Oct 06, 2010 - 8:37 PM - by Maura
BMW is boasting that it’s the first car manufacturer to integrate the iPad into the back of headrests for the entertainment of the passengers sitting in the rear. The photo was taken at the 2010 Paris Motorshow, and comes courtesy of a report on AutoSpies, which points out some of the interesting things that the photo reveals about the way in which the iPads have been fitted into the seat backs, such as the fact that the passenger sitting in the back seat can rotate the iPad in whichever direction they see fit, and the neat way the power chord runs into the seat.
Engadget picked up the story but doesn’t seem to like the way in which the iPads are integrated into the BMW seat backs one little bit, even going so far as to call it “an abomination”, although it does make mention of the snazzy BMW logo on the mounting brackets!
Source: AutoSpies via Engadget
Oct 06, 2010 - 7:37 PM - by Maura
To celebrate 25 years of US publication, Elle has launched a free iPad app, available from today. Every single page of the highly interactive app has been re-designed to take advantage of the iPad’s high-resolution screen, Multi-Touch navigation, mobility and connectivity. In addition to all of the magazine content, the app also includes exclusive extras such as videos and tips from the Elle editors, tap-to-shop functionality, daily horoscopes, and two new customizable features: the Elle Inspiration Board and Personal Stylist.
With the Inspiration Board, users can save their favourite items from each issue, kind of like a digital version of a cork board! The feature includes the ability to name and create multiple personalized inspiration boards and email them to friends, as well as sharing them on social networking sites.
The Personal Stylist feature deconstructs the magazine’s fashion content, enabling the user to create their own looks, starting with uploading a photo of their face to the Elle Personal Stylist, and then going on to swipe through all the products found in the front of the book, such as dresses, shoes, and accessories, to create their desired look. These custom looks can then be added to the Inspiration Board or shared.
You can download the free Elle app here.
“We don’t dictate a look, we let the user create something new,” said Elle Group design director Paul Ritter.
Oct 06, 2010 - 7:10 PM - by Maura
Back in June we reported on Mercedes-Benz’s pilot scheme to trial the use of the iPad at 40 of its dealers for use on the showroom floor by branch financial teams. In fact I can remember it being one of the very first stories about iPad in the enterprise. Now the company has announced today that the trial was a great success, with so much positive feedback from dealers, that it has decided to make the iPad available to financial teams in Mercedes-Benz dealerships worldwide.
Also as a result of the feedback garnered during the trial, Mercedes-Benz Financial also developed signature pad functionality for MB Advantage, which enables customers to sign certain documents electronically on the iPad screen.
"As I process lease returns on the iPad, customers can accompany me through the turn-in inspection," said Robert Bostwick, Sales Manager at Schumacher European in Phoenix, AZ. "I can show them on the iPad what I'm noting and we can discuss it while the vehicle and the inspection forms are right in front of us."
Source: Mercedes-Benz Financial
Oct 06, 2010 - 2:54 PM - by Maura
Musicnotes.com, the leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, has today launched an updated version of its free iPad app, designed to allow musicians to import, manage and interact with their Musicnotes.com digital sheet music library on the iPad.
The app works by syncing Musicnotes.com’s customers’ iPads with their existing Musicnotes. com account. Once songs are downloaded to the iPad, they are then stored locally on the device, enabling musicians to play their sheet music even when they can’t access Musicnotes.com on the Internet.
Some of the key features of the new release include:
- The ability to instantly transpose the key of the sheet music
- A new mark-up tool to draw, highlight, and type on your sheet music
- Set lists and folders for managing your sheet music library
- Access to the Musicnotes.com “Free Song of the Month”
- Customizable backgrounds
- A fully redesigned interface, including Cover Flow
You can download the free app here, and anyone who does so will also get sheet music for five free bonus songs.
Oct 05, 2010 - 10:36 PM - by Maura
CNN reports today on the findings of Bernstein Research analyst Colin McGranahan, who says that customers are adopting the iPad faster than any other consumer electronics device, including Apple’s own iPhone and the DVD player. According to McGranahan, Apple is currently shifting approximately 4.5 million units per quarter, beating the 1 million per quarter of the original iPhone, and the 350, 000 per quarter of DVD players when they first went on sale.
And the news gets even better for Apple, with McGranahan predicting that if it continues to sell at the current rate, it could make $9 billion per year, exceeding the annual sales figures of games consoles and cell phones on its way to becoming the fourth biggest consumer electronics category, tucked in neatly behind TVs, smartphones and laptops.
“The iPad did not seem destined to be a runaway product success straight out of the box,” McGranahan stated in a note to investors. “By any account, the iPad is a runaway success of unprecedented proportions.”
