Jun 12, 2010 - 9:44 AM - by Maura
According to the latest posting on Telltale Games’ blog, Aardman Animation heroes Wallace & Gromit are about to hit the iPad with “The Last Resort”, their whodunit adventure. This marks the second game that the company will be bringing to the iPhone, the first being Sam & Max: The Penal Zone.
The story centres around a rainy day in West Wallaby Street, when Wallace decides to brighten things up a bit by turning his and Gromit’s home into an indoor beach paradise. Things take a turn for the worse, as usual, when guests start to get angry and run amok, and a violent crime is committed by person or persons unknown. It’s up to Wallace to figure out who the guilty party is, using his Deduct-o-matic machine and aided by his ever-present sidekick, Gromit.
No release date as yet for the game, which Telltale says it’s still working on.
Source: Telltale Games
Jun 12, 2010 - 8:11 AM - by Maura
Seattle-based creative consultancy Artefact has come up with a concept to get Flash and Silverlight up and running on the iPad, and they’ve got the “proof-of-concept” videos to, um, prove it! The stated aim of the folks at Artefact was to create a site that uses Flash in Mobile Safari without having to install any extra apps. They’ve managed to come up with a solution that they say is not jail-broken, and doesn’t need an app or a plug-in to work. In fact all it needs is the default Safari browser.
Jun 11, 2010 - 6:04 PM - by Maura
In the light of the recent AT&T security breach, computer repair and support company Rescuecom has come up with five top tips to help you ensure that your iPad is protected. Some of them you’ve probably thought of already, but there might be a couple of gems in there that haven’t occurred to you.
1. Turn off the 3G Network – Although AT&T has said that it’s dealt with the threat, if you’re still a little anxious, turning off 3G temporarily will protect your data from any further attack.
2. Request a new SIM from AT&T – The ICC-ID numbers that the hackers were able to access were attached to each user’s SIM. Changing the SIM will therefore change the ICC-ID as well, and you’ll no longer need to worry about it having been compromised.
3. Confirm any email from Apple or AT&T – Just as on your PC or Mac, “phishing attacks” pose a major threat to your iPad’s security, so if you get an email supposedly from someone at Apple or AT&T, confirm that it actually came from them, and remember that the genuine companies never ask for personal information or login information via email.
4. Change your email address – A bit drastic, but if you’re really worried that your email details have got into the wrong hands, your best bet might be to change your email address.
5. Be careful what you use your iPad for – Again, if you’re really worried about security, Rescuecom suggests avoiding mobile banking or anything that transmits personal information, especially when on a 3G network. Probably not necessary as AT&T says it’s dealt with the threat and beefed up its security, but something to bear in mind just in case.
Jun 11, 2010 - 1:05 PM - by Maura
Reuters has a great story today in its Technology section about how the iPad is capturing the imagination of businesses across Asia, many of whom are already adopting it as a vital part of their business strategy.
Reuters gives several examples, including Novarese Inc, a wedding service firm in Japan that is using iPads to help customers select their wedding dresses at its store in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district. Shop assistants use the iPad to show customers videos of catwalk models wearing the wedding dresses in their collection.
“We once considered showing it to customers on laptops but they are heavy. The iPad perfectly fits our demand,” company spokeswoman Kazuka Nohara told Reuters. “We also found something unexpected. Grooms are now more proactive in selecting a wedding dress.”
Also in Japan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical plans to buy 1,300 iPads so that its sales reps can make their presentations more visual and up-to-date.
Elsewhere, Intercontinental Hotels is giving iPads to its concierges in hotels in various cities such as Hong Kong, London and New York, so that they can use them to recommend restaurants and local destinations to visitors. All very encouraging news as far as Apple is concerned, although some analysts still sound a note of caution.
“Whether it ultimately becomes a useful tool in a corporate environment will depend on the ability of software developers to adapt business software to the new style of interface,” Tim Renowden, an analyst at technology consultancy Ovum told Reuters.
Jun 11, 2010 - 9:45 AM - by Maura
If the start of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa has caused you to crave a football/soccer game for your iPad, Gameloft’s Real Football 2010 HD might be a good way to kick off, especially as it’s currently reduced in the iPad App store at $4.99/£2.99. The game features 245 teams, up to 8 leagues, and real player names courtesy of the FIFPro license. The iPad’s big screen really lends itself to games such as this, of course, as does the control system, which enables you to tilt the iPad to throw the ball into play from the touchline, use the touch screen to easily change your offensive/defensive strategy during the match, or to easily select your player.
14 stadiums entirely modelled in 3D are featured in the game, and every player and environment has been completely redrawn to take full advantage of the iPad’s superior graphics.
