When Apple first released iOS 4.3 to developers, they were let in on a secret feature hidden in the OS, specifically designed for the iPad. Developers now had the capability to enable multitasking gestures, which all but eliminate the need for the home button on the iPad. Apple eventually released iOS 4.3 with the hidden feature still available to developers. The good news is you don't have to be a developer to enable this secret feature, we are going to show you how to enable this feature for yourself, for free!… Read more
There are a number of ways to print from the iPad. The easiest method is to own or purchase an ePrint cloud-connected printer from HP that works with Apple's AirPrint technology to enable wireless printing. If you have an older printer with some miles left on it, however, there's no need to rush out and buy an HP ePrint printer. There's an easy, if limited, way to print documents from an iPad using Google Docs. … Read more
If you are looking to use your iPad as a blogging tool, WordPress is a likely starting point. After all, it's one of--if not the--most popular blog platform in the world. And the app is free. It's very easy to use, but in large part because it's very limited. In this brief tutorial, I will show you how to use WordPress on the iPad.
This week: We bemoan the unending PlayStation Network downtime, see who's winning the tablet vs. laptop fight, and debate business plans for digital magazine subscriptions. Guest @davidcarnoy joins in to win some prizes for the live chat room audience by answering e-book trivia questions.
If you and your significant other have agreed to leave behind your respective laptops to avoid the temptation of keeping up with work while on vacation, there's still the chance that an iPad could find its way into your travel bag. After all, few people can claim the iPad as a productivity machine. The leisurely pursuits it affords--browsing the Web; reading books, newspapers, and magazines; playing games; and viewing and taking photos and videos--make it an excellent travel companion.
But let's say you'd like to update your blog a few times while on vacation, in order to … Read more
In case you missed the news, Time Inc. recently struck a deal with Apple to give the iPad edition of the magazine to print subscribers--no extra charge.
As a longtime subscriber myself, I was delighted. I'd never so much as installed the Time app, because there was no way I was going to pay twice for the same magazine. (Are you listening, other publishers?) My thinking: a print subscription should include a digital subscription, end of story.
While traveling this week, I spent my first quality time with Time Magazine for iPad, bouncing between coverage of the Royal Wedding and the Navy SEALs who ended Bin Laden. And, of course, reading every word penned by Joel Stein.
You know what? This app is fantastic. It does a perfect job recreating the print edition's content while augmenting it with iPad-friendly features (including embedded videos and swipe-able slideshows--though not nearly enough of either). It's easy to navigate and thoughtful in its design.
It also makes certain kinds of content more accessible. For example, many stories in the print edition I just skim through, usually because of their intimidating length. Blame my blogger mentality, but I find page after page of mostly text to be daunting. But in the app, long stories scroll vertically; you're not flipping pages, not faced with what looks like a textbook chapter's worth of material. Thus, I now find myself reading, and enjoying, longer stories.… Read more
A former Apple executive has some harsh words for Intel, claiming the "PC market is in its twilight" and citing Intel's virtual absence in the smartphone market.Jean-Louis Gassée, a former Apple executive and now a general partner for Allegis Capital, wrote in his "Monday Note" blog that the PC market is in its death throes. His comments come after a rumor Web site claimed that Apple will abandon Intel processors in favor of processors based on the power-frugal ARM chip architecture.
"Now that the PC market is in its twilight, with mobile devices proliferating and stealing growth from the PC, surely Intel has to get into the race," Gassée wrote. While not mentioning Intel's power-efficient Atom processor by name, Gassée had harsh words for Intel's lack of competitiveness in the smartphone world--where its Atom chip is intended to compete.
"Let's consider Intel's complete absence from the mobile scene. Not a single smartphone contains an x86 processor," he wrote.… Read more
Update: According to a new report on DigiTimes.com, Asustek (parent company of the Asus brand) has "experienced drop in consolidated revenues, mainly due to dropping Eee PC shipments," and "only shipped about 350,000 Eee PCs in April."
