Only two years ago, Apple owned practically the entire market share of tablet sales. In early 2011, the iPad generated more than 90 percent of all tablet sales. Since then, the market has been flooded with all shapes, sizes, and price tags for tablets. For the first time, Apple’s iPad has dropped below 40 percent.
According to a recent survey by hospitality industry Wi-Fi provider iBahn, travelers are leaving their laptops at home and using iPads instead. For the first time in history, the past nine months saw a drop in laptop use. How does lighter computing affect the business world? The iPad may be a great mobile gadget, but it is no replacement for a laptop. Or, is it?
It’s time to talk do-it-yourself again. We are big fans of homemade crafts here at PadGadget. If you made it out of stuff lying around your house; even better. Last week, we told you about a DIY iPad stylus brush made from an old paintbrush and some metallic thread. It looks like your metallic thread is really starting to come in handy.
This week, we found a very simple, but very useful DIY car headrest mount from Geek Dad Life. If you want to play movies for the little ones while on long trips to grandma’s house, but don’t want to invest in the high cost, you will love this easy and inexpensive headrest mount.
We all know that it is coming. Apple recently admitted it in a press release regarding the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The release of iOS 7 is imminent. The questing now is, when? According to Bloomberg, the next mobile operating system update for Apple’s mobile devices may be the biggest in the company’s history. And, it may take longer than they thought to be ready for us.
According to unnamed sources that spoke with Bloomberg, Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, has been a busy beaver, overseeing a complete redesign of iOS. This undertaking is a bigger task than Ive realized.
Since the ousting of former software chief Scott Forstall, it has been rumored that Ive would throw out the skeuomorphic themes that have gotten somewhat out of hand (wood bookshelves, leather bound address books, etc.) and replace them with a more streamlined, sleek design.
There are a number of ways to choose and deliver snail mail greeting cards from the iPad, such as Apple’s Cards or Postale, but Felt Cards, a new iPad-only app adds a twist: the user writes out the card and addresses the envelope by hand. Felt Cards then delivers a printed version of the card to the addressee for $3.99, postage included.
The iPad is the perfect tool for surfing the web but sometimes you need to go a bit deeper and view the source code of the page your currently viewing. This is can be especially true if you’re a webmaster, web designer or developer working on a project.
If you’ve always wondered how to check the source of your web pages via the iPad, search no more. As we previously highlighted, the folks at RavelRumba have put together a nice “bookmarklet” that will allow you to access the source of any web page, simply by using a bookmark.
While NYT columnist and chef Mark Bittman probably never set out to intimidate readers with his classic How to Cook Everything (PadGadget = 5 stars), he may have inadvertently overwhelmed those who are new to cooking. Now Bittman is back with Cooking Basics for iPad, a new iPad app that banishes pretension without abandoning quality instruction. Cooking Basics for iPad blends recipes, photo tutorials, and short videos, all of which work together to teach the reader to cook smarter and more comfortably.
They Need To Be Fed 2 is the follow up to the original They Need To Be Fed game, which featured crisp, high contrast graphics and simple but fun platform puzzle gameplay. They Need to Be Fed 2 is more of the same, with a few fantastic additions.
As a platformer, They Need To Be Fed 2 is fairly unique. It uses 360 degree gravity, which means that you will navigate through the game from left to right and from top to bottom, making your way through the level grabbing up diamonds.
One man’s digit grease is another man’s work of art. New York-based Artist Andre Woolery partnered with Texas-based designer Victor Abijaoudi created these abstract designs by using popular iPad apps and games including Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Temple Run, Paper Toss, and Angry Birds.
I have noticed that the pattern of fingerprints varies depending on who in my family uses the iPad, and which apps that person uses, but it never occurred to me as I dutifully scrubbed away at the screen that these smudges could be beautiful or that anyone would try to preserve them.
When I interviewed Nosy Crow‘s Tom Bonnick last month, he piqued my curiosity about Little Red Riding Hood, the company’s newest interactive, digital book for 3 to 8-year-olds. After a chance to use the app, which was released last week, for myself, I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.
Nosy Crow’s version of Little Red Riding Hood encompasses the well-turned out, cinematic feel of their previous fairy tale digi-books, Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs, with a choose-your-own-adventure-style twist. Not only does the reader dictate how Little Red’s story unfolds, he can also play games within the narrative, and enjoy surprising iOS integrative features.