Month: January 2012

Peel’s Amazingly Simple Universal Remote

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There are a couple of solutions on the market that combine simple hardware with an iOS app to take control of your entertainment system, but Peel is probably the coolest and most easy to use solution that we’ve played with. Peel invisibly controls your entire entertainment system — TV, cable box, Blu-ray player, AV receiver, Apple TV, and more — without the extra hassles of plugging stuff into your phone and dealing with network passwords. Normally the Peel system retails for $99

 

Peel features include:

  • Universal remote control supports thousands of TVs, Cable & Satellite DVRs, DVD and Blu-ray players, Stereos, Apple TV, and more…
  • Go from finding your shows to watching them with a single tap
  • Control your entire entertainment system with simple gestures, right from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Change channels and volume, navigate menus, and more
  • Super simple setup with an amazingly clean and smart interface
  • Personalized TV recommendations
  • Easily switch between activities
  • Requires iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and the Peel app with FREE updates, available on the iTunes App Store
  • Requires Wi-Fi router with an available ethernet port
  • One-year limited warranty

Source : CultofMac /Peel.com

 

 

Dual simcard capability for iPhone 4: Unique iPhone battery case from 2phone

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Many business travelers often need to be contactable on 2 mobile numbers: 1 local number for their business clients and another personal number for family and friends. Until now, this means having 2 phones and the constant need to make sure that contacts are transferred from one phone to another, or having to forward messages from one phone to another.

The 2phone dual sim case is a very neat solution that is offered by a website linked to the well-known iPhone accessory maker, the QYG group. This iPhone case not only protects the iPhone, but also has its own full size simcard slot that allows the iPhone to operate a second mobile line SIMULTANEOUSLY. And i mean complete voice and text messaging functionality for the second simcard.


The iPhone is able to run two mobile lines simultaneously with the 2phone case.


The 2phone app is where voice calls and messaging can be made using the 2nd simcard. The settings for the 2nd line is also accessed from this menu. The menu interface has been thoughtfully designed to have the same outlook as the iPhone’s call app.

The 2phone case also has its own separate 800mAh battery that can serve as an emergency battery charger for the iPhone. The catch is that this accessory requires the phone to be jailbroken because the 2phone cydia app is required in order to install the 2phone voice call and text app.


2phone case comes with an internal replaceable battery and extra simcard slot for a 2nd line. It also has a free simcard tray pin and mini simcard adaptor that neatly sits within the case.

During testing with my iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1 (jailbroken with redsnow), I found that the voice and text messaging capability works smoothly as advertised. The ringtone for the second line can be set differently from the main line so that you can immediately identify whether an incoming call or sms is coming through the main or second line.


2phone settings allows the user to set a different ring/text tone for the 2nd simcard.

However, I found that there is added battery drain on the iPhone due to having 2 lines operating at the same time. With my usage profile (with about 50-100mb of data usage per day, checking email throughout the day, making about 5-10 calls and 5-10 sms per day), I found that I could be low on battery by the evening. The added battery capacity of 800mAh also proves to be insufficient at times as it will only charge the iPhone if it has more than 50% of charge remaining. In practice, this means that it will only charge about 10-20% of the iPhone.

Battery issues aside, I found that the added convenience (and in my case, necessity whenever I am overseas) of having 2 lines on my iPhone turns out to be a game-changer. I can now easily buy a local simcard while overseas for making local calls while retaining the use of my own simcard for any calls from home. I can now use both at the same time without worrying about missing calls or sms from either line. Since the 2phone app is able to access the iPhone contact book, there is also no need to maintain two separate contact lists on separate phones. The build quality of the case is good and does not add much weight or bulkiness to the iPhone. It is similar in size to the Mophie Juice Pack Air but slightly lighter at 59 grams.


iPhone 4 with 2phone case.

The 2phone is available in Singapore for about S$99. The international model is FM-01A.

The 2phone packaging is basic but provides the key specifications at the rear.

