Articles Archive for September 2010
App store, iPad, iPad video, Movies »
VLC Media Player lands on the iPad and a horde of media format becomes available on the run – er, almost.
It plays virtually any video file you throw at it (including DivX and Xvid).
File management is handled via iTunes and the most magical thing is: VLC Media Player is entirely free.
It’s the best way to overcome the built-in video playback limitations of the iPad: H264, .mov and .mp4 files; so, grab your DiVX files, pop corn and welcome to the movies!
Adding video files to VLC’s playlist is pretty straightforward: hook …
Did you read Anil Dash’s article about Gourmet Live? No? Well, you should. It’s an entertaining and clarifying explanation of how Gourmet Live project started and what just came out of it.
And, did your read Gourmet Live? No? Well, you should. Great magazine, great app, and don’t forget that it esists on the iPad only. A couple of issues and you’ll feel like you have still to begin eating for real.
The best roundup of iPad clock apps seen as of today comes from The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
Their best clock apps are Night Stand HD, Clock Pro HD, Touch LCD – Designer Speaking Clock, LCARS Clock for iPad, News Clocks, Math Clock, and BCD and Binary Clock.
Prices are modest, ranging from US$ 0.99 to 5.99, and performances are stunning. We’re amazaed by the equational display of Math Clock, thrilled by the Star Trek look and feel of LCARS, amused by the variety of controls available in Clock Pro HD, and pleased …
App store »
Lots of people are wondering whether a touch-based tablet computer that doesn’t have a physical keyboard or run a traditional operating system can replace their laptops on the road. So I decided to find out.
Earlier this month, my wife and I took a 10-day working vacation to Paris, and for the first time in many years, I decided to go away for a week or more without a laptop. Instead, I resolved to rely on only an Apple iPad tablet, my smartphone and a small digital camera.
The idea wasn’t to …
What if the iPad had some apps that are built-in in the iPhone, like Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather, Voice Memos, and Compass?
We couldn’t read a great feature article on The Unofficial Apple Weblog about the Missing iPad Apps.
Just read it and get ready to download [Especially the freebies.—Ed.]
When you have done with all your usual trivialities on your iPhones and iPads, think of creating some beautiful fractal to relax and delve in a mathematic field so unknown that if you zoom enough you will be looking at fractal areas that nobody else ever looked at! [guaranteed.—Ed.]
Chromatic Chaos from Ardeasoft can help you in the endeavour, since you can zoom literally billions of times and get fractals comparable in size with Jupiter’s orbit.
Fractals can be saved in a gallery, or images can be saved in the photo album. …
iPad, iPad accessory »
An iPad plus a Bluetooth external keyboard can be a marriage made in heaven for some.
Those writing ones have definitely to look at the Keycase Folio Deluxe for the iPadcase by Aidacase.
It’ a full on folio-style case that flips open to show an external, silicone-made, full-sized keyboard.
The keyboard charges through Usb and delivers over 45 hours of battery life, more than four times iPad’s one.
The keyboard seamlessly reconnects with the iPad at the moment you want to use it.
The price? US$ 99.99 (on sale). Are you thinking of Christmas already?
App store, App world, iPad, iPhone, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod touch, News app »
Andrew and Alexa Kaz released Ruler 2.0, a small and good innovation of the ruler concept: instead of make little markings mentally match an object, Ruler is just a matter of aligning a pointer: alas, the exact measure value instantly appears.
Ruler 2.0 has an introductory price of US$ 0.99, € 0.79, and comes as a free update for buyers of version one.
But, this time, just version 2 of version 1 it is not: Andrew and Alexa point out that Ruler 1 was, by their admission, ugly and they rewrote the …
In the Any Given Sunday movie, Academy Award Best Actor Al Pacino perfectly depicts the tough, hard-paced team coach that all of us expect to be behind a great team success!
No matter how big is your team, no matter how tough are your opponent’s game: it’s time to draw the perfect tactics – right on your iPad – with CoachPad!
CoachPad allows you to sketch out and display formations and tactics all using your iPad in a simple and intuitive way.
Sketches are automatically saved and can be viewed or removed in …
Want to Get Things Done once and forever? Have a look at Delegate 1.1 by app4Mac, for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
The new version generally improves application and apps, fixes bugs, treates foreign languages better, and the like.
Until the end of September, mobile versions of Delegate are only US$ 2.99, € 2.39.
