Aug 03, 2010 - 11:50 AM - by Maura
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U03Qs3xmLWA"]YouTube - Snake Galaxy HD[/ame]
The mobile version of Snake is officially the most played game on the planet, according to the Guiness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition, and now Bulkypix is bringing it to the iPad, with Snake Galaxy HD, which was also recently released for iPhone.
In the game, players slide around beautifully rendered 3D planets, with the simple goal of consuming as many jewels as possible before they crash and burn. Players must guide the snake with their finger, steering it towards goodies while avoiding obstacles such as the giant letters on the newspaper planet, for example. With each jewel you consume, your snake will grow a little longer, making it harder for you to avoid obstacles, or your own tail!
In order to unlock the next planet, you must first reach point thresholds by eating the goodies in your way as quickly as possible. Try and quickly grab any large diamonds that you see before they disappear, as they'll earn you big points. The multiplier bar at the bottom of the screen refills every time you feed your snake, but if you let it zero out, you'll have to start building your multiplier chain all over again.
Snake Galaxy will be available for download from the Apple iTunes iPad App Store on August 4th, for 3.99 Euros/$4.99. Can't wait to try it, it looks gorgeous and very addictive.
Aug 03, 2010 - 11:33 AM - by wuyanks
Apple's iPad proved high consumer demand for tablets, and ever since the iPad's launch, the world's leading tech companies have been in a mad scramble to develop their own tablets. And we all know that HP, ASUS, RIM, Toshiba, MSI, and Samsung are all working on tablets, which are expected to debut towards the end of 2010/beginning of 2011. Most of these new tablets, we presume, will be very similar to the Apple iPad, with either a 7" or 10" touchscreen, a plethora of apps, high quality hardware, sleek design, and a button or two. Some have gone as far as to promise... a WebCam! But are any companies really thinking out of the box? Well Samsung certainly is, according to a recent patent application.
Specifically, Samsung recently applied for a "[m]obile terminal having dual touch screen and method of controlling content therein". In layman's terms, Samsung plans to develop a tablet with two touchscreens: one on the front of the device, and one on the back. The purpose would be to have separate gestures for both the front and back, to make the tablet experience easier and quicker to perform specific tasks. Check out the patent diagram below (via UnwiredView)
Samsung already has a standard iPad-esque tablet in the works, the Galaxy Tablet, so we probably won't see this double-sided touchscreen technology for quite some time; however, it's certainly an interesting idea. We have all seen the Motorola Backflip, which has the tradmark "BACKTRACK navigation pad" on its rear: similar in concept to the double-sided touchscreen seen here, and has been somewhat successful. Then again, the BACKTRACK pad is more of a mouse touchpad (think laptop) than a touchscreen. I can't wait to see this "double-sided touchscreen" technology put to practical use. Let us know your thoughts on the future of tablets, and will these radical features have a place in the tablet market?
Aug 03, 2010 - 10:55 AM - by Maura
The HD version of Jet Set Games' popular wacky iPhone turn-based strategy game has arrived on iPad for an introductory price of $2.99£1.79. If you've been looking for a quality strategy sim on your iPad, you could do a lot worse, as it's already getting rave reviews on the App Store. Well, it does come from the makers of Command & Conquer after all!
The HD version of the game features high-resolution artwork and re-designed maps, and all of it wrapped up with Highborn's trademarked wit and colourful characters. Gameplay switched between two different types of strategy game, with players moving forces around on an overhead map to secure spells and combat support, before diving into 3D combat to use the advantages you've gained against the enemy.
The game is designed to be pick-up-and-play, and players can unlock hero characters as they make their way through the game, giving them access to different abilities and play styles. There are also over 20 single-player and multiplayer achievements to unlock, such as judicious use of turns, using units as bait, and making it through an entire mission without capturing support structures.
Aug 02, 2010 - 8:28 PM - by Maura
A Nashville-based construction company called NoliWhite today announced that it has begun an initiative incorporating the use of iPads on hospital and other healthcare-related construction sites. The initiative, which has been named Project Information Integration, is currently being piloted on the construction of John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital's new North Tower in Thomasville, GA.
The initiative will involve craftsmen and supervisors using iPads to view constant links to virtual plan rooms, via 3G, no matter where they are on the site.
NoliWood has already found that using iPads in the pilot project has lead to an estimated cost saving of $179,000 in printing alone. Meanwhile, onsite craftsmen and supervisors have reported that the iPad is much easier to use in the field than a laptop, with one craftsman in particular saying, "It just makes everything so easy and fast, and I really think that it is making me better at what I do every day."
