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WSJ Live is a new app for the iPad from the Wall Street Journal

September 19, 2011  |  iPad Apps  |  No Comments  |  Share

WSJ Live for iPad

The Wall Street Journal is one of the most acclaimed and rich source of all kinds of news, may it be politics, tech, money, entertainment, health, world business, or just about anything. And they have a very strong collection of videos. Even though there are apps for Wall Street Journal’s feeds on the Apple iPad tablet, getting all the Wall Street Journal videos at one place was a problem, and not any more. The new WSJ Live app for the iPad is very good.

The app has a collection of videos on it which are sure not to bore you. Though the app has the word “Live” in its name, it doesn’t actually provide you with live streaming of the TV feed. The content provided on the app is more from the already recorded parts of the video library than the live video feed. Probably, this would improve and provide more live content in the future updates.

If you are concerned about finding the right content for you, the app supports almost all the categories that are included on the Wall Street Journal, including Programs, The Big Interview, US News, World, Business, Markets, Opinion, Tech, Life & Culture, Personal Finance, and more. And the official features list of the app is follows:

Tune into LIVE news programming for the latest from Markets, Tech, Opinion and more

Access the entire video archive of The Wall Street Journal

Discover the full suite of original programs from The Wall Street Journal in our Guide

The app still doesn’t support AirPlay compatibility, which can be a real let down if we are not able to stream the videos to a bigger screen. But maybe we’ll see an update to this in the future. Another area which needs an update is the control of the video. There is no full screen video supported. Giving an option to watch the video full screen would be very good.

If you are interested, you can download the app for free from here.

iPad finds home in the US Marines Air Defense Team

September 19, 2011  |  iPad News  |  No Comments  |  Share

iPad with U.S. Marines Air Defense Team Replaces

Lately, we have been seeing a lot of military and other defense units of various countries adopting latest technology and scraping the traditional paper technology. Some have replaced air plane user manuals which weigh pounds to ebooks for the iPad and each pilot now just carrier an iPad every time he sits in the seat of a pilot.

The iPads have even replaced the traditional maps which are huge and made of paper. The Maps app on the iPad is great enough and adding customs features to it makes it just awesome for the military. In the same regard, the US Marines is the new team to get on board. The 3rd Aircraft Wing of the U.S. Marines has made a purchase of 32 iPads, and these will go to the Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HLMA).

The team has spent about $20,000 for the iPads and other accessories that go with the iPad.

The brass was wary when they first heard what Carlson and his fellow pilots were up to at Camp Bastion in Helmand province. They weren’t sure if a commercial product was secure enough to handle in-combat transmission (though only non-classified maps were being stored on the devices). But about a year later, the brass appears to be on-board — at least on a trial basis — and the commanding officer of HMLA-267 told Defense News that iPads have sped up communications by about 15 minutes during close-air missions. Now ground and air can simply confirm they are fingering the same building on their tablet and fire.”

iPads are also helping speed up the communication in the military. And though 15 minutes may not seem anything amazing to you, but when you are in a war, that must make a difference. And I dont think Steve Jobs had ever thought that the iPad will ever reach this level.

Over 8 million iPad gamers found in the US

September 19, 2011  |  iPad News  |  No Comments  |  Share

Gaming on iPad

A recent research done by a marketing research firm, Interpreter, gives some very interesting data. We have seen how wonderful Apple’s iOS is for games. Plus, the iPad has such a crisp, beautiful, and big screen that gamers and developers alike cant resist themselves from seeing games on the display.

There has always been a fear for gaming console manufacturers since the availability of the iPad that the tablet may eventually start replacing traditional gaming. And I guess that is already happening, and the reports are in favor of that as well. Interpreter’s report says that there are around 8 million iPad gamesr in the US alone. And I’m sure that number will become multiple of itself when you do the same research with the world wide iPad user base.

“Collectively, iPad gamers are showing slightly decreased involvement with gaming on home consoles, mobile phones, and Nintendo handheld consoles. These facts imply that iPad game developers and publishers can definitely reach a new audience on the iPad, and should closely monitor Apple’s positioning of the iPad as an in-home gaming device, especially considering the platform’s already obvious impact on traditional gaming behavior.”

