Saturday, December 25, 2010

Next iPad to Get Smaller Bezel, Flat Back, Wide-Range Speaker?

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The next generation iPad may get a smaller bezel, a flat back panel, and a wide-range speaker, according to a rumor posted by Japanese blog MacOtakara.

AppleInsider says according to the source, "the LCD screen on the next-generation iPad will stay the same size, while the new tablet will be 3mm smaller, reportedly measuring 239mm by 186mm. The current iPad, which measures 242.8 mm by 189.7 mm, was criticized for its wide bezel when it was first unveiled in January."

The report also notes that the new iPad will have a back "flat like an iPod touch" and move the ambient light sensor to the "upper center of the rear panel" inside a new 3mm slim hole.

Finally, the rumor claims that the slot on the bottom of the device, which was spotted in early case designs, is actually a "large wide-ranged speaker unit covered with metal mesh."

These are of course unconfirmed specifications but interesting for discussion nonetheless.







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Skyfire Web Browser is Now Available for the iPad

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The Skyfire Web Browser has been released for the iPad and is now available in the App Store.

Finally on the iPad! Skyfire is the browser that not only allows you to view Flash Videos on iOS, but provides as well the best integration of social features for a quicker, more informative and most of all fun internet experience.

FEATURES:
• Play millions of Flash videos – everyday, with no limits!
• All-new ‘Skybar’ toolbar gives one-click access to video and related content
• Stay in touch: Unique Facebook and Twitter 'Quickview' allows you to see your wall and feeds with one click.
• Universal ‘Like’: Like ANY page on the internet, with one click.
• Fireplace: See only the links shared by Friends. Why? Filter what friends did from what friends shared (which is a great starting point for browsing)
• Popular: See what Friends and the Facebook community have to say about the site you are currently exploring
• Be informed: Quick access to GReader feeds
• Be social: Share via Facebook and Twitter
• Share to more services including GReader, Instapaper, Pinboard and Read It Later
• Standard browser elements: Tabs, search, sharing, bookmarks, history, etc.
• Full screen option for maximum use of screen real-estate – with scroll to top
• ‘Desktop’ option loads pages as on a desktop browser, giving more flexibility in accessing web sites
• Private Browsing option: Browse with no history and cookies left behind

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SKYFIRE:
Although Skyfire is known to “bring Adobe Flash to the iPhone”, you should be aware of the following limitations:
» Flash VIDEOS are supported; Flash Games and Flash Apps are NOT supported.
» We do NOT SUPPORT ALL WEB SITES that use Flash Video. We are working hard at it, with millions of videos already supported. But we cannot guarantee that your favorite site is already on the list.
» For users and sites outside USA: Your country's TV website may not work in Skyfire as some sites do not stream to our US based servers.
» Hulu is NOT supported (they don’t allow it), but scores of other premium sites are available
» It may take 15-30 seconds for videos to load: Preparing goodness takes time…
» The application language is in English.

You can purchase Skyfire Web Browser for iPad from the App Store for $4.99.









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Apple Updates Remote App With AirPlay, Internet Radio Support

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Apple has updated Remote App with AirPlay support, Internet Radio support, and more.

Control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your Wi-Fi network. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV. From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library. With a flick of your finger, you can even control every aspect of the Apple TV user interface. Use your device’s QWERTY keyboard to quickly tap out the title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast forward, rewind, and pause to your finger’s content. Remote has been fully optimized to take advantage of the large screen real estate of the iPad as well as the spectacular Retina display in the iPhone 4, and new iPod touch.

Features
• Control iTunes and Apple TV, from anywhere in your home
• Pause, rewind, fast forward, shuffle, and adjust the volume from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
• View album, movie, and TV show artwork
• Create and update Genius playlists
• Create and edit playlists in iTunes
• Search your entire iTunes library
• Control iTunes to send music to AirPlay speakers
• Control the volume on each speaker independently
• Control Apple TV with simple finger gestures
• Enter text with the keyboard
• Even control Shared Libraries on iTunes and the new Apple TV

What's New In This Version:
• AirPlay video support to control iTunes on your computer to stream videos to an Apple TV
• Internet radio control to play thousands of internet radio streams in iTunes on your computer
• The ability to control iTunes on your computer to play Movies and TV shows that are rented from the iTunes Store
• Addresses issues connecting to an iTunes library or Apple TV
• Includes stability and performance improvements

You can download Remote from the App Store for free.
















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Navfree Brings Free GPS Navigation App to US, UK

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NavFree has announced a free GPS navigation app with offline maps for the United States and United Kingdom.

