Archive for iPad

Did Steve Jobs kill Adobe Flash?

// November 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad, iPhone, Weird or Interesting News

Did Steve Jobs kill Adobe Flash?: “Steve Jobs hated Flash. Hated it. And not just a little bit.

 

Adobe abandons mobile Flash

// November 9th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad, iPhone, Weird or Interesting News

Adobe abandons mobile Flash: “In an abrupt about-face in its mobile software strategy, Adobe will soon cease developing its Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers, according to an e-mail sent to Adobe partners on Tuesday evening.

 

It’s Nook vs. Kindle: Round II

// November 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad

It’s Nook vs. Kindle: Round II: “The rivalry is so intense that Barnes & Noble actually spoke its competitor’s name:

 

Why Amazon doesn’t scare Apple

// November 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad

Why Amazon doesn’t scare Apple: “Ever since Amazon unveiled its 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet in September, a lingering phrase has been attached to the low-cost, high-profile device: “the iPad’s first true Android competitor.”

 

These Are A Few Of My Favorite…. Apps (iPad)

// July 15th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad

These Are A Few Of My Favorite…. Apps (iPad): “

A friend just picked up a shiny new iPad and asked me for my app recommendations.   Obviously, we get similar questions often, so I drew up a list of the apps that I use often that most any iPad user might consider.

 

 

Wundermap:

 

Excellent weather radar app.     http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wundermap/id364884105?mt=8

Appshopper: Find new, free, and price-reduced apps.    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appshopper/id387037496?mt=8

Pulse: Innovative news/RSS reader.     http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pulse-news-for-ipad/id371088673?mt=8

Flipboard: An alternative to Pulse.       http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard/id358801284?mt=8

Wikibot: Wikipedia reader with read-ahead, etc.        http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikibot-a-wikipedia-articles/id442082502?mt=8

Noteability: Take notes with optional linked audio recording.       http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8

Simplenote: Simple text note-taker with sync to other devices and the Web.       http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simplenote/id289429962?mt=8

Goodreader: Sync and view documents and other media.       http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreader-for-ipad/id363448914?mt=8

eFax: Send/receive faxes.       http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/efax/id399922064?mt=8

neu.Annotate: Annotate/sign PDFs.         http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neu.annotate-pdf/id407107609?mt=8

ABC Player: Watch full episodes of ABC shows.       http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-player/id364191819?mt=8

IMDB: Access the Internet Movie Database.      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imdb-movies-tv/id342792525?mt=8

iMyAddress: Use GPS to find the nearest street address.   http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imyaddress/id358543823?mt=8

 

Got any other suggestions?  Leave them in the comments below.

 

 

Review: Adonit Writer2

// July 6th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad

Review: Adonit Writer2: “

By Pierce Case

For over a year now, iPad users have wanted an alternative to their virtual keyboard.

Now there is because Adonit just announced the release of the new Writer 2 for the iPad 2. The Adonit, an idea brought to reality by two guys who were from Apple and Microsoft, was presented to the venture capital gurus at Kickstarter.com, who provided the funds to make this idea a reality.

Now all those people who have wanted such a option (and do a lot of writing for blogs) can breathe a sigh of relief — the Writer2 for the iPad 2 is now available.

The only difference between Adonit’s Writer and the Writer 2 is in its size. Still, I’ve been testing for the last three days and there are some great things about it. The keyboard is amazing to type on and the device is easy enough to set up (users must configure their iPad 2 to use the wireless Bluetooth). Simply throw in three triple AAA batteries (you need to insert them in the top right hand side by unscrewing the special bolt, tighten it up with a penny or nickel, press the top left hand round button and you’re ready to go.

During the testing period I got to really admire the time these guys put into designing this. There is a custom lever to raise the keyboard up and down so your typing needs can be met. I brought the Writer2 out to a restaurant to test it out and people were just blown away with it. You basically now have the ability to really get some serious work done with the Writer 2.

A slew of keyboard shortcuts allow you to get what you want out of your apps. A square button on the top left of the keyboard allows you to use the virtual keyboard if you want. I was also impressed with the comfort and design of this Writer 2 which also wins brownie points for being made out of environmentally responsible material.

The Writer 2 retails for US$99.00 and from my firsthand experiences, has turned out to be an amazing product that many iPad2 users out there will enjoy.

Its time has come.

In fact, this review was done on the Adonit Writer2. Now that is what I
call amazing.

Pros:
– Keyboard can be adjusted to the way you type. This translates to a
better experience for each person.

– Smart pad cover built into it protects the front screen.

– Goes to sleep automatically if you close it completely.

– Keyboard shortcuts allow you to get in and out of your apps.

– Well made enough to feel comfortable carrying it around, despite its light weight.

Cons:
– Runs on AAA batteries but lasted for three days of testing given off-and-on use.

– Ran into problems with locking the battery port, but eventually got the hang of
it.

– If you don’t completely cover the case the screen will stay on.

 

Rumor: iPhone 5 with 8MP camera due in September, Hi-Res iPad 3 en route

// June 22nd, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad, iPhone

Rumor: iPhone 5 with 8MP camera due in September, Hi-Res iPad 3 en route: “

You may be wanting the iPhone 5 now, but you might have to wait until September while Apple tests the new handset and some other cool stuff.

Per Bloomberg, two sources familiar with Apple’s plans have stated that Apple is working on a higher resolution iPad and dropped details regarding Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone 5 handset. Apple’s next iPhone “will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-megapixel model in the iPhone 4,” said the publication’s sources.

As is to be expected, the new device would come with iOS 5, which is due out this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources also said the new iPhone would closely resemble the iPhone 4.

The report’s insiders also rekindled a rumor that Apple is working on a cheaper version of the iPhone for emerging markets using “chips and displays of similar quality to today’s iPhone 4.” Rumors of a low-cost iPhone emerged this spring, though there is some disagreement regarding the details of the project.

“Apple is also testing a new version of the iPad that has a higher resolution screen, similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4,” the Bloomberg report cited sources as saying. The iPhone 4 currently features a Retina Display with a resolution of 960 x 640 and a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The resolution of the next-generation iPad would be about “one-third higher” than the iPad 2′s display and will feature a more responsive touchscreen, people said.

Various reports have suggested the iPad could see a display upgrade that would double the tablet’s linear resolution to 2048 x 1536. Last week, double-resolution iPad images in the iOS 5 beta sparked renewed speculation that Apple is planning the improved display.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

 

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Amazon Cloud Player Gains iOS Compatibility

// May 9th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad, iPhone

Amazon Cloud Player Gains iOS Compatibility: “
Late last week, iFans noted that Amazon quietly made some changes to its new Cloud Player for playing music stored by users in its new Cloud Drive service, making the player compatible with iOS devices for the first time.

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iOS Platform Reach Exceeds Android’s By 59% in U.S.

// April 20th, 2011 // No Comments » // iPad, iPhone

iOS Platform Reach Exceeds Android’s By 59% in U.S.: “While much has been made of Android’s rapid gains in the smartphone market that has seen it surge past the iPhone, a perhaps equally vocal contingent has pointed out that iOS is much larger than just the iPhone and that Android has only just started …”