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« on: January 13, 2013, 03:18:24 PM »
Lisa Gade of MobileTechReview.com does some of the best video reviews in the business. I never buy a mobile device without reading her take on a product and so I certainly recommend anyone thinking of purchasing Apple's new iPad Mini do the same. Lisa's got a long history of giving objective, accurate and in-depth reviews of both Apple and Android products so she knows of what she speaks. So what does she think of the iPad Mini? From stellar build quality to an unbeatable ecosystem she has no doubt that Apple will sell millions of them.
What about that 1024 x 768 display that so many other reviewers have bashed you ask? Well, according to Lisa the negativity is overblown. The only people that would dare call this a 'bad' display are those that are so addicted to their Retina Display iPhones and iPads that they lose all perspective because on its own the iPad Mini's display is bright, colorful and accurate. Is it the highest resolution out there? No...but the compatibility with the hundreds of thousands of iPad optimized apps makes the tradeoff worth it. Click the play button to get the full review above and for the written review you can check out Lisa's site (when she puts it up in a few days)
« on: June 24, 2012, 02:52:39 PM »
Who of us hasn't watched such hit films or tv shows as Star Wars, BattleStar Galactica, Star Trek or Avatar and imagined what it would be like to be an outer space fighter pilot exploring the galaxy, engaging in hair raising battle with lasers blazing and enemy ships galore swooping past in the heat of battle. Well if this is right up your alley then if you haven't played 'Galaxy On Fire 2 HD' on your iPad then you're in for a thrill. 'Galaxy On Fire 2 HD' is nothing less than the best outer space shoot-em-up adventure available for the iOS platform. You'll explore enemy planets and space stations, battle legions of enemy craft of all types and venture out on missions through over 10 hours of action packed gameplay. Just take a load of some of the action in this gameplay video.
Galaxy on Fire 2™ – Features
A vast, living galaxy with over 20 solar systems and dozens of beautifully rendered planets
100 unique 3D space stations and more than 30 customizable spaceships
Unique reputation and diplomacy experience systems
Choose between story-driven, mission-based and sandbox gameplay
Complex trading system with over 170 different commodities
High quality visuals and music with 3D sound and full voice acting in English.
Action Freeze™: 3D screenshot tool to save screenshots from any perspective
Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD – Special Features
All 3D models rebuilt from scratch for console-quality visuals
Assets, such as jump gates and asteroids, feature even more textures and up to four-times the original resolution
Individual texture sets for all 30 spaceships including diffuse, normal, and specular maps in High Definition
Enhanced background images and resolution on space environments and planets for a crystal-clear gaming experience on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
Additional light sources for atmosphere and breathtaking realism
Additional OpenGL shaders and post effects as well as heavily revised explosion, engine flare and muzzle flash special effects
Native support for HD resolutions of 1024 by 768 pixel (iPad 2) or 960 by 640 pixel (iPhone 4S)
Synchronisation of save games via iCloud or Open Feint
In 'Galaxy On Fire 2 HD' the full power of the A5 chip in your iPad is exploited with highly detailed graphics of 20 solar systems, 100 space stations and more than 30 customizable space ships. You play intergalactic hero Keith T. Maxwell as he awakens after a 35 year cryogenic sleep to find himself on the far side of the galaxy and must find his way back home again in a time of war, strife and inter-planetary chaos. You'll engage in complex trading involving 170 different commodities, involve yourself in reputation and diplomacy experience systems, marvel at the advanced lighting and particle effects and more. 'Galaxy On Fire 2 HD' is a complex, story driven action battle game that will keep you entertained like few other games available. It's a 'Must Try' game in our book and you can get it in the iTunes store at the link below.
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:52:13 PM »
One of the first games I saw that made me want to buy an iPad was Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. The idea of being able to have such an awesome driving game in a portable device like the iPad and be able to play it any time just floored me. Once I started playing I think I must have put in 2 hours a day for a week straight...and that was just the beginning! I wouldn't give up until I had mastered every track and maxed out the number of stars and cars on each. So when I finally finished every last challenge...when every track had 3 stars and I had unlocked every car there was I almost felt a sense of sadness and I couldn't wait for Gameloft to come out with a new installment in the Asphalt Franchise.
