An "unproven source" delivered a tip that Apple is considering buying Barnes & Noble for approximately $1.5 billion. Interesting idea, as Apple could absorb B&N's vast ebook library into iBooks, and possibly convert several of the retail stores into new Apple stores.
Apple certainly has the money, could this be one of the "strategic opportunities" Steve Jobs was alluding to?
Warm Gun may be the master of adjectives on the App Store when it releases. It's a post-apocalyptic, Wild West, steampunk, multiplayer iOS first-person shooter. It's quite a mouthful, but the developer sent us a new video of the game in action today and it looks pretty great.
Got the midsummer blues? Treat yourself to some free or on-sale iPad games. And since life goes on even when it's so hot outside you wish you could just press pause, we found some low-cost productivity apps too, universal for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.
“Drum like a pro” is JamKit’s slogan, and while we hate to be nitpicky... well, what pro plays a 27-piece drum kit using two fingers? Then again, “Drum like you were playing a really complicated but slick game of Simon, and match your skills against other finger-drummers worldwide” is a bit unwieldy.
Even in an industry with such evocative and artful names as "Cut the Rope" and "Angry Birds," Desert Zombie: Last Stand may still qualify as one of the worst, most cliche video game names in history. That said, the game itself actually looks pretty cool, and the graphics are absolutely gorgeous.
Nielsen, a global leader in measurement and information, released a report today detailing the current US smartphone market. The report mirrors other recent data that suggests that Android is the top overall smartphone operating system, but Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer.
The June data from Nielsen shows that Google’s Android operating system now claims 39 percent of the U.S. consumer smartphone market; iOS holds second place with 28 percent, and RIM Blackberry has dropped to 20 percent.
Those of us who have been around the computer world for a while remember well the classic RS-232 serial cable, long before the advent of USB, FireWire or Thunderbolt. Still widely in use today for scientific and retail products, iOS users can now tap into the fun with a new serial cable ready-made for the dock connector.
Sharing music was easier in the days of boom boxes and giant hi-fis that filled a room with sound. Now our music -- and devices -- are more portable, which is awesome, but if you want to share your tunes with a buddy you're stuck sharing headphones or using a splitter (which keeps you tethered together) or listen via your device’s tiny built-in speaker. With MyStream, you can use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to play the same songs on two devices.
There is a whole lot of sun, and Apple would like to use some of its rays to charge your mobile device. This has been a targeted technology for Cupertino since at least 2009, when Apple won its first solar powered portables patent. Now, apparently, solar charging cells on future generation portable Apple devices might just see the light of day.
According to a report from DigiTimes today, Apple has progressed past simply "evaluating" if solar technolgoy was feasable for portable devices, and is now considering “inclusion of Taiwan-based solar firms in [its] supply chain.”