Stories by Lex Friedman

  • An easier way to organise iOS apps

    It can be more convenient to <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/160291/2011/06/create_organize_ios_folders.html">organize iOS apps and create folders</a> using iTunes on your Mac than it is to do so on your iPhone or iPad itself. Among other reasons, it's easier to drag icons (including more than one at a time) between screens on your Mac. But a little-known extra feature in iTunes simplifies application organisation even further by letting you quickly find the apps you want to drag.

  • Two iPad bedtime apps

    Ah, bedtime. I consider my kids’ bedtime the victory lap. We’ve made it through another day together—booboos have been kissed, meals have been served, Dora has been presented, and toys have been… well, toys have been left strewn all over the playroom. But still: The day is done, and I always delight in helping my kids off to sleep.

  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.8

    Fire up Software Update! In what may be the last Snow Leopard-era OS update ever before Lion’s official first roar, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.8.

  • Apple awarded patent for iPhone interface

    When Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone at Macworld Expo 2007, he lauded its multitouch interface. "And boy, have we patented it," he added. It seems that now, four and a half years after Jobs declared the iPhone's innovations worth protecting, that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has agreed.

  • Apple ups Time Capsule capacity to 3TB

    Apple on Tuesday released new models of Time Capsule, its combination backup drive and wireless base station.The new Time Capsules are available in 2TB and 3TB capacities—previously, Time Capsule had topped out at 2TB.

  • Griffin's cable-free Beacon turns iPhone into a remote

    If you’ve ever spent a Saturday watching male figure skating because you couldn't find the remote, you may welcome the news from Griffin that its Beacon Universal Remote Control for iOS (first demoed at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show) is now available at an Apple Store near you.

  • WWDC: Apple unveils iOS 5

    Apple on Monday gave users their first glimpse at iOS 5, the next iteration of the company's mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads. During the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple senior vice president Scott Forstall covered 10 new features out of the 200 planned for iOS 5.

  • Apple and Google to face another Senate privacy hearing

    Barely a week after sending its vice president of software, Bud Tribble, to Capitol Hill for a hearing about location data, Apple is due back before the Senate again. This time around, Apple is sending Catherine A. Novelli, its vice president for worldwide government affairs; the topic for the May 19 hearing is Consumer Privacy and Protection in the Mobile Marketplace.