Editors' take: The ABC Player app is one of the more advanced video player apps we've seen on the iPad. Mimicking ABC's Web interface, ABC's video player lets you stream the latest episodes of ABC's prime time TV lineup directly to your iPad. That includes shows such as "Lost," "FlashForward," "V," and more. Its interface is sleek and its images are sharply defined.
Editors' take: As an alternative to iBooks, we highly recommend Amazon's Kindle e-book reader app. Though not quite as pretty as iBooks, the Kindle app gives you access to Amazon's slightly larger Kindle Store, plus you can read the Kindle books on your iPad, on your iPhone, your Mac or PC, and even your Kindle reader--if you happen to have one. Also, you are able to take notes on the Kindle app.
Editors' take: One of the games used as a showpiece for the iPad's gaming capabilities, Real Racing is an upgraded version of an iPhone game with the same name. More than the other games we tried, Real Racing takes advantage of the iPad's larger size by turning the entire device into a steering wheel.
We've tried the same mechanic on similar iPhone games, and always end up wildly oversteering; we were able to at least stay on the road (mostly) on the iPad version. For a premium iPad game, the graphics are crisp, if a little bland, … Read more
Editors' take: First-person shooters have always been hard to pull off on the iPhone, with its lack of tactile controls. N.O.V.A. was one of the better examples of the genre, however, and it's also one of the first to get a rerendered HD version for the iPad.
The game seems exactly the same to us, although with sharper graphics. The main difference: the iPhone version is $4.99, and this one is $9.99.
Even with the bigger screen, or perhaps because of it, we still feel FPS games are not a natural fit for tablets, … Read more
With Microsoft's Office Web Apps out in the wild, I thought it was time to try to test their limits.
For a while now, Microsoft has said that the experience on the iPhone would be similar to that in other mobile browsers--allowing document viewing, but not the editing and other features found in the full Web Apps.
Through some work, though, I managed to get the iPad to try to open up the full Office Web Apps. By clicking around various pages within Windows Live, I found some that had an option to click to switch to the &… Read more
What happens if you're still waiting for the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update but need to install an app that isn't in the Android Market? Download this simple freebie. After installing an APK to your SD card, load it up and Apps Installer will look for the file. Tap it to kick off the installation--just as long as you've adjusted your Android settings to allow non-Market apps.
The man behind the notification system used in Palm's WebOS is ditching his future HP overlords for iPhone central in Cupertino.
The blog PreCentral saw on Rich Dellinger's LinkedIn page that he was moving from Palm to Apple, and according to his Twitter, it appears he started on June 1. Dellinger worked at Apple from 1999 to 2006, back before the original iPhone and its iOS was made public. He returns to Apple as a senior user interface designer. It's not clear what he'll be working on, but it's easy to assume his expertise in … Read more
In Monday's WWDC keynote, Steve Jobs made an impassioned case to the home crowd of Apple developers, assuring them, just as he did in his recent All Things D interview, that "95 percent of all apps submitted are accepted within seven days." He tried to reassure them that there are really only three reasons apps are rejected (they don't do what the developer says they do, they use private APIs, or they crash).
He reiterated his commitment to two platforms--the "fully open" HTML5 … Read more
An iPad app called Pulse, a visual RSS reader for news headlines, shot to the top of the app world only to hit the bottom in less than 24 hours.
On Monday, the iPad app created by a pair of Stanford grad students got special mention by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech. By Tuesday, the app had disappeared from the App Store. Why? Apparently one of the news content providers in the app objected.
On today's show, Podfather Adam Curry joins us for gloves-off battles about everything from whether Apple should put out the iPhone for Verizon (Adam says no) to what Nokia used to produce (boots, turns out), and just what exactly is wrong with Nokia. Be warned, today's episode pushes the boundary of indeterminate length!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more