What’ll it be: Mac or PC? Consumers have their reasons for loving or hating both platforms. When expressed in online forums and the user comment sections of websites like Mac|Life or our sister site Maximum PC, these rational talking points act to chum the digital waters, attracting the most irritating of all predators: The Fanboy. With Macs users now capable of easily running Windows and OS X on the same computer, and Windows rig owners leveraging iTunes to keep their iPads and iPhones purring along, you’d think the hostilities would be settling down.
Unfortunately, there’s a new argument to be had, and it revolves around the issue of which company, Microsoft or Apple, provides a superior cloud computing experience: SkyDrive or iCloud. While we wear our pro-Apple leanings like a badge of honor, we wouldn’t be doing our readers a service by simply declaring iCloud the single greatest cloud computing and storage platform of all time. Instead, we present you with a blow-for-blow account of how the two of the web’s most prominent cloud computing platforms -- iCloud and SkyDrive -- stack up against one another.
Introduced alongside iOS 5, Cards allows users to produce and mail made-to-order letterpress greeting cards with nothing more than an iPhone or iPod touch. Sounds pretty slick right? Well, it would be – if it weren't so rough around the edges. Unfortunately, from start to finish, Cards feels only a little better than half-baked, and that's more than a shade shy of what we've come to expect from Apple.
Apple's newest iOS social tool, Find My Friends, really should be called Find My Friend's iPhone. Basically an inversion of Find My iPhone, the original cloud-based locator app, this latest option tracks the GPS of invited buddies and lets you know where they are – assuming, of course, that their trusty iOS devices are at hand.
Having a problem with your Apple gear can be a lonely road of Googling, trolling the Apple Support Forums, or paging through Mac|Life hoping we address your exact problem. But if you live relatively close to an Apple Store, you can make a Genius Bar appointment. Eye-rolling name aside, the Geniuses can get hands-on, diagnose what’s going on, and very often offer a fix on the spot. Our own Nic Vargus and Susie Ochs both have gotten great service at the Genius Bar, and so have these readers, who were kind enough to share their stories of how their day was (usually) saved—often at no charge. Thanks to everyone who wrote in!
You may recall awhile back that a huge $12 billion plan was put into place in Brazil for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to help meet iPad demand. According to government sources though, that deal may be "in doubt" because of faltering negotiations over tax breaks, as well as Brazil's lack of skilled labor.
This past April, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-funded, nonprofit group of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists dedicated to defending consumer digital rights, launched a campaign called “Who Has Your Back”. The campaign called for thirteen top technology companies to sign a petition agreeing to to stand with their users in court and be transparent in their practices with regard to data demands and government requests.
Today the EFF announced that two more of those companies, Apple and Dropbox, have stepped up and joined the Digital Due Process coalition, and for that they both get a new gold star.
During Senate Judiciary hearings today, former FTC official and new Google employee, Suzanne Michel, said that two-thirds of mobile search comes from Apple iOS devices. Considering the amount of Android units available to the public, that's a pretty remarkable figure.
A new report indicates that Google's brand value has risen 9 percent to hold the top spot with a value of over $48 billion. Apple, however has vaulted up 39 percent over the same period to grab the number two spot with a value of over $39 billion.
According to the report, this places Apple ahead of Microsoft, IBM, Wal-Mart, and General Electric for the first time -- ever.