Image by Netokracija
A report by Serbian news site Netokracija said that artist Dragan Radenović recently unveiled a rather unique-looking sculpture commemorating Steve Jobs. It supposedly beat more than 10,000 other entries in an Apple-sponsored art competition. [Editor’s note: The Register reports that Apple has no involvement whatsoever in such a competition or with Radenović’s work.]
This week's iPad-case roundup goes from leather to cloth, from premium plastic to space-age composites, all with the goal of keeping your tablet safe and looking its best wherever you go.Bear Motion
The Premium Folio (iPad mini; $30) protects your tablet from all sides using a combination of a polycarbonate back shell and a polyurethane screen cover.
The Macalope is nothing if not helpful (cough), so this week he’ll try to provide some very reasonable explanations. First, does The Boy Genius report simply have a typo? Next, is one pundit really just trying to cover up a secret identity? Finally, the horny one will help out in the game of making everything about Apple.Redefining “smart”
There is a place for contrarian investing. But is there a place for crazytown bananapants investing? Let’s find out.
Writing for the increasingly mis-named Boy Genius Report, Chris Ciaccia says “Apple has the size, Google has the momentum, but the smart money has been on BlackBerry in 2014” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).
Just as we did last month, Macworld staffers got together to chat about the best apps they’ve been using recently. Here are some that have recently captured our imaginations (and perhaps a spot on our homescreens), whether they’re tiny apps from budding developers or the top-grossing apps that everyone is using. Our hope is that, while you might recognize some of these apps, others you might never have encountered. All of them, we think, are worth a look.Chris Breen: Waterlogue
I’m old enough to have used really bad cameras back in the day, and so the charm of purposefully applying a filter to a good image to make it look like a poor one is lost on me. But I haven’t entirely given up on image-munging apps: I just prefer those that lend something truly beautiful to my images.
The latest edition of Gmail works about as well as you think it should, at last. Also, apps for paying bills, reading documents, and fighting World War II better than ever.Battle Supremacy
Let’s be honest: Hitler is always in need of defeat. Battle Supremacy, a $2 offering for iOS, lets users fight World War II at the helm of a battle tank. It features both single player and online multiplayer modes; victories unlock better tanks and cooler missions, all without spending additional money on “freemium” upgrades.
Summertime may not quite be here yet—at least for those of us in the northern reaches of North America—but there's already a case in this week's roundup that can't wait to accompany you to the beach or the pool. We also have some vintage nostalgia, something to help you exercise without worrying about what's happening to your electronics, and a case that will have you taking better pictures in a snap.
In this week’s column, I look at some interesting questions about getting apps for iOS devices that aren’t using iOS 7, about viewing album art in playlists on iTunes, and about keeping certain tracks from rearing their heads when you’re listening in shuffle mode. I also explain how to set up smart playlists to sort your music by the first letter of artists’ names.Obtaining older versions of apps
Q: I have an iPad 2 that I don't want to upgrade to iOS 7 because it would be too slow. My wife has an iPhone 4 that she is keeping on iOS 6 for the same reason. When we go to iTunes, it shows us apps that are incompatible with these devices. Is there any way I can get the older versions of apps if I need them?
Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake brought her latest project to iOS on Thursday: Findery, a social discovery platform that lets you learn about specific places on a map through notes and tidbits curated from other users.
See all those green dots? Those are notes that other Findery users have left.
Don’t worry about diving into the madness that is your RSS feed: We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the more prominent Apple stories making the rounds this Thursday.
Caltech and NYU economists call for Apple ebooks trial verdict to be overturned
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote may have ruled against Apple’s ebook machinations, but two economists from Caltech and NYU are arguing that the ruling was a mistake. The pair filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in support of Apple’s ebook practices, arguing that the company’s agreements promoted competition, rather than eliminating it. The court has no obligation to accept this brief, but if it does, the paper could potentially be helpful in Apple’s upcoming appeal.
Though Notification Center’s Do Not Disturb feature first made an appearance in Mountain Lion, it wasn’t until Mavericks that the feature really got its due. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of it.Transcript
This is senior editor Dan Moren. You’re probably familiar with Notification Center, the OS X feature that collects alerts and messages from a variety of apps and even Internet services. But Mavericks upgraded the capabilities of one feature: Do Not Disturb. Here are a couple of quick tips about getting the most out of it.
There are a few ways to enable Do Not Disturb. One of the quickest—and my favorite—is to hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click the Notification Center icon in the top right corner of your menu bar. This automatically activates Do Not Disturb until the following day, just in case you’re just feeling a bit harried and don’t want to be bothered. You can accomplish the same thing by activating Notification Center, scrolling down, and then clicking the Do Not Disturb slider.
Apple better watch out. Apple better not cry. Apple better not shout. Writing for Bloomberg, Mark Milian is telling us why.
“Apple Better Watch Out. Samsung Wastes Little Time” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).
Apple, as you know, has never faced competition before. Ever. It was born in the void between realities and there it has existed until Samsung.
The Macalope fondly remembers how in the lead-up to the introduction of the Zune …
Apple has again been denied a permanent U.S. sales ban on 23 Samsung Electronics products that infringe on Apple patents.
In December 2012, Apple appealed a decision of Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, not to grant the company a sales ban on infringing Samsung products. The request for the ban came after a jury found Samsung products infringed on Apple patents and awarded Apple about US$1 billion in damages.
Apple’s appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was partially successful, according to Koh in a document filed with the district court on Thursday. The appeals court recently ordered the district court to reconsider Apple’s request for a permanent injunction against Samsung’s infringement of three utility patents and the district court heard oral arguments on Jan. 30.
iHome’s $150 DL100 (which the company describes as a “Triple Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Two Lightning Docks and USB Charge/Play for iPad/iPhone and iPod”) is cooler in concept than in practice. It’s a fine clock, a fine charging station, and a decent speaker. But it’s a lackluster alarm clock, and alarm-clock features have always been what makes iHome’s products stand out from the crowd.
The DL100’s standout feature is the capability to charge three devices simultaneously. The top surface hosts two Lightning-connector docks—one for an iPhone or iPod, and the other, with a sturdy back support, for an iPad (full size or mini). On the back of the DL100 is a USB port for charging a third device. You can use the DL100’s speakers to listen to an iOS device connected to any of the three connectors.