As we all wait to see what Apple might have its sleeve for up-ending the education market on Thursday, the rumors are already swirling around the New York City media event -- as if the world needs more evidence that anything related to Apple can really stir up the tech press! And that’s not all: A Japanese blog is predicting an iPad 3 media event just two or three weeks from now, if you believe that kind of stuff. So let’s put on our tinfoil hats and delve deep into what’s making news for this terrific Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, spun off from the long-running Spyro console series, is a unique mash-up of real-world toy play with a computer game. More than 30 figures (including the titular purple dragon) can be purchased at local toy stores and transformed into playable in-game characters, simply by placing them on the USB-connected Portal of Power accessory included with the game.
The reason iMovie caused furor back in 2007 (which in computing times is considered ancient history), was because it dared to challenge the basic concept of editing video. Prior to this metamorphosis, every video editing application looked pretty much the same: a section, usually at the bottom, showing all your chosen clips added together in a sequence, the first one appearing on the left, and all the others added to its right.
The deafening roar of the CES news cycle has finally subsided, things have started to get back to normal with the coming of a new week that should shed some light on Apple’s new education goals at a media event this Thursday. Cupertino got some good news today, with a huge jump in the ranks as the world’s most valuable brand -- complete with an ironic leap over once-mighty cellphone giant Nokia. But there’s plenty more to read about today, so kick up your feet and have a quick look at what’s making news for Monday, January 16, 2012.
HTML5 animation is definitely on the up. While Flash is still common for animated banners and the like on the web, there are disadvantages. You can’t view them on iOS for a start. And recently, Adobe announced it would be ceasing development of Flash on mobile platforms and putting its efforts into HTML5.
It’s been something of a long week, especially for those trotting around in the Las Vegas desert for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, which wraps up today. As we sit back and reflect on the week’s events, let’s take in a few more tidbits of news from the last 24 hours, including the troubled launch of the iPhone 4S in mainland China, kudos for Tiffen at CES, Apple’s supplier responsibility report and more for this fine Friday, January 13, 2012. Watch out for those ladders and black cats, folks!
There are several ways that you can browse your music library in iTunes. Its grid and Cover Flow views are really great for picking out an album by its artwork, and you can play an individual track within seconds of it springing to mind, just by typing in the search bar. But sometimes you’ll want to kick back with a tailored selection of songs, or create a playlist for a party.