Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB

Offers Twice the Storage Capacity to Create & Enjoy Even More Incredible Content

CUPERTINO, California―January 29, 2013―Apple® today announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and every day they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products for Autodesk. “These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data.”

“The features and capabilities of iPad give us the ability to set a new standard for multitrack recording and editing on a mobile device,” said Rim Buntinas, WaveMachine Labs’ CEO. “Users of the Auria app can play 48 mono or stereo 24bit/96 kHz tracks simultaneously, record up to 24 of those tracks simultaneously, and also edit and mix with familiar tools. With its portability and all-day battery life, iPad has revolutionized recording for audio professionals allowing artists to record anywhere.”

“The bottom line for our customers is winning football games, and iPad running our GamePlan solution unquestionably helps players be as prepared as possible,” said Randall Fusee, Global Apptitude Co-Founder. “The iPad’s unbeatable combination of security, being thin and light, having an incredible Retina display and also being powerful enough to handle large amounts of data enables us to deliver a product that takes film study to a new level and ultimately gives our users the best opportunity to prepare, execute and win.”

The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime® HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance**. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks around the world***, and iTunes Match℠ subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud®.

iPad runs over 800,000 apps available on the App Store℠, including more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore℠.

Pricing & Availability
The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

*1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
**Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
*** Information about LTE carriers can be found at www.apple.com/ipad/LTE.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Monday, January 28, 2013

iPad and Square Register at Just Baked

The Just Baked store in Novi Michigan uses an iPad and the Square
credit card payment system to conduct business and to receive payments
with credit cards. This is nothing new, but it is nice to see new
technology quickly adapted and used in the real world (remember the
iPad is only 3 years old).

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Watch Your Movies on iPad - Plex for iOS Review

Steaming of movies and TV shows content has exploded over the past few years, thanks to services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. These services are great because they offer a low cost monthly subscription plan, around $8 USD a month.  I have eliminated TV programming from my cable provider and now rely primarily on streaming content.  These services provide lots of content, but they don't provide every movie or all TV shows.   To supplement these services,  some movie lovers like myself maintain a separate private collection of movies and TV Episodes .

Whether you buy your content digitally from Apple or Amazon or converted your DVD discs into digital copies, you may have a collection that you want to view as well. The content, stored on the computer's internal hard drive or stored on an external USB hard drive can usually be viewed only from that computer. As most of the owners of private digital collection will quickly discover is that a single computer is not a good place to watch all of this content from. The TV is still the preferred method to watch this content.

If your computer is mobile or located near your TV and the computer has an HDMI port or HDMI doggle,  you can buy a HDMI cable and run it to your TV. Even better, get the same HDMI cable and buy an Apple TV device or a Roku Streaming device to allow you stream the content to your TV. While the big screen (32" and above) TV continues to be the preferred viewing portal in the home, the Tablet and Smartphone is definitely the next preferred portal to view media.

Naturally Netflix and Hulu Plus have made mobile applications to stream their content to these platforms. While this cool and expected, you may not realize that you can also stream your own content to these mobile devices as well. Apple has a feature called "Home Sharing" that allows you to share movies, videos and your music to your iPad (or iPhone).  That's right, you don't have to download all of your content to your device in order to watch or listen to your media. This is true if you are on the same WiFi network. So you can be on the couch with your wife and she can hog the big screen with the Housewives of Atlanta and you can watch your movie on your iPad (you will need a pair of headphones though).

While Home Sharing works well enough and it is free; it is not the best way to watch your movie collection. Home Sharing simply displays a list of movies without any movie descriptions. Plus Home Shared movies are only viewable while in your home.

One iOS app that is available in the AppStore for streaming your own content to your mobile devices is called the Plex for iOS app.  Plex for iOS provides instant access to your entire media library wherever you are. It is like having your own Netflix service at home.

Simply install the Plex Media Server on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer and enjoy your movies, TV shows, music and photo library at home or on the go.  The service downloads the cover art, movie description and other important movie details to your computer.  Plex Mobile integrates seamlessly with the desktop version. You can stop watching a movie in your living room, and continue right where you left off on your iPhone or iPad. All of your ratings, viewed status and more is kept perfectly in sync.  Plex looks fantastic.

