Sep 03, 2010 - 1:17 PM - by Maura
In honour of Monday’s Labor Day holiday in the US, Namco Networks is holding a massive sale of some of its best iPad and iPhone games, including Garters & Ghouls, Mr. Driller, Pac-Man, Alpine Racer and Burger Time Deluxe. Although Labor Day is a US-only holiday, the sale is worldwide. According to Pocket Gamer, it starts from midnight PST on September 3rd, and runs through until Tuesday September 7th. Here’s the list of iPad/iPhone games and iPhone-only games in full courtesy of Pocket Gamer:
- Alpine Racer
- BurgerTime Deluxe
- Garters & Ghouls
- Winter Nightmare
- Isaac Newton's Gravity
- Mr. Driller
- Ms. PAC-MAN
- Pole Position: Remix
- Pool Pro Online 3
- Rolling 5 Dice Poker
- Solitaire: Deck of Cods
- Star Trigon
- Tamagotchi: 'Round the World
- Tinseltown Dreams: The 50's
- USA Today Textpert
- Worst Case Scenario
- PAC-MAN for iPad
- Pool Pro Online 3 for iPad
- Lt. Fly Rise of the Arachnids
- Isaac Newton's Gravity HD
- Galaga Remix
- DigDug Remix
- Noby Noby Boy
- Gator Panic
- PAC-MAN Championship Edition
iPhone only (£1.79/$2.99)
- I Love Katamari
- Ridge Racer Accelerated
Source: Pocket Gamer
Sep 03, 2010 - 12:24 PM - by Maura
NASA has released a free HD iPad app which features live streaming video from NASA Television, an interactive map with links to all the agency’s field centers , quick links to feature stories and launch schedules, a scrolling “alerts banner,” and a NASA featured link, with the first featured link focusing on women in space.
The solar system is featured on the app’s landing page, giving users the chance to learn more about our neighbourhood, the universe, and NASA missions. The app also features the facility to search updated, higher resolution NASA Image of the Day and Astronomy Picture of the Day collections and agency videos on demand.
You can download the app here for free.
"Our goal with the first NASA App was to deliver current mission information, images, videos and news updates in the best possible way for the iPhone and iPod touch," said Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "Now we've enhanced and expanded the application to include even more content and really take advantage of the iPad's larger screen."
When you have a super successful device that's on the bleeding edge of technology, you might expect some headaches in meeting demand. Apple anticipated this and really did as well as they could to have as many iPads available on launch day as possible. Demand however was still impossible to meet and it seems Apple is still scurrying to keep up with demand.
They've upped their manufacturing quotas and are now producing 2,000,000 iPads per month according to Katy Huberty an analyst at Morgan Stanley.
This increase amounts to doubling the production numbers and should go a long way into making sure that there are plenty of iPads in stock and available. This has had the effect of lowering shipping times of iPads from 7 to 10 days to just a hair over 24 hours for online orders from Apple.com.
Sep 03, 2010 - 9:01 AM - by iDan
We are nearly two months away from a major OS update that should make your iPad feel brand new again. Apple has posted a new informational page reminding us of all the features this upgrade will bring. The scheduled release is November and the wait will be worth it. Here's a quick run down for those that might have missed it:
Source: Apple - iPad - iOS 4.2 Software Update coming in November
- Multitasking: Run all your favorite apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.2
- Folders: Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage thousands of apps.
- Printing: Print mail, photos, web pages, and more directly to a printer on a wireless network.
- Air Play: Wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from iPad to the new Apple TV, and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.
- Game Center: Experience social gaming on your iPad. Find friends or use auto-match to play multiplayer games against new opponents. Track achievements and compare high scores.
- Even better mail: See messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, and open attachments in third-party apps.
- Find text on web pages: In Safari, easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on large web pages.
- Enhanced enterprise support: Businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities, and improved enterprise integration.
- Accessibility enhancements: Control VoiceOver using a wireless keyboard. Output in braille to over 30 supported wireless Bluetooth refreshable braille displays in more than 25 languages.
- Keyboard and dictionary enhancements: Choose from more than 30 new keyboards and dictionaries, including Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew.
Sep 02, 2010 - 2:27 PM - by Maura
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Samsung has been showcasing its Galaxy tablet today, which some experts have been saying could give the iPad a run for its money. The Galaxy has a 7-inch TFT-LCD display, and is powered by the Android Operating System 2.2, and according to Samsung’s press release, it features PC-like web browsing, email, voice and video call, SMS/MMS and social networking. It also has Flash, Samsung says, somewhat pointedly!
At just 380g the Galaxy is very light, almost like an e-reader, and has an e-reading application called the “Readers Hub”, as well as a “Media Hub” and “Music Hub”, and Google Mobile Services such as Google Maps Navigation and Google Goggles. It also has both front and rear-facing cameras. I wonder if Apple is regretting not including a camera in the first generation of iPads? Or is a camera really necessary on a tablet?
No word yet as to launch date or price for the much-vaunted iPad rival. For discussions on the new Galaxy Tab, and other Android Tablets be sure to visit: Samsung Galaxy Tab
Source: Engadget, Samsung
I've been watching the Apple stock price for quite a while now and it sure has been a fun ride. From $7 per share just 8 years ago to a peak of just shy under $280 earlier this year.
