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.
The new iPad 2 Countertop Display is on sale, and with its uses, is definitely creating a big buzz. Created by newMacgadgets the Countertop Display allows the user or business to cleverly advertise well anything, considering its an iPad 2. This allows the user to also rotate, on the spot, the iPad 2 360 degrees [...]
The new iPad 2 Countertop Display is on sale, and with its uses, is definitely creating a big buzz. Created by newMacgadgets the Countertop Display allows the user or business to cleverly advertise well anything, considering its an iPad 2. This allows the user to also rotate, on the spot, the iPad 2 360 degrees completely, and is specifically aimed at the business market, and to incorporates the numerous free iPad 2 business applications which can be found in the world known online App Store. Working in both portrait and landscape settings the iPad 2 display gives the business a chance to freely advertise their own business, or to advertise any other retail product or brand. Although limited by the iPad 2 screen, with new free iPad 2 apps such as AirPlay, consumers could potentially bring it to a screen near you, literally.
However, newMacgadgets are not newbies in this area, famously known for various products such as the iPad 2 Dock and the Wall Mount Display. Really taking hold of a new market, which obviously stems off the Apple iPad 2 craze, and now possibly dominating the market due to their emphasis on basic iPad 2 security, in terms of locks etc. within a more commercial environment, blending it with slick design, which are also durable, incorporating simplicity, and appealing to a majority of users.
The newMacgadgets Countertop Display securely fastens the iPad to any surface, all backed up with industrial strength screws, so yes, well hard to remove. With the clear cover keeping the iPad firmly in place. Ontop of the the acrylic frame comfortably, and tightly, holds the iPad 2 in place with various slots for the usb, headphones etc.
In terms of pricing, yes it is abit high, but considering the market they are directing the product towards, and its potential, most companies would possibly seize the chance and spend a cent to get a dime. But away from the cliches, the iPad 2 Display will fetch you around $99. However, considering the newMacgadgets has a whole line of successful products, means that it is quality assured, and that the product will do what its meant to do. Saying this, they do have over 20 years of business experience, and as an offshoot from newPCgadgets are doing very well due to very sleek, yet robust products and designs. And even then, its not like they have designed for the likes of Apple and IBM. I mean, come on…
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.
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.