In International Cup mode, players have the chance to head up teams from Spain, Brazil and France (three of the favourites to win the real World Cup), and play as some of the most famous soccer players in the world, such as England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Game modes on offer include local multiplayer via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, where you can go head-to-head with your mates, Enter the Legend, where you can play as your favourite player for a whole match and manage your own professional football career, and Club Master, which enables you to guide your favourite team through a whole season, including trading players to strengthen your squad. The app also has the facility to download the most recent player database to ensure that the game is up-to-date with the most recent transfer news in the real world of football, and there’s even a Football RSS feed to keep you informed on all the latest football news.
Favourite replays can also be uploaded directly to YouTube from the app, where it can then be rated by other fans, and might even make the Top 10 videos for the month.
With all that going on, looks like a solid bargain at the reduced prices.
Jun 10, 2010 - 6:46 PM - by Maura
The first monthly edition of the wittily-named iPad-exclusive magazine, Sideways, is available to download now in the iTunes App Store for $3.99. Sideways takes full advantage of the iPad’s capabilities to present stories that are immersive and engaging in ways that print alone is not. The magazine app includes regular sections such as Music and Games, Travel, Trips & Tricks, and What’s on Your iPad. The premier issue of the magazine includes features on the World Cup, the best training apps for athletes, and Summer of Music – a guide to all the top music festivals and tours, complete with interactive map.
“Sideways leverages the unique capabilities of the iPad and rich media to deliver stories that combine text with high-quality visuals – video and photography– as well as audio,” said Jim Sweeny, editor-in-chief of Sideways and Tap Tilt. “It’s the first magazine designed specifically for the iPad, with features and columns that entertain readers and enhance their enjoyment of the device. Each monthly issue will experiment with and evolve this new form.”
Jun 10, 2010 - 2:12 PM - by Maura
Despite the fact that President Obama had a bit of an unexpected moan about “iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations” the other week in a speech at Hampton University, it would seem that the rest of the White House is much more enamoured of Apple’s latest object of desire, going by a story in The Washington Post.
According to the Post, many of the most important people in the White House these days have an iPad, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, senior adviser David Axelrod and deputy press secretary Bill Burton. Economic adviser Larry Summers even takes his to staff meetings, and, not to be left out, communications director Dan Pfeiffer and press man Ben Finkenbinder both have iPads on order.
The Post asked various White House movers and shakers what apps they had on their iPads, and answers included the Bloomberg app and Scrabble (Summers), the Vanity Fair magazine app, Scrabble, a news app and the complete last season of Lost (Burton), all the newspaper apps and iBooks (Emanuel), and the MLB and NPR apps (Axelrod).
Source: The Washington Post
Jun 10, 2010 - 12:36 PM - by Maura
Cast your mind back to that very cool-looking iPad MAME arcade cabinet called the iPad iCade that was mocked up by ThinkGeek as an April Fool’s joke. How many of us secretly wished that it was real? I know I did. Well, maybe it will be one day, at least if the efforts of one Hideyoshi Moriya are anything to go by. Moriya was so inspired by the iCade that he actually built his own, fully working version, using a cardboard cabinet, an iPad Dock and an Arduino board, and then filmed himself playing it. As TUAW says, the whole thing might have started out as a joke, but if a big peripheral company such as Mad Katz was to come up with a similar sort of arcade cabinet for the iPad, it would probably fly off the shelves.
The adorable little dog on the sofa is an added bonus!
Source: Pocket-Lint, TUAW
Jun 10, 2010 - 7:20 AM - by Maura
Gawker posted a very troubling story yesterday afternoon detailing a serious security breach that revealed the email addresses of at least 114,000 early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers in the US, including the some incredibly eminent and high-profile people in politics and the military.
The breach was the work of a group called Goatse Security who accessed a script on AT&T’s website. Goatse then informed AT&T of the breach, and AT&T swiftly took the necessary steps to close the security hole, albeit without informing customers of the breach, which was then subsequently exposed by Gawker.
After Gawker’s initial exclusive report, AT&T sent Gawker a statement admitting the breach, saying that the “issue” was corrected by Tuesday, and that it has “essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail addresses.” AT&T also apologised to customers and pledged to inform all those whose email addresses and ICC IDS have been compromised.
Apple has yet to comment on the matter, while AT&T says it is continuing to investigate.
Jun 09, 2010 - 3:46 PM - by Maura
Tech-On! posted a very interesting feature about an app called “ServersMan HD” from FreeBit Co Ltd that is designed to make the iPad accessible from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Tech-On! says that the company has submitted the app to the Apple iPad App Store for approval, and once it has been approved, it will be available as a free download. The app is already available for iPhone (pictured above), Android, Windows Mobile and other devices, with the newest app awaiting approval being the aforementioned iPad-exclusive HD version.
Once ServersMan HD is installed on your iPad, you can access text files, photos and other items stored on the device, such as PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, all via the Internet. You can also use it to upload and download files to and from the iPad.
It all sounds great in theory, although it has to be said that the ratings for the iPhone version in the App store are rather low. Hopefully they’ve ironed out any problems and perfected the software for the iPad, but there’s no way of knowing until it’s approved and released to the App Store and the reviews start coming in.
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