Though there are very little serious games on the iPad when compared to gaming consoles (I’m talking about games like Medal of Honor, Grand Theft Auto, and the likes), games like Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies are making iPad a better gaming device. This is the reason why non-serious gamers are also using their iPads for gaming these days.

Also, the new AirPlay Mirroring feature found in the new iOS 5, you can use the iPad as just the controlling device and do the actual playing on the Apple TV, which is one of the coolest stuffs that a gamer can do with an iPad and an Apple TV, and Apple would certainly make this big for its advertising campaigns.

So what do you think? Have you moved your gaming to the iPad?

Draw on your map using Map Draw

September 18, 2011  |  iPad Apps  |  No Comments  |  Share

Have you ever felt that drawing a route on a map on your iPad is a much better way to give directions to your friends to reach you? Or you have you ever wanted to draw a route on your map for your next run up? Well, this is a good imagination, but not anymore. This is now possible.

Map Draw is an app for your iPad which will let you draw routes on the maps app on your iPad. This is not just a fun app, but very productive. Once you draw the root with your fingers, the app even calculates the distance from the starting point to the finish line.

Map Draw for iPad

Map Draw allows you to create your own routes and maps on the iPad. Total distance is tracked, and all maps can be drawn on by freehand and exported, making it the ideal tool for planning a run, giving driving directions, keeping track of your travels, and more. All map routes and entries are stored in a beautiful journal-style interface on the device. No uploading to or downloading from a website is needed.

  • Use your finger to draw on the map. Our touch system makes plotting your route easy and accurate, and total distance is stored. This is the perfect tool for dynamically mapping a route or run on the iPad.
  • Maps support forward geocoding, allowing you to search for any location by name or address.
  • Use the zoom to location feature for easy access to your current location when drawing a route.
  • Map type can be toggled between standard, satellite, and hybrid. The type is stored and remembered for each individual map.
  • Plotting contains undo and clear-all support.
  • Each map you create is stored in a journal-style interface for easy access. Every entry is plotted on a graphic map display.
  • Journal interface is customizable.
  • Application supports both landscape and portrait orientations.
  • All Saved routes can be freely edited at any time. Changes are saved automatically.
  • Information is cached locally, allowing you to view a route and map offline. However for pinching and zooming, an internet connection is recommended.
  • Maps can be exported via email, or saved directly to the device in the photo library.
  • All exported maps can be freely drawn on, allowing you to add additional notes, or paint directly on the map like a canvas.
  • Application contains built-in help and support, is intuitive and easy to use.
Are you excited? Well, Map Draw can be on your iPad for just $1.99. You can buy it from here.

Target discounts iPad 2, is it time for iPad 3?

September 16, 2011  |  iPad News  |  No Comments  |  Share

Target discounts iPad 2 price

There have been a lot of rumors about the iPad 3, also known sometimes as iPad HD. But lately, we have nothing about these cool tablets. We have read about rumors like this tablet is going to have an improved camera, a better processor, A6 to be precise, a Retina display with almost double the resolution of the current iPad 2, and much more. But whatever happened to all these rumors.

We also got a rumor saying that Apple has no plans of releasing a new iPad till the March or April of next year, and after this rumor, there was nothing to talk about a new iPad 3. But today, the rumors are back, and they are back with a grain of proof. TiPb has started the rumor again by stating that Target has announced the End of Life for the iPad.

In the retail business, End of Life, or EOL, means that the life of a product is fading and it has to be put on a discount sale to clear the remaining stocks. And apparently, this is what Target is doing with the iPad 2, implementing that the life of the iPad 2 tablet is fading away, making way for the iPad 3.

“That implies that we will not be ordering more, which implies a new ipad is forthcoming rather soon (October-ish, say). Either that or Target’s exiting the iPad business, which seems unlikely. A lot of the cases have gone clearance too.”

