The internet is abound with wonderful things, like ridiculous pictures of galaxy cats, search engines that find super secret mixes and b-sides from your favorite music artists, social networking sites that violate all the principles of privacy and websites filled with free software. Yes, that's right, free software, and especially open source software. Open source is wonderful because it gives developers a hobby, and the users some hope that their favorite free software will only get better with age--sort of like a fine wine.
This week, we're covering open source software like WordPress, Miro and WikiHow.
We've gotten accustomed to take the words of Gene Munster, Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, with a grain or block of salt or two upon occasion. There have been a couple instances where his numbers sound like they were arrived at by reaching into a hat and pulling something out. His latest analysis though, sounds right about dead-on.
Even if you’re only a casual reader of The New York Times, most everyone agreed that the newspaper’s limited Editor’s Choice iPad app left a lot to be desired when compared to other offerings. Today, the newspaper updated the app to version 2.0, now simply known as NYTimes for iPad.
There’s been a flurry of activity on the iOS jailbreak scene over the last week, but we Mac users have had to sit on the sidelines for most of it, since both the Limera1n and GreenPois0n tools were Windows-only -- but that’s changing.
Apple has officially unveiled the new MobileMe Calendar that has been in beta since July. The newly revamped calendar features a new user interface similar to the calendar that appears on the iPad, and some new features that users of the MobileMe web interface will no doubt love.
When Steve Jobs talked up iBooks earlier this year, it sounded like it had the potential to put reigning e-book champions such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon on the ropes.
However, after six months of offering up downloadable text content to capable iOS devices, it appears that the once seemingly mighty contender hasn't been able to do much more than land a few rabbit punches. Despite the iPad's rabid popularity, neither major publishers, nor the book buying public have embraced iBooks.
After more than half a year online, Apple's iBook Store is still only offering up approximately 60,000 titles. When held up against the 700,000 titles offered by Amazon for their Kindle reader software and hardware solutions, Cupertino's library looks pretty weak. Did we mention that about half of the titles available as iBooks are also available from Project Gutenberg? C'mon Steve, this is embarrassing.
The iPad invasion has taken an interesting turn this week; after spreading to Target and Wal-Mart stores, the device is landing in the most unlikely of places: Verizon Wireless stores nationwide. Although the deal gets Verizon in bed with Apple, it’s not quite what you might expect.