Cargo-Bot, first iOS game developed entirely on iPad

On the surface, Two Lives Left’s Cargo-Bot looks like any other ordinary puzzle game, but beneath it all, it was created entirely on the iPad – making it the first iOS game programmed solely on an iOS device. Released earlier today, Cargo-Bot was made with Codea [$9.99], a touch-based programming app for the iPad.

Presenting Cargo-Bot. The first game programmed entirely on iPad using Codea™. Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. Sounds simple, right?

It features 36 fiendishly clever puzzles, haunting music and stunning retina graphics. You can even record your solutions and share them on YouTube to show your friends.

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Report: iPad Mini coming in Q3 2012, will cost $249-$299 with 6 million units at launch

A new rumour has emerged today from China (surprise!) that claims Apple will be releasing an “iPad Mini” in the 3rd quarter of 2012 to compete against a host of soon-to-released Windows tablets. According to Kotaku:

Chinese net portal, NetEase, has a story on a rumored new mini Apple tablet. NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.

While this report does make mention of the iPad Mini’s possible cost ($249-$299) and initial units for launch (6 million), it doesn’t speculate on the size of the smaller iPad. Plenty of rumours in the past have pointed to a 7.85″ iPad, which would be slightly larger than the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (both 7″). If true, a nearly 8″ iPad at under $300 would be a heck of a bargain.


Windows 8 on your iPad now possible thanks to Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed app

A little over a month ago, we saw a video comparing iOS on the iPad and the upcoming Windows 8 running on a tablet. Well, now you too can experience first hand Windows 8 Metro with touch gestures on your iPad, thanks to the release of Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed app. Following in the footsteps of their highly popular remote access app Splashtop Remote Desktop, Win8 Metro Testbed gives you full Metro UI gestures, including swipe from right for the Charms menu, pull down from the top to close apps, swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side and more. The one big caveat here is that you must be running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your PC (or Bootcamp on a Mac), with the free Splashtop Streamer client installed. This is certainly a great tool for developers planning on building mobile apps on the Windows 8 platform, without the need to spend hundreds of dollars more on new hardware. The app is currently on sale for $24.99 (50% off) and now available on the App Store. Check out the demo video and more info after the break.

Win8 Metro Testbed - powered by Splashtop Splashtop, Win8 Metro Testbed – $24.99

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Scanner Pro 4 released, iPad support added

Scanner Pro, one of the most popular portable document scanner and business apps for the iPhone, is now compatible with the iPad (2nd and 3rd gen) thanks to the 4.0 update today. Redesigned from the ground up, users can finally take snap shots of their receipts, documents and notes and turn them into PDFs on their iPads. Scans can also be uploaded to Dropbox, Evernote (add tags and choose notebooks) and GoogleDocs for added convenience. Also new are the revamped processing engine (image processing is even faster now), folder management and ability to search by name and date. The Scanner Pro 4 update is now available and free for those who’ve already purchased the app, or $6.99 for new users.

Scanner Pro: scan multipage documents, upload to Dropbox and Evernote Readdle, Scanner Pro – $6.99

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Stream video to your iPhone and iPad easily with AirAV and MediaShare (both currently free)

Some of you probably have your favorite method of streaming movies, tv shows and other videos from your desktop to your iPhone and iPad on the home network. But for those of you who don’t, here are a set of apps (AirAV for iOS and MediaShare for Mac, both of which are currently free) that make the entire process extremely easy to set up – so simple in fact that no configuration of any sort is required on the users’ end.

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iPad (Retina) App Updates Roundup: PDF Expert, Facebook, Nook, Air Display and Upad

Over the past 24 hours, several notable iPad apps were updated to include support for the new iPad’s retina display. PDF Expert, my favorite PDF reader/annotator on the iPad, also received a great new feature – Document Thumbnails. Now all files are shown as thumbnails and moving PDFs around (i.e into folders) can be done via simple drag ‘n drops. Another anticipated update came from Air Display, where turning on the “HiDPI mode” on your Mac OS Lion will essentially turn that new iPad into a gorgeous 2048 x 1536 secondary display for your iMac/Macbook. Check out the complete “what’s new” for these updated apps after the break.

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New iPad not as “hot” as other tablets

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about buying the new iPad due to concerns that it runs hotter than its predecessors (Consumer Reports recorded a temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit after playing Infinity Blade II for 45 minutes), this new test performed by Wired could possibly ease your mind a little. Comparing Apple’s latest with 5 other tablets, including the Asus Prime Transformer and Kindle Fire, each tablet was used to play Dead Space (Infinity Blade is an iOS exclusive) for 30 minutes. Here’s what Wired found:

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Apple Movie Trailers app now supports new iPad’s retina display

The boys are back for one last slice...

iTunes Movie Trailers, the app version of Apple’s popular movie trailer website of the same name, has been updated to support the new iPad’s 2048-by-1536 resolution display.

iTunes Move Trailers 1.1 is now designed for the spectacular Retina display on the all new iPad.

Aside from the high-res updates to the movie posters and other assets, the trailers themselves have also been improved. As long as you’re streaming them at “High Definition” (Settings –>Trailers –> Trailer Playback Quality), the trailers look awesome on the new iPad. If you’re watching them on LTE connections though, you may want to be careful and think about bumping down the quality settings a touch. Otherwise, your monthly data quota will be consumed before you can say “damn you movie trailers!”

iTunes Movie Trailers Apple, iTunes Movie Trailers, – Free

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New iPad runs 10 degrees fahrenheit hotter than iPad 2, Apple responds

Most owners of the the new iPad have likely noticed that the back of the device gets noticeably warmer after about 20-30 minutes of use. Well, Dutch site have taken the liberty to find out just how much hotter the new iPad runs compared with its predecessor. After running GLBenchmark for 5 minutes, the site took thermal images with an infrared camera on both tablets and measured their hottest zones. On the new iPad, the rear right (lower) area reached 33.6 degrees Celcius (92.5 Fahrenheit) while the iPad was recorded at 28.3 C (82.9 F).

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Apple sells 3 million new iPads in 3 days

The first weekend sales figures for the new iPad have been announced and they’re impressive – 3 million units sold. By comparison, the first iPad sold 450,000 units after 5 days and didn’t reach the 1 million mark until its 30th day. As for the iPad 2, while Apple didn’t release initial launch figures, it’s believed that over 1 million were sold in its first 3 days.

“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”

The new iPad was launched on March 16th in 10 countries, and will be available in 24 more on March 23rd, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain. You can check out the full press release after the break.

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