First released as part of iOS 4.2 last November, Apple’s new AirPlay technology is potentially one of the most exciting aspects of owning an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- assuming you’re willing to wait just a bit while hardware manufacturers play catch up.
If you're anything like us, you've tried and failed to convince your friends and family to agree to the use of a single social networking site to make staying in touch a no fuss affair. With Mom on Twitter, your old roommate on Facebook and your co-workers all rocking out on MySpace (um...really?), sharing your life can be a real pain -- especially when it comes to firing off a few photos to everyone you want to keep in your personal loop. Fortunately, thanks to a slick new web-based service, sharing your image files across multiple platforms has never been easier.
After revealing that the iPhone 4 will finally arrive on Verizon Wireless at an event in New York City Tuesday morning, you’d think the carrier would be out of newsworthy items. Apparently, that’s not the case, as the company’s chief financial officer claims a VZW-compatible iPad is incoming.
It was only last year, we think, that tiltshift photography really took off in the digital public. It caught on big and apps that purport to do this are many, but which of them are really up to the task and which make this fun photo process the easiest?
For starters, the effect only really works well when you have easily isolated subjects set in a scene with a long depth of field. This translates to mean that photos taken up close of a person are unlikely to yield very great results. It also means that pictures shot in under-optimal lighting conditions also tend not to render as well, as the backgrounds are already well out of focus. But with the right photo, the effects are something like magic.
No one can argue with the fact that this was a banner year for Apple product launches. According to The Wall Street Journal, our favorite Cupertino-based company was also a high roller where filing patents was concerned too. In 2010, Apple managed to win 563 patents. Still, considering the fact that they only won a paltry 289 the year before, and a measly 186 patents in 2008. Still, given that most of us haven't patented, well anything, we feel a golf clap is in order.
Apple has created a deck for car audio, but no one seems to have noticed. It has GPS. It has satellite radio capabilities. It has a built-in iPod. It has Pandora. Heck, it even has Netflix. Talk about your ideal road-trip companion. Best of all, it starts at just $629—or $499 if you ditch the GPS capabilities. That price is so low it’s blasphemous in the car audio scene. That’s right—we’re talking about the iPad.
If it’s so great as a car accessory, why have we rarely heard of it fulfilling this seemingly obvious purpose? The answer’s an unfortunately complex one, having to do with the iPad’s uncommon diagonal dimensions and housing complexities, the safety concerns it creates for the driver, and perhaps most importantly, the danger it presents to the car audio industry.
With the ubiquitous presence of iPhone and iPads in the lives of Apple aficionados, one no longer even needs their trusty Mac to get online these days. Where iOS devices are concerned, there are a pair of Apple branded solutions -- MobileMe or manually syncing your device with iTunes -- that will allow intrepid internet explorers (see what we did there?), to ensure that they’ve easy access to all of the bookmarks they enjoy when using their Mac’s Safari internet browser.
But what if you prefer to a rock computer-side browser other than Safari, or refuse to spring for a MobileMe subscription? Don’t fret: the iTunes App Store has some great solutions to keep your browsing experience synchronized no matter what device you happen to be using.
We'll admit that the neoprene slySkin from Urban Tools is pretty hip. The tight-fitting sleeve comes in three different colors and is made of organic, waterproof material, and the inside is padded with fluffy velvet material that doubles as a screen cleaner. And while the slySkin is made for the stylish urban dweller, it's doesn't at all compromise function for fashion.