Those of us who have been around the personal computer block for a while remember the pain and agony of having to download and install software updates — a practice that now looks positively quaint in the era of app stores and stealth updates. The folks at Opera announced this week that Opera 22 for Mac and Windows is jumping on the silent update bandwagon, along with fresh new theme-based looks. And hey, after you update to the latest version, surf back here to catch up on everything you missed yesterday...
Good old, Steve Jobs is back in the news this week with two stories. You want to know why Apple TV hasn't been kicking butt lately? No Steve is the answer there. But if you need your Steve fix, just take a jaunt down to the post office. Meanwhile, who's up for some games? And where's your place in the universe?
Assuming Apple doesn't introduce big changes to its software keyboard with iOS 8 this year, the folks at Fleksy may be our best hope for change now that they've opened the doors to all developers with an SDK.
Keyboard design isn't something that generally gets a whole lot of attention.
Back when they were our primary input devices, keyboards were mostly viewed as cumbersome necessities, plastic nuisances that extended ungracefully from the backs of our PCs, resting lifelessly on our desktops with little character or personality. Even on laptops, where the keyboard can make or break the design, they were often an afterthought: cheap, flimsy keys crammed into fixed spaces, with little attention paid to how they felt under your fingers or where the optimal position for the mouse might be.
It's not often iOS users have reason to be jealous of their Android-toting friends, but the ability to swap third-party keyboards would be one such example — and it's a problem developers are attempting to find creative ways to solve.
It's a hot week in the news if you're interested in the future of cellphones. Carriers are getting shut down on the lock-out while one of the nation's biggest providers thinks the same big bucks they've been raking in over the years isn't quite enough. Plus some holiday classics get the iOS treatment. That and more under the fold, so dig in.
If there's any one thing that causes iPhone users to be jealous of their Android-toting friends, it's the distinct lack of variety when it comes to software keyboards -- a challenge that one developer is ready to take on.
We're getting closer and closer to Apple's fall event, which means more rumors are cropping up, leaks are making headlines, claimed leaks are competing for news cycle oxygen, and jockeying for a little time on Apple's hobby TV box thingamajig is becoming more interesting. Did you miss any of that this week? Well, climb aboard, kids, because we're gonna do the news in ten.
If there's one advantage our Android brethren have over iOS users, it's customization. From widgets to launchers to custom ROMs, Galaxy and Nexus users have virtually unlimited control over their phones and tablets, and it's unlikely that Apple is going to change its philosophy anytime soon.
But developers are always pushing the boundaries of the iOS SDK to bring us new and better ways to use our iPhones and iPads. And one of them just so happens to be working to bring us one of Android's best features — just in time for the round of new fall goodies.