Lisa Hoover, a social media consultant, spends most of her working day shuttling between her seven computers: her Linux boxes, PCs, and a Mac. She can find cross-platform programs to synchronize her disparate information, for example, the Google Calendar application can manage her schedule. But until July 11, there was no single service to tie her work life together. But now there’s MobileMe.
Apple’s MobileMe provides instant synchronization between multiple devices and computers. With MobileMe, you can schedule a weekend lunch date on your iPhone, and within moments, the calendar on your home computer mirrors the appointment. It’s a brilliant concept, to streamline the lives of those of you who keep your eggs in many baskets.
You usually get what you ask for. Last April, a representative for the company Psystar, only identified as “Robert”, challenged Apple to bring a lawsuit against his company for reportedly using hacked versions of Mac OS X on on their custom built computers. AppleInsider reports that as of July 3, Apple Inc. has filed a formal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Psystar for manufacturing and selling unauthorized Mac systems.
The small Florida-based firm made headlines last Spring after announcing its line of low-cost, high-performing machines called OpenMac, later changed to Open Computer so as to avoid charges of copyright infringement. Psystar taunted Apple by asserting that they were the only other computer company selling Mac OS systems.
"What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?," said Robert of Psystar. He also added, "What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?" Robert had also been quoted as saying that Apple had been violating antitrust laws by restricting installation of its operating system on non-Mac machines.
It only took five days and the iPhone Dev team has already managed to jailbreak the new iPhone 3G, though there is no official release annoucement. Anyone with the OG iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone 3G will be able to partake in the pwnage. Third party apps will still be accessible, as well as other cool hacks like video game emulators, video recording capabilities, and maybe someone, somewhere will figure out how to create a hack for cut and paste. Seriously.
Apple finally explained why there is no iPhone copy and paste in an interview with ExtremeTech. Apple product head, Greg Joswiak says that the feature just wasn’t on the list of priorities for the iPhone. Apparently, he and his crew “judged other things to be more important.”
To the lucky million with an iPhone 3G wondering, “What is up with the GPS?” David Pogue wrote last week, that the iPhone’s antenna is “much too small to emulate the turn-by-turn navigation of a G.P.S. unit for a vehicle.”
Joswiak says that is incorrect. The iPhone is capable of turn-by-turn directions. Apple just needs to work on some technical issues and we should expect to be amazed by what developers release as the iPhone evolves.
As far as an iPhone office suite is concerned, Dataviz told ExtremeTech that “unspecified technical issues” were holding back development. Joswiak said that he wasn’t aware of any complications, but if there were any, it would have to do with the lack of a cross-application file structure on the iPhone. The iPhone gives each application its own file space at the moment.
Not sure how useful an office suite would be without a copy and paste feature, though.
For baseball junkies who absolutely need to be on top of the latest scores, standings and stats at all times, the iPhone is a godsend. Second only to ESPN MVP, the iPhone puts every ball and strike into the palm of your hand, thanks to a very decent mobile MLB site that provides a speedy blow-by-blow rundown of every pitch.
But the stakes have been raised with MLB.com At Bat. Through a simple, sleek interface, MLB boils down its stat-intensive WAP site to a quick-reference scoreboard that provides an up-to-the minute rundown of base-runners, pitch count, hits, errors and runs for every game across the league. What’s lost in the box score, however, is gained through in-game video updates, 30- to 60-second clips uploaded from MLB.com within moments of the live highlight.
1. Affix a label to your MacBook, marking it as your property. Hard plastic or metal labels are more difficult for thieves to remove without damaging the laptop’s case, which makes reselling your ’book much harder. Stoptheft.com sells serialized metal labels, called STOP plates, for $25.50 that require thieves to go to great lengths to remove—and if they succeed, they’ll discover that the indelible phrase “stolen property” and STOP’s toll-free number are stamped beneath it.
SlappingTurtle Software’s iAlertU is a software-based alarm system for your Mac. When tripped, it blares very loud sound effects that mimic a car alarm. The screen also flashes at regular intervals, simulating a car’s flashing headlights. And you can arm and disarm the software using your Mac’s remote control.
The main portion of Targus’s Defcon 1 Ultra Notebook Computer Security System is a 3-foot covered steel cable that retracts into a plastic alarm housing, and uses a four-digit combination to lock the cable. When engaged, the alarm is sensitive to motion; it also sounds if the cable is cut.
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.
Portable pinball crams a big-table feel into an iPhone
Light glinting off silver pinballs always pulls us in like crows to a piece of foil. Zen Pinball Rollercoaster taps our flipper lust with an authentic-feeling iPhone and iPod touch game. On an original table, balls cascade off bumpers, up ramps, and otherwise replicate the real-world pinball feel. While some consolations are made—we miss the physical buttons of a real table—iPhone enhancements include an optional, changing camera angle based on your phone position. Because of the great table and physics, Zen Pinball Rollercoaster is a must-have for any pinballer.
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.
Put a monkey in a ball, put the ball in a maze, and put the maze in your iPhone or iPod touch. Very little of that concept makes rational sense, but Super Monkey Ball’s absurd style and simple premise work well together. You’ll gently tilt the iPhone to steer one of four monkey characters around obstacles and through a circular goal. The 110 mazes vary in complexity, but nearly all of them seem fair, even when challenging. The novelty of rolling the character by tilting the phone might wear off quickly, but the surprisingly agile game will hold your interest beyond the fad.