Well, it finally happened. By the end of 2013, according to Gartner, Android captured the market share of tablets, surpassing iOS significantly with 61.9 percent versus Apple’s 36 percent. Analysts were claiming that the iPad would loose its crown sometime soon and they were right. Apple still maintains the lead in tablet sales by vendor, although Samsung is nipping at the heels of the iPad’s popularity.
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With the introduction of iOS 7, Apple added a new feature that was still in the works, but has already been talked about extensively in the tech world. The in-car feature, originally dubbed “iOS in the Car,” is an in-dash system only available in select new cars that allows users to connect their iPhone to the vehicle’s built-in controls and display. Apple and car manufacturers are officially rolling out the feature this year under the new nomenclature, “CarPlay.”
I like to keep things clean on my iPad. I close unused apps in Multitasking every day. I delete apps that I don’t think I’ll use on a regular basis, and I keep my Safari browser tabs to a minimum. However, there are times when I’ve been doing a lot of Web browsing and have a dozen or so tabs open in Safari. Yuck.
Sure, I could tap the “X” button on each, individual page to close tabs one at a time, but thanks to a clever tip from Mac OS X Hints, there is a quicker way to close all tabs at once.
Strategy games are thriving in the App Store. Traditionally, the genre has been most popular on desktops, but developers are constantly coming up with new titles that are fun, engaging, and great for wasting time on a rainy day. Apple’s Editor’s Choice for this week is a tower defense style strategy sequel. Royal Revolt 2 lets you explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate your neighbors to become the king of all lands.
The ball is rolling. Accessory makers and game controller companies are on the move. It took a while to get started, but we are now spotting more and more iOS 7 controllers in the wild. Even more exciting is that companies aren’t narrowing their options to just the iPhone anymore. MOGA had a hit on their hands with the iPhone-only gamepad, “Ace Power.” The company is already working on their second submission to the market and this one will be compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
It is possible that Apple is preparing to move old stock to make room for a new version of Apple TV. Today, the company has launched a special deal that would essentially make the set-top box only $75, brand new. The discount comes in the form of a $25 iTunes gift card, which you could use to stock up on movies for your new Apple TV.
Almost a full year ago, Namco Bandai launched their official Tamagotchi app for iPad and iPhone. I admit, for months, I cared for my pixelated baby, cleaning up its poops, feeding it, and playing games with it. I had fun with my Tamagotchi, but just like the real thing, the fun wears off after a while. I’m ready for a new one.
This week, Namco Bandai launched their second virtual pet app in the form of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Angel.
How often do you send physical cards to others through the mail? Does anyone other than grandma get greeting cards from you in the mail? It used to be that people would send birthday wishes, congratulations messages, get well cards, and condolences through traditional postal services to friends, families, and colleagues where they would then sit on the mantel for weeks before finally being relocated to a drawer somewhere. Now, birthday wishes, baby announcements, and party invitations are quickly typed up in emails or on Facebook. They may be more convenient, but they have no staying power.
American Greetings has the ability to change that with Creatacard. This new app lets kids create cards using digital drawing tools, stickers, paint brushes, and more, right on the iPad. Then, you can mail a physical copy of the card to your friends of family as a professionally printed greeting card.
NimbleBit, creator of such games as Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains, and Nimble Quest have just launched their newest free-to-play title in the App Store. Instead of building a tiny tower for citizens to live in, or traveling the rails on pocket sized trains to distribute goods, players build the best zoo in the city and throw a disco party.
In Disco Zoo, players travel the globe in a rainbow-colored hot air balloon, rescuing animals (from the wild, apparently) and bringing them to the zoo to let the world see them. Oh, also, there is a disco party.