To celebrate memorial day, the ZAGG online electronics store is holding a huge sale on Apple accessories. This includes iPad and iPad mini keyboards at 20% off, and 50% off of cases, audio products and battery chargers. The site-wide sale will last for two days starting this Memorial day, Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th.
The sale also includes the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD screen protector, which is available for the iPad 3/4, the iPad mini, and several of the more recent iPhone generations. The invisbleSHIELD is a high grade screen protector, made from a very durable military film originally produced with the intention of protecting helicopter blades from high-speed damage. If you are rough with your Apple devices or just want that extra security, the popular ZAGG fim can be purchased at 50% off during the sale.
It looks like Funny or Die's experiment to see if they "could create a product people would be willing to pay for," has failed. The comedy website has decided to start offering its digital magazine to iPad users for free. The Occasional was originally launched in 2012 for $2 an issue, but now all six back issues, and all future issues, will be available to iOS users for zero dollars a month.
The iPad app lampoons traditional and gossip magazine formats, and includes famous contributors such as Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman. The Occasional also delivers an interactive experience with games, videos and audio clips. Past articles have included a sex advice column purportedly written by "Rick Santorum", and a fake gossip section.
Shazam can be a helpful tool when you need to identify a song quickly with just a snippet of audio. The app continues to expand, now making it possible to identify and tag advertisements and television shows in addition to just music. Brand new features have just been added to Shazam in the latest update, but for now they are exclusive to the iPad.
So what can iPad users expect when they install Shazam 6.0.0? For one, the app will run in the background and automatically tag any audio within earshot of your iPad. This feature makes it possible to use other apps while Shazam quietly listens the entire time. A redesigned home screen shows real-time data including a map of what music is being tagged around the globe.
Google had plenty to say about its Maps app at this year's Google I/O keynote presentation. Ever since Apple launched its own mapping application millions of iOS 6 users have downloaded Google's stand-alone Google Maps app, released in December. iPad owners were left out of the fun, but the company now says an iPad version is in the works and will arrive this summer.
iPad compatibility alone won't be the only improvement coming to Google Maps for iOS. Google touted a new "Experience" feature that will display indoor maps for many places on an interface designed for tablet displays. The Maps update will also include new location and restaurant ratings from Zagat along with Google Offers integration.
A Dutch website has published a set of specifications that they are claiming to be for the upcoming iPad Mini 2. Although there will be no Apple devices released until the third quarter of this year, the iPad Mini will be turning a year old, which according to the pattern of Apple's releases, means there's a good chance we'll be seeing the next-generation iPad Mini at that point.
Although no official announcements have been made, Tim Cook's had a hard time keeping the specs of upcoming Apple devices behind the curtain for a long time now. Bearing much resemblance to previous claimed leaks by rumor-obsessed iPad bloggers, many wait with bated breath to see what Apple has in store for the baby tablet.
Square, a San Francisco based start-up focused on creating new methods of mobile monetary exchange, unveiled their new product this Tuesday. It's called the Square Stand, and the device is a piece of hardware that an iPad can be seated in to replace a traditional cash register. The product was first demonstrated at a press conference with Square co-founder Jack Dorsey at a Blue Bottle Coffee, a San Francisco coffee shop located near the Square headquarters.
Businesses have been using tablets like the iPad for the last few years to monitor inventory and perform other tasks. Square has been a part of that for some time, allowing merchants to connect to them via their tablet through an additional card swiper. Now the Square Stand is doing away with that entirely with the Stand's included credit card reader.
Rovio Entertainment entertainment has added 15 new levels to its Angry Birds spin-off Bad Piggies. Version 1.3.0 also brings some new features, toys, plus the ability to record your best tricks and share them through your favorite social networks.
Bad Piggies was launched for the iPad and iPhone on September 27, 2012. The game allows users to play as the Angry Birds' nemesis the Bad Piggies. Players must help the Bad Pigs on their quest for food by building them "flying machines" with random objects. The game features more than 120 levels, 8 sandbox levels, and 35 objects to create the ultimate Bad Piggies machine.
Blockbuster has had a rocky relationship with online streaming, but that hasn't stopped the rental company from bringing its On Demand service to iOS devices. Blockbuster on Demand was originally launched for Android, Roku and Samsung Smart TVs, but it didn't manage to make much of a splash. DISH Digital L.L.C. hopes the new iOS app will give its Blockbuster streaming service the push that it needs to keep the company alive.
Blockbuster on Demand allows users to stream thousands of movies in HD to any iOS device. There are no subscription plans, late fees, contracts or commitments. You just pay as you go... If you can get the app to work. My Blockbuster on Demand app keeps getting stuck at the start up screen every time I relaunch it. This might also explain why there are zero customer reviews in the App Store rating section.
Keep an eye out for the MirrorCase, which deceptively looks just like a normal iPad typing accessory. In reality, the case contains a covert mirror which allows the iPad to record video and snap photos while the device is horizontal. The effect is achieved thanks to a built-in mirror and software which inverts the image from the iPad rear camera.
MirrorCase is currently a project on Kickstarter, however an iPhone version of the MirrorCase is already on the market. Besides the potential for secretly capturing images of unsuspecting subjects, MirrorCase can be useful for recording lectures or seminars directly from your desk with a minimum of distraction. The MirrorCase is designed to fit second, third and fourth generation iPads.
Looking to pick up an iPad mini 2 with Retina display during the holiday shopping season? This might not be possible according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities. Production issues are to blame for the delay in a report acquired by AppleInsider detailing the issue. Manufacturing a large volume of 7.9-inch displays with high pixel density is proving to be a challenge.
An iPad mini 2 Retina display is expected to feature 2048 x 1536 pixels, resulting in a density of 324 pixels per inch. Should the delays persist, Apple will likely commence mass production starting in October, which could push the release date forward into early 2014. Kuo is described by AppleInsider as "well-connected" since the analyst has offered accurate predictions on many things Apple in the past.