Source : http://singaporeanipaduser.blogspot.com/

Talk to you iphone via VOKUL – powerful new voice control app and SIRI alternative for your iOS device

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SIRI alternative, that what is says.  One very important difference between SIRI and VOKUL is that in Vokul speech recognition is performed on the device and it doesn’t need a network connection – saves that data usage charges. Unfortunately Vokul too like SIRI works well with American accent. Team Vokul claims that they are working on fine tuning the app to work with other accents – watch out for the update

Vokul is the first and only 100% handsfree voice control app for your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that allows you to DJ music and podcasts, dictate text messages, and call contacts in your address book, without pressing any buttons!

Vokul is fast, accurate, and tuned for noisy environments, like your car!

Use Vokul’s simple voice commands to control your device’s media player, even while audio is playing. You can skip backward and forward within a track, navigate between tracks, pause/resume playback, and speed up or slow down podcasts!

Launch vokul and connect your device to your vehicle or home stereo system for the ultimate handsfree audio experience!

Launch vokul and connect your device to your vehicle or home stereo system for the ultimate handsfree audio experience!

Examples:

“hey vokul … (dings) … text Andrew”

“hey vokul … (dings) … call Mom at home”

“hey vokul … (dings) … play sonata in F major”

“hey vokul … (dings) … play 80s”

 

How is vokul different from Siri?

  • Vokul works on the iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch 3rd generation and later, and all iPad models.
  • Vokul’s “Always Listening” technology allows you to focus on what you’re doing – you don’t need to press any buttons.
  • With Vokul, all speech recognition (except freeform texting) is performed on the device, for a faster and more reliable experience!
  • Vokul gives you full control of the media player using voice commands, even while audio is playing!
  • Vokul allows you to adjust the playback tempo of podcasts and songs (Fitness Mode) using your voice!

True Handsfree Technology

It is now easier than ever to dictate and send a text message safely while on-the-go. vokul guides you through composing and sending your message with clear and pleasant voice prompts. It’s the safest way to send a text message while driving

Unlike other voice control apps, vokul can be controlled entirely with your voice. vokul’s proprietary “Always Listening” technology allows it to respond to your commands only when called upon. Users can even say commands while audio is playing, thanks to vokul’s acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) technology. With vokul, button presses and distracted screen glances are a thing of the past!

Examples (while audio is playing):

“vokul forward 30” : skips forward 30 seconds

“vokul back” : skips backward 15 seconds (configurable)

“vokul pause” : pauses playback

“vokul play podcasts” : starts playing podcasts; the most recent episode is played first

  • Note: vokul currently does not support reading received text messages, due to limitations imposed by iOS.
  • Note: As per our contract with Nuance Communications, freeform dictations are currently limited to 20 per 24 hours, although this limit has not been strictly enforced so far. We are currently working to upgrade vokul to 200 dictations per day.
  • Note: Bluetooth support is coming soon. Stay tuned.

Check out http://www.vokulnation.com for more information and videos showing vokul in action.

Get the vokul advantage, available in the App Store for just $2.99!

 

 

Jailbreaking your apple device, simplified

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I have always wondered what is jail-breaking the iphone, how to do it, legal issues, what are consequences and what are the benefits. One finds lots of posts / article about jailbreaking the apple devices but most of them are not comprehensive. This post will try to answer all those unanswered questions of your mind

This page is ultimate guide to jailbreaking. Along with information and frequently asked questions about everything jailbreak related, you will find some detailed tutorials on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV.

If you already know a lot about jailbreaking and you’re just looking for guides and tutorials, then scroll down to find instructions on how to jailbreak. If you are new to jailbreaking and want to learn more, we suggest you spend a few minutes reading more about this simple process.

At the bottom of this page, you will find information about various jailbreak methods. Simply look for the iOS version you want to jailbreak and the type of iOS device you have, then click on the link to see a detailed tutorial about jailbreaking the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV.

What is Jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking is the process by which Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, is modified to run unsigned code in order to gain access to files that Apple wouldn’t normally let you access.

Jailbreaking adds unofficial application installers to your iOS device, such as Cydia, which let you download many 3rd-party applications, tweaks, and extensions that are unavailable through the App Store. These packages open up endless possibilites to do things on your iOS device that a non-jailbroken iOS device would never be able to do.

You can install extensions that give you instant access to your system settings from anywhere on your iOS device, bypass certain restrictions set in place by Apple and the carriers, and find packages that give you more control over your iOS experience.

