You'd be hard-pressed to find a simpler, more natural-feeling note-taking app for the iPad than INKredible. It feels like a stripped-down version of Paper; you don't get many of the sketching tools and instead receive a small selection of writing instruments that feel like the real thing. The app is free and provides a fountain pen, while three other instruments -- calligraphy pen, wet brush, and ballpoint pen -- are available as in-app purchases for 99 cents each. Developer Viet Tran has a more fully featured paid app, Notes Plus, and created INKredible to show off its vector-graphics … Read more
This isn't your run-of-the-mill retro photo filter app; Fragment superimposes complex geometric designs on your images and changes them with prism- and mirrorlike effects for truly unique results. In other words, it's perfect for artsier photo projects. If you're looking for a regular photo-editing app, you'll need to look elsewhere. But for something different from the normal fare, Fragment is in a league of its own.
Fragment your photos As … Read more
If you use Apple's iTunes for your media library on your Mac, then you might at some point need to transfer the library to a new or different system. While you can always use Apple's Migration Assistant utility to transfer files and accounts to other computers, you might find it easier to simply copy your iTunes library folder, if that is the only thing you need to transfer.
The transfer of the iTunes library is relatively easy to do manually, and involves two mains components: the transfer, and the assignment of the library to iTunes on the new … Read more
Google recently updated Chrome for iOS with the typical bug fixes and a couple of new features. One of the new features is the ability to cut back on the amount of data used by your iOS device.
The feature reroutes non-SSL or Incognito Web browsing through Google's servers to compress the pages, resulting in less data being transmitted to and from your iDevice.
In order to use the new feature, and hopefully cut down on data consumption by Chrome, you'll need to launch the current version of the app and navigate to the Settings page.
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Apple's new Mac Pro system comes in a radically different form factor, with a compact design reliant on Thunderbolt and USB for expansion, and in a package that is far smaller and lighter than the prior Mac Pro. While the new system is a powerhouse, priced between $3000 and $10,000, depending on the configuration, the system is a rather hefty investment.
For past Mac Pro systems, the chassis offered a number of ways to secure the system; however, the new Mac Pro is a smooth cylindrical design that offers no hoop or Kensington lock port for attaching a … Read more
The cold, hard walls between mobile native apps and HTML5 wobbled a bit on Tuesday morning, as Google announced that Chrome Apps will now work on the two most popular mobile platforms.
Chrome Apps are HTML5-based single-serving applications, more than just a mere Web site, that will work on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS without having to open your browser first. However, because they're based in Chrome and can't function without it, they've been criticized for "breaking" the Web.
Google opened up a developer preview of the Apache Cordova "toolchain" for wrapping Chrome … Read more
After a recent update, you may be surprised to find Google Chrome asking to translate Web pages for you. The feature was added in an update that also brought the ability to reduce your data usage when browsing the Web.
The translate feature was long overdue and a welcome addition to Google's mobile browser on iOS devices. The first time you wind up on a a Web page that's in a foreign language, Chrome will ask you if you'd like it to translate the page for you. If you approve the request, you'll then be asked … Read more
We might finally have a clearer idea of how Apple believes iOS should look in your car.
A video put together by noted developer Steven Troughton-Smith places an iPhone and in-car display side by side using what appears to be an iOS simulator that Troughton-Smith says is available in the "public, shipping version of iOS 7."… Read more
No, Nintendo classic Super Mario Bros. 3 is not coming to iOS. But some form of Mario just might land on your smartphone soon.
According to the Japanese business publication Nikkei, Nintendo is planning a foray into mobile, but not in the way many avid fans and Wii U detractors may be calling for. The company is reportedly planning free mini games for smartphones that will act as demos of full-priced console and 3DS games. The mini games will also come with the ability to purchase those full-priced games through one's smartphone, Nikkei reports.
This news happens to coincide … Read more
One of my personal favorite features of iMessage is that it supports GIFs, the animated images that often lend themselves to pranks, or entertaining responses.
But the problem with iOS and GIFs is the way you have to save them to your device. iOS is capable of saving the animated images, only iOS isn't capable of displaying them in the Camera Roll as animated images. Instead you'll only find a single frame of the GIF displayed as the entire image. Quickly figuring out which images are GIFs and which aren't can be frustrating (especially if you have … Read more