It's called the Swiss Army Knife of video players, and not for nothing. VLC is your standard go-to software when you end up with some bizarre codec-locked movie file that just won't play in your standard players. With the news that Apple was relaxing its App Store regulations and letting in all kinds of video players, we prayed to see VLC show up. It did, and we grabbed it the moment we could.
The Mac|Life editors are in the midst of midweek madness, as Flo is a bit too jazzed up on caffeine and Robbie manages a few tongue twists. The gang still manages to share their thoughts on VLC's new iPad app, and discuss whether or not AT&T will be hurt by a Verizon iPhone.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions. And stay tuned for outtakes!
Some of us here at Mac|Life headquarters have a penchant for loud, dancey music. Sometimes, those beat-ific artists have special mixes that are not yet available for purchase in the iTunes or Amazon MP3 store, which is really unfortunate. But then we'll find a YouTube video of the song (usually paired up with a static visual of the artist) and repeatedly groove to that downloaded FLV file, though this process can become a bit tiresome overtime. What if we want to take the song with us on the go and load it up on our iPods? Fortunately, that's what audio extractors are for, especially free ones.
Read along to find out how to extract the audio from your FLV files, and keep the music alive.
If you're looking for a feel-good story that provides a view into the advantages of paying for a MobileMe account, travel, intrigue kind-hearted airline employees and evil-doers, we'd suggest taking a trip over to CNN's website. They've posted a story that details the epic saga of a young family who, thanks to MobileMe's Find My iPhone service and the actions of a Southwest Airlines manager, were able to recover a forgotten iPad from the other side of the country.
If you listen closely, you can hear the drums of war beating once again. Follow the sound on the wind and you'll be led to the faraway land of Cupertino where it's clear that Apple is none too pleased with Sanho Corporation, makers of the increasingly popular line of HyperMac external battery products for just about every Apple product under the sun. It seems that Apple's beef stems from the fact that many of the products from the HyperMac line include MagSafe adapters for connecting to power-hungry MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Air. In addition, they also utilize Apple's 30-pin dock connector to move juice from their batteries on to every iOS device under the sun. This might not be an issue if Sanho had asked permission to do so. However, as you may have guessed by now, they didn't.
Fuze Meeting is a new application for the iPad, created by Fuze Box, that lets you create and host meetings right from your device. While other conference/meeting tools like WebEx and Go to Meeting have existed on the iPad for a while now, many have lacked the ability to host a meeting on the device.
You might have mixed feelings about the Mac, but the underdog system has often been favored by many computer users. Customer satisfaction with Apple’s computers has been on the rise for years as well, and recently hit a new high.
Apple and Rovi have inked a “multi-year agreement” which allows Cupertino to license chunks of Rovi’s intellectual properties. Rumors are now running rampant that the move may signal Apple’s change of direction, from downloaded TV shows to live television and maybe even a DVR.
While the world waits and wonders if a Verizon iPhone even exists -- a game we’ve been playing since 2007 when the device first launched -- a new survey suggests that AT&T might have less to worry about from losing its exclusivity than previously thought.
Yes, it was indeed "on, like Donkey Kong." Twin Galaxies announced that the World Record for the video game classic switched hands for a third time this year, with former champion Steve Wiebe reclaiming honors with 1,064,500 points. Can 'ya top that?
The facial recognition features found in iPhoto and Aperture are pretty popular with users, and make it infinitely easier to sort out and organize a mess of photos in short order--even if your cat is involved. If a recent acquisition made by the Cupertino-based company is any indication, it would appear that Apple may be interested in building upon their success with facial recognition technology. According to CNET, Apple has purchased a small but promising Swedish tech company called Polar Rose, who specialize in--you guessed it--facial recognition applications.
iOS App Store piracy could be right around the corner for non-jailbroken devices if the source code of a new iPhone app falls into the wrong hands. IPA God recently made the news as an application that allows someone with a non-jailbroken iOS device to pirate (download for free) paid applications from the iTunes App Store. Now that the source code for this application is for sale, allowing anyone to purchase and distribute this application to the masses.
We've talked about augmented reality iPhone apps here before, but Plane Finder AR has to be one of the coolest we've seen yet. This application lets you find planes in the air by pointing the camera one your iPhone (or now, iPod touch) in the air near a plane. When you do, a heads up display will show you information about the plane, including flight number, aircraft registration, speed, altitude and how far away it is.