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Playing back high definition video from outside the iTunes store on (also) the new iPad - UPDATE: RushPlayer + demo videos

So far, I've preferred using my high-end 17” Macbook Pro for watching full HD (1920*1080) videos as the screen is able to natively, without downsizing the picture, play back the content. With the new, high-resolution, Retina iPad, playing back even Full HD video has become much more desirable than even on a high-end  Macbook Pro: far better screen quality (vastly superior IPS technology vs. TN film, even if the latter is of pretty good quality), no fan noise, no need to connect it to the wall plug (playing back even the most demanding 1080p H.264 videos at max brightness only decreases battery charge by about 18% an hour and doesn't really heat up the iPad 3), mobility, no annoying overheating etc.



WiFi, 3G issues with new iPad

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While problems with the new iPad aren't widespread, there do seem to be a couple issues cropping up with some of them. 9To5Mac is reporting that Apple is actively investigating a WiFi problem on the new iPad that seems to exclusively affact the WiFi-only models. Problems include dropped connections, slow dowload and upload speeds, and difficulty making a connection. Many of those reporting the issues used previous models of the iPad with no problem, so the fault clearly seems to be with the new model. Those with the 4G iPad aren't affected.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4/6

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



More rumors: 7.85-inch iPad, Apple TV set

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Apple develops prototypes when it's exploring a new product. A prototype doesn't necessarily guarantee that they'll eventually bring the device to market. But it does show that Apple is seriously considering it. And the most recent rumors of a 7.85-inch iPad prototype show that Apple does indeed seem to be considering such a device.



Apple Inc. The Ultimate Social Media Experiment

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While I will be the first to acknowledge the amazing technological achievements of Apple's line is computing products, I must say, more than any technological accomplishment, Apple's phenomenal success rests in large part upon the amazing sociological phenomena it has so meticulously and intentionally generated, over decades of persistent effort.

 



Evolution: The iOS Revolution.

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Evolution. The iOS Revolution.

 

 

 

 

 

In this "post-PC" day and age we are witnessing the revolution of our entire world and society as a result of a single notecard size computer, namely the iPhone. As Tim Cook stated at the unveiling of the new iPad: "Apple is at the forefront of this revolution! Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future. We have three post-PC devices: the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad - the revolutionary device that defined a whole new category and is outstripping the wildest of predictions. We are talking about a world where the PC is no longer the center, but just another device, where your new devices need to be more portable, more personal."

 

Rarely has an evolutionary step (be it biological or technological) come along that has so transformed the way we relate with the world around us. Short of an asteroid hitting the planet or extra-terrestrials making themselves known, the iPhone and all it portends, is arguably one of the biggest and most significant events and inventions we may see this century! Like the light bulb and the telephone, the TV, the automobile and the airplane, the iPhone has fundamentally changed and is continuing to change the way we move through our lives and interact with our world.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 4-2

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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):  Long Le, Jose david Barrera, Judy Collier, Jason Ayres, Joe Eisenbeis, Jay Lopez, Myles Minkin, Michael Dudek, Carlos Capote and Rajat Jain!

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



Ashton Kutcher Set to Play Steve Jobs in New Indie Biopic

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Wow... I never once thought I'd put the names Ashton Kutcher, and Steve Jobs in the same sentence....



Consumer Reports rates new iPad as top tablet

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Consumer Reports, the Bible of quality, has given the new iPad a thumbs up. In its latest tablet ratings, released today, the new iPad comes out on top. According to their report on the ratings, "The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we've ever seen on a tablet display." They also found that the new iPad was superb in almost every other way, including the camera, speed of the 4G data, and battery life.



Retina graphics aplenty - Can Knockdown 2 gets update!

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You may have noticed in your App Store Update bin, mucho apps getting the retina graphics treatment. If you are running any of the latest top of the line games, I imagine you'll be updating them soon as game designers rush to match up their app capability with the newest iPad display. Can Knockdown 2 is a recent addition to that category. I am somewhat surprised to note however that the bundled size of the app is only 1MB larger than the previous version? You can see the obvious difference in the imagery above (older version on top). Read on for the full PR on CK2 (see our original review here)...



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.