It's gotten to the point of almost corny when you hear the familiar phrase "there's an app for that." Whether used for GPS or as an e-reader, a camera or a video editor, it seems our smartphones are getting smarter every day. They save our lives, as a man trapped in Haitian rubble discovered earlier this year. And, they're becoming medical devices too.
It's no secret that Apple has been on the offensive about jailbreaking. Even after the act of jailbreaking a phone was declared legal, Apple still notes that jailbreaking your iPhone will void the warranty. This, however, isn't stopping China Unicom. The iPhone retailer is now offering one-stop jailbreaking--in the store!
Say, remember a while back when Steve Jobs mentioned that in addition to sorting out iPhone 4's death grip reception woes, they would also be seeing to the issue of the handset's proximity sensor causing calls to randomly end or mute? Yeah, that's still not fixed.
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
In the space of a few years, the iPhone has gone from being a smartphone non grata in corporate circles, to being a much sought after productivity device for suits around the world. You'll also find enterprise-level business tech users hunkered down in deep thought, searching their minds and the iTunes App Store for ways to justify the purchase of the latest piece of successful businessman accoutrement--the iPad--to their superiors. If you've spent anytime working in a corporate environment, you'll know that this is a definite change. Up until recently, the office was ruled by the PC and Blackberry--boring technology, sure, but also cheap and relatively secure, allowing a company's the bottom line to stay red while providing a reasonably stringent IT security.
How did Apple manage to sway the hearts of the world's enterprise giants? Simple: They left them the heck alone.
Craigslist is the premier site for people looking for a good deal. Unlike Amazon and eBay, its searches are refined to sellers in defined proximities--usually people who are looking for quick pick-ups. Craigslisters who check often enough are bound to find something awesome for cheap, which means that well-designed iPhone and iPad apps could be huge.
We set out to determine if an iOS app could top the Mobile Safari experience, and it was no surprise to find literally dozens of Craigslist apps for the iPhone and iPad. It’s as if developers realized that the infrastructure was already set up, and all they had to do was beautify the site. However, many of them missed that mark, and we ended up wading through a sea of glitchy, crippled versions of the popular site--or apps even less attractive than the infamously minimal website. Still, a few interesting options emerged, so let’s take a look at the best of the bunch.
GoodGuide, a website that reviews companies based on their impact on health, the environment and society, has had an iPhone application for a while that allowed you to search through the more than 65,000 products they have in their database. Recently, however, they updated the application to include a barcode scanner, making it even easier to search for the "good" in any product.
So you thought the iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad was a neat iOS accessory? Well, you're going to need someone to pick you up off the floor after you see the iPhone Pinball Magic accessory. The pinball table features flipper buttons, a ball-launching plunger, a credit / select button, an animated LED back panel display, and foldaway legs.
Welcome to yet another Game Time. This week we take on a few games that differentiate themselves from other titles in the App Store with elements like subtle gameplay mechanics and unique visual styles. Not all of the games featured scored a grand slam on their first try, but all are worth checking out.