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 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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New iPad available in Apple Stores at 8:00am on Friday

According to 9to5mac, Apple Stores will open earlier – at 8:00am – on Friday, March 16 to begin selling the new iPads. This comes from a “friend in retail” who provided the site with a snapshot of an upcoming Store front signage with the 8am launch time (presumably that would be 8am in your own time zone). This will be quite the change from last year, when the iPad 2 officially went on sale in stores at 5pm. With online pre-orders now pushed back to the 2-3 week time frame, those who wish to get their hands on the newest iPad come March 16th will undoubtedly have to line up in stores nice and early. Also of note: it is not currently known if the new iPads will also be available at 8am in Apple Stores in Canada and other initial launch countries.

 

Khan Academy official app now available for iPad. Watch over 2,700 educational videos for free

Khan Academy, the non-profit education organization that features thousands of educational videos, has released the official Khan Academy app for the iPad.

We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.

Spend an afternoon brushing up on Statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of Computer Science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.

The iPad app features Khan Academy’s complete library of over 2,700 videos (downloadable for offline use), as well as subtitles and progress tracking. It’s now available on the App Store and is free to download. You can check out a sample video of one of the lessons after the break.

Khan Academy - Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. Khan Academy, Khan Academy  - Free

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Windows 8 tablet vs iOS on iPad [Video]

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on Wednesday morning, and within a day, it had more than a million downloads. The upcoming OS is a complete departure from the Windows as we all know, with a Metro-style interface that relies heavily on touch and gestures. So how does Windows 8 running on a tablet stack up to iOS on an iPad? Quite well it seems. The Verge have posted a great video (above) showing the two OSes side-by-side, including a rundown of the features we can expect from Windows 8.

[via TUAW]

Infovole releases Easy Writer for iPad

Germany-based developers Infovole have released Easy Writer for the iPad, a stripped down text editor based off their more robust Schreibkraft and Textkraft apps. Designed to let you type out documents more easily, Easy Writer features 10 cursor keys for fast navigation and even lets you access your files in the cloud via Dropbox/iCloud.

To set the main focus on the writing process, we have slimmed down our extensive Textkraft-Interface to give you a distraction free writing experience. The minimalist user interface includes the standard keyboard and one row of special text-selection-, navigation- and “missing-character”-buttons.

The spell-check feature highlights unknown words and with the jump-back button you can find the point of interest within a second.

As for those of you who prefer typing with the split keyboard, Easy Writer’s navigation bar remains intact, ensuring that you won’t have to venture too far away from your keyboard to perform functions like cursor movement, redo/undo, upper/lowercase, diacritical marks and more. Easy Writer is now available on the App Store and currently on sale for $0.99.

1a Easy Writer Infovole, 1a Easy Writer, – $0.99

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Schreibkraft, a multilingual text processor for your iPad

Infovole has just released what appears to be the ultimate tool for users who write in multiple languages. Schreibkraft, a sister app to the recent App Store offering Textkraft, is highly unique in that it allows you to write, correct and research in 10 languages simultaneously (Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Português (BR + PT), Русский, Svenska and English (AUS, CAN, GB + US)). A center panel provides buttons and function keys that make it easy to access diacritical marks and navigate around your document. You can also quickly look up search terms on wikipedia, and even save your docs to Dropbox! While I’ve yet to load Schreibkraft onto my iPad, I have been toying around with the very similar Textkraft app (supports only 1 language, but does have built-in thesaurus) and I’m definitely liking it so far.

Schreibkraft is currently on sale now for the introductory price of $2.99. We’ll be reviewing Textkraft in the coming days, but in the meantime take a look at the teaser video and full app description for Schreibkraft after the gap.

Schreibkraft - text editor. Write, correct, research and share your ideas, multilingual, all-in-one App. Infovole, Schreibkraft, – $2.99

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How to Use Dropbox to store all your ebooks in the cloud

Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your ebook collection and transferring books to your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad even if you’re far away from home, without access to your home computer.

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New and Improved: Google Search for iPad

 The Google Search app has been updated and it’s now better than ever on the iPad. The new features make searching for what you want much more interactive and easier as well. Google Instant starts displaying results as you’re typing the search term; a slide-in pane lets you slide back and forth between browse pages and results; visual search history can be accessed by swiping right to reveal snapshots of pages you’ve visited (organized by search terms), and more. Here’s the full list of “What’s New” for the iPad:

✓ See search results and websites side-by-side to quickly browse pages and results
✓ Swipe through the image carousel to see image results in full-size
✓ Compare search results as webpage snapshots in Instant Previews mode
✓ Use Google Instant and search suggestions to get to search results faster
✓ Revisit past searches with Visual Search History
✓ Highlight what you want to see on a webpage with the new Find button
✓ Easily share pages and +1 sites
✓ Quick access to other Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and more

After even the first few minutes of using Google Search on the iPad, the slide-in pane feature alone made it difficult for me to go back to Safari. The downside is that since it wasn’t designed to be a full fledged browser, the app doesn’t support tabbed browsing. Still, for day-to-day googlin’ on the iPad, the host of new features definitely makes this a keeper. Check out the video demo after this space.

Google Search Google, Google Search, – Free

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