Video game publishers! Hear our cry! Mac gamers are people too, and we don't deserve to be so ruthlessly ignored when it comes to video game releases. Our Macs are more than powerful enough to run these games, you've just got to gives us a chance. We know that you all like to explain the choice not to release on Mac by saying "there isn't a critical mass of Mac gamers," but that's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Think about itL why aren't there enough Mac gamers? Because Apple fans hate awesome video games? Or because you're not releasing your games there in the first place, starving the community to near non-existence.
Another year of BlizzCon has come and gone, but what does it mean for Mac users? Come along with us as we dig into the newest details for StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack. Plus, see some of the best cosplay costumes this side of Azeroth. For the Horde!
Each new iPhone has offered fresh and fantastical ways to improve your daily life, but the epic tag-team of the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 deliver the greatest set of tools and features to date. With the introduction of FaceTime video calls, multitasking, and the high resolution Retina display, the iPhone 4 has moved even further away from being just a powerful phone and web-surfing device. Now more than ever, the iPhone is a true lifestyle-enhancing accessory.
Between the built-in features and the hundreds of thousands of options in the App Store, not to mention a few key accessories, the iPhone 4 can be figuratively formed and changed to fit your daily needs, whether you’re planning your daily commute, knocking out items on your to-do list, or simply looking to try a new restaurant. With this wide-ranging versatility in mind, we’ve come up with 40 ways in which the iPhone 4 can improve--or help you break free from--your daily routine, whether you’re at home or work, or out enjoying the world around you.
Using our bright and shiny Apple gear to navigate the web, it’s easy to think the Internet is all LOL Cats and sunshine, and that everyone who interacts with our social-networking profiles and other online presences really is our friend. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Depending on what you share online, where you share it, and how you control it, people who may not have your best interests at heart can find out an awful lot about your life--and potentially use that information against you.
Apple just wants you to be happy. It wants your hardware to play nicely with your software, your apps to be malware free and your user experience to be as smooth as a baby’s butt.
This burning desire to deliver perfection endears Apple to its fan base. But some App Store developers say that Apple’s quest for quality cramps their creativity, and thus, has resulted in apps that aren’t living up to their full potential.
Back when I started working here in 2006, mentioning the word “Spotlight” in our offices would trigger a chorus of scoffs and guffaws. Editors who shall remain nameless complained its constant indexing was slowing down their machines and that the search functions themselves were too sluggish. Well, I’m just a friendly nerd who wanted to fit in, so I jumped on the “Spotlight, Boo!” bandwagon.
Since then, I’ve jumped back off, my feet planted firmly in “Hooray for Spotlight!” town. It helped that Apple keeps improving its performance with every iteration of Mac OS X, and it helped even more to discover that finding files is just one of Spotlight’s areas of expertise. Try some of these tricks, and Spotlight will become an essential tool for you too.
iTunes started out as a smart, simple music player, but over the years, it’s evolved into one of Apple’s most important applications. Although it’s still used for managing and playing your music collection, iTunes now also stores apps, films, TV shows, podcasts, ringtones, and books--maybe “iStuff” would be a better name?--and of course, it’s the sole Apple-approved method for syncing content with iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.
But that doesn’t mean you should take it at face value. Like many of Apple’s applications, iTunes is multilayered. Underneath its simple, straightforward hood, it’s surprisingly feature-rich, offering many powerful configuration options. And it’s time to make that power work for you with our guide to tapping into iTunes’ lesser-known but highly useful features. We also delve into the add-ons that expand the iTunes experience, including the very best third-party applications and highly useful scripts. So fire up iTunes 9.1 or later (it’s currently at 9.2), and get ready to rock!
Welcome to our weekly gaming column. Every Tuesday, we march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems.
This week, we've got Modern Conflict, Osmos, Tap Birds, Samurai: Way of the Warrior, and Crystal Defenders.
Some seriously cutting-edge tech is cresting the horizon, ready to take your Apple devices and other gear to the next level of awesome. We’ve searched out the breakthroughs on the verge of becoming reality to discover how Macs, iDevices, and other tech are about to become even more impressive.
It’s an uncharacteristically rainy spring day in San Francisco, and Rana Sobhany is at the Hotel Kabuki preparing to go on stage at the SF Music Tech Summit with her iPad. But this time, the iPad DJ isn’t on stage to rile up a Saturday night crowd looking to get their groove on. Instead, she’s demonstrating to a room full of music and tech geeks about the benefits--and limitations--of making music with the iPad.