Jan 06, 2011 - 2:28 PM - by Maura
CNN reports today that rapper and all-round music mogul P. Diddy is currently enjoying a holiday on an $850,000 superyacht controlled by iPad. The yacht is called Solemates, and is the first pleasure yacht to be kitted out with the technology. Complimentary iPads are used to control all shipboard entertainment and climate systems, as well as the blinds and the lights in the cabin. The on-board iPads use custom-made apps designed especially by Germany luxury yacht firm Lurssen.
Mind you, anyone who can afford the $690,000 per week, plus expenses of roughly $150,000, that it costs to hire the yacht will probably already have their own iPad, probably one of those special gold-plated ones!
“You won’t find this app for download in the Apple store anytime soon,” Rupert Connor, central agent from chartering firm Luxury Yacht Group, told CNN. “The captain hands each guest their own iPad when they board, which they get to keep for the entirety of the trip.”
Source: P. Diddy sails on $850,000-a-week superyacht controlled by iPad - CNN.com
It appears that Apple has sent out memo's to all retail Apple store locations letting their employees know that they are putting a blackout/freeze in all vacations for a 3 week window starting with the last week of January.
What is the reasoning for this? Logic and tradition seem to suggest that Apple only does this when a huge product is launched and they need all hands on deck. In addition to the vacation blackout they've kept all holiday season employees on hand to assist.
Our only guess as to what this could be would be the Verizon iPhone launch (or possibly the iPad 2, but that's not likely) - so.... all things being equal this seems to be yet another confirmation that Apple and Verizon have been working on this iPhone together.
More info @ iPhone 4 Forum
(Source: Apple Insider)
With the release of the Mac App Store from Apple today, Rovio Mobile decided to roll out their port of Angry Birds. The game runs in HD graphics, making you want to connect it to your HD tv and enjoy the crispiness even more. Angry Birds launches fast but comes at a hefty price even during the time of celebration. The Mac App Store just launched! No introductory price? Still worth checking out for any Angry Birds fan!
Jan 06, 2011 - 7:42 AM - by Maura
Destructoid reports today that EA Mobile’s iOS version of Dead Space will be coming to the App Store on January 25, which just happens to be the exact same day that the Dead Space 2 console game hits the shelves. According to the Destructoid report, the Dead Space iOS game, which will be compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, will have a storyline that bridges the gap between the first and second console games. Also, unlike the Wii spin-off from the series, Dead Space Extraction, which was an on-rails shooter, the iOS Dead Space game will be a regular third-person action game, using touch-anywhere controls to move the main character. Weapons will also be upgradable as per the console games.
The fact that EA is launching an all-new standalone game that fills in a vital part of the back-story of such an epic gaming franchise on the same day as the long-awaited console sequel is yet another example of the important part that iOS devices now play in the games industry. And just take a look at the screenshot released from the iPad version by EA Mobile – very nice indeed!
Source: Destructoid Dead Space iPhone launches January 25, have screens- Destructoid
StayOpened is a setting that should have been there from the beginning. The App Store App on iOS normally closes after you download something. This prevents you from going on download frenzies and it sometimes even loses your place in the App. StayOpened is free for you to use on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
If you ever "hated" the names of your icon, you may want to look into Icon Renamer. With this, you can jiggle your icons, tap on one, and rename it. It is really simple and can help you out if you are trying to get the perfect touch for your iDevice. You can rename your icon to whatever you want and include Emoji as well. Add a bit of color with some of those characters. Icon Renamer is free in the Cydia Store.
Jan 05, 2011 - 1:07 PM - by Maura
Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts announced today that Comcast plans to enable in-home streaming for live and On Demand content this year on the iPad, meaning that later this year, Comcast customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes whenever they want. Comcast also revealed new details about the “play now” capability that will soon be available on the iPad, which will enable the viewing of almost 3,000 hours of On Demand programming on the iPad, via Comcast’s Xfinity iPad app. The programming will include popular movies and hit TV shows, and will be available either in the home or on the go, including anywhere there’s a wireless connection. Comcast promises that the initial choice of programmes and movies will be only the beginning, as the company has plans to bring thousands of additional choices to the iPad in the weeks and months to come.