Jailbreaking is about freeing your iOS device from Apple’s restrictions to let you install anything you want.

What are the Benefits of Jailbreaking?

The main reason why you’d want to jailbreak is to have the ability to install third party applications and tweaks that Apple doesn’t or wouldn’t approve in the App Store. There are tons of applications that don’t meet Apple standards and do things that Apple doesn’t want you to do on your iOS device for various reasons.

For example, Apple doesn’t allow you to customize your iPhone by changing app icons or the general user interface of your device. Thanks to the jailbreak community, there are several ways to completely change the way your iPhone looks, WinterBoard being the most popular one.

Besides applications, jailbreaking also gives you access to tweaks, mods, and extensions. These not exactly considered applications. They bring subtle improvements to the way your iOS device operates. For instance, Five Icon Switcher is a tweak that lets you have 5 icons in the iPhone app switcher at once, instead of the default 4.

A lot of people jailbreak their iOS device in order to unlock it to work on a different carrier. When you want to unlock your iPhone, the first step is to jailbreak it to then run and run software that will let you have other carriers work on your iPhone. For for information on unlocking, visit or dedicated unlock page.

Is Jailbreaking Legal?

Jailbreaking is completely legal, at least here in the US. For a long time, jailbreaking was considered illegal by the US government based on copyright litigation. In July of 2010, the US government passed a rule that made jailbreaking legal.

There is nothing to worry about. Even if you don’t live in the US, there’s a very slim chance that Apple would sue you because you jailbroke your iPhone. It hasn’t happened yet, and people all over the world have been jailbreaking since 2007.

Does Jailbreaking Void my Warranty?

Yes and no. Yes, because if you go to the Apple store and show your jailbroken iPhone to an Apple employee, you will be told that you can’t receive customer support because you voided your warranty the minute you jailbroke. Apple of course acknowledges the US government’s DMCA exception ruling that makes jailbreak legal, but that doesn’t mean that Apple has to allow jailbreak in its customer agreement.

From Apple’s support article on jailbreaking:

“Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”

If you really have to take your iOS device to an Apple store, you can always restore it to its factory settings in iTunes. This will bring your iOS device back to the way it was when you first bought it, and Apple will have no way of telling that you ever jailbroke.

Many people have taken previously jailbroken devices to Apple several times before that were restored beforehand. Apple is usually not able to tell will provide full and normal customer support.

Can I Brick My iPhone if I Jailbreak?

You might have heard a few horror stories about people who tried to jailbreak their iPhone and ended up turning it into a brick. While this could have happened in the early days of the iPhone, this is now completely impossible.

The worst thing that could happen when trying to jailbreak is that it might get stuck and become unresponsive, in which case some people may automatically think that there’s no hope. You’re always able to restore your iOS device’s firmware back to the stock version, and following these simple steps will make sure your iPhone goes back to its original state.

Is Jailbreaking the Same as Unlocking?

No, jailbreaking and unlocking are two different things. To unlock your iPhone, you usually have to jailbreak first. As noted previously, jailbreaking an iPhone lets you install third party applications and mods, while unlocking allows you to use your iPhone on a different carrier.

You can learn more about the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking if you’re interested.

Can I Still Use iTunes and the App Store After Jailbreaking?

People often ask this question. Yes, you can use iTunes and the App Store after jailbreaking your device. As a matter of fact, nothing will really change. The only notable change to your iOS device will be that, after jailbreaking, you will have a new application installed on your device called Cydia.

What is Cydia?

In short, Cydia is like the App Store of jailbreak applications. Just like the App Store, you can browse Cydia for apps, tweaks, and mods. Just like the App Store, you can download and install Cydia apps effortlessly. Most apps and tweaks in Cydia are free, but it is not unusual for a jailbreak app to sell for a few dollars.

Will Jailbreaking Prevent Me from Updating iOS?

If your iOS device is jailbroken and you decide to update it to the latest version of iOS, doing so will overwrite the jailbreak and restore your device to its factory settings. This might not be a big problem for most people, but it can become an issue for people who rely a lot of jailbreak apps and tweaks.

Every time Apple releases a new iOS update, hackers generally aren’t too far behind with an update for the tools that let you jailbreak. When a new iOS version and accompanying jailbreak are released, the preferred method is to backup your device first, update to the latest iOS version, and jailbreak again using one of the updated tools.

