In the years since the iPhone was introduced, the platform has grown by leaps and bounds, making it far easier and better to do the simple tasks we tend to do every day. In the process, iPhone gaming has become wildly popular, with all sorts of different styles making the transition from the web, consoles and PCs to the tiny phone that sits in our pockets or purses.
But for all the talk about how great the iPhone is for games, what are the limitations? What is good on the iPhone and what just plain sucks? I started thinking about it the other day, and you know, iPhone gaming sure is cool but it’s just not quite perfect for everything. Let’s hash this puppy out after the break.
Apple and Samsung have been working together for years, and many of the components in the iPhone are built by the huge electronics manufacturer. But as it turns out, even though they both work together, they’re also suing the pants off of each other, and now the battle has gone to the airwaves.
You’ve probably already seen the commercial, but just in case, here it is. It’s called TheNextBigThing, and you should probably go watch it real quick. Once you have, go ahead and meet back here after the jump and we’ll talk it out.
Although it came in a touch later than it was promised, iTunes Match is now ready to go. Now you can have all of your music — whether it was bought on iTunes or not — on any OS X/iOS device at any time. Kinda cool, right?
Yes, this is definitely a step in the right direction, but there are a few unanswered questions that I have about the service that make me a bit nervous. Let’s get into them after the break.
The iPhone’s camera has been getting better and better with time, and taking pictures with it is getting increasingly popular. I’m no professional photographer, but I really enjoy taking panoramic photos. The idea of capturing a very wide area inside of one picture fascinates me.
In this article, I’ll compare 3 very good and popular apps currently on the App Store that do exactly that: take panoramic pictures. I’ll be taking a look at 360 Panorama, Microsoft’s Photosynth and Dermandar. I want to look for the best of the three, considering 2 main aspects: the ease of use and the quality of the panoramas they take.
I am, unabashedly, a fan of magazines. Not only do I enjoy picking them up on a monthly and/or weekly basis, but I also like spending time flipping through the pages and pouring through my favorite articles. And in the interest of fair disclosure, I also write for several currently as well.
But magazines aren’t doing so hot as a whole, and people have been calling for the death of print media for years. They’re considered by many to be “old media,” and websites such as this one are their worthy successors. It wasn’t until the iPad came along that they had hope to transfer for the digital era, but even that wasn’t enough to really turn the tide.
With iOS 5, there’s new hope. It’s called Newsstand, and it’s completely changed the game.
Many years ago, back before I was a convert to the world of Macs, I wanted to find a way to sync the contacts on my various computers, that way I always had the right phone number on hand. To do that, I used a new online service, which didn’t really work the way I expected it to. I always found myself with doubles or missing contacts, which essentially defeated the purpose.
Today we have iCloud, which is supposed to be an improvement on the problems we had with MobileMe. But with those improvements comes a problem — relying on the system. And when it doesn’t work, then there’s a problem. A big one.
The big feature in the iPhone isn’t the better camera or the faster processor, it’s a piece of software called Siri, and it’s very popular. Just by hitting a button you can speak whatever you want into the phone and get your answers in just a few seconds. “What time is my next appointment?” “How do I get to mom’s house?” “Where can I get a piece of pizza?” It’s quite the amazing piece of software.
But with any type of new technology, there are a few hiccups in the road. Siri isn’t perfect at answering every question, but that’s not even the most important part. Frankly, you can kind of look like a douche using it.
So how do you avoid looking like a jerk while still using the service? And is it useful enough to use every day? We’ve lived with Siri for a few weeks now, and we’ve got some answers.
After waiting for months for the official announcement from Apple, we now have the iPhone 4S. And as of yesterday, it’s now available for purchase.
In my case, it took until after 4 PM yesterday to receive my preordered iPhone, and although I got it activated almost immediately (no small feat, from what I hear), it still took a little bit to get everything set up to my satisfaction.
So what’s it like to go hands-on with the new iPhone 4S? Here’s what I experienced.