The tablet market is becoming increasingly competitive at the moment, with Microsoft releasing its much anticipated Surface, Apple its hugely popular iPad mini and other competitors such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble entering the arena. Apple has a closed ecosystem when it comes to apps, whilst Google and the Android platform is a lot more open. Up until now Microsoft and PCs have been a relatively open platform to write games and other software for, but this is something that will change with the release of Windows 8. The software giants have already come in for criticism from… read more →
By Richard Mallion The new iPad (3) arrives this Friday, March 16. Like the iPhone 4 the new iPad comes with a retina display. The native resolution is 2048×1536 pixels which is an incredible 3.1 million pixels. This is form times the number of pixels the iPad 1 and iPad 2 had. The screen is amazing but does leave some extra work for developers, both native app developers and web developers. Native Apps For native apps, existing apps should run just fine. The resolution of 2048×1536 is exactly double the older iPads. This was a deliberate choice by Apple as… read more →
To probably nobody’s surprise, Apple have released the latest revision to their award winning tablet, simply named “The new iPad”. In summary, the new advertised features are “Retina Display” with a 2048 x 1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels A5X quad core processor Up to 10 hours battery life 5MP iSight camera 4G Capable Voice dictation The new iPad starts at a price of £399 for the 16GB WiFi model, up to £659 for the 64GB WiFi and 4G. The iPad 2 is also still on sale, now at a reduced price of £329 for the 16GB WiFi or £429… read more →
Rumours are circulating that Microsoft are about to submit a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad to the App store for approval. The version (pictured above) is said to allow the creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files both locally and online. The app’s user interface is meant to be similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. Notably, a version of Android is “not in the works”. If true this could give… read more →
I have had the fortune this week of watching some incredible presentations and testimonials on iPad in education. What blew me away was the way in which the iPad and the apps that go along with it have revolutionised the way children learn. Of course I was aware of the use of iPad within education, but to see it in practice has been a real eye opener. So in homage to all things learning, I have compiled a few of my “best in” educational applications. It may be worth noting that many of these apps are not aimed at specific… read more →
By Richard Mallion Netflix has launched its online movie subscription service in the UK, allowing consumers to get unlimited access to their films catalogue for £5.99 a month. The service uses the internet to stream films and programming to connected devices including Smart TVs, games consoles, iPads and tablets, and smartphones such as the Apple iPhone. In response Love Film has started to lower the cost of their streaming service which can only be good for consumers.
By Richard Mallion A really cool video has recorded an Apple iPad’s fall to Earth from a balloon in the stratosphere. The video shows the iPad falling from a height of 100,000 feet , with the blackness of space and the bright curve of Earth providing a stunning backdrop. The device free-falls all the way back to Earth to make a crash landing on a rocky Nevada hillside. The video was recorded by the Rhode Island-based company G-Form, which designs protective electronics cases and athletic pads. Amazingly it still works…..
We have just finished an iPad deployment project for one of our customers that had a specific requirement. The 90 iPads needed to be restored to a predefined state, once every two weeks, for the foreseeable future. To achieve this, we had to ensure that they did not attempt to update their backups each time they are connected to iTunes. Otherwise, the next time one of the iPads was connected, the backup would have been updated with the newer settings. So to stop iTunes running an automatic backup when you plug in an iOS device quit iTunes, launch terminal and… read more →
Having recently setup my home theatre system, I have become increasingly frustrated by the sheer volume of remote controls lying around my living room. Oh how I would love to replace them all – TV, Sky, AV receiver, Blu Ray etc – with just one remote control. My immediate thought was to go out and purchase a Universal Remote but as my eyes rested upon my iPad sitting in the corner I wondered, is there a suitable product to turn my iPad into a remote control? As luck would have it, Logitech seem to have had the same idea. Their… read more →
A large part of my job is visiting clients onsite for face to face meetings to discuss support options or consultancy work we can provide. As anybody knows with any meeting, note taking is paramount to ensure when you leave, specific details are not forgotten when putting together follow up emails later in the day, or the day after. From speaking to those who have been doing this longer than I, there seemed to be two schools of thought, written notes or dictaphone. Each camp has compelling arguments, but being the 21st century, why should we need to argue at all?… read more →