Apr 03, 2013 - 3:20 PM - by Maura
BGR has some fresh news today about Apple’s much-rumoured own-branded HDTV set, courtesy of the usually very well sourced Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, who is currently on a fact-finding trip to China and Taiwan, where he has been speaking with his sources in Apple’s supply chain. According to White, these sources have told him that Apple will be launching the iTV set in the second half of 2013, and, more specifically, they have told him that this new TV set will have a game-changing innovation that will “revolutionize the TV experience forever,” which is pretty exciting stuff to hear!
White is very detailed in his description of the features that his sources have told him to expect in the Apple-branded TV. First off, he says that it will be 60 inches in size, secondly, he says that it will come with a mini device called the “iRing”, which you will wear on your finger, and then use as a pointing device to control the TV, doing away with some aspects of the traditional remote. Thirdly, White’s sources say that the iTV will have a “mini iTV” screen, where you can also view content, as well as using it for other tasks, such as video conferencing, home security, etc. These mini screens will also be able to capture content from the TV over a distance of up to 200 meters, so that you can view your TV programmes in your kitchen, or garden, for example. White also says that Apple’s rumoured iWatch will work in conjunction with the iRing. He ventures that the entire package could cost around $1,500 to $2,500. All sounds very exciting, if true!
Source: Apple iTV Release Date: 2013 Launch, Major Innovation Coming | BGR
What’s more fun than owning an iPad? Stumbling upon a great accessory that allows you to exploit your device to the fullest. One such accessory is the DOCKr – a real goodie bag for techies which offers a total of six different accessories, all in one. There are two versions – DOCKr1 and DOCKr2.
The six features of DOCKr are: a case, battery, speakers, keyboard, viewing dock and changeable styling. The case allows users you keep their tablet in landscape mode or in portrait mode, depending on what they are working on. However, if you are sitting in bed and planning to watch a movie, the case is 140 degrees adjustable. Back and forwards sliding is possible as well, so users can find the position they are most comfortable in.
DOCKr 1 is the primitive version, as it does not come featuring a battery, Bluetooth speakers or USB ports. However, DOCKr 2 has all that. The battery is supposed to provide an extra of 6 to 8 hours to your tablet. Thanks to the USB ports, other devices like phones or memory sticks can be connected to the iPad.
The DOCKr is brought to you by the inNuevo startup and at the moment is still in its Kickstarter phase. Users interested in helping the company reach its $15,000 goal can purchase the DOCKr 1 for $85 and the DOCKr 2 for $135. You will also receive a bonus – an inNuevo keyboard. The DOCKs also support all kinds of Apple wireless keyboards.
The Google Reader client for iPad and Mac has been given an expiration date on it. It will cease to exist on the 1st of July 2013 and users relying on the service might be faced with a puzzle: where to go next?
The good news is that app developer Silvio Rizzi has the answer. He is the creative mind behind the Reeder app which can be considered a great alternative for Google Reader. More than that, until Google shuts down its service, Reeder will become available to iPad and Mac users for free.
Before time runs out, the app will be updated and improved in order to feature all the options available in the iPhone version. Future development plans for the iPhone app include adding support for standalone/local RSS. Rizzi also plans to bring more services that can be synced with Reeder with the upcoming updates:
“The plan is to add more services you can choose from in the next weeks and months."
Users who want to get the iPhone app can do so via the App Store after they pay $2.99 for it. Not all versions of Reeder can be free after all and Rizzi is doing all he can to make up for the loss Google Reader’s shutdown might provoke.
Apr 02, 2013 - 1:38 PM - by Maura
The BBC reports that Apple has apparently had its request to own the trademark for the iPad Mini turned down by the Patent Office, because the name is “merely descriptive” and did not have a unique meaning. The BBC says that Apple now has until July to convince the Patent Office that its smaller tablet is distinctly different from rival tablets. The BBC says that although the Patent Office actually informed Apple of its decision back in January of this year, the ruling has only just now come to light. The letter, the BBC reports, goes on to say that neither individually, or together, did the words, “iPad Mini…create a unique, incongruous, or non-descriptive meaning in relation to the goods being small handheld mobile devices comprising tablet computers capable of providing internet access.” There has been no word from Apple as yet as to whether or not it will be reapplying for the patent.
Source: BBC News - Apple denied iPad Mini US trademark
Apr 02, 2013 - 1:10 PM - by Maura
ABC News has today published an investigation into the way in which more and more toddlers are using iPads, and asks whether or not this might in some way harm a child’s development. The article focuses on a two-month-old called Liana (among other children), who is already adept at using her father’s iPad. Apparently, it is also now quite common for parents of very young children to post videos on YouTube showing their children playing with different apps on their iPads, and also having tantrums when their iPad is taken away from them. ABC News decided to investigate the issue even further by studying one family in particular, the Klaus family, from Whitehouse Station, N.J., where the three children are all keen iPad and iPhone users. The Klaus’ all agreed to go without their digital devices for one month, with ABC News reporting on the results. The programme makers also visited Barnard College’s Center for Toddler Development, where they got to view children’s reactions to playing with traditional toys and iPads, and specifically, how they reacted when their iPad was taken away from them. The conclusion seems to be that the children were more “verbal, more social and more creative” when the iPads were removed. However, another research project is also cited in the article, which seems to say that interactive media helps toddlers to learn better. All in all, it’s a very complex issue, but the article makes very interesting reading.
Source: Toddlers Obsessed with iPads: Could It Hurt Their Development? - ABC News
Apple’s music streaming service, dubbed in some circles the iRadio, is one service we have been hearing about a lot, for a long time, but nothing ever seems to happen regarding it. Finally, a music industry source quoted by The Verge seems to bring hard evidence that the service is still kept alive in Apple development labs.
More than that, users might not have to wait too long for it. The same shady source reveals that the Cupertino giant is moving things along in order to launch the iRadio as soon as this summer.
When released, the iRadio will finally be Apple’s answers to popular music streaming alternatives like Pandora and Spotify. With the iPhone 5S and the next generation iPad possibly being released on the June 20 event, one can’t help but wonder if Apple is not going to make a little room for iRadio, as well.
There have been reports that Apple was cruising record labels looking for deals, but things haven’t been going smooth. Offers have ranged between 6 cents per 100 songs but apparently Apple doesn’t consider this a good deal.
For comparison, Pandora pays up to 12 cents per 100 songs, exactly the double of what Apple was offered. Spotify is doing even worst, paying 35 cents per 100 songs streamed. The New York Post reports, however, that the industry standard is set at 21 cents per 100 songs, so how can Apple hope to do better than 6 cents per 100 songs? If all goes well, however, we’ll be able to find out when iRadio launches.
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
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