Anyone that's ever had their email, Facebook or World of Warcraft account hacked knows that maintaining robust computer security is serious business. There are tons of applications out there to protect your online information, like 1Password, but significantly fewer solutions available to ensure the security of mobile platforms on an as-needed basis.
The data-mining sorts over at Patently Apple have uncovered a patent that suggests Cupertino may have a typically elegant solution for mobile hardware and software security on the way. The patent details what Apple calls an "exciter," and the possibilities for the technology are worthy of the name.
Hooray! AT&T's U-verse Mobile app is officially available for the iPhone. It's pretty convenient for AT&T U-verse subscribers--the app lets you program your home DVR, search your channel guide, and set your favorite shows--but most importantly, it's a nice way to download TV shows.
According to iPodNN, Apple has made some developer friendly changes to iAd, their iOS 4 integrated ad network, allowing for in-ad app downloads. Ads are similar to the layout of an app store page, and let you directly download the apps they advertise without switching pages. Supposedly, a pop-up box confirms the download.
If there were bigger news this week than the fallout and repercussions from the legalization of jailbreaking, we've yet to hear it. But news, as it always does, did happen, and the happy elves of Mac|Life were there to make sense of the pieces, just for you, Dear Reader.
One of the bonuses we've come to enjoy immensely on iTunes and at the iPhone App Store is the Genius feature. Genius play lists rock our parties and Genius recommendations have led us to switch to better apps than the ones we normally use for everyday tasks. So it was only a matter of time before the iPad App Store got a little of the same kind of love.
Thank goodness it's Friday, and we just got paaaaaaaaaaaid (actually, next weekend is moreso pay day, but at least we're preparing for it beforehand!). Bust out those iPhones, iPads, and whatever else to party on down for the weekend. But don't forget to stop by the bank and get some cash, and maybe take a moment to peruse your iOS device and see what is hip and happening in your town. Read on for more suggestions to enjoy the heck out of your weekend, and don't blow that paycheck all in one place!
This week, we'll focus on Apple's iPad, with some helpful tid bits on file syncing, buying a case, turning off the iPad's annoying keyboard click, and a navigational tip that is useful when browsing mile long pages of information on a single web page.
There are a number of Bike Computer apps in the App Store--Cycle Meter, Cycle Tracker, and Cycle Watch, just to name a few--and while they all do the job of tracking your speed, route, time, and miles, none of them are really all that accurate. Plus, it's just sort of a pain to pull your iPhone in and out of your pocket or bag to access its cycling functions. There are mounts, but these don't solve the accuracy problem. The solution? Enter: LiveRider.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) used to rule the mobile roost essentially unchallenged. Until the iPhone was introduced and began eating up its market share. The recent release of the BlackBerry Torch was designed as a counterstrike (its slide out keyboard no doubt an enticement to keep current BB users). However, two international stories threaten to put a damper on the company's comeback.
Whatever it might be that Apple has planned for Lala--the much-mourned music streaming property that the Cupertino-based behemoth acquired and woefully shut down back in May--they're playing it close to their chest.
While you wait for what we're all hoping will be the awesome power to stream our entire music iTunes music library from the cloud, let Mac|Life show you how anyone with a MobileMe account can start streaming their tunes for free right now. While you won't be able to listen to a playlist you've hashed together, the ability it groove to individual audio files streamed to your iOS device on the cheap is a great first step. Let's get started!