Aug 29, 2010 - 6:54 AM - by Maura
Apple Insider reports today that Apple’s iPad shipping times for new online orders for both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi and 3G models have finally returned to “Within 24 hrs” status, which would seem to indicate that Apple is now on top of the previous iPad production issues, and supply is now meeting demand. The supply problems have dragged on for months, ever since the device’s launch in fact, with the shipping wait period seeming to have been stuck on 7 to 10 days for far too many months, before reducing slightly to between 3 and five days, until finally now reaching its happy under 24 hours status. As AppleInsider reports, Apple has sold some 3.27 million iPads since its initial launch, and probably could have sold many thousands more if only supply had managed to keep up with demand. Many more iPad launches in many more countries are planned by Apple before the end of the year.
Aug 29, 2010 - 6:31 AM - by Maura
The Seattle Seahawks have just used specially developed iPad kiosks to register more than 20,000 fans for the team’s 15 open practices at Bing Training Camp in Renton, WA. The iPad kiosks were created by Mike James and design consultant Jer Schweickart specifically around the iPad’s distinct feature set. The kiosk’s iPad enclosures feature a radio-transparent, heavy-duty plastic body, which ensures that all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G radio frequencies are totally unimpeded. The front bezel of the kiosk restricts the use of the iPad’s Home button, so that users can’t quit the kiosk application, and the iPad can be used in both landscape and portrait mode. Here’s Mike James talking about his creation being used by the Seahawks:
“The Seahawks needed professionally built iPad kiosks that were flexible, ADA compliant, and built to take the abuse of tens of thousands of fans over a few weeks. Our Exquisite iPad kiosks are really the only choice on the market.”
Aug 29, 2010 - 5:59 AM - by Maura
Your iPad screen is the most vulnerable, exposed and potentially fragile part of the entire device, so it’s natural to want to keep it clean and free of fingerprints and dust as well as protect it. Padacs has a couple of products to help you to look after your iPad screen, kicking off with its Screen Care Kit ($12.95), which consists of a 30g tube of anti-static, alcohol- and ammonia-free micro gel, and a micro-fibre cloth. It’s a neat little package and it certainly does the trick of getting rid of all those pesky finger marks and smudges. It’s very easy to apply too, all you do is squeeze a small pea-sized amount onto the micro-fibre cloth, then wipe the screen with the cloth in a circular motion. I found that you only need a very small amount of gel, I actually put far too big a dollop on initially, and it took a little longer to work in, so next time I’ll be using a much smaller amount. In the end I was very pleased with the results, as it left my iPad screen looking finger-print free and very shiny, and it also felt like it had a little extra protective coating against subsequent finger prints.
Padacs’ second screen protecting product is its GlareGuard, military-grade anti-glare screen protector. This is actually quite a tricky area, as there are quite a few dodgy screen protectors out there and I’ve already been burned by spending a lot of money on a screen protector which turned out to be very cloudy and spoiled the vibrancy of the iPad’s display. The ideal iPad screen protector should cut out glare and protect the screen from scratches, splashes and smudges, at the same time as remaining very responsive to the touch and not dulling the pleasure of the experience of using your iPad. I’d have to say that the Padacs GlareGuard is successful on all counts.
As far as applying the screen protector goes, well it’s pretty much the same as putting on any other screen protector, you just have to take your time, make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned the screen first with the supplied cloth before applying it, and be completely sure you’ve lined it up with all the edges before you start to smooth it down with the little piece of cardboard that also comes with the kit.
Once the GlareGuard was actually in place, I was pretty satisfied with the end result – it doesn’t dull the colours, it cuts out excessive glare very effectively, and it definitely hasn’t diminished the responsiveness of the screen in any way. I know that not everyone feels it’s necessary to have a screen protector for their iPad, but I certainly feel a little happier knowing that my screen is protected from any little splashes or mishaps that might occur! And, at $12.95, it’s half the price of the expensive screen protector I ended up dumping in the bin. So a result all round, I’d say.
Both the GlareGuard screen protector and Screen Care Kit are available from Padacs here.
Aug 28, 2010 - 8:05 AM - by Maura
Heads up, Match-3 fans! Playrix has announced today that Fishdom HD will be its first iPad game; it's expected to be available in the App Store by mid-September. Fishdom on iPad is an HD adaptation of the award-winning match-3 downloadable title of the same name.
In the game, players earn cash by progressing through match-3 boards and solving puzzles to earn virtual cash. They can then use their winnings to buy exotic fish, ornaments, and plants to create and design their very own aquarium. On completion of levels, players will be rewarded with Cups allowing extra bonuses. Fishdom's gameplay is designed to adapt to each individual user's skills and pace, offering exactly the level of difficulty a player feels comfortable with.
The popular downloadable Fishdom franchise counts six installments in total, including the recently launched sequel Fishdom 2. Fishdom first appeared in 2008, and subsequently won numerous Best Game awards, including the iParenting Media Award as Best Video Game of 2009.
