Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire arrived in the hands of early adopters this week, and we were among those who preordered following the announcement seven weeks ago. Now that it’s safely arrived in our hands, we’ve started poking, prodding and yes, tapping the Kindle Fire to give MacLife.com readers a quick look at this new budget-conscious, seven-inch Android-based tablet.
Most of us are paying our rent or mortgages today now that the clock has flipped over to November, but don’t let that big chunk of dough flying out of your bank account bring you down. There’s good news flying around the internet this fine day, including the resurrection of clipboard manager iClip, rumors of a native Gmail app for iOS and hey, GarageBand now works on your iPhone or iPod touch! Here’s all the news that’s fit to print for this Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
Perhaps feeling the heat from Music Beta by Google and the forthcoming iTunes Match after being first out of the gate earlier this year, Amazon has reworked their Cloud Player and Cloud Drive initiative to give users with 20GB or more of paid storage a free upgrade to unlimited space -- at least for a while.
Now that Apple has finally played its hand with iCloud at this year’s WWDC keynote, we’ve finally seen the best and brightest of what the major players plan to bring to their streaming music services. One of them, Music Beta by Google, is still an intriguing option -- one you get past the hours of uploading necessary to enjoy it in the first place.
Just as they teased in a press release last week, Apple finally took the wraps off its long-awaited “cloud services offering,” iCloud. While Cupertino may act like theirs is the first such service to market, the reality is, as usual, something else entirely.
All together now, mimicking Steve Martin in The Jerk: “The new iCloud is here! The new iCloud is here!” -- or at least it will be soon, according to a press release from Apple themselves on Tuesday. But do we know what exactly it will entail?
Are you ready for Apple’s entry into the cloud-based music business? Now that Amazon and Google have shown their hand, it appears they may have only done Apple a favor as the big music labels line up behind their savior once again.
Google’s annual I/O conference kicks off Tuesday, and with it comes rumors that the search giant will launch their cloud-based music service -- without the approval and support of the big music labels, or even a store to purchase tracks from.
A new report from Reuters claims that Apple’s cloud-based “music locker” service is ready to go, after rumors have run rampant about it for months -- but the company is still working to seal a deal with major record labels so they don’t wind up going it alone like Amazon has already done.