Without a software platform to aim the silicon guns, there can be no platform war. And if TechCrunch’s lead is more than just rumour, HP may be sunning their Slate out of Microsoft’s musty Windows 7 cocoon. HP may even drop Intel’s Atom for a less power-hungry platform, in which case, Windows 7 is right out. WebOS, Android, and Chrome stand primed as candidates, but as I mentioned before, tablet computing needs tight integration of software and hardware.
With the iPad WiFi + 3G models set to arrive tomorrow (April 30th) in the US, ALK Technologies, makers of the popular CoPilot Live apps for the iPhone, have announced that CoPilot Live HD ($29.99) will be making its way to the iPad 3G in early May. Utilizing the gorgeous 9.7-inch screen, users will soon be able to receive turn-by-turn voice navigation along side a split screen showing both 3D or 2D maps en route to their destination (four dual view options are available). Much like the iPhone version, CoPilot Live HD will auto-switch between portrait and landscape, is equipped with pinch-zoom functionality and access to your iPod music is also possible.
The big question though is whether you really need a GPS with such a honking big screen. After all, you’re technically supposed to be following the voice prompts rather than keep your eyes glued to the device while driving. Regardless, I have to admit that it is pretty neat cruising round town with a mega-sized GPS, especially if you already have an iPad installed into your car. And if a custom install is way out of the question, it appears that iPad car mounts are already on sale. More info and pics after the gap.
Thanks to Apple’s reticence to include USB ports or memory card slots in the iPad, THIS is making news.
The Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, which has just gone on sale for an even 29$, makes brilliant use of the iPad’s number 1 feature: mobile OSX. The operating system isn’t just a touch-friendly app-mongering front end, it supports low-level instructions as well. Specifically, the iPad Camera Connection Kit can connect to USB audio and professional interfaces.
iPad news getting old? Not for this shiggy-wiggy. In her 100th year, Virginia, a granny from somewhere in the States, has made news thanks to Oregon Live ;). It’s not without a little bit of arm-twisting though; her family bought her an iPad.
While the video is viral now, there’s nothing cute about her interest in the iPad. She has glaucoma and hasn’t been able to read books for a long time. Evidently, the iPad has allowed her to pick up her old (and good) habit thanks to Apple’s iBooks. But her talents don’t stop there; she is also a verbose poet, having now completed 12 limericks on her new toy, the most poignant, below:
To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.
Keep up with all the funny-duddy iPad stuff here.
Update: Our latest tutorial on how to use Dropbox and Calibre to store and remotely transfer ebooks to your iDevices is now up. You can check it out here.
Early adopters of the iPad already know that the device is not only great for surfing the web, playing “HD” games or watching movies on the gorgeous 9.7-inch IPS screen, but also for reading ebooks. Apple’s own e-reader app, iBooks, has been well received and its overall design makes it easy and enjoyable to read books on the iPad. It even allows you to upload non-iBookstore and DRM-free ePub documents/ebooks onto the app via iTunes. Unfortunately, iBooks only accepts the “industry standard” ePub format, meaning those with a collection of ebooks in various formats (LIT, MOBI, PDB, HTML, RTF etc) are out of luck.
While Stanza (my personal favorite) and other e-reader apps on the iPhone/iPod Touch do accept other ebook formats, there are currently none with dedicated iPad versions (meaning you won’t be able to enjoy them in full screen mode without the text becoming pixelated). As such, we’ll be taking a look at how to convert and transfer your existing non-epub ebooks/documents onto the free and very likeable iBooks app.
If you love cats, you might want to consider getting yours an iPad of his very own for his birthday (or Christmas). As Rautiocination found out even his cat Iggy is a true Apple fan boy. Now that’s what I call – a cat of the future!
A couple of more videos of pets vs iPad after the gap.
I must’ve spent ages on Transport Tycoon Deluxe back in the day – I still consider it one of the best tycoon games ever made and certainly the best transportation one. Apparently I’m not the only one to feel like that, hence the OpenTTD project that recently went to version 1.0.0 after about 6 years in development. It is a complete cross-platform remake of the original with lots of added features, huge maps, new vehicles, industries, and much more.
Why am I writing all of this here? Well, because the TMA’s prolific pal: ZodTTD, has already released a FREE port of OpenTTD on the iPAD! I know some of you may have grabbed a previous version of OpenTTD for the iPhone but lets face it – the controls simply didn’t work for the small screen and the overall experience was terrible. With the larger screen real estate of the iPad it looks god damn amazing – I wish I had one already! So if you’re a fan of tycoon games and already a lucky owner of an iPad – what are you waiting for?
ZodTTD, OpenTTD for iPad – Free
Screens and description after the gap.
Thanks to anonymity and great spacial distances, the internet generally protects people from physical violence at the hands of totalitarian gestapos. Unfortunately it can’t stop tyranny from laying into people, companies, or other gestapos. Recently, Apple attacked the developer of two legit iPad apps for incorportating the word, ‘Pad’ into the app name. Evidently, if your app has ‘Pad’ in its name, you will suffer the ban hammer or have to change the app’s name. Apple are no strangers to sudden app removals and bans. Unfortunately for JournalPad and JournalPad: Bible Study Edition‘s developer, a lot of money was already funnelled into marketing the apps. Both apps have been trimmed to : journal.APP, and bibleStudy.APP respectively. Take a minute to read this ringer from Jobs Himself.
“Its just common sense to not use another company’s trademarks in your app name.”
This just in – me and millions of other poor sods here in Europe, Russia, and, actually, the whole wide world can now offically all go weep in the corner. Due to “demand far higher than predicted” the international launch date of the dream device – the iPad – has been delayed for one more month. This means the earliest folks will be able to get an iPad anywhere outside of the US officially will not be earlier than late May – with pricing announced and pre-orders available on May 10th. Apple, I understand the 500k iPads sold is a sizebale chunk, but still – what gives?!
TMA’s Editor-in-Chief shigzeo gives his take on the delay and official press release after the break. Now go shed some tears… or, if you’re in the US and already nabbed yourself one, laugh maniacally.
Recently we made a post about the amazing work of a friend of TMA – ZodTTD – in already having tested out his snes4iphone emulator on the iPad. Well, with the iPad already jailbroken, his buddy chpwn has most recently checked out how one of the most anticipated emulators, the N64 one, will run on the iPad.
The official comment from ZodTTD after the gap…