Tag Archive: Friendly

Friendly indie dev wants to teach kids to think like a programmer

Daryl Hornsby is an affable guy. As the lead designer of the independent educational game, Machineers, he was on hand at the Game Developers Conference in March to give us a quick tour of the team’s puzzle adventure game that…

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Casper is the friendly mattress that arrives in a box

LAS VEGAS — Bryan Chaffin loves his Casper mattress. “I don’t even know where to start,” effused the Mac Observer executive vice president. “It’s the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever slept on. It was dead-easy to set up. It’s just…

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Killer instincts hide behind Apple’s friendly new face

Apple sure is looking friendlier these days. This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference was geekier, more welcoming and less locked-down than any in recent history. Apple also bid farewell to Katie Cotton — the much-feared queen of PR, whose frosty relations…

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Rdio Mac App Updated To Be Way More Friendly

Rdio, the Pepsi to Spotify’s Coke, just got an update to it’s Mac app today. For those of you following along on iOS, the changes will be familiar, complete with big and “beautiful” album art and a neat new “upcoming” view.

Maybe Pepsi isn’t the right choice of comparison. Rdio is like the cooler version of Spotify, with what seems to be a deeper catalog of indie oddities than the more mainstream  [Read More…]

Apple Makes Its Online Store More Friendly With Touch-Based Devices


Apple’s online store has never really been suited to mobile devices. Sure, there’s the Apple Store app for the iPhone, but navigating to the actual website on iOS isn’t the best experience. On the iPhone, the desktop site is squeezed into a narrow, 4-inch display. You have to zoom in to actually interact with and read any part of the site.

Some recent changes help to improve navigating the Apple online store  [Read More…]

LaCie’s Slick d2 External Hard Drive Is Now Thunderbolt And USB 3.0 Friendly

LaCie, the fantastic data storage company that was recently acquired by Seagate, has updated its d2 external hard drive with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. It comes in a sleek, minimal, fan-free, aluminum shell that looks great next to any Mac.

With speeds of up to 180MB/s, the only real downside to this drive is that it’s not solid state. LaCie is selling both 3TB and 4TB models.

Don’t let your project get derailed  [Read More…]

Google Voice Now iPhone 5 And iOS 6 Friendly

Two months after Apple released the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, Google Voice has finally been updated. Google’s official iOS app received support for the newest iPhone’s taller display and iOS 6 today.

About time.

Users in the U.S. can make free domestic calls and low-rate international calls, send text messages, and read voicemail transcriptions with Google’s telecommunications service. Check it out on Google’s website if you’re interested. Some use Google Voice  [Read More…]

Lightning Insert Makes Elevation Dock iPhone 5 Friendly


I’m so desperate for a dock for my new iPhone 5 that I have closely studied the little perspex stands in the local Apple Store and scoured the local hardware emporiums for something — anything — that comes close to its acrylic simplicity.

I have so far failed, and am currently using the box the iPhone came in as a pretty handy stand. But I’m not really that serious about docks,  [Read More…]

The iPhone 5 Is One Of The Most Environmentally Friendly Phones There Is

The iPhone 5 might be the thinnest, sleekest iPhone yet, but it’s not the most environmentally friendly. It’s close, though.

In a new study conducted by Healthystuff.org and iFixIt, the iPhone 5 was broken down and compared to previous iPhones and other smartphones when it comes to its usage of hazardous chemicals: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether.

The bad news is that the iPhone 5 scored  [Read More…]

Kindle for iPad: Now Kid Friendly

If you are among the parents fortunate enough to discover the wonders of iDevices at keeping your kids content and quiet on long car rides, the folks at Amazon must have had you in mind with their latest Kindle App update for iOS (and Android).

On Thursday, Amazon pushed out an update that delivers support for a wide assortment of children’s books, comic books and even graphic novels for the older readers who enjoy the tablet  [Read More…]