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Getting Ready for Mountain Lion: Messages

For many new Mac owners, your move to Mountain Lion represents your first major upgrade. To help users prepare to make the jump, Erica and I wrote Getting Ready for Mountain Lion, an Amazon / iBooks eBook. It’s aimed at first-time upgraders and people looking for hints and tips about smoothing the transition. We’re sharing some of our tips on TUAW in a series of posts about the 10.8 upgrade. In this series, Erica Sadun and I have talked about many of the ways that you can prepare for the upcoming release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and about some of the new features that are to debut with the new OS. One of those features, Messages, has been available in beta form in Lion since February. Unfortunately, mention of the beta was quietly pulled from the Apple website in the last few weeks — but you can still download and install it via direct download . Messages is designed to let you send and receive instant messages without the need for a text message account from your cellular carrier. The idea is that you should be able to send and receive texts on any device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad or Mac. While Messages is available on iOS as iMessages, the feature won’t be built into OS X until next month. Messages replaces iChat on your Mac, adding the iMessage capability but keeping other IM accounts like AIM. During the beta, I’ve been quite happy with the app and use it daily to chat with my wife on her iPhone while she’s at work. If I leave the house with my iPhone, I can continue the chat on that device. Erica and I did some tests using Messages to send photos, videos, contact info and attachments between different devices, and it’s very handy for exactly that type of cross-device transfer. I love how you can see when a message has been delivered, and three dots tell you when someone’s in the process of replying. The Messages beta will probably cease to operate as soon as Mountain Lion ships in a few weeks, so be sure to upgrade to Mountain Lion as soon as you can if you’re hooked on Messages. OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 will be offered for sale in July 2012 for $19.99. Getting Ready for Mountain Lion: Messages originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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TUAW TV Live: Attack of the emulators on Retro Mac day

It’s time to sit back with a glass or mug of your favorite beverage and enjoy an hour of time travel, back to the days of the early 1990s when dinosaurs roamed the Earth in the guise of Macs running System 7 . Regretfully, I have to let you know that I will not be sitting behind the console of a state-of-the-art Quadra 950 — instead, I’ll be showing you all of the highlights of System 7.5.3 through the magic of emulation. If you decide that you’d like to try this at home, I’ll be providing some helpful URLs and tips during the show. It’s a lot of fun, and serves as a reminder of just how far technology has come over the past 20 years. Below, you’ll find a Ustream livestream viewer and a chat tool. The chat tool allows you to participate by asking questions or making comments. You can also choose to watch the show on Justin.tv if you wish, by visiting our portal at http://justin.tv/tuawtvlive . In either case, you’ll be watching the show in glorious HD! If you’re driving somewhere and would like to watch TUAW TV Live while you’re stuck in traffic, please don’t — keep your eyes on the road! However, if someone else is doing the driving, you can watch the show on your iPhone and join the chat by downloading the free Ustream App . It’s a universal app and is wonderful on an iPad, both for viewing and participating in the chat. We’ll start at about 5 PM ET, so if you’re seeing a prerecorded show, be sure to refresh your browser until you see the live stream. For those of you who are not able to join us for the live edition, you’ll be able to view it later this evening on our TUAW Video YouTube channel and as part of the TUAW TV Live podcast viewable in iTunes or on any of your Apple devices. TUAW TV Live: Attack of the emulators on Retro Mac day originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Epic’s most profitable game is Infinity Blade for iOS

And here’s why we’re going to continue seeing AAA games makers getting involved in Apple’s iOS platform: Epic Games reports that Infinity Blade , which has earned over $30 million in the past 18 months, is by far the company’s most profitable title, “in terms of man-years invested versus revenue.” Epic has some much bigger titles than the iOS (and Android) hack-and-slash game, including the uber popular console hit series Gears of War. But those games take much longer to produce, so in terms of time invested versus money gained, Infinity Blade is a much more profitable title. Now, that doesn’t mean that every AAA studio out there can immediately switch from making console hits to freemium iOS titles — not only is Infinity Blade a high quality game, but it benefits from Epic’s reputation and ownership of the Unreal Engine, as well as unprecedented promotional support from Apple. But it’s clear that there’s a huge market in iOS, especially for AAA game developers with the experience and knowhow to make great games. Epic’s most profitable game is Infinity Blade for iOS originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Facebook to launch "faster" iPhone app in July

Let’s face facts here: Facebook’s iOS app is terrible. Seriously — it’s slow, the navigation is practically nonsensical, and I’ve even left messages and “likes” on the app that have never showed up on the big blue social network itself. It’s probably the worst app I regularly use on my iPhone. The New York Times agrees, and they’ve gotten a few Facebook engineers to promise , off the record, that the next version of the app will be better. It’s being rebuilt in native Objective-C (the current app mostly uses HTML5), it’ll be faster, and it’ll actually work the way it’s supposed to work, letting you use Facebook as normal from your iPhone. Unfortunately, this update, coming next month, is just a behind-the-scenes revamp, so my issues with navigation are still going to be valid. But it’s good to hear that even Facebook (off the record, at least) admits it has a problem. For those of us who do use Mark Zuckerberg’s project, it’s good to hear that work is being done. Facebook to launch “faster” iPhone app in July originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Dark Meadow devs’ next title is Horn

