The iPad has managed to enter every single sector of human activity - from medical professionals working with the tablet daily in hospitals, to teachers trying to improve their educational efforts and governmental facilities relying on the fast technology for their assignments. The iPad can do just about anything. But, for those who don’t know it yet, Apple has released its new “Why You’ll Love iPad” campaign.
If you’re having a deja-vu, the tech giant has released a similar campaign especially tailored for its iconic smartphone – “Why You’ll Love iPhone”.
You can access the “Why You’ll Love iPad” page from Apple.com. Here the company offers some criteria that should persuade new customers that choosing an iPad is the right solution for them. Apple lists all the awards the tablet has won over the years and the surveys which indicate the iPad to be on top of consumer preferences. There are also details about the wide range of applications, the beautiful screen (in the case of the fully-fledged iPad we have a Retina Display). The webpage lists LTE connectivity, the iOS 6 and the powerful camera amongst others are also listed as uncontestable trumps.
The introduction of “Why You’ll Love iPad” states:
“When iPad was introduced, there was nothing quite like it. And there still isn’t. Today millions of people are using iPad and iPad mini to do just about anything you can imagine. Here are a few reasons why they’re loving every minute of it.”
So far, Microsoft hasn’t done very well for itself in the tablet department, where the Apple’s iPad still reigns supreme. But according to new information we stumbled upon, Microsoft is not just yet ready to give up the fight. On the contrary.
Users owning devices with a resolution less than 1,366 x 768 pixels aren’t really invited to try out the new Windows 8 operating system. However, this requirement has been recently dropped. Without making any fuss about it, the tech giant has changed its policy in the resolution department, giving the green light to devices that sport 1,024 x 768. This resolution seems to hint towards a 7-inch or 8-inch screen tablet that – if released, will likely compete with the iPad mini.
Even Apple had to adapt to the growing trend of mini tablets which come at a more accessible price. So, maybe now it’s time for Microsoft to do the same. The company has released the Surface and other Windows 8 tablets, but apparently, the market is oriented towards smaller editions at the moment.
The changes outlined above, were included in the “Windows Certification Newsletter” dating from the 12th of March:
“We’re changing the System.Client.Tablet.Graphics.MinimumResolution requirement to create a consistent minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 at a depth of 32 bits across all Windows 8 system form factors. The physical dimensions of the display panel must still match the aspect ratio of the native resolution. This doesn’t imply that we’re encouraging partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution.”
Adding straw to the fire, Redmond and Barnes & Noble have reportedly teamed up to design a “Microsoft Reader” device of some sorts. Might this be the lower resolution Windows 8 tablet?
Since the launch of the iPad 2, the Smart Cover has become one of the key accessories that helps keeping your tablet safe. The cover is uber slim, doesn’t make your iPad bulk and is made of polyurethane or aniline-dyed Italian leather. Either way, the Cover has been present in the latest variations of the iPad including the iPad mini, but some might argue that its design and features haven’t seen a revamping since it was first introduced.
Som how could the concept of Smart Cover be improved? We have a few ideas. For example, the Smart Cover could act as a wireless charger for the iPad. Apple has already published a patent along these lines which is called “Integrated inductive charging in protective cover”. Charging your iPad while on the move will certainly appeal to all kinds of tablet users all over the world. But the question remains, how much will the Smart Cover bulk up the tablet, in order to perform the task?
Another idea for a Smart Cover improvement comes from the very popular eco environment. Apple might create an alternate source of feeding the iPad, by implementing solar cells within the Cover which would be in charge of harvesting energy. A flexible display might be in the cards, as well, according to another uncovered Apple patent that reads:
“This future Smart Cover will include the following: a flexible flap having a size and shape in accordance with the size of the iPad’s display where at least a portion of the flexible flap is covered by a flap display configured to present visual information.”
Other theories include an e-Reader Cover screen or a Built-in keyboard. .