It’s important to note that it sometimes takes a while for hackers to develop a jailbreak following an iOS update, which is why we usually recommend jailbreakers to hold off on updating when a new iOS version is made available.

What are the different types of jailbreaks?

The are 3 types of jailbreaks: tethered, semi tethered, and untethered. Read this article to learn more about the differences between these kinds of jailbreak.

Can Jailbreaking Allow Me to Get App Store Applications for Free?

Yes, but we do not recommend installing pirated apps on your jailbroken device. Not only are you doing something illegal, but you’re also stealing money from hard working developers. We do not help troubleshoot or give support on app piracy.

Is Jailbreaking Easy?

These days, jailbreaking is very easy. Usually, you just need to download a piece of software, plug your iOS device into your computer, and run the software. There is no specific knowledge or skills required.

You will find some very useful tutorials on how to jailbreak at the bottom of this page. If you don’t feel completely comfortable jailbreaking your iOS device, make sure to have a look at our tutorials, they will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

What is the Best Jailbreak Tool?

There isn’t a “best” jailbreak tool, as tools are constantly being updated and replaced with new and improved methods. Performing an actual jailbreak can be a very different experience depending on your iOS device and software version. What tool you use is also determined by if you use a Mac or Windows computer.

Does it Cost Anything to Jailbreak?

No. You should never pay for a jailbreak.

Hackers that develop jailbreaks do it for free, sometimes (rarely) asking for donations. Some people may charge you to jailbreak your iOS device for you. If it makes you feel better to pay someone, you can do that, but why pay when you can do it yourself for free?

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV

iOS 5.0.1:

iOS 5:

iOS 4.3.5:

iOS 4.3.4:

iOS 4.3.3:

iOS 4.3.2:

iOS 4.3.1:

iOS 4.2.8

iOS 4.2.1

Jailbreak iPhone iOS 4.1

Jailbreak iPhone iOS 4.0.2

Jailbreak iPhone iOS 4.0.1

Jailbreak iPhone iOS 4

Jailbreak iPad 3.2.1

Jailbreak iPad 3.2

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.3

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1

Jailbreak iPhone 3.0.1

Firmware 3.0 Jailbreak

Source : http://www.idownloadblog.com

 

More resources

http://www.ijailbreak.com/jailbreak/download-absinthe-v0-3-mac-os-x-windows/

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This $35 Computer-On-A-Stick Is All You Need To Bring AirPlay To Any HDTV

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This is a quick fix solution for AirPlay without the Apple TV device meaning u can now connect to your TV wirelessly with the help of this device. Ignore the technical part in the post just focus on what it can do

The Rasp­bery Pi project is a dar­ling lit­tle exer­cise in inge­nu­ity. It looks like a USB thumb drive, but instead of 2GB of flash, it’s a fully func­tion­al com­put­er run­ning Debian Linux, fea­tur­ing a 700 MHz ARM 11 proces­sor, 128 MB of RAM, a USB port, and an Eth­er­net port… all for just $35. Splen­did, splen­did geek­i­ness. Hang­ing this from your car keys, you can lit­er­al­ly get con­nect­ed any­where. But where’s the Apple angle?

Video link – here

It’s a lit­tle hacky in the video above, but as you can see, one of the Rasp­ber­ry Pi devel­op­ers was suc­cess­ful in hook­ing the device up to an HDMI-connected TV, then get­ting Air­play Video pump­ing through it via his iPad.

Awe­some. This is an Air­Play solu­tion for your tele­vi­sion that is $65 cheap­er than an Apple TV. The only prob­lem is that while the Rasp­ber­ry Pi is in pro­duc­tion, there’s still no ship date, so if you’re look­ing to graft Air­Play onto your exist­ing set, you’ll have to wait a lit­tle bit longer.

Source : Cult of Mac / raspberrypi.org

This is How Apple Changes Education, Forever

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Apple’s plan to bring iPad text­books to schools across Amer­i­ca and around the world via iBooks 2 and iBooks Author is noth­ing short of a rev­o­lu­tion. It could mean the end of giant, overused dog-eared vol­umes jammed into bulging back­packs bal­anced atop the over-burdened backs of Amer­i­ca’s youth. It might also mean I’ll never have to explain to my daugh­ter again where the rest of chap­ter 16 went.

