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?
Flash-based storage is expensive. The average user's media collection is expansive. With this being the case, will the MacBook Air, a device that Steve Jobs has called the future of notebooks, be able to stand up to the hype Apple's built around it? In a word, maybe. Much of the refreshed line of diminutive notebook's success, as well as the success any other SSD-based hardware, may teeter upon whether or not Apple has an ace up their sleeve.
Are iMovie ’11-created movie trailers really so amazing that Hollywood studios fear that people will confuse them for the real thing? Apparently some of the studios think so, as Apple has blocked your ability to use their company names.
Apple is used to the tech media revealing new features of its forthcoming products, but on Wednesday, the company inadvertently provided a leak of their own during their “Back to the Mac” event -- a new scroll bar user interface for next year’s Mac OS X Lion 10.7.