OLED coming to Tablet and 3rd Gen iPhone and iPod Touch?

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BoyGenius cannot stop hyping up of objects that no one needs ;). Today their ninja’s report that the next iDevice may sport another buzzword: OLED screens. Indeed, not only does the rumour specify OLED for the iPhone but OLED for the yet unborn Netbook or tablet which has been stirring Apple zealots for many years.

According to Smarthouse, “Apple already have working prototype of a new Netbook which will be manufactured in Taiwan with the OLED screen supplied by LG”. This contrasts with earlier reports that Wintek would be manufacturing the screens for Apple. LG are purported to be working on a special OLED touchscreen that does away with fingermarks even after constant use.

Of course, release of a next-generation iPod and iPhone is not news or a rumour in itself. Apple tend to release redesigns fn their iPod and iPhone family once per year with updates to the capacity on a sometimes more frequent schedule. iDevice fans, this year may so far be great for rumours, but it also may out some great new products from Apple.

Premium Apps, iPhone OS 3.0 = Introduction of the Tablet?

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Computerworld blog reckon that the 3.0 sneak peak may have connections with the rumoured premium App Store Apps as well as Apple’s highly anticipated tablet. Why would these premium apps connect with the tablet? Resolution. The tablet is currently rumoured to be a 10-inch touch panel produced by Wintek. Those 10 inches would boast a far higher resolution than the current 480*320 of today’s iPhone and iPod Touch allowing for a break from mere thumb-driven input.

Whether these new premium apps will be games or productivity apps – all is conjecture until actual announcement, however with the new screen real estate, Apple’s device would drive a market for more expensive and higher quality applications. Would Apple skip over the Netbook market entirely for an Apple designed tablet? If they can retain a usable in/out array (complete with firewire) a tablet would be the perfect device for road warriors, pirates, ninjas and barbarians – bring it on Apple.

10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 8 – 14]

This week’s roundup proved to be challenging because there were a lot of interesting looking games that didn’t have a lot of available information about them.  While I haven’t spent too much time with any of these titles yet, I’m leaning towards Super Bunny Breakout as my pick of the week so far.  This reimagining of the brick breaker genre is everything Breakout: Boost wasn’t – creative, inventive and most of all fun.  If you’ve ever wished courtroom games had as much action as courtroom TV dramas, Devil’s Attorney has the cure for that.  This game takes more of an RPG approach to legal antics, and when you throw in Boston Legal style humor there’s bound to be a winning combination.  If you like the quirky angle but aren’t much for the courtroom you should consider Kumo Lumo.  This is actually a fairly relaxing game with cute villains, slick artwork and a “save the planet” vibe that doesn’t grate on you.

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Onepoint Releases Multi-Project Dashboard for Apple’s iPad

Graz, Austria – Onepoint Software, the leading provider of integrated project and portfolio management (PPM) software, has just released “Onepoint 360”, its new multi-project dashboard for the iPad. Across industries Onepoint Project is known as one of the most easy-to-use PPM solutions with a solid feature set ranging from agile and formal project planning over monitoring and controlling to extensive reporting functions. The new iPad app not only allows accessing Onepoint Project from the popular tablet computer, but also stores the dashboard locally, so that all information is also accessible if users are not connected to the Internet.

Onepoint 360 is a multi-project dashboard app that was specifically designed for the iPad user experience. The app was optimized for landscape mode, but works also nicely in portrait mode. Onepoint 360 shows tabular status information, effort and cost plan/actual comparisons, a multi-project schedule and Onepoint’s unique project pipeline in a single info graphic-like view. Each area of the dashboard can be zoomed to full screen size by double-tapping the respective header area. Tapping onto a specific project name shows the most important information of the project in question. In order to be also usable in meeting situations without Internet access, the app synchronizes with Onepoint Project server and stores the information in an offline-accessible, local database.

“It was very important for us to not just replicate the user experience of the Web interface with the new app. Instead, we wanted to provide additional value with the dashboard,” said Gerald Aquila, founder and CEO of Onepoint. “Viewing information in a different, more condensed way than you see it through the Web user interface and making it accessible offline makes the app a perfect companion in project and program status meetings.”

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 4.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Onepoint 360 v1.0 (iPad app) is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category. Every user running the app also needs a user account on Onepoint Project 10.3 Enterprise Server Update 2 or later, or access to the Onepoint Project Enterprise Cloud. Onepoint Project is available both as an OnDemand/SaaS subscription model and for in-house/on premise installation. Interested parties can experience the advantages of integrated agile and formal project management firsthand by requesting a free 30-day trial version via the Onepoint website.

