We're back in the saddle after a three-day weekend, and as usual, our weekend recap is jam-packed with chewy goodness that stacked up over the last 72 hours or so. This edition has some nice discounts on iPad Air models for those in the midwest, a big update for the Polaroid of iOS and plenty more, so let's dig in!
Samsung continues to dominate the global smartphone market, but it may soon find itself with fewer customers if it keeps up stunts like the one European Galaxy Note 3 owners have to contend with. Instead of being SIM-locked, owners are discovering their phablets are locked out of being used outside of the region where they were purchased — a path we're hoping other hardware manufacturers choose not to follow.
Looks like Apple picked the right time to launch its iTunes Radio based on the streaming-music numbers (and to think how everyone said Cupertino should have done it sooner). A long-lost app returns to the App Store, the Activation Lock feature gets some serious testing, a sneaky bit of malware is making the rounds, and Google Maps makes it to the iPad at long last. That and more, just step right this way.
Hey, you know, you have that Mac and you use it every single day. You probably use it for work, or you probably use it for school. Or, maybe it's just the Mac that sits in the kitchen for the family to use. Either way, there are probably apps on it that you use constantly, and ones that are proverbially collecting dust. Well, we're not going to help you with that right now, but we can suggest five apps that will definitely see some use from you if you're a diehard Mac user. From organizing your Launchpad, to remembering passwords, read on and find out what they are!
A pair of Mac apps received updates over the weekend, adding high resolution updates for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and in the case of the latter, a whole big list of other changes as well.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
The death of Perian is bittersweet for Mac users. On one hand, the open-source Swiss Army knife of video codecs will be missed by millions of video junkies who relied on its seamless integration with QuickTime to play media files that were otherwise ignored. On the other, its demise seems to be due to a lack of necessity; as the iPad and iPhone have grown in popularity, so have their video formats--namely MPEG4 and H.264--pushing lesser-known codecs to the background.
It’s no accident that the folks at the Perian project chose the image of a Swiss Army knife for its versatile System Preferences pane -- when it comes to QuickTime video, the extension enabled all sorts of files to be played back, but its creators have announced one final version that marks the end of its development.
I need to play my videos using codecs not recognized by default on the iPad. Are there any more alternative video players for the iPad that will oblige? My friend uses an app called VLC Player on his iPad, but it’s no longer in the App Store.