NAVFREE The world's first FREE 'onboard' professional GPS navigation software, with turn-by-turn directions, voice guidance, auto-rerouting, live ‘Google’ Search, for the iPhone and iPad. The best GPS navigation software for the iPhone/iPad for FREE.

FEATURES:
GOOGLE LOCAL / MICROSOFT BING SEARCH:
• Now you can use Google or Microsoft Bing search directly from NavFree. Simply type in what you are looking for and see the result appear instantly on your map. 1-click and you will be navigating straight there.

LIVE MAP DISPLAY:
• As easy as paper maps - Browse the map with multi-touch by dragging or scrolling the screen. Enables you to route instantly by holding down any point on the map display and clicking 'route'. Great when you don't have the full address of where you are trying to get to.
• On-board maps. No data connection is required for downloading maps
• Choice of guidance displays - Gives you the option of viewing the map in 2D, 3D or a safety screen.

EASY TO USE INTERFACE:
• Easy and intuitive menus
• Large buttons designed for easy use on the iPhone/iPad.
• Day & Night maps - manually switch to low glare maps for safer night driving.
• Access IPOD MUSIC LIBRARY from Map Screen
• Music volume fading out and in when playing voice directions
• Automatic zoom to junction
• Automatic day/night mode switch

EXCELLENT ROUTE GUIDANCE:
• Fast routing - Fast routing engine, allowing you to calculate long routes in seconds.
• Automatic rerouting - If you happen to miss a turn, NavFree will quickly and automatically recalculate your route.
• Route prompts - Clear turn-by-turn; voice-guided directions and a 'graphically rich', detailed moving map display with visual directions, leaving you to concentrate on driving.
• Demo Route Plan and preview your route in real time before you leave.
• Detour Feature
• List of directions on your route
• NEW - Routing Options
• NEW - dedicated Pedestrian Navigation

DESTINATION SEARCH:
NavFree makes it easy with an intuitive step-by-step address input method.
• Exact address search, including City, Street and House details.
• Route to an intersection or junction.
• Find nearest POI (cafe, restaurants or museums) or use Google or Microsoft Bing Search to find millions of places near you and calculate route there.

IN-APP PURCHASE – Coming Soon
Purchase and download premium content directly to your iPhone/iPad

You can download Navfree USA from the App Store for free.
















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Sparrow Email Client Gets a Face Lift, Performance Boost

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The Sparrow email client has reached beta 7 bringing a serious face lift and performance boost. The app is also becoming Mac App Store compliant and resource locations have been changed.

Feature:
● Progress Bar
● Gmail shortcuts
● Quick labeling
● Quick Labeling and Archiving
● Smart recipient auto-complete
● ‘Download message on demand’ option
● Auto-restart on Menu Bar/Dock settings
● Quicklook in the compose window
● Horizontal scrollbar
● Plain text option

Shortcuts:
● ⌘-L Quick labelling
● ⇧-⌘-L Quick labeling & Archiving
● ⌘-K to insert link in the compose window

General improvements:
● Message list scroll performance
● Category/account switch performance
● Auto-detect SMTP port failures

UI:
● New compose window design
● New conversation view design
● Message list re-design

Bug fix:
● Printing bug
● ⌘↵ shortcut fix
● Search crash
● Sync issues
● Forwarded message not shown
● Dragging selection scroll
● Labels randomly turns black
● Encoding issues
● Empty message bug
● URL not converted to link
● Scattered space
● And a gazillion other bugs




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MobileSafari Browser Discovered to Have Gyroscope Support

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Occipital has discovered that Apple's MobileSafari browser has gyroscope support for the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G on iOS 4.2. Their popular 360 Panorama photo application now takes advantage of the feature, reports TNW.

After you capture a panorama with the 360 Panorama app, one can upload the picture, getting the URL to view the experience in Safari Mobile. In essence, the raw jpeg image files are hosted on either TwitPic or yFrog after a user uploads a panorama through 360 Panorama.

After launching the URL in Safari Mobile, one will see "Gyro ON" and simply by moving your phone in any direction, you can have a complete panoramic experience using the photo you've captured. Moreover, experiences can be viewed on TwitPic, or the location of the experience using Apple's "Maps" app.

According to BGR, "It’s ridiculously impressive, and by using the gryoscope and a panorama image, you can deliver an augmented reality type of experience right in the Web browser itself."

You can visit http://occip.it/pt3dmqna with your iOS browser to check out the demo.







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