Since Google purchased YouTube, the wildly popular video sharing site has endured a number of growing pains as it works to reinvent itself into a more commercial-minded portal. One of those pains came to light this week as YouTube announced it’s cutting off API access to at least one maker of set-top boxes tied to televisions.
Apple has always been fairly aggressive in protecting their product trademarks and likenesses, as The Little App Factory recently discovered when they received a letter from the law firm of Baker & McKenzie asking them to change the name of their Mac software, iPodRip.
The classic Choose Your Own Adventure series already had a brief flirtation with the iPhone a year ago (courtesy of Magnetism Studios) with a 99¢ app featuring two books — Return to Atlantis and Journey Under the Sea. But now, you can collect nearly 30 more titles, courtesy of the free Amazon Kindle app.
Glancing at a spec sheet, Apple’s latest iMacs might seem like
run-of-the mill product refreshes. Sure, there’s the requisite
processor bumps and storage updates, but an iMac’s an iMac, right? Ah,
not so much. When you see these machines in person, their differences
are much more apparent, striking even. The new line-up includes four
new machines--two small ones and two bigguns--and we had the chance to
review one of each size for this article.
The only MacBook left standing isn’t some neglected also-ran. With this
redesign, Apple gave its most modest notebook nearly all the power and
the style of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. For $999 ($200 less than the base
13-inch Pro), the white MacBook has nearly the same specs, minus the
FireWire port, SD card slot, IR sensor, and backlit keyboard--and the MacBook has a bigger hard drive: 250GB to the base Pro’s 160GB.
Sadly for Apple’s domestic partner, AT&T, the first round in a legal battle with Verizon Wireless over their “There’s a map for that” ads is a defeat. A Federal judge in Atlanta declined to grant AT&T a temporary restraining order in an effort to force Verizon to stop showing the ads.
Apple watchers are well aware that the company is planning to release
some sort of tablet computer, and given Apple’s recent history of
making surprise announcements, that could very well happen between the
day we put this issue to bed and the day you read this article. But
what if the tablet rumors are bunkum? And even if the tablet is
announced, what comes next? Jaw-dropping products can take years to
develop, and Apple surely has tablet-eclipsing wonders brewing in its
What will be Apple's next super-product--its next spectacular, game-changing "one more thing"? We asked five Apple experts to
brainstorm with abandon and then brought their ideas to life.
Like any large corporation with a lot of wheels in motion all over the world, Apple Inc. spends a considerable amount of time, energy and hard-earned dollars making sure its manufacturing partners are enforcing their strict codes of conduct. But a recent report finds that the company apparently has a long way to go.