We decided to go easy on the refurbs for a bit to let some of that stock move so we can see some new deals slip into place. But there really wasn't much in the way of Macs this week. No, the real action is in the accessory market. As the iPhone 5 rolls out across the globe, accessory makers are rushing to meet it and be THE case you want, while we suspect we're going to start to see 30-pin doodads begin to get the clearance sale treatment. With no further ado, let's go see those accessories!
Lili is one of those games you want to like, desperately. Offering a gorgeous, heavily-stylized world with adorable characters and a fantastically endearing protagonist, it's a shame what's under the hood doesn't match the glowing exterior. Lili is at once charming and boring; enchanting and frustrating. In essence, it's a great example of a well-developed narrative dragged down by flat gameplay.
We're not impatient people by nature, but when so many of our favorite apps have been updated to take advantage of the iPhone 5's big, beautiful screen, it's difficult to see several other headline options that still spotlight black borders. Luckily, initial holdouts like Instagram and Netflix made the leap in recent days, though we're still waiting on many others to finally spread out and utilize the full four-inch display. Which apps are we most eager to see take the plunge? Check out seven of the biggest apps that (as of press time) still need iPhone 5 optimization -- and stat!
Creating a satisfying fighting game experience on a touch device is tricky -- especially when you factor in the technical and mechanical prowess of a legendary genre entry like Street Fighter. Genre fans have had to make serious concessions to enjoy their favorite brawlers on a touch screen (virtual joysticks are quite the hurdle during complex combos), but the relatively simplistic approach of recent console franchise mash-up Street Fighter X Tekken translates well to a touch-based format. The result is a fun and easy-to-play fighter with satisfying mechanics, though nearly every other aspect of this high-profile iteration adopts a contradictory tone.
You can really shave time off tasks by using a keyboard-driven utility like LaunchBar ($35, www.obdev.at) or Quicksilver (see sidebar). Everything you can do in the Finder (copying, pasting, moving, QuickLook, launch apps, quit apps, search), you can do by calling up LaunchBar and pressing a few keys. Search the web, look up words, email a photo, run a script—the possibilities are endless. Here are three things to try first.
I have set both my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 to automatically open iTunes when connected to my MacBook Pro, in order to be synced. Neither of them opens iTunes, but they do open iPhoto. How do I get them to open iTunes as they should?
Well, that's embarrassing! As part of a sting operation conducted by ABC News, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in Orlando was tracked 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer who last handled it.
We love showing off all the great refurbed Macs out there because we think maybe people don't realize the incredible bargains on machines that are in tip-top form. A big knock in consumer circles is that Apple products are expensive, but they're killer products and here we've got some of them at killer prices. So if brand-new looks like it's several months more of ramen dinners away, look on the discount side of things. You won't be disappointed.
Not long ago, writers were entirely at the mercy of the picky publishers who stood between an author and his or her potential readership. But thanks to the rise of digital books and open publishing platforms like Apple’s iBookstore, anyone can get their stuff out there and have a shot at finding an audience. And with the added interactivity of the iBooks format, authors can raise their books to a new kind of next-generation reading experience. You’d think that producing such a book would require high-level programming skills, but no--Apple has taken its trademark approach to empowering the masses with easy creation tools to digital bookmaking with iBooks Author (Mac App Store, free).
Tons of app sales are starting and wow has your App Store app updates been as crazy as ours? We can't pick up our iPhones or iPads without seeing that famiiar red badge letting us know there are yet more updates pushed down the pike. Here are a few of the latest discounts we've seen to give you something to play with on your new handset when you get it.