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5 years ago

Ampkit+ for iPad - app review

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Ampkit+ for iPad - app review


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Ampkit is a guitar rig emulation app available for both iPhone and iPad. For this review, I was using the Ampkit+ iPad version and had access to all the extra add-ons and packages. It's worth noting there is a free version of the app as well. Hardware wise, you'll need to pick up the Ampkit LiNK in order to connect your guitar to your iPad or iPhone, available for $39.99. This is similar to the same process as Amplitube 2 and the iRig which I took a look at earlier this month.

Click through for a video demonstrating sound quality, some thoughts, and how I think it stacks up against the competition.

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5 years ago

App Store ratings M.I.A.?

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App Store ratings M.I.A.?

It appears for some strange reason that the App Store ratings seem to be missing as of this morning. On the featured page all of the ratings are gone and show each app has no ratings. Once you click on the app the rating seems to be back but for some reason on the main page the rating is no where to be found.

Also when I was trying to update a few apps this morning it the download began to hang taking much longer than usual. I also had two Game Center requests which took ages to accept and register on the server. Maybe something strange is going on with Apple servers this morning and hopefully these strange issues go away quickly.

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5 years ago

Handbrake updated, adds support for iPhone 4, iPad, and AppleTV 2nd Gen

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Handbrake updated, adds support for iPhone 4, iPad, and AppleTV 2nd Gen

Handbrake 0.9.5 adds support for the iPhone 4, iPad, and 2nd generation AppleTV (2010). It's also added support for BluRay as well (note this is only structure support, not decryption). This is great news for a lot of us that want to re-encode our media for use on new AppleTVs and iPhone 4s. Handbrake just got a rather large update that includes several new features that should make Handbrake fans jump for joy. For those of you not familiar, Handbrake is a freeware application that allows you to transcode video. I use Handbrake religiously in order to put my hard copy DVDs in my iTunes library for playback on my iOS devices. This release version is numbered at 0.9.5. They're also only offering support for Intel-based Macs going forward.

Click through for a full list of feature changes from Handbrake's release notes.

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5 years ago

iPhone Bugs: Home Button not working?

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iPhone Bugs: Home Button not working?

Several of our readers (and one of our editors...) are reporting a bug where the iPhone Home Button does not always respond to single-click or double-clicks. It might be software related as most people seem to have begun noticing this problem after installing iOS 4.1. It was hoped the bug would be fixed in iOS 4.2.1 but no such luck. Other causes that have been considered include a hardware short or dust or lint getting under the button. Ally also mentions that it may be caused by the home button not being properly centred. Possible symptoms and fixes, after the break.

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5 years ago

Apple's New UK Prices

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Apple's New UK Prices

Today, the UK see a rise in their VAT from 17.5% to 20%. This morning, Apple's Online Store went down and when it reopened, it showed the new prices, with the new VAT.

Check after the break for a list of the new prices for the iPad, iPhone, iPods and the AppleTV.

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5 years ago

Want to win a free copy of Skyfire for iPhone or iPad? Enter now!

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Want to win a free copy of Skyfire for iPhone or iPad? Enter now!

Skyfire is the browser for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that does server-side transcoding, allowing you to watch a lot of the Flash videos that otherwise appear blank on your non-Flash supporting devices. We've posted on both Skyfire for iPhone and iPod touch, and Skyfire for iPad versions before but you know what's better than posting about them? Yup! Giving them away!

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5 years ago

iPad Live podcast #37: Eleventies

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iPad Live podcast #37: Eleventies

Rene, Chad, Georgia, and Chris discuss iPad 2 rumors, Verizon iPad, will it get a new version of iOS, what Jailbreak concepts Apple should steal for iOS 5, and the competition coming at CES 2011. This is iPad Live!

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5 years ago

S adding search, sharing, playlists as iTunes Extras features

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S adding search, sharing, playlists as iTunes Extras features

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has started testing advanced features in the iTunes movie versions of Salt, The Other Guys and Resident Evil: Afterlife, including search in script/scene, social sharing, and song playlists.

