As fall trudges on, it can be expected that iPad rumors will start to pick up. We had mentioned last week about Apple possibly working on a smaller iPad, perhaps a la the new PlayBook. If a group of analysts from Goldman Sachs are to be believed (and their supply chain sources), we may actually just see a thinner iPad, but still maintaining the same 9.7" size.
Apple has really been racking up the patents lately, haven't they? Most of the time, they don't really amount to much, but the thrill of anticipation for Apple's next generation product is pretty much spearheaded by these black-and-white blueprints that make their rounds on the internet.
This is the generation that will never know life without an app store. These days, every tiny device imaginable has its own app store to tout; even the seemingly useless Peek email reading device has apps for social networking. Now, Microsoft allegedly wants to jump onto this bandwagon with their own app store of sorts.
The runaway success of the iPad has been truly something else. While the features have been certainly plentiful, one aspect has left users a bit tired. Literally. The iPad has received complaints of being too heavy at times for users to hold. Perhaps Apple has a remedy in the future with a wee bit smaller version?
Just when many thought print media was going the way of the dodo, Apple released the iPad and suddenly content is exploding from every direction in the universe. From magazines, to newspapers, to television networks, the iPad seems to be the go-to device for delivering content these days, but Apple may have a few tricks up its sleeves when it comes to newspaper subscriptions and the iPad.
News is currently spreading that Steve Jobs (or someone dressed just like him) was held at Japan’s Kansai International Airport in July on his trip back to the U.S. for having ninja throwing stars in his luggage. Unfortunately Steve's reality distortion field couldn't save him as he reportedly told authorities that it wouldn't make sense to hijack his own plane.
One of the great things about Google's Android OS is that with its open platform, hardware manufacturers can slap it on any device they darn well please. They can modify it to suit their needs and skin it to their heart's content.
But this is also one of the rotten things about Android. If pushed too far, the OS might still boast top-level functionality, but can often lose much of the stability and flexibility it had when Google let it out of the gate. If you cram Android into a device it's not meant for--a tablet computer, for example--plenty of important features, such as the ability to use third-party applications available in Android Market, will simply refuse to work.
Ahhh, you gotta love the French Mac news sites because they divulge rumors in such a lovely way. Hey, French is a beautiful language, non? Anyway, the rumors from Mac4Ever speculate that iLife '11 will be announced this summer, but that iDVD will not be a part of the package. Additionally, the site alleges that Apple is preparing to include FaceTime for both Mac and PC by making it a part of the iChat software.
We really expected a refreshed version of iLife to show up at last Wednesday’s media event, even though announcements were flying fast and furious as it was. If a new product listing on Amazon.com is to be believed, maybe we won’t have to wait much longer.
It appears the mystery as to why Facebook Connect was available, and then not available, has a little something to do with blocked API access. According to sources at All Things D, Facebook denied Apple's Ping access to the application programming interface that would allow users to search for their friends, which left them with only a few friends willing to respond to their emailed Ping requests. Normally, this kind of API access is open and doesn't require any kind of permission, but when it's being accessed numerous times at a very rapid rate (like, say, 160 million at a time), it's natural for Facebook to put a screeching halt to the requests and focus on protecting their users data.