This week's tips take a look at putting Safari to work for you using that apps Autofill feature, using Genius as a smart way to get new app recommendations, customizing your app settings, and finally you'll learn how to shake your mistakes away or bring them back if you change your mind.
For everyone who cares about music, it’s the burning question -- when will iTunes finally move into the cloud? While we wait to see if that’ll ever happen, several competitors are diving into iTunes’ gaping void by providing services that let you both stream music and sync it to your iDevices. In fact, these subscription-based, on-demand music services are the latest evolution in digital music. And while they bring their own strengths and weaknesses, they’re still more alike than different. Each service lets you stream music to your Mac or iOS device, buy tracks, sync tracks to an iOS device for offline playback, and create playlists or enjoy custom radio stations. This means success comes down to execution. A streaming service demands a greater investment of time for users than a simple download store, so it better be a nice place to visit -- and have exactly what you want to hear.
This week, Amazon unveiled its new cloud-based storage solution, which gives everyone 5 GB of online storage for whatever you might need to store. The kicker to Amazon's largess? Any MP3s you have in your space can be streamed anywhere you are, and if you buy an MP3 album from Amazon, they up your storage to 20 GB. The kicker to the kicker? It's for the web and Android; there's no iOS app.
In light of this, we thought we'd take a look at some of the alternatives to this nice new cloud service.
Apple has long offered a way to bookmark our favourite websites to the home page of your iOS device, giving websites the same level of prominence afforded to native apps. This increased visibility now comes at a steep price, however: websites launched via home page links don't get to use Safari's new Nitro engine, which means they run two to three times slower than websites launched directly from within Safari.
Apple’s Safari browser may be fast and the preferred choice of many, but hackers continually show off just how vulnerable it is. This week, a French hacker pwned the brand-new Safari 5.0.4 in only five seconds -- taking home a $15,000 prize as well as a new MacBook Air.
When Apple blocked Google Voice from the App Store, the most hilarious reason they gave was that it replicated a core function of the iPhone. We laughed because there were literally dozens of WebKit based browsers in the App Store, duplicating the functionality of Safari. When Norway's Opera tried to get their browser in the App Store, Apple originally balked, then relinquished. And we celebrated. Well, get out those party hats again because it looks like an upgrade -- a big upgrade -- is coming our way.
If you're a fan of 8-bit graphics -- and who isn't? -- then you should swing by Neven Mrgan's cozy little home on the web and pick up his just-released Pixelfari, which is a version of Apple's Safari browser that renders everything on the internet in glorious "8-bit" stylings!