Source: Technology Personalized
Mar 29, 2013 - 12:04 PM - by Maura
The Runaway adventure game series is incredibly popular with fans of the genre, so it’s great to see that Bulkypix has just released an iOS version of the award-winning Runaway: A Twist of Fate. The darkly humorous adventure boasts graphics worthy of an animated movie, as well as dozens of charismatic characters, 200 riddles and puzzles, and a variety of colourful environments. The plot in this latest instalment sees Brian faking his own death in order to escape his sentence for allegedly murdering Colonel Kordsmeier. Gina’s back too, joining Brian as he attempts to prove his innocence. And talking of Gina, Bulkypix says that in a first for a Runaway game, the adventure will feature more balanced gameplay, with players getting to play some of the time as Gina, and some of the time as Brian.
Here are some of the game’s main features, courtesy of Bulkypix:
If you’re a fan of similar adventure games such as Broken Sword, then don’t hesitate to try this. As ever, it’s great to see how point-and-click adventure games are thriving on the iOS platform.
- A rich plot, hilarious dialogue and stellar graphics make Runaway: A Twist of Fate an adventure game for the ages
- Visit close to 100 exceptionally stylized sets, each with unequalled detail
- Tons of charismatic 3D characters which blend perfectly with the game’s 2D backgrounds.
- An innovative, user-friendly help system
- The app is divided in two parts because of its size
Click here to download the game for $4.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runa...608379750?mt=8
Mar 29, 2013 - 11:38 AM - by Maura
A true classic RPG has just arrived in the App Store, with Square Enix bringing Final Fantasy V to iOS! Yes, 20 years after the game was originally released in Japan, the classic RPG is finally here for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The epic storyline features four heroes brought together by fate: Bartz and his Chocobo companion (you can never have enough Chocobos or Moogles on iOS, if you ask me!), Princess Lenna of Castle Tycoon, the mysterious Galuf, and pirate captain Faris. Join them on their adventure to prevent disaster, as the crystals that bring peace and prosperity to the world— earth, water, fire, and wind—have lost their power. And it looks like this latest version of the classic game is in safe hands, as veteran character designer Kazuko Shibuya is responsible for recreating the characters and graphics.
You can also now customise characters with more freedom than ever before, using the Job and Ability System, which includes the additional Gladiator, Cannoneer, Oracle and Necromancer jobs. The touch-screen controls and active-time battle system have both been optimised for fluid combat on your iOS devices, and this new version of the game also includes “The Sealed Temple” from the 2006 version, as well as the Tetsuya Nomura-designed optional boss, Enuo. It’s already getting great reviews from the fans in the App Store, so it looks like Square Enix has done another great job!
Click here to download for £10.99/€14.99$15.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fina...609577016?mt=8
Source: Square Enix
Recently, Apple has been experiencing a drop in full-fledged iPad orders, so it did the reasonable thing – it cut down on its production and adopted a more realistic point a view. Now, news relayed to us by DigiTimes claims that the tech giant has taken the same approach with the iPad mini. But not because the shrunken tablet is performing poorly. The iPad mini has been seeing constant demand in the last few months. However, as Apple has already scheduled the launch of the second generation mini tablet, the company saw fit to axe 10-12 million units for Q2 of 2013. Bringing this information, DigiTimes quotes “multiple sources who provide various components” for the Mini.
“The decrease may be as high as 20% on month during April, the sources noted, and may continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter to bring total shipments of the iPad mini to as low as 10 million units during the quarter.”
Even if the story remains a rumor, the strategy makes sense, as Apple might be looking to clear the front ahead of the launch of the second generation gadget. Another theory, however, claims that the ruthless competition Apple is facing coming from the Android camp, has influenced the above decision.
The latest Apple report suggests that the tech giant is expecting to sell 88 million iPads in 2013. The emphasis is placed on the iPad mini, with a forecast of 55 million units sold, as opposed to just 33 million of 9.7 inch iPads.
