Color Splash Studio is a one-trick pony, there’s no doubt about it. But it performs that trick pretty well. The app takes your photos and lets you turn them into selective color photos. It does this well, but would become a real killer in its (narrow) field if it would become just a bit more intelligent and helpful.
Apple has just announced WWDC 2012, and tickets are on sale. This year, WWDC will take place from June 11th through the 15th in San Francisco, and will focus on iOS and OS X. A hardware update, such as a new iPhone, is not expected to be a keynote feature. What is expected? A detailed look at OS X Mountain Lion, and much more.
According to an Apple analyst, the next laptop update may combine all laptop product lines into one thin and powerful “MacBook” line. Rumors in the past have suggested Apple’s new MacBook Pros will be thinner and sport a more Air-like design, and while this is the first talk of any restructuring of the laptop lineup, it makes sense to have one line of thin notebooks instead of two lines of “Air” and “Pro” thin notebooks.
The iHome iD50 lets you wake up or fall asleep to music from your iPod, set two alarms with different times on different days, charge your iDevice, listen to AM/FM radio, and stream music wirelessly, and it can also be used as a speakerphone for your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone. It does everything very well, though it runs into the same usability issues any clock radio has.
CNet notes today that five more carriers are picking up the iPhone in the United States. They’re probably not carriers you’ve heard of, however, unless you live in specific regions. Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, GCI, and nTelos all have begun offering Apple’s latest phone on their smaller networks, and with the added benefit of a $50 discount.
On paper, Smart Alarm for iPhone and iPod touch sounds like a great app; an alarm clock that monitors your sleep cycles, allowing it to wake you up at your lightest stage of sleep. No more dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, no more feeling tired for the rest of the day! Unfortunately, the limitations of its being an iPhone app make Smart Alarm entirely impractical, and I’ll be going back to my dumb old Clock.app alarms.
In response to Department of Justice allegations accusing Apple of fixing the price of ebooks, Apple has requested a trial. Macmillan and Penguin publishing companies are supporting Apple in this move.
It’s come around again—the seemingly annual wave of articles on how iTunes is the worst product Apple currently ships. “Apple’s Vista,” and on and on. The current “firestorm” began with Jason Snell’s Macworld piece, in which he complains about what we all know: iTunes does so much nowadays that all of its features suffer. We all know iTunes needs some love. But what’s the best way to give it that TLC?
The EyeTV One is as simple as a product gets. It does one thing—converting an over-the-air DTV signal to USB—and it does that one thing very well. However, just that would be a boring review, and the questions surrounding this product aren’t so much about whether it works, but what it actually does, and where it would fit into a home entertainment setup. I can see the One fitting perfectly into my Mac mini-entertainment-center dream.
Twitter desktop clients: the field is overwhelmingly filled with Adobe AIR applications. These applications don’t usually look all too graceful, and worse (and far less subjective), have huge memory leaks. There are a few other apps that don’t rely on AIR; Twitterrific (my personal favorite) comes to mind. However, there are no Twitter apps on the Market that fit in with the Mac OS X look and feel, and more importantly run natively. Enter “Lounge.”
As I am writing this, the MacHeist 3 Bundle is about to be revealed. Last year, many were disappointed with the MacHeist bundle, as it had many apps that had been seen in the previous year, and no really spectacular app. This year, that was acknowledged, and a much better bundle has been promised. We’ll see…
One of the many reasons I’m not a Windows fan is the fact that applications can all look very different and behave in very different ways. On the Mac, most applications behave in much the same way when it comes to standard functions. Apps that don’t follow these rules are ones I don’t use. Well, that is, until I tried Twitterrific. When I first downloaded it, I felt it stuck out like a sore thumb; an odd, translucent black window in a sea of chrome. I resolved to stay with it for a couple of days, though, and fell in love with the application regardless of what it looked like.