Of course the big news wasn't this week; that'd be ridiculous. No, the big news is next week at Apple's yearly musical event, held this year on Wednesday, September 1st at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Meanwhile, it wasn't all crickets around here at the Mac|Life, heck no. We even chased down a staffer in a remote controlled helicopter. Of course there's a video after the jump.
Remember Paul Allen? Well, he's about to try and make sure Apple amongst a whole slew of other tech heavy hitters don't soon forget him. On Friday, he sued Apple, Google and nine other companies claiming that they're making use of technology that came about ten years ago at his now-kaput Silicon Valley lab.
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!
Do you remember how exciting the notion of Google Voice on the iPhone was? No, not the consolation-prize web app version of Google Voice available to us now, but Google Voice on the hoof, one tap away from use on your Apple-branded device. Sadly, the dream of a native iPhone app for the service has never materialized, leaving Google Voice users without the on-device support or features that the excellent service warrants. How did it all go wrong? Google and Apple used to be so good together. We always thought they'd be the couple to make it out alive.
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.
In the months since its release, the iPad, in both its Wi-Fi and 3G flavors, has not only proven to be magical, but a powerful productivity tool, as well. However, exactly how magical or productive the tablet is for you is entirely dependant upon what software solutions you've chosen to roll with. You might be a Gmail user who prefers the options available to you via the platform's web interface over the meat-and-potato functionality of the iPad's Mail program, and now the new Gmail iPad interface will definitely keep you locked in.
Chrome, our second third favorite browser (hello, Safari!), just keeps getting better with each update. The newest beta adds some significant features we've all been waiting for, including Autofill, a slightly updated user interface, an enhanced Omnibox, options condensed into a single menu, and, best of all, synchronization.
You may know Ngmoco from such popular games as We Rule, Rolando, and Topple. Well, venture capitalists at Google Ventures have made an investment in the company. The deal is reported to be in the three to 5 million dollar range, putting the value of the company at nearly $100 million.
It looks like when they're not occupied with trying to tear the iPhone from the exclusivity of AT&T's Kung fu death grip, Google and Verizon have been cooking up some homestyle love for the public at large in the area of internet neutraility. In a statement made this morning on Google's Public Policy Blog, the two companies announced that their Wonder Twin powers had been activated for the sake of preserving the neutraility of the internet.
Last October, you may recall that the two companies held hands and released a joint statement of principles on the issue, declaring that the pair believed that it was "essential that the internet remains an unrestricted and open platform--where people can access any content (so long as it's legal), as well as the services and applications of their choice." Back then, both companies cross-posted five basic concepts they felt were imperative in being able to protect the openess of the internet, the broadstrokes of which are as follows after the cut.
Perhaps the most annoying thing about web-based email is the inability to check two different email accounts at the same time. Fortunately, Google has offered a solution and now enables users to sign in with multiple Gmail accounts.
All you have to do is visit the Google accounts page and add on a new account. Then, in the Gmail browser, the arrow next to the account you're currently in will enable you to switch back and forth between email addresses. Try it out for yourself!