Rumors and reports, hype and excitement, two sides to two different coins, but ones always in evidence when it comes to new Apple products and refreshes of the old. As we get closer and closer to the usually scheduled release announcements, both coins get hot hot hot on both sides and all around. While this stuff can take over the news, there's still plenty going on out there, just in case, among all the noise, you missed it.
President's Day is this weekend, which means three day weekends for all! While we're happy to have an extra day off in the middle of winter, this is not exactly the kind of holiday where you bust out the barbecue and grill for your friends. No.
Instead, take this weekend to reflect on all that our Founding Fathers did to give us this great land of liberties, Hollywood, and epic weather patterns. Actually, what we're really trying to say is this: for Washington's sake, will you please crack open a history book and reflect on the American Revolution? I mean, sheesh.
Even though several different platforms had games that were nominated, iPhone gaming stole the show at this year's International Mobile Gaming Awards. The nominees were announced last month and judges were brought in to deliberate shortly thereafter. We have the results of the awards, and while some came as a bit of a surprise, others were destined for victory.
When Apple blocked Google Voice from the App Store, the most hilarious reason they gave was that it replicated a core function of the iPhone. We laughed because there were literally dozens of WebKit based browsers in the App Store, duplicating the functionality of Safari. When Norway's Opera tried to get their browser in the App Store, Apple originally balked, then relinquished. And we celebrated. Well, get out those party hats again because it looks like an upgrade -- a big upgrade -- is coming our way.
Tron! Some of you will stop there and immediately go buy this movie-inspired dock. But the rest might need some convincing. The first page of the product manual reads, “Once in a generation, a movie event comes along and changes the playing field.” Disney’s Tron sequel certainly didn’t live up to that kind of hype, but luckily for music fans (and those of us easily distracted by blinky lights), the Tron dock proves itself a capable little machine. If you’ve always wanted a light disc of your very own, now’s your chance.
One of the zillion or so great things about the iPhone is how it's bringing beloved Asian role-playing titles to a new audience. One of these is Wild Frontier, the story of a young hero who must venture across an unknown new continent and prevent an army of demons from crossing over into the world.
Holding a camera steady while recording is hard enough, but the lighter it is, the more the slightest shake of your hand will show up in your clip. iMovie on your Mac does a great job at smoothing out any jerkiness, but iMovie on your iPhone has no such feature...until someone made an app for that.
Last month, an indie platformer titled The Blocks Cometh was submitted to Apple for approval and was released on the App Store shortly thereafter. It was even given some spotlight in the App Store's new and notable section.
But here's the kicker: the game's developer had no idea it had ever been submitted. Pirates had stolen the source code and submitted the game themselves. Since then, Apple has taken down the pirated copy of the game, and now the official copy is set to be released tomorrow with a little love from the fantastic platformer League of Evil.
Spreadsheets aren't anyone's idea of sexy. Here's a cell, it adds up other cells; here's a cell, it averages other cells. And so on. In fact, this has long been the underappreciated workhorse in any office suite, but spreadsheets can pack loads of functionality into those little cells.
Just like Word, Microsoft's Excel has long dominated this realm. Apple has a worthy competitor in Numbers, but how does mobile spreadsheet creation stack up? Which mobile software gives you the spreadsheet power you've always wanted? Let's do the math.