How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Until Apple jumps in with its hypothetical offering, the Google Nexus 7 may be the best small-sized tablet on the market. With a US$200 starting price tag, some Mac users may be tempted to pick one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

Android devices, though, don’t easily sync to a Mac like the iPad or the iPhone. To help new Android owners manage their device, Macworld has a short, informational video that steps you through the process of transferring items to and from your device. (Hint: you use the Android File transfer app.)

You can check out the video by Christopher Breen on Macworld’s website.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Until Apple jumps in with its hypothetical offering, the Google Nexus 7 may be the best small-sized tablet on the market. With a US$200 starting price tag, some Mac users may be tempted to pick one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

Android devices, though, don’t easily sync to a Mac like the iPad or the iPhone. To help new Android owners manage their device, Macworld has a short, informational video that steps you through the process of transferring items to and from your device. (Hint: you use the Android File transfer app.)

You can check out the video by Christopher Breen on Macworld’s website.

Continue reading How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Going to the London Olympics? Here are the transport apps you’ll need

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

The London 2012 Olympics officially start in just under two weeks. From July 27th until August 12th millions of combined spectators, journalists, and the world’s fittest athletes will descend upon the greatest city on the planet. During that time Transport for London estimates that there will be an extra four million visitors to the city. To put that in perspective, that’s adding over 50% to the capital’s normal population of 7.5 million. In addition, TFL estimates that up to one million extra people per day will be using London’s transport systems. What does that mean? Chaos, basically (and a huge pain for the people who live here).

But if you’re going to be one of the four million visitors there is some hope. You can stock up on London’s best transport apps that will help you navigate the city. Since I moved to London in 2007 I’ve tried virtually every London transportation app. In the list that follows, I’ve narrowed down the single best app from each category: tube, bus, car, bicycle, and boat.

Tube: Tube Map Pro

Going to the London Olympics Here are the transport apps you'll needHands down, Tube Map Pro by mxData Ltd is the best tube app out there. The app uses officially licensed maps from Transport for London that allows users to easily see an overview of the entire transport network and find out how to quickly get from one point to another. Besides maps and route planning, the app uses GPS to show you the closest station to you, features live departure boards, and lets you track the balance of your Oyster card (the Tube’s ticketing system) right in the app.

If you’re visiting London, Tube Map Pro is the single best app purchase you can make. Tube Map Pro is discounted to US$0.99 in honor of the games. The app is universal, so it works on both the iPhone and iPad. mxData also has a free, ad-supported version of the app called Tube Map.

Bus: London Bus Checker

Going to the London Olympics Here are the transport apps you'll needAfter the Tube, the mode of transport most visitors will be taking is the bus. London’s bus network is excellent, and many times it’s faster that the tube (when you take walking to stations into account). The best London bus app I’ve found is London Bus Checker by FatAttitude. The single best thing about this app is it lets you see, in real-time, when the next bus you need to catch is coming. If, for instance, your bus stop is around the corner you can check the app to see if the #55 is two minutes away and you need to run to make it, or if it’s 10 minutes away and you can mosey on over at your own pace.

Among the many other features, the app also offers stop alerts so you know when you’re approaching your stop and lets you see full route maps for London’s entire bus network. London Bus Checker is $2.99. It’s also a universal app, so it works on both the iPhone and iPad.

Car: Park-Up – London Parking

Going to the London Olympics Here are the transport apps you'll needLet me just say this right now: if you are planning to drive in the city during the London Olympics, you are crazy. Period. You’ll spend more time sitting in traffic then you will seeing all the sights London has to offer. That being said, I’m sure there will be some people who will still think that driving is the way to go. In that case, iOS’s Maps app is the best route planner for your transportation needs. However, just because Maps can get you there, it doesn’t mean you’ll actually find a place to park. That’s where Park-Up’s London Parking comes in.

The app tracks over 10,000 places to park in central London, from single street parking bays to entire car parks and parking garages. What’s really nice about the app is that you can view what kind of parking space it is before you get there. Tapping on any parking location will show you the hours and costs, and, if available, the number of spaces, height restrictions, and security arrangements. Park-Up London Parking is $4.99. It’s also a universal app, so it works on both the iPhone and iPad.

