Over the past year a small number of pilots and airlines have been testing iPads as replacements to traditional flight bags with approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to do so. Now American Airlines is getting authorized to equip all their pilots with iPads during all phases of flight.
On Friday, American Airlines is the first airline in the world to be fully FAA approved to use iPads during all phases of flight. Pilots will use iPads as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers. The airline Keep Reading
Microsoft certainly isn’t shying away from releasing content on the iOS platforms, as evidenced by the release of the My Xbox Live app just last week, but an iOS version of Kinectimals is one of their first REAL Xbox ports.
For those of you unfamiliar with Kinectimals, and we’re assuming that’s almost all of you, the game uses the Kinect (should we just stop there) and allows you to interact with virtual animals. You can teach them tricks and guide them around an obstacle course on the Kinect version of the game (opposed to real life, where you take your actual pet out for a walk and watch him try to punk out a squirrel for five minutes).
The game isn’t the full-fledged Kinectimals that you get on Xbox 360, the $3 universal download compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, might be Microsoft testing the waters for bigger and better ports down the road. The good news is owners of the Xbox version will be able to unlock Keep Reading
We already shared the iPhone 4S vs a Barrett M82 sniper rifle, watched it get strategically torn to pieces, and we’re all familiar with the Will It Blend guys, so the results of iPad vs Lava probably won’t surprise you…
It’s safe to assume this isn’t covered by AppleCare Keep Reading
Right on the heels of Google announcing 10 billion downloads in the Android Market, Apple has today shared some numbers announcing impressive stats for the App Store and Mac App Store.
Apple has officially announced the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is home to over 500,000 apps with more than 18 billion app downloads since the store’s launch.
Currently, an average of about 1 billion apps are being downloaded per month. Google also now claims approximately 1 billion downloads per month, but Apple’s numbers didn’t include the Mac App Store, which has reached over 100 million downloads in less than a year since launch. Keep Reading
If you frequent any tech sites it would be hard to ignore the ongoing litigation between Apple and Samsung, specifically stemming from Apple’s claims that Samsung “slavishly copy” the iPhone and iPad with their Galaxy smartphone and tablet lineups. Despite several temporary bans on Samsung products abroad, the company remains Apple’s fiercest competitor in the smartphone business. That’s why it’s not all that surprising their new ads take a “Mac vs PC” approach by pitting themselves against Apple and mocking iPhone users in the process.
Depicting what is clearly supposed to be exhausted Apple fans waiting in line to get their new iPhones, an Android user approaches and begins to explain how his Galaxy S II stacks up. It isn’t the first time, however, the image above from Samsung’s Facebook page is calling the iPhone “old school” Keep Reading
Apple is once again doing their yearly ‘Rewind’ wrap up of the best of the best App Store and Mac App Store apps consisting of the top sellers and favorite apps and games across 21 categories. They’ve also made charts available for just about all of the other content on iTunes including music, TV shows, books, movies, and podcasts.
When it comes to games that top the charts, EA’s Dead Space was named iPad Game of the Year, and despite Angry Birds’ dominance in terms of sales, tower construction simulator Tiny Tower received the Game of the Year award on iPhone. Keep Reading
We’ve seen a lot of different iPhone docks before from accessory makers and speaker companies. In fact, I think a new one comes out just about every couple of days. We already showed you the HAL 9000 iPhone 4S dock with Siri control, and a $2,300 gold-plated speaker horn dock, but neither compare to the 10,000 Watt, 8-foot wide iNuke Boom from Behringer.
While it promises to be the loudest iPhone dock you’ve ever heard (and probably the largest you’ve seen), Behringer is actually using the iNuke to help promote a new brand of professional audio equipment known as EUROSOUND. At 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall Keep Reading
OnLive has just dropped a press release announcing new mobile apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad that will effectively bring their “console-class” cloud gaming experience to over 500 million mobile devices in the UK and US.
You’re probably already familiar with OnLive’s game streaming service previously only available to Macs, PCs, or a dedicated OnLive console.
However, while most of the 200 games in their library will be playable on mobile devices via a wireless controller, 25 of those titles have also been ported with touchscreen controls. It isn’t just the smaller titles Keep Reading
If you’re unaware that Apple is currently in the process of planning the construction of a brand new city-sized campus in Cupertino, California, today we got yet another look into this massive 175-acre circular building with a footprint bigger than the Pentagon. Known by most as the Spaceship, or Mothership, new renderings have been made public in a new proposal Apple submitted to the City of Cupertino on Monday.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft decided to drop a universal Xbox LIVE iOS app on us today.
While it obviously isn’t the full-fledged Xbox Live experience that you might be hoping for, it does at first glance appear to be quite a slick looking companion app.
Available for free as of today, the “My Xbox LIVE” app will let you manage achievements, send messages to your friends, edit your LIVE profile, and edit your 3D Avatar. Keep Reading
iFixit is known for their detailed teardowns of our favorite gadgets, most recently tearing Apple’s new iPhone 4S to pieces. If you’re like them, you can appreciate the design and aesthetic of the internal workings of your devices, and not just its polished outer casing. With that in mind, iFixit is offering a transparent glass rear panel kit for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 that will let you show off what the device is really made of.
