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5 years ago

Quick Review: OmniGraphSketcher for iPad

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Quick Review: OmniGraphSketcher for iPad

OmniGraphSketcher for iPad [$14.99- iTunes Link] is one of Omni Group's latest editions to the iPad. Like the Mac app of the same name, it's a quick and easy graphing or plotting tool that allows for realtime creation of charts and graphs. And on the iPad, it's all done with multitouch.

You can plot out your own data points and format them any way you want. You can change color, axis points, size, shape, arrows... you get the idea. You can even copy and paste data from a multicolumn document such as Excel or Numbers and create a simple graph quickly.

I found this app to be useful in meetings or anywhere, really, that you need to illustrate some sort of graph (see the YouTube video at the end of this post to get an idea). If you already use iPad, then this is a great arsenal to have for any sort of data analyst, manager or sales person. Show up at a customer site with a busy spreadsheet? Does the customer look confused? You can very quickly plot out a graph to show them why their sales may be down or up.

Finally, OmniGraphSketcher allows you to read OmniSketcher files in email and allows you to export as a PDF via email or as an image to your Saved Photos album.

Overall I am impressed with OmniGraphSketcher. It eerily appears very similar to Apple's own iWork suite for iPad and you can see where the groundwork has begun to standardize these types of apps on iPad. I vote two thumbs up for OmniGraphSketcher.

Check after the break for a video and pictures!

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5 years ago

iPad Live Podcast #2: Thoughts on thoughts...

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iPad Live Podcast #2: Thoughts on thoughts...

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G is here, Steve Jobs' thoughts on Flash are clear, Leanna talks Words with Friends, Georgia likes Field Runners, Chad's all over Gowalla, and Rene loves him some Instapaper. Listen in!

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5 years ago

First Lady of the United States tweets first on iPhone

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First Lady of the United States tweets first on iPhone

During the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama sent out her first tweet, via CNN's Ed Henry. After light-hearted negotiations and getting clearance from the top -- the very tip top -- Henry typed the tweet out on his iPhone on Mrs. Obama's behalf:

"from flotus: 'here at dinner this is officially my first Tweet. i am looking forward to some good laughs from the potus and jay'".

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5 years ago

How to cram twice as much music onto your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

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How to cram twice as much music onto your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Apple's iTunes News has posted up a helpful tip on how to use the new automatic 128 kpps downsampling function in iTunes to squeeze double the music (if lower quality) onto your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Audiophiles will no doubt rather scratch their ears out than listen to anything that highly compressed, but if your ears are more greedy than golden, the 128 kbps downsampling might just be for you.

You can find it when you plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into iTunes over USB, on the general screen that comes up. (See screenshot, above). Here are the extra-geeky details:

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5 years ago

Iron Man 2 for iPhone now in App Store

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Iron Man 2 for iPhone now in App Store

Iron Man 2 for iPhone -- based on the upcoming Marvel movie about the Golden Avenger -- is now widely available in the iTunes App Store [$6.99 - iTunes link].

You can play as either Iron Man (fast and agile) proper or as War Machine (powerful), and there's a variety of other armor to try out as well, including the Mark IV, Mark VI, Stealth, and underwater.

Gameloft Live is supported for achievements. Check out more screenshots after the break, and if you try it out let us know what you think!

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5 years ago

So which iPad did you get and why?

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So which iPad did you get and why?

Apple has now fully released the iPad, both iPad Wi-Fi and iPad 3G + Wi-Fi in the US, and have announced 1 million sold, and I'd like to know -- which iPad did you get?

Tell me in the poll below then drop a comment and tell me why you chose the iPad model you did, and whether you're happy with your choice or wish you'd gone for something else. (If you bought the iPad Wi-Fi only and are now selling it on eBay to get the 3G, tell us that too).

Poll after the break.

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5 years ago

Apple announces 1 million iPads sold

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Apple announces 1 million iPads sold

Apple has just announced sales of 1 million iPads since the US debut on April 3, along with 12 million app downloads from the iTunes App Store and 1.5 million ebook downloads from the iBookstore. Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, is happy:

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G debuted on April 30 and unofficial tallies have its sales of those SKUs at 300,000.

An amazing debut by any standards, but will growth match that of the iPhone?

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5 years ago

Quick Review: Pages for iPad

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Quick Review: Pages for iPad

Having a virtually full-fledged word processor like Apple's Pages iWork app [$9.99- iTunes Link] on the iPad is a big deal. There has been a lot of discussion, however, about how Pages would work on the iPad. How do I transfer/ sync documents? How will my formatting be effected?

