Unknowingly, and much to the despair of many iPad users who purchased a smart cover for around £30 from Apple, jailbreakers and hackers have now found an ideal way of overcoming any password lock put in to stop strangers from entering. This glitch allows the hacker to surpass the 4 digit code required to open [...]
Unknowingly, and much to the despair of many iPad users who purchased a smart cover for around £30 from Apple, jailbreakers and hackers have now found an ideal way of overcoming any password lock put in to stop strangers from entering. This glitch allows the hacker to surpass the 4 digit code required to open the iPad, however, is personally set by the actual iPad owner. Trusting this to the bone, it looks like hackers have now used some glitch through the magnetic capability of the smart cover, to allow them access without ever having to torture the 4 digit code from the iPad owner.
And, as mentioned before, all that is needed is Apples unique, and much praised SmartCover. This was meant to be one of the unique features, and innovative methods of accessing the iPad 2, obviously released in conjunction and pushed out to many a iPad user. However now, the fact that it is magnetic has allowed hackers easy access through the front door, well they call it a back door access, meaning there is a loophole which has been discovered. The fact that the SmartCover is magnetic, enables the iPad screen to sense whether its closed or open, and acts respectively, using the electrostatic technology required for touchscreen.
However, it is exactly the iPads compliance to switch on, when it feels that there is no magnetic SmartCover, which allows hackers inside without a password. Therefore, convincing the iPad to overcome any password lock and enable access.
However, it is nigh on impossible to gain access to an individuals Mail or message system just by using these means.
And as we noted before, the iPad is conveniently fooled into opening even when a password is enabled. Interestingly, after the major hiccups when getting the iOS 5 online, we see that again, this iPad password hack emerges only weeks after the iOS 5 release, allowing hackers plentiful time to really enjoy themselves at all the little loopholes. With added speculation that it has affected the older iOS 4 carrying devices. Right now, hackers will only be able to access your iPad, and the last application in use, but not any further then that. We are banking on Apple to stamp this out before hackers manage to develop a method to enable them to traverse our iPads.
A security threat yes, as applications such as Mail, if they were to be the last used, would enable the hacker to search for rich private data, from bank details to addresses.
However, we recommend you simply disable the SmartCover unlock within your settings menu, until Apple release an official fix to combat this latest loophole.
Over a year and a half later we finally received the new Facebook app, after much moaning and alot of complaining, for the new, well old iPad 2, and now, we discover why Facebook, a multi billion pound organisation, took so long to release such a simple app, to its 700 million plus users. Abit [...]
Over a year and a half later we finally received the new Facebook app, after much moaning and alot of complaining, for the new, well old iPad 2, and now, we discover why Facebook, a multi billion pound organisation, took so long to release such a simple app, to its 700 million plus users.
Abit of history, we can tell you now that Facebook is accessed everyday atleast 20 times by a user, and is the most popular and common app across all platforms, from iPad 2 to the iPhone 4S. But, a free iPad app for Facebook has been much awaited, well since the dawn of time, if you can say that time began when the iPad was released. And eventually, over time, many users became anxious and frustrated at the fact that there was no official Facebook app, especially when the iPad began dominating the tablet market.
However, we can reveal to you now, that Facebook were not that pro-active, and did not immediately set to work on their free iPad application. But, the reason Facebook were not hasty, was because, this was over a period where Facebook was rapidly growing, and investing in an application would take away Facebook engineers from the core site, to work on a spin off, and it was something Facebook at the time simply could not do.
Ethan Beard, the Director of Platform Partnerships at Facebook said in a statement:
“One of the challenges anyone has working on mobile experiences, is that there are a lot of different technologies and a lot of different platforms,”…“I remember when the iPad came out, we started saying ‘let’s cook up a team to work on this,’ but then we took a step back. We had PC Web, mobile Web, a low-cost site for emerging markets, an Android App, iPhone app, and BlackBerry app. We would’ve had more people inside Facebook translating Facebook from the app that we’d built, into all those other platforms than we did have working on the core experience.”
Therefore, from this statement we can see that Facebook was just being run ragged, as they tried to appeal, and to reach out to users on all emerging platforms. Thats what caused delays, and much to the annoyance of iPad users, after the free iPad app was set to be released, there were a number of hiccups. Reportedly completed in May and ready to be used by the wider world, Facebook did not release the app, possibly because they were trying to time it right with their mobile apps platform, or sync it with the iPhone 4S launch. Although, Steve Jobs death did hinder the release by a further 2 or so weeks.
All in all, the free iPad Facebook app has been released, and even though there are a few problems here and there, the app itself is beautiful, gives the user an easy experience, is back to basics, and implements simplicity. Going hand in hand with the Apple iPad.
