Tag Archive for ‘TUAW’

In Honor of Old Friends ➝

Soon-to-be former managing editor of TUAW, Dave Caolo, on the recent decision to close the site:

After a decade with TUAW, the fun has come to an end. Our parent company is shuttering the site as part of an internal reorganization. I’ll miss lots of things about my job — like it being a job that provides a paycheck — including the people. […]

This is the second time in six years that I’ve lost a job due to the decision of a parent company. That’s like winning the lottery in hell. The FREAKING OUT will continue, mostly because my bank refuses to accept tears and/or groveling as payment on my mortgage. But I’ll figure it out.

Oh, and I’ll be writing here again. Only now I drink the cheap-ass tea.

I’m excited for Dave Caolo to be writing on 52 Tiger again and can’t wait to see what the future brings for him. I’ve been listening to his podcasts Home Work and Board Games Weekly for several months and would highly recommend them.

And, I hope he’ll be able to return to his expensive green tea with the Japanese characters on the package soon.

AOL Shutting Down TUAW ➝

Micah Singleton, reporting for The Verge:

AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company — which is also shutting down its gaming site Joystiq — is in the midst of a major reorganization, and is cutting back on media properties it deems as underperforming. TUAW’s run comes to an end on February 2nd.

It’s always sad when writers lose their jobs, but I can’t say I’m surprised. TUAW hasn’t been on my radar for several years and I haven’t read it regularly since 2010.

The good news is that anyone losing their job from this will have an incredible opportunity to build something new — just as Jason Snell did with Six Colors when IDG ceased production of the print edition of Macworld.

There’s always a silver lining, even if it’s not immediately apparent.

Gaming the ‘Top Grossing Apps’ List ➝

Mike Wehner writing for TUAW:

It all begins with an otherwise unremarkable app suddenly skyrocketing in price, oftentimes all the way to the App Store’s limit of $999.99. The developer, or whoever is orchestrating the scam, wires a massive amount of money — Grachov used $10,000 as an example — to a second party. That individual then purchases 10 copies of the app, exhausting the available funds and indirectly paying $7,000 of the original deposit back to the developer. […] The App Store sees $10,000 worth of money changing hands over the app and, as Grachov says, “like magic” the app appears on the Top Paid apps list.

I’m not really sure if there is much Apple can do about this other than ban developers that have been found to be taking part in this sort of scam.

(Via The Loop.)

The iPhone is Now a Pokédex ➝

Mike Wehner writing for TUAW:

The massive information engine Wolfram Alpha just added a whopping 649 Pokémon to its database. For fans of the games, that fact is pretty cool all on its own, but if you happen to own an iPhone or an iPad with Siri, it’s even more awesome. You see, thanks to Siri’s ability to search Wolfram Alpha for information, your iDevice is now as close to a real-life Pokédex as you’ll probably ever have.

I was a huge fan of Pokémon when I was younger and still dip my toes into the newer games on occasion. I don’t know how useful this actually is, but it is very cool.

Apple May Discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic ➝

Victor Agreda, Jr.:

It seems that the “product transition” Apple mentioned on the last earnings call could very well be within the iPod line. Specifically, if you want to buy an iPod shuffle or iPod classic from Apple, you should do it sooner rather than later. We’ve heard those two iPods are getting the axe this year.

The iPod shuffle and iPod classic seem like the least relevant devices in Apple’s product line. Other than the relatively high price tag of the iPod nano, I don’t know why anyone would choose to purchase an iPod shuffle. And with the full release of iCloud coming soon, I don’t know why anyone would purchase an iPod classic over an iPod touch.

The writing’s been on the wall for quite some time and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Apple decided to discontinue both the iPod shuffle and iPod classic immediately following their event on October 4.

(Via MacRumors.)

Apple’s Working on Thinner MacBook Pro ➝

Michael Rose follows up on MacRumor’s initial report that Apple is working on a new 15-inch MacBook Pro that takes design cues from the MacBook Air. And, its possible that they will be released in time for Christmas.

TUAW Details ‘iPod Out’ Feature ➝

Just like many of you, I noticed the “iPod Out” feature listed on one of the slides at the iPhone 4.0 event. Until now there wasn’t any information as to what “iPod Out” actually was. The Unofficial Apple Weblog reveals that this feature could be used for car integration.

Their “informant” tells them that the application will be bundled with iPods and iPhones and when launched will turn the iPhone or iPod touch’s screen into a remote used to control a menu system fed out through a video-out cable.

The included video depicting the interface is reminiscent of click-wheel iPods and currently only allows for audio playback. Their informant also suggests that Apple could be building their own branded car kit that could include physical buttons and a screen to display the menu system.