This can be interpreted in two ways. Either Apple is planning to finally release the iPad 3, or Target is not making good money selling iPad 2. So the retail chain want to discount it and clear its stocks. But why are refusing to accept the second interpretation? Is it because its more realistic?

Stand O’Food 3 is available NOW on iPhone, iPad and Android devices

September 15, 2011  |  iPad Apps  |  No Comments  |  Share

Stand O'Food

Stand O’Food 3, the third installment of the famous burger-flipping strategy series, is available NOW on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The original game, Stand O’Food, has received over 500,000 downloads from the Android Market and has grossed over 3/4 of a million dollars on iPhone and iPad.

About the game

The most popular burger-serving game gets a much-awaited sequel! The classic fast-paced, simple and addictive game play mechanics of the first game are reinforced with more abilities to satisfy hungry customers. Riding the wave of success in his hometown, Ronnie the Chef extends the operations of Stand O’Food chain to Tinseltown, where he meets Nikki and Mr. Clarence, and disrupts revenge plans of evil Mr. Torg.

Open restaurants around Tinseltown, and serve clients fast and healthy food including fresh-made burgers, pies, lasagnas, French fries, coffee, ice cream and soda. Play over 75 levels and 12 bonus levels to unlock over 33 achievements and obtain expert status. Enjoy the storyline told through beautifully-drawn comic-style pictures.

Developed and published by G5 Entertainment, Stand O’ Food 3 is available for free on the App Store and the Android Market. The players can unlock the full content from within the free game using paid in-app purchase.

Key Features

  • 75 levels in 5 settings, 12 bonus levels
  • Serve burgers, pies, and lasagnas in 25 cafes around the city
  • Add French fries, ice cream, coffee, and soda!
  • Master a total of 90 recipes with 18 special sauces
  • Game Center Support
  • iPhone 4 Retina Display support
  • iOS 4+ multitasking support

Interested? Well, you have to be. You can watch the trailer of the game for iOS and Android below. You can also buy the Stand O’Food 3 game for your iPhone, iPad, and Android from the respective markets.

Multitasking Concept for the iPad Shows that iOS Still Doesn’t Have it Right

September 14, 2011  |  iPad News  |  No Comments  |  Share

Multitaksing concept for iPad

After we spent years begging Apple to finally add multitasking to iOS, the boffins in Cupertino relented, bringing the joys of multiple running apps to our iPhones and iPads. Well, sort of.

Apple’s implementation has many-a-geek arguing over whether it really is multitasking. Once you get past that little hiccup, it works surprisingly well. But could it be better?

The launch of iOS multitasking hasn’t stopped the creative types from showing us how they think multiple apps should be handled, and a new video caught our eye today, and we’re rather impressed.

Borrowing heavily from the HP WebOS card metaphor – hey, it’s worked so well for the TouchPad, right? – the concept comes courtesy of Apple fan Marcos Antonio de Lima Filho, and offers something we don’t remember seeing in any prior concept videos: draggable apps.

Marcos’ idea is to move the multitasking tray to the top of the screen, rather than the bottom, and allow apps to run in ‘workspaces’ in a similar way to Mission Control on a Mac. That way, apps could be dragged out of the multitasking tray and into an empty workspace. Apps could then be moved and re-ordered, and presumably switched between using a gesture, similar to the ones found in iOS betas on the iPad.

We love these concept videos here at iDB, and if you’ve got one that you think we’ve missed, then please do let us know via one of our various points of contact.

New Multitask Interface for iOS from Marcsheep on Vimeo.

GameStop is buying used iPads

September 13, 2011  |  iPad News  |  No Comments  |  Share

GameStop

The gaming industry has changes a lot over the years. Gaming consoles are seeing decreases sales, but games are not. What does this mean? This means that some devices are replacing the consoles in a way that the gaming industry is booming. What could these devices be? Any guesses?

Well, if you haven’t guessed yet, these are smartphones, and tablets for sure. Devices that are prominent in the gaming industry which also fall under the smartphone and tablet categories are the iPhone and iPad. Even iPod Touch is doing good in the gaming industry as it is very much similar to the iPhone.

