If there was ever a reminder that we should all be manually backing our iPads up to our computers it is right now. As reported on CNet, some key features of iCloud are currently on the fritz. Photo Stream, iPhoto Journals, Documents in the Cloud, Backup, and iMessage are all down as of this writing.
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Sound Stage. This column is dedicated to finding apps and accessories for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we told you about the music-teaching app Ear Wizard. If you want to learn how to identify notes just by listening to them, The Ear Wizard will teach you how.
This week, we are going hands-on with a new speaker dock from iHome. If you need a new docking station that combines multiple device charging, an alarm clock, and an FM stereo, you will want to know more about the iDL100.
CBS Sports today reported that Falcon tight end Tony Gonzalez didn’t make it to training camp this year. Well, he wasn’t physically there, but he attended the entire event via his iPad. I wonder if he tossed the ball with Siri?
According to CBS Sports, Gonzalez was unable to be present at the Falcon’s Atlanta training camp, but participated from California. He was able to check in regularly with tight end coach Chris Scelfo and watch the training lectures on his iPad.
It is that time of the year again. Apple is gearing up for the upcoming month-long music festival. Every September, the iPad maker thanks the world by presenting 30 days of music that you can watch in real time for free from anywhere in the world on any compatible device. Today, Apple has updated its iOS iTunes Festival app and added the channel back to Apple TV.
Electronic Arts Inc. has outdone themselves with the release of Plants vs. Zombies 2 and it’s clear from playing it that EA has made a really great a sequel. Busineswire.com has reported that in its first weekend the game was downloaded over 16 million times and after just 5 days it was #1 in 137 countries around the world.
Out of nearly 64,000 ratings 44,295 are 5 stars which means that not only has it been downloaded a lot but it is being very well received. The majority of negative comments focus on the in app purchases which have the potential to bring the money you spend to easily $10 or more. As with most free-to-play games you can play the game without spending money but there are quite a few options that cost money.
Team sports are a big part of high school and college programs and mobile technology has made an impact on the training and safety of student athletes. A new iPad app from Polar called Polar Team is designed to monitor the heart rates of an entire team and put that data in the hands of the coach.
The app is free to download but requires a compatible heart rate monitoring device on each team member, such as the separately sold Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor. The H7 uses a band that wraps around the chest and connects to the iPad via Bluetooth. The app can collect realtime data from up to 40 players at an approximate range of 10 meters.
Welcome to this week’s installment of our DIY iPad project spotlight series. Each week, we look for cool, crafty, and creative projects that you can do at home, most of the time with things you find lying around your house. Last week, we told you about Martha Stewart’s Camp-Inspired Leather iPad Sleeve. I think I might take a leather tooling class soon.
This week, we found a crafty sleeve for your iPad made from cork. This protective cover will be the perfect back-to-school accessory for your Apple tablet.
I use a stylus with my iPad. I draw with it, write with it, and it keeps my screen cleaner. I am always on the lookout for a better stylus, but simply doing more (with a higher price tag) isn’t what I consider to be a great stylus. I have used expensive ones and cheap ones, with my current stylus being a relatively inexpensive workhorse from Griffin that works well and moves smoothly across the screen. It’s a good stylus.
The only draw back that I consider worth paying to overcome is sensitivity. A cheap stylus doesn’t do anything with pressure and so it is difficult to get the perfect ‘light’ brush stroke. Some apps use speed to adjust the stroke but that changes the whole way you draw. That’s why a release from Wacom (I have one of their stylus kits for my desktop from a few years ago) has caught my attention.