iDisplay – Turn your iPhone and iPad into second monitor

SHAPE Services, makers of the popular messaging app IM+, have released iDisplay, an innovative app that’ll essentially turn your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a second display unit.

Turn your iPad / iPhone into a convenient side monitor for your Mac desktop. iDisplay is a universal app specially optimized for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch screens.

Increase productivity by maximizing the viewable area on your main monitor! Ideal for multi-tasking users, iDisplay lets you free the main monitor for work-related applications by moving some apps to the external display, shown on your iPad or iPhone.

Needless to say, the ability to make use of your iDevice as a second “monitor” could do wonders for those who like to multi-task and have loads of applications open at the same time. While the app sounds great in theory, the early feedback from iTunes users point to issues of crashing and resolution problems. Hopefully, a quick update will iron out all the initial kinks. And in terms of support, iDisplay currenly only works for the Mac, though support for Windows is said to be in the works.

iDisplay SHAPE Services, iDisplay – $4.99

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Ping! for iPad now available

One of the most popular social networking apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch has now made it over to the iPad.  Ping! had previously been sitting atop the charts in its own respective app category for over 6 months in over 40 countries. With Ping! you no longer have to pay SMS charges just to send messages back and forth between your family and friends. As long as both parties have the app, messaging is unlimited and Free. Here’s what developer Gary Fung have passed on to us:

A tremendous amount of effort and time has been spent on our iPad version to deliver the best possible experience.  In order to engage in an immersive experience, we have built a beautiful, polished user interface mirroring the paper note metaphor.  Users will exchange messages like passing notes, creating a fun and vivid experience where messages come to life in your lap!

We’ve also been told that the initial release for the iPad is currently missing some of the features and functionality of the iPhone and iPod Touch counterparts. Not to worry though, subsequent updates will bring picture/ video messaging as well as other advanced features. For soon-to-be iPad owners who already rely on Ping! to stay in touch, the $2.99 price tag shouldn’t be hard to swallow. A video demo showcasing the app in action can be found after the gap.

marvel-comics Gary Fung, Ping! for iPad – $2.99

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Gameloft launched 8 HD titles for the iPad

Gameloft have revealed their starting lineup for tomorrow’s release of the iPad. Not surprisingly, they include some of their best selling games, including:

  • Asphalt 5 HD
  • Dungeon Hunter HD
  • Let’s Golf HD
  • Modern Combat: Sandstorm HD
  • N.O.V.A. – Near Orbital Vanguard Alliance HD
  • NFL 2010 HD
  • Real Soccer 2010 HD
  • Uno HD

Judging from the video above, it looks like we’ll be seeing much improved graphics compared to their iPhone/iPod Touch counterparts, as well as the implementation of the multitouch interface into the gameplay. And with the iPad’s relatively large screen size (compared to that of the iPhone), it may take some time for gamers to get used to holding the device like a virtual controller. Full press release after this space.

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Firemint brings Real Racing HD and Flight Control HD to iPad + Video trailer

Firemint have officially announced the release of Real Racing HD and Flight Control HD for the iPad.  If you’ll recall, these two games on the iPhone and iPod Touch set the App Store on fire with their respective releases last year, with Flight Control even ushering the way for the countless line-drawing games that soon followed. Utilizing the iPad’s new hardware capabilities, Real Racing HD and Flight Control HD both feature great visuals and additional gameplay modes and content. From what we’ve seen, Firemint is looking like they have 2 sure-fire hit games on their hands once again. Video trailers and more info after the break!

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Marvel Comics app arrives for the iPad and iPhone

Marvel Comics on the iPad

If you’ve been keeping up with some of the unboxing and video reviews for the iPad, you’ll likely have seen the Marvel Comics app (briefly) in action. Well, now that Apple have let loose the iPad apps in iTunes almost 2 days ahead of launch date, the much hyped Marvel app can actually be downloaded for your iPhone and iPod Touch this very moment.

Introducing the MARVEL COMICS app, a revolutionary new way to experience the Marvel Universe on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes! Download hundreds of comic books featuring your favorite characters -— including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more — on your mobile device with the touch of a button. You’ll experience Marvel’s greatest series and stories like never before, with your choice of guided view (an animated, panel-by-panel path through the comic), or by using regular device controls to zoom and pan your way through pages of sizzling story and amazing artwork!

I’ve checked out the app on my iPhone for about 20 minutes and so far I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen. Reading a comic via the panel-by panel approach works surprisingly well and the overall interface is well done. So far, there are 5 comics you can download for FREE (Captain America, Amazing Spider Man etc.) and the price seems to be set at $1.99 for all the current in-app comic purchases. As good as the app looks thus far on the iPhone, it’s not hard to image just how much BETTER Marvel Comics will be on the much larger screen of the iPad.

marvel-comics Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Comics – FREE

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iPad Apps now available on iTunes!

Gizmodo has just reported that the first batch of iPad apps are now LIVE at the App Store. Upon closer inspection, even the Top Paid/Free and Top Grossing charts on iTunes are now divided into iPhone and iPad sections. While the device has yet to be released, these charts are already populated with iPad titles from 1 through 100. Start browsing now and see which iPad specific apps have made it through thus far!

Apple reveals iPad-Ready Websites

Despite the initial rounds of positive reviews for the iPad, there are concerns that the device won’t have support for flash. Some feel that universal support for HTML5 is still years away and that Apple should cater to a format that’s most compatible with the market today. Well Apple seems to be taking a firm stance on the matter as they’ve just revealed a list of websites that “supports the latest web standands – including HTML5, CSS 3 and Javascript“. Some of these sites include CNN, New York Times, Vimeo, Time, Sports Illustrated, Flickr, People Magazine, and Major League Baseball. The common denominator here appears to be support for watching video on the iPad via an HTML5 compatible player. Apple have even included a section for companies to “Submit their site to the growing list“, as well as providing detailed info to webmasters on how to ensure that their website is fully functional when viewed on an iPad.

[Apple via PC World]

iPad Video Reviews Roundup!

If the unboxing videos of the iPad weren’t enough to quench your tablet thirst, we’ve rounded up a good number of video reviews from the lucky few (and well known) tech journalists who’ve received their iPads early. The general consensus has been very positive for the most part and it looks as though the soon-to-be owners of the iPad will be VERY happy come launch day. If you’re on the fence and unsure whether to take the plunge this Saturday (assuming you can actually find one without a pre-order), these videos could very well help make up your mind. Complete roundup after the break!

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Unboxing the iPad

The iPad’s official release is only two days away, but for those who of you get a kick out of unboxing videos of the latest gadgets (or can’t just wait to see what the iPad comes with), you’ll want to check videos of Stephen Fry and Andy Ihnatko welcoming their iPads into the world. Ihnatko, a tech journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Mac guru even provides a running commentary on the contents of the “package”. Videos after the gap!

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