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It's nice to see an app by fellow blogger Todd Bernhard, president of No Tie software, win an award at CES. Getting recognition was AutoVerbal Pro Talking Soundboard, a $9.99 app that allows people to communicate who are unable to speak due to conditions such as stroke, surgery, cerebral palsy, and autism. The app has hundreds of photo buttons representing common words or phrases. Users can also program a variety of buttons to speak custom messages. In addition, users can type anything and it will be spoken using text-to-speech.
Lots of vendors here at CES are showing off their latest case products. Same thing goes for iPad mounts for home, office and even in-car gear. Some vendors offer both, but I have yet to find any that integrate and offer the flexibility found in inCarBite's line of mounting and case gear. You can mount your iPad on the headrest of your car to keep the kids quiet during the ride home, eject the case (and iPad), and then mount into a dock bolted under your kitchen cabinet to enjoy your favorite show while making dinner!
In pinball, 'tilt' is a bad thing, but Technocel just launched a new brand/subsidiary called TYLT
and it's a refreshing, overdue shift from their traditional line of black/gray boring but necessary power accessories. Indeed I wasn't planning to attend their press conference because what new or interesting products could they come up with? Longer coiled cables? Eco-friendly packaging? Ho hum.
Surprise, surprise, surprise! It looks like Ikea or Frog Design had their way with the product line and the TYLT
products could easily find a home at the Museum of Modern Art, let alone the Apple Store.
If you have ever tried printing from your iPhone or iPad to your home printer, you know how it's not straightforward. You need to use a supported printer, like a newer HP model with ePrint, or you need a specific app (usually free) from your printer vendor, such as Epson. That might be acceptable for home users, but imagine an enterprise with dozens or hundreds of iOS users printing to dozens of industrial strength printers. You can't easily replace all of those printers, financially or functionally, and you can't necessarily force all of those employees to download and use printer-specific apps for each printer.
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Blink master is a fun game of speed, general knowledge and timing which requires you to be able to quickly see clues and piece them together as quickly as possible. The general play of the game starts you off with a category from either 'famous personality', 'place', 'movie', or 'book. Each problem has 9 clues which are flashed in front of you very quickly and then covered up by tiles. Once the tiles are up you can answer the question if the quick glimps of the clues were enough, or elect to uncover one tile to see the clue better. Each tile you uncover, you lose points.
This week I played 2 very different games, and wanted to get this posted up before the madness of CES begins in earnest. Several iPhoneLife personnel, including yours truly, will be stalking the show floor again this year, so if you happen to see one of us, come and say hi (look for the iPhoneLife patch). The first game is a $1.99 version of Whac-a-mole called TapTalpa, and the other is an interesting abstract board game called CubeSieger (lite versions available). They are both a little odd-ball, and I have to admit that at least one of them needs more work before it deserves to cost $1.99 on the app store.
Coming soon to an iOS device near your face comes another tap shooter called Professional Police Trainer 2 (P.P.T.original here). You always wanted to draw down on a bad guy but let's face it, that would be scary. Plus you'd have to get up off the couch. Anyway, for all you crack shots of the P.P.T. realm, the updated version will be out soon, and you can get another taste of lawman adrenaline from the comfort of your Lazyboy! Read on for full PR info...
This is an absolute must have for anyone who regularly uses any of the Google Docs services online. It makes it very easy to view, edit, share and much more any type of document available online. It works with PDFs, documents, spreadsheets and even audio or video documents. This app is ideal for pulling up and viewing the information you have stored in Google's cloud anywhere you go.
The Taiwanese site DigiTimes seems to be the leading source for iOS device rumors, given their propinquity to component suppliers. And their latest story is that suppliers are saying there will be two iPads this year: an iPad 3 in March and an iPad 4 in October. The model in March will be the one we're expecting, with a higher screen resolution of 1,536x2,048 pixels.
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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.