If you've been following the latest Mac news, you already know that Apple is having a special event later this month. Most people believe that we will finally see the long-awaited Apple tablet--a multitouch device that's rumored to fall between the form factor of the iPod Touch and Apple's smallest MacBook laptops. Complete with touch-screen capabilities and rumored compatibility with iPhone apps, the new Apple tablet could be the mobile device a lot of people have been waiting for. Rick Broida wrote a post today saying iPhone OS 4.0 is imminent and it looks like he … Read more
Apple helps you manage your music and video files. Why not your home energy, too?
Apple has applied for two patents that would give people a way to lower their electricity bills by optimizing how power is supplied to various electronics, such as computers, peripherals, and iPods. The patents, which were filed in May of last year, were spotted and explained by Patently Apple on Thursday.
The two patent applications describe a hardware device that controls the amount of power supplied to different electronics. Data between devices would be shared over a building's existing wiring, using the HomePlug Powerline Alliance's … Read more
Google continues to smile on iPhone and Android users. On Thursday, the search giant rolled out some localization improvements for U.S. searchers.
Type a query into Google.com from either an Android device or the iPhone and Google will now spit out results based on your current or previously logged location. Search "muse" as Google did in its side-by-side screenshots above and you'll see the most-often-sought terms in your area.
Hence, it isn't exactly that Google has made its search suggestions any better at anticipating your intended query. More accurately, Google is relying on the … Read more
Admit it, you've often wondered what you'd look like if someone were to build you out of Lego blocks. Unless you're a celebrity (or a famous, inanimate object) chances are slim someone's gone through the expense and effort to do so. With a firm grasp on your inner desires, Lego has come up with an iPhone app called Lego Photo that re-creates the multicolor, brickscapes based on any photo you've taken, or have stored on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
All you have to do is pick a photo from your library, or snap one … Read more
What's that sound you hear you ask? It's a gazillion tween-age girls squealing with delight. Littlest Pet Shop, one of my 10-year-old daughter's favorite toys for the last several years, just got the iPhone-iPod Touch treatment (iTunes link).
For those unfamiliar with the toys, they are cute little plastic pets--dogs, cats, turtles, parrots, and the like.
As for the game, it's a decidedly "littler" version of the popular Littlest Pet Shop title for Nintendo DS and Wii. Players can collect three pets (not enough, so my daughter says), dress them with various accessories, engage … Read more
Here's a neat idea: an app that links your iPhone or iPod Touch to whatever Blu-ray movie you're watching and serves up extra content, a remote control, a soundtrack listing, and even Facebook integration so you can tell friends about the movie.
Pocket BLU is that app. It's free, it works, and it's pretty cool--but it suffers from two major limitations.
The first is that it works only with Blu-ray players that have Wi-Fi. I can understand the need for a network connection, but what's wrong with Ethernet? Save for PlayStation 3s, few modern players … Read more
Yahoo has finally offloaded its open-source enterprise e-mail division, Zimbra, to VMware.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the sales price is believed to be far less than the $350 million Yahoo paid for the company in September 2007. Kara Swisher at Boomtown reported that the sales price was "well below" the acquisition price, but didn't specify an amount.
Zimbra makes e-mail and office collaboration software, and some parts of its technology will continue to stay within Yahoo as part of Yahoo Mail and Calendar, Zimbra's Jim Morrisroe, vice president of sales, said in a blog post … Read more
Remember that hot, location-based app, Sherpa, that was launched with the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G back in the summer? Well, now Sprint and Verizon Wireless users can get in on the fun with a location app that's available for all Google Android carriers.
Geodelic gives users the ability to swipe various locations on their handset to find anything from mom-and-pop pizza parlors to high-class hotels. The app features a feature called "passive personalization," which adapts to the user's tastes. The more it is used, the better the app "knows" the user.
The company shows no … Read more
Digital-magazine publisher Zinio just released an eponymous app for the iPhone and iPod Touch (iTunes link), meaning you can now read electronic editions of Automobile, PC Magazine, Popular Science, and other pubs on the go.
Very interesting timing, no? It can't be a coincidence that the app arrives mere weeks before the iTablet, iSlate, iPad, or whatever Apple calls the product it's announcing later this month.
After all, many magazine publishers are looking to tablets as their savior, a way to keep their voice and content alive while eliminating the traditional costs of publishing. Look no further than this Sports Illustrated proof-of-concept video that made the rounds last month.
Zinio, for its part, has been around for years, but until now your only decent option for reading its e-content was a PC screen--not a comfortable or convenient experience. Indeed, I let my PC Magazine subscription lapse (the magazine went all-digital last year) simply because I didn't like reading it on my monitor.
The Zinio app does exactly what a magazine reader should: reproduces each page of the print edition (which you can zoom and scroll through, much like you would a PDF), but also provides an iPhone-friendly reading mode that reflows the text to fit the confines of the screen.… Read more
If there were a "What the heck!" category in the iTunes App Store, Pocket Heat (available for $1.99) would live there.
Pocket Heat turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a portable heater by maxing out your iPhone CPU's processing power. You can adjust the heat level by using an onscreen slider, which claims to alter the temperature and illuminates graphical "heating elements" on your display.