No doubt there'll be a lot of smiles on the faces of Apple's Board of Directors today. Why so happy? Well, it seems that the Chinese Government has approved the company's iPhone 4 handset for retail to billions of Chinese citizens.
Man, if you thought it was hard finding an iPhone 4 to buy now, just wait until the handset takes off in the Asian market.
The new iOS 4.1 update for iPhone and iPod touch is out. The update--for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch family--will enable users to utilize the HDR photography capabilities of the devices, as well as Game Center (limited to the iPhone 4 and 3GS) and HD video uploading to YouTube (limited to the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch 4th-generation).
We iPhone 3G users know how to take a hint. First, it was the lack of wallpapers, but we could live with that; then it was the no multitasking, which stung, but some of us understood. When we heard we'd be plum left out of Game Center, well, that sucked pretty hard too. But, this, Cupertino? This is kicking us while we're down.
As snug--and smug--as OS X’s security may make us feel, your data’s safety is up to you. Smart practices and strong passwords help, but thanks to ubiquitous USB flash drives, cloud file storage, and ever-shrinking MacBooks, it’s easier than ever to share sensitive documents or misplace the drives and computers where they’re kept. That means more opportunities for bad guys to snoop through your important stuff. Knox is a utility that gives you an extra layer of protection from prying eyes by encrypting specific files, folders, or external drives on your Mac. While it’s suited for users who need easy encryption on a daily basis, Knox deserves a look from anyone seeking more flexibility in their daily security regimen.
Perhaps you've already had a taste of this "fast, fun and interactive" search experience that Google's Eric Schmidt mentioned yesterday. Now, the search giant has introduced Google Instant search. The new "search enhancement" shows search results as you type. So, if you're querying for the search term "antelope," Google will start reeling in results for every letter you type, like "an" and "ant," and so on and so forth.
Microsoft Office makes money. So, with that being the case, why won't Microsoft make a version of Office for the iPad so that we can give them more money to love?
It seems like a pretty straight forward gambit: With Apple having shipped over five million iPads, many of which are no doubt totting copies of iWork, you'd think that the boys from Redmond would have wanted to get a piece of the pie. It's not like they haven't had time to get their ducks in a row. Even poor, brow-beaten Blackberry, are preparing to enter the tablet world with an entry of their own recently acquired DataViz, a company that was producing office applications for handheld devices long before the iPad was a glint in Steve Jobs' eye. C'mon Microsoft! We can even log into Google Docs on the fly these days! How can you look the public in the eye and tell us that Office for our iPads, iPhones and iPods is a no go?
If a new report is to be believed, Apple’s plans to introduce longer song samples in the iTunes Store last week was waylaid by music publishers, who at the last moment opposed the move to extend music samples from 30 to 60 seconds.
Now that we've had some time to shake off Steve Jobs' RDF, we discuss the latest wares announced last week at the Apple event. We also bust out the score card and see which staff member had the highest numbers of correct predictions about the event.
Then Nic gets all teary eyed for the iPod classic.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.
We've caught wind of a myriad of tres cool software updates pushed live today. For starters, your Safari just got a little more safer, which is great when you're navigating an internet filled with hungry lions and angry giraffes. The new update fixes an issue that could prevent users from submitting web forms, as well as another issue that could cause web content to display incorrectly when viewing a Google Image result with Flash 10.1. Oh, that pesky Adobe Flash.
Sometimes after a long weekend or extended vacation, it can be next to impossible to get back into a productive state of mind without a bit of prodding. As we slowly push our brains uphill on this post-Labor Day Tuesday, it's comforting to know that at least one person out there is willing to do a bit of thinking for us. Let's give a collective "thank you" to software engineer and former Apple employee Matt Drance for providing us some substantial food for thought. In turning your direction to Drance's blog, AppleOutsider, you'll find a well stated argument for why Ping--already a hot button topic in the Apple community--could very well end up being one of Apple's most popular and influential products.
Xzibit wishes he came up with this one. If you want to make your iPhone 4 work with a tripod, but think those overpriced tripod and case combos are too pass, then how about ripping apart a SLR camera to make a nice case for your iPhone? That seems perfectly normal to us, and that's exactly what one iPhone 4 owner did.
It looks like some companies may be looking to horn in on Apple's "hobby."
According to a report filed by The Street, Samsung may soon be cramming their televisions chock full of Android. According to the report, Samsung is set to include the OS in their television sets to provide a web and application enabled television experience much like that being offered by other companies such as Sony and LG.
According to Samsung, a recent slowing in computer sales came close to triggering an oversupply in RAM. It didn't quite get there, thanks to phones and servers keeping supply-and-demand stable, but if the slowdown continues the market may still be oversaturated come fall or winter.
If you've been using iTunes' new social networking service, Ping, you may or may not have noticed the volumes of spam infiltrating its walls. It's much of the same stuff you see on Facebook--links to free iPads, iPods, and iPhones, fake accounts, and even people posing as Steve Jobs.
Well, according to iPodNN, Apple has managed to expunge the service of most of this unwanted material. And, to top it off, they've added back and forward buttons to make navigating the service a little easier. Users no longer have to use the iTunes Store's menu to navigate Ping.