Aug 27, 2010 - 7:32 PM - by Maura
Gizmodo and lots of other sites around the web have posted details of Griffin’s forthcoming iPad and iPhone “PartyDock”, which was posted to the Federal Communications Commission website for certification. The dock comes with four wireless controllers, which, as you can see from the photograph, fit neatly into the dock when not in use, and which enable up to four gamers to play special Griffin branded games (Midway Motors, Fishing Frenzy and Flippin’ Frogs) on iPad and iPhone. Although the picture only shows an iPhone, I would think that the iPad’s bigger screen makes it ideal as a party gaming system. However, if you’re looking to use the device on an even bigger screen, it also comes with the means to send video out to a TV via composite and component cables. <o>
</o> As the PartyDock has only just been submitted for certification, there is no official release date or price point for the peripheral as yet.
Aug 26, 2010 - 7:23 PM - by Maura
Mashable warns today of a scam currently doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter offering a free iPad. The scam is apparently being spread by hacked accounts. Mashable reports that Twitter’s security account, @safety, posted the following message the other day:<o></o>
“If you’ve received a message promising you a new iPad, not only is there no ipad, but also your friends have been hacked.”<o></o>
It also said that it would be sending out password resets to those people that have been hacked. <o>
</o> According to Mashable, although the scam is also present on Facebook, it’s not on the same scale, with only a few people being affected.<o>
</o> Yahoo News, also covering the story, spoke to Twitter user Gerome Stevens, who found that the scammers were using his Twitter account to send messages to his friends asking them to visit a site called better-gifts.net. Once they got to the site, it then tried to mine valuable personal information off them. <o>
</o> It’s easy to be caught out by these scams no matter how clued-up you think you are, so everyone should as always take care what personal information they divulge on the web.
Source: Mashable, Yahoo News <o></o>
We knew it was coming and we were frothing at the mouth just waiting for it. I've got Netflix streaming on almost any device in my house with a screen.... now the iPhone and iPad can stream Netflix as well.
If you are unfamiliar with Netflix, it's an online service that allows you to rent DVD's by mail and also to stream a large selection (not everything, but a good selection) to any manner of devices that support it.
I am constantly streaming movies and TV shows so I don't have to wait for DVD's to arrive by mail. This feature alone has made Netflix a great service for me.
You can get the streaming app via the iTunes store at this link: Netflix App
Aug 26, 2010 - 7:44 AM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1nlzHzuYaY]YouTube - "Zen Brush" for iPad / iPhone demo[/ame]
Zen Brush is a beautiful zen art app that really makes you want to take up a brush yourself. Obviously artists will enjoy it, but it also looks like something that could be really relaxing and soothing to just dabble in, even if you’re not usually one for buying art apps. There’s just something beautifully stylish and soothing about the app, very, indeed, zen!
Zen Brush is designed to convey the feeling and texture of using a real ink brush to write or paint, as well as the elegance of zen art. There are 12 different background style templates included, such as modern Japanese and ink-wash painting, as well as a brush style adjustment slider and the facility to export your art works to Camera Roll, plus a Twitter post function via Twit Pic.
The new update has apparently just fixed a couple of bugs, and introduced support for some new Twitter/TwitPic authentication methods.
You can download the newly updated iPad version of Zen Brush here for $2.99/1.79. There’s also an iPhone version available too.
Aug 26, 2010 - 7:00 AM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Nw3uslFpY]YouTube - Supermarket Management HD for the iPad[/ame]
Time-management games really fall into that love 'em or hate 'em bracket. Some people just don't get the point of them, whereas others just can't stop themselves time managing almost anything. One things for sure, like zombie and ninja games, as long as we keep buying 'em, they'll keep making 'em!
G5 Entertainment has been responsible for some really fun time-management games, such as Stand O' Food, Supermarket Mania and Jane's Hotel, and now they're bringing Supermarket HD to the iPad. The game has already been a big hit on the iPhone, and now iPad-owning time-management fans get to enjoy the enhanced version on their big screen, where you tend to feel a bit less harassed with more room to manoeuvre.
In the game you get to control recent college graduate Kate and try and help her survive and thrive in her first job running a supermarket. Kate's duties range from stacking shelves to hiring and supervising new employees. You also get to buy upgrades to enhance and improve your store with your takings. The game includes 9 sale mini-games, 3 assistants to hire, and four different shops across 49 levels. It's pretty much the usual standard Time Management fare that we all know and love/loathe, only looking extra glossy on the iPad.
You can download Supermarket Management here from the App store for $4.99/£2.99, and there are also free versions of most of G5's time-management games for you to try in the App Store.
Aug 25, 2010 - 8:09 PM - by Maura
Reuters reports today that a survey from market research firm iSuppli says that Apple's competitors such as Hewlett Packard and Dell who are attempting to bring out iPad killers will all struggle to come up with anything as brilliant as Apple's hardware, software, OS and apps. Despite all the endless announcements that this or that company has the next "iPad" killer ready to unleash on the market at any minute, iSuppli predicts that the iPad will hold at least 70 percent of the market in 2011, and 62 percent by 2012. It also predicts that no strong contenders will emerge to challenge the iPad in 2011, especially after the iPad has had one of the best starts ever for a consumer electronics device, with sales of 3.3 million.
"It's still unlikely that any of the competitors will be able to equal the overall performance experience of the iPad," Rhoda Alexander, iSuppli's director of monitor research, told Reuters.
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