Sep 13, 2010 - 2:53 PM - by Maura
Apple has announced today that China will be getting the Wi-Fi version of the iPad on Friday, September 17. It will be available to buy in Apple Retail Stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers from 10 a.m. As with the launches in other countries, Apple Retail Stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to any customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them to set up their email, load their favourite apps and more. Apple Retail Stores in China will also be hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about their new purchase.
The iPad Wi-Fi models will retail in China for CNY3988 ($589) for 16GB, CNY4788 ($707) for 32GB and CNY5588 ($825) for 64GB.
As with previous such announcements, Apple says that it will be launching the iPad in lots of other new territories before the end of the year.
Reporting on the news, AppleInsider adds that Apple just recently opened a megastore in Shanghai, China, and that it intends to open 25 more stores in the country, as it attempts to make further inroads into the potentially huge market.
Source: Apple, AppleInsider
Sep 11, 2010 - 9:59 AM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZeoQ_sViVI]YouTube - My iPad iBuddy (Steve Young Football My Buddy Spoof)[/ame]
It’s always good to feature a football game or two to tie in with the start of the football season, and what makes the new Steve Young Football game for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch even more worthy of a mention is the really silly YouTube trailers for the game, such as the one above. I thought it was only me that hugged my iPad like that! Anyway, cool adverts aside, the game is the first iOS device app from developer Vaporware Labs, and it brings fast, finger-controlled action to the gridiron, with players getting the chance to control Super Bowl XXIX MVP and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young, as they drive down the field to collect stars, avoiding the many dangerous traps and pitfalls in their path, such as land mines, tornadoes, teleporters, pinball bumper, running pigs and so on!
Steve Young Football takes the action of pro football and combines it with fast-paced arcade action, creating a new type of game that mixes up “paper” or “flick” football with tower defence-style gameplay. Players control Steve Young by placing their finger on the screen and moving him around the backfield. Once Steve is lined up, players flick their finger, firing Steve towards the star and across the goal line to score. There are more than 80 levels in total to be unlocked via single-player gameplay, with four distinct themes: traditional football, classic video game, space and horror.
The game also offers unique one-on-one action with a live opponent, as two players take turns setting up obstacles on the field and running Steve past them to score. More obstacles and enemies for the multiplayer game can be unlocked in the single-player campaign, and the game makes inventive use of the iPad’s wireless capabilities by enabling players to place two iPads next to each other, instantly doubling the size of the playing field available.
Steve Young will be donating 100% of his proceeds from the game, and Vaporware Labs will also be donating a portion of their proceeds from the game, to Forever Young, Steve Young’s foundation that helps children with emotional, physical and financial difficulties. You can find out more about the foundation at ForeverYoung.Org.
You can download Steve Young Football from the iTunes App Store for $4.99/£2.99 for the iPad version and $0.99/$0.59 for the iPhone and iPod touch version.
Source: fortyseven communications
Sep 11, 2010 - 6:53 AM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P0tkjkSO20]YouTube - GetGlue Promo[/ame]
Mashable reports that popular sharing and recommendation site GetGlue has launched its own iPad app, following the successful launch of the iPhone app. With GetGlue for iPad, users can “check-in” to their favourite TV shows, such as Glee, or movies such as Scott Pilgrim, as well as books, music, games and many other categories. You can also see what your friends are watching, listening to and reading, and share your “likes” with them as well as getting suggestions based on your likes. Partners such as Maker, freeloader, Happiness Consultant and HBO also offer rewards to users, in the shape of points and stickers, and with Fox having just signed a new deal with GetGlue, fans can also collect stickers for hit Fox shows such as Glee and Bones.
The GetGlue iPad app, which Wired calls “the single most useful social networking tool I’ve encountered”, is free to download here from the iPad App Store.
Sep 10, 2010 - 7:29 PM - by Maura
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfFfqMR6uK0"]YouTube - Get the new Newsday iPad application[/ame]<o></o>
Check out this really clever ad that’s featured on the New York Times’ Bits blog, which shows how there’s still one way in which the iPad is inferior to a printed newspaper - it makes a really lousy fly swatter! The ad is actually for Long Island and New York City newspaper Newsday’s iPad app, and features a man enjoying reading the app at his breakfast table, before attempting to swat a pesky fly with it, only to find that smashing your iPad down hard on a table isn’t actually a very good idea. It makes me wonder whether or not they used a stunt iPad though, as I thought iPad screens were supposed to be tougher than that? I hope I never get to find out if mine’s that easy to smash! Bits points out that the Newsday app has many useful services, such as offering Long Island news, local sports scores, and the chance to scroll through local live traffic cams, but unfortunately it’s totally useless when it comes to swatting flies!<o></o>
Source: The New York Times<o></o>
Sep 10, 2010 - 5:37 AM - by Maura
Two research bodies in the UK, City University London and The Stroke Association, a charity that does a lot of great work for stroke patients and stroke prevention in the UK, have revealed that they are holding trials and tests using the iPad and the Nintendo Wii to help stroke patients with aphasia language problems to communicate via gestures rather than words.<o>
</o> According to a report on eWeek, the project , entitled “Gesture Recognition in Aphasia Therapy” (or GReAT), will last for the next 18 months, with a prototype being tested on members taken from 30 of The Stroke Association’s Stroke Clubs in the London area. Patients involved in the study will practice making gestures, and will then be able to access instant feedback and become more proficient with their gestures via constant repetition of the moves. <o>
“Gesture tracking and recognition technologies are becoming a ubiquitous part of new computing and gaming environments, ranging from Apple’s touch-screen iPad through the handheld Nintendo Wii Remote to Microsoft’s forthcoming Kinect for the Xbox 360,” Stephanie Wilson, senior lecturer in HCID at City University told eWeek. “Whilst popular in gaming, we will evaluate the suitability of such technologies in aphasia rehabilitation.”