Here are some screenshots

A Powerful Remote

Plex Mobile is also a full-functioned remote for the Mac and Windows versions of Plex Media Center. You can easily control any Plex running in your house, and play any media remotely or locally through the same rich interface.

Plex supports a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online content from Plex Channels.

Gridlee - MAME emulator makes it to AppStore again

Update #1 (02/02/2013): Tutorial: My Experiences with Gridlee for iOS - Installing ROM into Gridlee
Update #2 (03/01/2013): Gridlee Finally Removed from AppStore

If you like arcade emulators than you better get Gridlee from the AppStore before Apple discovers it.

The Gridlee game is whacky, but you can download other ROMs to play better games.

This is not for the "normal" users. ROMs are only to be used by people that own the game on other platforms and some will work and many others won't. This will frustrate even the diehard tinkers, but you can load some nice games.

No Jailbreak required, but you will need a 3rd party explorer app on the desktop to get the ROMs to the install directory.

Here is one written tutorial and another tutorial (all free tools used). If you prefer visual instructions, then watch this video guide or this video quide.

I think it is interesting that most of the games used in the tutorials will not run without getting the "The selected game is missing one or more required ROM or CHD images. Please select a different game." error, but the writer don't provide a workaround for this error. I have tried many ROMs, about 1 in 10 work.

Here is sample of the game that work:
  • 10-Yard Fight
  • Alien vs. Predator
  • Avengers
  • Kung-Fu Master
  • Macho Mouse
  • Popeye
  • Pac-Man (Called PuckMan)
  • Q*Bert (I can't play it well just like I couldn't at the arcade)
  • Raiden
  • Rampage
  • Spy Hunter
  • Shoot Out
  • Space Invaders
  • Tehkan World Cup (Soccer)
  • Zombie Raid

UPDATE: I did get the iCade cabinet (Here is the video):

Also, I have tons more ROMS; check out my guide (Tutorial: My Experiences with Gridlee for iOS - Installing ROM into Gridlee)

Download Gridlee from the AppStore for iPad or iPhone.

This is so cool, I just might have to get a ION iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad. This cabinet will turn your ipad into an arcade machine.

Not so adventurous? Well you can get your arcade on with the Midway Arcade Free app which includes the coin-op hit JOUST plus 4 arcade favorites: Air Hockey, Arcade Basketball, Pool and Roll Ball.

Enjoy your favorite Midway classics from the golden age of arcade gaming - without having to scavenge the couch for quarters! The Midway Arcade paid version INCLUDES 10 GAMES!!!! Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust, RootBeer Tapper, Defender and Arch Rivals. Plus 4 Arcade favorites: Air Hockey, Arcade Basketball, Pool, and Roll Ball.

Here are the iPhone versions (free or paid)


Carl W. Brooks
Check out my iPad/iOS/Mac technology website

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Post PC Era: iPhones and iPads Sales UP; Macs and iPods Sales DOWN

Apple reported, the company sold a record 47.8 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.1 million Macs, compared to 5.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 12.7 million iPods in the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter. iPod Touch was half of the sales of all iPods sold. Listen the Q1 - 2013 Financial Results call.

Virus protection for the iPad!? You Kidding me!

On Jan 9, 2013, at 8:47 AM, bjkleck wrote: "Hello all, tonight at a meeting I was using my iPad for notes....I had another member ask me if I had a virus protection on my iPad...she said that the iPad and iPhones are getting virus. I always thought the apple items did not need virus protection. Anyone have feedback on this for me. Thanks, Barb"

Sorry Virginia (I mean Barb) there are no iOS viruses!

The iOS software is so locked down that it would be almost impossible
for a to loaded and executed even if it was one made for it.

The worst things that has ever happened on an iOS device were rogue
developers who have had hidden features in the app to allow the app to
do things that Apple didn't intend; like free cellular data tethering.

You could possibly get an app that asks for access to your contacts
and misuse that information.

