This week’s theme appears to be Steampunk. Chillingo just launched its new tower defense game, Steampunk Tower, and Warner Bros. has released its own Steampunk inspired game. AdventChewers is all about the bubble gum, but there is plenty of future-meets-old-timey action going on in this hot air balloon-filled world.
Accessory maker Griffin Technologies has been working with Austria-based artist group Papernomad for a while now. The two recently collaborated to bring us a customizable iPad sleeve. It is customizable because you can paint, color, and sketch all over it to make your own, unique protective cover for your Apple Tablet. Today, Griffin announced the launch of a new Papernomad accessory, the Tootsie Folio for iPad.
Grab your goggles and your laser shooter because you are about to join forces to stop an invasion of coal and steam powered enemy vehicles that have weapons from the future. Where else can you find a combination of renaissance era dresses and photon pistols than the Steampunk Tower.
Welcome back to another edition of our weekly music column. We are big fans of music around here. Whether we are listening to it, or creating it, we love all things music related. Each week, we try to track down apps and accessories that we think musicians and music lovers will like as much as we do. Last time, we told you about the electronic drum synthesizer app STIX, from Twisted Electronics.
This week, we have another big announcement from IK Multimedia. Today, their newest product, the iRig BlueBoard is available for purchase and ready to ship. Now, you’ll be able to shred on your axe using those sweet effects pedals without needing to plug in.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 86% off so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
One limitation of current tablets is the lack of feedback when touching the screen. I miss the feel of my laptop keyboard and the click on my trackpad but there is news coming out of Disney Research that they are developing a way to provide friction on a touch screen which is able to simulate a 3D experience.
It is no secret that Twitter is trying to make a name for itself as a social networking site for television watchers. Recently, the company announced it was working on a stream that is dedicated to TV-related tweets and conversations. Today, AllThingsD is reporting that Twitter has signed a deal with Comcast that will eventually allow you to watch television shows right from a 40-character tweet.
Last week, Qualcomm’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Anand Chandrasekher, told TechWorld that he believed Apple’s A7 processor chip was more of a marketing stunt than a technical enhancement. In an email correspondence, Qualcomm issued a retraction to Chandrasekher’s off-the-cuff comments. Basically, Chandrasekher didn’t mean what he said.
One of the things you are paying for when buying an iPad is a higher quality touch experience with faster response times. Agawi has published their touchscreen latency analysis findings and the iPad Mini has landed on top.
The test was performed using a system called Touchscope and all tablets are prepared using the same software and methodology. The results (shown above) put the iPad Mini ahead of the pack but not wildly ahead of the 2nd through 4th places. The speeds are measured in milliseconds and the results are based on a minimum of 50 tests.
Although nothing official has been announced, it is a matter of weeks, maybe even days, before the first set of tech journalists get their special invitation to Apple’s next event. Of course, there is no proof of what the next generation of iPad and iPad mini will look like, but thanks to a plethora of high-quality leaked images of the supposed new tablets, we have an idea of what to expect. There are a few features that we hope are more than just rumors. A few months ago, we made a list of things we’d like to see in the new iPad. Now that the reveal is, hopefully, only weeks away, we’ve added some features and removed some others.