Replacing your iPhone’s back panel is easier than you might think:
- Remove the two visible screws on either side of the thirty-pin dock connector
- Slide the current back panel up slightly and lift it off
- Repeat those steps in reverse to install the new panel.
You’re probably well aware there are a more than a few knockoffs of Apple products floating around China. In fact, there are even entire fake Apple retail stores selling genuine Apple products.
That being said, at first glance this new MacBook Air knockoff known as the “AirBook” is perhaps the closest to the real thing we’ve seen. If you can get past the blatant rip-off of the MacBook Air’s design, it’s actually quite impressive…
Don’t expect an aluminum unibody from this $499 clone, as < em>MIC Gadget’s review of the device notes it’s actually just a “silver plastic unibody” painted with a matte finish to look like aluminum, inside and out. Keep Reading
Rockstar just made things official for a Grand Theft Auto III Android and iOS port, announcing the 10 Year Anniversary Edition will finally be landing in the Android Market and App Store for $4.99 on December 15th.
While we haven’t yet got our hands on the new trailer expected to launch next week, we do have all the details on supported devices as well as screenshots for both versions.
When it comes to supported devices, iOS users (other than 3G and 3GS users) of course don’t have much to worry about. The iOS title, presumably a universal app, will support iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, and 4th-gen iPod touch. Keep Reading
Siri has quickly become the tech industry’s go-to running joke, despite the technology setting a new standard for the way we control our devices.
However, techies aren’t the only ones poking fun at Siri’s capabilities (and lack thereof), with comedians Robin Williams and Stephen Colbert both giving their hilarious first impressions of the voice-controlled personal assistant… Keep Reading
We knew it would only be so long before rumors began of an Apple Branded HDTV and today longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster certainly didn’t disappoint. via Business Insider” target=”_blank”>Talking at the IGNITION: Future of Media Event, Munster made some claims of what we can expect from Apple’s upcoming living-room take over.
In case you need a refresher, we’ve already heard a bunch of rumors that Apple is working on an HDTV set, most of which seem to stem from Steve Jobs’ comments to author Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked” the TV before his passing.
After urging audience members to hold off Keep Reading
So as gamers we are more than aware of the ESRB’s work– you know…the ones responsible for that little black and white rating in the corner of just about every game.
The organization has been assigning the familiar “Everyone”, “Teen”, “Mature 17+”, etc., ratings on video games since around 1994 and now in conjunction with the CTIA are introducing a new rating system for mobile apps and games. Bloomberg reports:
“Mobile applications for smartphones and tablet computers may carry new ratings for violence and sexual content under a wireless Keep Reading
Redditor and art teacher cheeseboyhalpert (we’re assuming that’s not what his students call him) has posted quite an incredible hand drawn portrait of Steve Jobs. The portrait was done using only descriptive words, a technique Halpert plans on teaching his students and also explains in detail in the description below.
As for the portrait, he apologizes that his handwriting became sloppy throughout the process, but promises the entire thing is made up of only handwritten words. The words used include: Steve Jobs, Business, Visionary, Success, CEO, Apple, Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, Pixar, iPod, Multimedia, California, Innovation, Marketing, iTunes, Network, SteveJobsFinger, and SteveJobsRing Keep Reading
As cameras and smartphones continue to improve, they are quickly replacing our everyday point-and-shoot cams. The iPhone is no exception, with its recent upgrade to a redesigned 8-megapixel camera system in the iPhone 4S earning approval from celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. It even beat out a $3,000 Canon in a comparison test.
When author Walter Isaacson sat down with Fortune to talk about the ‘Steve Jobs’ bio, he noted Jobs wanted to reinvent three key industries: TV, textbooks, and photography. While we already have insight into his possible plans for a television, and the book sheds light on meetings with publishers to transform the textbook industry, we’re not too sure what Jobs envisioned for his reinvention of photography. Keep Reading
If an unnamed “development source” is to be believed, Eurogamer claims to have some interesting details about the yet to be announced second-generation Kinect.
In fact, they say it will be quite a significant upgrade in terms of processing power, enabling games to do things like “lip read, detect when players are angry, and determine in which direction they are facing.”
The peripheral will also reportedly be able to track precise facial movements and the pitch and levels of a player’s voice to determine mood. These features were not currently possible due Keep Reading
While the majority of us are awaiting the next big product unveiling from companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Sony with high hopes, we often forget about some of the disastrous product unveilings, prototypes, and concepts that never quite took off. This holiday weekend, be thankful that some of these remarkably bad product designs didn’t get the chance to impact the direction of the industry.
Some might have had potential but were commercial failures for good reason, while others were just downright bad decisions. Thankfully, some were premature concepts that acted as stepping stones to better products, and on that note, we start things out with the tablets… Keep Reading