Glif – iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand

New Kickstarter project for a tripod mount/kickstand for the iPhone 4. $20 pledge will get you a Glif shipped to you when the goal of $10,000 is attained (of which, nearly half is already pledged).


Category: Hardware,Links

Google TV

The best thing I can say about the Google TV platform is that it may finally motivate Apple to move AppleTV from being a hobby to a device worth updating more than once every three years.


Category: Links,News

Wi-Fi Sync: Another App Store Casualty

Well, you knew Apple would never let an application that handled syncing in to the App Store, didn’t you?

So, instead of letting his hard work go to waste, the developer has decided to offer his application up for $9.99 through the Cydia Store, which is available to jailbroken iPhones.

Although I’m not surprised in the least by Apple’s decision, I still find it annoying. WiFi syncing is something that is sorely missed on the iPhone OS platform. Users want it. Other platforms have it. An entrepreneurial developer has provided it. And Apple won’t let you have it.


Category: Links

How to use Custom Fields in MarsEdit 3

Detailed look at how to use this killer new feature in MarsEdit 3.


Category: Links

Internet Explorer Falls Below 60% Market Share

More good news for those who appreciate browsers that push the envelope and advance the use of HTML5/CSS3.


Category: Links,News

HP buys Palm for $1.2B

HP decided it wanted to be a player in the mobile handheld space, and they made a smart acquisition.

From the Press Release:

Palm’s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company.

I bet he sticks around about 3 months.


Category: Links,News

iPad users targeted by hackers

You would think with a headline like that (courtesy of the Telegraph in the UK) that the iPad has somehow been compromised. Think again:

Security experts have warned that Apple iPad users are being targeted by cyber criminals. Hackers are trying to dupe iPad owners in to downloading a fake iTunes update on their Windows computer, which, when installed, creates a backdoor for cyber criminals, allowing them to remotely access the machine or even use the computer to send spam messages.

So Windows users who are falling prey to fake dialog boxes telling them to upgrade iTunes are the real problem here. The kicker is the final line in the article:

The company also emphasised that the iPad itself remained unaffected by the Trojan.

So the Hackers are really targeting iTunes with a message that mentions the iPad, but the iPad itself isn’t targeted. Who writes these headlines, and are they ever vetted for truth or relevance. Apparently not.


Category: Links

Jason Chen’s computers seized

Last Friday night, California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen’s home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.

Payback is a bitch.


Category: Links

Should I have bought that Apple product?

Awesome spreadsheet from Kyle Conroy that shows what you could have earned if you purchased Apple stock instead of an Apple product when that product was released.

In 1997 I purchased a G3/266 Minitower. Had I bought Apple stock with that same $3000 at that time, that stock would now be worth $173,980.73. Enough to buy a house.

Damn, I feel stupid.


Category: Links

Will they? Won’t they? Wi-Fi Sync for iPod/iPad

Great looking app that allows for exactly what the title says: Wi-Fi sync from your computer to your iPad/iPod. Of course, this app still needs to make it through Apple’s approval process. So, I wouldn’t get too excited for it. Still, maybe the publicity of having this app out in the wild will apply pressure to Apple to bring this feature to the iPhone OS.

We can dream, right?


Category: Links

About the author

A user of Macs since they had silly names like Performa and Centris, Theodore Lee is a techie who prides himself on his vast knowledge of all things Apple. OS X Factor was started in 2001 (originally as macosxcentric), and continues to churn out tips, tutorials, reviews and commentary on the tech sector.