It's always been a bit of a pain to integrate our beloved Gmail and Google Calendar with our Apple devices. Syncing Google Calendar requires setting up an Exchange account--an extra hoop that makes Google syncing a lot less effortless than something like MobileMe. Thankfully, Google has given all of us loyal users a handy solution--Push notifications for their own mobile app!
When I was a kid, we played videogames with plastic Atari controllers—mine had teeth marks on the joystick for some reason. But time marches on, and now we play with all kinds of futuristic implements: a plastic Fender Stratocaster, motion-sensing nunchucks...and a sophisticated dual-camera, Wi-Fi equipped, iPhone-controlled quadricopter.
Yes, really. Not only is the AR.Drone a mind-blowingly cool toy and efficient way of making nerdy new friends at the park, its support for augmented reality gaming could really help it take off (ooh! pun!) if developers jump on the open platform. At press time, no games were ready, except the built-in "Drone Wars" which requires two copters, one more than we had. But the potential for awesomeness is clear.
There were light fingers this week; there was at least one snowy white iPhone 4 in the Great White North; there were apps galore; emails from Steve; more incredible impossible hard-to-credit stuff from Piper Jaffray, which seems to specialize in pixie dust and random guessing; and there was Google and Verizon, trying to make us hate them more than we hate AT&T. Oh yeah, there was also Mac|Life, where all of this makes sense.
Whether you’re just getting into iOS development, or you’re a seasoned pro coding away since 2008, sometimes you need a few resources to pull off a successful application. Otherwise, your apps could get lost in the dark corners of the App Store. To help you build the best app you can, we've gathered our ten favorite resources for iOS developers. These tools can help you throughout planning, developing, and managing your applications in the App Store.
Last week we took a look at using and troubleshooting Facetime, a new feature included with the iPhone 4 that utilizes the front facing camera. This combination of hardware and software can be used for better or worse, but ultimately it can be a whole lot of fun.
This week's tips will focus on using FaceTime on a plane, in a car, on a bar, and from very far...away. Plus, we've got some bonus FaceTime tips included.
For those of you about to rock, VEVO salutes you by making their music video streaming service available through a new free app now in the App Store.
If you're jonesing for music video content on the go, but don't feel up to navigating the horrific lip-synced fan tributes and poor quality transfers polluting YouTube to find the real deal, VEVO Mobile's got your back. Offering a hefty catalogue of 20,000 on demand music videos to draw your fix from, VEVO mobile not only allows you to take in the tunes one-by-one, but also enables you to create music video playlists to keep the party going. You can even share/inflict your musical tastes on your friends via Facebook or Twitter.
Welcome to this week’s GameTime. This week we’ll take a look at spiritual successors, sequels and downright ripoffs. But the surprise here is that even the games with the most blatantly jacked play mechanics still shine on the iOS Devices.
All good things must come to an end. It appears that Grooveshark was pulled from the App Store. We sent Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Josh Greenberg a note about it and he replied that the crew are now scrambling to figure out what's going on. No word yet on what really happened or why Grooveshark had their app pulled.
The Mac|Life staff members are big fans of the music streaming app and are sad to see them go from the App Store. But once we hear more, we'll keep you posted. Grooveshark has published an official blog post about what has happened to their iPhone app. The company stated the following, after the cut.
We mentioned Grooveshark's web-based music streaming service in last week's Free App Friday, but today it's available in the official App Store as a streaming music app--one to add alongside the likes of Pandora and Last.FM.
The app was once denied by the App Store judges, so the company made it available in the Cydia app store to jailbroken iOS devices. Fortunately, the tables have turned and the Grooveshark app is now available as a free download.
The Jersey Shore is a complete anomaly. It’s a reality television show, but without any semblance of actual reality. Regardless, we still wish that we could tan like those guys--or at least fake it. Fortunately, there's an app for that.
With Jersey Shore Tan, you too can oversaturate your photos (and your skin!) to a wonderful orange glow. And if orange isn't enough for you, then fist bump up the tan a few more notches, until you’re a cool crispy brown and resemble the color of perfectly cooked bacon. Mmm, bacon.