MacNN reported today that the U.S. Patent Office
has published a patent application from Apple, describing a
proximity-based social networking tool. The plan appears to be the
ability for people in the same general area (as defined by the span of a
WiFi network or Bluetooth connection) to spontaneously form groups and
One of the great things about the iPad is that nearly all iPhone games
will run on it right out of the box--that's a huge library of titles. But, iPad
owners will be looking for games that exploit the higher resolution. TouchArcade
reports that Ngomco is working to fill that gap.
Many moons ago, the idea of filling a drive with a terabyte of data
would have gotten you laughed at and possibly sent to a special
hospital where all the walls were white and padded. But these days,
we’re constantly checking our externals for room with the Get Info
command, then trying to figure out what’s safe to delete. If you’re
dealing with large files on a regular basis or are just a bit
obsessive-compulsive, the new Western Digital MyBook Studio can help
you keep track of your drives without having to be in front of your Mac.
In an ideal world, our Macs would be impeccably organized, not stuffed
with old versions of Word docs and umpteen copies of the Beastie Boys’
“Hey Ladies.” Hyperbolic’s Tidy Up offers powerful tools for
identifying (and dispatching) duplicate files, helping us get closer to
that ideal Mac by sorting and disposing of unneeded bytes.
As if summoning the ghost of Johnny Cash singing his classic “I Won’t Back Down,” HTC has made it clear to patent rival Apple that they also won’t back down from a fight -- and they’re fully prepared to defend its honor.
Google has announced its intentions to invade the living room with an Android-powered media box and partners Intel, Sony and Logitech. Will Google TV finally be a wake-up call for Apple to do something real with Apple TV at long last?
Apple may take some heat for its App Store policies, but never let it be said that they aren’t constantly working to improve their developer relationships. This week’s big change came in the form of new tools to allow iPhone OS developers to set the exact release date of their applications as well as schedule price changes.
Man, Apple's been coming down pretty hard on third party vendors lately.
First it was the sexy apps, then the WiFi sniffers, then the book-only
apps. In the latest round of purging, Apple takes it to the physical
Whether it's just because they want more store space for
their own products or they're cooking up their own screen films or they
really think their oleophobic glass screens are all that tough, Apple has told
screen protector vendors that they're quits as far as the Apple Store
and the website goes. Whaaat?
It's almost an article of faith among the in-the-know crowd that the
iPhone OS 4.0 will bring third party multitasking to the iPhone and
iPad. Steve-o claims it's just too much of a drain on the battery, while
other handset makers let their customers be big kids and make up their
own minds about power management.
Well, perhaps the competition
from Google phones might be enough to force the issue, and if it
doesn't, here's someone who's cracked the multitasking nut beautifully.
9to5Mac reports that Wired magazine showed off the
tablet version of their magazine at SXSW, and dropped hints of an iPhone version soon to come. It's a whole lot
more than a screen version of a print product!
When you think of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, your mind immediately
turns to that hotbed of Irish culture, Orem, Utah, right? Well, perhaps
not. But Orem's NinjaBee software has decided to celebrate the occasion
by offering their games for the iPhone and iPod touch for free!
Unbeknownst to most, Apple silently unveiled a variety of features to its iWork.com site, which includes a variety of sharing features, improvements and a UI designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.