I recently had a breakthrough moment that made me realize how dramatically the technology world has improved since the introduction of the iPhone. I was sitting in a taxi in New York City when my mom called me with an urgent Mac problem that needed to be solved immediately. Now, talking someone through a solution over the phone can quickly become an exercise in frustration. But not this time around.
We trust you didn't blow off any fingers or -- even worse -- limbs this 4th of July weekend? Good. Neither did we. Our fingers were too busy flying over the keyboard, trying to keep up with everything happening in your Mac life. Hey, that's a catchy phrase, someone should use that.
Book reader programs for the iPhone have been around for quite a while now, and it's clear iBooks takes some of the better elements as inspiration. The creator of Delicious Library was actually a bit upset about how closely iBooks resembled his software's interface. But there might just be a giant waiting in the wings to upset Apple's cart -- Microsoft.
The Apple iPad was the first iOS-based product that would allow you to use an external keyboard. Apple offers two options for keyboard support: the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, both going for $69. The former connects to the iPad or any iPhone running iOS 4 using Bluetooth. This week, we'll take a look at some tips on how to get the most out of these keyboards.
YouTube received an update today that allows the mobile website to play video using HTML5 on iPhone and Android devices. The interface has received a design face-lift that lets users interact easily using a touch screen device. The new site lets you flag, share, rate, save, and comment on videos right from one page.
The Dualie is a portable hard drive and a docking station for your iPhone or iPod. It connects to your Mac via USB, enabling you to sync or otherwise manage either device while it’s in the dock. But it’s also powered via AC adapter, so you can recharge your phone or audio player even when your computer’s switched off.
PCs have always had a leg up in the corporate world because they were so much cheaper than Macs. Never mind that Macs could open PC formatted documents and write to PC formatted discs, never mind that Macs represented a safer, stabler platform. PCs ruled the day. But now another Apple product is making in-roads to big business.
Those of us with serious bouts of the travel bug tend to hit the road with a light load, which means leaving the phrase book at home and foregoing any possibility of real communication overseas. Fortunately, Trippo VoiceMagix is a language translation app that can help you overcome the language barrier without the extra weight in your carry-on.
Can you hear us now? Maybe if you held your phone in a different hand? Can you hear us now? What if you put a bumper on your phone? Can you hear us now? What if you switched carriers? Ha ha, we kid. But since you kept losing your bars when you tried to surf the net and hold your phones, here's some of the stories we didn't miss at Mac|Life.
It's hard to imagine life without our iPhones--let alone GPS, apps, an HD camera and a retina display. But before the RAZR, the BlackBerry and even the StarTAC, there was an unlikely phrase that gave rise to the notion that mobile radios will be able to make calls across countries and oceans: Over and out.