Does that mean we can expect $280 to be the peak? Well, that's where we want to hear your opinions. A columnist on MarketWatch.com just set the price target before years end to $350/share and I must admit that I think it's possible.
Between the recent release of some really awesome ipod updates, the new Apple TV and potential Verizon iPhone's hitting the streets... I think it's in fact somewhat likely.
What are your thoughts? Do you think these will be successes or just more of the same?
Source: Why Apple’s headed to $350 by year end - The Cody Word - MarketWatch
*Note: I own Apple stock
Sep 02, 2010 - 10:39 AM - by Maura
Twitter has today launched an iPad-specific version of its Twitter app. If you’ve already been using the iPhone version on your iPad, you’ll notice that this one is a massive improvement, and you won’t even have to bother to download the iPad version, you’ll simply be prompted to install it as an upgrade to your existing app. According to the official Twitter Blog, Twitter for iPad is designed to take advantage of the iPad’s smooth touch interface, enabling you to move lots of information around quickly, without having to click buttons or open and close windows.
Here are some of the new features in the iPad Twitter app:
- Panes - whereby tapping on a Tweet opens a pane to the right, containing maybe a video or photo, depending on the content. You can also swipe to the right or left to move between panes.
- Media - when you tap on a video link or open a web page with an embedded video, it will play immediately inline. You can also look through your timeline while waiting for the video to load. Pinch on a video to view it in fullscreen.
- Gestures - Pinch a Tweet to quickly view details about the author and to reply to or retweet the Tweet. Put two fingers together and pull down on a Tweet to look at the entire conversation leading up to the Tweet.
- No Need to Login - You don’t even need to login or sign up to use Twitter on iPad, as there’s a list of various categories already chosen for you, and you can, as usual, search, view trends and check out breaking news.
Download the Twitter for iPad app for free from the App Store by clicking here.
Don't forget, you can follow iPadForums.net on Twitter here: http://www.twitter.com/iPadNews
Source: Twitter Blog
Sep 02, 2010 - 10:12 AM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvcKxNxFxmM]YouTube - Barclaycard Rollercoaster Extreme[/ame]
Fishlabs in cooperation with Dare has today released the HD iPad version of its hit Barclaycard-sponsored iPhone game, Rollercoaster Extreme. Just like the iPhone version, the iPad game is free to download, and a lot of fun to play, sending players on a high-speed ride on eight different courses through the concrete canyons of the Big Apple, New York City. During the ride against the clock, objects placed at the edge of the course can be collected with a wave of the arm (not recommended on a real rollercoaster!). In contrast, the player must keep their arms firmly tucked in and duck when they approach one of the many obstacles that they’ll also find placed above their heads as they hurtle round the track.
Aside from the noticeable increase in the iPad HD version's amazing graphics, which you’d fully expect, the new version of the game adds multiplayer functionality via Bluetooth, with the winner being the first one to cross the finish line. In the multiplayer Ghost Racing mode, players who make the most skilful use of the boost and finish with the highest time bonus will be added to the world leaderboards. The ability to race against your ghost in single-player mode has also been added, as an incentive to improve your own score. iPhone owners will also be able to benefit from these new features as part of a free update for their version of the game.
You can download the game for free from the App Store by clicking here.
Source: Fishlabs Entertainment
Sep 01, 2010 - 5:49 PM - by Maura
Rockstar Games has today announced that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, will be released for the iPad on September 9th for $9.99/ £5.99/€7.99. The HD version of the smash hit iPhone/iPod touch, Sony PSP and Nintendo DS game boasts updated high-definition graphics, and features over 50 missions, countless side activities, intuitive Multi Touch user interface controls and the ability to customise the soundtrack with your own music via Independence FM.
The game’s storyline centres around an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate that takes place among the gang-ridden grisly and mean streets of Liberty City. Specifically, it follows the adventures of Huang Lee, a young Triad who travels to Liberty City after the mysterious death of his father. Each gripping mission offers thrilling, fast-paced action and the best gameplay elements of the Grand Theft Auto series specifically created with mobile gamers in mind.
Source: Rockstar Games
Sep 01, 2010 - 5:25 PM - by Maura
One of the highlights of Apple’s mega eventful media shindig today in San Francisco was a demonstration of Game Center using the forthcoming Epic Games RPG adventure, codenamed “Project Sword”, which was presented by Epic Games President, Dr. Mike Capps. The incredible demo was powered by Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine 3, and now you can also download a little taster of that awesome graphical goodness yourself in the shape of Epic Citadel, which is an application inspired by Project Sword that shows off the technical capabilities of the Unreal Engine 3 on iOS devices. As you can imagine, the demo is at its most jawdropping on the iPad, so grab it right now from the iPad App store here, and either have a wander round the town in Explore mode or marvel at the Guided Tour automatic demo. I honestly can’t believe that this sort of technology is now available on a handheld device. Here’s Dr Mike Capps waxing lyrical about the demo:
Source: Epic Games, Engadget
“This is a testament to the sheer power of iOS devices as up until now, Unreal Engine 3 has typically been used to create high-end gaming experiences on game consoles and computers. And we’re not just keeping it to ourselves. We're putting Unreal Engine 3 technology into the hands of game developers all over the world, and we can't wait to see the apps they make next.”
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