If you happen to follow one or more iOS app developers on Twitter, you've probably noticed an uptick in posts about the challenges they face in surviving as independents. One of the most detailed comes from developer Jared Sinclair, who outlined the first year's worth of sales activity for his RSS app Unread, and it's a bit of a sobering view on how even quality titles can fail to produce sustainable income. But that's not the only news this morning; it looks like two members of the Mac family could be getting updates soon.
The new Mac Pros are here! The new Mac Pros are here! That is, for those who can afford them. We sauntered over to the Apple online store and configured ourselves a top-of-the-line six-core model and watched the price soar from $3,999 to nearly $10,000 in just a few clicks. Um, who do we talk to about a raise around here...?
It's Labor Day here in the United States, and that means the summer is pretty much over for most of us as kids head back to school and everyone starts looking ahead to the winter holiday season. It's also a relatively quiet day for tech news, but we managed to scrape up a few interesting stories from over the weekend so soak 'em up on this Monday, September 3, 2012.
Another day, another iOS developer in hot water for playing fast and loose with user data. This time it’s Path, a favorite of the MacLife.com team -- but fear not, the sky isn’t falling, as you’ll discover from reading onward. It’s otherwise been a moderately quiet day on the Apple home front, so we’ve collected a few related tidbits from competitors like Google Android and Research in Motion to keep you entertained for this Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
On Tuesday, Roxio took the wraps off the latest versions of its disc-burning media toolkits, Toast 11 Titanium and Toast 11 Pro. It’s been over two years since the company released Toast 10 after a stream of annual updates, but Toast 11 looks like it may be worth the wait.
For something that looks roughly the same wherever it’s played, video
sure comes in a lot of formats. Online videos, including YouTube’s, are
often Flash (FLV or F4V) files, while DVDs contain the Video_TS
structure, TiVo shows get wrapped in their own proprietary MPEG-2
format, your camcorder captures clips in AVCHD--and the list keeps
going. You shouldn’t need to know any of this to play and watch video,
which is where Popcorn steps in. Roxio’s software imports these and
other formats and compresses them for use on an AppleTV, iPhone, PS3,
YouTube, DVD, and more. While it occasionally stumbles, the app comes
in handy more often than it disappoints.