Last week, Amazon announced the launch of its newest device. The Fire TV hopes to compete in the living room with the likes of set-top boxes like Roku, Boxee, and most importantly, Apple TV. I am a sucker for new gadgets and had already purchased one before I had even finished writing the news announcement. I spent some time with Fire TV over the weekend and have a few comments on what is good and bad about it, and whether you should get one yourself.
One of the most annoying things about taking the iPad out of the house is the possibility that the battery will run down before we are done using it. Until someone invents a device that will charge an iPad in 30 seconds, an external battery pack is the solution. Accessory maker Thisisground has a great looking iPad sleeve that comes with its own external battery so you can charge your tablet while it rests comfortably in your bag.
It always seems like my iPad runs out of juice at the most inopportune times. I’ll forget to charge it and, when I’m running out the door, I’ll realize I should have plugged it in a half hour ago if I want to have enough battery power to last through the evening. An Israeli tech start-up claims to have the ability to charge mobile devices in 30 seconds. Although still a few years from being ready, it may be possible by 2016 to get your iPad ready for that long trip in under a minute.
An indication that mobile devices are continuing to change the shape of point-of-sale transactions is the increased interplay between multiple providers. Shopify has announced a revised price model in order to more closely match with Square, which is a good sign of healthy competition.
Last month, Apple introduced CarPlay, a feature that had previously been demonstrated and dubbed “iOS in the Car.” The basic function of CarPlay is to allow drivers the ability to connect their iPhone to their car for a hands-free, easy to access heads-up display on the dashboard. Last week, Microsoft unveiled its own version of CarPlay using a Windows-based operating system that the company hopes will compete directly with iOS.
Sometimes, it feels good when the side you are rooting for gets some recognition, not that Apple doesn’t get the lion’s share of attention in the media. But for the past few years, it seems like much of the tech reporting public considers the iPad maker to be on its way out. Discovering that its biggest competitor considers Apple to be an “extremely real” threat puts a little pride in my heart.
There are a lot of good-looking games in the App Store now that the newest iOS devices run on a 64-bit processor. However, “good-looking” usually refers to graphics, which I think is fantastic, but hyper-realistic racing games don’t have to rule the good-looking category. Sometimes, games that are artistic, abstract, and surreal are just as pretty, if not more.
Monument Valley is a game that looks so good it could be your iPad’s Home screen background image. In fact, the game’s developers thought so too and added a feature that lets you take a picture of the screen to save in your photo library.
It turns out the email was legit, but it reminded me of how difficult it can be at times to tell when you’ve received a phishing email. So, I’ve got a few suggestions for how to identify fake email addresses and web links within an email that you receive.
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 75% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
Have you ever wondered what the CEO of a major corporation makes? Well, if you just look at there salaries, it’s not that much. Who am I kidding, more than one million dollars is definitely not the average income. My point is that, in addition to CEO salary, the big wigs oftentimes get compensation in other ways, increasing their year’s income significantly. Apple CEO Tim Cook, for example, made about $4.3 million in salary and bonuses. However, his cash cow came in when he was the recipient of a portion of the restricted stock grant he received in 2011 to the tune of $69.9 million.