Of course the big news wasn't this week; that'd be ridiculous. No, the big news is next week at Apple's yearly musical event, held this year on Wednesday, September 1st at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Meanwhile, it wasn't all crickets around here at the Mac|Life, heck no. We even chased down a staffer in a remote controlled helicopter. Of course there's a video after the jump.
It's back to school time and you know what that means--sales across all department stores nationwide (might we suggest you consider a wardrobe update during this time?), and adorable kids crossing the street with over-sized backpacks, and plenty of gridlock in front of your school. Well, we're not too thrilled about that last part, but what's better than sending your kid off to school with a MacBook, iPhone and iPad loaded with useful apps?
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
Chalk one up for Cupertino. The MPEG Licensing Authority gave the green light to indefinitely extend royalty-free Internet broadcasting licensing of its H.264 video codec to end users. The advantage that Google's WebM once had, comes up short.
Today Apple updated its iWork '09 suite of apps to address various bugs in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. They also added the ability to export to ePub format from Pages. These ePub files can then be synced to an iPhone or iPad for use with iBooks.
This weeks tips are for the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad, with some helpful tidbits on how to save money on your AT&T bill, type faster, discover Safari's hidden Bookmarks Bar on the iPad, and add bookmarks to the Bookmarks Bar.
In the space of a few years, the iPhone has gone from being a smartphone non grata in corporate circles, to being a much sought after productivity device for suits around the world. You'll also find enterprise-level business tech users hunkered down in deep thought, searching their minds and the iTunes App Store for ways to justify the purchase of the latest piece of successful businessman accoutrement--the iPad--to their superiors. If you've spent anytime working in a corporate environment, you'll know that this is a definite change. Up until recently, the office was ruled by the PC and Blackberry--boring technology, sure, but also cheap and relatively secure, allowing a company's the bottom line to stay red while providing a reasonably stringent IT security.
How did Apple manage to sway the hearts of the world's enterprise giants? Simple: They left them the heck alone.
Craigslist is the premier site for people looking for a good deal. Unlike Amazon and eBay, its searches are refined to sellers in defined proximities--usually people who are looking for quick pick-ups. Craigslisters who check often enough are bound to find something awesome for cheap, which means that well-designed iPhone and iPad apps could be huge.
We set out to determine if an iOS app could top the Mobile Safari experience, and it was no surprise to find literally dozens of Craigslist apps for the iPhone and iPad. It’s as if developers realized that the infrastructure was already set up, and all they had to do was beautify the site. However, many of them missed that mark, and we ended up wading through a sea of glitchy, crippled versions of the popular site--or apps even less attractive than the infamously minimal website. Still, a few interesting options emerged, so let’s take a look at the best of the bunch.
If you had placed bets on when Apple would schedule their annual media-centric event for next month, we hope you put your money on September 1, because the company has announced that’s when the gauntlet is officially being thrown down.
What can we hope to see Cupertino announce next Wednesday? We dusted off an old magic eight-ball and translated the results for you, so read on and find out what’s on deck -- or not.
If you loves you some iOS gaming, then this will come as very happy news: The much anticipated announcment that the iControlPad will become a twitchy fingered reality has been realized.
Now, can we get a w00t-w00t?
As awesome as the increasingly diverse range of games available to iPhone and iPod touch owners is, it's a fair argument that many of the games that we know and love could be just a little more fabulous if the control possibilities weren't so darned limited. Seriously, how many of you out there can look me in the eye and say that their high score wasn't crippled by a less than perfect on screen joypad experience?