Ever since I got my iPad a few months back, I've been looking for the perfect case--which to my thinking was one that not only protected the device but also held it upright for watching movies and whatnot.
The Brenthaven 5-in-1 iPad Case does that and more. Although a few design flaws keep it from achieving perfection, it provides a lot more versatility than most cases.
Let's start with protection. The 5-in-1 consists of a two-sided plastic shell, one of which stays on your iPad at all times. (That "side" is actually two pieces that slide … Read more
Popularity of Apple products has always brought out scammers, hoping to prey on the wish list's of potential targets. Currently, a Facebook scam promises to send consumers a brand-new iPhone 4 or iPad 3G for testing. In return for your opinion, you get to keep the device.
Well, not to dash your hopes and dreams of owning one of Apple's latest iDevices, but signing up at the linked site will not result in a shipped product. These types of scams are only designed to get user information and spread throughout the Facebook network.
At $189.99, Proloquo2Go is far from the cheapest App Store offering. Believe it or not, though, that price is actually a bargain--one a certain market is seriously happy to pay.
The target market? Parents of kids with special needs--specifically those with autism, apraxia, and other disabilities that affect their communication. Many of these kids can't speak, or can't speak as fluently as their peers, but they understand what's going on around them, and they do have things they'd like to say.
Augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC, devices can supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional to improve social interaction, school performance, and--not for nothing--to give the kids a better sense of self-worth. Electronic AAC aids use picture symbols, letters, and/or words and phrases to create messages. Equipped with an AAC device, a child with cerebral palsy whose speech is limited suddenly has a way to tell you, "I want to go to Grandma's house this weekend!" or "I ate cake!"
Proloque2Go is just one of a growing number of AAC apps quickly gaining ground in the special-needs community. The reason is hardly surprising: before these apps came along, AAC devices could cost upward of $10,000--a cost many insurance companies would not cover. And for that hefty price, you got a heavy, clunky device that screamed, "I am different!" You would have looked cooler lugging an actual Commodore 64 around--though, at least then, you could have rocked the whole retro-chic look.
Kids aren't the only ones benefiting from these apps, of course--stroke and accident victims, as well as adults with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) and other progressive degenerative diseases are also tapping into this growing market. … Read more
Apple is now shipping the iPad within 24 hours after an order is placed.
The new, speedier processing contrasts with the shipping times that followed the tablet's April launch in which orders typically took at least a week to fill.
Swamped by a huge number of preorders and initial sales, Apple had trouble keeping up with customer demand. On the first day, the company sold 300,000 of the tablets. That initial surge depleted the stock of iPads, forcing Apple to push back the 3G version by a week and the international debut by a month.
There are several ways to get pictures onto an iPad. You can sync them from iTunes, receive them over e-mail, and even import them directly from your digital camera using Apple's $29 Camera Connection Kit.
But there's another way to add images to your iPad's photo library that a lot of people miss--saving photos from the Web. If you're the kind of person who loves collecting random funny images from the Web or saving photos of friends from sites like Flickr and Facebook, saving images right out of the iPad's Safari browser is a good … Read more
When I bought my 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad, one of the first apps I downloaded was Netflix. With the added screen real estate and the capability to use the Netflix Watch Instantly library, the iPad became a great device to watch a movie on the go. I quickly found that the iPad-Netflix combo also works great as a personal movie screen when the rest of the people in the house are watching something else.
Just this week, Netflix announced they updated the Netflix app to work on the iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Now, along with being able to update your Netflix queue while away from your computer (previous iPhone app functionality), you'll be able to watch full-length movies and TV shows right on your iPhone as long as you're a Netflix member. The free Netflix app even works work connected via a 3G network, so you can watch on your commute or really anywhere as long as AT&T's 3G coverage is strong in your area.
With the iPad I think this functionality made a little more sense because of the size of the screen. I wonder whether watching movies and TV on the iPhone is something that will really take off. Let me know in the comments what you think about watching Netflix on your iPhone. Will you use it?
This week's apps include a photography app that lets you organize multiple images into a collage and a big-name ice hockey game that's both fun and loaded with features.… Read more
Apple on Thursday released an update for its iWork suite of productivity applications, adding a new feature that enables authors to add books to its iBookstore application.
While all of the applications in the iWork suite were updated, the most significant change comes in Pages 4.0.4. The word-processing app now includes compatibility with the ePub format, which Apple uses for iBooks.
Apple published a document on its support site giving users tips on creating documents in the ePub format that covers everything from using paragraph styles in your Pages document to providing a downloadable template to use.
Apple's reign as king of the tablet market should stay strong for at least the next couple of years, says a new report from iSuppli.
Though a variety of tech players have been cooking up their own tablet devices, no true competitor is likely to surface until next year, giving Apple a dominant share of the market through 2012 if not further, according to iSuppli.
This year, the iPad is expected to account for 74.1 percent of all global tablet shipments, with the remaining percentage left mostly to an assortment of older PC-style tablets. Next year, it will … Read more
The Wall Street Journal reports that iAds may appear in iBooks as publishers watch their profits dwindle amid technology advances like Apple's iPad. The publishing industry has been less than supportive of these advances and the result could come at the expense of its content.
From a business standpoint, though, this makes total sense. Ads have been queued and served in every other form of digital technology for as long as I can remember. Why not add them to books? With heavy competition in the e-book market, prices are dropping and with it, profits. Enter Apple's iAds.