I love to be able to take my 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with me when I hit the road, but when I'm in the office, I prefer to have it connected to other devices like an external display, Time Machine backup, speakers, and other peripherals. Connecting all those cables produces a lot of sideways sprawl and cable ugliness. Infiniwing's LandingZone Dock for MacBook Pro cleans all that up and provides a secure place to keep it, besides.
If you're experiencing problems with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and you live close by to an Apple Store, by far the easiest and quickest way to get it taken care of is to visit your local Genius Bar. To avoid arriving only to find them booked solid all day, you should always schedule an appointment ahead of time. Not only does it guarantee you a spot, it also significantly cuts your wait time down. Not sure how to schedule one? Follow along and we'll walk you through the process!
Apple might be preparing to offer new fullscreen, video iAds that play automatically. Described as TV commercial-like "interstitials," the ads would interrupt whatever a user was doing in an app at the time.
Best Buy is having a sale on iPads, both Wi-Fi and cellular. Through Saturday, anyone looking to purchase a Wi-Fi-only iPad Air will get a discount, starting with $20 off the 16GB model, and with bigger discounts for higher storage capcities.
A Siri application programming interface (API) is reportedly still under development, potentially for iOS 8, as is a small screen version of the interface that could work on something the size of the rumored iWatch.
OnLive is the game service that lets Mac users play games that haven't been released for the Mac yet. The service works by streaming instances of the game remotely through OnLive's cloud service, making it playable on Macs, PCs and Android tablets.
Gmail for iOS has been updated to version 3.0, adding background refresh to make viewing your email faster. While Gmail already utilizes push notifications, users have previously needed to wait for the app to refresh and load new messages when opening it.
Game broadcasting service Twitch has announced an SDK that will allow developers of mobile games build in support for Twitch broadcasting. Twitch wants to bring as many of its broadcasting features to mobile as it can, including live streaming game video and audio, video capture with the front-facing camera, and audio capture using both the built-in as well as external microphones. Twitch hopes to have the same dominence over mobile game broadcasting that it currently enjoys with PC and console games, according to the press release:
Apple's CarPlay is the hot topic this week and it's taking the Geneva Motor Show by storm. We've seen closer looks at what Ferrari and Mercedes Benz are doing with it, but Volvo looks like it might have both of them beat. Apple's Greg Joswiak has been on the ground in Switzerland through the first couple of days of the show, and has helped Volvo to unveil CarPlay in one of its concept cars.