May 28, 2014

News: Apple Buys Beats for $3b

As originally posted 20 days ago, Apple is, in fact, going to buy Beats Music and Beats Electronics, but for slightly less—$3 billion instead of $3.2 billion. The news was made official with a press release. The deal is expected to close later this year…

May 19, 2014

Review: Contrast Perfect Weather

Perfect WeatherLiving in central Indiana, we see crazy weather on a regular basis—a five day forecast can run the gamut of temperatures and conditions, feeling like you’ve experienced all four seasons. This had led to an obsession with finding the best weather app. Apple’s built-in weather app provides great information with a beautiful interface, but finding a good replacement is hard. Contrast hopes to fill this role with Perfect Weather, a $3 iPhone-only app that hopes to offer you everything you need…

May 15, 2014

News: Apple Releases OS X 10.9.3

Almost three months after Apple released 10.9.2, Apple released OS X 10.9.3. The update is available now via the Mac App Store/Software Update or as a standalone update or combo update

May 7, 2014

Link: Giving Up On the iPad ☍

Jared Sinclair:

The iPad can’t get better at these tasks without becoming either more like an iPhone or more like a Mac. For the iPad to become just as good as the iPhone, it would need to be smaller, equipped with a better camera, and sold with carrier subsidies and mobile data plans. But this would turn it into “just a big iPhone.” So this can’t be iPad’s future.

For the iPad to become just as good as the Mac, it would need to be larger, faster, equipped with expansion ports, and powered by software that supports legacy features like windowed applications and an exposed file system. But this would turn the iPad into a Macbook Pro with a touch screen and a detachable keyboard. This can’t be iPad’s future, either.

This analysis mirrors my own usage patterns—since getting a more powerful MacBook Pro about a year ago (about seven months after getting a more powerful iPhone), the combination of the two have become my go-to devices more often than my iPad. My iPhone 5 is capable enough to be my go-to device for just about everything, and anything else immediately falls on my Mac. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the iPad as a device, but it has become better suited as a secondary device for specific tasks.

May 5, 2014

Article: Apple v. Samsung 2: The Legend of Curly’s Patents

I find all the coverage of the latest Apple/Samsung patent trial fascinating, as it’s become a captivating excuse for every tech writer to play legal expert. Still, I think there’s more to it—I think we’re trying to find a way to determine who’s really winning and who’s really losing in this mobile competition, but we’re probably still using the wrong metrics…