Apple may have added two speakers to its line of tablets, but the sound coming out of my iPad Air is about as loud as the sound of a talking doll with a dying battery that has been packed into a box and stored in a cabinet in the garage. In other words, it is still bad. Until Apple figures out a way to make iPad audio work for me, I’ll stick to third-party compatible speakers.
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It is hard to believe that it is already Friday. It seems like the week just flew by. At least it did for me. Fridays are great because it signals the start of the weekend, it means parties and get togethers, and it means we get to talk about games from our childhood. Last week, we reminded you of how fun The Secret of Monkey Island was. LucasArts sure knows how to make a good point-and-click adventure game.
This week, we are bringing the player-versus-player fighting back to the iPad with a little martial arts game called Samurai Shodown II. Chop your enemy to bits with your powerful strike. The ninjas await.
When Apple launched iOS 7 nearly every native app and brand app received an overhaul that turned the formerly skeuomprohic designs into flat, bright, and white all over. One app that held onto the faux-realism was iBooks. The traditional wood grain bookshelf and paper textured pages stood out amongst the rest of the iOS 7 look. Today, Apple finally updated the app and it has lost all semblances to its former self.
If you are a regular user of the popular personal finance app Mint.com, and you have automatic updates turned on, you have probably already noticed that Mint has a new look. If you spend a little time exploring, you will notice that it also has a few new additions, one of them being the popular “Trends” feature.
Rube Goldberg was best known for his love of depicting complex machines that performed simple tasks. The idea behind a “Rube Goldberg Machine” is that there are a series of things that happen in a very specific order that eventually cause one or more events to take place.
Welcome to the next installment of PadGadget’s weekly music column. We are always on the lookout for cool new apps and accessories that are fit for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we went hands-on with IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard. Now, you can switch between effects pedals, hands free and cord free.
This week, we are going to talk about a new app with a few years of iOS history under its belt.
The saga continues. In June, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a $30 million program to put an iPad in the hands of every student in the second largest district in the United States. By September, it was obvious that things were not running smoothly. First, the District reported mass hacking of 300 iPads from students at three different high schools. Then, it came to light that $50,000 worth of tablets had been “misplaced” at the District.
By the beginning of October, the District had begun taking iPads away from students for an “indeterminate” amount of time. That’s not all. During a recent presentation to the Los Angeles School Board, the District admitted that the program was over budget due to unexpected costs for iPad storage containers, protective cases, and other expenses.
Black Friday is two and a half weeks away. It seems like last week I was trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween. Time is flying by this year. Before we know it, retail stores will be taking down the Christmas trees and replacing them with hearts. Part of the reason that the holidays seem to be rushing past might be that retail stores starting stocking shelves with Christmas decorations before Halloween.
Welcome back to our weekly posting about all things do-it-yourself iPad project related. If there is one thing we love around here as much as (or possibly more than) music, its DIY projects. They are especially exciting when they are made for recycled goods from around the house. Last week, we found a cute basket weave felt sleeve for your new iPad Air.
Last Friday, super typhoon Haiyan laid a path of destruction right through the middle of the small cluster of islands of the Philippines. Enormous waves from the record storm destroyed nearly 80 percent of structures in the Leyte province and a reported 10,000 people were killed with more than 600,000 displace in the centralize section of the storm. As is typical in areas suffering from natural disasters, help is difficult to come by.
The United Nations told Reuters that relief operations have been hampered due to damage and complete destruction to roads, airports, and bridges. Some survivors have been without food, water, and medicine since the typhoon hit.