If you need proof of the iPad's unmatched acumen as an e-book reader, look no further than Smashing Ideas' smashing version of the H.G. Wells classic, "The War of the Worlds."
The landscape-oriented app presents the full text of Wells' chilling novel, with side-by-side pages that, to me, seem more book-like than if the words stretched from one side of the screen to the other.
Of course, the highlight here is not the presentation of the text, but rather the 27 illustrated, animated, interactive pages interspersed throughout the book. The artwork is dazzling--and occasionally a bit … Read more
Now that the iPad's been around for almost six months, we're starting to see a few docks that are designed for parking--and listening--to iPads. iLuv's iMM747, which also accepts iPhones and iPods, is a mini stereo system that will retail for $149.99 when it goes on sale in a few weeks at i-luv.com.
Since the iPad is much heavier than the iPhone, the iMM747 features "flexible dock connectors for solid support and easy docking through the 30-pin connector that automatically adjusts and supports your iPad, iPhone, or iPod while in the dock," according … Read more
After 15 years of playing and composing my own music, my big payday wasn't a record deal or T-shirt sales, but a sync.
A synchronization license, or "sync," is an industry term for when copyrighted music is matched up with another type of media (video, photos, games) for the purpose of advertising, background music, theme music, etc. In my case, I had 20 seconds of a song played in the middle of an MTV "Real World" episode. It was a crappy show, but it was the most lucrative 20 seconds of my life.
When you think about all the background music that needs to be carefully woven behind all the horrible reality-TV programs out there, you can begin to appreciate how much work goes into tastefully choosing the right music to fit the content. Also bear in mind that for every one music coordinator, there are thousands of bands praying to land a sync deal. In between them is a company called Jingle Punks.
This New York start-up offers video producers and advertisers a deep, well-organized catalog of high-quality indie music that has been pre-cleared for licensing. Instead of sifting through piles of unsolicited promo CDs, or dealing with the relentless push of hired PR guns and agents, music coordinators can use the Jingle Punks site to quickly search, sort, save, and share playlists of songs that are all ready to sync at a moment's notice.
On the artist side, they take submissions from any musician at no cost; however they are picky about what music they accept. If your music is approved, it gets tagged using a specially developed categorization system that favors a "Mad Men" mentality over traditional genre tags. For example, an MTV music supervisor can search the Jingle Punks library for "Juno" and be presented with a selection of songs that sound similar to the quirky pop from the "Juno" movie soundtrack, instead of, say, a listing of songs by the electro-industrial band Juno Reactor.
Now, here's where we get to the iPad tie-in.… Read more
Apple today released an update for its MobileMe Gallery app, bringing full support for the iPad.
MobileMe Gallery is an app that allows subscribers to Apple's Internet services to view their MobileMe photo galleries. It also enables users to view any movies and video clips they may have stored on MobileMe.
Among the changes in MobileMe Gallery 1.2 is support for multitasking, a feature currently available on the iPhone and coming to the iPad with the release of iOS 4.2. Support for the iPhone 4's Retina display, and the ability to view a friend's gallery … Read more
Like chocolate and peanut butter, The Settlers of Catan and the iPad are two great tastes I love, coming together to make something that should be even better. Board games and the iPad are a perfect fit, and Catan is arguably the very best board game.
How could this combination go wrong?
Well, it did: Catan: The First Island hit the iPad App Store this week for $4.99, and it's the biggest disappointment I've experienced this year. Yes, the larger board size suits iPads better than iPhones, but that's the only way this app succeeds. Instead, … Read more
I like to go naked. And I'm not talking clothes--but with gadgets.
I've never been a big fan of cases for anything, be it my cell phone or a computer. As a result, things can get dinged up or completely destroyed when dropped, but so far I've been pretty lucky. That's why I'm perplexed by my enjoyment of something called the TyPad. It's a gadget case, but one with a few tricks up its sleeve, that's making me seriously consider covering up--my iPad at least.
The $129 TyPad is a leather case for the iPad that's got a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. When your iPad has been inserted into its open top flap, the setup resembles a clamshell computer. In fact, during the last week of my testing it, people were frequently coming up to ask what kind of computer I was using--not realizing what they saw was just a case. Their next questions were usually where can it be purchased and how much does it cost.… Read more
When Audible.com rolled out its iPhone app earlier this year, the big complaint was that you couldn't browse the Audible store or buy audiobooks on the fly. You could access your existing library of purchases, but for new stuff, you had to stop by your PC.
Not anymore. Audible 1.3 provides access to a new mobile store, where you can browse and search Audible's catalog of more than 85,000 audiobooks. See something you like? Buy it or add it to your wish list on the spot.
(To actually download books, however, you need to be … Read more
For those of you who have a Sonos system and an iPad, there's good news: the Sonos Controller for iPad is now available in the App Store as a free download.
Sonos has offered an iPhone app for a while but has been hard at work on the iPad version for several months. Needless to say, the new iPad Sonos Controller--at least from a graphical perspective--delivers a richer Sonos experience. The larger display allows you to view more album information, and overall we really liked the interface. However, controlling your system via a smaller, truly handheld device like the … Read more
Apple's Remote app has taken another step forward, now optimized for the larger screens on iPads, Retina Displays on iPhone 4s, and with added support for shared libraries on iTunes or the new Apple TV.
If you don't already have the Remote app on your iOS device, get it. Remote allows you to control your iTunes and Apple TV libraries from anywhere on your Wi-Fi network. You can even make playlists right from your iPhone or iPad, search your library for songs, and view album artwork for your music.