Apple’s iBeacon technology is growing faster than ever with new organizations adding the proximity transmitter to more events and facilities all the time. Recently Virgin Atlantic Airlines began testing iBeacon technology at London’s Heathrow Airport to see how travelers take to the notification experience.
A couple of months ago, we spotlighted Jungle Rumble for our Sound Stage column. The unique strategy-based rhythm tapping game sparked our interest because players must drum on the screen to the beat in order to send monkeys to attack the invaders. Today, Disco Pixel announced that the game has finally launched in the App Store for the iPad and iPhone.
Apple has been spotlighting new apps on a weekly basis for the Editor’s Choice award. Each week, Apple spotlights a brand new game or app (or both) for both the iPhone and iPad. The selected titles remain at the top of the home screen of the App Store for the entire week. Yesterday, Apple started a new campaign to highlight extra special apps with the Best of the Month.
Apple has been without a leader of its retail and online stores since October of 2012 when John Browett was ousted for his antics with cutting staff and freezing new hires at the company’s nearly 400 retail stores. In November of 2013, Apple announced that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts would take the reigns after her six-month transition period ended. Today, the changeover is official as Ahrendts is now listed as Apple’s Senior Vice President of retail and online stores.
Roam & Wander toy company is building on the success of their iPhone powered plush toy rabbit by developing an extremely charming iPad powered teddy bear. Aimed at helping kids integrate digital tech with traditional toys, these products are fun, engaging, and worth every penny.
I still remember the first time I played Sonic the Hedgehog. The beautiful chime every time you grab the rings and the boisterous noise when you lose them are burned into my brain. I loved how fast-paced the game seemed. Sonic dashed way faster than any other platform character I’d ever played. I was hooked from the start.
When Beats Music launched their hugely hyped streaming music service in January, the biggest missing feature was iPad support. Why would the company work so hard to design a beautiful app, only to launch it exclusively for screens that are four-inches or smaller? After enough outcries from the public, Beats has finally updated their music app to support the larger landscape of Apple tablets.
Apple has iWork, Microsoft has Office, and now Google has its own line of productivity apps that are available on the iPad. I guess Google was feeling a bit left out and wanted its own version of Word/Pages, Excel/Numbers, and PowerPoint/Keynote.
I’ve always wondered why Instagram isn’t optimized for the iPad. Even if tablet photography isn’t as popular as smart phone photography, we still love looking at photos on our iPad. Luckily, third-party developers have come in to fill the void by offering clean, sleek, good looking Instagram clients that make you forget the official one is not supported on the iPad. Flow for Instagram is one such app. Today, the app’s developer announced a major update that, among other things, brings the most requested feature – portrait mode.
Traditionally, at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple demonstrates the next generation of mobile operating system. It is a big to-do as Apple shows off new features, lists spec improvements, and gets us giddy for the imminent launch. This year, however, there is a chance that Apple will postpone the adding some rumored features for iOS 8, as well as postponing the demo that normally would take place at WWDC in June. Instead, we’ll be seeing what the future of OS X has in store.