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5 years ago

New Year's resolution: be nicer to Google in 2011

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New Year's resolution: be nicer to Google in 2011

My New Year's resolution for TiPb is to be nicer to Google in 2011. Last year was an amazing year for the world's largest, most powerful internet company. Thanks to relentless software improvement, Verizon's Droid marketing, and top-of-the-line hardware like the Galaxy S, Google's Android OS became the fastest accelerating platform in the mobile space. They also unleashed improvements to Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs, YouTube, and so many other already excellent services at a speed and quality level that, frankly, no other company could have matched.

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5 years ago

Apple market cap $300 billion, now higher than Mount Doom

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Apple market cap $300 billion, now higher than Mount Doom

I should have bought at Scully...

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5 years ago

iPhone bugs: Alarms still not working properly for some users

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iPhone bugs: Alarms still not working properly for some users

Well it's January 3 and some iPhone alarms are still not been going off at their correct times. We first told you about the alarm bug on Friday as Australia hit the new year and started noticing the issue. Apple promised us over the weekend that on January 3rd things would fix themselves and users would wake up on time.

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5 years ago

How to clear porn off your iPad or iPhone

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How to clear porn off your iPad or iPhone

Giving away, returning, or just lending your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and need to know how to clear off any porn -- er, adult content -- that might have somehow made its way onto your device? We may not have had the fun with this issue that our Android Central friends did over the holidays, but we can share their cautionary advice... after the break!

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5 years ago

TiPb at CES 2011

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TiPb at CES 2011

TiPb will be at CES 2011 this week! I arrive Tuesday night and will be covering all the iPhone and iPad news, apps, and accessories I can find until Friday. If you're at CES and want to show off a killer app or awesome accessory, or just say hellow, let me know via @reneritchie on Twitter or rene@tipb.com.

I'll be joined by the rest of the SPE family, including Kevin from CrackBerry.com, Phil from AndroidCentral.com, and our EiC, Dieter for PreCentral.net, so keep your eyes peeled on the whole network. It's going to be a heck of a week!

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5 years ago

TiPb asks: What would you like to see more of on TiPb.com in 2011?

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TiPb asks: What would you like to see more of on TiPb.com in 2011?

What would you like to see more of (or less of) on TiPb.com in 2011? iOS news/rumors? Jailbreak coverage? Editorials/opinion pieces? iPhone/iPad vs. competing device reviews? App/game/accessory reviews? App/game/accessory comparisons? Tips/how-tos/guides? iPhone Live!/iPad Live!?, TiPb TV? Anything we're not covering that you really want us to start?

We are here for you, so let us know what would make your TiPb experience better. You can even let us know what you would like to see less of, either way we want to know!

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5 years ago

Facepad for iPad may be just what Facebook users are looking for

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Facepad for iPad may be just what Facebook users are looking for

Facepad for iPad is a a brand new Facebook application that just recently hit the app store. It may be the Facebook app most iPad users have been longing for. Facebook has made it apparent they don't think an iPad specific app is necessary. I strongly disagree. Browsing Facebook through Safari isn't painful but how do I upload photos or videos? I can't. Apps like Friendly for Facebook step in to fill this gap but they aren't perfect.

Facepad is definitely a step in the right direction but it still leaves room for improvement. As of now there isn't currently a way to upload photos and video. Friendly for Facebook does offer this. The reason I say I think this app may be the one iPad users are drawn to is the interface. It's absolutely gorgeous. It reminds me a lot of a default iOS app or Twitter for iPad.

For a 1.0 release, you can already tell it has potential. I did experience a bug when viewing photos. Sometimes while scrolling through pictures, the photo window would just disappear and I'd have to reload it. Hopefully this will be something that's fixed in an update. I'm excited to see what the developers can do with this app. Facebook hasn't been too great at supporting their own native iPhone app so I'm definitely willing to see if someone else can do better. What about you guys? What features would you like to see implemented in an update?

Hit the jump for a couple more images!

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