Everyone believes that the iPad and all the copycat tablets that are sure to hit the market around the holiday season will save publishers. Newspapers seem to think so, magazines seem to think so, even book retailers think so, just like everyone else. Inevitably, the big names will hit the ground running with great apps, like The New Yorker. And today, they are off to the races.
Well, Autumn is officially here, gang, the beginning of the long indoor season if you live in a cold and rainy part of the country (hello, Seattle!). While the Mac|Life staff will be kicking back with 80 degree weather this week, some of the rest of you might be cuddled up indoors, listening to the rain, reading on your iPads, watching a movie or two, or at least fighting with some Angry Birds. Here's a full dose of our best of the week to help you make the most of your rainy days.
Our trusty TiVos can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes, something great will happen that we didn’t record, and we won’t catch the snappy references at the next day’s staff meeting. For instance, did you see Neil Young sing the “Double Rainbow” song? For missed moments like these, Hulu Plus serves up a massive roster of TV shows and a smattering of movies to quell our pop-culture needs. You’ll be able to quote lines from old favorites--“It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping”--and recent hits. But before you mumble, “I want to go to there,” be warned that Hulu Plus still might leave you out of the loop at that meeting. In spite of the great iPad and iPhone apps, it omits certain episodes and other crucial features.
Amazon just hit the Android digital shelves with an update to the app for that platform. Apart from adding voice search and Wikipedia, there was also a nice big fat number hidden in their release documents. 700,000 to be exact.
The runaway success of the iPad has been truly something else. While the features have been certainly plentiful, one aspect has left users a bit tired. Literally. The iPad has received complaints of being too heavy at times for users to hold. Perhaps Apple has a remedy in the future with a wee bit smaller version?
It's called the Swiss Army Knife of video players, and not for nothing. VLC is your standard go-to software when you end up with some bizarre codec-locked movie file that just won't play in your standard players. With the news that Apple was relaxing its App Store regulations and letting in all kinds of video players, we prayed to see VLC show up. It did, and we grabbed it the moment we could.
If you're looking for a feel-good story that provides a view into the advantages of paying for a MobileMe account, travel, intrigue kind-hearted airline employees and evil-doers, we'd suggest taking a trip over to CNN's website. They've posted a story that details the epic saga of a young family who, thanks to MobileMe's Find My iPhone service and the actions of a Southwest Airlines manager, were able to recover a forgotten iPad from the other side of the country.
Fuze Meeting is a new application for the iPad, created by Fuze Box, that lets you create and host meetings right from your device. While other conference/meeting tools like WebEx and Go to Meeting have existed on the iPad for a while now, many have lacked the ability to host a meeting on the device.
Now that the weather is turning rainy and colder, it'd be a really good time to catch up on some television, some films, and some gaming. Well, turns out you're in luck with Boxee in the on-deck circle, the all new Apple TV ready to drop, and possibly even Google TV setting up shop. Plus, iPads are expanding to new retail locations, Game Center is taking off big time, and we haven't even hit the holiday shopping season yet. So tuck in to some electronic goodness from your friends at Mac|Life.
If you've spent the last few weeks soaking your pillow to the core with tears shed over not being able to rent episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Smallville for 99 cents on Apple's recently revealed Apple TV refresh, we've got some news for you. Despite what you're feeling right now, Warner Brothers still loves you, just not enough to forgo the boatloads of cash they make off of iTunes episode sales.