Well folks I'm happy to say today is that day! Introducing Asphalt 7: Heat! With more cars, more tracks, more cities and more challenges than ever! Asphalt 7 has new cars from such manufacturers as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and more. Heck you can even unlock Marty McFly's Delorean from 'Back To The Future' fame! The graphics have been completely revamped and are better and more detailed than ever! I find myself simply driving around sometimes just looking at the gorgeous architecture and scenery in the different cities. The new iPad allows for an obscenely high polygon count and all kinds of awesome effects and reflections to be seen while you race. As in previous Asphalt titles you have different modes with my favorite being 'career' mode. You can drift, hit the 'adrenaline', take shortcuts that you discover as you race. It's all here folks...just faster, grittier and more entertaining than ever! It's Asphalt 7: Heat...and you download it today at iTunes or at the link below.
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:35:10 PM »
In the first 'New iPad' Ad to be released in a while, Apple has just started paying for airtime for their latest commercial called 'Do It All'. Featuring the 'New iPad' with Retina display it's a pretty straight forward affair with a close up shot of the the tablet showing various people using their iPads and the following voice over.
"Send a note, stay informed, catch a show, make your point, make a memory, make a masterpiece, read something, watch something, and learn something...Do it all more beautifully with the Retina display on iPad."
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:06:30 PM »
For many a year the most fun basketball simulation around has been 'NBA Jam' by EA sports and for good reason. 'NBA Jam' boils the game down to its more addictive and enjoyable components. The hottest teams, your favorite players and non-stop 2 on 2 slam dunk action. That's really what it all boils down to and add in awesome high resolution graphics, iconic 'bobble head' celebrity player mugs and the legendary 'play by play' antics and commentary from basketball commentator great Tim Kitzrow and you've got all the ingredients for one of the most successful sports video game franchises of all time. Want to see NBA Jam in action? We thought you might so here's a little gameplay video for your viewing pleasure.
Play Now - Select a team and jump right into the ballgame.
Classic Campaign - Defeat all other teams to win the championship, and unlock legends, hidden players, and outrageous cheats.
Local Multiplayer - Go big head 2 big head against a friend via local WiFi or Bluetooth
Now the new 'NBA Jam 'on fire' edition has 3 different modes of play. In 'Play Now' you choose any one of 30 real NBA teams to play and then just dive into the action. In 'Classic Campaign', you participate in a full year's worth of games working your way up to the national championships. You then have the opportunity to 'unlock' great basketball legends who can join your roster as well as outrageous cheats like the 'glass cleaner' that lets you grab 10 rebounds in one day automatically and more. Finally, the local Multiplayer mode lets you connect via Wi-Fi or local network to play one on one competitions with your friends and relatives that also have an iPad or iPhone. If you've been looking for a great basketball game for your iPad, this is the one to get. As Tim Kitzrow says "Go to the hole. Go strong. Go for the monster jam. KABOOM!". Grab it for $4.99 in the iTunes store now.
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:05:37 AM »
Did You Buy The 'New iPad'? Do you plan to? Do you have an older iPad and can't justify the upgrade quite yet? Tell us where you stand!
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:55:25 AM »
Remember the first time you watched 'The Matrix' and were blown away by the action scenes where our heroes could fire off a dozen shots in a row or dive to safety while the world slowed down around them? 'Bullet Time' was the term coined for that effect and it was implemented for the first time in a video game called 'Max Payne' back in 2001. (wow, how time flies). 'Max Payne' went on to be a mega-hit for RockStarGames, who before that were only known for the 'Grand Theft Auto' franchise. Called everything from a 'comic book come alive' to an 'interactive Mickey Spillane Novel', Max Payne set the standard for neo-noir gritty realism in a third person shooter and has been copied from time and time again ever since. But there's nothing like the original folks...and now you can play the whole classic on your iPad.
