We can't think of a better way to start our morning than by hearing the news that a much needed and much anticipated update to Apple's free Remote App for iOS has finally been made available in the App Store. You may recall that a while back, we let you in on the fact that the first iteration of the Remote App was built by a single developer, which may well have attributed to why it's taken so darn long for an update to crop up. No matter whether the 2.0 version of the app was built by the same fellow or a million-strong code monkey army, we couldn't be happier to see this update make the scene.
As fall trudges on, it can be expected that iPad rumors will start to pick up. We had mentioned last week about Apple possibly working on a smaller iPad, perhaps a la the new PlayBook. If a group of analysts from Goldman Sachs are to be believed (and their supply chain sources), we may actually just see a thinner iPad, but still maintaining the same 9.7" size.
Apple has really been racking up the patents lately, haven't they? Most of the time, they don't really amount to much, but the thrill of anticipation for Apple's next generation product is pretty much spearheaded by these black-and-white blueprints that make their rounds on the internet.
Everyone believes that the iPad and all the copycat tablets that are sure to hit the market around the holiday season will save publishers. Newspapers seem to think so, magazines seem to think so, even book retailers think so, just like everyone else. Inevitably, the big names will hit the ground running with great apps, like The New Yorker. And today, they are off to the races.
Well, Autumn is officially here, gang, the beginning of the long indoor season if you live in a cold and rainy part of the country (hello, Seattle!). While the Mac|Life staff will be kicking back with 80 degree weather this week, some of the rest of you might be cuddled up indoors, listening to the rain, reading on your iPads, watching a movie or two, or at least fighting with some Angry Birds. Here's a full dose of our best of the week to help you make the most of your rainy days.
If you want an iPad, there's a few ways to go about getting one: You can opt drive to the Apple Retail Store nearest you; less sociable tablet fanatics can navigate to Apple's online retail portal and have one shipped to their front door, and for those lacking scruples or a sense of common decency, you can even wait for some one else to buy one before jumping them for it (no, we're not condoning that sort of behavior). If none of these methods for iPad procurement work for you, don't fret: you'll soon have a fourth option to pick from, as Target has announced that they'll be offering up Apple's netbook-eating darling starting October 3.
There is nothing more important than your documents and files, which is why you should always make sure that they're backed up on an external hard drive somewhere in a fireproof safe. Because you never know when the robots will rise up and destroy your computer. However, if you want to access your files in a more organized manner, check out these two apps that are absolutely essential. Not only are they free but they do the wonderful duty of keeping your files in tip top shape--and accessible!
Our trusty TiVos can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes, something great will happen that we didn’t record, and we won’t catch the snappy references at the next day’s staff meeting. For instance, did you see Neil Young sing the “Double Rainbow” song? For missed moments like these, Hulu Plus serves up a massive roster of TV shows and a smattering of movies to quell our pop-culture needs. You’ll be able to quote lines from old favorites--“It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping”--and recent hits. But before you mumble, “I want to go to there,” be warned that Hulu Plus still might leave you out of the loop at that meeting. In spite of the great iPad and iPhone apps, it omits certain episodes and other crucial features.
Our favorite Wall Street analyst Gene Munster is back with a new prediction for 2011. Not only has he raised his original prediction of iPad sales in 2011, but he's also making a bold new claim. The iPad will be on the brink of outselling the Mac next year!