As we seemingly wait for Apple to yet again revolutionise the way our world works in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 model, it seems that a long gone patent gives us glimpses into the crazy world of the Apple designers and engineers. To the point where your new iPad will respond to 3D gestures from [...]
As we seemingly wait for Apple to yet again revolutionise the way our world works in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 model, it seems that a long gone patent gives us glimpses into the crazy world of the Apple designers and engineers. To the point where your new iPad will respond to 3D gestures from across the table, from a swipe of your hand to a complete 360. Astonishing we know, but if anyone can do it, its got to be Apple.
The recemt Apple patent released enables the user to manipulate, change and control graphical elements on their iPad display, ranging from images, icons and also media files. Allowing the user to move, change or delete as they like. In terms of the gestures, these will be limited, or wont they? But to our knowledge there will be some constraints meaning that they will be in geometric shapes which the iPad recognises, and corresponds to a certain response, symbols, patterns or even basic numbers and letters.
As we delve deeper into the complex patent the Apple has outlined to ensure companies do not copy their ideas, an interesting aspect is that the patent shows video editing and annotating ie putting in text, cutting and mixing, all through an invisible, yet existant, gesture based toolbar. This would range from beginners to advanced users, providing pre-set options, but also the ability for the user to add any extras on, and fully customise their iPad gesture tool.
However, this is not the first time a like patent has been discovered. We have also unearthed a patent which goes hand in hand with Apples 3D venture. Outlining a possible integrated projector for their iPad models, which will come integrated with the above mentioned gesture patterns, allowing the user to manipulate which ever image is projected, and change what is visible on screen to them.
This new patent that has been unerathed is more gesture related, going indepth in the way Apple wants these gesture patterns, and the overall gesture language to work, either on screen or a distance away from the iPad itself. Furthermore, detailing the fact that these gestures will enable the user to manipulate text, videos and even music, providing the usual touchscreen experience, without the touch. Although a voice related, and also a combination of voice, Siri, and gesture language is not incorporated.
Naturally, we expect the projector to be installed in the iPads front camera, with the more recent iPad 2 model, and the new iPad 3 model is expected to have a front camera too. Therefore, its possible, for Apple to find a way of integrating this feature, possibly on a lower level, for the iPad 2, in a new iOS, to allow older iPad users to use the feature. Although, the free iPad 3 projector, well we expect it to be free if included on the iPad 3, will have a stronger and better response to this patent if it were put into play, due to the processor.
As mentioned, thats where the hiccup for older devices, such as the iPad 2, may stop it from allowing the user to experience this new gesture language. With reports that there simply wont be enough processing power to handle the gesture workload, and interpret it. This is because the patent highlights many gesture patterns, from facial recognition to selection and hand gestures, with the ability to transfer items from your iPhone to your iPad.
The rumour mill is going haywire, just as it did before the release of the prized Apple iPad 2. And with many Apple enthusiasts now looking towards the next iPad 3, many speculations have already been spun out that it will sport a new HD 2048 by 1536 pixel screen, with 264PPI. With only months [...]
The rumour mill is going haywire, just as it did before the release of the prized Apple iPad 2. And with many Apple enthusiasts now looking towards the next iPad 3, many speculations have already been spun out that it will sport a new HD 2048 by 1536 pixel screen, with 264PPI. With only months left for the release date, although an official one has not been given, its still a nice treat for Apple enthusiasts to know that Apple are looking at upgrading hardware on the iPad 3, as opposed to software in relation to the iPhone 4S release.
As expected, the general consensus lean towards a March or April release date, and with Samsung confirming they are making a new supposed A6 processor, all hints point towards Apple gearing up for a release, and getting their production supplies ready. But here is another blow, his new free iPad upgrade is supposedly linked to Samsung, again, or interestingly LG as manufacturers. Both have history in the HD and plasma screen arena, and both hold their own.
And as expected, the status and quality provided by both, is good enough for Apple, even if they have a few lawsuits against you, ahem, Samsung. As Apple look to provide an upgrade to the dominating, and market leading tablet device.
And sources are coming left, right and also centre, revealing that the new 9.7 inch touchscreen display, featuring a whopping 264 pixels per inch, is scheduled to go into production from as early as November. This fits in perfectly with other reports with companies such as Samsung producing the A6 processor. It seems that the latter months of this year will hold valuable and tight production deadlines for Apples suppliers, so that demand for the treasured iPad 3 can be met once it is released early next year.
The problem here of course, is making crazy amounts of these screens, ie millions, again complimenting the massive iPad following that Apple has, and their dominance. Tight plans will possibly see suppliers working to deadlines to cope with the amount of iPad 3 models required on and after the release date. If anything like the iPhone 4S, and we are sure it will be, millions of iPad 3 models will be preordered, and millions will be sold in the first few weeks.
