Today is a big day for Apple, Inc. As noted on the front page of the company’s website, today marks the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer. At the time, it was considered innovative, extraordinary, and no one realized the impact it would have over the next three decades. When Apple launched the iPad almost four years ago, it was considered innovative, extraordinary, and it begs the question of what kind of impact it will have on generations to come.
Friday night is alright for fighting and its alright for playing video games, too. Well, maybe if you are a twenty-something college student, staying home on a Friday night just to play video games is not alright. But, pretty much everyone else is cool with it. Especially when said video game is retro, classic, or has been ported from decades ago. Every Friday, we delve into our repressed childhood to call up memories of our favorite games. Last week, we rekindled our love of classic Frogger with a newfound love of a redesigned version of the game, as well.
Earlier this week I found myself thinking that the more time that passes, the less likely it seems that we’ll be impressed or amazed by new iOS apps. Yesterday I had to eat those words because of a musical app released by Korg, which has blown my mind and made me rethink my approach to creating music on the iPad.
Thursdays are known as “new app day” in the Apple community. It is the day when app makers all officially announce the launch of new titles. It is also a big day for app updates. Or, at least it was yesterday for Apple. The iPad maker launched big updates to its productivity line of iOS app. As a reminder, if you recently bought an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are all free on Apple’s newest devices.
When the second-generation of Apple TV first came out in 2010, it only had a handful of non-Apple channels. You could stream Netflix and YouTube, connect to Flickr, and a couple of others things. It was pretty bare bones upon launch. Over the past three and a half years, Apple has been adding more and more content to its “little hobby.” Before long, Apple TV might just be a replacement for cable boxes.
While a rumored fourth-generation Apple TV has still not seen the light of day, today, iLounge is reporting that the set-top box will be getting an updated that will allow Bluetooth controller support and its own App Store.
Being that I am a rabid Star Wars fan, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spread the word about this geek-worthy USB charger. Sure, you could use a boring old wireless battery pack to charge your iPad when away from a traditional wall plug, but why would you when you can use Darth Vader’s lightsaber to do it?
It is only a matter of time before all of our gadgets have the ability to scan us and track our body’s information. While it might seem like the plot of a summer blockbuster, technology is already becoming available that is capable of this and Apple is exploring ways to use such information in advertising and content delivery. In a recent patent application, Apple details a system which uses a mood analysis process to customize ad content for consumers.
Two days ago, Beats Music launched in the App Store. While it is not optimized for the iPad yet, it works just fine and the graphics quality is good enough for listening to music (see my screenshots in this post for reference). I have been able to successfully play hours of music from my iPad for the past two days. However, it was not without its issues.
If you don’t already know about it, Pocket is a newsreader that lets you save stories from the Internet offline. It used to be called “Read it Later,” which is why that is still, technically part of the name. Idea Shower recently updated Pocket with a very interesting feature that might make you wonder why, at first. It now includes fully integrated AirPlay support so you can watch full screen videos through Apple TV, even when your screen is locked.
It has already been a week and today marks the deadline for a new post of our weekly music column. Each week, we hunt for the coolest apps and accessories for the iPad. Last week, we told you about Caustic. Create a rack mount for your music needs without taking up space in the living room.
This week, we go hands on with IK Multimedia’s newest release. If you thought the iRig KEYS were cool, but wanted something a little more practical, you’ll be happy to know that the iOS music accessory maker heard your cries and upgraded the MIDI-compatible keyboard to a PRO version, complete with full-sized keys for realistic keyboard play.