Whew! Another week another gangbuster series of announcements and news for Apple. It's an amazing run and it doesn't look like it's planning to stop any time soon. So let's all stand back and hear Cupertino roar.
We bet that by now you’ve had the opportunity to try out Apple’s newly released beta of FaceTime on the Mac. Here at Mac|Life, we’ve definitely had a lot of fun testing it, but we recently thought it would be a cool idea to make it even more useful. What if you could use FaceTime on the Mac to check in on your house, pets, or perhaps use it as a security cam on your stealthy-looking MacBook Air?
The time is now to plot out your plans for world domination. But before you go forth with lording over the 6 billion people that inhabit this earth, you'll need some practice so that you can come to expect the unexpected. We've rounded up a few apps that can help you take control of your own life--and the lives of others. Sure, you can't tap and touch the world into submission like you could in a game of Pocket God, but you can at least prepare by learning leadership and organization skills. Right?
Oh, Hulu. Our love for you is a fickle thing. When you were a free web-based streaming service that offered up a deep and enjoyable catalog of TV and movie content, our hearts went pitter-pat at the very mention of your name. Later, when you scaled back the variety of content you offered, the relationship cooled. Then you told us that if we wanted to get access to your "premium content," we'd have to pay for it. That was dirty. We were so hurt that we ran to the arms of our reliable old flame Netflix, who for one low, reasonable price, has never denied us anything. What's that you say? You miss us so much that you're thinking about loweing your price to a meager $4.95 a month?
Perhaps it's a sign that AT&T's hold on the iPhone is finally starting to ease. Despite AT&T posting large profits in the 3rd quarter, only 24 percent of their iPhone subscriptions were from new customers, an all time low.
If you're a Mac user that's been left out of the FaceTime party for want of an iPhone 4 or new-fangled iPod touch, it's time to comb your hair and put some pants on, as Apple's FaceTime for Mac beta is now available for download. That's right: moving forward, there's no excuse not to get in on the video chat revolution.
Despite today's focus on the maelstrom of fresh Apple releases and updates, it's business as usual for the rest of the world. Case in point: While we were all busy ogling Cupertino's newest hotness, word broke that gaming giant Electronic Arts has acquired Angry Birds maker Chillingo for a cool $20 million.
If you follow the Tao of Apple, this news should come as no surprise to you: As we sit on the cusp of Apple's Back to Mac Event, the company's Online Apple Store is down. Try as you might, you won't be able to buy any of the Cupertino-based company's products without stepping foot into an actual store, at least not until Steve Jobs leaves the stage later this morning. For Agoraphobics who desperately need to get their mitts on a pair of Apple branded ear buds, these are dark times indeed.
If you were hanging with us back in August, you might recall our mentioning a massage chair that could be controlled by an iPhone would soon be hitting the market. Well, it looks like "soon" is now, as the comfy chair's parent company--Human Touch--has announced the availability of the Acutouch 9500 massage chair.