Whether we're ready or not, iCloud is poised to take over our digital lives. With the last remnants of Mobile Me officially dead and buried, Apple is launching iCloud onto the main stage with Mountain Lion and, once iOS 6 comes out, bringing tighter integration between our Macs and iOS devices, and promising immediate access to files, websites, media and just about anything else we need, right when we need it.
But while it may seem all rosy on the surface, some people might be a bit leery about sinking their teeth into Apple's data buffet. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of the fledgling online service (besides that awful iCloud.com email address).
If you have ever listened to our podcasts, or if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've been a long time Android fangirl. I've always been in favor of the Google ecosystem--the openness, the flexibility, the company's primary-colored logo. Up until recently, I swore by it. At social gatherings with other techies, I'd loudly proclaim how difficult it was to navigate iOS, and how its static 16-icon screens weren't conducive to multitasking. I loved the Android's widgets, the physical back button, and the ability to hold down on an item to bring up more options. I also loved Google Maps and its totally gratis turn-by-turn navigation, as well as the Facebook and Twitter integration. The Android user interface also felt more intuitive--the fluidity between screens as you scrolled back and forth felt natural, as much as a phone could feel in the palm of your hand.
Citigroup's research department is whispering hearsay that Amazon's got its own ideas for a smartphone next year. The "KindlePhone," as it's referred to in the article from All Things D, is allegedly slated for launch in late 2012. It's a fantastic idea for technophiles who have already adopted the Kindle Fire and are eager to step further into the Amazon ecosystem. And it's an amazing opportunity for Amazon to beat Apple at its own game.
After waiting around for three days for my modest library of music (2,047 songs to be exact) to finally upload to Google's servers, I got a chance to really try out Google Music Beta and see if it's going to be something worth using. In theory, the concept is quite enticing: a cloud-based service that enables audiophiles to access their music virtually anywhere. However, its execution is a little messy. To be fair, it is still in beta, but there are some areas where Google Music could really use some improvement, and some that they do just fine.
We’d like to tear you away from the latest rumors and scuttlebutt surrounding the next iteration of the iPhone for just a moment in order to bring you an important public service announcement: Companies other than Apple are currently busy preparing their own next generation devices too. It’s a shocking, we know, but we swear it’s the truth. Take Nintendo, for example. Word has it that they’re in the middle of prototyping their next generation console gaming system. Given that a little over a year ago, Nintendo declared Apple “the enemy of the future”, will their next hardware offering be designed to take on Cupertino’s forays into the realm of gaming?
Ever found yourself on vacation, or a business trip, arrived at the hotel and then suddenly hunger pangs set in? One problem though. You haven't the foggiest about the local eateries, or where you could even find the nearest Golden Arches. Or maybe you're looking for a great shopping area. Whatever your travel scenario, sometimes advice from actual people can be the greatest resource, and a new app, Opinionaided, aims to provide just that.
CES is a fading memory, and Macworld Expo is right around the corner. So how do the two events stack up? CES is larger, both in terms of physical size, attendance (upwards of 170,000 people attended the show), and media coverage.
So what's a Macworld Expo to do? Even though Macworld Expo wins at its depth of Apple coverage -- which is huge -- the two events are running neck-and-neck in the "being overshadowed by looming Apple announcements" department, so if Macworld Expo wants to compete with -- and exceed -- CES, they're going to have to dig deep, and up their game.
There’s a rumour floating around on the internet that the next generation MacBook Pro--which is supposedly dropping in April--will not only feature Intel’s much-ballyhooed Light Peak interconnect technology, but will also see Apple’s portable workhorse follow in the footsteps of svelte Air-branded sibling by ditching its optical drive. As a result, many pundits and geek oracles have been asking the questioning whether or not this move by Apple heralds the death of the optical drive. My opinion? Absolutely not.
I've been a Verizon customer for ten years now, since before you could purchase a monthly texting plan and unlimited minutes. I was with the company when they switched from black-and-green cell phone displays to color ones, and when Motorola was still considered one of the top tier mobile handset manufacturers. I remember my first phone with a color display--the Motorola T720i--and marveling at the phone's texting and mobile web capabilities (back then, it only cost $5 a month to get on Mobile Web). But then, as the phones became more colorful, and might I add "smarter", Verizon introduced its own app store of sorts, called Get It Now.