The last time I dared to dabble in dictation software was about 15
years ago, and even allowing for how that software only ran on a
Windows box, the whole experience was extraordinarily cumbersome. But
after using Dictate for only five minutes, the improvements in the
technology since then are starkly apparent. It’s not perfect, but the
dream of quickly turning spoken words into editable text has certainly
Do you only get organized after dropping $300 at the Container Store?
Do you work out because you paid your gym membership in advance? If so,
Zeo could be your ideal new obsession. This sleep-monitoring tool is
supposed to chart your nightly patterns and offer advice to improve
your slumber. We think it works for the right audience. But those
improvements come from Zeo’s common-sense tips (and that slightly
guilty sense of needing to get a return on its hefty price) as much as
they do from the technology itself.
Surprisingly, at least one Microsoft executive thinks Apple’s patent lawsuit against HTC might help sort out some intellectual property ownership issues -- despite the fact that the suit also names Windows Mobile devices.
No one quite knew what to expect in late January, prior to Apple CEO Steve Jobs taking the stage to unveil the iPad. But no one was as nervous as the developers who had already invested so much time into the iPhone OS platform.
We all know Apple is quite proud of the iPad and what all it has to offer. It also appears that they are quite proud of the battery in the product and if it fails, they'll gladly hook you up with a new battery - in a new iPad. For a fee of course...
If the analysts are to be believed, Apple had a gold rush of preorders Friday, when the iPad first became available. But over the weekend, somebody may have turned that cash faucet almost all the way off.
Don't let the name fool you. Game Week is serious business. Sure, we get to play tons of cool games for hours on end, letting deadlines slip past, drying out our eyes, staying up late, killing the batteries on our iPhones. But still. Serious, serious business.
Besides, who ever said serious business couldn't be fun at the same time? Some jerk, that's who. So have a little bit of serious fun with the Mac|Life team – we might just let you go first on Mario Kart.
While at the Unity booth, we ran into Jonathan Czeck, director of
technology and the co-founder of Graveck games. You may be familiar with
one of their popular iPhone games, Skee-ball. It hit the #1 paid apps
spot during the holidays and is still hanging out in the top paid apps
list. What started out as a part-time side project for the developers
turned into a surefire hit. Now, the company is gearing up to prepare
for the April launch of Apple's iPad.
We took some time out with the developers at Mono Touch to discuss their software that allows
developers to create C# and .NET based apps that run on the iPhone and
iPod touch. The app helps independent and big time developers deliver
superb games and applications to the mobile device by offering the tools
to code apps that utilize the iPhone's operating system. Recently, Mono
Touch also released support for the iPad SDK.
For the past twelve years, the Independent Games Festival has been a
platform upon which indie game developers could showcase their work and
receive some constructive feedback in return. The event is held annually
at the Games Developer Conference and is the best place to see
up-and-coming developers strut their stuff. This year, we got to talk to
a developer whose team used Utility on their Macs to produce an
engaging top-down platformer, and two developers who are utilizing the
accelerometer on the iPhone to develop imaginative mobile games.
A cool shooter with an even cooler soundtrack, Bullet Candy Perfect
resembles the renowned top-down shooter Geometry Wars, only with better
graphics. Since you play to the rhythm of the beat, the techno music
really sucks you in, and that synchronicity can be helpful when going
for a perfect run.
Don't worry, don't worry, you'll still be able to shut the sound off.
We're just not sure how you'll do it and how quickly you'll be able to
But but but, you say, I've spent hours poring over every physical
detail of the iPad from the photos and there's a little button right
above the volume controls, just like the iPhone. What does that do?
Maybe the Aztecs were wrong? A new report out this week claims that the prolonged battle between Apple and Nokia over mobile technology patents may drag on for years, and won’t hit the courts until the middle of 2012 -- another coming sign of the apocalypse?