If you search the AppStore for virus protection apps, you will find
some very questionable apps that either take advantage of your fear,
takes advantage of their brand name or just take a single element and
tries to build it to be bigger than it is. For example Norton/Symantec
has an app that mentions everything but virus in its description. It
is just trying to relevant, without cause, in the iOS ecosystem.
Another example is VirusBarrier that scans your emails in your iOS for
risks that could potentially infect your desktop or laptop computer.

Today, you should have no worries. Even with a Jailbroken iOS device,
where the risk is increased dramatically, there is very little concern
unless you are just go buck wild and start loading any and everything
app you see.


Carl W. Brooks
Check out my iPad/iOS/Mac technology website

Much Needed and Long Overdue iOS Features

Mr. Cook,

First I all I want to say thanks for live streaming the last announcement event to the Apple devices, it was an easy way to show appreciation to your customers (the people most likely to enthusiastically share this knowledge with other potential customers - beyond the press).  

I wanted to request a couple of features that are long overdue. I know that you will get this information to the appropriate team. 

Tim, we as iOS users are delighted, that the AppStore has over 711,420 apps available for download. While most users will only need about 20 good apps to make the iOS device extremely useful to them, there are some of us that have over 100 apps (I have 519 apps on my 32GB iPhone 5 and even more on my 64GB iPad 3). An iOS feature that is desperately needed is the ability to move multiple apps at once. 

As you are quite aware, it is quite painful to move a  single app from screen to screen; imagine trying to organize 10-20 app icons. Giving us the ability to easily move icons between home screens; tapping each app icon (adding a check mark on each icon) to select them and then pressing the home button on the destination screen or folder to move them would solve this.

Another much need feature is one that would allow us to lock individual apps and folders. As you are both delightfully and profitability aware, people have their whole lives in their smartphones. Pick up anyone's smartphone and you can learn a whole lot about them in a matter of seconds by viewing their SMS messages, emails, and pictures.  Add apps like Facebook, Twitter, Mint or PageOnce to the discovery process and you can easily share more unintended material to both deliberate and innocent eyes. 

Sure the iOS devices allows a device level passcode that prevent prying eyes from seeing this information if the device is lost, but what about more likely encounters where you wish to share "some" information with someone? Have you ever shared your wedding pictures or that funny email with a boss, friend, colleague, family member or child? Are they still looking at the original content after a few minutes in?  Have you ever wondered that?  Even if you never had that situation, you may have had this experience or have seen the following; you are on a long road trip or even a trip around town and your child is in the back seat complaining about being "bored".  What do people do more than often these days? We hand the kid the iPhone or iPad to watch a movie or play a game. 

What else are the kids  doing with our iPhone in the back of the vehicle? Deleting some of our apps? Moving icons around? Emailing our boss a picture of the back of our head? Who knows! 

I bet you are thinking, " Just use the Guided Access feature that we added within the Accessibility area in Settings on iOS 6". This will work in some situations, but not all.  

Sometimes you need people to be able to view multiple apps in a short timeframe. During this time, you would have to unlock the device or break free the Guided access.

When you hand your unlocked device to someone, you are literally handing your live over to them. 

There are times when you just don't want people to even see the icon of your apps. Maybe you have a sexual positions app that you and your wife are experimenting with. Maybe you are Muslim, but look at the Bible from time to time; what would your brothers think?  I am sure you get the point. 

Other times you don't want them to be able to open certain apps. You don't want them opening your PageOnce or Mint app and seeing your financial data. You might not want them to see your  Internet purchases via the Slice app. 

The ability to lock individual apps is far overdue! The PC era, we could get away with a single access password because every user had their own ID and password. We are in a post PC world and the rules have changed. Give us the ability to lock individual apps. 

In a nutshell, Parental Controls must be added to iOS to control access to a kid's primary device as well as better restrictions to a primary device for controlled access to sensitive data. 

Lastly, we need the ability to have unlimited apps in folders. Why do I have to have 4 Productivity folders,  6 Photography folders and 10 Game folders to hold my apps? Allow us to place All similar apps in a single folder.  

Carl W. Brooks
Check out my iPad/iOS/Mac technology website

Is Your Mac protected? Orbicule's Undercover for Mac

Hey gang, many of you have Macs so I'll share this with you. I know Kris recently had his iPad stolen and most of you already kno...