Those who opt for the Mac version can share a to-do list on the Internet with a free online service powered by app4mac servers.
Whatever version you choose, remember to stay focused on one task at a time and leave multitasking …
The difference between iPad and netbooks is that you can found iPad Orchestra with the former, and perform Sweet Dream by Ilya Plavunov on four iPads.
iPad Orchestra uses Seline HD, an app by Amidio, which features a new, ergonomically designed playing surface called ioGrid.
With Seline HD, the player can choose among twenty built-in factory voices – flutes, bowed strings, reeds, synth leads and more – and nine drone voices.
Drones do not fly in Seline HD: they are chorded synth pads that are generated on-the-fly via software based on the complex …
Try to guess why a company should call itself Punflay… exactly, well done!
Educational iPad apps and games from Punflay are on sale until Thursday, September 16th.
MyNumbers is US$ 0.99 instead of 1.99: the app has the look and feel of a simple toy that helps kids learn to count from 1 to 10 [yesterday night had beer party and badly needed app for myself—Ed.].
Same discount as above for Mathomatix Number Sense/HD: five activities to teach simple counting, addition, and subtraction to kindergartners. The app has been redesigned using feedback from …
Corey Angst, assistant professor of management at the American University of Notre Dame, is debuting the first and only class taught using iPad in substitution of traditional textbooks.
Forty students are following the course, using iPads borrowed from the University.
The broader goal of the initiative is to build an ePublishing ecosystem that eases and makes inexpensive creation, management, sharing, annotation, reading, and distribution of education materials between teachers, students, and staff.
This is huge and shows how the iPad is poised to radically change the world in which we will live, starting …
With all this technology at hand, it is easy to forget our humanist side and the whole concept of liberal arts, so called because a master at them could be free and stay free in ancient Rome.
Although far in time, the concept still holds true today: if you want real freedom, cultivate as much literature and arts as you can.
And if you have an iPad at hand, get Poet’s Pad by Dante Vanado Moore. [a nom-de-plume?—Ed.]
Poet’s Pad allows poets to write, arrange, and store poems in one app, and even …
Apple’s iPads have taken over the set of CNBC’s Fast Money program.
No wonder: an iPad is sleek, hassle-free, aesthetically pleasing, and can be a perfect terminal for receiving financial information on-the-fly, via either Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
It seems also that CNBC managed to get the proper orientation for all the Apple logos in sight. Bonus points for this, folks.
So, there’s one more reason to watch Fast Money. [I’ll wait until they sponsor us.—Ed]
Don’t worry when you read pundits declaring that iPad is a consumption device, inadequate for productivity.
Think of SAP instead, that distributed one thousand iPads to their workforce, and supposedly not to play Fieldrunners.
Each iPad is equipped with access to Citrix tools via a virtual private network (VPN) and with the Mobile Sales for SAP CRM app for iOS.
Oliver Bussmann, SAP’s CIO, said via Twitter that there’s more to come.
Laughs at pundits’ vacuous rants, maybe.
Back to school and the same need to take notes during lessons, jot down sketches, write annotations and setting calendars, maybe sharing all this wealth of information with mates and teachers.
We suggest CourseNotes 2.0 by Dear Panda. You can do all of that and more, included viewing shared notes of your Facebook friends from within the app.
Inside the app there’s also a new Premium Content store, where to buy study-sheets about various matters, from French verb conjugations [nothing about French kisses?—Ed.] to the Periodic Table of the Elements.
The price to …
Just a bunch of programmers in the world hadn’t written a Twitter app for the iPad yet. Twitter’s programmers.
Finally they did it too and their effort could be viewed by someone as one of the best Twitter apps for the iPad as of now.
It’s not the usual beefed-up iPhone app, but a real boon for a bigger screen. Every tweet shows in a panel what it linked, it’s possible to search for global trends and much, much more.
At this price — that is, for free — it’s almost a crime …
iOS4, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch »
According to NetMarketshare, iOS browsing global quota surpassed Linux’s starting from July 2010 and our beloved iPad shares some merit from that with iPhone and iPod touch.
Linux-powered devices exist from more than a dozen of years. They are usually capable desktop or laptop computer, with big screens, fast processors, true keyboards, multi-button mice, strong Internet connections.
Nevertheless, in three years a entirely new category of devices, with small screens, relatively slow processors and no physical keyboard at all surpassed them in terms of generated web traffic.
As a bonus, you can check …