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Google Drive now available -- apps for iPhone, iPad coming soon

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Dropbox has been an incredible boon. It's like my workspace: any document that I'm actively working on automatically goes in my Dropbox folder on my computer. As I make changes, the new version is immediately uploaded. It's like autosave on steroids, in that not only are all my changes saved, but they're also being stored offsite. And if I'm working on something and then head to lunch, there's the document on my iPad in case I need to look at it. That's the beauty of the cloud. I can't edit the document directly in Dropbox on my iPad, but there are very low cost office suites that work seamlessly with Dropbox.



FantasyxRunners App Review

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The FantasyxRunners app puts a new and exciting twist on the popular ‘running’ type of app.  Like other runner apps the game is played with your character running across the screen and either avoiding or killing enemies and jumping over pits and other obstacles.  While running through the different levels you collect rubies by running over them or collecting them from enemies which you kill.  When running you can’t stop or turn around so you have to have quick reflexes to collect all the possible rubies.



OtterBox ships an iPad case so good, it comes in its own case!

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Thanks to Apple's secrecy, when they Introduce a new gadget, case makers have to scramble to make accessories that fit it properly. The new iPad is a perfect example, yet OtterBox was able to create and ship their ruggedized iProtection case rather quickly. In fact, before the new iPad was announced, back when everyone expected it to be called the iPad 3, OtterBox was teasing the press, promising an iPad 3 case would be ready almost immediately.



The new iPad (3) for 2K(+) video playback? Definitely!

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You might have heard of 2K video. It delivers (horizontally – but not vertically, at least not in the widescreen mode!) a little bit more resolution (2048) than Full HD (1920).



Tame your cables with CableJive

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Ever since I bought my new iPad, which is more power hungry than the iPad 2, I have been looking for ways to keep it charged. I have several iPhone docks around the house, but they don't have room to support an iPad.



Frog Dissection, the modern way

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My 11 year old is not looking forward to the upcoming frog dissection portion of her science class, so I was very interested in the Frog Dissection app from Punflay. The app leverages the large touchscreen and interactive nature of the iPad to provide a realistic simulation of the process I remember... and still cringe when thinking about it.



WWDC 2012 tickets on sale now UPDATE: Sold Out!

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UPDATE: Sold out in under two hours!

WWDC 2012 just announced and tickets are on sale at https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

Two years ago, at $1600/ticket plus expenses, I wasn't sure if I would go, and tickets sold out in 8 days.  Last year I determined ahead of time that I would go, and tickets sold out in one day!  But I did indeed make it and got to see Steve Jobs one last time.  Expect tickets to sell out today, so don't delay!



Welcome my latest app: Video Transcriber!

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(A quick note: I know I've published quite a lot of articles in the last 1-2 days – for example, some three yesterday. The sole reason for this is that I, at last, have had some free time – as opposed to the past two years, when I had very little time for writing – and could resume writing. Hope I'll be able as much as back in the good old days of Windows Mobile ;-) ).

In one of my yesterday's articles (see THIS), answering a request from a forum member, I've promised I'd write an application that shows a text editing field next to a video player (with a Pause / Start icon) so that you can easily write a transcription of a video.



EXCLUSIVE: How I've restored the full potential of Full HD playback on the iPad 3 (with source code!) - UPDATED: new player

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I've recently received an e-mail with a question from one of my readers, Eric Vinicius, asking for my opinion on the effects of upscaling Full HD video (1920*1080) to the slightly wider (2048 pixels) screen of the iPad 3 to fill it entirely and not to leave a 64-pixel black bar on the two sides of it.

Today, now that I've created a highly reliable, high-quality test video (it's available HERE), I've finally run some tests to find out what the situation really is.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4-23

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 15 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Joe Sparks, Debra Patsel, Shauna Bozigian, Raymond Joseferd, Travis Falls, Andrey Mckay, Pasteur Tran, Al Warner, Bruce May, Diego Ramírez, Ken Crawford, Marc Chambers, Lane Chereskin, Tim Burns and Bob Cavin!

Didn't win this week? No worries! Next week we have 3 exciting apps to give away:



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.