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Vital rules for building custom iPad apps

Vital rules for building custom iPad apps | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Creating a compelling iPad app in an environment saturated with unique offerings is a tough task. Here's how to produce an app that actually gets noticed.

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Some great tips and advice for building custom iPad apps. Check out our some of the apps we have released on iPad here http://bit.ly/15ut8Cf


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Is a Tablet the Only TV You Need?

Is a Tablet the Only TV You Need? | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

...While planting your face in front of a tiny screen is perfectly acceptable on trans-Atlantic flights, it can be a little odd at home. But if you give yourself over to the tablet, it's actually a pretty awesome experience. I'm not claiming an iPad beats the big screen, but I will say this: Watching shows and movies on a tablet feels closer to what television viewing should be like in the 21st century than what 21st-century TVs actually deliver.  Yes, there are "smart" televisions that come with Wi-Fi and video-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus baked in, but they feel sluggish compared to tablets. Devices that help bridge the gap between Internet-based content and your living room's television, like Apple TV and the Xbox 360, are pretty excellent, but once you've become accustomed to the speed and intimacy of using something like an iPad to watch your shows and films, it's hard to deal with tech that's not as responsive. Even simple things on a tablet, like briskly flicking through a menu of movies or accurately rewinding with the tip of your finger, can be pleasurable. As the gadgets in our pockets and handbags and briefcases become the most impressive technological objects in our lives, the good ol' TV setups in our homes can feel painfully slow and antiquated.  And what these futuristic slates lack in eye-popping bigness, they make up for in deft portability. Want to watch "Monday Night Football" in your backyard for a more tailgate-like experience? You can do that. Spouse kick you off the big screen to watch "Glee?" Grab the tablet and head to the attic. The tablet can be a marriage saver in one-television households. It's also the best thing to happen to lazy Sunday mornings since breakfast in bed...


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Matmi's upcoming mobile game - Rollabear

Matmi's upcoming mobile game - Rollabear | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Matmi's upcoming mobile game - Rollabear bit.ly/ImDTgO

 

It has been three years in the making. Two years late. Lots of stress. Many disasters, three re-writes. 6 designers and artists, three developers, and 1 crazy boss. No bears were hurt in the making of this game. But a few developers lost their minds.

 

Looking for beta testers. If you are interested in being a beta tester for Rollabear, please email info@rollabear.co.uk or sign-up on http://www.rollabear.co.uk/

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Forrester: No Android Tablet Has More Than 5% Share vs iPad. How Does Amazon’s Kindle Fire Compare?

Forrester: No Android Tablet Has More Than 5% Share vs iPad. How Does Amazon’s Kindle Fire Compare? | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

On the eve of what may well be the launch of a brand new iPad from Apple comes some new analysis from Forrester Research on the current competitive landscape in tablets — or lack thereof, as the case seems to be.

 

In short: despite the rush of tablets that have come out in the past year, many built on Google’s Android OS, Apple has managed to continue to run away with the competition, and how has 73 percent of the tablet market. No Android tablet maker, it notes, has more than a five percent share against it.

 

There is a caveat to Forrester’s research, however.

Forrester carried out its market research last September, before Amazon had started to sell its Kindle Fire tablet, and before Barnes & Noble had released its own tablet to compete against that.

 

These devices have proven to be forces in the market, and are already having an impact on sales of another device in the food chain, e-readers.

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Tablets Will Transform the Classroom [OPINION]

Tablets Will Transform the Classroom [OPINION] | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
The advancements in tablet technology necessitate a shift in education toward digital content and improved engagement.
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Umami for iPad Knows What’s on Your TV

Umami for iPad Knows What’s on Your TV | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Billed as a “TV Companion” by its developer, Umami for iPad is a entertainment app that knows what show you’re watching. Umami uses your TV’s audio to sync to programs aired on major networks and basic cable within the last week. Viewers can also simply type in a show to receive a customized program filled with bios, news, photos, and other information about the show they are watching.


Umami is synchronous, which means its content changes depending on what you’re watching. The app works whether the TV broadcast is live or on a DVR. Umami creates a home page for each show that links to IMDB, Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, and Twitter.


