Today, Google released an update to their iOS app for Google+. While this app was recently exclusive to the iPhone and iPod Touch, an update has been released which turns the app into a universal app which makes it compatible with the iPad as well. The app is very well designed and features a cool, tiled interface. It almost reminds me of the Windows ‘Metro’ interface. Each tile represents a different piece of content whether it’s a status update, photo or video. The app is also pretty quick and runs great on my new iPad.
Other updates to the Google+ iOS app include Google+ events support, the ability to attach ‘Instant Upload’ photos to posts and the ability to start and join Hangouts. These features have been added to both the native iPad app and the standard iPhone and iPod Touch application.
All in all, the Google+ iPad app far exceeded my expectations and the added features are a welcome addition to the iPhone app as well. Don’t delay updating the app if you still use Google+.
Samsung may be working on a Windows 8 RT tablet, which will be unveiled following the launch of Windows 8 later this year. Samsung is already the largest Android tablet maker, and has hedged its bets with several platforms in the smartphone space.
It seems to be looking to do the same in tablets; hence the investment in a Windows RT tablet.
Windows RT tablets are expected to compete with the Apple iPad and other Android tablets and would be much cheaper than devices running Windows Pro. They would be powered by ARM processors, and would be much more power efficient than standard x86 tablets. Samsung’s Windows RT tablet will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Microsoft recently unveiled the Surface, with two variants running Windows RT and Windows Pro. By raising the benchmark for its tablets, Microsoft may have made a wise move that would force its hardware partners to compete with each other to create better tablets that could possibly challenge the mighty Apple iPad.
The tablet space is heating up with Google launching the Nexus 7 Android tablet recently and Apple reportedly working on a cheaper iPad Mini.
If I had to bet on any single manufacturer to take on the iPad, it would be Samsung. Stay tuned; we’ll keep you updated with Samsung’s every move.
The recently launched Google Nexus 7 has received rave reviews and is possibly the best budget Android tablet to date. It is priced at just $200, and competes directly with the Amazon Kindle Fire, which held the crown of the best budget Android tablet until a few weeks ago.
However, Amazon is currently working on the successor to the Kindle Fire, which will supposedly be able to compete with the Nexus 7 in a much better way.
Here are some interesting rumors about the Amazon Kindle Fire 2:
1. It will be thinner, lighter and faster than the original (No shit, Sherlock.)
2. It will sport a camera, and will come with a much better high resolution display, possibly 1280 x 800 pixels, same as the Nexus 7. That should give it a much higher pixel density and improve the display quality immensely.
The more interesting part about Amazon’s tablet is its digital ecosystem, which Amazon has been working hard to expand.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire 2 will compete not only with the Google Nexus 7, but also the rumored Apple iPad Mini (if it does launch), as it will be priced in the $300 range.
If you own an iOS running device, consider this to be your lucky day. Thanks to Independence Day, all iOS developers have put their games and application on sales. This includes all the gaming titles from EA, and other popular games like Real Racing 2 etc.
Here is a list of quite a few popular games for iPad that are up for sale. Their iPhone versions of the games also up for sale, so head over to the App Store to download them.
There are tons of other games that are also up for sale. Use an application like AppZapper HD to track deals on these apps. Apart from the iOS AppStore, quite a few applications have gone for sale on the Mac App Store or are even available for free. Two lesser known RSS apps – Monotomy & Moka – are now available as a free download, while Fantastical, an outstanding calendar app for the Mac, is available for only $9.99 compared to its usual price of $19.99.
For Mac gamers out there, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare is also up for grabs for only $19.99 instead of its usual price of $39.99.
Today, The Guangdong High People’s Court has declared an end to the legal dispute between Apple and Proview after making the news of the settlement public, the Associated Press reported. The court had announced that Apple has reached an agreement with Proview to pay $60 million for the Chinese rights to the iPad trademark. The figure being paid is much higher than the $55,000 Apple claimed to have paid for the trademark in 2009.
In late 2010, Proview began publicly objecting to Apple’s use of the iPad name, with the situation escalating to a point where Proview demanded bans on the iPad in the country and asked for up to $2 billion in compensation. Earlier this year, Apple reportedly was willing to offer $16 million to settle the case. However, Proview was apparently holding out for a $400 million settlement that could save the company as it seeks to recover from bankruptcy.
