Ultimate Sharks is an app which will surely get animal lovers like me and shark lovers in particular very excited. After the release of Shark Week Live for iPhone Discovery has now released Ultimate Sharks, the ultimate app to gain a lot of knowledge about these greatly misunderstood sea creatures.
“Ultimate Sharks immerses you in the predatory world of the ocean’s deadliest sharks – as only Discovery can. Designed specifically for the iPad, you’ll experience interactive 3D sharks, hours of exclusive HD video, and hundreds of stunning high-resolution photos.”
Just like it promises, the app comes loaded with content which will keep you occupied for a long time. It has information about 10 of the world’s most deadliest shark species such as the Great White, hammerhead and others.
It has 3D interactive sharks which you can control with your fingers. It is great fun to make the sharks hunt and swim around.
Discovery also lets you watch some exclusive shark videos which come right from Discovery’s amazing video collections. The videos are narrated by Mike Rowe of the Dirty Jobs fame. Along with the videos, you also get to see 250 high resolution photos shot by some of the world’s most famous wildlife photographers.
There are also some real life incidents of shark attacks on humans. Finally, 75 screen worth of text content to read and some interactive maps and informative graphics.
The app is Air Play enabled which means that you can share all the content of the app on the large screen and watch the videos on large HDTVs.
The Ultimate Sharks app is available only for your iPad and you can buy it from the Apple App Store for $4.99.
This app is sure to give you the creeps some times but also teaches you a lot about these magnificent creatures.
FaceTime app on the iPhone 4 was probably the most exciting new update that Apple brought on when it released iPhone 4, the other being the Retina Display. The FaceTime brought fast, smooth, and crisp video calling to iDevice users and everyone loved it.
Once the initial excitement died down though, people realised FaceTime’s short comings. You cannot make video calls to any other device using FaceTime, meaning FaceTime comes in handy only if the other person is using an iPhone 4 or an iPad, or an the new iPod Touch as well.
Apart from this, there was another major shortcoming in FaceTime app. It can run over only a Wi-Fi connection, and not over a 3G connection. That means FaceTime comes in useful only when you are at home or a Wi-Fi hotspot. What about when you are travelling or any place without Wi-Fi?
There is a solution to this though. If your iPhone or iPad is jailbroken, you can still make FaceTime work over a 3G network. Many tweaks available in Cydia have already made Voice Over Internet Protocol possible over a 3G networks. One such example of a tweak is the VoIPover3G. This makes many applications which run only over Wi-Fi, run over 3G network. It basically fools them into thinking that they are connected to a wireless network.
In case this application does not work for you, there is another alternate for it. It is called FaceBreak. This app is available is in Cydia as well, and will definitely make it possible for you to make FaceTime video calls over a 3G network. It will cost you $1.49, but will get some bonuses. FaceBreak reduces the consumption of your iPhone 4’s memory when using FaceTime. It also displays a pop up message while using FaceTime, reminding you that FaceBreak is activated. This will prevent you from crossing over your data usage limit on FcaeTime over 3G. Do give it a try and tell us what you feel.
Every iPad owner who also owns an iPhone or an iPod Touch, must have at some time the thought of using his iPhone or iPod Touch as a remote keyboard to type on the iPad. I’m sure. Well, unfortunately currently there are too many restriction on the iOS SDK for an iPhone to act as a remote keyboard for the iPad system wide.
There is however an app available in the App Store called the External Keyboard. It has been developed by G.P Imports and will cost you $0.99 to download, but before you think that your wish has finally come true and you go ahead and download it, there are a few things you should know about how the app functions.
The first thing that you need to know is that you need to install the app on both your iPad and your iPhone (you will be charged only once). Next, the app needs to be running on both your iPad and your iPhone. The app connects through local Wi-Fi or bluetooth. On the iPad, the app opens as a browser and on the iPhone or iPod Touch, it opens as a keyboard. Now to start typing, you need to tap on the fields you need to type on the iPad, and then start typing on the iPhone. One advantage of using this app is that it lets you use all the languages that are available on the iPhone’s keyboard. iPad’s keyboards are limited to only a few languages. The app also comes with an email app along with the browser app. You just need to type what you need to send as an e-mail. Once you select the option to send the mai,l it pastes the text on to a new e-mail. Now you need to get back to your iPad to complete the process of sending the e-mail. It works the same way if you need to type on another application and composition views. Type using the iPhone then copy and paste it where ever you want to on the iPad.
All this is certainly not elegant and not very practical. Until Apple removes the restriction on the iOS, however, this seems to be the only way.
With iPad and iPhone owners spending so much of their time with these devices, it has become an integral part of their life. Every photo that we have with us are now stored on our iPads. The default iPad photo app is an amazing app. The interface is smooth and wonderful to use. With all the photos stored in stacks, it just looks amazing. Those are enough reasons to have all our photos stored away on the iPads.