Phosphor Games’ Dark Meadow made a big splash when it arrived on iOS last year, offering up a unique (and somewhat scary) experience on Apple’s platform, with some excellent graphics and storytelling for a mobile title. Now that studio is following up with a second game, called Horn , as profiled recently by IGN. The game looks intriguing — it’s a third-person fantasy action game, and while it looks a little bit like Infinity Blade (not a bad thing), the world is supposed to be a little more open, with lots of area to explore, and even some puzzles to solve as you move along. Phosphor’s already got a nice reputation rolling with Dark Meadow, and Horn looks like it will be good, too. Horn will presumably also be part of Zynga’s partners program, of which Phosphor was reported yesterday as a founding member. What that means is unclear just yet, but the program is designed to connect Zynga’s audience and other titles together, so it’s possible that Horn will be promoting Zynga’s titles or vice versa. We’ll have to see — Horn is due out sometime later on this year. Dark Meadow devs’ next title is Horn originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily iPhone App: Strikefleet Omega features drag-and-drop space strategy

Strikefleet Omega is a brand new title from the creators of Crimson: Steam Pirates that I’d describe as a sort of a Flight Control in reverse. Instead of guiding ships to a base by drawing a line, you’re instead dispatching them from a series of huge spaceships, sending out smaller drones to tackle and take down incoming invaders. Just like Flight Control, the gameplay can get increasingly crazy, but since everything is wave-based (kind of like a tower defense title), there’s a good amount of strategy to it as well, rather than just line-drawing around. Later in the game, you can get extra abilities and ship types that need to be managed as well, so the game ends up being a sort of real-time strategy lite, where you control groups of units rather than single units directly. It’s a very well-made title — the graphics look great, and even the story (of an alien invasion that forces an Earth fleet to find other resources) is well-portrayed through dialogue bubbles and sharp characters. There’s a big upgrade system too — it’s all freemium-based, which might turn some players off, but the game seems generous enough that there’s a good bit of gameplay to be found before you start bumping into paywalls. Strikefleet Omega is an excellent take on line-drawing and strategy, and it’s well worth the free download if you’re interested in either one of those things. The game’s a little casual, especially in the beginning, for players seeking a challenge, but if you stick around until the other systems are unlocked, you’ll find a deep yet accessible strategy action title. Daily iPhone App: Strikefleet Omega features drag-and-drop space strategy originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Hitch a car ride with SideCar for iPhone

I can remember as a kid how popular it was to hitchhike. People would stand on the side of the road, stick out their thumb to look for a ride. Nowadays, SideCar wants to replace your thumb with an iPhone, according to a CNET report . Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, the community-driven service lets you find someone who is willing to drive you to your location. The center of your transpiration hub is an iPhone app that lets you select both your location and your destination and offer a donation for the ride. Eligible drivers will see your route and agree to pick you up for the suggested price. To alleviate safety concerns, SideCar hand picks the drivers after checking their license, making sure they have insurance and conducting a background check. The service also interviews the drivers before they are hired. Passengers are also required to provide a credit card and their personal information before requesting a ride. A ratings systems for both passengers and drivers will help weed out problems as well. The service is now out of beta and available only in San Francisco. Expansion to other cities is expected soon. You can read more about SideCar on the company’s website and download the iOS app from the App Store. Hitch a car ride with SideCar for iPhone originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Court backs Apple’s request to halt sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple an injunction that’ll ban the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, according to Reuters . Koh previously denied Apple’s injunction request, but a federal appeals court asked her to reconsider her decision on the Samsung tablet. In a decision handed down late on Tuesday, Koh writes, Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products. While Samsung will certainly suffer lost sales from the issuance of an injunction, the hardship to Apple of having to compete directly with Samsung’s infringing products outweighs Samsung’s harm in light of the previous findings by the Court. The ban will go into effect when Apple posts a US$2.6 million bond. This money will be used to compensate Samsung for lost revenue if a later ruling finds that the injunction decision was wrong. Samsung is expected to appeal this ruling in a Washington D.C. federal appeals court. Court backs Apple’s request to halt sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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iPhone estimated to have generated $150 billion in revenue globally

Apple’s iPhone launched five years ago this week and to say it has been successful is an understatement. Based on a Strategy Analytics report cited by AppleInsider , Apple has shipped 250 million iPhones cumulatively worldwide and has generated US$150 billion in revenue from these shipments. “The iPhone portfolio has become a huge generator of cash and profit for Apple,” said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. He adds, “A quarter of a billion iPhones have been shipped cumulatively worldwide in the first five years since launch and Apple reaches its fifth birthday at the top of its game.” Apple now is one of the top smartphone manufacturers and among the top three mobile phone makers worldwide. Last quarter alone, the company shipped 35 million iPhones and this number may increase as Apple expands its business in Asia and other emerging markets. iPhone estimated to have generated $150 billion in revenue globally originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Apple posts FAQ regarding MacBook Pro Retina display

Apple has released a FAQ that covers the new Retina MacBook Pro . This list of questions adds to the information that is found on the notebook’s product page and focuses on issues that arise when you start using the machine. You can learn how to adjust the resolution of your Retina display and how to setup an external display. Current and prospective MacBook Pro with Retina Display owners can read the FAQ on Apple’s website. [Via Electronista ] Apple posts FAQ regarding MacBook Pro Retina display originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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