The Parrot AR Drone made it's model debut for the next issue of Mac|Life magazine, and we took some behind the scenes teaser footage of the fun-filled photoshoot. Watch Associate Editor, Nic Vargus, get chased by the quadricopter as it's controlled by Online Editor, Robbie Baldwin. And stay tuned to the November issue of the magazine to see the final result of this photoshoot.
Taking Apple’s lead, Chinese carrier China Unicom will head off iPhone 4 trouble at the pass by giving every customer a free case with their purchase in an effort to prevent the controversy that sprung up here in the United States over the handset’s antenna design.
If you’re one of the many who have downloaded iTunes U content over the past three years, Apple says you’re not alone -- the popular online educational catalog has just topped 300 million downloads and counting.
We know we've certainly had a toasty summer here in the States. We also know that our cellular devices can have a hard time keeping cool, especially the iPhone at times. Apparently in Asia, iPhone users are also beginning to discover that the device also doesn't really take well to 95 percent humidity either.
Any one who's ever followed the emotional roller coaster of Apple's patents knows that sometimes the Apple Patent falls far from the tree. And sometimes it hints at completely awesome technology we could never have dreamed possible.
It's always been a bit of a pain to integrate our beloved Gmail and Google Calendar with our Apple devices. Syncing Google Calendar requires setting up an Exchange account--an extra hoop that makes Google syncing a lot less effortless than something like MobileMe. Thankfully, Google has given all of us loyal users a handy solution--Push notifications for their own mobile app!
Almost six years after its release on Windows, the legendary Half-Life 2 has arrived on the Mac thanks to Valve’s Steam digital distribution channel. For newcomers to the series, Half-Life 2 is everything the Mac hasn’t had since the halcyon days of Marathon--it’s a terrific sci-fi/horror first-person shooter with a brain.
It could be nothing, but it certainly might be something: If you make your iTunes applications and media purchases with a credit card or a PayPal account, you'd do well to take a moment and read this story and take a few precautions to ensure your financial well-being.
A number of of users who utilize their credit card or Paypal to purchase goods from the iTunes Store have reported massive unauthorized purchases of software, music and videos using their iTunes Store account. Reports of the amounts taken from the various users differ, with some seeing purchases in the hundreds of dollars, to thousands. One unfortunate individual reported that his entire bank account was drained via PayPal in the name of someone else getting their entertainment and productivity on.
Last week, we got a chance to control the high-flying Parrot AR Drone. Senior Editor, Susie Ochs's first time flying the helicopter might seem a little shakey, but she still managed to get some awesome air. Check out the video after the cut for a first look at the Parrot AR Drone.
When I was a kid, we played videogames with plastic Atari controllers—mine had teeth marks on the joystick for some reason. But time marches on, and now we play with all kinds of futuristic implements: a plastic Fender Stratocaster, motion-sensing nunchucks...and a sophisticated dual-camera, Wi-Fi equipped, iPhone-controlled quadricopter.
Yes, really. Not only is the AR.Drone a mind-blowingly cool toy and efficient way of making nerdy new friends at the park, its support for augmented reality gaming could really help it take off (ooh! pun!) if developers jump on the open platform. At press time, no games were ready, except the built-in "Drone Wars" which requires two copters, one more than we had. But the potential for awesomeness is clear.
Do you remember how exciting the notion of Google Voice on the iPhone was? No, not the consolation-prize web app version of Google Voice available to us now, but Google Voice on the hoof, one tap away from use on your Apple-branded device. Sadly, the dream of a native iPhone app for the service has never materialized, leaving Google Voice users without the on-device support or features that the excellent service warrants. How did it all go wrong? Google and Apple used to be so good together. We always thought they'd be the couple to make it out alive.
Let it be known that Apple has been doing a lot of business with, um, business.
According to the number crunchers at Needham & Company, Apple's sales to business customers grew upwards of 50% during the second fiscal quarter of 2010--that's three times the increase enjoyed by PC manufacturers to the same sector, who could only claim a 12.1% rise in their sales.
It's the start of yet another week, and that can mean only one thing: It's time for the announcement of yet another iPad "killer." This time around, however, the smack-talk doesn't concern who it is that plans to ply their mojo against Cupertino's world-beating tablet--Instead, the flexing and posing is centred around how it's going to be done.
The iPad is great for video, but after about 15 minutes of holding it up, we start looking for ways to use it hands-free. Griffin’s A-Frame gives your arm a rest and sports a minimal style that doesn’t detract from the iPad itself. If it weren’t for the logo plastered on the front, it could almost pass as a piece of modern sculpture. But don’t be fooled--there’s quite a bit of substance here to go with that style.
It's rumor Monday! Or, it's just Monday and the news was a tad slow over the weekend, which is why we've got spy shots of the purported next-generation iPod touch floating on our site. The photos come from M.I.C. gadget, and they show iPod touch parts with front-facing cameras.