There are iPad apps for theme parks, but we've focused on the iPhone and iPod touch ones because we can't think of anything we'd less want to lug around and leave behind while we ride roller coasters than our iPads. While it may be of interest to look at the maps of parks back at the hotel on your big iOS device, it's the pocket-sized ones that are really going to get the work out.
The video chatting sphere is really heating up online. In roughly the same week, Facebook announced their partnership with Skype and Google rolled out Hangout in their Google+. FaceTime for Mac hit the Mac App Store not too long ago and is set to get much bigger with Lion. Meanwhile, old hand Skype was bought by Microsoft just this year. Clearly, everyone's investing in video in a big way.
PopCap games has been auctioning off a number of special one-of-a-kind items over the past few weeks, but all good things must come to an end. The large set of auctions is ending tomorrow afternoon/morning. But there's still plenty of time to lay down some cash for some of these unique and awesome items.
DropDAV is a $5 per month service that allows you to access your Dropbox account through the WebDAV standard that Apple uses in iWork for iPad applications; other applications can also take advantage of this connection method. WebDAV is similar to MobileMe's iDisk, and will work with many different iOS and Mac applications. And this particular app can help you easily access your Dropbox files in iWork so that you can edit documents on the go from your iPhone or iPad.
The App Store has been a runaway success for Apple. Even though the curated, online marketplace generates only 1% of the total revenue for Cupertino, when Apple announced last week that over 15 billion apps had been downloaded, it was kind of huge. The App Store is the hip, fully stocked bar that keeps iOS users coming back for another round. A new report shows we are not only sipping on apps, but starting to develop some addictive habits, too.
iOS users are downloading more apps than ever before, and paying more for those apps. The average price per app is rising, and the number of apps being served from the App Store smashed 15 billion last week.
Just when you thought you’d gotten nice and cozy with your iPad 2, along comes all of these nasty rumors about an iPad 3/iPad HD that might come flying into stores later this year -- which may require Apple taking on a second manufacturer to keep up with demand.
If you think jailbreakers have all the fun, you’re right: Not only do they have a cool universal port of the MAME project to play all those retro games, but now they can even do it with experimental support for the $99 iCade cabinet.
Holiday weeks tend to be slow just about everywhere, and news tends to creep a bit around this time. (If Apple had gone and released the iPhone 5 on the old summer schedule, we'd all still be talking about it, but we'll save that for autumn.) Which is not to say there weren't things that went over pretty big this week, as soon you'll see, since obviously you missed it.
This week we're all about making you feel better, happier, safer, and more productive. You'll want to stretch, relax, listen to some tunes, watch some movies, and make your bucket list of places to visit, all for the low, low price of free or $0.99.