There's a charming fiction that goes something like this: Apple hates jailbreakers and does everything it can to stifle them. The truth is a bit more complicated. For Apple, the jailbreak community is a great sounding board and a farm team from which to recruit talent. Take iOS 5's new Notification Center. It looks a lot like developer Peter Hajas' jailbreak app MobileNotifier -- and no wonder, Hajas now works for Apple.
And Apple isn't above stealing a couple other tricks from jailbreak-land. Take the prime real estate of the Lock Screen. It looks like Apple's given it an accessible notification overhaul too. Question is, can Apple's version compete with the jailbreakers'?
With all the crazy weather we’ve been having lately all across the country, you might want to think about upgrading from Apple’s pretty bare bones weather app to something with a little more umph to it. But where to start? The App Store is choked with weather apps, but the basics are pretty much a given. You want to know the temperature, what the weather will be like today, and a forecast into the near future.
Everyone knows in their heart they need to do a better job backing up their data. We need to make Time Machine a regular part of our lives, we need to hit Save a little more often, and we need to regularly sync our iPhones with iTunes to keep our data current. We know we need to do this stuff and we always mean to do it, but we don't. And then we wish we had.
Just recently after restoring our iPhone, we forgot to make a current backup and we lost some great shots of our dog playing basketball and some of our game prizes and badges. We can't get the prizes back, but what can we do about the pictures? Nothing as it turns out. Nothing, but be proactive and it just so happens there's more than one app for that.
There are any number of really good reasons why you would want to turn speech into text. Gotta dash off a quick message to someone but you're already late. You're in the car and need to reply to something but there's no good place to pull over. Etc. and on and on.
But what about the reverse? Are there just as many really good reasons why you'd want to turn text into speech? We mean other than having the voice of Darth Vader say rude things about your friend's mom? The answer turns out to be, yes, even if you don't have a disability and a real need for text-to-speech services (TTS).
No texting while driving. We don't know how often it has to be said. But with smartphones now we have to say no texting, no Twittering, no emailing, no updating your Facebook status. How about just no typing on your phone when you're supposed to be driving?
Maybe it's not about texting while driving, but sending a text when you're in a hurry, and don't have time to stop walking to tap tap tap out your message. Or email or whatever. Well, dictation apps work to take the typing out of typing.
Last week we peered deep into the world of video apps, seeing what food bloggers and a professional kitchen could put together. Today, we crank it up a notch and delve into the world of celebrity chef apps. Can these outsized personalities kick it iOS style and prepare us a five-course meal of digital goodness, or are they jumping on a bandwagon and rushing out a digital soufflé, only to see it flop? Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, that much we can say, so let's have a look.
First you learned to cook from old family recipes stored in memory, then from cookbooks, then while watching cooking shows. But who has a TV in their kitchen ready to go? With the rise of smartphones and tablets, the cookbook has entered the digital age and apps like Epicurious give you a thousand page cookbook in your pocket.
But surely there's more to an iPad then just recreating the printed cookbook experience digitally. Apps now seek to bring the helpful visuals of TV cooking shows with the step-by-step ease of printed recipes to your kitchen when you need it. So slap a gallon-sized Ziploc on your iPad and let's cook!
You'll pay hundreds, even thousands, of dollars for lessons with a golf pro, all to perfect your drive and shave a few strokes off your game. You'll head out to a driving range and plug bucket after bucket of balls, all in order to train yourself to repeat perfectly what your lessons taught you.
It's tax season, that time of year when so many of us make the financial equivalent of a New Year's resolution. You promise to spend your money wisely, keep every receipt, live within your budget, and save some money for a change. But this time you mean it. This time you're going to make that resolution stick.
Your first step? Paying your bills on time to avoid those pesky late fees. And your iOS devices are going to help you do just that.
Some writer's opinions here notwithstanding, Angry Birds is clearly a gaming phenomenon. While Plants v. Zombies, Peggle, and other app store hits may have their loyal fan base, the avian slingshot game has spawned toys, has been parodied as a Michael Bay film, is being used as inspiration by Ohio union members fighting for their jobs, and copied to death endlessly by app after app after app.
So if you've grown tired of the birds, if you've finished every level and await thirstily for an update, or if you're interested in twists on what is clearly destined to go down as a classic, come fly with us.