It's hard to believe that before 2007, a low-cost laptop was one that came in under $1,000. But that was before the Netbook revolution kicked off, inspired by the Intel Classmate and the One Laptop Per Child XO, and spearheaded initially by Asus and its original Eee PC (which had a 7-inch display and ran Linux). From that point on, every PC maker was forced (some more reluctantly than others) to embrace this new subgenre, and Netbooks were everywhere.
Until, like all fads, the Netbook burned out. Part of the reason was clearly Apple's iPad, which became the new go-to entry-level computing device for people who either didn't need or want a full PC, or just wanted a reasonably priced travel device for e-mail and Web surfing. The iPad itself has kicked off a gold rush of sorts, with the same companies that pushed countless me-too Netbooks onto store shelves now doing the same with touch-screen slates (perhaps we'll look back on this a year or two from now as the ).
But the real reason Netbooks have fallen by the wayside is that they failed to evolve. After the first couple of generations, Netbooks settled into a comfortable niche of a 10.1-inch display, 1GB to 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and Windows (first XP, then Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium). You could get this basic combo for as little as $299, but some companies would charge more for upgrades such as nicer designs, rugged bodies, 3G antennas, or occasionally a higher-resolution display. But performance-wise, you'd usually be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a $299 Netbook and a $450 one.
The most recent Netbooks have almost all moved to the latest version of Intel's Atom processor, the dual-core N550, but in both our benchmark tests and anecdotal use, it hasn't been a huge step past the older models with the single-core Atom N450, adding to the feeling that today's Netbooks weren't much of an upgrade over the ones from a year or two ago.
In the meantime, larger laptops have made huge leaps, especially with Intel's second-generation Core i-series platform, which has boosted performance and battery life across the board. And 11-inch ultraportables with AMD's Fusion E-350 CPU have created a new market for laptops that provide relatively good performance and battery life, often for less than $500 (these systems arguably evolved from the handful of larger 11-inch Netbooks we'd seen over the years).
To be sure, many PC makers still have a Netbook or two in their lines, and even offer occasional updates and upgrades, but they're not being pushed like they used to. Sony, for example, has dropped Netbooks entirely from its Vaio line. Netbooks have definitely fallen off a cliff, but the question is, just how far? … Read more
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can now access Amazon's new Cloud Player on their mobile gadgets, bypassing the initial lack of support for Apple iDevices. It doesn't work flawlessly, but if you follow the instructions detailed below, you'll be streaming cloud music to your iPhone in no time.
Unveiled late March, Amazon's cloud-based music player lets you play music purchased and downloaded from Amazon or uploaded from your own local music collection, providing a way to retrieve your various music libraries online.
There's a growing, not-so-subtle message coming from the designers and manufacturers of accessories for our favorite gadgets. They're telling us we are one massive, collective, irresponsible spaz.
An obsessive trend toward "indestructible" iPhone cases, FireWire devices, and flash drives is pushing into the consumer market. One or two of these products would indicate that savvy companies are identifying the occasional need to protect a sensitive electronic gadget from extreme wear and tear or the sudden impact that can come with traveling and use in hostile environments. But the drive toward stubborn durability leaves one to wonder what product engineers think we average consumers are out there doing with our expensive toys.
The hand-wringing is never more evident than in the iPad market. A tour of this year's Macworld Expo would leave you convinced iPad owners walk around in constant, abject anxiety of dropping or otherwise smashing the glass faces of their beloved devices.
Armored and water-resistant cases abound, including the Dry Case, the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid, the Swivel Pro, and The HandStand iPad Holder. The latter wraps your iPad up so tight it could paddle a small floating craft or serve as a well-starched Ping-Pong paddle. Does the average user need that sort of protection surfing the Web from their living room? Or are they using their iPads to prop up tables or flip omelettes? … Read more