• Microsoft Releases Photosynth For iOS

    Microsoft’s Photosynth app for iOS is one of the few apps I will use on a regular basis. It’s essentially a photo-stitcher for iPhone that can create some pretty amazing panoramic photos. All you have to do is slowly move an iPhone, as directed on-screen, in a circular fashion around a scene you wish to capture. After briefly processing the series of photos, Photosynth will allow… Read More

  • What App Developers Want: Letters To Steve Jobs And Larry Page

    What App Developers Want: Letters To Steve Jobs And Larry Page

    The next smartphone wave is about to hit. There are rumors that Android 3.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will drop in May, and iOS 5 in June. Greg already posted a pretty compelling user’s wish list for the latter, but what developers want is at least as important—because, as the lukewarm-to-appalled recent PlayBook reviews show, it hardly matters how great your hardware is. Nowadays… Read More

  • John Carmack: iOS Still Better Than Android For Mobile Game Development

    John Carmack, the id Software co-founder who essentially created the modern first-person shooter genre from scratch, has once again said that the iOS platform is the best mobile platform out there when it comes to game development. He said as much last year at QuakeCon, but here we are one year later and iOS is still king. Sorry, Fandroids. Read More

  • The App Store Showing Strange Strings — A New iOS Product Or Just A Lazy Bug?

    Well this is interesting. Amid all the hoopla about the new iOS Twitter client Tweetbot tonight, people began noticing something. In The “Requirements” section of the App Store, there’s something odd listed. Alongside the usual iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad compatibility, apps are being listed as compatible with something named “ix.Mac.MarketingName”. Yep. Weird. Read More

  • Apple To Release White iPhone 4 "In The Next Few Weeks"?

    The white iPhone 4 is dead! No it’s not! Yes it is! No it’s not! Yes it is! STOP PLAYING WITH MY HEART, RUMOR MILL. Today, we head back to “No it’s not!” land, with Bloomberg claiming they’ve got “three people familiar with the plans” all saying the same thing: the white iPhone 4 is coming in the next few weeks (with one saying “by the end… Read More

  • DARPA Wants Full-Disk Encryption For Android, iOS Devices

    DARPA has put out a request for full-disk encryption for iOS and Android-based devices. The deal is that the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency wants to have greater choice when it comes to smartphone selection, having used the BlackBerry for years without complaint. That’s because it was only the BlackBerry that met the agency’s encryption requirements. Read More

  • Chart: Apple's Tablet OS Share Will Shrink To 47 Percent By 2015

    Chart: Apple's Tablet OS Share Will Shrink To 47 Percent By 2015

    How long can Apple hold onto its dominance of the tablet market with the iPad? There no question that the iPad is leaps and bounds ahead of all other tablets, including the latest Android tablets running Honeycomb, in terms of market share, apps, design and overall experience. With the recently released iPad 2, it is maintaining its lead. But how long can that last? After all, Android… Read More

  • iOS At Sea

    On March 29, 2011, CIO Australia published an interview with Andy Lark, Dell‘s global head of marketing for large enterprises. In the interview, Lark made a lot of “quotable” statements, among them: “An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you’ll be at $1500 or $1600; that’s double of what you’re paying,” he claimed. Read More

  • Untethered iOS 4.3.1 Jailbreak Is Here (But Not For iPads 2)

    Huzzah! iOS 4.3.1 (at least on the iPhone) is fully jailbroken and does not required tethered boots to maintain the magic. The process, which uses Redsn0w (Mac version/PC version) and a proper version of the firmware for your hardware, is unerringly simple and results in a fully jailbroken device. Read More

  • Amazon Cloud Player Doesn't Work On iOS — But It's Not A Flash Issue

    As you may have read by now, earlier tonight, Amazon dropped a bomb on their rivals in the online music space: a fully working cloud storage and playback system. And it’s not just working on desktop web browsers, it works on Android devices too. One important place it doesn’t work though: iPhones, iPads, iPod touches — no iOS devices. At first, you might think this is a… Read More

