It seems like the world is turning its back on BlackBerry. The original smartphone used to be the most widespread device in enterprise. The company was on top of the mobile device market and it looked as though no other company would ever match their popularity. Then, Apple launched the iPhone and Google created Android. Today, BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, is struggling to stay alive as more and more companies are switching away.
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.
Google released a big update to their iOS Capture app this week. Version 2.0 brings new editing features, easy to use music soundtracks, and one of the most efficient upload workflows of any iOS YouTube compatible app.
YouTube is the biggest video sharing site online and phones provide a lot of the content. People are documenting disasters, accidents, funning experiences, and just about anything you can imagine. In the first version of Capture you could record and upload video, but you couldn’t edit the footage on your mobile device. If you wanted to edit the video you had to use the editing features the YouTube provides in their browser version.
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.
Users of Gmail will be happy to hear about the Gmail for iPad upgrade which is now available. This latest evolution of an app which originally had a slow start, seems to finally tap into the full power of the iPad. The biggest new feature is the navigation panel on the left side and a series of streamlined views for efficient email composing.
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.
Our friends over at Kinivio, makers of the very cool wireless portable speaker we reviewed this summer, have sent us another new wireless accessory to try out – the Kinivio BTK330 Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard. In fact, I’m using this keyboard paired to my iPad to write this Gear Review now!
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.