$60 million may sound like a lot, and it is, but Apple should have no problem paying up due to there $100 billion+ in cash. In fact, Apple’s making $1,600 every second. See that, Appel just made another $1,600. Boom! Just like that.
Belkin India has launched YourType Bluetooth keyboard, a sleek and stylish keyboard available for Android tablets and Apple iPads.
The keyboard is designed with comfortable well-spaced keys and facilitates a convenient typing experience. A spring mechanism underneath each key ensures a tactile response with every stroke, ensuring faster and error free typing. Belkin claims that the keyboard allows 6o hours of active usage and comes with a 2,000 hour standby battery life. The device comes with an integrated stand to place the tablet at your preferred viewing angle. It also offers function-specific keys for copying and pasting text, volume and music control. Belkin’s YourType™ Bluetooth keyboard is priced at Rs. 3699 and comes with one year limited warranty.
“It gives us immense joy to innovate products that are inspired by the needs of our consumers. Belkin strongly believes in creating technology solutions that add great value without altering the technology lifestyle of its users.”
– Mohit Anand, Managing Director, Belkin India Sub-Continent
Belkin has taken rapid strides establishing itself as a leading tech and digital lifestyle brand since 2009, and has become one of the fastest-growing tech brands in the Indian subcontinent.
Intrestingly, several companies have released Bluetooth keyboards in the recent past (I wrote about Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 couple of months ago). While a lot of users have given up on desktops and laptops for tablets, typing long documents on a touchscreen isn’t very convenient as yet. A lot of my blogger friends use tablets mainly as a consumption device but use keyboards or alternate devices to research and author articles. Taking a cue, Microsoft’s upcoming tablet device – Surface – includes a physical keyboard as part of the cover panel.
Last week, Apple aired the first ever commercial for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Today, Apple has posted a new television ad for the new iPad called “Do It All”. The ad’s main focus is the Retina display, with a number of different apps being demoed. It is fantastic ad and nicely done.
Send a note. Stay informed.
Catch a show. Make your point.
Make a memory. Make a masterpiece.
Read something. Watch something. And learn something.
Do it all more beautifully, with the Retina display, on iPad.
This is the second ad Apple has released for the new iPad. In March, Apple aired the first ad for the new iPad, which was titled “This Good”. It also focused on the Retina display.
On iOS, there are many third party browser options available via Apple’s App Store such as Atomic, Dolphin, Opera Mini, etc. However, one name that was surprisingly missing was Mozilla. So far the company has only offered an iPhone app that allows users to sync tabs from a PC or Mac to your device.
Last week, Mozilla Product Design Strategy announced that the team is working on a few projects including something called Junior. Junior is a Webkit browser for the iPad with no tabs or search. This browser is operated via simple gestures and a simplified UI, which changes the way we use the web.
Browsing the web is pretty simple. You press one of the three buttons – forward, back, and a plus that displays a list of recent sites, bookmarks, and a search bar. Everything else on the page is the web.
In addition, the team is also working on adding two new features called Search Tabs and Presence. Search Tabs is a feature that will display search results from multiple sites. Presence allows users to communicate with friends and family on the web.
[via The Verge]
With the announcement of new Macs, Apple has introduced their back to school promotion for the 2012 school year. This year, eligible customers receive a $100 iTunes gift card with the purchase of a new Mac, and $50 with a new iPad.
Customers are required to purchase a Mac or iPad for college between June 11th and September 21st in order to qualify for the Back to School gift card offer. The gift card can be used on apps, books, music, and movies. Also, students and faculty can purchase their Mac with Apple Education Pricing to save money on the hardware.
In order to qualify for the offer, customers must be a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member from any grade level.
Customers can buy a qualifying Mac or iPad from the Apple Online Store for Education, the Apple Retail Store, or an Apple Authorized Campus Store. With their purchase, they will receive a back to school gift card. The gift card can be used in the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBookstore, or iTunes.
With WWDC 2012 just a week away, rumors are in full swing. 9to5Mac reports that one of the major new features coming in iOS 6 is the addition of Siri to the iPad. Currently, Siri only supports the iPhone 4S, with the new iPad having support for the dictation aspect of Apple and Nuance’s voice recognition partnership. However, the iPad does not fully support Siri’s capabilities.
Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone 4S. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen.
The report also suggests that Siri for iPad may be exclusive to the new third-generation models, which should come as no surprise. It is also unclear whether Apple will reveal the feature at next week’s WWDC 2012 keynote or if the company will decide to reveal the feature later this year.