Apple CEO Steve Jobs has had another busy weekend, taking to his iDevices to give his cursory one-line answer to a couple of inquiries from concerned Apple fans on the subject of Google’s Android and this year’s developer conference.
It was a slow week in big Mac news. The lull before the storm that is WWDC, no doubt. Google made a few waves, it's true, but they weren't very big ones. Facebook was Facebook, Twitter for iPhone finally came out...and, yeah. Like we said, nothing really earth shattering.
Still, the week was not without its points of interest, small though they may be. For real. So let's take a peek under the covers and see what did and didn't change the world, at least according to Mac|Life.
Back in the early days of gaming consoles, there was quite a bit of jockeying between Nintendo and Sega. While the latter eventually won the hardware war, Sega has shifted into creating software for other consoles and platforms. And the platform we, of course, are most excited about them bestowing their attentions on is the iPhone OS.
What, you may ask, has us so singing the praises of Sega gaming? Oh, just a little game they're tweaking and prepping called Sonic 4. At least according to the Sega blog -- and they seem in a position to know.
What's in a map? It tells you where you're going, where you need to go, and what's up ahead. Fortunately, Macs, Apple iDevices and maps go hand-in-hand. So, we went out in search of three totally free and very utilitarian map apps for your computers, your iPad and your iPhone, so you'll have a map on you wherever you go.
The original Chumby, which mixes stuffed animal with internet appliance, was nothing if not memorable. Version two, the illogically named Chumby One, continues its mission of moving the good bits of the internet--streaming music, news, LOLcats, and more--off your Mac and onto its dedicated screen. A touch-interface drives this Wi-Fi-connected unit, so you can put it anywhere you need a lightweight internet station.
Hey, it's Friday, and it's also the 30th anniversary of the classic arcade game, Pac-Man! To celebrate, Google has tacked on a playable version of the game on its homepage with the words "Google" acting as the only barrier between Pac-man and his frenemies: Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.
I have a MacBook Pro that I accidently picked up one day with my thumb on the screen, cracking the LCD. Is there a reliable company who can fix this, or do you folks know a solution? I heard that the Apple Store charges $800 to fix the screen. I might as well go out and buy a new computer if it costs that much.
While both Google and Apple might play down the obvious tensions between them, that didn’t stop the search giant’s vice-president of engineering from reading Apple the riot act during his Google I/O keynote on Thursday.
E-mailing a question to Steve Jobs is becoming a bit like shaking a magic eight-ball -- you’ll frequently get an answer, but it’s bound to be short & sweet. On the subject of Google’s WebM announcement this week, Jobs simply pointed one inquiring mind to a URL that did the talking for him.
Keyboards are highly personal items. Some folks like huge, clackety, old-school keyboards with tactile feedback, while others go for small and light. And if small and light is what you’re after, Microsoft’s new Arc is a decent, portable, chiclet-style keyboard that works well alongside your Mac--provided you can put up with the indignity of backward function keys.