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 whatís burning up the iPad charts in case Iíve 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 itís easy to see why. Basically itís a really cute and addictive physics puzzle game, with the iPad version being an upgraded HD version of Backflipís iPhone game, with all-new high definition artwork, puzzles, physics, sound and levels.
The rules are the same as before Ė 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
Nov 14, 2010 - 4:45 AM - by Maura
Following on from the recent release of her ďMartha Stewart Makes CookiesĒ iPad app, Martha Stewart has just released a truly sumptuous iPad version of her Living magazine to the app store. The special issue, created exclusively for the iPad, features all original content, bringing innovative functionality to inspiring ideas, practical ďhow-toĒ guides and gorgeous photography. Full use has been made of the advantages provided by the digital as opposed to print version of the magazine, with more than 23 scrolling recipes, 20 slide shows, videos, audio, animation, panoramas and much more.
Just one example of this is the way in which the iPad version of the magazine opens with a moving image of a single peony in bloom, comprising 180 stills photographed over 10 hours to create the effect of the petals opening in front of your eyes. From there, you can swipe, touch and toggle through the interactive content, including a panorama of Marthaís peony garden, ďhow-toĒ stories about flower-arranging, entertaining, decorating, crafting, cooking and beauty, as well as a breathtaking photo essay and video about salmon fishing in Alaska.
Although Martha Stewart Living magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it really seems as if the company has found the secret of how to make the most of the iPadís potential as a platform for digital publishing. Hereís Martha Stewart talking about the special iPad edition:
You can download Martha Stewart Living here for $3.99/£2.39.
"At MSLO, we are very excited to be re-imagining and re-inventing our creative content for a new era. With this groundbreaking app, we continue our rich tradition of providing beautiful and inspiring ideas for the home, for the garden, and for the family. We are able to use the newest tools and technology to provide a fresh way for people to experience our magazine. It's easier than ever to be inspired."
Source: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Nov 12, 2010 - 5:50 PM - by Maura
So, the rumour was that iOS 4.2 would be released today, November 12, at 10am Pacific time. Obviously that hasnít happened, but according to MacStories, who broke the initial story that iOS 4.2 would be out today, and who were correct with their prediction that Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 would also be out this week, iOS 4.2 has been delayed for at least another week. The reason for the delay is a number of Wi-Fi connection issues reported by users running the iPad GM (Gold Master) build.
The problem seems to be that when the iPad connects to a local network, it loses the connection after a few minutes. Other users have apparently reported that they are completely unable to use Safari. For this reason, Apple decided to delay the release of the update until it got the bugs sorted.
Following on from this story today, Engadget is now reporting that Apple has just released a new GM of iOS 4.2 to developers, which addresses the Wi-Fi problem. Provided everything works okay with this latest GM and the Wi-Fi issues are put to bed, then we may be getting our hands on iOS 4.2 sometime next week.
Source: MacStories via Engadget
Nov 11, 2010 - 8:17 PM - by Maura
The Daily Mail reports that the iPad has beaten the Amazon Kindle and Sky 3D TV to win Gadget of the Year and Readersí Gadget of the Year in the Stuff Gadget Awards in the U.K. It failed to scoop the Innovation of the Year award though, as that went to the Microsoft Xbox Kinect.
The Stuff Gadget Awards are held annually in order to give recognition to the best consumer technology devices of the past year, and are voted on by a mixture of expert judges and readers.
ďThe iPadís success was by no means pre-ordained. Itís expensive and functionally limited,Ē Stuff magazine editor and judge Fraser Macdonald told the Daily Mail, adding, ďBut it is also quite gloriously indispensible and only making itself more so with the increasing number of apps and accessories. To see it is to want it, and thatís why itís our gadget of the year.Ē
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 11, 2010 - 7:50 PM - by Maura
Weíre all well-used by now to the various cryptic and often fairly taciturn emails that Apple CEO Steve Jobs occasionally writes to humble Apple customers in reply to questions. According to a report on MacRumors though, Jobs doesnít just content himself with sending emails from his iPad, he even recently picked up the phone and spoke to a developer of a rejected iPad app who emailed him to complain about his app being knocked back. Apparently, just two hours after sending his email, Seattle developer Ram Arumugam received a surprise phone call from Jobs, and the two then had a conversation about Arumugamís rejected app, ďEconomy for iPadĒ. Jobs explained that the app had initially been rejected because of the use of a private API to deal with a bug relating to the iPadís onscreen keyboard. Arumugam agreed to remove the private API, with the result being that Economy for iPad was then accepted in the App Store. Now thatís what you call real personal service from a CEO!
If youíre interested in downloading Economy for iPad, which gives you a snapshot of the U.S. economy, you can check it out here, for £1.79/$2.99.
Now excuse me while I go and compose my email asking Steve Jobs what level heís up to in Angry Birds.
Nov 11, 2010 - 4:20 PM - by Maura
Damon Albarn, lead singer of Gorillaz, has revealed that the cartoon bandís new album was recorded on his iPad while the band were on the road in America.
ďIíve made it on an iPad,Ē he told the NME. ďI hope Iíll be making the first record on an iPad. Which is ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am. Iíve made a completely different kind of record.Ē
Albarn also said that the sound of the album had been strongly influenced by the bandís experiences touring in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years. ďItís probably more American sounding than Blur (Albarnís other band, of course!). It sounds like an English voice that has been put through the vocoder of America. Itís a studio album made in hotel rooms around America.Ē
Despite the fact that Gorillaz already released an album this year Ė Plastic Beach Ė Albarn said that he hopes that the new iPad-recorded album will be released before the end of 2010.
Exciting news indeed,that such a major group might release an album recorded entirely on the iPad!
Source: NME, via Contact Music
Nov 10, 2010 - 6:01 PM - by Maura
Itís not often that iPad owners get to try out a brand-new, high-profile iPad game for the same sale price as the iPhone version, but as Pocket Gamer reports today, Rockstarís Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is currently on sale for a limited time across all iOS platforms, including the HD iPad version, for a uniform £3.99/$6.99. As Pocket Gamer points out, not bad for the definitive version of a game that Ďs currently selling for three times as much on Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. Iíve really been enjoying playing this game as a huge fan of the console versions. It harkens back to the glory days of GTA I and IIís top down action, with the sort of gripping, uncompromising storyline youíd expect from the GTA universe. Rockstar arenít saying how long the game will be available at the current low price, so donít waste any time getting your hands on a copy of the best looking hand-held GTA game to date. You can download it here from the App Store (provided you're 17 years or over, of course).
Source: Pocket Gamer
Nov 10, 2010 - 3:20 PM - by Maura
Of all the many so-called ďiPad KillersĒ that have been touted in recent months, BlackBerry manufacturer RIM probably has the greatest chance of actually giving the iPad a decent run for its money with its recently announced PlayBook tablet. The loyal BlackBerry fanbase will be eager to get their hands on it, and the BlackBerry name carries a lot of weight in terms of the cache of actually owning the particular object of desire. Steve Jobs has recently said that a 7-inch screen, such as the PlayBook's, is actually too small for a tablet, so it will be very interesting to see if he's proved right. And the tablet wars just got a little more intense today, with Reuters reporting that RIM has just announced that it will be selling the PlayBook for under $500. The news gave a big boost to RIMís shares this Wednesday, as they leapt 6 percent to their highest level since June of this year.
RIM says that it intends to launch the PlayBook in the US in the first quarter of 2011, and worldwide in the second quarter.
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