You might not think much about the small applications you might download for your iOS devices that ask to "phone home" (i.e. send information from your device to some known or unknown source). But, new research done at Bucknell University by Eric Smith shows that sometimes applications would transmit data over the network in plain text, allowing network eavesdroppers to potentially steal critical information.
It's not quite here yet, but Google has dropped their announcement for what Google TV is going to look like. Before, there were just some sketches of ideas that were on the YouTube videos you could watch on the Google Blog, but now they've got a brand new webpage showing off their labors. And we have to say, it looks pretty sweet.
Pardon me for perpetuating stereotypes here, but I love shopping. Sometimes, I like to keep a browser window open with a pair of good looking designer shoes, or perhaps a page full of sale items, just so that I can dream about having enough disposable cash to blow through a whole rack at Bloomingdale's. But that's just a dream, and most of my shopping is done inside a grocery store, at a farmer's market, or at the drug store down the street from where I live. Fortunately, there are a ton of apps, both online and on a variety of mobile devices, that can aid in finding the best deals, so that I'm always getting more bang for my buck. That, my friends, is the true reward of shopping.
All Things D reports that the file size of Condé Nast's magazine apps are too huge! The problem has been ongoing since Wired's first issue took up almost a half a gigabyte of memory on our beloved device, and has spilled over into the magazine publisher's latest iPad digital magazine, The New Yorker. Each issue takes up 173 megabytes, and that's for a weekly edition.
Calling all students of engineering! And, anyone who just loves sharing the things they've created. AutoCAD WS has just hit the App Store, and it's totally free! The application enables you to view, edit, and share your DWG files from anywhere, and it allows you to view and work with AutoCAD drawings directly on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Dang, talk about mobility.
Welcome to this week’s Game Time, where we’ll take a good hard look at everything the Universe has to offer, and what it means to be truly sentient. We always keep it interesting with iOS GAAAAAMETIME.
Everyone believes that the iPad and all the copycat tablets that are sure to hit the market around the holiday season will save publishers. Newspapers seem to think so, magazines seem to think so, even book retailers think so, just like everyone else. Inevitably, the big names will hit the ground running with great apps, like The New Yorker. And today, they are off to the races.
Augmented reality. It's that future tech we've all been waiting for--point your phone at something in the real world, and gain all the cyber knowledge the interwebs can provide. Wondering what species of tree you're looking at? Just direct your iPhone camera to it, and Wikipedia fills you in with a textual overlay.
Of course with the neat comes the not so neat too, so we at Mac|Life have done you the service of sifting out the junk. We've gone through just about every augmented reality app we could find, and here are our four favorites. They may not be the first apps you think of when you think about augmented reality, but they're actually useful. In fact, we'd say they're the best. And, iPhone 4 users, they're all updated for viewing on that gorgeous Retina Display.
If you prefer to take your daily dose of out-and-about with a hearty helping of headphone-funneled music, you'll know that from time to time, some of the finer points of the great outdoors, such as blaring truck horns warning you of the possible end of your life, might escape your attention. As tired a phrase as it is, we have to say, there's an App for that.
It's called the Swiss Army Knife of video players, and not for nothing. VLC is your standard go-to software when you end up with some bizarre codec-locked movie file that just won't play in your standard players. With the news that Apple was relaxing its App Store regulations and letting in all kinds of video players, we prayed to see VLC show up. It did, and we grabbed it the moment we could.