Umami is free to download from the App store and doesn’t require users to sign up for an account. To use Umami, just open it near your television; the app does the rest. Hint: if Umami isn’t finding your program, try closing the app and opening it again. Although the TV’s volume needs to be on, it doesn’t need to be blaring; Umami actually correctly detected the right program from another room.

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Amazon Did Not Build Its Kindle Fire Tablet to Be an iPad Killer

Amazon Did Not Build Its Kindle Fire Tablet to Be an iPad Killer | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

What is going to propel the Amazon Kindle Fire into the limelight is price. There is no doubt in my mind that the Apple iPad is a superior product. But what Amazon is offering is an inexpensive alternative for those who do not want nor can afford the more expensive Apple iPad. Think about it this way: You can buy two Amazon Kindle Fire tablet computers for less than the cost of one Apple iPad. In addition, you can pocket $100 that you can use to buy applications.

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HP tablet to get Facebook app before iPad?

HP tablet to get Facebook app before iPad? | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
Screenshots obtained by TechCrunch purportedly show an app for the social network running on a WebOS tablet. Read this blog post by Steven Musil on Digital Media.
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KLIPPBOK by IKEA

Take a look at KLIPPBOK, our new iPad app. With intuitive touch functionality, you can mix and match IKEA products to experiment with ideas for your home. Wh...

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Have your very own Warwick in your pocket!

Have your very own Warwick in your pocket! | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Warwick Davis fans can get closer to their favourite celeb than ever before with this new free-to-play app. Combining elements of The Sims and Tamigotchi, PocketWARWICK features the star himself -feed him, tickle him, dress him as frog, take him to auditions, send him to the Gym – whatever it takes to keep him happy. Be part of and help him along his journey from Z-list to A-list celebrity status. At launch, the game will contain 100s of tasks to take part in with more added over time.


Download: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pocketwarwick/id547257601?mt=8 


The app is available on all iOS platforms now (soon to be released on Android).

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Uh Oh: Microsoft Is Unhappy with OnLive Desktop

Uh Oh: Microsoft Is Unhappy with OnLive Desktop | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
OnLive Desktop turns Windows 7 into a speedy Web service that runs on iPads and Android tablets. It's both an impressive technical feat and just plain useful. But at least one Windows expert isn't so thrilled with it: Microsoft.
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TechCrunch | Android May Have Consumer Market Share, But iOS Is Tops In Enterprise

TechCrunch | Android May Have Consumer Market Share, But iOS Is Tops In Enterprise | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
According to a new report from managed enterprise mobility provider Good Technology, iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) hold the top three spots in the list of the top 10 enterprise activations by device type.
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Loytr Application Brings Facebook Timeline To IPad Users

Loytr Application Brings Facebook Timeline To IPad Users | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

Loytr, the maker of popular Facebook iPad application MyPad, turned its attention to the forthcoming profile upgrade with the release of its new app for the Apple tablet, Timelines for Facebook.


The app brings all of the elements of the timeline profile to users of the Apple tablet, and users can browse their timeline profiles, Facebook friend lists, news feeds, and friends’ timeline profiles, either randomly or in alphabetical order.


Timelines for Facebook is certainly attractive, and it may be one of the only ways to enjoy timeline before the sitewide rollout of the advanced profile.
And Loytr is certainly not a flash in the pan, as MyPad has been downloaded more than 25 million times and boasts over 2.5 million daily users.

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Report: Nearly Half Of Tablet Owners Made Purchases on Their Devices Last Month

Report: Nearly Half Of Tablet Owners Made Purchases on Their Devices Last Month | New Digital Media | Scoop.it
In September 2011, a whopping 48% of tablet owners made a purchase on their tablet while 52% did not, according to a recent comScore whitepaper report called Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S.
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TechCrunch | Kno Turns Textbooks 3D (Video)

TechCrunch | Kno Turns Textbooks 3D (Video) | New Digital Media | Scoop.it

How do you make a digital textbook more than just a glorified PDF on a tablet? Kno, the tablet textbook company started by Chegg co-founder Osman Rashid, is rolling out a variety of features to try to bring textbooks to life, including Facebook integration, automated quizes, an activity stream of notes. But an update to its iPad app today points to how digital textbooks can create entirely new experiences out of static notations. In the video above, Rashid shows me Kno’s 3D modeling feature.


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