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Category: iPad News
While the rest of the mobile accessory industry is going wireless, Griffin is taking back the cord and reminding us of how important it can be to stay connected, literally, to our iPad. The company has just announced the launch of a wired keyboard specifically designed for the iPad. This new accessory makes it possible for you to keep on typing when in situation where Bluetooth is not allowed.
The Worldwide Developer Conference is just around the corner. In the weeks leading up to the big event, rumors are swirling as to what Apple will show off. Traditionally, the company demonstrates at least a few features of the next version of iOS. According to an unnamed source with 9to5Mac, one new feature in iOS 8 that we may get to see this June 2 is split screen multitasking.
At Microsoft’s TechEd customer conference on Monday, general manager Julia White announced that Office for iPad had been downloaded 27 million times so far. The suit of productivity apps launched in late March and has remained on the Top Free Apps list ever since. After nearly four years of the iPad’s existence without a full version of Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, it is interesting to see the success the company is experiencing so far with the iOS version of the app.
Today, Twitter dropped a big update bomb that is specifically meant for the iPad. The larger screen device has been given a few cool features to make tweeting and discovery better than ever. Plus, the company recently announced the rollout of the much-needed Mute function for iOS.
The app’s update to version 6.5 includes a more comprehensive search feature, better viewing of photos and vines, more integrated social features, and more. You can access direct messages quicker, add filters to photos, and see what is trending in the Discover section of the iPad app.
One major argument I hear from friends regarding why they think their tablet is better than the iPad is the USB connector port. No, the iPad does not have a USB port. However, you can plug a USB device into it using the USB Camera Adapter. You can’t however, just plug in a flash drive and drag-and-drop files between devices. That is, until now. The iStick is a USB flash drive with a Lightning connector that includes a compatible app for downloading content from the stick to your iPad.
The iStick is a basic flash drive. When you connect it to your Mac or PC, a file window opens up automatically and you can drag content from you computer to the file window. Then, you can flip the switch on the drive, turning a USB connector into a Lightning connector.
Last September, Google launched its own music player app on iOS. The app allows users to store up to 20,000 songs from their personal collection in a cloud-based storage service to access anywhere. A recent discovery by a user show that Google Play Music is already coded with iPad optimization, which likely means that the app will get the official update soon.
Discovered by a reader for 9to5Google, the iPad update is supposedly already in development. A second reader followed up with additional support claiming that changing the iPhone app’s “UIDeviceFamily” key to 2 instead of 1 in its info.plist file results in the iPad layout. The recoding was tested by 9to5Google to be true.
With all of the back and forth we hear about Apple and Samsung in the news, you’d think that the two tech companies would not be willing to share the same air space, let alone work together. However, based on new information coming from ZDNet’s Korea affiliate, not only are they still business partners, but Apple appears to be relying more on Samsung than any other company for manufacturing of iPad display screens.
Once a genre starts to get a little worn out, the best way to rejuvenate things is to mash it up. That is, why not mix a bit of rhythm tapping with a platformer? Or, how about throwing some battle card action into a fighting game? The world is all wonky with all these mixed up, mashed up game genres. Isn’t it delightful? Read More »
My mom called me one day, frantically asking for help with her iPad, which had just up and died on her. She couldn’t get it to turn on. It was working fine when she left the house to spend the day at the lake, but when she tried to turn it on at the end of the day, nothing happened. “Did you take it with you to the lake?” I asked. “Yes, but I left it in the car, so it didn’t get wet or anything,” she responded. My mom lives in Arizona where a cool day is about 95 degrees. That meant her car was probably well over 100 degrees, which is the perfect condition to drain a battery to its last spark of energy.
My mom protested. She had just charged her iPad before leaving the house, so the battery was full. I encouraged her to plug it in to charge it and leave it alone for about 10 minutes. Of course, the next phone call was to thank me for “fixing” her iPad. I love my mom.