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One of my fav news reader apps (see our Appy Geek review here) got an update last week. The only thing that jumped out at me on iPad was additional footer ads that now appear (which seemed to disappear by changing screen orientation). Apparently, there are more features under the hood now for iPhone/iPod touch. Things like a new "Word Cloud" feature that I still don't quite understand, but maybe the added PR release below will help explain better than I can...
Both iMore and TechCrunch seems to have some solid inside sources, and yesterday both posted the latest rumor updates regarding the iPhone 5 and some other developments, including the prospect of Siri coming to the iPad. iMore said that their sources indicate that Apple hasn't yet decided on many of the details of the forthcoming iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called).
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.
Tower Raiders 2 Gold is a standard tower building app that adds a few different twists. The overall goal is to protect the crystals from enemies that try to follow the trail directly to them. Your army has a variety of different defensive weapons that can be purchased to kill any threat that travels down this path. However, there are additional features and weapons that can be unlocked as you continue through the game.
To start; when you initially get onto the main menu, you can either “Play Now” or choose from “Options”. The options allows you to configure the sound, recycling settings for new games, and a chance to access the forums where other players are discussing issues and concerns. This is very helpful when trying to win.
Because of the Luxor franchise, one of my favorite iOS marble poppers was pulled from the App Store. A couple of years have passed and I’ve apparently forgotten my mental ban of the company that publishes the games, because here I am reviewing the latest installment of this long running series. Thankfully the game has gotten substantially better than the first go around, so I guess I’ll let bygones be bygones (especially since the game I liked will probably never see the light of day again). I’m still not sure I like this quite as much as my current favorite in the genre, Sparkle, but it certainly is a fun and frantic romp.
Some rumors are suspect, because the source may or may not know what he's talking about. But when it's the head of Foxconn who makes the assertion, you have to figure he knows what he's talking about (since Foxconn is the major manufacturer of Apple's iOS devices). And earlier today China Daily, and English-language newspaper in China, reported on a speech by Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou in which he said that Foxconn was "making preparations" for Apple's rumored TV set, though development and manufacturing haven't yet begun.
If you haven't heard of Mobli, or tried out the App (available for free in the Apple App store), now is a great time! Mobli, the new, up-and-coming social photo/video App is currently hosting a wild month of daily contests, with a brand new, New iPad as the prize, EVERY DAY! Yes indeed, you read that right! In an unprecedented move, Mobli is, for the month of May, giving away a New iPad every single day! The requirements for entering the different daily contests are quite simple, relatively speaking, considering the prize.
We've heard rumors of Apple possibly introducing a Retina display Mac for quite some time now. They set the benchmark for display resolutions when the new iPad was given a Retina boost.
Now there's more evidence surfacing of a Retina enabled Mac...
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.
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.
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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.