Boat: KPMG Thames Clippers

Going to the London Olympics Here are the transport apps you'll needA great way to get from one side of London to the other is by boat. The Thames is full of clipper ships that ferry people up and down the river. Many times, if you have to travel a long distance, this is actually the best way to go. Using KPMG Thames Clippers by Seligman Ventures, users can enter their start and destination piers and view the official timetables from Thames Clippers. Do note, however, that these time tables are not updated in real time.

KPMG Thames Clippers is a free app for iPhone.

Bicycle: Barclays Bikes

Going to the London Olympics Here are the transport apps you'll needCompared to cities in the US, London is extremely bike friendly (though it does have some catching up to do with its European neighbors). Chances are you won’t be bringing your bicycle to London, but that shouldn’t stop you from cycling around the city (which is probably the best, fastest, and funnest way to not only get around the capital, but to see it as well). Barclays Bank has a cycle hire program with the city. The program installed thousands of bicycles at spots around the capital that anyone can use. The first half-hour is free, and after that charges are relatively cheap.

If you are going to be hiring Barclays cycles, you’ll want to download the official Barclays Bikes app. The app shows you where the closest cycling docking terminal is, lets you calculate the cost of how much a bike hire will be (based on the time you plan to have it), and lets you plan your cycling route based on places, postcodes, or address. And the best thing about the app is it not only shows you how close the nearest cycling docking station is, but it also shows you how many bicycles are available at that station.

Barclays Bikes is a free app for iPhone.

Everything: Citymapper – London Transport

Going to the London Olympics Here are the transport apps you'll needAll of the above apps are excellent for their chosen mode of transportation. But what if you want to get from one place to another and choose your mode of transportation based on time or cost? That’s where Citymapper – London Transport by Citymapper Inc. comes in.

The developers call the app a “Super Router” and boy, are they right! Just enter your start and end locations and Citymapper shows you a list of all your transport options including walking, cycling, bus, tube, rail, and cab. For each option, they also show you how much the journey will cost (or for cycling and walking, calories burned) and also how long the trip will take.

Citymapper does note that the app is still in beta, but in my tests it works quite well. Citymapper – London Transport is a free app for iPhone.

Check out screenshots from each app below and drop me a line in the comments if there’s a London transport app you love that I didn’t list.

Gallery: The top London transport apps for the 2012 Olympics

Tube Map ProLondon Bus CheckerPark-Up - London parkingBarclays BikesKPMG Thames Clippers

Going to the London Olympics? Here are the transport apps you’ll need originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TUAW Origin Stories: FlipBook HD

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

I’m a bit of an animation fan, both finished works and the tools that make them. iOS devices can come close to the old methods of drawing, moving and capturing animation because they can simulate “touching” the objects and moving them around as your would on a light table.

FlipBook HD is as much like an old light table as possible with the addition of a handy timeline and digital drawing tools. I spoke to the creator, Josh Anon, about why he created FlipBook HD. Josh also wanted to point out FlipBook HD was developed by MartianCraft, after he had created the iPhone version. Either version provides a fun tool for discovering the basics of animation while creating some of your own.


TUAW Origin Stories: FlipBook HD originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Andreas Illiger announces Tiny Wings 2, coming next week

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Andreas Illiger, creator of the iPhone hit Tiny Wings, told us he had a new app coming very soon, and now we know exactly when: July 12. That’s when Tiny Wings 2 is set to arrive, according to this extremely adorable handmade trailer video, which you can watch below. There’s no information at all on new features or gameplay, but you can probably expect that it’ll be more of that cute little bird trying to jump from hill to valley to hill, and going for as long as possible.

Illiger had originally promised something completely new back in May, but a recent tweet says that he’s not working on a new game at all any more, so if he had something else planned, it might have been canceled. And it’s not completely clear yet whether Tiny Wings 2 is an update to the current game, or a brand new app from the popular (and rather shy) developer. Either way, we’ll know very soon. The update (or sequel) is expected out next week.


Andreas Illiger announces Tiny Wings 2, coming next week originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GameDock would turn your iPhone into a retro gaming station

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Gaming is obviously a big deal on iOS, but traditional gamers generally want something that the iPhone and the iPad don’t provide: Buttons. Gaming on a touchscreen works in many cases, but for some games and some genres, you need a d-pad and some buttons to press. We’ve already seen some popular third party solutions to that problem (including the uber popular iCade), and here comes another one, in the form of a Kickstarter project called the GameDock.