Not all of our photos look good all the time though. Some might be over exposed, some underexposed. Some might have noise in them and some might have content that we do not require. We need to edit these pictures to make them look better. We can of course edit the pics one after the other on our computers and then sync them on to the iPad, but with users using the camera on the iPad a lot, it becomes impractical to download every picture that needs to be edited, edit them, and then upload them back to the iPad. It would be very convenient to have a photo editing tool on our device itself.
Adobe Photoshop Express is the perfect tool for this. Developed by Adobe Systems Inc and available for free in the App Store, this app does all the basic photo editing with just a few taps and gestures. You can do from basic editing such as crop, flip, straighten to slightly advanced editing such as correcting the exposure, changing the light settings, increasing the saturation etc., You can even add effects to your photos to make them look more attractive. Some of the preset effects are soften, vibrant, pop, half tone, and many more. Even borders can be added to your pictures.
With the latest update to the app it even has a camera app so that you can directly start editing as soon as you take a picture. Once you are done editing, you can share the photos with your friends on Facebook or on Twitter. Even upload them on Photoshop.com to keep them safe forever.
Great news for iPad fans, Skype for iPad is here, finally. The news was announced by Skype on it’s blog today. The app is now available in the App Store for free! This great app has now been perfectly optimized for iPad’s larger screen. Anyone who has been using the Skype app for iPhone will immediately recognize the difference as soon as they start using the app on the iPad. Things have been optimised to properly utilise the ample space available on the iPad’s large screen. The layout in the app has been changed to suite the iPad. The contacts page looks much more clearer and roomier and easy to find with all the contacts represented by their display pictures shown in large thumbnail images. Just tap on the image and start talking. The panels inside the app move and slide around smoothly as the video goes full screen. The graphics is improved as well to suit the larger screen. It is much smoother and crisper. All the Skype capabilities found on the computer version are available on the iPad’s version as well.
You can make calls to land lines and mobiles at extremely less rates. You can also call other Skype users on their iPads or laptops and computers or any other device which supports Skype, for free. To send SMS messages to your contacts, just tap on the contact and then ‘send SMS option’. Enter the number, enter the text and with another tap your message is sent. You can also enter text to the person you have called to video chat.
Skype for iPad also takes full advantage of iPad’s dual camera while video chatting. The app makes use of the front camera while making video calls but if you feel the want to show something in front of you, just switch to the back camera of the iPad and instantly the other party can see what you see in front of you.
One major advantage over Face Time is that calls through Skype is not limited to iDevices.This is one app which which is a must have if you have an iPad.
I am tired of talking about iPhone 5 and speculating about it’s release dates. It is in every tech website and magazine and newspaper column. So let us stop talking about Apple’s iPhone 5 shall we?… and lets start talking about Apple’s iPad.
When the iPad first came to the market it started a whole new era of tablets. People started about how tablets will replace laptops and stuff like that. iPad was such an amazing gadget that it finally attained the break through which tablets had never previously succeeded in gaining. The iPad had every thing, sleek, slim and a polished look with almost all the capabilities of a laptop and a smart phone. Then came along iPad 2. With it’s camera and face time apps it was even better than the original iPad, and it was even better to look at. So what is next?
Well, one think about the iPad that has always puzzled me is its almost square screen and comparatively low resolution. ( I am not complaining here that the display looks bad ). At a time when HD displays and videos are ruling the entertainment world why did Apple not release the iPad in wide screen display in the first place i am not sure. But i think Apple might soon make up for that by releasing iPad HD.
Apple is rumored to launch iPad HD either in the month of September or in the month of October. iPad HD will not be the next generation iPad but just an upgrade of Apple’s existing iPad 2. The major change in iPad HD of course will be it’s HD display. At 2048 x 1536 it is not exactly HD but still packs twice the resolution of iPad 2. Retina display may or may not feature on the iPad HD. It is sure to be priced higher than iPad 2 and will be aimed at professionals such as artsits and video editors.
With iPad 3 rumored to be released in early 2012, Apple is sure to dominate the tablet market for a long time.
Have you ever thought about transforming your iPad into a car DVD headrest, or headrest monitor, to keep your kids entertained in the backseat? Below are some popular mounts that have been rated highly by other users. These mounts will allow you to replace your CD and DVD players, you can play your favorite music you have already downloaded on your iPad to broadcast over the car speakers, and also watch movies you’ve downloaded on your iPad. Don’t have music or movies downloaded on your iPad? You can always get a [easyazon-link asin="B0029ZAJ0K"]Wireless MiFi Mobile Wi-Fi Modem[/easyazon-link] and start streaming music from Pandora or Rhapsody. For video streaming services, you can check out Netflix or Amazon video on demand. Some of these mounts cannot be connected the car speaker, so be sure to invest in [easyazon-link asin="B003053L3U"]Wireless Car Headphones For Kids[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin="B002BH3I9U"]iPad bluetooth headphone[/easyazon-link] for adults to make sure you the audio works.
