We have seen how Apple maintains all secrets about its unreleased products. We have seen during the iPhone 4 launch how Apple sued a blog and a kid for playing around with the then not announced iPhone 4. And recently, we saw how Apple’s internal security team went up to the house of a 22 year old man and posed as the police and threatened the family to get back the iPhone 5 prototype that was lost in a tequila bar in San Francisco.
Apple is very strong on this and it takes great measures so that the public doesn’t know what Apple is dong until Apple has actually done it. Now, how would you like to know a real story about how Apple protected the iPad during its development cycle? The following story is from an interview with an unnamed developer of a very “successful” iPad app that got his hands on an original iPad before the product’s launch. The developer was apparently high up on the food chain, and he and his team got a firsthand look at how Apple kept the device under security. This was first published by Business Insider.
“The criteria was that we had to have a room with no windows. They changed the locks on the door.
Three developers and I were the only people allowed to go in the room. Apple needed the names and social security numbers of the people who had access.
Apple needed to be able to drill a hole in the desk and chain the devices to desk. They used those bicycle cables.
They had these custom frames built around them so we couldn’t even tell what the iPads looked like. We could plug into them so we could code to them and we could touch the screen and play with that, but we couldn’t see the form factor.
Then they took pictures of the wood grain. If any pictures leaked out, they could trace it back to which desk they came from.
I wasn’t allowed to tell our CEO. I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody anything about what we were doing. I couldn’t even tell my wife.”
Another World, a remake of the hugely popular title of the same name (also known as ‘Out of this World’) is due to be released in the App Store on September 22nd, according to the title’s publisher, BulkyPix.
Set to cost $4.99, Another World will feature ‘HD graphics’ as well as an option to play the game with the original art, should you be one of those purists who has to play games as they were originally presented…
Another addition to the title is the choice of difficulties. Alongside the same settings as the original, gamers will now have the choice of choosing a difficulty level. Perfect if you’re the kind of person that gets easily frustrated. Like me!
Another World was originally released way back in 1991 and has since seen versions released on just about every piece of hardware known to man, so it’s no great surprise that this particular cash cow has found its way to the industry’s fastest growing mobile platform.
Who can argue that this isn’t a great premise for a story?
“The protagonist of the game is Lester Knight Chaykin, a young, athletic physicist. Lester arrives at his high-tech underground laboratory in his Ferrari during a thunderstorm, and continues to work on his experiment using a particle accelerator. Right before the particles reach their intended destination, lightning strikes the laboratory and interferes with the accelerator, causing the unforeseen teleportation of Lester to a barren, alien planet.”
Who’s eagerly awaiting September 22nd, other than all of us at iDB, of course?
Blogger is one of the oldest and the popular blogging platform on the internet. Blogger may not be the best one out there and may not have so many users as on the other platforms, but it sure is one of the best. One of the competitions to Blogger is WordPress, which gives you a lot more options to make your blog look and feel better.
WordPress has an app for almost all mobile platforms for its users to start blogging from almost anywhere they are, and without a computer. This is good, dont you think so? And if Google has to compete with it with its Blogger, then it has to make Blogger available on all the major platforms. This was not yet done by Google. But it seems now that Google is working on this.
The company recently launched the official Blogger app for iOS. This means you can install the official blogger app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Even though its good to have the app on all the iOS based devices you have, iPad would be of a better interest as the tablet is awesome almost for anything. You can just relax on your couch and start blogging right from there and then.
“You can also open a blog post you’ve been working on from your computer and continue editing it while you’re on-the-go. Your blog posts are automatically synced across devices, so you’ll always have access to the latest version. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and the Blogger app makes it easy to add photos either by choosing from the gallery or taking a new photo right within the app. You can also add labels and location to provide more details about the post.”
So, if you are interested, you can download the Blogger app for your iOS based device free of cost from the App Store.
Atari had announced the new and awesome game controller for the iPad which is on its way. An official Atari controller for the iPad can mean just a lot many things. This could mean that you will be able to play a lot of old and classic games that Atari had produced and those that have not yet made available to any other platform. This potentially means the whole Atari game library.
