There are some pretty good reasons to stick with mobile Safari: it's the iPhone default, so links automatically route to there from other apps, it's pretty speedy, and, even though the app is simple to use, Apple's crammed a ton of functionality into that little guy -- whether in iPhone or iPad flavors. But sometimes... well, sometimes Safari leaves us a little cold, leaves us wanting something a little more full featured, something we don't have to install a bunch of bookmarklets to make work.
Bet you never thought that this was going to happen: Intego has announced virus protection for your iOS device. The company will release the first malware scanner for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It'll scan email attachments and other files that can be downloaded to your device, as well as files at remote locations like MobileMe, Dropbox and even if your WebDav disks.
The VirusBarrier X6 scanning technology will detect viruses that plague both the Mac and Windows platforms, and it won't do so intrusively. Unlike many desktop virus suites, VirusBarrier iOS will only work "on-demand" -- so if you don't want it to scan something, it won't happen.
Video game publishing juggernaut Electronic Arts announced today that they will be acquiring independent video game developer PopCap games for a kingly sum. PopCap Games is best known for its casual and social gaming titles like Bejeweled Blitz, Plants vs. Zombies and Zuma.
Developers that have splintered off from the main team that worked on the classic PC/Mac game Bioshock from 2007 have announced that they've formed a new studio. They're also showing off their very first game that will eventually be making its way to mobile platforms including iOS.
As great as iOS is, it’s had one missing feature since the days of the original iPhone: lack of built-in to-do management. That will change with iOS 5’s upcoming Reminders app, but you can take charge of to-do’s today with BusyToDo, which brings familiar to-do management to your iDevice. How familiar? Picture iCal’s to-do features, then imagine most of them transplanted to a no-nonsense iOS app. That’s BusyToDo.
There are many ways to save and share on the iPad, but until now it wasn’t so easy to turn most anything into a PDF document with a tablet. That’s where PDF Converter comes in, the latest productivity app from Readdle that easily converts Microsoft Office, iWork, web pages and more into PDF files, right on your iPad.
There are iPad apps for theme parks, but we've focused on the iPhone and iPod touch ones because we can't think of anything we'd less want to lug around and leave behind while we ride roller coasters than our iPads. While it may be of interest to look at the maps of parks back at the hotel on your big iOS device, it's the pocket-sized ones that are really going to get the work out.
Hey you, Mac developer! Have you been toiling away in the dark, working on The Next Great Mac App Store App for the forthcoming OS X Lion? If so, it’s time to wrap up your work and submit it to Apple before it ships this month.
The video chatting sphere is really heating up online. In roughly the same week, Facebook announced their partnership with Skype and Google rolled out Hangout in their Google+. FaceTime for Mac hit the Mac App Store not too long ago and is set to get much bigger with Lion. Meanwhile, old hand Skype was bought by Microsoft just this year. Clearly, everyone's investing in video in a big way.
The App Store has been a runaway success for Apple. Even though the curated, online marketplace generates only 1% of the total revenue for Cupertino, when Apple announced last week that over 15 billion apps had been downloaded, it was kind of huge. The App Store is the hip, fully stocked bar that keeps iOS users coming back for another round. A new report shows we are not only sipping on apps, but starting to develop some addictive habits, too.
iOS users are downloading more apps than ever before, and paying more for those apps. The average price per app is rising, and the number of apps being served from the App Store smashed 15 billion last week.