Bloomberg, a financial news service, briefly freaked out Apple stockholders today by prematurely releasing its obituary of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Only problem is, Jobs didn't die. (He's fine! Jon saw him in Cupertino just a little bit ago.)
The iPhone is an amazing device that simplifies previously clumsy mobile features in an elegant package. But if you want to dive past Apple’s sparse instruction manual, and especially if you’re looking to hack your phone, you’ll need to learn a few terms.
Quordy is a Boggle-like word game that gives players three minutes to create as many words as possible out of adjacent letters. The longer the word, the higher the score. But before you play, you first have to scramble the digital tiles by giving your iPhone a shake, like a word-nerd James Bond making a vodka martini.
If there’s an activity that could unequivocally be described as low-tech, meditation is it. All it consists of, after all, is sitting quietly as you clear your mind and concentrate on nothingness. Believe it or not, however, your Apple tech can help you on your journey toward nothingness—or “mindfulness” as practitioners prefer to call it. But before we detail the specific Mac- and iPod-based meditation tools, here’s a short introduction to the concepts involved.
The BBC reported today that the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (they have one of those?) has blocked an iPhone commercial from appearing on the air to keep it from misleading consumers about the capabilities of the device.
The lovable nerds over at Gizmodo are reporting on a ginormous flaw in the iPhone’s “security.” As it turns out, setting a four-digit passcode for your phone is about as secure as that Post-It Note on your monitor that has your network password written on it. With a few not-entirely-unintuitive-anyway taps, anyone who picks up your locked phone can browse your contacts and make calls, surf the web, see your bookmarks, and have full access to your email and SMS messages.
A World War II-era tank game with 3D graphics and arcade action—how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, Tank Ace 1944 goes very, very wrong, with graphics and sound effects straight outta 1984 and gameplay that’s as bland as rice cakes. It has weird controls, awful 3D rendering, and dismal AI. And, yet, damn if this game isn’t kinda fun!
Minimalists and athletes appreciate the iPod nano's tiny size. Small and compact, yet powerful enough to play your favorite show on. The iPod nano integrates with the Nike+ system, so you can get your cardio on in time for snowboard season. This tiny powerhouse can be yours, thanks to this week's comment contest.
Caffe Mac—legend or fact? Does this Shangri-la of no-compromise corporate consumables actually exist? And if Caffe Mac does exist, does its menu roundly trump the “food” we Mac|Life staffers must hunt and gather within the hostile-to-haute-cuisine hinterlands of our own corporate HQ? I was intent on answering these questions during a recent trip to One Infinite Loop. Read on for the full scoop—and don’t miss my paparazzi shots of The Steve!
The iPhone 3G's reception issues become fodder for a lawsuit and a worldwide reception test. Kevin Rose once again shares his knowledge on upcoming Apple products.
Indie-pop victims are chosen for our weekly, "Keep or Delete." Each week we download and review the free iTunes song of the week and decide whether we're going to keep or delete the file. This week's artist:
Shooting RAW digital photos gives you the most image data possible, enabling you to reinvent your image-editing process.
Mention “digital photography” and no two people will think of exactly the same thing. For many, it may be an idea as simple as using a point-and-shoot camera to run around taking endless snaps until space on the flash memory card runs out. A quick trip to the computer to offload and they’re back in the game. While some are content with this state of affairs, others are ready to take the next step to greater photographic enlightenment, which isn’t a huge leap. And because experimentation costs you nothing—you can learn about digital photography without the expense of burning through endless rolls of film—today‘s digital cameras make the critical, and highly educational, trial-and-error process much more accessible and enjoyable.