Smaller is always better, correct? Smaller is more portable, easier to hold, and is more likely to be used in most situations, correct? That’s typically correct, especially in the technology world.
But that isn’t taking into account the loss of potential productivity, or the advantages of the larger size. At some point, a smaller size begins to impact the capabilities of the device, even if the two devices run identical software. While the iPad mini really is an excellent device that is designed to please most users, there is at least one group of users that likely will not find the iPad mini’s smaller form factor an improvement over the more traditional, 9.7″ iPad.
That segment of users are the true iPad power users, the people who consistently use the iPad not just to consume, but also to create.
This week we’re asking: what do you use your iPad’s side switch for? Of course, you’ve got the standard offering between locking the screen rotation or muting your iPad, but if you’ve jailbroken your iPad then you’ve got almost infinite possibilites with it! It seems like a pretty mundane question but one that will be sure to divide our readership community! So go ahead and let us know what you use your side switch for in this week’s poll on the right!
Achoo! Looks like someone’s coming down with a serious case of the swine flu. Well, at least a case of allergies. The rest of your community may stay away from you, but little do they know that you’re the one who will save them from the wrath of monsters that are out to get them.
While the plot line of Gesundheit! HD is somewhat disgusting, the game has received tons of praise. But what is so telling about a game where an allergy-ridden pig is the protagonist? Find out what makes Gesundheit! HD award-winning after the break.
From the very beginning, the iPad was meant to represent a limited device. While Apple continuously pushes it as the harbinger of the next generation of computing, there is no denying the fact that it simply isn’t good at certain tasks. Some of those tasks are trivial: file management, multitasking, and various other small issues annoy those who try to get actual work done on the device. Thankfully, applications are released daily that help to alleviate many of these pain points, and limitation often helps breed creativity.
The largest issue, however, isn’t one that developers can fix: data entry on the iPad is abysmal for any task that involves typing more than 500 characters.
Keyboard cases for the iPad are becoming increasingly more popular with plenty of models to choose from. Of course, Apple designed the iPad to make typing on it fairly seamless (especially with the optional Smart Cover) however some people feel that typing on an iPad still feels a little cramped and they prefer an external keyboard instead.
This week, we’ve got a debate coming up between two writers on precisely this topic – should you buy an external keyboard? – but before they lock horns it’s over to you as the reader: do you use an external keyboard with your iPad? This could be Apple’s standard default offering or one from a third-party manufacturer (Logitech, for example). There’s even a handy Mac app, 1Keyboard, which allows you to hook your Mac up to your iPad via Bluetooth and use your Mac’s keyboard as an external Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad.
Whatever option you use, please feel free to vote in this week’s poll on the right! And of course, stay tuned for this week’s debate on the subject of keyboard cases – it’ll be a good one!
Apple’s dominant iPad platform does not have a shortage of web browsers. From Apple’s own excellent Safari to Google’s rising Chrome, the iPad enjoys quality web browsers that compete with each other for the use of consumers. While the previous two browsers are certainly among the more popular, there are other applications that compete in other ways. The Puffin Web Browser is on the forefront of these browsers, offering various features not found on any of the more popular choices.
With alternative e-mail clients such as Sparrow and Mailbox that boast tonnes of extra features and a fancy interface coming out for the iPhone, I get the feeling that the iPad is always slightly neglected in this game, which is a real pity seeing as I prefer doing e-mail on my iPad.
OK sure: the default client does its job but are you looking for a little more flair in an e-mail client? Do you want a new way of working through your inbox so you can get it quicker down to that magical figure of zero? Then let us know in this week’s poll on the right!
Alright, alright. I know what you’re thinking: Is this yet another review for yet another run-of-the-line trivia app? Well, Braindex isn’t your ordinary trivia app. In fact, it isn’t anything like the rest of the trivia games on the market today.
With Braindex, not only do you get to watch a game show, but you get to participate in one, too. Shot from the back of a truck (or sometimes another random studio), Braindex brings you the first “App Show,” complete with some of your favorite celebrities. Read on to find out more about the iPad’s first interactive game show! (more…)
We’re not big fans of Valentine’s Day around our house — or at least that’s what I tell myself as I run to the store to buy something for the wife. But we often do find ourselves with a lot of things in common when it comes to tech. If I get a new iPhone, my wife has to get one, too. That wasn’t the case with the iPad until the mini came out, and now we both have iPad minis that we carry around everywhere.
What about you? Do you and your significant other both have iPads? Let us know in the poll to the right!
Jordan Mechner, later responsible for the Prince of Persia game franchise, released his first game in 1984 for the Apple II. This game was Karateka. It’s a side-scrolling game featuring industry changing one-on-one combat about a lover trying to save the Princess Mariko from Akuma’s castle fortress. It’s a simple, classic video game story.
Mechner returned to his independent roots earlier this year to remake the game in HD. First appearing on consoles, the remake has an all-star developer team: Screenwriter John August (who is listed as a producer), Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin, and artist Jeff Matsuda were all involved in the production. I never played the original, so I’m walking into this with fresh eyes. And I was not disappointed.