I have a confession to make: my first mp3 player was not an iPod, but rather a 256MB Creative Muvo TX FM--it had FM radio! I eventually graduated to a 40GB Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman. The hardware was great and the player lasted me a few years, but it was an absolute nightmare to get music to sync up with it because of Sony's inability to make proper software. Frustrated, I ditched it for a 60GB Creative Labs Zen Vision: M.
Then came the realization that I was doing it wrong. On my first day on the job here at Mac|Life, Reviews Editor Ray Aguilera made the comment that my mp3 player looked like a garage door opener. When I could no longer get the software to sync music to my device, I threw my hands up in the air, drove out to the Apple Store, and finally succumbed to a 32GB third-generation iPod touch. I haven't looked back since. The touch is my portable gaming and music-listening device, and I also have a hand-me-down 8GB nano that resides in my car. I'm eventually planning on upgrading to one of the recent generations of the touch, especially now that I'm starting to see some slow downs with the recent iOS 5 upgrade.
So, yes, I just took you a walk down memory lane. But what I'm trying to say is this: the iPod is it. It's the portable music playback device that to has done it right from the get-go, much like how the original Sony Walkman and Discman set the precedent before. While I don't exactly have any cake or candles to celebrate the iPod's 10th birthday, I do have some free apps for you for hanging out with your iPod. Give it some love today. Remember that before the iPhone and the iPad, before iOS was even conceived, there was the click-wheel to rule them all.
Apple has finally released an AirPort Utility for iOS, enabling users to manage their AirPort routers without having to go through a Mac or PC. The AirPort Utility works on both iPhone and iPad, but it won’t give you access to all functions of your AirPort Extreme or Express like the desktop version of the application. However, if you’re looking for quick AirPort management, look no further than this free application.
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The world wasn’t watching when Steve Jobs took the stage 10 years ago with “the promise of unveiling a breakthrough digital device.” There was no raucous applause break when he slid what he called the iPod out of his pocket, and none of the invited attendees hooted or hollered during the flawless demo.
Kairosoft has built a tiny cult empire on the strength of the simulation genre. Its first game, Game Dev Story, won the hearts of many game reviewers (including ours), and since that entry the formula hasn't deviated very much. Unfortunately, the "Story" series is starting to get a little bit long in the tooth, and we're hoping Kairosoft will branch out soon. Sadly, this formula is starting to overstay its welcome.
Restrictions in iOS work simliarly to Parental Controls in OS X. It’s an easy way to restrict unauthorized users from accessing certain functions in iOS, and keep the kids away from inappropriate content.
To begin, head over to Settings > General > Restrictions and tap “Enable Restrictions” to set a password and get started restricting functionality.
Nobody likes being stuck in traffic, but outside of knowing backroads specific to your location, there’s not much drivers in urban or populous areas can do about it. Luckily, Beat the Traffic+, the four-dollar companion to Triangle Software’s free app, is here to help, using the GPS power of your iOS device to show you the fastest possible route to your destination.
It’s been an enormous month for major studios bringing major game series to iOS. First we got a port-over of the Nintendo DS's favorite, Scribblenauts, and then Burnout Crash was announced. We also caught wind of a couple of other high-profile stars coming to the App Store in a easy-to-peruse click-through gallery.
iMessage is Apple’s new messaging service that is a combination of both MMS messaging and instant messaging, with the added bonus of sending other iOS 5 users messages at absolute no cost. The service is similar to FaceTime, and that it's free and you can set up an email address to use with the service instead of giving out your phone number. Read on for how to properly set up the service in iOS and a few tips for getting the most out of this free utility.
Thirty years ago, a little frog braved oncoming traffic to get to the other side… of an extremely popular arcade game. The concept proved so endearingly popular that many years later, it was featured in an iconic episode of hit 90s sitcom, Seinfeld. To mark the momentous anniversary of the game's original release, the core approach has been revamped for your iOS device, be it an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
There may not have been a new iPhone this past summer, but Apple continued to ride high in its fiscal fourth quarter anyway, reporting record sales of the Mac and iPad product lines as well as the company’s highest September quarter revenue and earnings ever -- but go figure, the analysts are looking at the glass as half empty anyway.