Yesterday was the first day of E3 in Los Angeles and the annual convention has already generated plenty of buzz within the gaming community (Final Fantasy 13… anybody?). But there’s some news that may affect Apple’s current hold on the digital media market: Microsoft announced that Netflix will offer online streaming for the Xbox 360, available this Fall. What does this mean for Apple? Find out after the jump.
If the worst happens—someone succeeds in swiping your MacBook—you’ll wish you’d checked out one of these solutions sooner.
If your MacBook is stolen and you’ve had GadgetTrak Verey ($39.95, gadgettrak.com) installed, anyone attempting to connect to a new network on your ’book is prompted to enter a password within a specified time frame. If the user fails, Verey assumes the computer is stolen, and goes into panic mode. The MacBook’s iSight camera then begins to record video, and after a few minutes, the screen turns gray and displays a message suggesting that the user contact the owner of the computer, showing contact info and any other details you have entered in System Preferences.
So, you’re curious to know what’s inside your iPhone 3G, but dread actually unscrewing the thing and taking a look for yourself? Well, luckily for you, TechOnline has exposed the nitty gritty details of the iPhone’s insides.
Bloggers at TechOnline examined the iPhone's technical specifications and measured everything from the phone’s motherboard to its 3G capabilities. Read below for the highlights.
Let’s face it, we live in a world where being first is everything, whether it’s the Olympics or something far less significant. (Who hasn’t been irritated by those inane posters, whose only comment is “First!!111!!”?) Now that sentiment has passed on to the iPhone App Store.
An article by Macenstein.com notes that certain iPhone app developers have purposely added “a space, a quotation mark, or some other symbol so that they appear first in the list of 197 games on the iPhone portal to the App Store.”
One company in particular, Jirbo, Inc., has added a space before each of their game’s titles in order to jump to the head of the line. This action has provoked the ire of fellow developers who apparently hadn’t thought of the ruse or perhaps are just too honest to fall to such a level.
A quick check of the App Store shows that Apple may have taken notice of Jirbo, Inc's ruse and has fixed the line jumping situation.
As someone who has gone through life with a last name in the final four letters of the alphabet, I say take matters in your own hands – when scrolling through fun apps for that new iPhone, start with the end of the list first!
Some owners of the new iPhone are upset over Apple's choice of color temperature for the iPhone 3G. The OG iPhone has a cool blueish tint, while the iPhone 3G has a warmer yellowish tint.
Apple's Bob Borchers, aka iPhone Guy, told MacWorld that the new warmer color is intentional and is meant to make the display "more natural" than the blue OG iPhone screen.
AppleInsider reports that a "hidden" iPhone firmware "fixes" the yellow tint issue. Instead of clicking "Check for Update," users should click on "Restore" within iTunes. The restore method updates the iPhone from build number 5A345 to 5A347.
Out tests actually showed the opposite to be true. Two iPhones with build 5A345 appeared bluer than the iPhone with build 5A347.
The yellowing of the iPhone at this juncture is a point of personal preference. Robbie and Leslie actually prefer the slightly yellower hue, Ray is indifferent to the color change, while Susie prefers old blue iPhone.
How do you feel about the color temperature switch? Drop your comment below.
For iPhone lovers with a hatred for AT&T, or who are stuck in a long term commitment with another carrier, iPhone Software 2.0 is a mixed blessing.
While the App Store and Exchange support brings joy to many of the iPhone faithful, folks with unlocked or Pwnd iPhones have to sit on the sidelines waiting and watching.
Well, the wait may soon be over, the iPhone Dev Team has posted a video of their Pwnage Tool 2.0 working its magic on iPhone Software 2.0. Right now, the tool will only work with OG iPhones. Sorry iPhone 3G users.
With its formal activation yesterday, MobileMe customers are still having some problems accessing the service. The problems began when the downtime for the transition between .Mac to MobileMe, ending at 2AM Thursday. Access for many customers however, is still not fully functional.
Apple acknowledged the problems by posting a status update, it said:
“Transition is underway,” it is “taking longer than expected.” Although some features are said to be working like:
The transition from .Mac to the new MobileMe service was initially set to take place on Wednesday, July 9 between 6 p.m. and Midnight, then it got pushed back a little further. Apple stated that the move would be complete by 2 a.m. Thursday morning. But many subscribers still could not access either .Mac or me.com all day Thursday. Frustrated is a mild term that can be used to describe denied .Mac users.
After a full day of being re-directed to the Apple.com/MobileMe page, members can now log-in to MobileMe to check email, iCal, and such. The site is slow and some features remain elusive. Apple has posted a statement on its support page addressing this: Some MobileMe members may be unable to access groups.mac.com. Service will be restored ASAP. We apologize for any inconvenience.
MobileMe members cannot access the HomePage application. Service will be restored ASAP. We apologize for any inconvenience.