We're all over the map here this week, people. We've got games, we've got maps, we've got lists, we've got exercise. So many cool apps for saving the universe or trimming off them love handles so get clicking. One and two and three and go!
Life rises and life sinks, and that's the lesson of this week's round-up of apps that saw some price droppage. Yes, whether you are building a civilization, learning the basics of communication, or shuffling off this mortal coil, it seems there really is an app for that. Meanwhile, look good and have fun while you're living, eh?
Remember the days when pundits were clamoring on about how the iPad was just a fad and that it'd never have an edge over laptops and desktops? According to a report released this morning by research firm IDC, those days are over. By the end of the year, the study asserts, tablets will outpace laptops in sales volume, and--get this--by 2015, they'll even outpace desktops.
Sometimes you want all new Mac goodness, and sometimes you want a little upgrade or accessory action for that Mac. We've got you covered in both cases this week, along with the usual bevy of iOS accessories, one of which is especially useful if you drive a car from the 1990s.
It's one week to the big love day holiday and if you are stumped for a gift idea, we have a few. Sure, it's not chocolates that make you fat, or flowers that die, or lingerie that, well, that's always a winner in our book. But if you're telling us your love won't adore these sweet gifts and go mad for the discounts, well, then you're crazy.
Hohoho, appy holidays from Mac|Life to you. Here it is, the final slab of free and discounted apps available just for you, dear readers, before the Christmas holiday is well and truly upon us. We've got you on our Nice list, so we grabbed these apps for your stocking.
With so many stores participating and savings galore to be had, you can't take Black Friday lightly -- you have to go in with a battle plan. We have eight apps that will guide you through the trenches of the retail war zone and make sure that you get all your savings with minimal exposure to the overplayed holiday music pumping through the speakers at every stop you make.
Here at Mac|Life, we're normally not in the business of encouraging poor life choices that take place after midnight with our Free App Friday selections, but this time it's different. In fact it may be cause for celebration, as we doth declare Woot!
It's a week of pairs. For every app we found on sale this week there was a match out there somewhere. Whether it was a sequel or a competitor or a nice complement. So why not give these dynamic duos a try? Some are free, some are only a dollar, but they're all on sale, so get tapping.
China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.