As you can see from the gameplay footage above, this game is violent. You play DEA Agent and New York Detective Max Payne as you seek the criminals who murdered your wife and daughter three years before. You'll have to travel through a criminal world of russian mobsters, drug dealers, prostitution corrupt cops and politicians all in your quest for vengeance...and justice. One of the things that really sets 'Max Payne' apart from the pretenders out there is the story and the film noir look that the developers put into the game. Voice overs tell the story as you progress and you'll also have numerous 'graphic art panels' as cut scenes that move you along in the story.
There's definitely an 'open world' feel about the game and half the fun is exploring everything from subway tunnels and abandoned buildings to government offices and secret drug dens as you figure out more and more of the story and make progress to your goals. The 'bullet time' effect isn't just for kicks...you'll need to use it to defeat many of the bad guys and becoming proficient at diving, jumping and shooting in slow motion is a skill you'll need to perfect in order to get very far in the game. 'Max Payne Mobile' is definitely a trip down video game history you'll want to go on. It's only $2.99 at iTunes or at the link below.
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:58:38 PM »
What do you get when you take one of the most popular iPad games out, Temple Run and cross it with a brand new 'soon to be hit' animated movie by Disney/Pixar called 'Brave'? Well you get 'Temple Run: Brave' of course and the result quite frankly is a lot of fun! Sporting the same action packed gameplay you've grown to love in 'Temple Run', this new 'Disney' version based on the Pixar film puts all your favorite 'Brave' characters into the game. The gameplay is nonstop and the graphics are gorgeous. Just take a look at some gameplay footage below:
In 'Temple Run: Brave' you play the beautifully animated Princess Meridia as you run for your life to escape the clutches of the evil Mordu! you run, jump, hop, skip and slide to avoid all kinds of obstacles in addition to picking up points, coins, and powerups along the way. The more coins and points you collect the more you can upgrade your skills. This new edition of 'Temple Run' also adds in a new ability...Archery! As you run you'll have select targets above, to the side and all over to shoot for additional points. The visuals and sound are really top notch and this is a game you and your kids can both enjoy on your iPad. It's only 99 cents to hit the link below or get it in iTunes!
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:41:43 PM »
Curious as to what iOS 6 features will work with your iPAD? Just in time for all your questions, MacRumors has put together a handy chart to show what features of iOS 6 will work with what generation iPad. Those who own an original first generation iPad are out of luck as iOS 6 requires an iPad 2 at the minimum to run. Now as you can see in the chart above the third generation or 'New iPad' as Apple calls it will run all the features of Apple's latest mobile OS including the Mapping Flyover and Turn-by-turn navigation, Siri, Shared Photo Stream, FaceTime over 3G/4G, VIP List, Offline Reading List, and all the other basic features such as Facebook integration, Cloud Tabs in Safari, Passport etc.
While original iPad owners will not be able to update to iOS 6, iPad 2 owners find themselves in somewhat of a middle ground. iOS 6 is compatible with their device for the most part...but a few features will not work, most notably Siri and FaceTime over 3g/4g. We find it interesting that Map Flyover and Turn-by-turn do work on the iPad 2 but Siri doesn't as we'd think the former is more processor intensive than the latter...but alas...it is what it is. So what do you think? Are you psyched to get iOS 6 on your iPad? What feature are you most looking forward to?
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:59:42 AM »
Are you a multi-iPad family that's looking for an effective way of re-charging your tablets on the go if you're away from a wall outlet? Well Sanho has the solution for you. Their new 'HyperJuice Plug' provides you with a 15,600 mAh portable battery pack with not one but two USB ports so that you can charge your iPads...or any other devices simultaneously.
Now interestingly the 15.6 mAH of power that comes out of the two high power USB ports are split depending on what devices you have in the ports. An iPad can handle 10w of power so if two are plugged in at the same time each gets charged at 7.5w each. On the other hand, an iPhone only uses 5w of power so if that and an iPad were plugged in the iPad would receive 10w and the iPhone 5W.
