Skooba Design’s Netbook and iPad Messenger Bag might be designed specifically for those devices, but it’s actually big enough to swallow a 13-inch MacBook--as well as an iPad and accessories. The flexibility and extra room is nice, but if what you’re looking for is something to schlep your iPad around in, the Skooba might be bigger and more complicated than what you need.
You just know that there's trouble brewing for a product when their ads stop touting its features and start pointing out the perceived faults of a competitor's wares. If you're looking for an example, you needn't look any further than Amazon's latest ad for their revamped Kindle. Instead of talking about what makes the Kindle a decent reader--features such as its new lighter weight, crisper screen fonts, increased storage and free WebKit-based browsing--they focus on the glare of the iPad's full color screen and higher price point.
We know when the new AppleTV will be making the scene, and that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. But what about Google TV? At first we heard that it would be arriving sometime this fall. A while back, that date was narrowed down to October 3--a date no doubt chosen to allow for the device to gain some traction with consumers before the full insanity of the holiday shopping season began.
News is currently spreading that Steve Jobs (or someone dressed just like him) was held at Japan’s Kansai International Airport in July on his trip back to the U.S. for having ninja throwing stars in his luggage. Unfortunately Steve's reality distortion field couldn't save him as he reportedly told authorities that it wouldn't make sense to hijack his own plane.
Caught cheating in StarCraft 2? Blizzard says that the act of playing StarCraft 2 with any modifications to the game client could be detrimental. According to a statement issued by the gaming company today, any players found cheating will be permanently banned from logging into Battle.net and playing StarCraft 2.
Apple knows that your favorite check out line at the grocery store is the Express Lane, which is why they've added their own. While it's not the same as making sure you've got 15 items of less in your basket, it does up the ante in customer service, making sure that faithful buyers are tended to very carefully.
I use TextEdit as my ongoing “journal” notebook. But the document is quite sizable now, and autosaving has become a significant event--and every 5 minutes (the maximum offered in the preferences) is too frequent for this interruption to occur. Do you know how to change this value with the Terminal? That’s how I adjusted the number of recent items in my menu, and I’d love to fix this as well.
You’ve heard of cloud storage, but what about cloud gaming? OnLive lets you play 20-some games--including Windows-only titles--running on servers in data centers up to 1,000 miles away, streaming HD video to your Mac while you control the action with your mouse, keyboard, or Xbox 360 gamepad. Launched at this year’s E3, the long-awaited service is free for one year to the first wave of members, with an optional second year for $4.95/month (month-to-month, no commitment). OnLive is letting players into the service gradually, to make sure their data centers can handle the load, but you can sign up for the waiting list at onlive.com and you’ll get an invite when they’re ready for you.
You've watched countless videos of adorable puppies, cute kitties, and all other things that make you go "Awwww…" Or perhaps video bloopers of people enduring things gone wrong that make you realize perhaps you didn't have such a bad day after all. Now YouTube is venturing further into a new avenue…a live streaming platform.
A good dungeon crawler may drive you to the edge of insanity, but it’ll never get old and can always be reinvented. Case in point: Torchlight from Runic Games, available from Valve’s Steam for Mac digital storefront, combines the best elements of Blizzard’s classic Diablo titles with an accessible arcade style that makes it easy to create a character, upgrade their talents, and keep playing without interruptions.
If you've taken the time to consider the new Apple TV and know in your heart of hearts that the diminutive black puck just isn't your cup of tea, you might be happy to hear that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. For those of our readers that have been around for a while now, you'll know that many of the Mac|Life staff have a whole lotta love for Boxee's do-everything media content software solution. With that in mind, we're also looking forward to seeing what the company can do on the hardware side of things.
A scant few days after announcing that Adobe was back in the Flash-to-iPhone compiler business, the company let loose word that they'll also be offering up the ability for web designers to create HTML5-based widgets and whatnot in Illustrator CS5, thanks to a new service pack now available for download. The ability to output HTML 5 content from Illustrator CS5 dovetails nicely with the same ability already enjoyed by Dreamweaver CS5 users. What does it all mean? Given the raging popularity of Adobe's Creative Suite applications, we can all expect to enjoy the same content-rich online experience no matter which device we choose to prowl the interwebz with.
With iOS 4.1, Apple released a completely new social gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and in November, the iPad called Game Center. Game Center is the mobile equivalent of Nintendo’s Wii Network Play, Xbox Live, or Playstation Network. When you download games that have been designed to support Game Center, you can interact with leaderboards, special per-game achievements, and even multiplayer support complete with VoIP.
While it might not be Apple-related news, the pew-pew minded folks over our sister site Gamesradar have pointed out something simply too awesome to ignore: Super Mario is 25 years old, and to celebrate Nintendo is gearing up to celebrate!
How hardy will the Japanese game company party? According to Gamesradar, hard enough to bust out a 25th Anniversary Edition pack of Super Mario games spanning the full quarter-century of the franchise's existence. We're sure you'll agree, that's pretty sweet.
Ask anyone in marketing and they'll tell you that branding is everything. Finding the right name for your product can mean the difference between raging fiscal success and utter financial failure for developers. There there are few companies on the planet that understand this better than Apple. The Cupertino-based company has one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Don't believe us? Flash a photo of their iconic fruit logo anywhere in the developed world and watch people's eyes light up like a pair of iPod nanos.
OK, that was a terrible simile, but you get the idea.
With the success Apple has enjoyed in getting the name of their products 'just so,' not to mention the trials and tribulations the company has undergone to secure the rights to those names, it's great to see that Apple's taking a stand against name-squatters in the iTunes App Store.