Never let it be said that we at Mac|Life dislike iOS integration, but the latest news from CES in Las Vegas shows that some concepts are just getting weird. As The Verge reports, Belkin's latest "innovation" is to team up with Crock-Pot to introduce a slow cooker that work's with Belkin's home automation technology. It's said to mark only the beginning of a host of similar devices.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show may be heating up the Las Vegas desert this week, but a big chunk of the country is buried under subzero temperatures unfit for either men or mice. But that doesn't mean there aren't any shiny new gadgets or tech news to talk about... why, just keep reading on and get a heaping helping in our Tuesday recap!
One upon a time, just a few weeks ago to be precise, your only options for a quality, Made-for-iPhone gaming controller were the peripherals from Logitech and MOGA that clamped onto your device. But if you're used to gaming with a slightly more compact experience, today SteelSeries announced its Stratus controller for iOS 7, a wireless dual-stick controller that resembles the beloved gamepad for the Xbox.
This year might end up being the year of the iWatch, but that isn't stopping Pebble from improving its own line of smartwatches. Today the independent developer announced the release of the Pebble Steel, which sports a (fittingly) stainless steel body and a band that comes in either leather or (yes) steel. There's even an echo of Apple products in the device as it uses the same Gorilla Glass the Cupertino manufacturer uses for its own products.
"There's an app for that," as the old saying goes, and the American Birding Association isn't too happy with the situation. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the ornithological society has its feathers ruffled with the realization that unscrupulous birdwatchers have been using apps on iPhones and other smartphones to lure birds closer.
Looking for a great scanner for your documents? Don't bother with the clunky, heavy machines of yesteryear--instead, head over to the App Store and download Readdle's wonderful ScannerPro app. It's the free iOS app of the week (and of 2014), and it's a must-download if you if ever need to use a scanner to send off a few documents.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.
It's easy to write off 2013 as a year without any real design innovations. The first great smartwatch is going to have to wait till next year — sorry, Samsung and Pebble — and we didn't get a new Apple product that wasn't a riff on a previous one. And Google didn't make any headway with Glass.
But it wasn't a lost year by any stretch. We might not look back on 2013 as the watershed year that 2007 was, but even without a big bang, there were a number of advancements that made us look, touch and think just a little different.
Apple seeded the beta for OS X 10.9.2 beta to developers today, and the update included a big bit of news for users of Apple's FaceTime software. As of the next public release, Mac OS X users will likely be able to use FaceTime Audio, the voice-only version of FaceTime that was included with the launch of iOS 7. As things stand now, users of FaceTime on Mavericks have to use a version in which voice and video activate together.