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Onepoint Software is the leading provider of integrated project and portfolio management solutions for innovative small and medium-sized project organizations. Unlike traditional PPM software, Onepoint Project integrates formal, agile and JIRA projects into a single project portfolio and resource utilization database. Onepoint enables project-driven organizations to increase project and portfolio transparency, shorten project lead times, automate best practices and optimize resource utilization. By building on an open source foundation, providing both cloud-based/SaaS and on-premise installations and with its strategic focus on making PM systems easy to deploy, Onepoint redefines ROI for project management solutions. Copyright (C) 2012 Onepoint Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

TAB Rests – Now Available in Fun Colors

San Diego, California – newMacgadgets has just introduced fun colors to their popular selling TAB Rests. TAB Rests are designed for children and adults to improve the overall performance of the iPad, iPad 2 or any other tablet computer.

Now available in pink and blue, TAB Rests are an innovative foam cushioned base with wrist rest support. TAB Rests are ideal when using the iPad, Android tablet, Kindle or Nook for extended periods of time. The soft foam base rests comfortably on the lap to provide a better viewing angle and ease of use. TAB Rests also work well on desktops or other hard surfaces and come with a non-skid bottom.

Tablets can weigh up to 2 lbs and be difficult for children or adults to hold for long periods of time. TAB Rests solve this problem by providing a soft-padded base. TAB Rests are small enough to pack in a carry bag when traveling. Kids will enjoy the comfortable base and fun colors.

Pricing and Availability:
At only $14.95 (USD) each TAB Rests are priced nearly $30 less than other bulky over-designed stands. If you use your iPad, Android tablet or eReader for long periods of time then make sure to get the most out of your device by adding a TAB Rest today.

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newMacgadgets a division of newPCgadgets, designs innovative products and accessories for Apple and PC computers, laptops and mobile devices. With over 20 years of experience they have designed over 150 products for large companies like Apple, IBM and Epson. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 newMacgadgets. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Baby Game: Cutie Frog – New App For Little Kids And Their Busy Parents

Auckland, New Zealand – Free Life Apps Ltd, one of the fast growing companies in app development and marketing proudly announces a new app for kids – Baby Game: Cutie Frog for iPad and iPhone devices. Baby Game: Cutie Frog has charmed and captivated babies of all ages. Through the attractive graphics and funny sounds little users of Baby Game: Cutie Frog and its predecessors Baby Game: Cutie Crab and Baby Game: Cutie Cat are completely mesmerized. This game app develops their listening and motor skills as they interact with the animal’s face on the device. By playing with the eyes and lips the little ones enjoy themselves (expect lots of smiles and laughter) while keeping busy and giving their parents more free time.

Within 3 weeks all three kids games (Cutie Frog, Cutie Cat and Cutie Crab) went to the Top 5 Grossing Apps for Kids in Cyprus, and have been in the Top 10 / Top 50 / Top 100 in many other countries such as Turkey, Slovenia, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

This simple app for kids and their parents comes in English, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. More internationalized versions will be released soon as well as versions of the hit games for Android tablets and smartphones.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 0.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Baby Game: Cutie Frog 1.1 is available for $1.99 USD exclusively from the iTunes App Store worldwide under the categories of Games/Kids and Games/Family by searching for ‘baby game cutie’.

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Free Life Apps Ltd is a boutique app development and marketing company with offices and development teams in several countries all over the world. You can find and contact the company in the US, Russia, India, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. Free Life Apps creates and markets their own apps for mobile phones, smartphones, tablet computers and social network platforms. Their main platforms include iOS – iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices, Android, Windows Phone, as well as Twitter and Facebook. Apart from building and selling in-house apps, the company occasionally consults, builds and markets apps for its clients. The approach is personal and ideas are often revolutionary. Copyright (C) 2012 Free Life Apps Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Aeronautical Charts 1.8.6 for iPad – Airlines Embrace Paperless Cockpit

Sidney, BC, Canada – Corporate Smalltalk Consulting has announced Aeronautical Charts 1.8.6 for iPad, an update to their Navigation app that provides an advanced document viewer that accommodates highly detailed documents at high magnifications. As airlines continue moving toward the paperless cockpit, and iPads are appearing increasingly in pilot flight bags, Aeronautical Charts, with its proprietary LargeViewer technology allowing rapid scrolling and minimal drawing lag times for large charts and massive PDF documents.

