Remember how it wasn't too long ago that you had to wait 7-10 business days for the iPad to just ship from Apple's web site? Now it seems though that the list of retailers you can buy an iPad from only continues to grow. The latest that you can add to the list? BestBuy.com.
While rock is full of high-profile guitar slingers, it’s a little harder to find standout keyboard players, much less one who can step up and play the dickens out of any musical genre—only venerable names like Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman come to mind. But in the last decade, one of the most prolific masters of the ivories to emerge on the scene is Jordan Rudess, a smoking keyboard player who’s also been deeply involved with all things Mac for years. He puts it more plainly: “I’ve been using a Mac since the beginning of time.” A man after our own heart!
Only two months ago, reports were flying about warehouse club chain Costco Wholesale feeling spurned by Apple after rival Sam’s Club got the iPad and Costco didn’t. Today, it appears the relationship is completely over.
Have you ever been somewhere and wondered if you could share your Internet connection from your Mac with your iPad, iPod touch, or data-less iPhone? It's easier than you think, thanks to a feature of Mac OS X. In this how-to, we'll show you just how it's done by creating a wireless ad-hoc network right from your AirPort-equipped Mac.
Let’s face it: we’re all waiting for Markus “Notch” Persson to bring an official version of “Minecraft” to the iOS platform. The second it goes on the App Store at a reasonable price, we’re downloading it and enjoying the heck out of the block-building, mineral harvesting, fortress building, enemy defending and slaying goodness that comes with it.
We also plan on playing until sleep and adequate social skills are but distant memories...but shh, don't tell anyone.
Still, there’s the downtime between now and the final release and not much that can be done about it, no matter how much you insist that you want the official version of Minecraft to arrive on the App Store. In the meantime, Ari Ronen’s “Eden – World Builder” will just have to be the methadone fix for the Minecraft heroin you’re craving.
Onlive has become both a nifty and cool thing and now it's sort of on the iPad. On Tuesday, OnLive released its Viewer app for the iPad. The app, which lives up to its name, allows you to watch live games occurring around the world as well as Brag Clips, trailers and allows for the creation and maintenance of friend lists for the Onlive gaming service.
You've got your iPad and you're ready for Facebook, but wait. There's no official iPad Facebook app. You can try the iPhone version, but it's a pixelated mess blown up to twice the size, and shrunk down to normal seems to miss the point of an iPad. Well, there's always the full version in mobile Safari, but due to the iPad's file structure, you can't upload that great photo your friend emailed you. The touch version of the site is all right, but it too lacks photo uploading and leaves something to be desired in its UI.
The answer, friends, is third-party apps. There are a variety out there, some only dedicated to uploading pictures or chatting, but there are two stand outs in the App Store that make Facebook on the iPad enjoyable.
Oh the weather outside is delightful right now. From where we sit, there is a light dusting of snow with the promise of much more later today and tonight. Forget what science says about solstices and equinoxes, winter is here when the snow comes to stay. And since many of you are going to be cuddled up by the fire, why not cuddle up with Mac|Life and the week in review. We'll bring the marshmallows.
Despite rumors of iOS app subscriptions soon knocking on our door, it would appear that Apple and publishers still have a long way to go. The sticking point? Publishers are wanting to be able to sell subscriptions all on their own, or be able to hang onto subscriber info. Apple has other thoughts in mind.
Apple's pulled the wool off yet another iPad commercial being touted, "iPad Is Amazing," and it highlights all the latest and greatest features of iOS 4.2, such as AirPrint, AirPlay, multitasking, and folders. If you haven't seen it yet, read on to see the ad for yourself!