I was so excited of being able to play all those classic arcade games, the original Atari ones. But before the controller has been released, there are a few things about the controller that will just bring down all the expectations and excitement you had for the device. Image playing an first person shooter (FPS) or a racing game in the landscape mode. You say that is the way it has to be played?
I agree, but with this new Atari iPad game controller, you cant play all these games, because landscape mode is not supported. But why you ask? Well, unlike most other gaming controllers, the Atari iPad game controller connects to the iPad using the dock connector and not wirelessly on Bluetooth. This means that your iPad has to be docked to the game controller whenever you want to play with it.
So, you can hook up a controller to the iPad and use it in the landscape mode. That is just not possible. You have to use it in the portrait mode itself. This is a bummer, I agree to this as well. But dont be sad, it not Atari’s iPad game controller, some other game controller.
Luckily, there is the iCade, another game controller for the iPad. And unlike Atari’s, this uses Bluetooth. So you can use it with just any game you want and in any orientation. But the iCade costs $40 more than the Atari’s controller. If you ask me, paying off an extra $40 is better than not being able to play any game you want with the portrait-only game controller. What do you say?
But in case you are interested about the Atari iPad game controller, below is some info:
“The Atari Arcade is scheduled to drop on October 2 at Target and then in November at Toys “R” Us and Walmart for $60. Take your pick, the iCade sells for a whopping $100. They’re both considerably expensive peripherals, but when has any decent “appcessory” made for the iPad been cheap?”
Reading small text is difficult. Reading small text on an iPad’s screen is also some what insane. Sure, Safari allows for pinch to zoom, but what if you just want to magnify your text old-school style? Sadly, there’s no default provision to do so.
As always, that’s where the jailbreak community comes in. This latest tweak — Magnifier for Safari — makes it really simple to dynamically boost the size of your text.
Available to all iPad owning jailbreakers on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $0.99, Magnifier for Safari adds an Adjust FontSize option to Safari’s share menu.
Tapping this new option enables a sliding magnification scale, which changes the text size of the web page you’re visiting on the fly.
If you’re on iOS 4 or higher, and you’re eyes are beginning to hate your habits, check out Magnifier for Safari and let us know what you think.
Have you heard of the TomTom satellite navigation app? You sure must have if you are an iPhone person and love to hook up your iPhone to the dash board of your car so that you can know where you are going with some assistance from the satellite. When you are in a new neighborhood, its not really easy to find your way out or into some place that you are not familiar with. And if you live in a city where you are a lot of one ways, you cant afford to make the wrong turn which will take you a mile ahead to get a u-turn.
At times like this, its always better to have a satellite assisted navigation. But then, doesn’t the 3.5 inch display of the iPhone seem a bit small to you for sat nav? It does to me. Dint you ever wish you had it on a bigger screen? Say, the iPad’s screen for example. Well, if you did wish this, you are in luck as TomTom is releasing its app for the iPad as well.
The release has not yet been made public, but Poket-Lint somehow got lucky to get their hands on a working demo. So what is the difference between the small screen of the iPhone and the big screen of the iPad when it comes to the app? Well, more info. You get more info on the screen without having to switch between screens when you are using the app.
“What you benefit from on the iPad is the superb size and sensitivity of the touchscreen, the like of which satnavs have been failing to ape for years. What that real estate now means is that there’s space to split the screen with window views within. Practically speaking, that means that you don’t have to surf the menus and experience the advanced lane guidance view as a screen switch but instead at the very same time along side the route map.”
So, if you are interested, you should keep your peace until the developers release the product.
iPhone 4 has an awesome camera which takes great stills and the HD video recording on the smartphone has taken it to great extents. If you take Flickr’s words for it, iPhone 4 is the smartphone which is used to take the most pics in the world which are uploaded onto Flickr’s servers. That way, its used just more than any other camera in the world.
Apple definitely did a great job with the camera on the iPhone 4. But I dont know why, the company left the iPad 2, the iPhone’s bigger brother, without these capabilities. Its true that the iPad 2 has two cameras, one in the front and one in the back. But if you have an iPad 2, you will know how good these cameras are. The front camera is just enough for making video calls, and the rear camera can be used to take some good snaps here and there at times when you dont have your iPhone 4 near you. But other than than, you cant build great memories like you do with the iPhone 4.
