movie studios in Hollywood.
Apple has had a tough time keeping up with insatiable demand for the iPad 2 since its went on sale in the U.S. March 11, but last week the dark clouds parted and let some tablet sunshine come through, with shipping times reduced to three to five days -- and now they’ve shrunk yet again.
The week is truly and really at an end and no, kids, there was nary a Lion to be seen. So chalk up another bad call for the rumor mill. Will people remember this the next time they cry "wolf in Lion's clothing"? Will they nothing. We're creatures who crave novelty and anticipation and nothing we do will ever cure the rumor addiction. And so just in case you weren't by your computer's side 24/7 waiting for the biggest cat of all to go live, here's a few stories you might just have missed.
Hey, iPad owners! This one's for you. iPad apps tend to be more expensive than their smaller-screened counterparts, but luckily they go on sale just as often. This week we found iPad apps for making comic-book heroes out of you and your friends, apps to give you a reason to haul your trusty iPad to meetings, and a game that lets you take over the world. And you can get all of 'em for less than the price of a six-dollar burger...
Printopia is a small System Preferences pane that, once installed, will give you access to non-AirPrint printers directly from your iOS device, but also includes a feature to print directly to your Dropbox folder on your Mac. With this feature, whenever you print, a PDF file will be immediately transfered to your Mac's Dropbox folder and opened.
There was no Lion release party this week, like so many had predicted; and there were no hardware refreshes announced. But just you wait! shouts the rumor machine. Next week things are gonna go big big big. Well, we did get Spotify this week, which was a definite plus, so what the heck else happened in the land of Apple? Check out the top ten hottest news stories and get an eyeful yourself.
Plug in your iOS devices today, folks. Apple just released a new update for iOS 4. iOS 4.3.4 will include an update for PDF security, as well as an update that prevents malicious code from running in the background and affecting your system.