Nov 17, 2010 - 3:02 PM - by Maura
Engadget reports that SlingBox has released a teaser trailer to show you what you can expect from its SlingPlayer Mobile app for iPad when it’s released to the App Store very soon. According to the video narrator, the app’s video quality is “better than any mobile app we’ve ever done,” as a result of Apple’s H.264 live streaming features. It certainly does look like a very impressive app, from the quality of the video right down to the comprehensive interactive programme guide.
If the video has you wanting to get your hands on the app right now, and frankly who can blame you, you’ll have to wait a little longer until it’s released, but you can sign up here to express your interest and be notified as soon as the player becomes available in the US for $29.99. Of course you'll also have to be a Slingbox customer to use the app!
Nov 17, 2010 - 6:35 AM - by Maura
ITProPortal is reporting today that UK department store TJHughes is selling 64GB 3G iPads for £600, reduced from £699. It seems that the company still has plenty of stock available online, as you’ll find out if you click here. As ITProPortal points out, this is one of the biggest price cuts ever seen on an Apple product in the UK, with the 15 percent drop in price placing the iPad on a par with the most expensive iPhone 4 on the market.
As the report speculates, it seems strange that TJ Hughes has been able to market the most expensive iPad at such a low price, but presumably the retailer must have had approval from Apple in order to do so. Maybe the top-of-the-range 64GB 3G iPad has been difficult for Apple to sell in these trying financial times? It’s a possibility. It makes you wonder if cheaper iPads across the range will start to become available in similar department stores across the globe in the run up to the holiday season. We can but hope!
Nov 17, 2010 - 6:08 AM - by Maura
The much-heralded launch of the special iPad edition of Oprah’s “O” magazine has arrived in the app store, and Mashable has taken a hands-on tour of the app that shows what you can expect to find inside. Even if you’re not interested in Oprah’s magazine, it’s a fascinating look at the potential of digital magazines when done right, and this really does look as though it has been done right by Scrollmotion, who adapted the magazine for iPad for Hearst Communications. As Mashable points out, as gorgeous as the app looks, it’s the commercial potential provided by the interactivity of the holiday gift guide section of the app that could prove to be most exciting for advertisers and customers alike. Many of the 70-plus items featured in the gift guide can be bought in-app, and so can many of the books featured in the magazine, and we all know how Oprah’s book club revolutionised the publishing industry.
Another interesting point is that if you want to buy O, The Oprah Magazine outside of the States, it can be quite expensive, so the fact that you can get it for just £2.39 in the UK, for example, much cheaper than the newsstand price, makes sound business sense. Expect this one to sell like crazy all over the world!
You can download O, The Oprah Magazine here for $3.99/£2.39.
Nov 16, 2010 - 6:42 PM - by Maura
RIM has today fired a bold shot across Apple’s bows in the tablet wars with the release of a video directly comparing the browser on its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook with that of the iPad. Maximum PC, reporting on the story, says that if the video is anything to go by (bearing in mind it does come from RIM, so it is a bit biased!), the iPad may have “met its match”, at least as far as its browsing experience is concerned. I'm not so sure.
The comparison between the two shows the PlayBook loading pages faster than the iPad, but it’s hard to say how accurate the video is when the device isn’t even on the market yet, and given that the iPad usually loads web pages very quickly anyway, I can’t see there being much difference between the two once they’re both released. A comparison between a retail-available iPad’s browser and a retail-available PlayBook’s browser would surely be more convincing. There is one area, of course, where the iPad really does get beaten by the PlayBook, and that’s in loading Flash content, which the iPad can’t do at all due to Apple’s policy of banning Flash from all iOS devices. RIM is clearly hammering this home as a big selling point for the PlayBook, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reply Apple comes back with, if any! Also, has RIM made a mistake by showing the PlayBook and iPad side-by-side and inadvertently highlighting how much smaller the PlayBook’s screen is in comparison with the iPad’s, and especially how the PlayBook’s keyboard takes up almost all of the screen space?
Good news! Just received this response from Overdrive Media today re: DRM protected epub and PDF books. Be sure to follow the link to the video.
Thank you for your interest in OverDrive!
The Apple iPad runs a version of the iPhone OS so it has the same
compatibility with our formats as the iPhone. Both MP3 and WMA
Audiobooks may be transferred to the device using OverDrive Media
Console for Windows. MP3 titles can also be transferred to the iPad
using OverDrive Media Console for Mac as well. Also, MP3 Audiobooks may be downloaded directly to the iPad if using it with OverDrive Media
Console for iPhone.
At this time, the iPad does not currently support the DRM protected
eBook formats (Adobe PDF, Adobe EPUB, Mobipocket) provided by
OverDrive. We are working on an app that will be released in the near future. Beginning in December 2010, you will be able to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on the iPhone in a single app! iPad & Android apps also coming soon.
To learn more about the app, you can read about it and/or view a video by going to the Sneak Preview: OverDrive eBook app for iPhone article on the OverDrive Digital Library Blog:
(I can't post the link because I'm new here) so ....go to Digital Library Blog, Overdrive Sneak Preview, Overdrive eBook app for iphone
The discussion following the video states that this will be a free APP, the book will download directly to the iPad, and there will be no need for Adobe Digital Editions.