But still, if you are just too much into iPad 2′s camera, then here is an accessory which I guess you will love for sure. Makayama, the iDevice accessory manufacturers and app makers, have come up with a new accessory for the iPad 2 called the Movie Mount. The Movie Mount, as the name says it, is a mount for the iPad 2 which will help you make movies on it.
The Movie Mount is kind of a tripod for the iPad 2 which when assembled gives more potential than you expect. You can then a range of other accessories for the iPad 2 to being shooting, like lenses, lights, and so on. You can definitely become an almost-pro film maker with the set.
“The Movie Mount is a unique piece of hardware which allows you to radically improve video capture with the iPad2. It turns your iPad into a complete studio. Use tele- and wide angle lenses, attach microphones and lights. Use a tripod for super stable shots and much more. Comes with a free app.”
If you are interested, you can pre-order your set now.
“Only $ 69.95 / EUR 49.95 EUR, including taxes and shipping worldwide. First deliveries will begin october 2011.”
If you have a jailbroken iPad or any other iDevice, you will be knowing about the famous Cydia app for sure. It is the biggest store for all jailbroken apps for the iOS platform. And now, if you know about Cydia, you will of course have heard of repositories, or repos in short. What are these repos? Repos are kind of a channel to keeps the apps and tweaks in them so that you can get them easily on your jailbroken iDevices.
For example, you might have heard of the Big Boss repo. It is one of the biggest repos and has a large number of tweaks or apps to offer. Such big repos are under constant maintenance by well experienced people. If you are an iOS developer and you have one of your own apps in the Cydia app store, you might have uploaded your apps to any one of these repos.
But if you are new to all this and want an easy way to create a repo of your own so that you can all your iOS apps there, here is a solution. iRepo is another such jailbroken iOS app available in the Cydia app store for just $1.99, and using this, setting up your own repo is as simple as tapping a few buttons. Once installed, the tweak gives an icon for you on the homescreen. You can go there, configure your repo, save it and then enable it. You are good to go.
Even if you dont develop apps, you can collect a few of your favorites here to share it with the world. You can password protect it so that you can block unauthorized access. And if there are .deb files which are too large to email, you can upload them to your repo and share it with friends. Its as simple as that.
If you are interested, you can download iRepo from the Cydia app store now.
We have seen iPads in government offices, public transport aircraft, fighter airplanes, ships, schools, and what not? But now, we have a more funny and crazy news. If you dint read the title properly, read a few more times. Yes, a city council in the United Kingdom is buying iPads in bulk for “garbage trucks.”
You ask why iPads in garbage trucks? This is apparently for navigation. I’m guessing that the drivers of these garbage trucks drive them everyday for a living. And when the job is limited to a city, they will be knowing where to go and which route to take. They will be doing this for years.
In such a case, do they need an expensive piece of technology like an iPad for navigation? If you are wondering if this is your city, I’m talking about Bury, where the city council is thinking of investing £9000 ($14,680) for these iPads. Do you think its worth?
Lets dig a little bit deep into what the council has been doing. n fact, they’ve been told they need to make £18 million worth of spending cuts, which obviously makes this harebrained iPad scheme a little controversial.
“Glenn Stuart, Bury’s head of waste management, said: “The scheme is replacing paperwork, which can get lost or get wet. Waste collection is a dirty operation. iPads will be pre-loaded with information and streets and houses will be seen on-screen.”
So, town of Bury, are you ready to see high end technology integrated into your town’s garbage trucks? You have to update yourself before the garbage trucks get updated.
Apple released iOS 5 beta 7 to developers yesterday, and if you are a developer, you must have already updated your iDevices. If you have and wondering how to jailbreak it, you can now do it easily using the Redsn0w beta 7, and point it to the Redsn0w b6 IPSW. MuscleNerd dropped this news on Twitter with the following message:
“Today’s iOS5b7 can be JB with last night’s redsn0w b7, but point it at b6 IPSW”
Enjoy your iOS 5 beta 7.