It's often said that we live in a "post-PC" world, but few reports verify the truth of that statement quite like analyst Benedict Evans' recent research. During the holiday quarter, according to Evans, Apple achieved higher sales numbers with combined sales of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch units, and Macs than were achieved by the global Windows PC industry. It also marks the first time Apple has outdone PCs in terms of hardware sales.
Now here's a fascinating turnaround. In an age when PC use in widely considered on the decline, Apple's share of the U.S. personal marketplace jumped from 9.9 percent to 13.7 percent, reports Gartner (via AppleInsider). That's more impressive than it probably sounds. After all, the just in the last holiday quarter alone, Apple's share of the market soared 28.5 percent in the U.S. over its standing at the same time last year.
There are more than 150 million iPads in use around the globe, but accessing Mac or Windows desktop applications from them can be an exercise in frustration. The folks behind Parallels Desktop have come up with an ingenious solution to this situation, but only for those who can afford the rather daunting per-computer subscription fee. Together with a Mac or Windows-based agent, Parallels Access “applifies” desktop applications to make them iPad-friendly, complete with audio.
According to Reuters, Japanese news organization Nikkei announced today that Microsoft would start releasing some of its Xbox and PC games to both iOS and Android later this year. The news comes on the announcement of a licensing agreement with Japanese software development company Klab, who'll be in charge of bringing the software to smartphones. Somewhat amusingly, Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating system wasn't included in the announcement.
For avid gamers who clock major hours in virtual worlds, getting the opportunity to see the nitty-gritty behind-the-scenes work that goes into making these intense interactive experiences is a rare treat. Pulling back the curtain on the inner workings of the game development world, veteran game journalist Geoff Keighley digs deep into the Tomb Raider franchise and unearths some fascinating stories in The Final Hours of Tomb Raider, a multimedia app for iPad.
Several attempts have been made to design a tiny keyboard for laptop-toting musicians. Generally, the results haven’t proven all that impressive: either the unit boasts too few keys, or the keys are too small for comfortable playing, or both. The iRig Keys aims to combat the former (and more musically compromising) complaint by shoehorning in three full octaves worth of keys, one more than the two-octave standard for this general form factor. As a result, of course, the unit ends up considerably larger than its most direct competitor; at about 20 inches long it’s small enough to fit in some backpacks and maybe large messenger bags, but only just.
According to Gabe Newell, Valve doesn't see gaming consoles as the biggest hurdle to the company's planned Steam Box. Instead, the legendary developer sees Apple's potential dominance of living room entertainment as the "threat."
Can you advise the steps that I should take in order to transfer my contacts from Outlook on Windows so that I can easily import them to my Mac? I will be retiring from my employer and turning in my PC, and my new MacBook Pro hasn’t arrived yet.
A wise man once sang that time keeps on slippin’ (slippin’, slippin’) into the future. But when you’re at work, it’s crucial to not let time, or expenses, slip through the cracks. OfficeTime is a robust time and expense tracker that scales from a single person to a small business. It’s great for tracking billable hours, creating invoices, and generating quick expense reports, and it syncs seamlessly between your Mac (or PC), iPhone, and iPad over the local network.
For those about to rock, Altec Lansing’s inAir 5000 is a glorious set of AirPlay speakers. Setup is easy. Download a free app for your iOS device, plug that in to the speaker, and walk through the couple of steps it takes to name the device and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. You can also configure it by connecting to a network it creates temporarily through a browser on your computer, or using WPS on supported routers. You can then send music wirelessly straight from an iOS device running iOS 4.2—which can only stream to one speaker at a time—or by streaming music to one or more speakers from iTunes on your Mac or PC.