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Developing for iOS 5


What does the new operating system mean for creating apps?


The release of iOS 5 to the development community richly expands their mobile platform APIs, providing an even greater bag of tools with which to build rich mobile applications. The most notable expansion is the iCloud storage APIs. Apple is spreading iCloud storage to their entire domain of computing platforms. iOS 5 devices are capable of completing an initial power-on without tethering to a PC or Mac. Integration with iCloud and over the air deployment of media creates an eco-system that allows the iPod, iPad, and iPhone devices to be fully functional without ever being connected to a traditional PC or laptop.



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Interview with the World's Sexiest iUser

Hope Dworaczyk 2010 Playboy Playmate of the Year

HopeModel, actress, and 2010 Playmate of the Year, Hope Dworaczyk (pronounced "dor-ah-sik") recently released her own iPhone app called The Rating Game ($0.99; app2.me/3901). From the app, you can take photos of yourself or your friends with the iPhone's built-in camera, and Hope will rate your looks and let you know her thoughts. It is surprisingly entertaining.


I recently got a chance to interview Hope about her new app, her love for all things Apple, and her upcoming projects.



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7 Great Apps for Special Needs Communication


Most of the stories about special needs apps have focused mostly on individuals with Autism (Asperger Syndrome) and Down Syndrome. But individuals with Cerebral Palsy and other syndromes can greatly benefit from a number of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions available in the App Store. 


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Feeding the Need to Read: 
RSS Feed Readers on the iPad


When I started writing about mobile devices, I found the best way to track the latest events was to follow a number of my favorite websites. Unfortunately, the number of websites I followed grew, and eventually, my entire morning commute was spent jumping from one site to the next gathering information. There simply had to be a better way… and as I soon learned, there was. It was not long before I finally discovered the little orange button which hovers on the side of virtually every website I read. Of course, I am referring to the RSS feed button.



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Visual Design On the iPad

Professional-level apps for the serious artist and designer

The work of iPad screen artists is absolutely stunning; it's hard to believe that such imagery was created with a finger, an iPad, and a few apps.

We all have some experience using our fingers as a drawing tool. Our first introduction may have been fing er paints, poster boards or even drawing on wet sand. As we hone and refine our talent, we extend our skills with pencils, makers and brushes. Reverting back to finger drawing can be uncomfortable at first, but our early instincts quickly resurface, and even the most stubborn of us end up embracing the iPad's touch interphase.


iPad art apps usually fall into two categories: amateur and professional. Let's take a look at the best professional-level, visual design apps on the iPad.



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Game Changer

Apple, iOS, Apple TV and Their Effect on the Game Console Business

Original Macintosh


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Apple TV


What is it and why do I need it?


I know a couple of people that have an Apple TV, and they love it. When I asked them what Apple TV is, they said, "It's really cool." Well, having a toilet the squirts warm water up my arse is cool, too, but why do I need it? I have a Mac, iPhone, and an iPad… why do I need another gadget? 


According to Apple, "Apple TV has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from the largest selection of HD movies—many available the same day they come out on DVD. Watch Netflix titles instantly. Rent commercial free TV shows in HD. And stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV. Best of all, Apple TV is just $99."



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A Cloudburst of Online Storage Solutions!

Apple, Google, Amazon, and others compete to offer you the best cloud computing experience.


iCloudThe idea behind cloud computing is pretty simple: all your stuff—contacts, music files, photos, Word docs, e-mail, calendar, etc.—is stored online in "cloud" servers and available to you from any of your devices, wherever you are. 



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SuperTooth HD Review

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SuperTooth is making quite a name for themselves in the Bluetooth audio arena. Their standalone SuperTooth DISCO speaker was well received. Their SuperTooth HD audio product is designed for use in the automobile and features hands-free phone operation and audio playback. How does this unit compare to other in-car Bluetooth visor-mounted speakerphone extensions? Read on to find out.



Loop Business Expo in Boston 6/1

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Phone Life magazine will be giving away free issues at the Loop Business Expo & iZone Expo on Wednesday June 1st, 2011 in Boston. If you are in the area stop by and check it out, admission is free! Below is a description for the show's organizers:

 



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