Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:06PM - By Chris Weiss
Apple announced its upcoming Mac App Store in October and followed up today with the official launch date: Thursday, January 6. The new store, which extends the App Store to Mac OS X-equipped devices will launch in 90 countries. Like the iOS App Store, it will include both free and paid apps.
A lowly Apple PR writer wrote this generic quote and slapped Steve Jobs’ name on it: “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.” [via Apple]
Monday, December 6, 2010 5:56PM - By Chris Weiss
So after a little set-back, the Nexus S is here. And so is the next iteration of Android: Gingerbread.
Google and Samsung introduced the latest Android OS and the first piece of hardware that it will come standard on at a joint announcement today. The Nexus S features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware. According to Google, it’s also the “first smartphone to feature a 4-inch Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.”
Monday, November 22, 2010 5:56PM - By Chris Weiss
Apple has released its latest iOS update–4.2–bringing some new key features to iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. The new OS makes you more mobile than ever, cutting out wires and letting you do things like print documents and stream content without a single connection.
AirPrint lets you wirelessly print from your iPad or other iOS 4.2-equipped device. Of course, you’ll need a compatible printer to do so, which is currently limited to a rather small list of HP ePrint printers. Similarly, AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream photos, music and video content from your iOS 4.2 device to your Apple TV or AirPort Express.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 5:15PM - By Chris Weiss
After a long, arduous journey and a Web-based workaround, Google has officially gotten its Google Voice app onto the iPhone. If you’ve been following the saga of Google Voice for the iPhone, you’ll recall that last July, Apple gave an emphatic thumbs down to the app, stating that it was too similar to the iPhone’s own features. Of course, it looked more like Apple just didn’t want its biggest rival in its phones. The government stuck its nose in, but Apple still resisted the app for over a year.
Friday, November 5, 2010 6:30PM - By Chris Weiss
In another indication that Samsung’s event next week will indeed be the Nexus Two, a rumor out of IntoMobile today indicates that next Thursday the 11th will mark the launch of Google’s Android Ginbread (2.3) SDK. The Nexus Two will undoubtedly sport the latest iteration of Android, so the timing seems perfect for everyone.
Monday, October 25, 2010 4:47PM - By Chris Weiss
Adobe announced its new Air 2.5 today and building apps just got a little easier for developers. The new release will allow developers to use Adobe tools like Flash Builder and Flex toward creating apps that work across platforms including Android, iOS, Blackberry Tablet OS and desktop operating systems. The apps will be made available in a new store called InMarket, where developers will be able to easily sell different versions of their apps to consumers. Adobe 2.5 will run on televisions, smartphones, tablets and desktops. It will include support for accelerometer, Geo Location, camera, video and multitouch functions.
Adobe Air 2.5 will make its debut on such devices as Samsung SmartTVs and Acer, HTC, RIM and Motorola smartphones and tablets.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:37PM - By Chris Weiss
Silly me, I always thought that apps were just lightweight software programs (applications) designed to bring some computer-type functions to cell phones and light mobile devices. But, apparently they’re good for computers too. Or maybe Apple just wants to find one more way of cashing in on the app craze.
Whatever the case, Apple announced today that it will be launching a Mac App Store. The new outlet will look just like the iOS App Store, but will be built into the newly announced Mac OS X Lion for use on Mac computers. So now you’ll be able to get your fill of farts and tip calculations on your Mac–but you’ll still need to pull up Safari for porn.
Monday, September 20, 2010 4:14PM - By Chris Weiss
The iPhone just got the ability to transmit your smiling face via FaceTime, and it looks like Apple is pretty serious about it being able to read your face too. According to a variety of European news outlets, Apple purchased Polar Rose today for between $22 million and $30 million. The company is known for a stable of facial-recognition software. While the deal hasn’t been confirmed yet, it would indicate that Apple is making a serious attempt at integrating facial recognition into its devices.
Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:41PM - By Chris Weiss
I was pretty impressed with Google TV when it was introduced back in the spring. I don’t know how many times I’ve been watching TV and a show I was watching forced me to run upstairs and Google a trivial fact of some sort, so it would be nice to a have a built-in browser in my television. And the idea of being able to search shows and Internet content just sounds delightful. I’m so hopeful about Google TV, in fact, that I’ve been putting off shopping for a new set until I see the final product (and price).