I had to use Pages to do some document editing for a house flyer for our home (we are in the process of selling). I figured what a great opportunity to give Pages a spin. First, I had to get the document on the iPad. Email or iTunes? The Pages file was 12MB so I opted to transfer it via iTunes. The process was simple; I selected the Pages app from the bottom of the Apps tab with my iPad attached to my iMac. I clicked the add files button and chose my Pages file. I synced the iPad and my house flyer appeared in the document list in pages.

After importing the house flyer into Pages, I was not greeted with any formatting warnings (to be fair I have imported Microsoft Word documents and did receive warnings. It was hit and miss; some documents looked identical, others, not so much) and I began editing immediately. But, there was one problem...

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5 years ago

Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission jostling over inquiry into Apple restriction on cross-compilers

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Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission jostling over inquiry into Apple restriction on cross-compilers

Citing the usual "people familiar with the matter", the New York Post claims the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commissions are negotiating over which one of their organizations will inquire into Apple's new iPhone OS 4 SDK section 3.3.1 -- the restriction against cross-compilers in general and Adobe's Flash CS5 Packager for iPhone in specific.

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5 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 2 May 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 2 May 2010

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5 years ago

Spirit untethered Jailbreak for iPad 3.2, iPod touch, iPhone 3.12, 3.13 now live

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Spirit untethered Jailbreak for iPad 3.2, iPod touch, iPhone 3.12, 3.13 now live

Spirit, an untethered jailbreak for iPad 3.2, and iPod touch and iPhone under 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 is now live. If you want it, go grab it via the link below.

A word of warning for iPad users:

On iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore. Be careful. (And no, Cydia's appearance is not final.)

Also, not an unlock solution. This is a jailbreak.

As always, if you don't know what any of these means, stay away.

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5 years ago

iPad Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT (1am GMT)

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iPad Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT (1am GMT)

Join us tonight for the second edition of iPad Live!, our brand-spanking-new podcast focused on all things iPad, with the latest news, how-tos, and app and game reviews!

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We'll be sneak-previewing our new contest, where you'll get a chance to win an iPad case and stereo BT headset from the TiPb iPad Accessory Store, and a Joule iPad stand from Element case. Details tonight!

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5 years ago

UPDATED: It's live! iPad 3G + Wi-Fi jailbroken on release day

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UPDATED: It's live! iPad 3G + Wi-Fi jailbroken on release day

UPDATE: Spirit is live, go grab it if you want it.

The iPad 3G + Wi-Fi was released this past Friday and on that very day Dev Team member MuscleNerd showed the world it was jailbroken. The new iPad proved to be vulnerable to comex’s “Spirit” jailbreak. Unfortunately, the software is not yet publicly available but it should be released soon.

Any of our readers getting a itchy trigger finger to jailbreak you iPad? Sound off in the comments!

MuscleNerd’s video after the break!

[Dev-Team Blog]

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5 years ago

Apple-acquired Lala ending service May 31, iTunes.com not starting replacing it any time soon

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Apple-acquired Lala ending service May 31, iTunes.com not starting replacing it any time soon

Streaming music service Lala, acquired by Apple back in early December, 2009, has sent a letter to subscribers telling them they're shutting down as of May 31, and while remaining credit will get transferred to iTunes, streaming music won't show up in an iTunes.com any time soon.

The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st.

In appreciation of your support over the last five years, you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple's iTunes Store. If you purchased and downloaded mp3 songs from Lala, those songs will continue to play as part of your local music library.

Remaining wallet balances and unredeemed gift cards will be converted to iTunes Store credit (or can be refunded upon request). Gift cards can be redeemed on Lala until May 31st.

Click here or visit Lala.com/support for more information, or to view Lala's Terms of Service.

Thank you.

Lala

Rumors have persisted that Apple bought Lala for the talent, or for the lower-cost transaction system, or to take iTunes to the cloud. None of that has materialized so far, but speculation remains that Steve Jobs will drop hints of a Lala-inspired iTunes future at the All Things Digital Conference (where he's introduced a new version of iTunes before), or at WWDC 2010 alongside the 4th generation iPhone (iPhone HD/iPhone 4G) and the final version of iPhone OS 4. If not, Apple's traditional September iTunes and iPod event would be the next likely candidate.

That is, if music companies allow it.

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5 years ago

H.264 ascendant: why Apple's no-Flash, no-Theora gamble is playing off

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H.264 ascendant: why Apple's no-Flash, no-Theora gamble is playing off

H.264, the video codec Apple supports for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad playback, and for the HTML5 video tag in Safari, and now Microsoft is supporting it as well, which means its 66% share will likely go up. Add to that Steve Jobs think the competing, Firefox-supported license-free alternative, OGG Theora, will face patent infringement claims, and it's looking like we have a web video standards winner.

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