The charger is smart enough to figure out the optimum split depending on the devices plugged in. A pretty cool device and definitely beats running out of power when you're on a long trip or away from a power outlet on a plane, boat or car trip. The 'HyperJuice Plug' will be available for $159 and it weighs only 16oz. There's even a smaller version available with 10,400mAH power for $129. Each comes in one of 6 different cool colors so you can be charging in style! You can find out more info at the website at the link below.
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:44:21 PM »
While today's World Wide Developer's Conference concentrated mostly on new Macbook hardware us iPad owners did get some major news with the release of the latest version of iOS, Version 6. Packed with tons of new features including an all new Maps app that replaces google maps, new expanded Siri functionality, deeper Facebook integration and more. Scott Forstall rounded up much of the new iOS 6 improvements in the following quote:
iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device,” said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS Software. “We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app.
Probably the most talked about new feature was the long rumored 'Maps App' that Apple has been working on. Featuring high resolution imaging, turn by turn navigation that is tied in with Siri and integration with Yelp as well as traffic information and notifications all integrated for a really incredible experience. Many auto manufacturers are also working with Apple to add 'one touch' integration of Siri into their cars that will work with any iOS device. This really could spell the end to stand-alone auto navigation systems such as TomTom and Garmin.
Siri receives a host of additional capabilities in iOS 6 including integration with OpenTable, local movie listings, sports scores and stats, and new languages such as spanish, french and italian.
Another long-awaited feature has to do with Facetime, Apple's video conferencing and video chat protocol. Well I'm happy to announce that it now only works over Wi-Fi now but also through cellular connections. That makes it much more useful as you can now contact anyone that is using an iPhone or iPad via a regular phone call now via video...not only over a Wi-fi network. Expect this feature to really take off now that that's available.
Facebook integration will be nearly ubiquitous with the ability to post from virtually any app, the ability to add contacts between Facebook and iOS apps and a host of new APIs that developers will be able to use for future apps that will tie Facebook into your iOS experience.
Notifications are an area that many have wanted improved and Apple is introducing a revamped notification system featuring a 'Do No Disturb' scheduled mode to select when you don't want to be bothered plus a host of great notification options.
Next up is the 'Shared Photo Stream' which allows you to share photos between iOS devices as well as selected family and friends. Finally Passport is a new app that consolidates all your electronic payment information into one place with a ton of partners that makes paying 'cashless' a real reality. From Starbucks to Fandango to United Airlines and various stores, all your information as well as purchase history and preferences can be stored to make purchasing as easy as everything else you do with an Apple product.
You can see the entire WWDC 2012 conference at the video link below including all the news about iOS 6 for your iPad. We'll be looking at some of these features more closely in the coming days but in the meantime what do you think? Let us know your opinion on the new iOS 6 in the comments!
The full WWDC 2012
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:07:42 PM »
Get ready to enter a new word into your vernacular. VJAY-ing is the art of live mixing video in a similar fashion as you would music when you DJ. It's really a phenomenal idea and this is a phenomenal program from the guys that brought you DJay, one of the iPad's most popular DJ apps. With VJay your iPad turns into a 'mash up' machine. You can take any music or video you've stored on your ipad and beat-match it to create a new work. The app has several easy to use but powerful features like automatic looping and tempo detection as well as 2d scratch pads and low latency. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of what you can do with VJay
Now there's numerous video and transition effects that can be applied all in real-time as well as precise audio control. Your finished work can be outputted through the HDMI adapter via your iPad's accessory port. It's a powerful program that requires some pretty hefty processing resources so it won't work on the original iPad and needs an iPad 2 or 'New iPad' to run. Still, for $9.99 it's really quite a bargain when you think of how much power it gives you on a portable device. Grab it in the app store and post your new mash up here after you've played with it a while.
