I usually despise April Fool’s Day pranks, but this one is so awesome, I wish it was real. I would totally play with this with my kids.Â It’s a miniature Apple Store in the form of a Playmobil playset.
Only hardcore Apple fanboys and fangirls need apply.
For $25 plus shipping, you can show the world just how serious you are about your love for the world’s most magical phone — the iPhone. That hefty price is probably related to the unusual size of the cards, which are about an inch taller than the standard. There’s also theÂ smoothly rounded-off corners, made to match the design of the iPhone 3G and its tapered back.
My favorite part is the cheeky variations on some of the cards, where iOS interface elements are superimposed over the card faces. The Queen of Diamonds, for example, has an iPhone keyboard covering the lower half of the “screen,” complete with the “Q” already selected. The King of Spades appears to be calling you, while the King of Hearts “would like to use your current location.”
Lest you have any lingering doubt that Apple’s iOS is a gaming platform to be reckoned with, today’s events hammered the idea home.
The iPad 2, just unveiled today by His Steveness, features a graphics processing that’s nine times the speed of the original iPad. That’s some monstrous horsepower, particularly for a device that was already more powerful than all other handheld gaming devices. And don’t forget, the iPad has a bigger screen than any other handheld console, so the fact that it’s now going to be able to power high-def games at 9x the original’s speed, on all that screen real estate, is incredibly impressive.
The iPad 2 also has video cameras facing front and back, FaceTime video chat, and a significantly thinner, lighter frame. Just like the iPhone 4, the new iPad has a gyroscope, and there’s a new version of iOS coming with it — version 4.3. It comes in two colors — black and white.
Curiously, despite all that extra processing power, Apple didn’t up the iPad’s storage capacity at all. The iPad 2 comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, just like its predecessor. You’d think gamers in particular would crave more space to store downloaded games.
Not a single game was mentioned in the Apple keynote this morning, but did you happen to notice where the Apple keynote took place? It was held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and would you look at that? The Yerba Buena Center is right across the street from the Moscone Convention Center, where the annual Game Developer’s Conference is taking place all this week.
And what was Nintendo’s big keynote news? That a new Super Mario Galaxy game is coming to the 3DS (good stuff), and that streaming Netflix movies will be available on the 3DS (meh). The company also took some potshots at game “apps” and their “quantity over quality” approach to sales.
Nintendo’s new handheld launches on March 27th.
Apple’s iPad 2, meanwhile, beats them to the punch by hitting stores two weeks earlier, on March 11th.
Apple has declared war on the handheld gaming marketplace. Don’t let anybody tell you differently.
If you think that your iPad is the best thing that Apple has ever come up with, think again! The rumor mill is ablaze with talk that the iPad 2 is coming out very very soon; although, as usual, no one can give any conclusive data.
If you are detail kind of guy, then you will love this video I discovered earlier today. Somehow, this guy got his hands on the much awaited Apple iPad 2. Being the sharing person that he is, he decided to share his experiences with the iPad 2. He even made a very comprehensive video, which reviews practically all the features that the new iPad has to offer.
Here’s the best review of the Apple iPad 2 that you will ever see. It’s a little long, but hey, if you want to get the dish, you’ll have to watch the whole thing!
What did I tell you? It can’t get any better than that, can it? As for me, I can’t wait till they actually get the iPad 2 out. It will certainly add some value to my
non-existent jogging routine. For some, it will be the perfect upgrade for the drinks coaster that the first iPad already is.
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Anyone who has had to write a paper that required bibliographical notes knows how much of a pain it could be. You have to know which style your audience requires. You have to know it by heart – either that or always check the style guide. Freelance writers with clients who require a specific style will be able to relate. So can students in college or uni.
As a matter of fact, there is an app for that! A bunch of undergrads from the University of Waterloo have put their heads together for the benefit of all students – and writers – out there and have created an app that will scan the barcode of a book and then e-mail you the citation. I know what you’re thinking – it sucks to have gotten your degree many years ago and to have laboriously put together all those citations!
The app goes one step further by covering all bases. You can choose which style to follow – APA, Chicago, IEEE, or MLA. This actually reminds me of that Big Bang Theory episode where the guys got together to create an app that would read handwritten differential equations and solve them. This app is for real, though, and is called Quick Cite. ((Get it at the App Store for 99 cents)) For those of you who will save hours and hours of work, thank the guys at 7Cubed. ((7Cubed Site))
Here’s a video that will give you a little more insight into the app.
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