Nov 15, 2010 - 4:03 PM - by Maura
Elite Systems has today released ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD for the iPad, which is every retro gaming fan’s dream, a collection of hit games for the ‘80s home computer. The app kicks off with 12 games, including the following:
- Turbo Esprit
- Chuckie Egg
- Harrier Attack
- Frank Bruno’s Boxing
- Buggy Boy
Here’s what Elite MD Steve Wilcox had to say about the app:
The app will initially be priced at £2.99/€3.99/$4.99, with a free update on the way within a month, including an in-app shop and at least four more volumes containing six ZX Spectrum games each, which will be priced at £1.19/€1.59/$1.99 per volume.
“The media and consumer reaction to the announcement, in late September, of Apple’s approval of ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection (for iPhone / iPod Touch) has been extensive and enthusiastic. The six games included in the inaugural volume have each generated a revenue significantly in excess of £1K+ (US$1.5K+).
We’ve taken the first steps toward our goal of restoring some order to the market for ZX Spectrum games. Some developers have a catalogue of in excess of 100 ZX Spectrum games; a not insignificant asset. The launch of the HD App for iPad is our next step in enabling developers and players to benefit. Our concerns continue to be to ensure that both groups understand that Vol. #1 & #2 of the HD App is a work-in-progress and that we’re committed to developing the App over the weeks and months ahead.”
Retro fans can download the app here.
Source: Elite Systems Group Ltd
Nov 15, 2010 - 3:22 PM - by Maura
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Guitar World, the world’s best-selling guitar magazine, has come up with an app in partnership with Agile Partners, that has been specifically designed for guitar players who want to continuously improve their guitar playing skills and broaden their repertoire.
The Guitar World Lick of the Day app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch delivers a new and challenging lick to subscribers every day, with a feature set that enables guitar players of all skill levels to learn licks in a variety of styles. Here’s an impressive list of the apps major features, courtesy of Guitar World:
• High quality videos of Guitar World’s instructors and guitar celebrities, such as Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, Gus G., and Phil Collen, demonstrating licks in a wide range of styles - Rock, Metal, Blues, Country, Jazz and more
• Timeless celebrity videos from the Guitar World Vault
• Standard and tab music notation for each lick that scrolls in sync with videos on iPad
• Practice mode with settings that control music notation tempo, looping, audio synthesis, a metronome and more
• Dynamic fretboard that shows finger positions synchronized with the scrolling music notation (lefties can invert the fretboard)
• Performance notes written by Guitar World instructors
• “Star” your favorite licks to find them later easily, and sort licks by genre and difficulty
• Download licks to any iOS devices that you own iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Sounds very cool! And here’s a quote from Brad Tolinski, Editor in Chief of Guitar World about the app:
The initial app is free, and comes with five sample licks. You can download it here. One-, three- and six-month subscriptions can also be purchased in-app to receive a new lick every day, seven days a week for $4.99, $12.99 and $19.99 respectively.
“We gathered the greatest minds in the guitar universe and the greatest developers of guitar apps to create a monster of an app. Guitar World Lick of the Day is an amazing instructional tool with a totally engaging experience. Will it make you the greatest guitarist in the universe? Anything’s possible!”
Source: Guitar World
Comcast is bringing its new Xfinity TV app to the iPad, the company announced today. The app will enable Xfinity TV digital customers to watch TV shows and movies directly on their iPad either at home or when out and about.
The Xfinity TV app is both a TV guide and a mobile video player rolled into one. You can use it to change TV channels from your iPad, as well as to search and instantly find what to watch among thousands of choices, including top movies and premium cable shows, on TV, On Demand, online or on the iPad.
Initially, Comcast will be offering hit shows and blockbuster movies from the top premium networks on the app. Then, in future weeks and months, the app will continue to expand its content and functionality through regular development updates, which will include thousands of additional entertainment choices, added remote control features and enhanced search features across platforms.
The first version of the app, which is also compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch, can be downloaded here, and is free to Comcast digital customers.
On the Apple home page, Apple is talking up a big announcement slated for tomorrow. What could that be?
Is it another Ping disappointment, something iOS 4.2 related, is the Mac App Store going live or are we getting something totally new?
Nov 14, 2010 - 5:43 AM - by Maura
I always like to have a look at what’s burning up the iPad charts in case I’ve missed anything, and it seems that Ragdoll Blaster 2 HD is currently one game that is riding high in both the Paid and Free iPad Top Apps Chart. The Lite HD version has just been released and is going great guns in the App Store, with 129 5-star ratings in the US App Store just two days after release, and it’s easy to see why. Basically it’s a really cute and addictive physics puzzle game, with the iPad version being an upgraded HD version of Backflip’s iPhone game, with all-new high definition artwork, puzzles, physics, sound and levels.
The rules are the same as before – you simply have to fire a ragdoll by touching the target on the screen in order to hit the target and solve the puzzle. Exactly how you solve that puzzle will get more and more complicated as you progress through the 20 plus levels. New mechanics have also been added to the game, such as gravity effects, teleporters and much more. It really is a lot of fun! And no ragdolls were harmed in the making of this game!
You can download Ragdoll Blaster 2 HD Lite here for free, and get the full version here for £2.99/$4.99.
Source: Backflip Studios, iTunes
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