Dec 08, 2010 - 10:13 AM - by Maura
DigiTimes has more news today about potential component suppliers for Apple’s iPad 2, which DigiTimes says will be released at the end of the first quarter of 2011. DigiTimes has learned from its sources that Taiwanese company Coretronic will supply backlight units (BLUs) to Chimei Innolux (CMI) and LG Display for the iPad 2, with Coretronic being the only BLU supplier for CMI, although LG Display is sourcing iPad 2 BLUs from Radiant Opoto-Electronics as well as Coretronic. Coretronic has, as usual, declined to comment on the matter.
As MacRumors points out, if this is true, it puts paid to the rumours that Apple would be using OLED technology in the next iPad. Apple has been rumoured to be adopting OLED technology for its devices from as far back as 2003, according to MacRumors, as it has a better contrast ratio to traditional LCDs, but pricing, technical and production issues have prevented the technology from being more widely adopted.
Source: Digitimes Coretronic reportedly to supply BLUs for iPad 2
via MacRumors Second-Generation iPad's Backlight Suppliers Named, Quelling OLED Rumors - Mac Rumors
Dec 07, 2010 - 5:12 PM - by Maura
Oecoway’s Friendly for Facebook app is now available for free in the App Store, and is sitting pretty at the top of the Free iPad Apps chart as a result. The popular app makes full use of the iPad’s interface, providing a deeper, more feature-rich Facebook browsing experience on iPad, and is doing a great job of filling the gap left open by the lack of an official Facebook app for the iPad.
Friendly for Facebook is optimised for touch-screen devices rather than PCs, enabling you to enjoy a much richer, native experience when using it on your iPad, with enhanced presentation of text, photos and display, without the need to pinch and zoom on a mobile app that hasn't been optimised for the iPad. Here are some of Friendly for Facebook’s key features that are not available in the web version of Facebook:
- Optimize Facebook interface for iPad
- Check friends' latest photos, videos and status updates
- Upload or download photos
- Chat with online friends
- Swipe through photos and play slideshows in full screen
- Customize colors and font sizes
- Multi-account support provides easy switching between all family accounts
- Optional PIN code access provides secure and fast access to Facebook
Click here to download the free app: Friendly for Facebook for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Dec 07, 2010 - 4:50 PM - by Maura
Family Guy is very much a love/hate thing, but the near-the-knuckle adult animated TV series certainly has very loyal fans who are going to absolutely love this new iPad game, which puts the player in control of Stewie and Brian Griffin who are thrown back in time by a malfunctioning time machine! If you watch the show then you’ll know how hilarious Stewie and Brian are when they go on their adventures, and this time you get to control them as they attempt to evade the Time Police while battling Roman Emperor Quagligula’s thugs, Egyptian Pharaoh Joe Swanson’s slaves and Old West Lois’ goons. Through it all, the boys are armed with nothing but their sharp wits, a double-barrelled shotgun, a laser rifle, a baseball bat and a case of syrup of ipecac. Fans will also appreciate the authentic sound bites lifted directly from the show.
You can download Family Guy: Time Warped for iPad for $6.99 by clicking here: Family Guy Time Warped for iPad for iPad on the iTunes App Store
"We're excited to extend the Family Guy franchise with a laugh-out-loud adventure that puts the Family Guy gaming experience in a brand new setting," said Giancarlo Mori, chief creative officer at Glu. "With its original humor, outlandish storyline and well-known characters, Family Guy: Time Warped will appeal to fans and newcomers alike."
Source: Glu Mobile
Dec 07, 2010 - 8:33 AM - by Maura
It’s going to be interesting to see this holiday season how many families are gathering around their iPads for game nights rather than playing the more traditional board games or cards. Expect to see lots of family games emerging over the next few weeks, such as Big Ideas Digital’s Say What You See: The Collection HD, which managed to top the Trivia app charts on the App Store in both the US and the UK just days after it was released. The puzzle game asks players to spot movie titles hidden in HD oil paintings, and features 3 downloadable HD iCanvases available at launch, including the all-new 80’s Movies canvas, with a new free-to-play 10-puzzle iCanvas released every month. In addition, 40 new puzzles will also be available for each iCanvas as in-app purchases.
More than just a straight port of the iPhone game, the iPad app offers Say What You See as it was meant to be seen and played, with the iCanvases appearing at twice the resolution of the iPhone/iPod touch iCanvases, and with several new features exclusive to the iPad version.
For starters, the iPad version will have early access to new iCanvases, meaning that iPad owners will get them before anyone else. They’ll also be treated to a new iPad-exclusive Artist’s Audio Commentary with every iCanvas, from the iCanvas artist, Amie Bollissian.
