When iOS 4.2 was released, I didn't update my iPhone right away. I waited until I was back from Thanksgiving vacation, where I could sync my iPhone on my home computer. Once I got home, like any responsible iPhone user, I backed up my iPhone first then hit the update button. From there it went through its usual process of downloading the update, some rebooting of the phone, and the rest of the updating procedure. Everything seemed to be running smoothly until the end. That's when I got an error (1013) and my iPhone went into recovery … Read more
I'm not a musician, nor am I a DJ. I do fantasize about it, though, hence my obsession with DJ Hero, and my amateur songcrafting in GarageBand. I'd never buy a full-fledged turntable, nor would I know what to do with it. However, I'm a big fan of what's been accomplished on Djay, a new turntable app for the iPad.
Algoriddim's Djay app isn't cheap--at $20, it's in the high end of the App Store economy--but what it does matches what you'd expect from a regular PC/Mac application. In fact, it'… Read more
BMC Software said today that it is acquiring GridApp Systems, a company that specializes in database provisioning, patching and administration.
According to BMC, it will use the GridApp acquisition to expand its lineup of automation and configuration tools. These systems will then be added to its enterprise application deployment and management portfolio.
The GridApp software is already integrated with BMC's BladeLogic Server Automation. GridApp automates database admin tasks. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Separately, BMC said that it will add change, problem, and configuration management to its ServiceDesk on Force.com software.
Google has produced more than a couple Android apps over the last two years with Listen, Scoreboard, and Sky Map among its most notable titles. Yet, there has been one app people have been clamoring for since the T-Mobile G1 debuted: Google Reader. Sure, we've always had a mobile optimized site available to use, but nothing beats a good native client. And earlier this week, Google finally released a Reader app.
Reader is not just a simple port of the Web experience since it adds some nifty features you don't get from the browser--take multiple account support, for … Read more
Samsung has hit an important milestone with the apps marketplace on its HDTVs.
According to the company, 1 million applications have been downloaded from its Samsung Apps since it launched in March. Samsung said that Hulu Plus, ESPN Next Level, CinemaNow, and Texas Holdem are among the "the most frequently downloaded applications" in its store. In addition, the company said that Samsung Apps now features 200 applications, including MLB.TV, Vudu, Netflix, and many others.
Currently, Samsung offers its marketplace on over half of its 2010 line of HDTVs. The company said that it expects TV vendors to … Read more
Google has won a major contract to provide Google Apps for an entire federal government agency.
Teaming up with Unisys and two other companies, Google will deploy Google Apps for Government to all 17,000 employees and contractors at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA handles business for the entire federal government by providing real estate and building management services along with buying assistance to other agencies, according to a Google blog post.
Awarding the $6.7 million contract to Google and its partners, the GSA becomes the first federal agency to migrate all its e-mail to the cloud, … Read more
Apple has removed an iPhone app considered anti-gay following a wave of protests sent through the online petition site Change.org.
Initially approved and available in the App Store in October, the Manhattan Declaration app was submitted by members of the Manhattan Declaration, a movement launched last year by a number of Christian leaders espousing their condemnation of both gay marriage and abortion rights.
In approving the app, Apple originally gave it a rating of 4+, meaning it had "no objectionable material."
Gizmodo and few other blogs have posted images of a rather cool-looking iPad pinball table accessory from Brookstone. Alas, for some reason Brookstone's site says the $80 accessory is no longer offered and no free Pinball Magic iPad app for the iPad is currently available in the Apple App Store.
We're not sure why the accessory has disappeared, but we did see it in the most recent Brookstone paper catalog. On the other hand, if you want New Potato's iPhone/iPod Touch pinball accessory (see video below), that's in stock for $30. While the free Pinball … Read more
Let's put this matter to rest right now: Any Facebook application that offers to reveal who is viewing your profile is a scam. Period.
Security research firm Sophos posted a memo about a rogue app that was spread on Facebook recently with messages like "OMG ... I can't believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile!"
The app is bogus. I've asked a Facebook representative about this before, and he told me that apps on the site do not have the ability to track who is viewing profiles.
In this particular … Read more
Google Chrome and Google Apps are a natural marriage, and Google Apps Shortcuts is the matchmaker. It's a free extension that adds Google Apps to the Chrome interface. If you haven't tried Google Apps, it's worth checking out. It gives quick access to the Google applications you use every day, such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Contacts. Chrome is already fast; Google Apps Shortcuts makes it a lot more versatile.
Google extensions install automatically when you open their download links in Chrome. We merely clicked to allow the browser to add Google Apps Shortcuts, and Chrome did … Read more