Mar 13, 2013 - 2:56 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider today reports on how a pilot program at Paul Elementary School in Minidoka County, Idaho, has been using the iPad as part of the iSchool Campus pilot test. The program has been running for almost three months, and according to the school principal, Colleen Johnson, it is already working extremely well on a number of levels, including saving money by cutting the 20,000 paper copies that the school usually produced per month, as well as increasing the pupils’ excitement about learning.
The video at the top of this post, which was made by Paul Elementary School to promote the project, does a great job of showing you how extensively iPads, and also iMacs, are being used in the school. Well worth a look!
“They’re excited to learn, they’re excited to show you what they know,” said fifth-grade teacher Ashlee Johnson. “They’re allowed to use their higher computing skills. It allows the kids to be more creative.”
Apple's iPad is heart of Idaho elementary 'iSchool' pilot program
Mar 13, 2013 - 1:49 PM - by Maura
Apple’s own in-house Maps app certainly caught a lot of criticism when it replaced Google’s Maps app in iOS 6, most of it justifiable, but as Jim Dalrymple points out today in The Loop, Apple is making great strides towards updating and improving the app, and he does a great job of detailing all the work that Apple is doing to bring the app up to scratch. For example, a new update for the Japanese version of the app has just introduced improvements such as toll road notifications, updated icons for freeways, and the addition of 3D buildings, such as Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower. And that’s not all: as Dalrymple points out, Apple has added flyover support for many other cities recently, including Buffalo, NY, Tulsa, OK, and Minneapolis, MN. The 3D buildings in Standard view and Turn-by-turn navigation in such cities as Cologne, Germany, London, England, and Lyon, France, to name a few, have also been updated. Further improvements outlined in the article include the addition of local information for Apple Stores, businesses, cinemas, restaurants, airports and transit shops.
Apple?s Maps being updated often and significantly
Tribal wars fans, be warned! Your favorite strategy game is coming to the iPad. You can use the same account you have registered to play the in-browser version of the game, for the iPad version as well.
Tribal Wars is a very popular online game that lets users create and control their own small tribe set in the Middle Ages. As the plot develops and users seek to gain power and glory, the gamers will be engaged in intra-tribal wars and negotiation. In the process, the players will, of course, have to make allies in order to fight stronger enemies and slowly carve out the path to dominance.
Tribal Wars is basically free to play and embeds 15 unique buildings in its game play. In order to keep their village safe, gamers will have to raise armies and trained paladins that will be in charge of plundering, conquering or attacking. The iPad app will also feature many different worlds that await to be conquered by following different sets of rules.
Another particularity of the iOS app is that users can sign up for worlds that have not been kick started yet. Players can peak and start considering strategies and having “parleys” with friends in order to decide the best way to reign supreme over the new world.
In order to be able to play Tribal Wars, users will have to have iOS 4.3 or later installed on their device. The free app is available at the App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and of course iPad.
Mar 12, 2013 - 3:15 PM - by Maura
If you’re looking for a really absorbing, atmospheric and imaginative new game for your iOS device, then look no further than my current fave free iOS game, The Silent Age, from Danish indie developer House on Fire. The Silent Age harks back to the era of classic point-and-click games, and also reminds me a lot of classic Delphine Software games for the Amiga, such as Another World and Flashback. According to the developers, The Silent Age is free (and that means completely free, no need for in-app purchases), simply because it is “a project born out of passion.” The first episode was funded by donations, and the second will be too, and will be made available when they have raised $25K from donations. The game, which is set in 1972, looks so beautiful and simple, and revolves around the protagonist, Joe, who is a janitor in a government building, and who stumbles into a time-travelling mystery. It has already been featured in the App Store by Apple, and so popular has the game proved to be that the developer’s blog site crashed, which is why you’ll only see a bare-bones blog when you click on the link below at present. It has already won a Casual Connect Indie Prize, and I’m sure that’s the first of many awards.
Click here to download the free game: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/the-...580991034?mt=8
Episode Two | The Silent Age, iTunes
Mar 12, 2013 - 2:31 PM - by Maura
According to a report in the Hindustan Times via iDownload Blog, Qantas, the largest airline in Australia, has just announced that it will be giving passengers iPads to use as in-flight entertainment devices, to enable them to watch over 200 hours worth of movies, and TV programmes, and listen to music as well. The iPads will be connected to the plane’s own Wi-Fi network, and will display Quantas Q Streaming tech. Presently, the iPads are only going to be used between Sydney and Honolulu on the 767s, and it will be for all classes. The Hindustan Times goes on to say that Qantas has said that new interactive games, as well as travel and business apps, digital papers and magazines, will be added to the service soon. As iDownload Blog notes, Qantas was one of the early supporters of Apple’s iOS 6 Passbook app, which enabled passengers to use the app as a digital boarding pass so that they could check in via their iPhones and iPads.
