If you prefer a tactile sensation closer to leather than ice cold aluminum, Dodocase’s Bookback self-adhesive skins will allow you to coat the back of your iPhone or iPad in a Moleskine-like shell. The iPad version will cost you $20, while the iPhone version is just $9.
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We loved Sparrow for Mac when we reviewed it a couple of weeks ago for treating your inbox more like Twitter, describing it as “the equivalent of skipping stones, not piloting a submarine.”
Much as we loved it, though, that approach to email isn’t for everyone, especially power users. If you’d like to give Sparrow a try without paying, though, you now can: Sparrow Lite is now available on the Mac App Store, allowing you to use Sparrow to drive a single Gmail account for free, if you don’t mind an advert subsidizing the experience.
Give it a shot. You can download Sparrow Lite for free by clicking here, or searching for it on the Mac App Store.
Although buyers of new MacBook Pros should have it come preinstalled on their machines, if you want FaceTime on your existing Mac, it’s going to cost you some bread, or beans, or shekels, or whatever your preferred pecuniary vernacular.
It won’t cost you much, though. Coming out of public beta, FaceTime for Mac has just hit the Mac App Store for just $0.99.
Changes over the beta aren’t significant… but explicit mention is made that 720p video calling is supported. Considering the fact that today’s MacBook Pros ship with “FaceTime HD” cameras, it looks like Apple has finally embraced the full capabilities of their 1280×1024 FaceTime nee iSight webcams.
But at least the Dell Tax was enough to cover Photoshopping in one of their monitors!
This one’s for the sharps: an official pack of playing cards featuring OS 7 icons instead of faces and suits is now available on eBay. It’s a real Apple product, originally sold only to Apple employees from the Apple campus store.
Current bid is a respectable £51.00, although my guess is that before bidding ends, you’ll be out a bad Blackjack streak in Vegas’ worth of chips to acquire this lovely retro deck. I’m tempted to bid myself: this would be the perfect deck to add insult to injury to the inamorata in my ongoing, fifteen-game Cribbage winning streak.
- Via MacStories
For some fun adventures surfing the HTML5 web as through a vintage NES, download Pixelfari and give it a spin. Built upon Safari, it’s of questionable import or usefulness, but it isneat. Twitter and Facebook are especially fun.
Insane. According to Rovio’s Peter Besterbacka, gamers are now spending over two hundred million minutes every day playing their popular cross-platform title, Angry Birds, one of the most popular games on the iOS and Mac App Stores. Yeesh. Forget AAPL… it’s time to buy some Rovio stock.
Just so there’s no misunderstandings, Apple has posted a support document explaining the differences in making calls on the GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon) iPhones, as well as listing a few shortcuts available to Verizon customers for turning on things like call forwarding without opening the Settings.app. Good to know.
- Via TUAW
If you’ve ever heard a snatch of a catchy song on television or in a bar and wondered what it was enough to pull out your iPhone, you’re probably familiar with music-identifying services like Shazam which record a snippet of music and then try to identify the artist, album and title against the information in its database.
Ever wonder, though, how Shazam gets all of its data? Intriguingly, it doesn’t all just get pumped in from the labels. Instead, Shazam employs a constabulary of music detectives who not only track down on-the-rise tracks and artists, but also actively search out new tracks to index, implement and program into their data frames.
A fantastic piece explaining how one of iOS’s most casually impressive apps is driven by the invisible magic of human ingenuity.
Well, that didn’t take long: mere hours after Apple officially dropped their new App Store subscriptions service, the first magazine apps using the new billing system are hitting the App Store, courtesy of Popular Science and Elle Magazine.