Mar 28, 2013 - 3:48 PM - by Maura
The incredibly successful Halfbrick (Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Age of Zombies) has today announced its next game, Fish Out Of Water. The game features a daredevil group of feisty fish, who want to escape the ocean and see the world from a totally different perspective. The gameplay involves an entirely one-touch interface, where players throw their fish to send them soaring through the clouds and skipping over the water. Featured characters include speed demon Rocket, Micro the whale, and Errol the vacant blowfish. In each round, you have three throws, and get to choose the best fish to suit the conditions of the ocean, which change every hour, from calm to tempestuous thunderstorm. You might even get to see geysers, glaciers, and bouncing jellyfish! After your three throws, the Crab Crew will rate your performance according to distance, number of skips, and other factors. This is a bit of a departure from Halfbrick, but doubtless it will be as successful as all their other games!
Look for the game to land in the App Store very soon, for $0.99.
“We’re always pumped to get new games into the hands of our fans,” said Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride creator Luke Muscat. “Fish Out Of Water
has been an amazing ride so far, keeping the simplicity of Halfbrick games intact but introducing a vibrant personality through all of our fishy characters. It’s a complete package and we’re almost ready to roll!”
Mar 27, 2013 - 4:35 PM - by Maura
Telltale Games announced today that it is holding a worldwide sale on its award-winning multi-platform game, The Walking Dead, and that includes the iOS version. For the next few weeks, from now until Wednesday, April 10, fans of the smash hit TV show can get the game series at a discounted price, with episodes 2-5 being priced at $2.99 each, or 40% off, and the Multi-Pack bundle of episodes 2-5 costs $9.99, or more than 30% off. The first episode is free to download. The Walking Dead: The Game, has received more than 80 Game of the Year awards from multiple media outlets, including Spike TV, USA Today, Mashable, Wired, Yahoo! Games, GamesRadar, and Destructoid, to name but a few! In particular, the iOS version of the series was named Best App Ever by the Mobile World Congress, won a BAFTA for Best Mobile and Handheld title, and was this week voted Best Adventure/RPG, Most Innovative Game, and iOS Game of the Year at the PocketGamer Awards in San Francisco.
Click here to download the game: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walking-dead-the-game/id524731580?mt=8
Source: Telltale Games
Mar 27, 2013 - 3:15 PM - by Maura
According to a new story on BGR today, Apple is said to be building a 4K Ultra HD iTV set with a 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution, ready for release either at the end of 2013, or the beginning of 2014. Apparently, the new set will have voice and motion-controlled functionality, and Internet connectivity This latest rumour in the ever-churning Apple TV rumour mill comes via DigiTimes, which says that Apple is relying on LG Display to manufacture large quantities of the Ultra HD TV display panels required for the new TV by the second half of this year. Provided they can deliver the goods on time, Apple will release the set before the end of this year, rather than early next year, according to the sources. The report also says that while LG Display concentrates on building the Apple TV’s screens, other of Apple’s regular component suppliers will be asked to work exclusively on other Apple devices.
Source: Apple iTV release date rumor: Late 2013, early 2014 | BGR
Apple expected to release Ultra HD TV
Most iPad owners, who don't use the gadget only for entertainment but also work on it, require the use of a keyboard. And there have been many companies offering keyboards from the simple rudimentary ones to the solar powered ones.
But the new iPad accessory Logitech is about to launch is more than a keyboard. The new Logitech Keyboard Folio comes boasting a double edge. Not only will it provide the much needed keyboard but once you are done working, it can turn into the protective layer meant to cover your iPad’s screen.
The Logitech Keyboard Folio can be connected to your tablet via Bluetooth and will provide the comfort and familiarity of big keys. What’s more interesting is that it also comes packing special keys for iPad shortcuts. The Folio is equipped with a closing system which relies on magnets, thus helping you keep the tablet from getting damaged when you’re travelling, for example. The case/keyboard also allows users to arrange the tablet in several comfortable angles.
Mike Culver, vice president of brand development accessories for Logitech, stated:
"To take the design a step farther, we combined Logitech's expertise and experience in keyboards with high-quality materials to bring a sense of sophistication to the functional protection people want and need for their tablets."
The Logitech Keyboard Folio will become available for purchase in the United States and Europe around April and customers will have to spend $99.99 to get their hands on one.
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