You can download the game for $2.99/£1.79/€2.39 here: Say What You See: The Collection HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Source: Big Ideas Digital
Dec 06, 2010 - 10:04 PM - by Maura
DigiTimes is still going strong with the iPad 2 stories, and today it’s reporting that Foxconn Electronics’ plants in Shenzhen, China have recently been told that they will be shipping the iPad 2 within the next 100 days, with the first shipments numbering 400,000 to 600,000 units. According to Foxconn’s sources, the iPad 2 will be shipping by the end of February 2011. Mass production was actually supposed to start in January, but as the firmware is still being tested, it has been postponed until February. DigiTimes also says that because Foxconn’s new Chengdu plants are still only in pilot production, the Shenzhen plants will be responsible for the majority of the iPad 2 production. As ever, Foxconn has declined to make any comment whatsoever on the matter!
These rumours certainly are very strong at the moment. Could we really be seeing the iPad 2 on sale by the end of February 2011?
Foxconn to ship iPad 2 by the end of February 2011
A fascinating story in the January 2011 Journal of Surgical Radiology details how surgeons at Georgetown are using iPads in the operating room to access up-to-date patient data and radiographic images, including x-rays, CT scans and laboratory data. The article says that using the iPad in surgery eliminates guesswork by busy doctors by enabling the surgeon to have instant access to information, both out on the wards and in the operating room. Data can even be captured in the middle of an operation, and the photos shown to the patient after the operation. Dr. Felasfa Wodajo, an orthopaedic surgeon at Georgetown University, told the Journal all about how he has integrated the iPad into his clinical practice.
Source: Journal of Surgical Radiology
“The iPad clearly has the potential to be very useful in the hospital and the operating theatre,” said Dr. Wodajo. “The same features which make the iPad great for surfing the web, such as looking at images and viewing video, nicely translate into the operating room.”
Dec 05, 2010 - 5:37 PM - by Maura
ITProPortal reports today that the iPad has now taken over from the iPhone 4 as the most searched Apple product on Google in the UK. According to a Google Trends graph featured by ITProPortal, the iPad really started to pull away from the iPhone 4 this November in terms of number of searches, and it's been rising sharply ever since. As ITProPortal points out, this bears out the results of several recent surveys that have people placing the iPad at the top of their gift lists, such as the one by Vouchercodes that found that more than a third of respondents to their survey wanted the iPad for Christmas, as opposed to the iPhone 4 which received a quarter of the votes. And these figures look set to continue, with iPad interest in the UK on the up and up following on from this week's news of several UK mobile carriers selling the iPad at heavily subsidised rates to customers signing up for monthly contracts.
Source: iPad Surpasses iPhone 4 As UK's Most Searched Apple Product | ITProPortal.com
Graviboard is a tweak for your iDevice that adds a little bit of fun to your springboard. You can set up an activation method, activate it, and your icons will go all over the place... or no where. You can set different types of gravity to add and even choose to fling your icons at each other.
If you have ever seen that video where the Windows icons attack each other, its kind of like that. This tweak is great fun but comes at a steep price of $2.99. Check out Graviboard in Cydia!
Dec 03, 2010 - 2:49 PM - by Maura
Rumours and different reports have been circulating for weeks about the main UK mobile phone carriers introducing subsidised iPad packages. The carriers themselves have been hinting and teasing about their forthcoming deals, with everyone throwing around lots of different guestimates as to how much the packages might cost. Now three of the main carriers have finally released details of their subsidised iPad deals today, and PaidContent:UK has a handy round-up of all the packages that are on offer.
The carriers that have launched their new iPad offers today are Three, Orange and T-Mobile, with PaidContent:UK reporting that Three, which arguably has the best mobile internet coverage in the country, looks to be offering the best deal, with three times as much data for the same tariff as T-Mobile and Orange.
All three carriers are offering the 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G iPad for £199, but all have very different packages. Three customers will have to pay £25 per month on top of the initial £199 cost of the iPad, and for that, they’ll get 15GB of data per month, and no free Wi-Fi.
Orange is offering only 1GB of data at peak times and 1GB of “quiet time” data (between midnight and 4pm), and 3GB of Wi-Fi usage via BT Openzone, all for a tariff of £25 per month for existing customers and £27 per month for new customers.
Finally, T-Mobile is offering the same 1GB “quiet time” and “peak time” deal as Orange, although their "quiet time" period of between midnight and 10am is a lot shorter than Orange’s. There are no Wi-Fi extras included in the package, which costs £25.
Source: Three, Orange, T-Mobile Launch iPad Sales In UK: Same Price, Different Data | paidContent:UK
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