Earlier today, Google announced the availability of a VoIP calling feature for Gmail users, allowing those of us who rock a Googlemail account to call landline and cellular telephones from the comfort of our inbox. The service, currently available only to Gmail users residing in the U.S., will allow for free calls to phones in North America "at least the rest of the year." While you'll be dinged for calls to other countries outside of North America, as those already enjoying the benefits of VoIP will tell you, the cost of those conversations will be significantly less than if they were placed on a conventional home or mobile phone.
With Apple's iAd venture off to a bumpy start, and iBook sales moving along slower than expected in the face of the Kindle's enormous popularity, Apple is considering a move that will either be embraced by publishers and consumers, or despised. According to The Wall Street Journal and CNET, Apple is seriously considering the insertion of iAds into the content available to consumers through the iBook Store. You read that right--the eBooks you paid good money for could soon come with advertising material as part of the package.
GoodGuide, a website that reviews companies based on their impact on health, the environment and society, has had an iPhone application for a while that allowed you to search through the more than 65,000 products they have in their database. Recently, however, they updated the application to include a barcode scanner, making it even easier to search for the "good" in any product.
Earlier this week we told you about the leaked pictures of the new iPod touch parts, including the LCD and digitizer board. But, if you needed more convincing, SmartPhone Medic has done a side-by-side video comparison between the new iPod touch LCD and digitizer, and the older generation iPod touch components.
According to the video, the newer screen looks identical to that of the iPhone 4, which follows along with the rumors we've been hearing.
More Portal 2 gameplay footage has been released at Gamescom. The high definition footage includes a first-person view through two of the levels, and a showcase of the game's seemingly realistic mechanics. It also offers a glimpse at two new features, like the Repulsion Gel, which enables you to bounce from any surface, and the Faith Plate. Watching the game almost feels like you're in the backseat of those virtual reality motion rides. Check it out after the cut!
Apple will be hosting it's annual music event a week from today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The even begins at 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned to Maclife.com for our liveblog straight from the event.
One of the earliest complaints about the iPhone among heavy users of SMS text messaging was the lack of a hardware keyboard -- but it appears that lightning-fast typing is indeed possible on a software keyboard after all.
If you use Chrome instead of Safari (we wouldn't blame you, it's a fine browser) and have an iPhone, we've got an extension for you. The Chrome to iPhone extension adds a little button to your toolbar that shares the URL of the page you're at with your iOS device. Android users have had the extension for a while, with Chrome to Phone.
The rumor merry-go-round with Apple's foray into television continues to churn. The latest has Apple possibly being in far along talks with News Corp. to give iTunes consumers the chance to rent TV shows for 99 cents, as well as being in talks with other companies.
Gross looking worm right? Well imagine if that gross looking "worm" got into your Mac OS X? Not good. Well, hopefully you won't have to worry about such a situation with the latest security update for the Mac OS X that Apple released today.
Associate Online Editor Flo Ion hosts the podcast with slight uncertainty as Online Editor Robbie Baldwin watches from the sidelines. No matter--the staff still managed to thoroughly discuss melting iPhones in Asia (not really), China's own free bumper program, and the recently filed Apple patent for a touchscreen Mac.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions, and stayed tuned at the end for outtakes!
So you thought the iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad was a neat iOS accessory? Well, you're going to need someone to pick you up off the floor after you see the iPhone Pinball Magic accessory. The pinball table features flipper buttons, a ball-launching plunger, a credit / select button, an animated LED back panel display, and foldaway legs.
Welcome to yet another Game Time. This week we take on a few games that differentiate themselves from other titles in the App Store with elements like subtle gameplay mechanics and unique visual styles. Not all of the games featured scored a grand slam on their first try, but all are worth checking out.