The GameDock is still seeking funding, which makes it still just an idea at this point. But it does have a few things going for it, including a nice-looking dock for any iOS devices you happen to have that will plug right into a television, throwing your games and apps right up on the screen. There are also two retro controller ports on the dock, and the controllers will smartly work along with the iCade protocol, so any games compatible with iCade will work on this.

I’m not ready to start singing this product’s praises just yet — let’s wait until they actually make their goal, and then make some devices for real. But it is a good idea, and if you’ve been seeking some solid buttons for your iOS games, it might be worth your backing money.

via The Verge

GameDock would turn your iPhone into a retro gaming station originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Get a head start on creating iOS 6 Passbook apps

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Some early adopters of the iOS 6 beta have complained that the vaunted Passbook app leaves a bit to be desired right now. Like any application that requires content, Passbook is nothing but a splash screen without passes that have been created by companies. Never fear — some developers have now come up with a way of creating your own test passes so you can give Passbook a try.

The guys over at iPhone Hacks have published a post talking about the PassSource website, a location where you can roll your own test passes. If you are running the current beta of iOS 6, point your browser to passsource.com where you’ll be greeted by a list of faux passes (my favorite is the boarding pass for Oceanic Airlines) that you can customize and then open in Passbook.

PassSource was created in order to get businesses to start thinking about how they’ll use the technology, without waiting for Apple’s Pass Kit APIs to ship. With iOS 6 expected in the Fall, we’re hoping that businesses jump on the bus and get their passes ready to replace the plethora of cards and tickets we now use.

via ZDNet

Get a head start on creating iOS 6 Passbook apps originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Talkcast tonight, 10pm ET / 7pm PT: Under the Surface

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, Microsoft, NDS, iPhone

Tonight on the Talkcast, we’re going to consider the tablet landscape for the rest of this year and 2013 in light of Microsoft’s jump into the pool. The software giant’s decision to compete with its own licensees with Surface is a big move — but does it have the smell of success or the reek of desperation?

We’ll tackle these questions, plus all the Apple news of the week, with our usual gang of opinionated folk. Special guests for tonight: NPD’s Ross Rubin and The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple!

To participate in the call, you can use the browser-only Talkshoe client, the embedded Facebook app, or download the classic TalkShoe Pro Java client; however, for +5 Interactivity, you should call in. For the web UI, just click the Talkshoe Web button on our profile page at 4 HI/7 PDT/10 pm EDT Sunday. To call in on regular phone or VoIP lines (Viva free weekend minutes!): dial (724) 444-7444 and enter our talkcast ID, 45077 — during the call, you can request to talk by keying in *8.

If you’ve got a headset or microphone handy on your Mac, you can connect via the free X-Lite or other SIP clients — basic instructions are here. Skype users with dial-out credit can call in via the service, or use those free iPhone minutes. Talk to you tonight!

Talkcast tonight, 10pm ET / 7pm PT: Under the Surface originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30/30 app asks you to pay what you want

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Well, this is clever! There’s a nifty app called 30/30 that allows you to pay 3 different prices for it. How? All are in-app purchases, but don’t really unlock anything. It’s not a donation, which isn’t allowed, because the developer isn’t a non-profit and you are paying them for the shareware. It’s just a clever way of using the App Store for an honor system.

The app itself is a timer app, used to set timers for activities. Similar to the minutes prescribed in the Pomodoro technique, except 30/30 allows a range of timing. The app is free to download, as the payment is up to you.

via The Guardian

30/30 app asks you to pay what you want originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pure releases AirPlay compatible Contour 200i Air

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

Consumer electronics firm Pure has just released the Contour 200i Air wireless digital music system. Not only does the Contour 200i Air act as a dock for your favorite iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, but it also provides AirPlay compatibility so that you can beam your favorite sounds from any iOS (and soon OS X) device on your network.

The US$249.00 Contour 200i Air delivers 36W of digital quality sound to any room; Pure notes that you can install multiple Contours throughout your house and stream music to all of them from your iOS device for a house- or office-wide sound solution. The Contour works not only with Wi-Fi, but also features an Ethernet port for a wired solution.

Pure provides a free “Pure Lounge” app to users of several of its devices, including the Contour 200i Air. The app gives owners access to over 16,000 internet radio stations and over 5,000 podcasts, as well as a library of ambient sounds for relaxation.

There’s no word on when the Contour 200i Air will ship, other than it is “coming soon.”

Pure releases AirPlay compatible Contour 200i Air originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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