Well, once again, it was kind of slow iPhone news week, as iPods iPods iPods were all the rage (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!), but it's not like no one was talking about it, especially with the new SDK rules that rolled out. Flash on the iPhone? Well, not really, but sorta yeah, if you count apps made in Flash being legit all over again. Thanks, FTC!
Is it a case of creativity? Perhaps. Or is it more that the crew at Microsoft have way too much time on their hands? Maybe. Either way, Redmond and Co. decided to live up the Windows Phone 7 reaching RTM status by actually throwing a funeral complete with procession for the iPhone and the Blackberry.
Lately we've been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 on Frag the Editor Friday. Okay, it's really all we've been playing. This week we're going to mix it up and have the editors playing different games, giving our readers the opportunity to play against us without having to delve into the face-shooting world of FPS.
So pick an editor and get ready to battle:
Roberto Baldwin & Nic Vargus - Steam - Team Fortress 2 - Mac|Life Steam Group - Join the group chat room to be invited to the game.
Ray Aguilera - Enigmo - Game Center & Strategery- Username: raguilera - Will announce on his Twitter feed when he's ready for another game.
Susie Ochs - Words with Friends & Strategery - Will be accepting new games over the weekend - Username: sfsooz
Florence Ion - Cro Mag Rally - Game Center - Username: Ohthatflo - Will announce on her Twitter feed when she's ready for another game.
They say that home is where the heart is. So then, if your heart isn't in your home, where is it? Sure, decorating a home is a pricey endeavor, not to mention a stressful one. But when all is said and done, a house that fits your style will only make you feel more comfortable. So, take out those tools, put on your overalls, and use these apps to help you turn your home (or in this editor's case, small studio apartment) into the dwelling of your dreams.
If you're considering the purchase of an iPhone 4 in the next few weeks, we've got some news that might make you want to hustle to your nearest Apple or AT&T Store. The Apple iPhone 4 Case Program is winding down at the end of the month. That's right: on September 30, the "antenna gate" free case extravaganza will be no more. For those of you who missed out on all of the action this past summer, Apple launched the iPhone 4 Case Program in response to media and consumer furor over alleged reception problems arising from the iPhone 4's integrated antenna design. When the handset was held in a particular manner known as the "Death Grip", many users reported significant signal loss. Apple's solution to this was to offer free cases to iPhone 4 users.
If you're like a most of the Mac|Life staff, you have more than one email address. If you're on Game Center, your main email address might not be the one you have attached to your Game Center account. Here's how to add all of your email addresses to Game Center so you don't miss an invitation from your game playing friendship.
GV Mobile, the unofficial Google Voice application, may actually make it back to the App Store after all. After the GV Mobile application was pulled by Apple almost 2 years ago, along with the Official Google Voice application (which never made it past the approval process), many Google Voice users wondered if they would ever see the Google Voice functionality in an app on their iOS devices. But a recent tweet by GV Mobile application developer, Sean Kovacs, revealed that Apple has finally broken their silence about Google Voice on the App Store.
Could it be that Adobe has won their long standing slap-fight with Apple? With Cupertino easing the restrictions placed upon developers who wanted to use third-party software solutions to produce applications for iOS devices, Adobe has signaled that they'll restart development on their Flash-to-iPhone compiler Packager. You may recall that back in April, Adobe gave up on the support and development of the software solution in light of Apple's decision to disallow third-party development software from producing applications destined for the iTunes App Store.
Ahhh, you gotta love the French Mac news sites because they divulge rumors in such a lovely way. Hey, French is a beautiful language, non? Anyway, the rumors from Mac4Ever speculate that iLife '11 will be announced this summer, but that iDVD will not be a part of the package. Additionally, the site alleges that Apple is preparing to include FaceTime for both Mac and PC by making it a part of the iChat software.
Since Apple's big policy changes in app development yesterday, software developers have been jumping for joy at the freedom to build their own applications with whatever tool they well choose. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's change in policy on its third party app development may have a little something to do with being under fire from the FTC.