The winners of the third annual competition honoring the best iPhone and iPad apps released in the iTunes App Store – ‘Best App Ever Awards’ – have been announced by 148Apps, whose goal was to highlight a number of noteworthy apps that Apple may have not featured on the front page of iTunes.

148Apps has created the Best App Ever awards in 2008 with the purpose of celebrating the efforts of application developers while raising user awareness about the best apps available, not just the top selling titles.

“The goal of the awards was to help publicize some applications that people may never have seen,” said Jeff Scott, founder of 148Apps and the Best App Ever Awards.

“Some of the best apps have never been featured on the iTunes front page or in an iPhone TV ad, yet they deserve recognition and publicity for the great work the developers have done,” added Scott. More »

Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic not only work with iPod and iPhone, but also with Apple computers, according to the Cupertino electronics giant.

A Support document on Apple’s newly-redesigned web site aims to teach Apple fans how to use “Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic” with their Mac.

For those wondering which Apple computers work with the microphone and volume controls that are included with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Apple clarifies:

“Any computer that displays “External microphone” in the System Profiler will work with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic.”
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The following tutorial will teach GNOME, Ubuntu, and other Linux users how to manage the icons (SpringBoard) on their Apple iPhone 3G, 3Gs, or iPhone 4 devices. The tutorial was tested with an iPhone 3Gs phone, on the Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system.

As you all probably already know, iPhone devices are supported in Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) or Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), all thanks to an amazing library called libimobiledevice.

The SpringBoard is the screen where all of your installed applications are displayed. You can easily rearrange the icons on your iPhone device if you hold your finger on an icon, for a few seconds, until they start jiggle. More »

Consumer preferences in terms of computing are shifting to a new form factor in the detriment of PCs and, at least for the time being, Windows.

iPad and Tablet PCs provide increasing competition to traditional personal computers, so much so in fact, that market analysis firm Gartner has changed the forecast of worldwide PC shipments, noting that OEMs will push less machines than expected this year.

Worldwide PC shipments are still expected to grow in 2010 by an impressive 14.3% compared to 2009, to as much as 352.4 million units. , At the same time, Gartner now estimates a more modest growth compared to the original projections from September, which involved a 17.9% growth.

At the same time, while the firm expects PC shipments to continue increasing at a double digit figure in the coming year, it now says that the number of units shipped will only jump 15.9% instead of the 18.1% forecasted initially to 409 million units. More »