eWeek reports that UK government agency, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is helping to fund the project. <o></o>
Sep 09, 2010 - 5:56 PM - by Maura
EA today brings the original, best-selling family favourite Yahtzee to the iPad, complete with colourful HD graphics, a bigger, brighter touch interface, simple tap controls, innovative modes of play, and new ways to share with, and challenge, your friends.
The game features a variety of different modes, including “classic” Yahtzee, the colourful Rainbow Mode, the strategic Duplicate Mode, multiplayer Battle Mode, Pass n’ Play, and the iPad-exclusive Duplicate Rainbow Mode. You can also become a “Yahtzee Adventurer” and take on in-game characters designed especially to test your skills and there are also lots of achievements to unlock.
The app also has great social gameplay features, including Facebook Connect, which enables you to post your high scores and issue challenges to other players, as well as an iPad-optimized interface designed for more dynamic gameplay.
Yahtzee costs £2.99/$4.99 and is available to download now from the iPad App Store. Gotta say it’s looking good! EA always does this sort of thing so well.
Source: EA Games
Sep 09, 2010 - 5:15 PM - by Maura
Rockstar has today released the long-awaited HD version of GTA: Chinatown Wars, and it’s looking pretty good! The critically acclaimed title brings the intense, story-driven action to the iPad with updated, high-definition graphics.
The game follows the tale of Huang Lee and his adventures in the dangerous criminal underground of Liberty City, a Molotov cocktail of the best gameplay elements of the GTA series mixed up with intuitive touch-screen controls, plus the aural delights of Independence FM, enabling you to customize the game’s soundtrack using music from your own iTunes library.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has already been a huge hit across many different platforms, making it the highest-rated handheld title of this console generation, and it’s bound to have even greater success on the system for which it was surely made. To get your hands on the iPad version, you’ll have to fork over £5.99/$9.99 at the App Store.
Source: Rockstar Games
We can only hope that the VLC App that was submitted to the app store this morning will get a quick approval. A group called Applidium is working with the VLC group to make this app a reality.
What exactly is VLC? VLC is short for Video Lan Client, a very popular and cross platform video playing tool that can pretty much handle any type of file/codec that you throw at it.
It works great on Mac, Windows and Linux and we can hope that the stability in the iOS platform is just as good. We recently told you about CineXPlayer but we think VLC has the potential to be even better.
You can follow the tweets for this event on the videolan Twitter page here: VideoLAN (videolan) on Twitter
Applidium can be followed here: Applidium (applidium) on Twitter
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Sep 09, 2010 - 5:57 AM - by Maura
Chillingo’s fun crime-fighting caper, The Hero, has finally made the leap onto the iPad with an HD version. Along with the original iPhone game’s quirky humour and non-stop action, the new iPad version of the game, developed by Traplight Games, features a brand new single-finger flight control option that enables The Hero to glide gracefully and heroically through the sky, taking out villains with his usual aplomb. The new HD graphics give the game more visual pop, and online Leaderboards and Achievements enable you to showcase your crime-fighting prowess and pit your skills against other fans all over the world.
The storyline is the same as the iPhone version, with the game’s protagonist, The Hero, saving the world one metropolis at a time from the clutches of the maniacally evil Dr. Hubbub. Guide him around the friendly and unfriendly skies and marvel as he catches falling babies, puts out fires, and generally tries to gives the world’s villains a collective bloody nose. The Hero’s hobbies include puffing out his buff chest and chatting up the Police Chief’s sexy secretary, Miss Rose, but most of the time, he’s just being heroic, because someone has to!
If you like the sound of all that wacky mayhem, then you can download The Hero HD here for $2.59/£1.19.
Sep 08, 2010 - 4:07 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today on the findings of an analyst who believes that Apple will sell at least 28 million iPads in 2011. Maynard Um, an analyst with UBS Investment Research, issued an investors’ note this week, upping his AAPL stock price target to $350 from $340. Aside from Um’s sales forecast, the main thrust of his report appeared to revolve around his findings that the iPad is “adversely affecting the PC industry”.
In his report, Um stated that notebook sales are suffering at the hand of the iPad, hence the recent surge of would-be “iPad killer” tablets. Um also believes that the iPad is mainly hurting the lower end of PC sales with its competitive pricing.
Whilst Um acknowledges that the iPad’s functionality still falls short of that of notebook PCs, he ventures that someone who has just bought an iPad may well be more likely to delay purchasing a PC or upgrading their current PC. Um also notes that there is no evidence that the iPad is having any sort of adverse effect on Mac sales.
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