  • Legends Of The Fall, Apple Style

    Legends Of The Fall, Apple Style

    This past weekend, we broke the news that iOS 5, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, was likely being released in the fall. This would break the tradition of a summer release. And we also noted that instead of a separate event in the early spring, Apple was likely to use their WWDC event in June to talk about the new OS for the first time. Sure enough, today came word… Read More

  • iOS 5 Likely Pushed To The Fall After A Cloud Unveiling At WWDC

    iOS 5 Likely Pushed To The Fall After A Cloud Unveiling At WWDC

    Many people (including myself) were a bit disappointed that Apple didn’t devote any time during the iPad 2 unveiling to talking about iOS 5, the next major revamp of the software. But there may be a very good reason for that: it’s not coming anytime soon. In fact, the plan right now is to wait to launch iOS 5 until the fall, we’ve heard from two solid sources. If our sources… Read More

  • Serlet Transition Out Appears As Natural As OS X Transition Towards iOS

    Serlet Transition Out Appears As Natural As OS X Transition Towards iOS

    Back in October of last year, the day before it was formally unveiled, I wondered if OS X Lion would be the last of its kind. There were two main arguments: the big cat name choice and the colossal rise of iOS. With today’s news that OS X father Bertrand Serlet is leaving Apple after 14 years (and 22 years working with CEO Steve Jobs), the question has come roaring back to life. Apple… Read More

  • Push notification

    When technology and media intersect with the emotional underpinnings of our lives, the result is the kind of tsunami we’re experiencing with the iPad. It may seem petty to many to cheerlead a company and a technology so geared toward the pursuit of the next shiny object, the next Tweet, or whatever. But learning the language of this next generation of empowerment certainly is on our… Read More

  • SXSW By The Numbers: iOS, Foursquare And GroupMe Emerge Victorious

    SXSW Interactive is no longer about the panels or keynotes, having become a five day experiment in the ability of technology to withstand the load of over 20,000 influencers congregated in the same location, trying to network using various digital tools. It’s some sort of sped up playground for app and device Darwinism, where the rest of the world functioning as a control… Read More

  • Sirius XM Updates iOS App, Breaks Third-Party Access

    Sirius XM has updated its iOS app, but it doesn’t look to be all that great of an update. Normally I wouldn’t even notice this, seeing as though I primarily use Radium to listen to the one channel I listen to (The Virus for O&A and R&F), but this new update broke third-party access to the streams. Sigh. Anyhow, the app now stands at version 1.4, and the first thing you… Read More

  • Don't Take Our Word For It: Get iOS Game Scores From Metacritic

    Metacritic is well-known for providing a valuable meta-review service for games and media, but until just recently, iOS games were out of its purview, aggregationally speaking. No longer! They’ve got a whole section for iOS games, which really are getting big enough that they deserve their own britches. So when we recommend something like Worms 2, you can go check if I’m just… Read More

  • Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are "Blind" To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices

    Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are "Blind" To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices

    Apple mobile iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are used by 130 million people, but they present a huge blindspot to advertisers. All Apple mobile devices use the Safari browser, as do millions of Apple laptop and desktop computers. Safari blocks third-party cookies by default, which is good for privacy and good for consumers. But it is bad for advertisers who rely on browser… Read More

  • The Walled Garden Has Won

    The Walled Garden Has Won

    Ten days ago Google discovered that apparently innocuous Android apps were in fact infested with “DroidDream” malware that included an Android rootkit, with the apparent intent of creating a smartphone botnet. It infected more than a quarter of a million devices before Google intervened. The thriller writer in me immediately began to wonder what would happen if black hats built… Read More

  • Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately

    Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately

    As you’re aware, I tend to take Apple’s side on almost all matters iPhone versus Android. Having tried over a dozen Android devices ranging from the G1 to the Nexus S, I simply still prefer iOS. And it’s not really close. But there is one argument I absolutely cannot make on Apple’s side: the notification system. On Android devices, it’s good. On the iPhone… Read More