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.
A few weeks ago, Apple launched a new commercial that featured the pivotal speech from John Keating (Robin Williams) in Dead Poets Society. The advertisement is intended to invoke inspiration from creative iPad users. Poets, writers, painters, and musicians are using Apple’s tablet in a montage. Humorists at Doghouse Diaries just released an info-graph of the many uses of the iPad as seen through the eyes of the “Your Verse” commercial.
According to Broadcasting Cable, Fox Sports has big plans for this year’s Super Bowl. Not only can cable subscribers watch the biggest football game in the U.S. on the go, but for 27 hours, Fox will allow iPad users to access programming from Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and local Fox broadcasting stations on Feb. 2 without authenticating that they subscribe to a cable service through the Fox Sports Go app.
CNN Money recently released data that has been collected regarding sales of the iPad for the previous quarter. CNN is calling the iPad Apple’s second biggest cash cow, right behind the iPhone. According to the estimates, Apple sold 25 million iPads in the first quarter of 2014, a 10 percent increase from last year.
When Apple demonstrated iOS 7 last fall, one of the features of the new mobile operating system was “iOS in the Car.” While not much has been seen in the car, app developer Steven Troughton-Smith may have gotten access to a few screenshots of the upcoming interface and has posted said screenshots to Twitter.
It is easy to review apps and services which seemingly duplicate built-in iOS features because we have something very clear to compare. In the case of Todoist Next we also have a wide range of apps available on a wide range of platforms. Does Todoist Next deliver on its promise to ‘forever change digital productivity’? We won’t know that for some time, but what we do know is that this is a very capable task manager.