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Orangutans in Miami zoo enjoy using iPad

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Yet one more novel use of an iPad: to communicate with orangutans. According to an AP report, the Miami Zoo is allowing its six orangutans use an iPad, though like their human counterparts, the interest in the gadget varies, with the young ones taking to it and the two older ones not showing much interest. The goal of the program is mental stimulation: like any intelligent being, if they don't get regular stimulation, they get bored and depressed. The orangutans are using an iPad app developed for autistic children. The screen displays objects, and when the trainer names an object, the orangutans touch it to identify it.



Gumdrop tackles the hard job of rapidly making a rugged case for the new iPad

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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 Gumdrop was able to create and ship their ruggedized Gumdrop Drop Tech case rather quickly. In fact,while the case I received fit my new iPad perfectly, though the package it shipped in still said iPad 2, but it had a sticker indicating support for the new iPad.


PrintJinni review for iPhone and iPad

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PrintJinny is an app which will make it possible for you to print just about anything from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.  The concept seems quite simple but it actually helps to get around a lot of limitations associated with these mobile devices.  More and more people are browsing the internet, looking at photos and even working from their mobile device and if they can’t print from them it is quite an inconvenience. 



Rumor: iPhone 5 in September, 7-inch iPad in August

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As is often the case, DigiTimes is today's source of the latest rumors regarding the iPhone and iPad. The Taiwanese site gets its insider info from Apple suppliers, but its reliability has been variable. Their latest report is that Pegatron will manufacture the iPhone 5, which will appear in September. They also say that Pegatron has a contract to manufacture a 10-inch iPad, which they say will be out in the December quarter. Plus, they're saying that Foxconn will manufacture a 7-inch iPad that will be launched in August.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 5-7

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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 10 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Richard Cadorette, Jonathan Frank, Marcin Prochnicki, Deborah Hall, Ben Klein, Garty Matt, Jacqueline Keeton, Gale Christian, Wayne Oakes and Michael Cuddy!

 



REVIEW: just-released multimedia player viPlay (and some other ones)

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A new multimedia player, viPlay (AppStore link) has just been released in the AppStore. As there are no reviews of the app at all (not even mentioning dependable ones), I've found it necessary to quickly publish mine. (The detailed feature & evaluation chart of my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible, as you may have guessed, has been updated with more thorough info on both this and the other new, below reviewed apps).



Cannibal Cookout for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

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Cannibal cookout is a fun cooking based game with a disturbing, yet funny, twist.  Rather than cooking with normal materials like many other cooking apps, you are a cannibal so you cook with other creatures.  The main game play screen has a large pot with boiling water in the middle, fire underneath and some trees and bushes in the background.  To beat each level you need to cook enough of the creatures to satisfy your character.

To cook one of these creatures you simply tap it and drag it into the boiling water where it will sit for a moment before going into your hunger meter to fill you up.  While they are in the boiling water they have sad little voice bubbles which say, “AHHHH” and “OUCH” which while dark still manages to be cute. 



NCsoft releases My Little Hero for iOS!

Looks like one worth taking a look at soon. Anyway, only 99 pennies for a limited time, so might want to grab it now. Check out the YT demo, and/or read on for full PR brief on the newly minted My Little Hero for iOS!



What I played this week - My own game!

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Do you ever consider what iPhone or iPad would be without the App store? Seriously think about it...? iOS is great, sure, but would get boring in a hurry without the awesome apps and games. Games that developers create, slaving for weeks/months over details most of us would consider a form of insanity, to bring us the very best in mobile entertainment for a price under 5 bucks! What if, like in early computer days, we had to write our own apps?! I got a taste of what that might be like. I say a taste, because though I write scripts to do my job, neither coding nor computer graphics are activities I claim to be able to do well. To make a game for iOS, I would need a lot of help. Sketch Nation Studio certainly helped, but the result is well, laughable in my case!



REVIEW & TIPS: At last an automatic(!) Skype call recorder!

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UPDATE (07/13/2012):  1. the new version stores its recordings in the standard Documents directory of the stock Skype app.

2. I've posted a lot of information on the Bluetooth compliance of the recorder HERE. The article also shows how you can make the in/output file pairs into stereo files with separate left/right channels keeping the in/out (or out/in) streams.

3. Unfortunately, in the last two months, there has still no been a bugifx for the iPad version of Skype.



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.