We love The Oatmeal's comics. Not only do we like his style of cartooning, but we also love that his comics are so right on about life. Take this blog post for instance, entitled "This is how I feel about buying apps."
We'll include the last comic panel for you just for effect, but head over to the site to see the blog/comic post in its entirety.
It's back to school time and you know what that means--sales across all department stores nationwide (might we suggest you consider a wardrobe update during this time?), and adorable kids crossing the street with over-sized backpacks, and plenty of gridlock in front of your school. Well, we're not too thrilled about that last part, but what's better than sending your kid off to school with a MacBook, iPhone and iPad loaded with useful apps?
GoodGuide, a website that reviews companies based on their impact on health, the environment and society, has had an iPhone application for a while that allowed you to search through the more than 65,000 products they have in their database. Recently, however, they updated the application to include a barcode scanner, making it even easier to search for the "good" in any product.
It's always been a bit of a pain to integrate our beloved Gmail and Google Calendar with our Apple devices. Syncing Google Calendar requires setting up an Exchange account--an extra hoop that makes Google syncing a lot less effortless than something like MobileMe. Thankfully, Google has given all of us loyal users a handy solution--Push notifications for their own mobile app!
There were light fingers this week; there was at least one snowy white iPhone 4 in the Great White North; there were apps galore; emails from Steve; more incredible impossible hard-to-credit stuff from Piper Jaffray, which seems to specialize in pixie dust and random guessing; and there was Google and Verizon, trying to make us hate them more than we hate AT&T. Oh yeah, there was also Mac|Life, where all of this makes sense.
Whether you’re just getting into iOS development, or you’re a seasoned pro coding away since 2008, sometimes you need a few resources to pull off a successful application. Otherwise, your apps could get lost in the dark corners of the App Store. To help you build the best app you can, we've gathered our ten favorite resources for iOS developers. These tools can help you throughout planning, developing, and managing your applications in the App Store.
For those of you about to rock, VEVO salutes you by making their music video streaming service available through a new free app now in the App Store.
If you're jonesing for music video content on the go, but don't feel up to navigating the horrific lip-synced fan tributes and poor quality transfers polluting YouTube to find the real deal, VEVO Mobile's got your back. Offering a hefty catalogue of 20,000 on demand music videos to draw your fix from, VEVO mobile not only allows you to take in the tunes one-by-one, but also enables you to create music video playlists to keep the party going. You can even share/inflict your musical tastes on your friends via Facebook or Twitter.
There are a few TV apps already out there, such as AT&T's U-Verse, but so far they've been optimized just for the iPhone. Well now, iPad owners will have an app for TV too, brought to you by Verizon. Today, the company revealed a series of video apps, including one that lets FiOS subscribers watch what they get on TV on their tablets. The app is slated for release early next year.
Unfortunately, there will be a few limitations. To make sure users are paying for what they get, subscribers can only watch linear programming on their iPad at home. The app will essentially be streaming content from your FiOS set top box to your iPad.
My husband surprised me with an iPad for my birthday, loaded with about 25 apps. However, those apps are now tied to his personal iTunes account on his MacBook, so when I go to sync the iPad with my own MacBook, my iTunes wants to override his apps with the apps that I had previously purchased for my iPhone. I don’t want to do this, so I haven’t synced my iPad yet. Ideally, I would like to merge his apps with my apps. Is there any way?
All good things must come to an end. It appears that Grooveshark was pulled from the App Store. We sent Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Josh Greenberg a note about it and he replied that the crew are now scrambling to figure out what's going on. No word yet on what really happened or why Grooveshark had their app pulled.
The Mac|Life staff members are big fans of the music streaming app and are sad to see them go from the App Store. But once we hear more, we'll keep you posted. Grooveshark has published an official blog post about what has happened to their iPhone app. The company stated the following, after the cut.