Five months into his reign, Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins will be facing the toughest crowd of them all in Orlando next week: Disgruntled BlackBerry developers who are quickly losing faith in their platform.
Developers, start your engines: Apple has finally announced a date for its 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where we’ll presumably get a peek at iOS 6 and perhaps even a near-final version of OS X Mountain Lion.
Much to Apple’s chagrin, releasing beta versions of forthcoming iOS software for developers to work with also has the unwanted side effect of jailbreakers getting an advance peek at what’s to come -- which is how iOS 5.1 has already been jailbroken, less than 24 hours after its release.
Ready to feel really old? The video game that started it all -- Pong -- turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, Atari has kicked off the Pong Indie Developer Challenge. Submit your own original take on the classic game and you’ll not only see it published by Atari, you’ll get a cool $100,000 as well.
Let's say you have a beautiful garden with a well-manicured lawn, shimmering koi pond and brilliant bands of flowering plants. Now imagine some jerk shows up and starts dumping trash, ripping out flowers and pouring toxic waste into the water--it would take months to clean and would never look the same.
But if there was a way to contain the damage, say by building a small box around the perpetrator, cleanup would be a breeze and the rest of your garden would stay pristine.
Replace "jerk" with "malware" and "garden" with "Mac," and you've got the essence of sandboxing, a security measure that, in Apple's own words, "protects the system by limiting the kinds of things an application can do, such as accessing files on disk or resources over the network." So if, for example, your favorite music player suddenly decides it wants to randomly trash files on your system, the virtual sandbox will prevent it from doing that.
Why should Windows users have all the fun? That’s the question being asked on Thursday by the folks at GameHouse, who have just launched the first all-you-can-play casual game subscription service for both Mac and PC users.
Another day, another iOS developer in hot water for playing fast and loose with user data. This time it’s Path, a favorite of the MacLife.com team -- but fear not, the sky isn’t falling, as you’ll discover from reading onward. It’s otherwise been a moderately quiet day on the Apple home front, so we’ve collected a few related tidbits from competitors like Google Android and Research in Motion to keep you entertained for this Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
With much of the internet blacked out today in protest of the pending SOPA bill, you’re probably ready to read about something -- anything! -- else to wind down your mid-week “hump day.” Of course, we’re all waiting to see what Apple will serve up to the educational community tomorrow, but in the meantime they’re busy slapping Samsung with another patent lawsuit aimed at the Korean manufacturer’s smartphones -- so there’s no end in sight. In the meantime, here’s what else is making news for this wonderful Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
Christmas falls on Sunday this year, which means most of us have an extended work week and are now truly feeling the “hump day” blues like never before. The good news is, you still have time to take care of everyone on your gift list, but hurry -- time stands still for no one, after all. We’ve found one of the best ways to get through “hump day” is to kick back for a few minutes and catch up on the day’s news… which we just so happen to have right here for Wednesday, December 21, 2011.
Apple did it to us again, issuing both an iOS 5.0.1 beta and a new iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 with iTunes Match after the daily recap went live on Wednesday -- and seriously bumming out everyone who’s been waiting for that “late October” launch of the $24.99 per year service. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Amazon as they prepare to ship the Kindle Fire in two weeks. Here’s what’s making headlines across the internet for this Thursday, November 3, 2011.