And with a better screen quality and also a retina display to be put on the iPad 3, as seen on the iPhone 4 models, many are suggesting this is the most likely upgrade on the iPad to date, with other possible upgrades such as increased storage, better camera quality, and also a slimmer iPad.
Following the recent release of the iPhone 4S, it looks like Rockstar wants to now branch out into the mobile app market with its worldwide success, GTA range. And now, with an inbuilt A5 dual core processor,with up to 7 times faster graphics, there has never been a better time then now to upgrade to [...]
Following the recent release of the iPhone 4S, it looks like Rockstar wants to now branch out into the mobile app market with its worldwide success, GTA range. And now, with an inbuilt A5 dual core processor,with up to 7 times faster graphics, there has never been a better time then now to upgrade to the new iPhone 4S, or get an iPad 2.
The results of what games companies can bring to the iPhone and also the iPad are amazing. Similar products such as Infinity Blade 2, completely shocked everyone, with to the pixel clear graphics, everyone at who witnessed this at the iPhone 4S launch were truly taken aback.
But back to Rockstar and the GTA Series, they recently announced that the full GTA 3 game would be available not exclusively for the iPhone 4S, but will also go onto the Apple iPad 2, and also the Android market. All because its their 10th anniversary coming up. We say nows the time to upgrade to a iPad 2 because the mobile version will play on dual core processors, with the single core not able to handle the kind of hardware that Rockstar are going to need.
Yes, it is exciting, yes we want more, yes we want it now. But sadly Rockstar are yet to give a formal release date for their GTA III iPad app, although according to the online site IGN, and logically the 22nd of November should be the release date, as thats when the anniversary is. However, taking a game which heavily uses controller pads to a game which works with touch is no mean feat. The successes of GTA Chinatown for example really do reflect how hard it is. We hope the guys at Rockstar work out a way of overcoming this issue instead of slamming on a tiny D Pad.
Now as we know it, GTA 3 set the benchmark for really, truly immersive gameplay in a 3D environment, where the user is given free reigns, into a completely foreign and new world. Alongside, packing it with loads of missions, tasks, special items to keep the gamer occupied for days on end. This unique selling point propelled the GTA series to clench the best selling release, year after year, ultimately becoming a blockbuster consuming a huge user base. So yes, alot of peoples hopes are riding on them getting this right.
So much so, that Rockstar has put on sale a limited edition figure of Claude, which is 1:16, dressed in what he appears in the GTA game, cargo trousers, bomber jacket, LCS prison uniform, alongside a few lethal weapons, so 18+ please. All for just $150, ouch, but if you love GTA you will love this.
The recent commercial release of the iPhone 4S has prompted the whole Apple world to start rolling things in relation to the much awaited iPad 3. Now according to Jeff Fidacaro, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial, Apple have now put their Apple iPad 3, into production. He justifies this statement by saying, that Apples suppliers [...]
The recent commercial release of the iPhone 4S has prompted the whole Apple world to start rolling things in relation to the much awaited iPad 3. Now according to Jeff Fidacaro, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial, Apple have now put their Apple iPad 3, into production.
He justifies this statement by saying, that Apples suppliers are receiving an increased number of orders for the iPad, in the 4th quarter. A estimated 12-15 million, a massive increase from 12 million. This then leads to speculate that Apple is possibly working on 3 different design models for the Apple iPad 3, which is always a good bit of news for the tech savvy Apple fan, and also because competitors like Amazon are beginning to flood the market with their releases ie the Kindle Fire.
Fidacaro carries on to say:
“Since our last month supply chain checks, we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter calendar 2011,”….“Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s.”
It is alleged that Apple is now planning to release the new iPad 3 model early next year, just scraping past the Christmas holiday season. With insider reports of a March release, which is more realistic considering the iPad 2 was released on March 11.
Another more interesting aspect of the next generation iPad 3 development, is that Apple are developing a cheaper version of the Apple iPad. As mentioned before, with companies such as Amazon flooding the market with their Kindle Fire, Apple is expected to release a low budget iPad to rival the cheaper models. Brian White, an analyst for Ticonderoga Securities, that he picked up hints towards an Apple iPad Mini, whilst in Taiwan meeting component suppliers. Implying that the iPad Mini, represents a cheaper iPad, not necessarily a much smaller iPad.
Estimations of this new iPad Mini put in the price brackets of $150 to $250, although the original iPad 3 price would remain unaffected. The cheap iPad would in fact be released alongside the much awaited Apple iPad 3, now with forecasts showing Apples improvement in orders, and suppliers getting ready, it shouldnt be long before an iPad 3 Event is called, and the iPad 3 is finally announced.
