Not that it’s a huge shocker, but Amazon has just gone live with a new page on their website promising a Kindle for iPad app -- and they aren’t stopping there, with versions for other tablet devices as well.
Spring has sprung and sprung with a vengeance. Sunshine! Warm air! Being outdoors is once again a treat. Just as the vernal equinox passes us by and leads us to a bit more moving about, it'll soon be iPad launch day and we may find no good reasons to go back inside for quite some time.
Meanwhile, as we await that wonderful sidewalk cafe life with our reading and our data streaming right by our sides, here's this week's menu of the best stories from a week of Mac|Life. Order well.
Less than three years after the launch of Apple’s handset, Final Fantasy, the role-playing classic that practically defined its genre, has arrived for the iPhone. And with the exception of a few tweaks that could be made, it's arrived in fine style.
Where Final Fantasy I defined the role-playing genre for the late '80s/early '90s, Final Fantasy II took the core idea and experimented with what could be done with it. That being the case, the classic sequel has come to the iPhone and iPod touch in outstanding form with only a few wrinkles to iron out.
A MacBook is one beautiful slice of technology, and it deserves only
the most stylish accessories. With its graceful curves, the BookArc
stand from TwelveSouth sleekly holds and displays your MacBook, MacBook
Pro, or MacBook Air while also reducing its footprint on your desk to
only 10x4 inches.
So we keep reading about how the iPad is going to change the way we read books and magazines, and maybe you don’t believe what you read. Well, how about seeing a glimpse of the future with your own eyes?
Professionals who rely on their high-end Macs may be feeling left out by the absence of any new Mac Pro or Cinema Display models, but if a new report is accurate, you won’t have to wait too much longer.
MacNN reported today that the U.S. Patent Office
has published a patent application from Apple, describing a
proximity-based social networking tool. The plan appears to be the
ability for people in the same general area (as defined by the span of a
WiFi network or Bluetooth connection) to spontaneously form groups and
One of the great things about the iPad is that nearly all iPhone games
will run on it right out of the box--that's a huge library of titles. But, iPad
owners will be looking for games that exploit the higher resolution. TouchArcade
reports that Ngomco is working to fill that gap.
Many moons ago, the idea of filling a drive with a terabyte of data
would have gotten you laughed at and possibly sent to a special
hospital where all the walls were white and padded. But these days,
we’re constantly checking our externals for room with the Get Info
command, then trying to figure out what’s safe to delete. If you’re
dealing with large files on a regular basis or are just a bit
obsessive-compulsive, the new Western Digital MyBook Studio can help
you keep track of your drives without having to be in front of your Mac.
In an ideal world, our Macs would be impeccably organized, not stuffed
with old versions of Word docs and umpteen copies of the Beastie Boys’
“Hey Ladies.” Hyperbolic’s Tidy Up offers powerful tools for
identifying (and dispatching) duplicate files, helping us get closer to
that ideal Mac by sorting and disposing of unneeded bytes.
As if summoning the ghost of Johnny Cash singing his classic “I Won’t Back Down,” HTC has made it clear to patent rival Apple that they also won’t back down from a fight -- and they’re fully prepared to defend its honor.