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March 8, 2015

How to use FaceTime on iPad

The mobile devices we use today all started out with a humble beginning, the mobile phone. The purpose of those old mobile phones was for one thing, communication. This purpose remains true today, but perhaps in different forms, including the addition of chat and email messaging over top of SMS, and video calls in place of audio only conversation. The aptly named FaceTime does just this, providing video calls on your Apple devices.

Here is how to use FaceTime on iPad

While the instructions to use similar services like Skype or Hangouts would vary somewhat from platform to platform, FaceTime benefits from only operating on Apple devices in that regard. And the steps to [...]

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November 8, 2013

iPad Air flunks torture test – screen cracks after short drop on dirt mound (video)

A video shows the iPad Air dropped from about five feet face down into a mound of dirt that, admittedly seems to have a lot of little rocks in it, but the results are disastrous, the iPad Air's screen is completely destroyed.

The iPad Air is also dropped onto concrete, immersed in water and, in a danger few are likely to face, blown apart by an AirSoft M7 air gun. 

If you bought an iPad Air without insurance or Apple's AppleCare+, that might be something to reconsider. 

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November 4, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 gets more juice – software update gives tablet 25% more battery life

In testing done by Anandtech, the Surface Pro 2 ran over 8 hours while browsing the web over Wi-Fi. That's a jump up from 6.6 hours before the latest software update was released. The improvement also means you can play video over Wi-Fi 16% longer to 7.75 hours from 6.65 pre-update.

But the Surface Pro 2 still trails the competition by a bit, scoring 8.330 versus 9.480 for the iPad Air and 12.230 for the latest Google Nexus model. 

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October 31, 2013

Microsoft details how it made the new Surface 2 tablets (video)

Groene, who’s official title is director of design on the Surface team, tackles everything from how design and engineering work meshed together to what fabric is being used on the Type Cover 2.

“We don’t design it first, and then engineer it,” said Groene in the video. “We design and engineer it always together.”

(Worth reading: Microsoft explains how it improved the Surface tablets in new video & Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet is a big leap forward but is it enough?)

 
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October 30, 2013

Lenovo’s new Yoga tablets set a new high for tablet battery life

The Yoga tablets, available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch models, will provide 12 to 14 hours when watching high-definition video, said Lenovo rep Stephen Miller. The tablets can run much longer if the screen is set to lower brightness or if used for less demanding tasks than video. 

Other tablets typically run as long as 11 hours under the best conditions. 

The 8-inch Yoga is priced at $249, while the 10.1-inch model is $299.

 

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October 29, 2013

Poignant moment as Disney pushes new TV series onto tablets first, cable later

The new series, entitled “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West”, is aimed at children aged 2 to 7 and is expected to arrive on the Watch Disney Junior app and a related micro website on November 24. The series will then hit the firm’s two traditional TV networks – Disney Channel and Disney Junior – in early 2014.

One of the company’s execs explained the rationale behind the move to The New York Times.

“We have been amazed at how quickly kids have embraced this new technology," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president of Disney Junior Worldwide. "We’re talking billions of minutes spent [...]

 
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October 10, 2013

Revenue from mobile ads doubled in first half hitting $3 billion

The increase was 145% jump from the $1.2 billion for the first half of 2012, according a report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

In addition to outright growth, analysts attributed part of the rise to improvements in the ability to better measure the success of mobile ads.

"Mobile advertising's breakneck growth is evidence that marketers are recognizing the tremendous power of smaller screens," said Randall Rothenberg, CEO of IAB in a statement.

David Silverman, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which authored the study sponsored by IAB, said a "profound shift" is underway in how consumers view media on mobile devices [...]

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October 10, 2013

Future tablets could let you ‘feel’ what’s on the screen

In a new video, Disney Research explains how it is working on a new process called "rendering 3D tactile features on touch surfaces". The technique combines electro vibration and Disney's own algorithm to make for a tactile 3D screen which allows human hands to feel the textures or even the shape of an object displayed on screen.

The firm’s video on the tactile display provides a detailed breakdown of the technology, while there is also a research paper on the matter for those who want to dive even deeper.

Disney Research is no stranger to forward-thinking ways of interacting with objects. The firm is also responsible for a touch sensor [...]

 
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October 8, 2013

Augmented reality app helps you shop for glasses online (video)

With Smart Vision you can create an augmented-reality 3D model of a face from a 2D image taken with an iPad.

Online retailer Glasses.com developed an iPad app using Smart Vision that lets users see a realistic, 180-degree image of their face in 3D wearing different styles of glasses.

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October 1, 2013

An ‘iPad 5′ with space gray casing and black front bezel appears in video

The video, from YouTube channel Unbox Therapy, shows a quick comparison of the purported 9.7-inch iPad's rear casing in Apple's new "Space Gray" color, meant to be a replacement for the outgoing "Slate.

Interestingly, the space gray casing is not fitted with the embedded magnets used to attach Apple's Smart Covers, suggesting the part is a prototype or an early production component.

Apple is widely expected to unveil a new iPad later this month though the company, as per it's standard practice, refuses to comment on any products rumored to be in the works.

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