A cou­ple of months ago, my 13-year-old junior high-school-attending daugh­ter was dili­gent­ly plow­ing through piles of home­work. Part of it involved read­ing a chap­ter in her Social Stud­ies text book and then answer­ing ques­tions on a work­sheet about what she read. How­ev­er, when I looked over at my daugh­ter, she had her head of curls in her hands.

“What’s the mat­ter?” I asked her

“I can’t fin­ish my homework,” she said with­out look­ing at me.

“Why not?”

“Here,” She shoved her text­book at me.

I stared at it uncom­pre­hend­ing.

“What’s wrong with it?” I couldn’t see a prob­lem besides the usual notes and scrib­bling left by the pre­vi­ous stu­dent loan­er.

“The…pages…are…missing,” she said slow­ly as if speak­ing to a par­tic­u­lar­ly dense child.

I took a clos­er look and, sure enough, pages 241 to 248 of her text­book had been torn out—and not so neat­ly. There, close to the bind­ing, were the jagged rem­nants of a few of the pages.

My daugh­ter was frus­trat­ed and stuck. I’m sure you have sim­i­lar tales.

Of course, today I start­ed imag­in­ing how that could never hap­pen with an iPad text book. Apple’s iBook Author-built text­books are, obvi­ous­ly, 100% dig­i­tal. Good luck rip­ping a page out of that.

Tired Old Text­books
So that’s one obvi­ous ben­e­fit, but there is anoth­er. My daugh­ter also some­times strug­gles with the course­work in text­books. It’s flat, some­times bor­ing. And if she’s con­fused, well, read­ing and reread­ing the text­book is not going to help her. I do believe that more inter­ac­tive fea­tures could change things. There are def­i­nite­ly times where her fail­ure to grasp some­thing is from pure lack of inter­est. So how can we make these things inter­est­ing? Inter­ac­tiv­i­ty is at least part of the answer.

Apple, in my opin­ion, did three impor­tant things to, per­haps, ensure the via­bil­i­ty of this iPad text­book launch pro­gram: It built an excel­lent, pow­er­ful, quite easy-to-use app (almost epub­lish­ing for dum­mies). Desk­top Pub­lish­ing is not a new art and some of the con­struc­tion metaphors I saw go all the way back to QuarkX­Press, Page­Mak­er and Microsoft Pub­lish­er. Still, it’s smooth­ly exe­cut­ed and the abil­i­ty to almost instant­ly pre­view on your iPad is a stroke of genius.

Text­books: The Price Is Wrong
The sec­ond thing is pric­ing. Text­books are expen­sive. When I was in col­lege, I spent hun­dreds of dol­lars each semes­ter on my own text­books. I’m sure they’re no less expen­sive now and sim­i­lar tomes for K-12 schools must be near­ly as expen­sive — what other excuse could they have for hold­ing onto them for five years or more? In fact, McGraw-Hill’s Alge­bra 1 (one of the books con­vert­ed for iBooks 2 text­book pro­gram) costs almost $100. A price of $14.99 or less for an iPad text book cer­tain­ly sounds like a good deal, though I do won­der if Apple will offer vol­ume dis­counts through its Text­book store. It would make sense since that’s how schools will buy these books, in bulk access codes. If schools believe they can save mil­lions each year on text­book costs, they may run, not walk over to Apple’s iBook 2 text book plat­form.

The third thing is part­ner­ships. Apple man­aged to sign up McGraw-Hill, Pear­son and Houghton Mif­flin Har­court: three pub­lish­ing hous­es that appar­ent­ly com­prise 90% of the text­book pub­lish­ing biz in the U.S. These are the guys with the keys to the king­dom. They already pub­lish the board-of-education-certified tomes. Now they’re work­ing with Apple to con­vert them to inter­ac­tive iPad text­book form. The obvi­ous con­cern, though, is whether or not the iPad ver­sions are still cer­ti­fied. Even so, this is a huge hur­dle already sur­mount­ed before Apple’s iBook Author and iBooks2 with Text­books is even fully out of the gate.

