News about the current legal proceedings between Apple and Samsung is very exciting and I’m sure you are scouring the web for updates this fine Friday afternoon. The truth is that most of us would be sleeping if we had to sit through all of those hearings, in spite of the fact that what is taking place involves groundbreaking precedents that are being established and will likely affect corporate patent litigation for years to come.
I’ve mentioned before in my review of cooking apps that include hands-free actions how much I love the feature. I use my iPad to cook and bake a lot. I always get ingredients on the screen when I have to scroll up or down or from one page to another. So, any app that makes it possible to perform an action without actually touching the screen is a big plus for me. XTouch is a new technology that makes it possible for you to tap a flat surface near your iPad or iPhone to activate a control. No more sticky cookie dough on the Home button.
It’s funny how the world works. It was less than a decade ago that digital photography picked up speed to become the prominent way of taking pictures. Now, film cameras are all but extinct. Trends come and go like the seasons and physical copies of digital photos are now the new hotness. Kodak Alaris has just launched their first iPad app to include the ability to order photo books, high-quality prints, and custom enlargements for same-day pick up at a local Kodak retailer.
When is the line drawn in the sand to show that a trend has gone over the top? Cat memes went over the line when poor helpless felines were being “breaded.” I don’t even know what “twerking” is and don’t want to find out. What about the Flappy Bird phenomenon? Since its demise, the strangely popular casual game has spawned hundreds of knockoff titles from Flappy Duck to Bouncy Pig. About 98 percent of them show no creativity or innovation and are simply a waste of space in the App Store.
However, some app makers have used the popularity of Flappy Bird to create something interesting, even if it is merely a clone of the original.
IFTTT is a really cool app that lets you create “recipes” that create certain triggers when specific actions take place. IFTTT stands for “If This Then That.” Users can create formulas or browse premade ones to help keep them connected to other apps and events. Today, the company updated the app with some very useful channels. Plus, IFTTT is no supported on the iPad.
iPads in the marketplace are growing more and more popular because they are relatively affordable and very flexible. While they can easily do more than traditional cash registers, they are also more fragile and if not protected they can easily be dropped and broken. A new product line from Kensington is designed with point of sale applications in mind.
Greenpeace recently released a report on tech companies and their role in creating a “Green Internet.” Companies across the globe are turning to renewable energy. Apple was spotlighted in the company’s report for being the “most innovative and aggressive in pursuing its commitment to be 100% renewable powered.”
Every year on this date, we wish the iPad a Happy Birthday. Sure, it is silly to send birthday greetings to an inanimate object. The iPad doesn’t even eat cake. Wishing Happy Birthday to Apple’s best invention is more of a way to reflect on the things we love about the tablet and how it has changed our lives than anything else.
The 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference is officially set for June 2 – 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. The WWDC is a yearly highlight for developers who are navigating freshly announced software and hardware offerings, and has been an increasingly popular event each year. Tickets are will be made available through random selection to those who apply before April 7th at 10:00.