Polycom The worldwide market leader in social communication, which branches into areas such as video conferencing for businesses, data and web communications. Has recently released an application for the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which utilises the cameras to allow for high-quality video conferencing, wirelessly between all the tablet devices, running [...]
Polycom The worldwide market leader in social communication, which branches into areas such as video conferencing for businesses, data and web communications. Has recently released an application for the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which utilises the cameras to allow for high-quality video conferencing, wirelessly between all the tablet devices, running a point to point conversation.
The app itself is called RealPresence Mobile, and is completely free from the Apple Appstore, Android store and available to download on all tablet devices mentioned, ie iPad 2.
Although customers of Polycom who use their services, can register their devices, or applications to enable them access to an additional expansion of what the original, free iPad 2 app for example, has. This includes features such as content sharing alongside instant access to call directories.
The RealPresence Mobile app is compatible on VPN networks, allowing business users the ability to join company conferences over Wifi and 3G almost instantaneously, wherever they are.
Polycom, has realised a fundamental need for such a product, especially as there is rapid growth of tablets in use in the workplace. Therefore, an app like this would allow complete flexibility and utilise the modern age technology in a more productive way. With businesses looking for ways of integrating business telepresence systems that work on tablets such as the iPad 2.
Polycom details that its unique selling point is:
“The key differentiator for this application is based on the development relationship we have with the vendors so we are able to use our loss packet recovery technology to provide a high-level of call quality.”
Polycoms first release was on a specifically built Galaxy Tab 7″, which was put on show at the Mobile World Congress, which automatically had an astounding response. This then converted to a massive influx of demand for the product, which hinged the recent developments, with Polycom developers working to make the app as simple as possible to use.
And now, they feel they have reached the stage to release it globally, ensuring its a completely free iPad 2 app, alongside other market competitors.
As expected with Apples growing popularity and the release of record breaking products such as the iPad 2 and the recent iPhone 4S, it may not come as much of a shock to you that Apples iOS software accounts for over half of the US digital traffic, automatically burying existing competition such as the Windows [...]
As expected with Apples growing popularity and the release of record breaking products such as the iPad 2 and the recent iPhone 4S, it may not come as much of a shock to you that Apples iOS software accounts for over half of the US digital traffic, automatically burying existing competition such as the Windows software and Googles Android.
Recent data from comScore shows that the Apple iPad brings in over 95% of the traffic from tablets, and is now increasing its Internet share, overtaking the iPhone.
Heres abit of statistics for you, the iOS takes in more then 58% traffic from mobile internet, as compared to the Android with just under 32%, and the RIM Blackberry coming in at a surprising 5% share. Whats more surprising is the widely success Windows platform, branched out to the Windows Phone, scrapes an individual place, listed in other platforms, which collectively make up only 5%.
However, PCs still maintain a steady head in being the majority in bringing in online traffic, as overall less then 7% of internet traffic is mobile based. Yes its small now but in the near future, it can be and possibly will be huge, with the market booming, the growth rate is exponential, expanding more then 15% in the past year. As more internet enabled tablets and mobile phones become available for all consumers and at all costs, from high end phones such as the iPhone 4S to low end spec such as the Samsung Tocco. Enabling these devices to become widespread, and allowing the internet to be easily accessible, also thanks to the introduction of Wifi and Wifi hotspots.
Mark Donovan, the senior vice president of ComScore issued a statement saying:
“The popularization of smartphones and the introduction of tablets and other web-enabled devices – collectively termed ‘connected devices’ – have contributed to an explosion in digital media consumption,”…”As these devices gain adoption, we have also seen the rise of the ‘digital omnivores’ – consumers who access content through several touchpoints during the course of their daily digital lives.”
Nothing new, but tablets are the must have technology, especially centering around the iPad 2 craze, and the upcoming release of the iPad 3. Leaving a trail of companies in Apples wake, such as Samsung, HP, all looking to get a share of this growing and huge market, creating cheaper alternatives. And with US tablet owners ranging between 25-34, and with over 50% of them owning a tablet, it really is a huge market possibly appealing to one particular generation.
Furthermore, with the introduction of mobile shopping now allowing more then half of tablet users to make a purchase, enabling 2 out of 5 users the ability to access social media and breaking news, no wonder businesses are chugging out apps to enable access to their particular services. With the grip and appeal the Apple iPad 2 has, and the increasing sales of apps, mobile technology and internet is the way forward.
With the delayed release of the Apple iPad 3, the Amazon Kindle Fire looks to capitalise on the open market, alongside Windows 8 tablets, but are they just the cake, whilst the consumers wait for the cherry on the top?