These Apple iDevices are replacing traditional gaming consoles rapidly. There are developers committed to developing games only for the iOS platform but not for the other popular gaming platforms. GameStop, a store which has been in the gaming industry for a long time, deals with video games and consoles. It is also prominent in buying used consoles, games, and other gaming gears and then reselling them.

In this regard, the shop has started a new campaign that a lot of gamers will love for sure. Game Stop is now buying old and used iPads and other used iDevices. So if you want to sell out that old first gen iPad of yours and be able to buy a new iPad 2, this your chance to get the best price on your old iPad. Its the same for iPhones and iPod Touches as well.

Wedbush Securities research analyst Michael Pachter thinks it’s a smart move:

“This thing about taking in used Apple products is a gigantic business. What’s the market for a fat, white iPod? Well, that market is in Latin America.”

So, are you going to sell out your old device? If you do, let us know how much money you made with it.

iNVADERCADE wants the iPad gaming share

September 12, 2011  |  iPad 2 Accessories  |  No Comments  |  Share

iNVADERCADE for iPad

Recently, we saw Atari release an iPad gaming console for its games. We also have the iCade for some time which is considered the best in the category as it uses Bluetooth to communicate with the iPad 2, hence making it more flexible. Another feature is that it supports landscape games, unlike the Atari console.

But now, it seems like there is a new contender for the category, and this time its from the far East. Japanese game development firm Taito is coming up with a new gaming console for the iPad 2 which is inspired by the classic hit Space Invaders. And yeah, if you are wondering, Space Invaders has been developed by Taito only.

The iNVADERCADE is so inspired by the game it supports only that game, I guess. Though I’m not sure on that one, I can argue for that as the console has only one button or controller. And tell me one game other than Space Invaders where you will you be able to play with just one controller.

There is one more uncertain thing. It is still not clear if the console uses Bluetooth or the 30-pin dock connector for the communication between the console and the iPad. There is no official info available on this. This leaves you thinking if the console will be able to support landscape games, if it is capable of supporting any other game than the Space Invaders.

But one good thing is that the console has a built in headphone jack a volume controller if you want to enjoy your game in silence (for others). Now, its time to talk about the important thing, the price of this console. You can have one of these iNVADERCADE for ¥15,800, which is $200, yeah, 200 bucks. This is like more than double of the popular iCade or the new Atari.

But if you are interested to buy this one, I guess you will have to order it from Japan, as there are no words again about the device being sold in the Western part of the world.

Contre Jour by Chillingo for iPad

September 11, 2011  |  iPad Apps  |  No Comments  |  Share

Contre Jour for iPad

Chillingo has got a good history of making iOS games and if you check out their page on the App Store, you’ll see a few awesome games. But to take them to a whole new level, they have released a new game called Contre Jour. If you like all those animated movies, there is no way you are not going to like this game.

The whole game revolves around an alien character, named Petit. Contre Jour is a puzzle game, which means you need to navigate Petit to the destination in a way that the character doesn’t lose life to other creatures or the world. The character is not a human, or an animal, but something which looks like an alien.

Petit may not sound like an exciting hero, but Contre Jour somehow makes it so.  Petit’s goal is to exit each level safely, and the player must use the tools at his or her disposal to safely swing to the goal.  These tools are, more often than not, other Petit-like creatures.

Petit may not sound like an exciting hero, but Contre Jour somehow makes it so.  Petit’s goal is to exit each level safely, and the player must use the tools at his or her disposal to safely swing to the goal.  These tools are, more often than not, other Petit-like creatures.

The game looks just awesome. Given the graphics of the game and the beautiful display or the iPad or the Retina display of your iPhone 4, there is just no way you can resist this game. You will also need to experience each new situation solving tool (or creature) as it is presented to get the hang of utilizing the game’s dynamics.

If you are interested, which you should be by now, you can buy the HD iPad version of the game for $2.99 and buy the iPhone version for just $0.99 from the App Store right now.