While aeronautical charts can be a small, 60 x 20 cm (24 x 8 in), such documents, when converted to high-resolution TIFFs or PDFs, can become more than 64 megapixels in size. Ordinary iPad document viewers slow to a crawl or simply crash and scrolling is extremely difficult. Aeronautical Charts has been specifically designed to provide effortless, real-time scrolling both horizontally and vertically, and quick zooms in and out. The app features TIFF, PDF, and Dropbox download compatibility, quick-view thumbnails, multi-tasking support, and either iOS and/or OS X based pre-rendering.

As reported in the 7/4/11 edition of the New York Times, “Because Apple’s tablet computer weighs less and is more compact than a laptop and its touch screen easier to manipulate, its introduction in 2010 made the move away from paper in the cockpit easier. Switching to the iPad is also expected to reduce health care costs and absenteeism from shoulder and back injuries associated with hoisting heavy flight bags, said David Clark, pilot and manager of the connected aircraft program at American Airlines.”

Most aeronautical charts are currently available through third party subscription services in PDF or TIFF format. Employing accelerated PDF viewing logic, combined with CSC’s newest TIFF decoder, facilitates the pre-rendering of files into LargeViewer format. All pre-rendering need be done only once; thereafter, converted files may be opened and viewed easily. While pre-rendering can be done within the app, CSC recommends their free, Mac OS X LargeViewer Helper for batch pre-rendering. Pre-rendering is done at 2x, but users can render finely detailed charts at 5x, enabling instant zooming in at 40x magnification.

Feature Highlights:
* Innovative document viewer accommodates highly detailed aeronautical charts
* LargeViewer allows display of image documents up to wall size posters
* Reads over 50 different image file formats, and many MS office formats
* Displays and paginates large PDF files, up to thousands of pages
* Support for TIFF/FAX files with variable page sizes
* Dropbox file download compatibility
* Acts like a USB memory stick
* Responsive H/V scrolling and zooming through large documents
* Sophisticated Cache Manager allows user control of cached Dropbox files
* Supports multi-tasking, allowing pre-processing to be done in the background
* Improved logic for dealing with multi-page PDF manuals.

A major convenience feature of Aeronautical Charts is its Dropbox compatibility. The app has read-only Dropbox capability; it will never change or delete a Dropbox stored file. The app allows the downloading of any file, and then gives the user the option to open it using Preview, Aeronautical Charts, or any other app. Similarly, the app need not be running to open a file created in another app. In addition, the app provides a sophisticated Cache Manager. This gives users complete control over files that have been stored in cache memory, allowing mirroring and later use of the Dropbox folder, even when there is no Internet connectivity.

“Now pilots have a convenient, hand-held device for viewing aeronautical charts while in the cockpit,” stated company President John McIntosh. “Aeronautical Charts gives pilots and navigators individual touch screens on which charts can easily be viewed, scrolled, or scaled using simple gestures.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 13.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Aeronautical Charts 1.8.6 is $9.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Navigation category. Review copies are available upon request.

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Corporate Smalltalk Consulting, Ltd in British Columbia, Canada, is a company known for its Smalltalk expertise, but is now also becoming expert in the field of building large, complex, iOS-based applications. Copyright (C) 2009-2011. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

TouchAbility Announce iPhone Compatible Touchscreen Gloves

Dorking, United Kingdom – TouchAbility, one of the UK’s leading retailers of touchscreen gloves, has launched a new range of capacitive touchscreen compatible gloves, which feature special conductive fibres in all 10 fingers.

Touchscreen gadgets have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks in part to the intuitive user interface and ease of use that characterise devices like the iPhone, iPod and iPad. However, as many people are now discovering, the capacitive touch screens found on many popular mobile phones, MP3 players and GPS devices do not work when the user is wearing gloves. This is due to the way in which these devices use an electrical charge to measure the point of contact on the screen. Touching the display with a finger causes a disturbance in the electrostatic field, and this change is measured by sensors behind or around the screen which can then identify the touch location. However, most gloves are made of a material that acts as an electrical insulator, and therefore inhibits this effect.

