This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
Tired of being left out of those exclusive clubs that all the cool kids get into? If you happen to live in the United States and have $1500 burning a hole in your pocket, that cash will now buy you a ticket to the Google Glass club, now that Mountain View has swung open its doors to any and all takers. Just keep in mind the product is still very much in beta, and could potentially cause way more trouble than it's worth when it comes to the privacy of those around you...
These days, it's not much of a surprise to see new tablets popping up out of nowhere from every manufacturer imaginable -- but not so much from the wireless carriers who sell some of them. But that's exactly what Verizon Wireless is doing this week, selling its own Android 4.2 tablet at an affordable price that puts its own 4G LTE network front and center. Because really, why should manufacturers have all the fun...?
Hard to believe that Google Search is only 15 years old, but the company has big plans for how it intends to spend the next decade and a half as search moves rapidly from the desktop to mobile devices.
Hard to believe it's June already, and in just one short week we'll all be savoring Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, the first such event Cupertino has held all year. And of course, the rumor mill is in full gear as the calendar races toward the event, so you can expect a lot of wild theories about stuff Apple may or may not introduce next week, but remember this: It's a developer event, so while we'll likely get a peek at iOS 7, expect any new product announcements to center around OS X. Just sayin'…
Mobile users have become accustomed to searching with only their voice, but those on the desktop are still stuck with the ol' keyboard and mouse -- that is, unless you're rocking Google Chrome, whose latest stable version now includes voice search.
iPhone users rarely have any need to envy their Android-toting friends, but the introduction of Google Now certainly gave them one reason to do so. With the feature finally available on iOS with the latest update to Google Search, does it actually live up to expectations? Google Now gathers weather, places, travel, and customized interests into neat stacks of virtual “cards.” Related entries are grouped to minimize clutter, but users can temporarily eliminate unwanted entries by swiping them off the screen, or permanently toggle off entire categories in Settings.
One of the most unique features introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last year was Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant. The feature has now landed on iOS as well, thanks to update to the Google Search app.
Just like you've gotta eat, iPhone and iPad users gotta use apps, but some people don’t venture too far past the packed-in options or maybe whatever’s at the top of the App Store charts. But maybe you’re settling for a plain old cake donut when you could have a mouth-watering strawberry and Nutella crepe — and a much better experience. We set out to replace your everyday apps, the workhorses you rely on. Sample from this buffet, and you won’t save any calories, but you will have an even better time using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.