Badminton may not be a superpopular sport in the U.S., but it's got its fans around the globe and actually makes for an intriguing sports game on the iPad.
First launched on the iPhone, Super Badminton 2010 has made its way over to the iPad in an "HD" version that was developed by start-up Rolocule Games, which is based in India. In many ways, badminton is well-suited to the iPad because the shuttlecock or "birdie" spends some time up in the air (unless you're smashing it) and gives you time to maneuver your … Read more
Though the iPad is a fantastic universal e-reader able to handle multiple formats, you're often better off using PDF files than the EPUB format in many situations. This How To video is, if nothing else, a reminder of the fact that the PDF is your friend.
The EPUB document format is admittedly better for its adjustable fonts and formatting, and it's recognized by Apple's iBooks app. But saving your own writing to EPUB format isn't exactly simple. Getting that EPUB onto your iPad still requires connecting via iTunes with a sync cable.
If you have vivid memories of heading down to the arcade to get in a few hours of pinball after school before dinner, Pinball HD for iPhone ($1.99) and iPad ($2.99) is your 2010 tech toy equivalent.
The basics for any good iOS game are all there--great graphics, smooth and addicting gameplay, and easy controls. Pinball HD does all three well adding the element of nostalgia to make it a nice addition to your gaming repertoire. The killer feature is the pan and zoom ball-tracking camera in portrait mode, while landscape mode allows you to see the entire … Read more
Yes, it crashes a lot, and yes, it's incapable of doing most videos, or any sort of Flash games, which are arguably the two main reasons to get Flash onto an iOS device. However, for something as simple as loading up a restaurant menu, or a Flash-only splash screen that clicks through to an HTML site, Frash has the makings of an invaluable tool.
Note: CNET does not encourage voiding your warranty, or running unsigned, third-party code. This story is for informational purposes, and should not be considered a how-to guide.
How Frash works
Before setting out into the exciting world of Frash, it's worth understanding how it works.
Frash is not available in the App Store, but it's still easy to get it on a device that's been jailbroken through one of the third-party application installers. Users need to first add an additional download source to one of the available third-party app installation programs like Rock or Cydia.
Once it's installed, visiting Web sites with Adobe Flash elements in Safari no longer show up with the dreaded "this site requires Flash Player X or later" message, or large missing chunks of space. Instead, users see gray boxes emblazoned with the word "Flash," which when pressed, load up that Flash element and that Flash element only--just like how Adobe implemented Flash in its beta for Android.
When Frash is installed, it's on the whole time and cannot be toggled off. That is, unless you install another unsigned third-party app called SBsettings, which adds a drop-down menu to the top of your iOS device. Every time a user does this, it restarts Safari and requires reloading whatever Web pages you were looking at.
The first thing you'll discover after installing Frash is that it tends to crash. A lot. But when it works on something, it's a great feeling.
One large grouping of sites where you could only get by with Flash are automobile sites. In the recent months, that's let up a bit, though there are still a handful of sites including Saab, Cadillac, and Lamborghini, where you can't even get in the door without Flash installed. In the case of Cadillac, you still can't get into it with Frash enabled, because it detects that you're on an iPhone/iPad.
Many other car sites, including Subaru and Ferrari, have photo viewers that you can't get to without Flash. With Frash enabled, most of these worked to a point, though they were slow to load and we ran into problems with the interfaces being designed for a mouse rather than a finger. Also, in most cases, by simply turning Frash off, we were presented with an iPhone or iPad-formatted version of the site in question, so the need here was a relative non-issue. … Read more
You know a gadget's arriving when it gets its own chair.
Plunk down a few thousand dollars and sit yourself in the new iPad Chair, which is custom-tailored for ergonomic hands-free use of the Apple tablet.
An iPad holder specifically designed for the device slides into the existing cup holder on Elite Home Theater Seating's Elite HTS chair, and then can swivel and pivot 360 degrees. The tablet can be rotated vertically or horizontally, and even positioned flat in case you want to use it as a plate.
A standard version of the iPad Chair goes for $2,… Read more
We'd heard of all sorts of unusual applications for the iPad, such as a giant calculator, but this is one of the more interesting concoctions so far. Here, we see the famed Apple tablet fitted into a vintage CRT TV-like casing complete with a nostalgic "snow effect" as wallpaper for added realism.
This is the handiwork of Frog Design's creative director Jonas Damon, who assembled the retro wooden enclosure from an iPad dock to recreate an emotional connection to familiar home appliances from his upbringing. You can drop by his blog to read about his other … Read more
Time Warner Cable is developing an iPad app that will let customers watch current programming, among other offerings.
The app, which has yet to be named or given a release date, was demoed in a YouTube video by Time Warner Cable Vice President of Web Services, Jason Gaedtke. When it's opened, the app delivers current programming for users to view in their area. They can see all the shows on now, or flip through the TV listings to see when other shows are on later.
According to Gaedtke, Time Warner Cable wants to achieve two basic goals with the … Read more
An "Eye of the Tiger" remix played entirely on iPads and made into a slick and amusing music video. It's no cat-scratching-an-iPad vid, but for those who like to follow the travels of Apple's tablet it's a cool sight nonetheless.
The 1982 Survivor song got the remix treatment with four music apps downloaded from iTunes: RealDrums, Pro Keys, Baby Scratch, and Guitar Mania. Scott Harris, the lead singer, worked on the arrangement and appears in the video alongside Shea Butta and Harold O'Neal, aka Kid Jazz.