A TV show is obligated to do something unique for its season finale, but a tower of iPads is not necessarily what that obligation entitles. CBS’ police drama The Mentalist stuck such a tower into a character’s room. Rather than an unexpected headline-grabber (wait, are we geeks really this desperate
With mere hours remaining until the iPad goes on sale at Apple Stores and Best Buys around the country, many celebrities have managed to get their hands on the device. David Letterman had one on his show last night and showed it off along side a list of 10 questions to ask yourself before waiting in line for an iPad.
We poked around the iTunes App Store for the coolest and most unique iPad apps and came up with a list of some of the apps we'll be trading in our weekly Starbucks allowance to purchase. In no particular order, below is a small sampling of what we liked.
Because you should always be able to control your old muscle car with your iPod touch. Per the Wired Gadget Lab, car hacker Dave Phipps has modified his restored 1969 Pontiac GTO inside and out with changes that include automatic windows and doors, a wireless network, and voice control via Bluetooth. Phipp’s latest hack is an app running on his iPod touch that controls every subsystem of his car.
To accomplish this, Phipps first installed a Linksys router inside the car to create a wireless network. He then hooked up a RedEyebase station, a unit which typically allows an iPhone or iPod touch to tap into a home theater system. The RedEye is then connected to the car’s various electronic systems, as well as numerous servos and other controllers.
Last week Apple updated the iPad SDK, which most notably added Safari to the iPad simulator. While it's certainly not the same as surfing the net on a for-real iPad, it's really cool to see how it works. So to show off all that new shiny, our friends at 9 to 5 Mac recorded a quick walkthrough video of Safari on the iPad. Take a look:
When the iPhone had only been in the public eye for a short time, the challenges posed by the virtual keyboard were a real concern. Now, after it's been in use for several years, one person is stepping up and claiming to be the fastest typer on an iPhone in the world, clocking in at an impressive 56 words per minute. Check out the video after the break!
MobileCrunch has a great piece outlining five super-cool things the iPhone could learn from its big brother, the iPad. But if you're not into reading long editorials, we'll try to sum it up for you.
First up is Bluetooth keyboard support. Not only does the iPad support that neato keyboard dock, you can simply pair a Bluetooth keyboard with it and go. Next is desktop file access, which lets you access files of any kind within any third-party app that supports it. Third-party apps can also support specific file types, which means that developers can broadcast their app's ability to read any file they want. The iPad can also create PDF documents, perfect for working with iWork apps, etc.
I don't want to speak for everyone here at iPhone Alley, but I get the feeling that most of us were underwhelmed by the iPad seeming more like a huge iPod touch than a touch-based Mac. Oh sure, it has some really pretty looking versions of Contacts and Calendar, but come on! It's a big-ass iPod touch!
Turns out we're not the only ones who feel this way, and in perfect Internet form, YouTube user midnightblade extended the classic "Hitler responds to" meme with this little gem:
Ever wish you could record a song but lack the ability to actually play an instrument? WaveMachine Labs has an app for that! Voice Band [App Store, $2.99] lets you transform your voice into 10 different instruments and record it in real time! You can even lay down multiple instrument tracks to create an entire song. And for those who can't stay in key, Voice Band includes some auto-pitch assistance as well.
Check out a video of the app below!
There have been a few accessories made by various companies to enhance the game enjoying experience on the iPhone and iPod touch, but nothing as cool as what this guy made with a few legos and some spare time. It was floating around Twitter all morning, really is a perfect example of thinking creatively. And with iPhone racing games and Legos, how could you go wrong? Video after the break.