Although it’s not widely publicized, one advantage to having an AT&T FamilyTalk Plan is that you can use another line’s eligibility to upgrade your own handset. How this works is fairly straightforward, but the release of the iPhone 4 has introduced a few new wrinkles that you might want to be aware of before you take the plunge.
After being introduced during his keynote address at WWDC 2010 earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs quipped that iMovie for iPhone will be available alongside the iPhone 4 “if we approve it.” And approve it they did -- iMovie is ready to rock your new iPhone 4.
There's nothing we like here at the Mac|Life office than good old fashioned product launch. Since we can't be everywhere at once and we enjoy seeing the look of joy in the eyes of our readers, we've posted a slideshow of iPhone launch pics from around the universe.
Last week MobileMe underwent a complete redesign. With only 2-hours notice, members didn’t really know what to expect other than the service was just going down for regular maintenance. But when MobileMe came back online, it had a completely redesigned user interface that’s fresh and inviting, and a few new features were thrown in as well.
Look, we're just reporting on this because we know there are a ton of you out there that are interested in this addictive online game. Zynga's FarmVille is now an iPhone app. This casual, nay, insanely addictive and absolutely dangerous for you game will enable you to raise a farm and share stats and crops with your friends. Not only that, but it will suck you in and your friends will never see you leave the house ever again.
Well, actually it's the iPhone version of the game--so, really, you could go outside and play the game.
Anyway, the game is currently available for download in New Zealand. The American iTunes store should get it tomorrow.
Today's Wednesday and you know what that means: it's time for Valve to release another one of their popular game titles for the Mac platform. Today, Valve is launching Counter-Strike: Source and Mac users can now engage in this dashing, daring and downright tricky multiplayer shootout. The Mac version allows cross-platform play--much like Team Fortress 2--and this particular update also makes achievements, stats and engine updates available to Macs users via Steam.
Valve will be offering a 66% discount on Counter-Strike: Source. So what're you waiting for? Go and get it, and we'll see you for Frag the Editor Fridays.
You knew it had to happen. With the iPad shaking up the e-reader market by bringing to users full color screens, the ability to watch movies, surf the Internet, and run all the apps that the iPhone runs, the e-ink product makers have to be feeling the heat. Now Barnes & Noble and Amazon are slashing prices on their e-readers with two different strategies that may or may not succeed.
Many people are queuing up around the country for the launch of the iPhone 4 (or have already received their device), but Engadget is reporting some saddening news. The tech blog, which got an iPhone 4 review unit, said today that the device has developed scratches on the back panel. Of course, the new iPhone does have glass on both the front and the back of the device, but is it as strong as Steve promised in the keynote?
That rapturous sound you may have heard this morning was probably the cries for joy of professional audio editors everywhere rejoicing over the news that Adobe Audition is finally heading to the Mac, with a beta version arriving on Adobe Labs this coming winter.
Hey Android fans--we know there are some of you out there--Gizmodo is reporting that Android 2.2, dubbed Froyo, is now available for download. It will be up around 2pm eastern time.
We should note that some sites are also reporting that these are leaked versions of Froyo build number FRF72 and that it is not actually the official update. The Android team is working hard on ensuring that users will get their Froyo soon.
We'll have more updates for you as the news develops.
Here's some exciting news for developers and mobile phone manufacturers--Skype is launching a new software development kit (SDK), dubbed SkypeKit, that will enable device and software makers to integrate Skype functionality with their products.
The kit will include APIs for features like voice and video calling, instant messaging and Skype's audio formatting based on the SILK codec--basically, all of the features we know and love from the Skype clients on our desktops. Hopefully, this move will entail the inevitability of Skype becoming a native client in many of our favorite mobile applications.
The kit is available today for Linux, though Windows and Mac versions will be available in a few weeks.
Monday's iOS 4 upgrade should have patched about 65 different vulnerabilities within the iPhone's operating system. However, the iPad may actually be susceptible to a number of those 65 software vulnerabilities. The bug count is actually a record for the iPhone, which far exceeds the high count of 46 bugs found in last summer's iPhone OS 3.0 update.
Computer World is reporting that iOS 4 actually included patches for 35 different bugs, which averages out to a total of 54% of the purported vulnerabilities fixed. Most of the patched bugs were actually issues with WebKit, the open-source browser engine that fuels browsers like mobile Safari.