TouchAbility gloves are now here to solve this modern day problem. They feature genuine silver thread incorporated into all 10 fingers. As silver is the best electrical conductor of all known metals, this allows the electrical impulses from the wearers fingers to be passed through the gloves, and onto the touch screen. Thanks to the unique way the gloves are manufactured, this thread is barely visible, unlike many other types of touchscreen glove that have distinct pads of conductive material or contrasting coloured sections on the tips of one or two fingers. Therefore, TouchAbility gloves look much more like a regular pair of gloves, and you can use any finger you like to interact with a touchscreen device. This means that you are able to use the full range of gestures recognised by many of the latest smartphones and tablet computers, including multi-touch gestures that require two, three or even four fingers to perform, without taking your gloves off!

TouchAbility gloves are made of a soft and stretchy material for superior comfort and warmth, and work with all capacitive touchscreen devices. They are available exclusively at the TouchAbility online store for 12.99, and come in 2 colours – grey and charcoal, and 2 sizes – medium and large.

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Located in the UK, TouchAbility supply a wide range of touchscreen compatible gloves, as well as other gadgets and accessories. Copyright (C) 2011 TouchAbility All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Is the iPad changing perspectives on media use in the classroom?

Temiskaming Shores, Canada – When Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty suggested last September that the time had come for electorate to engage in meaningful debate on the issue of handheld media devices in the province’s classrooms, the backlash was swift. The public wanted nothing of it. Those darn things will be nothing but a distraction to the already over-stimulated and disengaged youth of today, the detractors said. Next issue, please.

But with the sudden emergence and breakaway success of tablet computers, namely Apple’s iPad, some educational experts believe it may be time for the public to reconsider McGuinty’s comments.

It’s what happens when phones become computers and computers become more mobile. The lines blur.

Tablets aren’t phones, but they certainly can be used as communications devices for instant messaging, which is one of the most disconcerting points in terms of educational application for most Ontarians.

“Here is a device that has tremendously useful properties as an educational tool,” says Dave Brown, an Ontario teacher who also heads Interactive Elementary, a company that builds educational applications for the iPad. “It can be your textbook, word processor, calendar, whatever. Really it can be a zillion things, but no one will be focusing on all of the potential ways in which students can use tablets until we address the misguided perception that these devices are nothing more than toys.”

Brown believes his company’s first release, Middle School Math, is helping change the way educators and parents think about the application of mobile technology in the classroom. Emphasizing game-playing and skill development, the app debuted on Apple’s’ App Store in June with activities based on basic algebra, data management, and coordinate geometry. The app is being utilized by students in twenty countries, and yesterday the company released its second major update in two months.

“Give a tablet to your two-year old and have her do a puzzle. You might experience a paradigm shift.”

With several schools south of the border experimenting with tablet computers and other hand-held media devices, the debate as to whether mobile devices have a place in the Ontario classroom is certain to find its way back on the radar before long.

In fact, the tablet may be the example McGuinty wished he had a year ago when an overwhelming majority of his electorate found his suggestions ludicrous.

“Over time, student use of mobile devices will gain acceptance in Canada,” argues Brown. “But the bigger question is who is responsible for purchasing the hardware and, by extension, who is given the reigns for controlling the software. That’s really the issue school boards will be wrestling with over the next decade.”

This is no small point. If the freedom for students to bring their own mobile devices to school is not the most pressing issue in terms of how school boards manage technology today, it is certainly the most contentious.

Brown sees both sides of debate, but points out the need for cash-strapped schools to look at utilizing the tools that their students already possess.

“I think the vast majority of the public, and for that matter the vast majority of the educational establishment, would be very resistant to giving children the freedom to bring their own devices into the schoolroom. Long term, though, I think society has been headed in this direction for a while, and I see it as an inevitable conclusion.”

“It sounds cliche, but we can’t keep doing things the way were doing them thirty years ago. The world is a rapidly changing place and we need to examine ways in which our institutions can respond to these changes without putting on our collective earmuffs. I’m not preaching an overhaul. I’m suggesting adaptations.”

Societal trends aside, the concerns of detractors are abundant.

For many of the province’s teachers, the fundamental issue is how the software is controlled. On board-owned laptops and desktop computers, students have very few opportunities to use technology inappropriately as they are not given the power to install programs. Administrators have this power, and instant messaging programs usually don’t make the cut. So when students start bringing mobile devices into school from home, the fear is that control is lost. Hence the policy of the majority of the province’s schools: Leave your personal devices at home.

David Ashby, a Dallas-based educational technologist and a proponent of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, urges detractors to consider their concerns within a historical context.