Here are the Top 5 Bestselling iPad Car Mount:
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This time around Apple, along with the release of an amazing product has also released a nice piece of accessory for the product. Yes, we are talking about iPad 2 and the [easyazon-link asin="B004QKJU56"]Smart Cover[/easyazon-link]. Is it really as smart as Apple claims it to be? Here is a small review looking into it. Both the positive and the negative points will be talked about.
The smart cover comes in two kinds of material, polyurethane and leather. It also comes in a decent variety of colors as shown in the ads.
Here are some positive points.
The smart cover is very slim and light. This makes the iPad 2 retain it’s slim and sleek look when the smart cover is put on it.
The material used, especially the leather used is of good quality and has a nice feel to it.
The Smart cover also gives you a good grip on your iPad 2.
The magnets on both the smart cover and iPad 2 seem to be made for each other. The smart cover attaches itself to the iPad 2 as soon as they are brought close to each other.
Another amazing ability of the smart cover which is also one of the feature which makes it smart is it’s ability to lock or unlock the iPad as the cover is put on or taken off. This simple ability of the cover makes a lot of difference and is also my favorite feature.
The other nice feature of the smart cover is the many smart ways in which it folds itself. It can be folded half way around or it can be folded to become a nice stand for the iPad, keeping it standing at that perfect angle which makes typing on the iPad effortless.
And now, the negative points.
The negative points are indeed very few. The fact that Smart Cover is just a cover and not a case is in itself a minor let down. Also the smart cover is not much of a protection if your iPad falls down. It mostly protects the screen from scratches and spills and nothing much.
Overall, I still feel [easyazon-link asin="B004QKJU56"]Smart Cover[/easyazon-link] is something to have with your iPad 2.
If you are planning on getting videos from iPhone to iPad, then here are the two ways to do it. They are as listed below:
The camera connection kit
Apple’s [easyazon-link asin="B003K1EYM6"]Camera Connection kit[/easyazon-link] for iPad is the best way to move your videos from an iPhone to iPad. You can get the kit at a local Apple retail store or via Apple’s online store. You will need a small camera connector for this to work. On connecting this to the iPad, the Photos app will automatically launch on the iPad.
The Photos app will show the entire photos and videos on the camera roll, you can either copy them all or just the selected ones.
Photo Transfer Application
The other one is through Photo Transfer app, which is an excellent tool to transfer photos and videos between iPhones and iPads.This is a universal application, so you just have to pay for it once to install it on all iOS devices you have. This application is very user friendly, it will automatically see all the other iOS devices on a local WiFi network to releive you of the tiring work of connecting the devices on a wireless network.
To transfer videos from iPhone to iPad, do the following:
- Open the app on both devices.
- On the iPhone, select the videos you want to transfer. Multiple videos can be selected at once.
- On the iPad, tap the Device tab in its bottom nav bar. Look for the name of the iPhone and select if it’s not already selected.
- Then tap on ‘Get Videos’ – and the video transfer will begin.
The app has a good status bar that shows you progress on each video being transferred, and a separate one for the overall progress. Once the transfer is complete, the videos will be in your Photos app, in the Camera Roll folder – so they’re accessible from iMovie for editing.
Some of the other options would be to use cloud-based file sync service, such as Dropbox, which allows upto 2GB free storage. There are some disadvantages using this procedure:
- Uploads might get a little slower depending upon the length or size of the videos (works slower than the camera connection kit).
- Video files have a tendency to use larger storage area which may result in unnecessary usage of the cloud services unless it is regularly maintained by removing files which are no longer in use.
iPad, that sleep curvy and futuristic looking tablet from Apple. You do no even have to turn on the device to enjoy some of it’s ‘features’. It is a sure shot conversation starter and owning one is sure to get ever one’s attention, but not always is the attention of the right kind. If you are unlucky, it might fall catch the attention of a thief.
Many unlucky ones have lost there iPads to thieves. A few are lucky enough to get it back, thanks to iPad’s and iPhone’s Location Services and a clever and a mighty useful app called Find My iPhone within MobileMe. The app is an absolute must and whats more, it is available for free.
For the app to work it’s magic, Location Services on the stolen or misplaced device should be turned on. But it is very much possible that a clever thief might just turn off the Location Services as soon as he has stolen the device. Thankfully, there is a way to make the life of a thief much harder by making it tough for the thief to turn off the Location Services and the way is right there in your device.
This can be done by using Restrictions from within the app settings.
- First open the Settings app on your device.
- Next, tap the the General section and then tap on Restions
- Within this, click on Enable restrictions.
- It will ask you to set a new passcode.
- Once you set a passcode, the app gives you a lot of option to set various kinds of restrictions through out your device.
- Next tap on Location and choose ‘Don’t Allow Changes’.
Now if ever your iPad lands in the wrong hands, they won’t be able to turn off Location Services without breaking through the passcode you have set.
There is a way around this as well but not an easy one and which most likely the thief wont figure out before he is caught. So now you are one step closer to keeping your precious iPad safe.