Being the home automation enthusiast and restless technologist that I am, I built my own universal remote control months ago using an Arduino, an IR LED and a Ruby on Rails application running on my computer. My app works great over WiFi and I can even turn on and off these devices when I'm off-site. I even pre-programmed cascading functions so that when I press the "All Off" button on my app, my TV, stereo and video game console also turn off.
HowStuffWorks is a free app, with versions for both the iPhone and iPad, that gives you access to the bounty of 30,000 articles, podcasts, and videos contained on the website of the same name. This is a great resource, and their podcasts have been named some of the best in the iTunes Store. They include podcasts such as Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class.
This is a free iPad only app. It is designed to give you a very brief view of the extra content that will be included in the Blu-ray set for STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA which will be released in September.
What do you do? I'm editor of Matador Life (matadorlife.com) and also run an art and education community website. We have an Art House based in Salta, Argentina, but the community is worldwide (cloudhead.org).
Which device do you use? The iPad. I'd love to get an iPhone.
How long have you had it? I've had the iPad for almost 6 months.
Hope Dworaczyk 2010 Playboy Playmate of the Year
Model, actress, and 2010 Playmate of the Year, Hope Dworaczyk (pronounced "dor-ah-sik") recently released her own iPhone app called The Rating Game ($0.99; app2.me/3901). From the app, you can take photos of yourself or your friends with the iPhone's built-in camera, and Hope will rate your looks and let you know her thoughts. It is surprisingly entertaining.
I recently got a chance to interview Hope about her new app, her love for all things Apple, and her upcoming projects.
Having trouble making a decision? Check out these iOS apps!
Our mobile gadgets and apps are doing a lot for us these days, helping us organize information, giving us driving directions, entertaining us, and much more. It was only a matter of time before apps emerged to help us make decisions. Are you ready for that job interview? Do you need to see the doctor? Are you prepared for the test? Common sense answers many of your questions, but the right app can help you factor the odds (favorable or not so much) and get some practical advice.
Professional-level apps for the serious artist and designer
The work of iPad screen artists is absolutely stunning; it's hard to believe that such imagery was created with a finger, an iPad, and a few apps.
We all have some experience using our fingers as a drawing tool. Our first introduction may have been fing er paints, poster boards or even drawing on wet sand. As we hone and refine our talent, we extend our skills with pencils, makers and brushes. Reverting back to finger drawing can be uncomfortable at first, but our early instincts quickly resurface, and even the most stubborn of us end up embracing the iPad's touch interphase.
iPad art apps usually fall into two categories: amateur and professional. Let's take a look at the best professional-level, visual design apps on the iPad.
OrbLive (free, $9.99) is a great app that lets you stream any media from your Mac or PC to your iOS device, as long as both of them are connected to the Internet somewhere in the world. You simply download some free software to your desktop computer, and download the OrbLive app to your device. Then any content on your PC, whether it's live streaming TV, or music, or videos, can be streamed to your device via the Internet.