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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.
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!
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iMore.com has frontpaged a thread (it's HERE) asking about the lack of playing non-YouTube / non-podcast videos in the background; that is, only to listen to the sound but not watch the video itself.
If you're a football fan, you know that the offenses are highly complex. You don't just need to be a gifted athlete, but to be a pro football player you also need to be smart enough to master a 500-page playbook. Plus, it's a document that evolves through the season. Every week the players get a newly revised playbook. And football teams, as is the case with many other organizations, are now seeing that an iPad playbook is a better option than a paper-based one. Not only does it save a lot of trees, but also video is easily integrated.
The Tapose app is a nice productivity app for your iPad which really brings the features from many other apps together into this one great app. It has a collaboration feature which allows you to work with other people on a project; it allows you to use multiple different programs such as word processors, drawing apps, web pages, business cards and much more. You can use them all to create different types of documents or files or combine them all to create multi-media presentations. This is a great app for anyone who loves working on the go, whether it's on a bus hotel room or train this app will help you make the best use of your time no matter where you are.
Paper Monsters is certainly one of the best platformers for iPad/iPhone I have experienced, and got it for the limited free app a day price, but it's only back up to 99 pennies today, so definitely still a steal. Everything about the game is great. Engaging levels, superior graphics, easy control, and catchy music. The overall mood is so cheerful, and uplifting, can't help but smile when you play, and the interesting backgrounds, obstacles and scenes make it that much more fun to keep playing. Grab Paper Monsters from Crescent Moon Games here, or read on for the rest of the review including a short YouTube demo video. Also, in retro gaming news, Activision dropped several of their games to the 99 cent level this weekend, so grabbed Crash Bandicoot this week too...
First caught a glimpse of this, well for lack of a better description--fist-sized block of lithium-ion in a hard shell--at CES earlier this year. It can top up all your gadgets and then some with a 6000 mAh of raw power, the powerstation Pro is finally available for purchase at the spendy sum of $129.95. It not only charges fast, but can also stop a bullet (okay, I made that up). It is, however, designed to stand up to the elements including sand, dust and water. You can learn more in the included PR release and embedded YT vid after the break...
Incipio sent me a few cases to look at recently and here are my thoughts.
I've dedicated several articles (latest one HERE) to converting videos into MP4 (M4V / MOV) files so that they can be played back by the H.264 decoder of even older-generation iDevices. In the current one, I elaborate on how how you can play the output files with the built-in, stock Videos application. This article also belong to my Multimedia article series, in which I plan to publish a “Streaming multimedia over your local Wi-Fi” in the next few days and, then, finally, the real Multimedia bible.
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.
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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.