Facebook is a treasure trove of casual, social gaming. Hundreds of games let you grow virtual crops, raise fake pets, pretend to be a mobster, play a little poker, and otherwise entertain yourself between bouts of actual productivity. This month we check out two entries in the virtual-work category, which involves setting tasks in motion and then coming back later to reap the rewards.
With its reputation as a killer casual web-browsing device, the iPad is the perfect platform for spending hours skimming eBay listings. As on the iPhone, the online auction juggernaut has an iPad app ready at launch, but while it excels at the core acts of browsing and purchasing goods from millions of worldwide sellers, the app lacks too many core features to replace the web version.
When it comes to things like MacBook sleeves and iPhone cases, we don’t often go for flash. Basic black works just fine. It coordinates with everything, doesn’t show dirt, and works for business or casual settings.
But black gets a bit dull. Sometimes you need a splash of color or the visual variety of a pattern. Especially for guys (who don’t have as much opportunity as ladies to add unique accents in their wardrobes), it’s refreshing to be able to outfit your tech gear with a bit more panache. Enter Incase and L.A. art collective Arkitip (arkitip.com), who have teamed up to offer a series of MacBook Pro sleeves and iPhone cases printed with original art by Evan Hecox, whose gorgeous work focuses on “average people as they traverse the modern metropolis.”
It wasn't too long ago that everyone was trying to figure out exactly what the iPad was. Was it a media device, a large iPod touch, or a netbook replacement? Well, according to one analyst, the latter is the correct answer.
Without even a beta application to demo, Microsoft is already touting its Windows Live Essentials software to technology consumers around the globe. Last Wednesday, the software behemoth revealed its new applications suite and what was coming over to WindowsLivePreview.com.
On the heels of yesterday's somewhat awkward Safari 5 release, there are now speculations that iTunes is the next piece of Apple software in line for an update. Developers say that Apple is very close to releasing iTunes 9.2 and that there is apparently a "Golden Master" copy existing somewhere that proves the software update is near close to being completed.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t live without Agile Web Solutions’ excellent 1Password software. So imagine our pain when we installed Safari 5 on Monday night, only to discover 1Password was broken -- that is, until an hour or two later when a rapid-fire update brought it back to life.
No doubt about it, being an iOS developer is sometimes tough. Take for instance the tale of two Sanford University grad students who created a popular, up-and-coming news reader which even caught the eye of Steve Jobs, only to have their app removed later that day.