We're not quite sure how it got all the way to version 8, but the new Windows Phone OS unveiled last week has certainly come a long way since its launch less than two years ago. Set to release at or around the same time as iOS 6 in autumn, Windows Phone is clearly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple's juggernaut, and it looks like we've got another Windows 95-Mac OS 8 knock-down, drag-out battle ahead.
Sure, they had a robot maid and a flying car, but that seemed like pure fantasy. The Jetsons’ ubiquitous video-calling, on the other hand, always fascinated me as a kid, even if Mr. Spacely was kind of a jerk. TelyHD brings that kind of futuristic Skype calling to your TV screen, no compute--or Napoleonic boss--required.
WWDC 2012 week is winding down, which means things should get back to normal next week ahead of the July release of OS X Mountain Lion. Then again, Google could pull a rabbit out of its hat at its own I/O developer conference coming at the end of the month, so we have that to look forward to as well. For now, let’s get a dose of tech news for this Thursday, June 14, 2012.
It’s never been easier to stay in touch with coworkers (and everyone else), and it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune, either. Skype has long been the world’s most popular online phone service. It’s still often the cheapest way to make international calls as it routes your connection over the internet so that it only appears on the remote phone network close enough to its destination to charge you local rates.
Now that every computer and device you own is equipped with a webcam, there's really no reason not to video chat with those loved ones that don't get to see you in person all that often. These five apps reflect the best of video chat services--we're sure one of them will suit your needs!
No longer the exclusive iPhone carrier, AT&T is frequently knocked as a poor carrier with lousy wireless service, but if you ask their CEO, it sounds a bit like the customers are the ones taking advantage of them.
Apple is finding out the hard way that with financial success comes increased scrutiny of their business practices, and onetime friend The New York Times seems to be pulling no punches in the wake of co-founder Steve Jobs’ death in their “iEconomy” series. The newspaper has moved from reporting on Chinese factories to how Apple uses the system to cut down its own tax bill -- but no matter which side of the debate you happen to agree with, it’s a fascinating read. Some details left out of the NYT report and more in the recap for Monday, April 30, 2012 ahead!
Still feeling that post-Apple event hangover? We feel your pain, but look at the bright side: In just over one week, you’ll have a shiny new iPad to play with, and if you happened to invest in a 4G LTE model running on Verizon, you’ll even get to use that cool Personal Hotspot feature! Didn’t hear the news about that yet? Sounds like you need to keep reading for these and other updates from around the tech world for this Thursday, March 8, 2012.
Hey, so forget what we said this morning about a news recap earlier in the day -- we’re happy to announce that, starting Thursday, we’ll be back to pushing out three full news items each weekday morning, plus the very news recap you’re reading each evening to catch up with the rest of the day’s events. All because you, the loyal MacLife.com reader, deserve it! So without further ado, let’s blast off into the rest of today’s news for Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
It was a week for updates, that's for sure. (Even the product above got updated, though this happened years ago over several iterations. Ahem.) This week saw people pushing out new versions of software everywhere we turned. We don't know what's in the pipelines, but we like it when our apps get great new tools and slick new features. It's pretty hot stuff, we don't mind telling you. And here's some of the other hot magic happening this week.