Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 rail against digital music and iTunes in particular. So says the artist formerly known (and later still known) as Prince, who claims that “the Internet’s completely over.”
Supply problems overseas are putting a crimp in the availability of iPhone 4s, creating big headaches for Apple at the same time that iPad availability is finally improving, flying past the three million mark in July.
The day of inexpensive iPhones, iPod touches and iPads may be coming to an end thanks to “soaring labor costs caused by worker shortages and unrest, a strengthening Chinese currency that makes exports more expensive and inflation and rising housing costs.” Will that next device wind up costing us more?
Here's some beautiful news to our ears: tests taken among a 24-person sample group suggest that reading an e-book takes more time than reading a regular ole' book, and the iPad is actually easier to read than a Kindle device.
Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group studied the differences between the three book mediums and found that reading a short Hemingway story on the iPad took 6.2 percent more time to read than a book. The Kindle 2, on the other hand, took 10.7 percent more time to read. Test subjects gave the iPad a score of 5.8, the Kindle a 5.7 and the book a 5.6.
It’s an uncharacteristically rainy spring day in San Francisco, and Rana Sobhany is at the Hotel Kabuki preparing to go on stage at the SF Music Tech Summit with her iPad. But this time, the iPad DJ isn’t on stage to rile up a Saturday night crowd looking to get their groove on. Instead, she’s demonstrating to a room full of music and tech geeks about the benefits--and limitations--of making music with the iPad.
Those of us with serious bouts of the travel bug tend to hit the road with a light load, which means leaving the phrase book at home and foregoing any possibility of real communication overseas. Fortunately, Trippo VoiceMagix is a language translation app that can help you overcome the language barrier without the extra weight in your carry-on.
Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend here in the U.S., reports broke out that Apple’s App Store had been hacked by a rogue developer who figured out how to cheat the system and artificially drive up sales of their e-books. Turns out, the whole thing may have been much ado about very little.
Even though Apple’s popular mobile devices, computers and accessories are manufactured in China, one CEO of a leading consumer electronics firm there thinks that Cupertino is “missing a huge opportunity” in the country -- but is thankful for it.
Can you hear us now? Maybe if you held your phone in a different hand? Can you hear us now? What if you put a bumper on your phone? Can you hear us now? What if you switched carriers? Ha ha, we kid. But since you kept losing your bars when you tried to surf the net and hold your phones, here's some of the stories we didn't miss at Mac|Life.
If you're like us, you're besides yourself with joy about the return Futurama. Life just wasn't the same with the adventures of Philip J. Fry and his obnoxious friend Bender. Although an online clip from last night's show has us scratching our heads.
Before we embark upon the weekend's festivities of food, fun and blowing stuff up, we thought we'd leave you with the lasting impression of this memorable video. Gary Katz, the guy who made an Apple Store diorama out of an abandoned shoebox and iPhone parts, went and created a visual history of Apple computers that he's owned in the past. But, he didn't just post a video of them dancing around in tutus or what have you. No, instead he morphed them all together.
So, you want to make some musics, eh? But, you don't want to bother looking into guitar lessons? What, the recorder wasn't easy enough for you? Your lady friend wasn't interested in your three-chord rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb? You know, we're not judging you. We know that you grew up in an age where technology rules all. Fortunately, there are apps out there that can, yeah, do that. C'mon, let's get into it, 1-2-3, download these free apps with me!
The Apple TV was once revered as the device that could potentially change television for the better. Today, many people say the Apple TV is a product that is on its death bed. Often called a "hobby" product by it's maker (until the Google TV was announced), the Apple TV could be making a comeback if a new New York Times article is correct.
Backing up your hard drive is important. But even the most rigorous backup plan isn’t going to help if your house floods--or worse, catches on fire. In a true disaster, even your triple-redundant RAID backup system isn’t likely to be much help. With dark days like that in mind, ioSafe’s line of fireproof, waterproof externals might be big and bulky, but they promise to withstand even the toughest data disasters.