Qantas taps iPads for in-flight entertainment
Mar 12, 2013 - 1:03 PM - by Maura
iDownload Blog reports that Vevo has today announced at SXSW that it is about to launch a new, always-on channel for pretty much any platform you can think of, including television (via the Roku box), Xbox, and mobile platforms such as iOS. Presently, you can use the Vevo app on your iOS device, or watch the dedicated Vevo You Tube channel, in order to stream music videos that have been licensed by the record companies. According to Vevo’s announcement today, though, Vevo’s apps and channels will soon be updated to show 24-hour original programming, including live concerts and TV shows. iDownload Blog says it is a “multicast” experience, where no matter where, or on what platform, you are watching the channel, you will be seeing the same content, globally.
This looks like it could be really cool, a return to the old MTV-style of wall-to-wall music programming, before MTV became mainly about reality TV!
“Like traditional television, it will come with a 24-hour schedule of programming blocks, and soon feature hosts and VJs, operating much the same way as MTV in its early days,” Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told Fast Company.
Source: Vevo wants to become the next MTV, launches always-on broadcast channel
Mar 11, 2013 - 3:47 PM - by Maura
iDownload Blog reports today that Foxconn and TSMC are about to hire 5,000 new employees, according to Reuters, whose story was soured from the Taiwanese Economic Daily, who reported that both companies had posted job ads at a recruitment event for Taiwan university students who are about to graduate. The report noted that the amount of new employees that Foxconn is looking to hire represents the biggest such recruitment drive for quite some time. iDownload Blog adds that it is expected that this massive influx of workers is most likely to handle not just new iPad and iPhone launches, but also possible brand new Apple product launches, such as an Apple TV set, and Apple smartwatch. Interestingly, the report also says that the majority of the Foxconn recruitment posts are in the area of research and development for automated production, robotics, and e-commerce. iDownload Blog even goes as far as to note that Foxconn has also been rumoured to be switching from human factory workers to hi-tech robots, with 10,000 “Foxbots” being delivered to an unnamed Foxconn plant.
Source: Foxconn and TSMC recruit 5,000 workers each ahead of Apple product launches
Are you a fan of the Firefox browser? If so, you would probably like to see Firefox become available once again for your iOS devices, but according to a new report, you might have to wait a little bit before the option becomes viable. And Apple is to blame to that, according to Firefox executives.
And if Apple doesn’t want Firefox, Firefox doesn’t want Apple either. Vice president Jay Sullivan was reported saying this week that the fiery Fox will not come jumping from the forest and onto iOS devices until Apple eases up on its browser policies. The company pulled the browser off the Apple App Store back in September 2012.
But what are the policies Sullivan complains about? He explained the problems the company has with Apple regulation at the South of Southwest Interactive Panel which was held this weekend. Currently, Apple does not allow browsers that don’t use WebKit on its devices. Therefore, Firefox is being restricted and can’t be developed in the appropriate manner. And that’s not all, users who wanted to set Firefox as their default browser on their iOS devices were prevented from doing so, because Cupertino doesn’t allow other browsers despite Safari to occupy that position.
Other members of the panel have complained about the issue at the event. Chief Software Architect David Dehgahn drew attention during the conference that Apple is basically inhibiting competition in the mobile browser environment, concluding that users are the ones who suffer in the end. Another presence in the mobile browser ecosystem, Opera, has recently released a WebKit version of Opera aimed at the iOS environment.
However, in an unexpected twist, the moderator overseeing the panel performed a quick poll asking the people in the public if they suffered from the apparent “injustice” of not having more mobile browsers to choose from. The result was quite extraordinary as very few crowd members raised their hands.
Mar 11, 2013 - 1:03 PM - by dgstorm
If you are a comic book fan and own an Android or iOS device, you will want to jump on this amazing deal right away. Marvel has just announced that for a limited time only you can download over 700 comics from both Marvel and DC to your iOS or Android device! You just need to head over to your respective content store and grab the ComiXology Comics app to download them.
The offer expires Tuesday night at 11pm EDT, so you have about 36 hours to nab this amazing deal! Here are the links below.
Source: Marvel ComiXology Comics app - iTunes & Google Play Store
We have all been there, eager to check our electronic devices but unable to do so when we’re on a plane, so we have to wait to land, in order to see if we received that important message or email. After such a particularly unsatisfactory experience, Missouri Democrat, Senator Claire McCaskill, wrote a letter to the FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, in which she mentioned her concern related to the “lack of engagement” directed to the problem of prolonging the use of electronic devices while flying. She claimed that the current rule of passengers being prohibited to use even their iPods while the jet is in motion is absolutely “preposterous”.
Of course, if the FAA accepts to change rules, they will not apply this to smartphones or cell phones in generally, but to tablets such as the iPad, music players and other non harmful devices. Some might wonder what a Senator might know about air travel safety, but she assured everyone saying that neither members of the public nor lawmakers consider that the FAA regulations are about safety anymore.
McCaskill started tackling the issue back in December when she highlighted the “intransigence” of the FAA regarding electronic devices, especially since flight crews will be allowed to use “electronic flight bags” on board while the plane is in motion.
The response of the FAA was pretty vague, stating that they too share the McCaskill’s intent of “taking a fresh look at the issues”. However, the response was not to McCaskill’s liking. She still maintains:
“Simply put, electronic devices that are currently allowed above 10,000 feet should be allowed for use during all phases of flight. It is preposterous to think that an e-reader in a passenger’s hands during takeoff is any more a threat to other passengers or crew members than a hardback book.”
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