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:24:14 PM »
For all those that grew up in the 70's and 80's there was nothing quite like 'Mad Magazine'. With its acerbic wit, cartoon lampoons of real life events, iconic Spy Vs. Spy battles and 'Alfred E. Neuman' mascot, Mad Magazine gave a generation comic relief way before 'The Onion' or The Simpsons' were even a glimmer in their creator's minds. Just looking at Alfred E. Neuman's broken smile reminds me of camp summers and lazy afternoons flipping through Mad's classic artwork and political and life askew humor. Well it's been a long time coming but we're happy to announce that starting April 1st you'll be able to download a dedicated Mad Magazine App.
The 'Mad Magazine App' will include interactive versions of all current issues, access to a library of back issues as well as books, animated covers and the magazine's legendary 'fold-in' pages where what you see at first leads to an ironic twist when the pages are folded and lined up just so. You'll also get promo videos from the hit cartoon show of the same name as well as a link to the Mad 'blog'. In addition there will be special features such a special 'classic fold-in' from past issues. You'll even be able to 'pop-up' Sergio Aragones popular 'Mad Marginals'.
"With this app we've taken everything that MAD readers like in the print magazine, and added entertaining digital design and fun interactivity," stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment. "The app also creates a one-stop destination for all things MAD, from TV to the magazine to the blog."
Current issues of Mad's interactive addition will cost $4.99 and past issues will be $1.99. You can also get a digital subscription of only $9.99 for a year's worth of digital issues which seems like a bargain to us. We'll definitely be getting that. We'll post the link for the Mad Magazine App tomorrow as soon as it comes live on the iTunes App Store.
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:13:25 PM »
Remember that cool tablet concept that Microsoft was bouncing around a while back called 'Courier'. If you do you might remember that it was a twin paned tablet that let you clip and paste all manner of material from the web into a virtual notebook type device with endless pages, organization and storage possibilities. Well MS put Courier out to pasture a little after the iPad came out but a company called Tapose is bringing back some of the novel and useful features from that prototype and has developed an App called...Tapose, that brings content creation and cross collaboration to your iPad in a truly innovative app.
Tapose let's you incorporate word processing, writing/drawing, media, web clips, business cards, maps, sticky notes and much more all in a twin paned 'notebook' format on your iPad. Tapose also incorporates advanced cross-collaboration capability so you can sync, transfer and share information between iPads. Now the app itself costs $2.99 and comes with 400MB of free cloud storage. If you need more, for $30/year you can get unlimited storage which strikes us as a pretty good deal. You can input all sorts of audio and video into Tapose and we're very curious to see all the unique applications ipad owners end up using Tapose for. What do you think? Is this the ultimate 'notebook' app for your iPad?
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:21:14 AM »
One of the iPad 3 quirks that has come to light recently is that the device apparently shows itself as 100% charged when in fact it is not or more accurately...'before it really is'. Upon perusing the tech blogosphere and reading up on the issue there seem to be two theories as to why this is taking place. Apple itself has chimed in to say that iOS constantly charges and recharges to maintain a full charge but this clearly does not answer all the questions. On ZDNET, tech maven Ina Fried discusses how if she uses the iPad 3 when the device first says it is fully charged she gets 10.4 hours of use but if charged all night long...way past to when the iPad 3 says it is fully charged...then the device actually lasts for 11.6 hours, a full 1.2 hours longer.
Some techies have postulated that this 'false 100%' reading might be a way for Apple to prolong the battery life of the iPad. Since Lithium batteries such as are in the iPad 3 tend to last longer when they are not repeated charged to 100%, some have thought this might be a way of prolonging battery life. If this is the case one would think Apple would come out and list it as a 'feature'. Alas...they have not. Another possibility is that that perhaps there is some inconsistency between batteries in different iPad 3s depending on the vendor of the battery. By giving a 10 hour operating time officially it gives them some room to maneuver in case some find their batteries last longer or shorter than others but still above the advertised 10 hour mark. Alas...we may never have a definitive answer but just keep in mind that if you charge your iPad 3 for longer than the battery meter says 100% you can get a possible hour or more of operating time from your battery pack. Good to know...if still a bit confusing.