It's Monday--the Monday after a week upon which an Apple Event fell. As much as we'd like to wow you with word of something awesome dropping, unfortunately, well... It's Monday. Instead, may we tempt you with the news that Adobe has updated their flexible Adobe Air cross-platform runtime to version 2.5?
Wait! Where are you going? Seriously, this is kind of cool!
Whether the two hipster dudes featured in this video are doing it ironically or just for the lulz, here at Mac|Life we really don't see the point of blowing up a perfectly good machine. Honestly, they should have just donated it to the Mac|Life labs fund and we would have put the Air to good use.
It was too awesome a rumor to have been true. After a week of whispered rumors, punditry and the intermittent sound of sighs and facepalms ringing out across the land, it appears that the dream of a Facebook buyout by Apple has been dashed upon the rocks of reality. According to Mashable, who broke the story last week, further information that debunked speculation that Mark Zuckerberg was ready to hand over Facebook's reigns for a whole lotta cold hard cash is nothing but hogwash.
Apple giveth, but sometimes Apple taketh away -- case in point, the iPad’s orientation lock switch, which is being converted back to the mute switch it was originally intended to be with the forthcoming iOS 4.2. But what if we like our current hardware-based orientation lock switch? Tough bananas, says Steve Jobs.
Remember not so long ago when Skype had a very public dispute with third-party app developer fring and disabled that company’s use of their API? It appeared that another such service, Nimbuzz, was in the clear -- until now.
For everyone out there who wishes for a single freakin' app to take care of biz, Adobe's answer is Project Rome. This beta cloud-based service launches today, providing an all-in-one content creation and publishing platform that runs from any browser or as an Adobe Air application for Mac and Windows (this version can be used offline). Impressively, it's free to U.S.-based users while it's in beta, an offer that Adobe's making because they're still taking feature requests and want to tune the service based on the feedback they get.
Whew! Another week another gangbuster series of announcements and news for Apple. It's an amazing run and it doesn't look like it's planning to stop any time soon. So let's all stand back and hear Cupertino roar.
We enjoyed failing miserably at ridding the world of dastardly zombies so much last week, that we've decided to play Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam again this week. Come kick our booties!
Join us today at 4:00PM PDT by heading on over to the Mac|Life Steam Group and joining the group chat. We'll also be playing Day of Defeat Source and Half-Life: Deathmatch for those that aren't interested in doing a Co-op campaign.
We bet that by now you’ve had the opportunity to try out Apple’s newly released beta of FaceTime on the Mac. Here at Mac|Life, we’ve definitely had a lot of fun testing it, but we recently thought it would be a cool idea to make it even more useful. What if you could use FaceTime on the Mac to check in on your house, pets, or perhaps use it as a security cam on your stealthy-looking MacBook Air?
The time is now to plot out your plans for world domination. But before you go forth with lording over the 6 billion people that inhabit this earth, you'll need some practice so that you can come to expect the unexpected. We've rounded up a few apps that can help you take control of your own life--and the lives of others. Sure, you can't tap and touch the world into submission like you could in a game of Pocket God, but you can at least prepare by learning leadership and organization skills. Right?
The MacBook Air is thin, sleek and sexy, and we're not just talking about its chassis. Inside, there's a ton of metal and wires that make of the beefy innards of this relatively small notebook. iFixit did a tear down of the MacBook Air 11" model, and dissected each and every component contained inside the system. Here's a quick summary of what they discovered.
Oh, Hulu. Our love for you is a fickle thing. When you were a free web-based streaming service that offered up a deep and enjoyable catalog of TV and movie content, our hearts went pitter-pat at the very mention of your name. Later, when you scaled back the variety of content you offered, the relationship cooled. Then you told us that if we wanted to get access to your "premium content," we'd have to pay for it. That was dirty. We were so hurt that we ran to the arms of our reliable old flame Netflix, who for one low, reasonable price, has never denied us anything. What's that you say? You miss us so much that you're thinking about loweing your price to a meager $4.95 a month?