“With everyone involved in the construction process having access to an iPad on site, we will ultimately eliminate the need to carry hundreds of sheets of drawings and thousands of pages of specifications,” says Mike Noli, partner with The NoliWhite Group. “The increased productivity level from our craftsmen and supervisors not having to carry around these massive documents alone makes this a worthwhile initiative.”
Source: The NoliWhite Group
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aCwTOQFj5Q]YouTube - mywi.mov[/ame]
Now that the Jailbreak is out for the majority of iDevices, we can now have a great tether to our iPads. So now, you can basically feel like you got an iPad 3G and you're special. It's real simple to do, just download MyWi 4.0 from Rock or Cydia. You get a 9 day trial and then you have to pay $19.99, but it is so worth it! It takes less than 30 seconds to tether and you can use it on your laptops as well.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-zHXDvIdbM]YouTube - Flipboard For iPad Review / Twitter And Facebook As A Magazine[/ame]
Flipboard is a cool App for iPad where you can log in to your Twitter or Facebook, and it will make it into a great look magazine. So basically, it make your Social Network into something a bit more interesting to read. This is one of the coolest Apps I've seen on the iPad so far. For the cheap price of "free" you cant really fight with that.
Jul 31, 2010 - 2:57 PM - by Maura
The long-awaited OmniFocus for iPad has only been out a day and it's already in the Top Paid iPad App chart, as well as heading straight to the top of the Top Grossing iPad Apps chart, no wonder really as it costs a massive £23.99/$39.99! OmniFocus is basically a task management app that syncs with OmniFocus for iPhone and OmniFocus for Mac, and offers lots of professional features for users.
Among the most notable features of OmniFocus for iPad is a Quick Entry function for fast, easy task capture, which enables tasks to be organised on the fly, or stored in the OmniFocus for iPad inbox. Items can be sorted into projects and folders with as much hierarchy as needed.
Forecast is a new feature which displays a weekly view of due items, and OmniFocus also has the ability to display tasks by work mode or context, for example, tapping "Phone" context will pull up only phone-related tasks.
Other features of the app include a built-in search, the ability to automatically sync Perspectives from OmniFocus for Mac, a Library view of all projects, and much more.
Although it certainly does seem a very expensive app, even for business users, I've been checking out the customer reviews in the US and UK iPad App Stores, and many seem to say that it is worth the money for those who require this level of organisation, simply because it's so well done.
Source: The Omni Group
Jul 31, 2010 - 2:23 PM - by Maura
Wired reports that American iPad owners are paying through the nose for their iPad data services, at least according to a company called Tableau Software, that has come up with a chart comparing how much different countries pay around the world in terms of dollars per GB of data on the iPad. It turns out that Hong Kong and Singapore have the cheapest data rates, with plans that come to under one-twentieth the cost per GB paid by US consumers.
"You can get a GB of data for 51 cents in Singapore," said Ross Perez, a data analyst at Tableau Software. "What's so special about the US that we pay so much more?" he asks, noting the comparison with the 2GB of data you get for a whopping $25 per month in the US.
However, as Wired points out, at least America isn't the most expensive country on the list, with that dubious honour going to France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Jul 31, 2010 - 1:42 PM - by Maura
It seems not a day goes by without news of another possible "iPad-killer" tablet in development by one of Apple's many rivals, but Bloomberg has a significant story today stating that Research in Motion LTD (RIM), who makes the BlackBerry, is planning to release a tablet as soon as November to rival the iPad.
According to Bloomberg's sources, who wished to remain anonymous but who were "familiar with the company's plans", the new tablet will be very similar in size to the iPad, and will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that will enable users to connect to the Internet via their BlackBerry.
Bloomberg's sources say that the RIM tablet will be called the Blackpad, and that the pricing will be similar to that of the iPad, around $499. They add that it will play to the BlackBerry brand's strengths, such as the great email service and the phone's popularity with business customers, and that it will also have front and back facing cameras, something the iPad doesn't have, of course.
"They can't wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they'll fall too far behind," Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Inc. in New York told Bloomberg.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csccfh80QZ8]YouTube - How To Run iPhone Apps Full Screen On iPad FullForce - Quick Tip #8 - iPhone Vlog 35[/ame]
This simple little download from Cydia will allow most of your iPhone Apps to run full screen on iPad. No, this isn't the X2 button, it's called FullForce. A free download where you have the ability to choose which iPhone apps you want to run full screen. With this tweak, you are also able to use the iPad keyboard on iPhone Apps.
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