So, it looks like Apple decided to play big kids and own up to the iPhone 4 reception issues after all. Free bumpers! Free cases! Other smartphones have the same problems! The iPhone 4 only drops marginally more calls than the previous model! Wait, run that last one by us again. And when you're done processing this particular bit of news, check out the other goings on around MacTown with the other big kids on the block, Mac|Life.
If your work includes any explicit information collection, DEVONthink deserves your attention. The amount of information that needs managing grows on a daily basis, and DEVONthink’s latest update makes great strides in its ability to collect and search data. The core philosophy behind all three flavors of the app--Regular, Professional, and Pro Office versions are available--is the same: accumulate lots of information and then provide ways of making that information useful.
It's been a busy day not only for Apple CEO Steve Jobs who appeared on stage with damage control guns blazing, but also for the journalists who follow the the Cupertino-based tech company's every move. Jobs made it very clear that he wasn't thrilled with the media coverage of the iPhone's reception issues. If you took the time to check out our live blog coverage of today's press conference, you'll know that the MacLife staff, as well as the staffers from our sister publication MacFormat, have come to a few of our own conclusions on this manner. Some positive, others not so much.
But what does the rest of the blogosphere have to say about Apple's response to Antenna-gate? We took the time to check on what our journalistic colleagues had to say via email, smoke signal, and good old-fashion research to see if Jobs' infamous Reality Distortion Field was able to woo the media into a state of satisfaction.
Mac users, maybe you've been thinking about going the way of the new Motorola Droid X available at Verizon. And if you think that it's impossible to have an Android phone with a Mac, well you're wrong! The Missing Sync has been updated to add support for Mac users and their Android phones. The software also works with the HTV EVO, Google's Nexus One and the Samsung Moment.
In the wake of all this news surrounding online movie and television subscription services like Hulu Plus and Netflix, Boxee has announced that the final version of the Boxee Box will be available this fall to all you media addicts. Check out the video below of Chief Product Office Zach Klein shows off what it's all about.
Recently, Sony announced that they were killing the 3.5-inch floppy disk. Which is fine, as far as we’re concerned. Macs haven’t used floppy disks in well over a decade, and with the internet, who needs ’em? But sometimes you just need to move files from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss, which is where the USB flash drive comes in. Plug it into your Mac, copy some files, plug it into another Mac--boom! File transfer done. While we usually use flash drives to move images, Word docs, and maybe a few ripped MP3s between machines, Kingston’s new Data Traveler 310 is made to carry a lot more--256 gigabytes, to be exact.
One of the biggest talking points during Apple's press conference earlier today (aside from the fact that Apple Loves us,) was that no new products leave the company's Cupertino campus without stringent testing. Given the veil of secrecy that Apple prefers to operate under during product development, it comes as no surprise that they'd be none to thrilled to outsource that testing to third-parties or to facilities that they don't control. Under such circumstances, there's only one thing to do: build your own test facilities.
In case you were stuck under a rock this morning, and couldn't get to the nearest live blog (including ours), Steve Jobs has announced that Apple will be offering free bumpers and third-party cases with every iPhone 4 purchased up until the end of September 30th. Additionally, those who have purchased bumpers will be able to get a full refund until that date, without having to pay a restocking fee.
Apple then announced that it will be releasing the white version of its iPhone 4 later this month, and that the proximity sensor issue should be fixed. Also, the iOS 4.0.1 update that was released yesterday is intended to fix the signal bar strength issue, as well as a Microsoft Exchange folly.
Apple Fanboys of the world: PAY HEED! It's time to get das zelt out of storage, pack up a plen stol to sit in and bring a coverture électrique just in case those nights of saving yourself a space in line outside your local Apple Store gets too cold. That's right, the Apple faithful have heard the clarion call--iPhone 4 will become available to consumers in more international locales on July 30th.
Join us for live coverage of Apple's iPhone 4 press conference. We'll be covering the event beginning at 10am PDT live from Cupertino. In addition to timely updates, we will offer up our own delicious brand of wit and wisdom with our good friends over at MacFormat.
Also, we'll be fielding questions from our readers. That's you! It's going to be an international roundtable of iPhone 4 coverage. Whether you pronounce it aluminum or aluminium, it's going to be fun.
Earlier this year, the hot news in technology was all about who or what was going to acquire Palm. At the end of the fiasco, HP was the one who walked away victorious with Palm's secret blueprints, acquiring the company for $1.2 billion in late April.
However, word on the street is that the competition for Palm was probably greater than we thought. Apple, Google and BlackBerry makers Research in Motion were also vying for the company's mobile technology.
Despite being one of the first computer makers to adopt the fledging USB 1.0 technology with the original iMac, Apple has fallen a bit behind the curve now that USB 3.0 is here. But that may change later this summer, with rumors pointing to both Mac Pro and iMac refreshes that will bring faster connectivty.
It didn’t take long for folks to realize that Thursday’s iOS 4.0.1 update wasn’t a panacea for their iPhone 4 signal attenuation ills. Apple simply addressed the way that the signal display is shown on the device, but a new report claims that a deeper software update yet to come may actually be able to fix the real problem.