In September of 2012, Apple was at the top of its game with a record high of $700 per share. Shortly thereafter, the company’s stock dropped as much as 45 percent. While not quite back to its peak, the company has already seen a partial recovery over the past six months. The iPhone 5s and the iPad Air is likely to help push the numbers even higher before the year ends. Forbes recently released a report that places Apple at the number one spot for three years in a row as the most valuable company in the world. It looks like the iPad maker is still on top, despite tech analysts’ doom and gloom predictions that Apple is on its way out.
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Independent game developer Gameblyr recently announced a collaboration with Birnam Woods Games to launch Pathogen for PC, Mac, and mobile. Today, the infectious game has made its way to the App Store. Control the outcome of the game board by strategically placing viruses where they will do the most damage.
Pathogen’s design was inspired by the way disease spreads throughout the body. Players place viruses that will expand to adjacent cells and overpower other pathogens. This real-time strategy game is easy to learn, but difficult to master.
It is time again for another weekly installment of our guide to apps and accessories for musicians and fans of music. We love to talk about music around here. Whether we are rocking out on stage or bopping our heads in our living rooms, we are music fans. Each week, we track down apps and accessories that we think musicians and fans of music might enjoy. Last week, we told you about Theory Lessons. You can learn everything there is to know about learning to read and write music.
This week, we have a hands-on review of IK Multimedia’s newest product. The iRig BlueBoard is a wireless Bluetooth compatible pedalboard controller so you can switch between different settings in your MIDI devices or have different presets in your digital stop box.
For two years, rumors have swirled that Apple would be tapping Sharp for its IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) LCD display panels. We thought it would make it into the third-generation iPad, and then hoped for it in the fourth-generation model. However, the energy consumption and battery life led us to believe that Apple was still using IPS panels.
The new iPad Air is thinner, lighter, has a significantly faster processor and actually has a smaller battery than its predecessor, yet still maintains the same charge. Why is that? Display screen testers and tech analysts think they know the answer. Numerous reports have shown that the only possible way Apple could maintain the same battery life with a more powerful processor and a 25 percent smaller battery is through IGZO technology.
Sometimes, when friends tell me reasons why they don’t like Apple’s tablets, they mention the fact that the iPad and iPad mini don’t come with a kickstand. Lenovo makes a tablet with a kickstand. Microsoft makes a tablet with a kickstand. Some tech reviewers actually say that kickstand-integrated tablets are better than the iPad.
Vital Design has come up with a solution in the form of “Case 66.” This iPad mini bumper comes with a kickstand, and a notebook cover, so your 7.9-inch device will be protected and have a great viewing angle, all in one. Read More »
Accessory maker C6 is updating their line of Magnefix Bookcase protectors for Apple’s new iPad Air. Their updated design features bold colors, and an integrated magnetic design, a self-cleaning microfiber interior, and all over protection.
Now that the iPad Air is finally available, plenty of new owners will be walking around with naked tablets. You can be first on the scene with a completely unique case, cover or sleeve for your fancy tablet by making one from scratch. Each week, we explore the far reaches of the worldwide Web to find interesting, unique, and creative accessories for the iPad that can be made at home, oftentimes from recycled materials found around the house. Last week, we told you how to add a USB charger to the backseat of your car. If you thought that project was too complex and had too many specific requirements, we’ve got something easier for you this week.
This week’s DIY project may have originally been designed for a previous model of iPad, but it can easily be updated for the iPad Air by making a minor adjustment to the size of the felt material.
Before Apple announced the very first iPad, the company was losing its place in the smartphone market. Google’s Android was free and open, and the software ran on practically every other mobile device that wasn’t made by Apple or BlackBerry (Research in Motion, at the time). According to a new book by author Fred Vogelstein, in order to compete with the Android operating system, CEO Steve Jobs made the tech world-altering decision to make an iPad.
Around here, we like to believe that the iPad is better than everything. While that is just an opinion, most market research backs up our beliefs with surveys, benchmarks, and other data. However, sometimes, we just have to admit that another product out there may have something going for it that Apple does not. Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is one of those products. According to DisplayMate Technologies, the Fire HDX out-performed the iPad Air by quite a bit.
The iPad Air isn’t even through it’s first week of sales and rumors of a new tablet are already starting to churn. Well, not exactly new. In fact, whispers of a larger screen iPad have been floating around for more than half a year. A few months ago, Macotakara reported that Quanta was working with Apple on the design of a 12-inch tablet. Today, the Chinese language tablet website PadNews is claiming that the larger sized tablet, now being dubbed “iPad Pro” (instead of iPad Maxi), will be unveiled in 2014.