Rumored for the past two years, the new iPad featuring a higher resolution Retina display is finally here, and it’s simply called “iPad “. Announced at Apple’s media event in San Francisco a few minutes ago, the new device features the same design of the iPad 2 (flat aluminum back with tapered edges), and it comes in two colors, black & white. Looking at the initial photos of the new iPad, a less tech-savvy eye wouldn’t notice any difference from the current-gen model. The new iPad, however, is packed with completely new hardware components inside, so let’s take a look.
The biggest new feature of the new iPad is its high-res Retina display. Carrying four times the pixels of the original iPad at 2048 x 1536, the Retina display will allow for incredibly crisp text displayed on screen, vibrant colors in photos and images, and apps sporting detail like never before. With “the most pixels ever seen in a mobile device”, the new iPad was demonstrated on stage showing the increased quality in reading text, browsing webpages, and viewing photos. With 264 pixels per inch, Apple’s Phil Schiller said “that is enough to call it a Retina Display” — that is because, whilst the iPhone is generally held at a distance of 10 inches, iPad is held at 15 inches, making noticing individual pixels almost impossible. The Retina Display will also allow for 44% greater color saturation.
The new iPad carries a quad-core A5X processor. Apple says the previous A5 is twice as fast as a Tegra 3 chip, and the A5X will offer four times the performance.
The new iPad comes with a new 5-megapixel iSight camera with autofocus and white balance, advanced optics with IR filter, face detection, and 1080p video recording. The video recording app, in particular, was shown as having a new UI. 1080p recording will also feature noise reduction and stabilization.
The new iPad will feature voice dictation in 6 languages through the iOS keyboard.
The rumors were true — the new iPad will support LTE, as well as 3G. The new iPad has 21 Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42 Mbps, whilst LTE will top at 73 Mbps. AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus will be initial LTE partners, and the device can also be turned into an LTE hotspot. The 3G functionality is worldwide, and Apple claimed the new iPad has “the most bands ever” while referring to its connectivity options. The device will feature the same 10 hours of battery life of the iPad 2, and 9 hours while on 4G LTE.
The new iPad will come with the same storage options and price points of the current generation: 16 GB ($499), 32 GB ($599), and 64 GB ($699) for the WiFi version. 4G versions will be $629, $729 and $829.
The new iPad will launch worldwide on March 16th in 10 countries. More will follow on March 23.
March 16th Launch Countries
March 23rd Launch Countries
The iPad 2 will stick around this time, at a lower price of $399 for the 16 GB model. The 3G version will be kept as well, at $529. On stage, Apple’s Schiller mentioned education was a big reason behing the decision to keep the iPad 2 alive this year.
If you’re a fan of fine cellular phones, you might be a fan of fine automobiles. Damon Lavrinc over at AutoBlog is reporting that Mercedes Benz’s new A-Class luxury car will sport iPhone 4S Siri integration.
More intriguingly, Mercedes is the first automaker to support and integrate Apple’s Siri voice-recognition technology, allowing users to make appointments, send text messages and emails, get weather status and access all their songs through voice commands.
Of course, the top of the line products are almost always the first to sport integration with cool new technology, but it is only a matter of time until you’re using your stock Kia to make appointments and send emails with your voice. It’s the friggin’ future, you guys!
While Siri may be seen by some as more of a novelty than a vital piece of technology, this is pretty much the perfect use case for voice control. You can’t fiddle with your screen while you’re driving, and Siri really can help you send texts or set reminders while your hands are busy. A match made in heaven.
What do you think about Mercedes Benz’s attempt to woo Apple fans? Are you sold, or is this just a song and dance at this point? Sound off in the comment section so we can hear what all of you think of this story
Source : Auto Blog
Following its launch in the U.S. back in January, CloudOn has finally arrived in the U.K., allowing British users to access Microsoft Office applications on their iPad. The free app lets you view, edit, and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on your tablet, which can then be saved directly to your Dropbox account.
You can also access the documents have already have stored in Dropbox and edit these, too. You must have a Dropbox account to use the service, but it’s completely free.
The app provides you with a “WorkSpace” with Microsoft Office running in the cloud. Here are just a few of its features:
- Use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPad to create or edit documents.
- Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox account
- Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files
- Track changes while reviewing Word documents
- Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks
- Display and edit animation or transitions in PowerPoint presentations
- Present in full PowerPoint mode (not in PDF)
- Open files directly from your iPad email accounts or Dropbox account
- Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes
If you’re a frequent Microsoft Office user, then this is a must-have iPad app. Until Microsoft releases an official iOS version of its Office suite, this is the best alternative on an iOS device.
Courtesy : Cultofmac, cloudon
CloudFTP is a pocket size adapter that can turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server, sharing files with WiFi-enabled devices (iPad, iPhone, computer etc.). It can also automatically connect to the Internet to backup and synchronize your USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and box.net.
How It Works?
CloudFTP features a powered USB port (just like on the computer) which connects and powers any USB mass storage device (USB hard drives, flash drives, card readers, digital cameras etc.)
Ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) mode
By default, CloudFTP creates its own (ad-hoc) wireless WiFi network to share the connected USB data. Users just need to join this network from their WiFi-enabled devices to access the USB storage device wirelessly by means of a HTML5 web app, dedicated iOS/Android app or FTP client. This network works independently of the Internet and other existing wireless networks
Infrastructure (Internet) mode
Alternatively, CloudFTP can also join an existing (infrastructure) wireless WiFi network to share with devices on the same network. CloudFTP will automatically connect to the Internet (if present) to backup/sync the USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and box.net.
Features at a glance
- Connects to any USB mass storage compliant device
- 2600mAh li-ion rechargeable battery powers USB port and device up to 5 hours.
- High performance, low power consumption ARM9 microprocessor
- USB data is shared over a secure wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi network
- Creates its own (ad-hoc) wireless network to share and stream media for up to 3 WiFi-enabled device (e.g. iPad, iPhone, computer) at the same time.
- Alternatively, it can join an existing (infrastructure) WiFi network to share files with other devices on the same network.
- Automatically connect to the Internet in infrastructure WiFi mode to backup and sync data with Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, box.net.
If you truly want a unique look for your phone, you have to make your own case, by yourself. That’s where iaPeel comes in.
Using their design software, for Mac or PC, and your inkjet printer, you print a custom graphic on blank, printable vinyl skins, which are themselves made in the USA.
The good news is they include three sets of skins to cover the front and back, plus three practice sheets. There is also a patented guide that makes it foolproof to install the skins.
Inkjet Printable Skins
- Design and Print at Home
- Built-in Alignment System
- No Adhesive Residue
- Scratch Protection
These skins are made using a durable vinyl material with high tech adhesive that leaves no residue. All you need is an inkjet printer to produce your own photo-quality skins. There’s even a built-in alignment system… just pull up the tabs and your device fits right inside. No more problems putting it on straight.
A nice touch is the ability to create a matching wallpaper or lockscreen image so the skin and the screen match nicely! The vinyl skin is easily removed, leaving no residue, however once it is removed do not expect to be able to reuse that skin
These skins are available for majority of devices
Source : iaPeel
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 Wi-Fi router with an available ethernet port
One-year limited warranty
Source : CultofMac /Peel.com
Talk to you iphone via VOKUL – powerful new voice control app and SIRI alternative for your iOS device
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!
“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!