Comcast’s Xfinity TV iPad app acts as a television guide, remote control and mobile video player all in one. Customers can use it to change TV channels, search and browse through their TV and On Demand listings, and program their DVRs. Future releases of the app will include seamless access to social networking sites so that you can share what you’re watching with your friends in real time, as well as a “MyTV” feature that lets you send and receive personal recommendations to and from your friends. Here’s Roberts talking about Comcast’s plans for the app:
Comcast customers can download the free Xfinity app here: XFINITY TV for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
“Live streaming and the play now feature on our Xfinity TV app are two important pieces of our strategy to deliver any content to any device, any time. Comcast has a series of upcoming online enhancements and app releases that are part of a much larger effort to reinvent how customers interact with their entertainment on TV, online and on mobile devices.”
Jan 05, 2011 - 11:55 AM - by Maura
Engadget reports from CES today that an unofficial mockup of an iPad 2 has been spotted there, cunningly hiding inside an iPad 2 case. The very interesting, and probably-soon-to-be-whisked-away-by-Apple, case comes courtesy of an exhibitor called Dexim, and features a Bluetooth keyboard that is attached magnetically to the front of the cover. Apparently when Engadget asked to put their iPad inside the cover, thinking it was for the current version, the exhibitor told them that it wouldn’t fit as the case was specifically designed for an iPad 2. It would appear from Engadget’s hands-on experience with the case and the aluminium mockup of the iPad 2 inside, that the next-gen iPad will be exactly as those recent case leaks from China have led us to believe – slightly slimmer than the current iPad, with tapered edges similar to that of the current iPod touch, a larger speaker, and the home button closer to the bottom of the iPad. Of course nothing’s actually written in stone until Apple writes it in stone, but it’s certainly strange that so many cases are turning up now with the exact same cut-outs.
Source: iPad 2 case shows up at CES, packing a mockup iPad 2 -- Engadget
CES is going on right now and a ton of exciting news is coming out. The most exciting for the iPhone however is that a 4G LTE iPhone should be coming sometime in 2010. AT&T is holding a press conference right now and some of these key details have already been announced:
- AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega detailed AT&T’s gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
- AT&T is accelerating its LTE deployment — it will launch LTE later this year and complete its deployment by 2013.
- HSPA+ provides “4G speeds,” and is already widely deployed
- 20 new 4G devices will be introduced this year including modems, mobile hotspots and phones
- 4G LTE-compatible Apple iPhone coming next year
- Motorola ATRIX 4G launches this year: 4G LTE, Android OS, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1930 mAh battery, 10.9mm thick, HTML5 support
- The ATRIX 4G has a laptop dock that basically turns the phone into a full-sized laptop — very weird, very intriguing
Will we see a 4G equipped iPad as well? Here's to hoping!
(Source: BGR & iPhone 4 Forum)
Jan 04, 2011 - 3:33 PM - by Maura
If you’re a fan of comic strips then you should probably check out this really cool new iPad app from AFK Studio called The Funnies, which features a database of over 390 comic strips and editorial cartoons from all over the web. The database is automatically updated via the Internet at no extra cost. The app’s layout features an organic, touch-based interface designed to make the user feel like they are interacting directly with the comics. A search facility is also featured that can be used to create a virtual billboard with all of your favourite comics, which can then be viewed individually through a scrollable interface, the design of which was inspired by a well-worn table. And if you have any particular favourite comics that you want to share with friends or family, you can do so via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Among the huge list of currently featured comics you’ll find the likes of Dilbert, Doonesbury, Garfield, Fred Basset, Zippy, Wizard of Id and hundreds more. Looks like a great way to collect all of your favourite comics together. Sadly it seems to be only available in the US App Store at the moment.
Click here to download The Funnies for $4.99: The Funnies for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Source: AFK Studio
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