Oct 05, 2010 - 10:10 PM - by Maura
Oprah must be one of the most influential broadcasters on the planet: one word of recommendation from her about a certain book or product, and said product is virtually guaranteed to sell like molten hot cakes. Now, AdvertisingAge reports, she’s gone and named her favourite iPad apps, much to the delight of Apple! Speaking at the American Magazine Conference in Chicago today, Oprah said that the iPad helped her to keep up to date on breaking news, naming the CNN app and the ABC News app as two of her favourite news sources. She also said that when she feels creative, she likes Brushes and Sketchbook, and she credits Scrabble with changing her workouts, saying that it keeps her mind off the treadmill. “I can play Scrabble and listen to Bruce Springsteen all at once,” she told the conference.
Meanwhile, the much-vaunted app for Oprah’s own O magazine has still to launch, but O Editor Susan Casey confirmed at the conference that it will be released on November 16th.
Oct 04, 2010 - 3:01 PM - by Maura
Readdle has today released PDF Expert for iPad, a cutting-edge app for working with PDF documents, which packs a professional PDF reader, extensive annotation capabilities and powerful file management into one handy iPad app. The app enables you to read and search PDF documents, mark up text, create notes, draw with your finger and save all your changes inside a PDF file in a format compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
According to Readdle, PDF Expert for iPad has been designed to focus on solving various tasks that many different types of people face daily, such as managers and executives who can use the app to proofread and correct PDF documents on their iPad, students who can use it to make notes and drawings on a textbook page during a lecture, and scientists who can quickly review tech articles and highlight important paragraphs. In order to handle this wide variety of tasks, PDF Expert for iPad supports different types of PDF notations, including highlights and notes, strike-through, underlining and copying, as well as the ability to draw right on the PDF page.
The app also enables the user to edit PDF annotations created in Apple Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader, and vice versa, with annotations that have been created on the iPad being able to be changed on a Mac or PC.
The app boasts even more useful features, such as the ability to directly connect to Dropbox, GoogleDocs and MobileMe iDisk, with the user being able to download a document, review and annotate it and place it back online with just a few taps of the finger.
You can download PDF Expert for iPad here at the introductory price of $4.99/£2.99.
Oct 04, 2010 - 1:48 PM - by Maura
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Reuters reports today that LG Electronics has abandoned its plans to launch an iPad-style tablet based on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system. LG, which had been hoping that the release of its own “iPad-killer” would come to the rescue of its loss-making handset division, according to Reuters, apparently made the decision after concluding that Android 2.2 is not what it's looking for to power its tablet, and that the company would rather wait for Android 3.0.
“We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version… we are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2,” an LG official told Reuters.
As the report points out though, by delaying releasing its tablet, the South Korean company risks getting left behind when the imminent “iPad-killer” stampede occurs, and it’s possible that by the time LG is ready to release a tablet, it will have missed the boat.
Engadget, which also covers the story, adds that this is further evidence that Android 2.2 is not “mature enough” to power a tablet.
Source: Reuters via Engadget
Oct 04, 2010 - 1:08 PM - by Maura
Blockdot’s free iPad version of the popular fowl-themed Internet word puzzler has just had a big update, including a whole batch of brand new puzzles, doubling the total number of free brain-teasing puzzles in the game to 24. More puzzle packs can also be downloaded as in-app purchases for $0.99 each. Other iPad-exclusive features include a special Halloween theme, Eggchievements for doing crazy things such as playing a dozen games after midnight, and the ability to shake your iPad to shuffle the chickens and get a new look at your word options.
The object of the game is to unscramble a roost full of letters and create as many words as possible. Touch the hens and spell out a word, then watch as the word appears below them. Press Enter to submit the word into the egg crates, with the aim of creating as many words as possible to earn as many points as possible.
You can download the freshly updated Chicktionary here from the App Store.
Oct 03, 2010 - 9:16 AM - by Maura
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Big Head Games has announced a brand new scary racing game called Zombie Racers, that will be hitting the app store in time for Halloween for iPad and iPhone. Take on the best Zombie Racers in either Story Mode or Free Roaming Mode. Story Mode entails (or should that be “entrails”?!) racing and killing zombies, using zombie kills to upgrade your car, and unlocking new tracks by winning races.
Free Roaming Mode enables you to go anywhere you like, use weapons on zombies and each other, and compete in three further game modes – Dusk to Dawn, 666 Zombies and Every Last Drop.
There are 10 cars featured in the game, from pickups and monster 4x4s to drift cars and even a golf cart! Players will get to explore 14 tracks, from a forest and a cornfield to an airport and shopping mall. Both single and 2-player modes are available, as are OpenFeint achievements and high scores. There’s even a punk soundtrack from Bankrupt, as featured in the YouTube trailer, so you can kill zombies with even more of a rebellious flourish. Sweet!
Source: Big Head Games
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