Ques­tions
There are ques­tions — big ones — that Apple and its part­ners will have to answer before this idea real­ly takes flight.

What if the whole class­room doesn’t have iPads (or is that a pre­req­ui­site?). Can one class­room work with both orig­i­nal hard­cov­er and iPad ver­sions of the text­book? Get­ting schools to update to the iPad and e-text­books is not like flip­ping a switch. The iPad ver­sion will be more eas­i­ly dis­trib­uted and update­able, but boards of edu­ca­tion can­not allow their edi­tions to be out of step, can they?

When I asked some­one in the edu­ca­tion space, she noted that schools that pur­chased text­books last year are not going to switch any time soon. In fact they might night be ready to switch for years. They made their invest­ment and have to, as a fis­cal­ly respon­si­ble board of ed, use them until the books run out of util­i­ty (or until enough pages are ripped out).

Apple told me schools can buy the iPad text­books in bulk, but couldn’t offer details on what hap­pens on the sec­ond year. If the dis­trict paid for the access codes, then they own the iPad text­books, right? Does stu­dent access expire at the end of the school year and the text­books dis­ap­pear from the stu­dents’ iPads? This way the school can use the codes again next year. Or per­haps Apple wants the school dis­trict to buy new iPad text­books every year. I’ve asked Apple to clar­i­fy this point.

Then there is the cost of the iPad. $499 is a good entry-level price for a com­put­er. Mul­ti­plied by 30, times the num­ber of class­rooms in an aver­age school (say, 40 at the low end) — that’s a half-million dol­lars. For school dis­tricts, that’s a big chunk of money.

I have a the­o­ry, though: I think Apple will intro­duce a Class­room iPad for $199 before the year is out. Pure spec­u­la­tion? Absolute­ly. How­ev­er, con­sid­er­ing how seri­ous Apple is about improv­ing the state of edu­ca­tion, this makes real sense. I imag­ine it will be a 1024×768, 9.7-inch screen (while the iPad 3 gets the Reti­na Dis­play and maybe changes size or shape), with a plas­tic back and rugged shell that only the school can remove. There will be a sin­gle, rear-facing cam­era, and the tablet will be locked down with access to the iBooks 2 app and pre-loaded text­books. Safari will come pre-loaded, but it’ll run through Apple’s spe­cial proxy edu­ca­tion serv­er (yes, I’m mak­ing that up, too).There will be no App Store or iTunes account asso­ci­at­ed with it and schools will man­age all of them cen­tral­ly.

If Apple does this in 2012, you will truly see the dawn of a new age in edu­ca­tion. I, for one, am ready for it.

What’s your take? Are you ready to attend your next board of edu­ca­tion meet­ing and tell the admin­is­tra­tors it’s time for a new kind of text book in the class­room? Let me know in the com­ments.

Source : Mashable

iBooks(2.0) textbooks for ipad – there is nothing textbooks about them

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A Multi-Touch textbook on iPad is a gorgeous, full-screen experience full of interactive diagrams, photos, and videos. No longer limited to static pictures to illustrate the text, now students can dive into an image with interactive captions, rotate a 3D object, or have the answer spring to life in a chapter review. They can flip through a book by simply sliding a finger along the bottom of the screen. Highlighting text, taking notes, searching for content, and finding definitions in the glossary are just as easy. And with all their books on a single iPad, students will have no problem carrying them wherever they go.

Apple today announced iBooks 2 for iPad, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac® can create stunning iBooks textbooks.

“Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”

“Education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet. With 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools across the US and around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”

The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download from the App Store™. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of the finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new iBooks 2 app lets students study and learn in more efficient and effective ways than ever before.

iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors and publishers of any size can start creating with Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. iBooks Author lets you add your own text and images by simply dragging and dropping, and with the Multi-Touch™ widgets you can easily add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote® presentations and 3D objects.

Apple today also announced an all-new iTunes® U app giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses. With the new iTunes U app, students using iPads have access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content, along with over 20,000 education apps at their fingertips and hundreds of thousands of books in the iBookstore that can be used in their school curriculum, such as novels for English or Social Studies.* The iTunes U app is available today as a free download from the App Store.

 

Source : macstories.net