"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.
'Tis the season for amazing sales. Yesterday we related that the Steam Holiday Sale had kicked off, thus providing deep discounts for some of the year's most popular games. But today the good news comes from App Santa, a promotion that nets discounts as deep as 60 percent from some of the most well-known developers for iOS. The good news is that there's no third party interface to worry about; you can get them straight through the iTunes store.
Can it be? Is the mobile gaming event many of us have long waited for on the verge of happening? According to Cult of Mac (via King 5 news), Nintendo is actively experimenting with at least dipping its feet into iOS. But will its beloved library of classic games follow? Right now, the prospects look grim.
Apple will be closing up shop on iTunes Connect for the holidays beginning this Saturday, December 21, effectively freezing apps in time for nearly a week as the elves who work in the iOS and Mac App Stores enjoy time off with their families. Developers are racing to push out updates to their existing apps before the shutdown, including a few featured in today's recap...
After what feels like forever, Apple is finally giving us the chance to send books as gifts from the iBookstoe. As Macworld notes, the book section is the one spot in the iTunes store where users couldn't send gifts to their loved ones, as the feature could be find in the neighboring sections for music, movies, and television programs.