While some analysts have tried to claim that Apple’s recent financial results are something of a disappointment, you’d have to be really stubborn to deny that a Net Profit increase of 94% Year-over-Year is a letdown.
11.8 million iPads is a very impressive mark to hit; particularly in a typically slower quarter, and with Apple selling new iPads as fast as they could make them. It’s safe to say the the iPad is still the undisputed king of the tablet jungle.
My question to you today is vastly different from last week’s poll, in that I’m asking you to take a guess (educated or not). How long until we see a true iPad competitor?
You can argue all you want that the Kindle Fire must be selling, but I’ve yet to even see one in the wild! Even if the Kindle Fire is gaining on the iPad, can it even be considered a true competitor?
How long will it be until someone matches the quality of design and seamless user experience of the iPad?
My housemate just bought a MacBook Air.
I felt two conflicting emotions on his return from the Apple Store. As he unveiled the sleek, aluminium body of his newest purchase I felt proud that he had taken my advice, but frustrated that I couldn’t take my advice.
Before I suggested the MacBook Air, he was almost completely set on buying a MacBook Pro. It took a little persuasion to convince him of the supremacy of SSDs and the effortlessly thin and light design of the Air. In reality though, he knew the Air was perfect for him, there was only one thing holding him back; the lack of an optical disk drive.
Reminders are a vital tool in the world we live in. The world can throw items from every direction and it can be tough to remember everything. Recently I looked at NotifyMe which is an app and service that can help remind you of items that need to get done. Due is another reminders app, but it takes a more simplistic approach to reminders.
Due’s purpose is to be the quickest way to remind you of items. The maker of Due did not want to include every feature possible but rather took a more minimal approach. Instead of including all of the bloat, he focused on one key feature and made it great. Due features customizable reminders, repeatable timers, and can sync through Dropbox or iCloud to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
I don’t exactly consider myself a green freak. Sure, I do my part: recycling when I can, buying CFLs to replace burned-out incandescent bulbs, and driving a subcompact, but I draw the line at washing and reusing a plastic sandwich bag (no offense to those who do).
When Earth Day sprung up on the calendar this past Sunday, though, I took a few moments to reflect on how I could be a little greener.
That’s when I found Verde, an iPad app geared not only at reducing your carbon footprint, but also at saving you money. And the latter is a green I’m pretty sure anyone can get behind.
So did Verde help assuage my inner naturalist? Read on to find out…
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Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the developer of Math Monsters! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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This week’s giveaway is a little different, but I hope you’ll enjoy checking out the app! Math Monsters is more than just a drag & drop math game with cute, interactive characters – it’s a fun and challenging way for kids, grades 1 – 4, to learn and play.
If you have young children, what better way to get them into numbers than by introducing them to the Math Monsters!
There are plenty of apps available on the iPad for doodling, sketching, and drawing. Ever since the App Store was introduced people have been looking for the best apps that incorporate drawing on the iPhone and iPad without a stylus. While those apps have been reviewed over and over, there are not nearly as many great apps available for vector based drawing on the iPad.
Enter iDraw. Now in version 1.3, this reasonably priced app ($8.99) seeks to replicate the features of the well-known Adobe Illustrator software and bring those tools to the iPad. Although I have little experience with Illustrator, from what I can tell those who have used it will be able to quickly pick up iDraw and begin creating masterpieces. You can use iDraw to do a variety of things, from projects that involve graphing and blueprints to creating works of art.
Before we continue I should forewarn you – I was not an art major and the drawings you’ll see in these pictures probably wouldn’t even make it onto my mother’s fridge. If you can appreciate “abstract” art or you’re simply just intrigued, by all means read on!
You love scouring the web for reading material, but you just can’t find the time to read everything on the spot. Perhaps you’ve already run into popular “read later” apps such as Instapaper, Readability, and Safari’s own “Reader” feature.
One could certainly be perfectly satisfied with what those apps have to offer, but just how much would you be missing out on if you pass on Pocket (formerly Read It Later)?
It’s Spring! The perfect time to get back on track with your health and fitness. Personally, I’m pretty bad at keeping up any kind of regime and regularly tell myself that the health drive will start tomorrow, but that’s no reason to give up!
We’ve collected together some of the best iPad apps designed to help you get healthy, stay in shape, and monitor your progress. Spend a few minutes picking out the ones that suit you, and begin to transform your life!
Yes, the World Wide Web has unleashed a flurry of information on us all and we now have the World’s knowledge at our fingertips. I think we can all agree, that is awesome. There is, however, one problem.
The amount of information available on any topic imaginable is daunting, and we gravitate to sources that have some resemblance of organization and credibility to locate what we’re looking for. Wikipedia has become this source for a lot of people and we turn to it as the place for reference material or just to wander and learn. Wikibot is an iPad application that takes the core Wikipedia experience and attempts to add some functionality to make the resource even more useful. Let’s take a look at Wikibot and see just how successful it is.