“When students only used paper and pencil how did you know if they were using it to pass notes or to take notes? It should be no different than before the students used the devices. The main question is this, is the student on task? “

According to Ashby, fairness is another big sticking point for those hesitant to embrace a BYOB culture. If schools aren’t supplying the hardware, some fear a two-tiered system is created where some have tools others simply can’t afford.

“BYOD is not about everyone doing the same thing in the same way. It allows for individuals to use the tools and techniques that are at their disposal, but if you do need everyone to have a device, it is much easier for the campus to provide 5-10 devices for students who do not have their own, rather than the district or campus to have to supply all 25-30.”

When asked how a teacher should respond when a student’s device chimes from a notification or even rings, Ashby is straightforward.

“Has your phone ever gone off in a professional development meeting? We as adults are just a guilty. Do what you can to communicate the expectation of silencing all devices. However, be patient and forgiving. You’ve probably forgotten a time or two also.”

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 19.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Middle School Math 2.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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Launched in 2010, Interactive Elementary develops educational applications for the Apple iPad. Its products fulfill the need for engaging, cutting-edge software in today’s iPad-equipped classrooms and homes. The creative team behind Interactive Elementary strives to build applications that enhance the learning experiences of children around the world, empowering them by providing hands-on, technology-driven resources. Copyright (C) 2011 Interactive Elementary. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

New Geography Puzzle App Aims to Teach Kids and Adults the Whole World

Mesquite, Texas – Free Range Eggheads, a developer of educational iOS apps for children, today is excited to announce the release of their newest app, Puzzleography. Available for the iPad, Puzzleography is the first puzzle style geography game that includes the entire world and multiple levels of play.

Puzzleography includes nine maps: the continents of the world, the USA, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, North America, and a “hidden” bonus map accessible from the main screen. Players will leave the game knowing the location, shape, English pronunciation, relative size, and spelling of every continent and country in the world and every state in the USA.

The entire game is pirate themed. The maps stand on a picture of the ocean at dusk. A whimsical pirate holds the treasure map to each of the levels, and players must tap his treasure chest to receive another piece. A mini fireworks game inside a cave filled with lost pirate treasure, which allows players to explode a firework at a single touch, is the reward upon successful completion of a map.

Pieces are dispensed in a random order, for new game play every time.

The most distinguishing feature, however, is the levels. Puzzleography includes three levels to keep players entertained from ages 1 to 101.

In Level 1, young children who have mastered gross motor skills can simply touch any state, country, or continent to hear it spoken and see it spelled. Touch and drag off the state to leave it highlighted and the name displayed for spelling or reading practice.

In Level 2, older children can touch and drag the shape of every country to its proper place, while hearing the name and seeing it spelled. Thanks to organic game play, if they can’t find a particular country, they can simply leave the piece anywhere on the board to come back to later while they grab another piece.

In Level 3, older children and adults will find the greatest challenge by eliminating shaped puzzle pieces. Players can drag the actual name of each country, state, or continent over its piece on the map.

Players also don’t have to feel locked in to a single level. If Level 3 is too challenging, or Level 2 too easy, they can seamlessly shift between levels without losing their current puzzle or current on board pieces. Levels will be remembered from one map to the next.

“I’m really excited about the release of this new app,” says founder and developer Amber Butler. “It could change the face of geography education in schools and at home. The most thrilling part to me is that children can, from a very early age, start to absorb the concept that there is more to the world than simply where they live. Through the multi-sensory learning in this app, my three-year old daughter knows that Texas is where she lives, but it’s only a small part of the US, and the US is where she lives, but it’s only a small part of the whole world, and Earth is where she lives, but it’s only a small part of the solar system. That understanding alone, as rudimentary as it is, is well worth the cost.”

Puzzleography offers endless fun and education for children of all ages. No two games are ever the same. While comparative Montessori based wooden maps retail for over $200, Puzzleography is available for instant download offers the portability, ease, and interactivity of the world’s most popular tablet computer.

Puzzleography is localized to US English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish languages.

Device Requirements
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 17.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Puzzleography 1.0 is available for $2.99 (USD) in the US and is priced accordingly worldwide. Puzzleography is available in the App Store in the Education category.

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Free Range Eggheads was founded in 2011 with the mission of creating beautiful, open ended educational apps for children of all ages. We believe children are capable of learning as they explore the world around them, and aim to create apps that adapt to the child, feel organic, and offer educational benefit to the whole child. Copyright (C) 2011 Free Range Eggheads. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.