If we told you there were patents galore in this week's news, would that surprise you? Well, what if we told you iLife everywhere, Facebook and the BBC on the iPad, and a new king of the smartphone manufacturing world? Well, there's that and there's more in this week's hottest Apple news. Just make sure you don't burn before reading.
Yes, it's true -- there are still people out there doing the AIM chatting thing or getting their Yahoo Chat on. We know, we know, it's hard for us to believe it too. But for those of us who have our benighted friends trapped in the late 90s, there is still hope. We can chat with them on our iOS devices and still manage to grab our Facebook friends and our Gmail folks. These may not be the one app to bind them but they come pretty close when you rock the multi-client instant messaging apps.
On Monday, we reported that TechCrunch had revealed the secret behind Facebook’s missing iPad app -- it was hidden within the existing iPhone app. As impatient users rushed to tweak the app to try it out, Facebook decided to be party poopers and close the doors. But as always, jailbreak users have all the fun.
It’s like a mystery right out of The Da Vinci Code: Where is Facebook’s iPad app? Despite the company’s continued denials, leaks insist that the company is developing one -- and as it turns out, it was right under our noses the whole time.
Unfortunately, video gaming has a stigma attached to it in the eyes of popular culture. They see us as lazy nerds who sit around gaming all day instead of serving humanity. Well, now there's good news! You can now do both. You can sit around gaming all day while simultaneously serving your fellow man! It's called Play2Change.
It's 2011 and there is a certain concession a lot of us have to make: social networking sites and platforms dominate a fair part of our computing existence. That being said, why not find a Mac OS X app that allows you to update multiple social networking sites at once. Notify all of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other microcosms of your present awesomeness, all with the touch of one button from one desktop application. Here are five Mac OS X apps that pull this feat off in fine style.
Google+ is slowly becoming the new go-to social network. So much so, that you might be feeling left out of the scene because you just have no idea what's going on or what to actually use Google+ for. We put together a helpful little primer to get you started on Google's new social network, to get you all "plus one" in no time!
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.
With the Google+ announcement and the rush to get on the newest social networking service, Facebook may soon look like a wild west scene with a tumbleweed blowing in the wind (i.e. like how Myspace looks now).
If you're looking to migrate from Facebook to Google+ or you just want to backup your Facebook photos, we found an online tool that can help you out and save you some time.
Holiday weeks tend to be slow just about everywhere, and news tends to creep a bit around this time. (If Apple had gone and released the iPhone 5 on the old summer schedule, we'd all still be talking about it, but we'll save that for autumn.) Which is not to say there weren't things that went over pretty big this week, as soon you'll see, since obviously you missed it.