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  • Apple iPad

    by Published on April 11th, 2013 10:38
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    There's been plenty of murmuring that Apple is working on a retooled fifth-generation iPad that's sporting the same design language as the iPad Mini and iPhone 5. The folks over at nowhereelse think that they've snagged a picture of the white facia for the latest iteration of the slate -- and the site does have prior form in this department. The biggest difference compared to the third and fourth generation devices is the narrower bezel that runs down the sides and those chamfered shiny edges, Word of the Day fans.

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/10/n...ad-front-shot/
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    by Published on April 10th, 2013 23:40
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    DigiTimes has reported that production for the iPad 5 will kick off in July-August 2013.
    The publications says that sources within the Taiwan-based supply chain makers claim that the new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the fourth-gen one and will adopt the slim bezel design of the iPad mini.
    This in in keeping with a report back in January made by Analyst Brian White, although White put the release date as early as last month.
    The sources say that yield rates for key components, such as touch panels, will be a ‘major concern for smooth production’.
    http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/...in-july/030682
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    by Published on April 8th, 2013 22:11
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    5. Apple iPad,
    6. Apple iPhone

    GameStop has announced the expansion of its trade-in program will have the retailer now accepting smartphones from Samsung, BlackBerry, and Motorola.
    Trade-in customers can receive either cash or in-store credit at all US GameStop shops. The store has been building its trade-in program since it began in 2011, and now sells refurbished iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.
    GameStop is celebrating the news by offering $10 of additional in-store creidt for items valued between $20 and $49.99, $25 for items valued between $50 and $124.99, and $50 for items valued at or over $125.
    Those interested in getting a quote on how GameStop values a particular device, can visit the official trade-in website.

    http://www.gamestop.com/
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    by Published on April 4th, 2013 21:11
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    GAME has announced it's selling a new range of tablets, ranging from budget £59.99 devices to the iPad 4.
    Previously, GAME only stocked and sold one tablet - the ASUS Google Nexus 7 - but it's decided to increase its range by making another eight tablets available to buy either in-store or online.These range from obvious inclusions like the iPad 4 and iPad Mini to more budget offerings like the £59.99 DGM T-704S. GAME is also stocking the Archos GamePad, an Android tablet with physical buttons that lets you map on-screen virtual controls to those buttons.The full list of tablets now available at GAME in-store and online is as follows:DGM T-704S (RRP £59.99)DGM T-909 (RRP £89.99)ARNOVA 10D G3 (RRP £99.99)ACER Iconia B1-A71 (RRP £99.99)ARCHOS GamePad (RRP £129.99)DGM T-1006 (RRP £149.99)ASUS Google Nexus 7 32GB (RRP £199.99)Apple iPad Mini 16GB (RRP £269)Apple iPad 4 16GB (RRP £399)

    http://www.game.co.uk/webapp/wcs/sto...lets-_-Tablets
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    by Published on April 2nd, 2013 12:39
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    Apple is to launch an official gamepad for iOS devices “soon”, according to a report.
    As reported by PocketGamer, the dedicated controller is set to be formally announced at the mobile giant’s annual press event in April.
    A number of developers said although they have yet to see the gamepad first-hand, Apple, operating under a different name at GDC, has told them what to expect.
    The gamepad could be part of Apple’s plans long-expected plans to tackle the TV in the living room.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/apple...report/0113427
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    by Published on March 29th, 2013 21:02
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    Developers at GDC claim controller will be revealed next month

    Apple is to launch an official gamepad for iOS devices “soon”, according to a report.
    As reported by PocketGamer, the dedicated controller is set to be formally announced at the mobile giant’s annual press event in April.

    A number of developers said although they have yet to see the gamepad first-hand, Apple, operating under a different name at GDC, has told them what to expect.
    The gamepad could be part of Apple’s plans long-expected plans to tackle the TV in the living room.
    The announcement of any kind of console, Smart TV or other TV-connected hardware would provide a huge challenge to the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, and would also be worrying news for the wave of new Android TV companies such as Ouya and GameStick.

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/4...al-iOS-gamepad
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    by Published on March 28th, 2013 02:09
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    3. Apple iPad,
    4. Apple iPhone

    Today’s mobile phones are used for more than simply placing phone calls. In fact, these devices have basically become pocket sized computers permitting users to perform many tasks while on the go. To coordinate all of these tasks, these phones require an operating system much like a computer. Currently the two most popular are Android and the IOS. When examining the effectiveness of each operating system for gaming purposes, the IOS is definitely the best for gamers.

    Many gamers play casino games at online casinos. When playing online, it is imperative to have a secure device through which to access one’s games. The IOS has top of the line security built into it. When playing online, online casino apps are automatically encrypted to protect your sensitive information. The IOS also uses HTML5 to permit online casino games to be easily played within one’s browser.

    This is more efficient than relying on plug-ins such as Adobe Flash which is not supported by IOS. It also prevents needless updating and installations of these plugins. Also when using the browser, games can now opt to make the view full screen which is ideal when playing online casino games. It makes it much easier to take advantage of the graphics.

    People who own mobile devices with the IOS also have more casino games available to them. Many online casinos such as Lucky Nugget, at http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/au/online-pokies do provide apps which can make their games more accessible. Just about any land based casino game can be found in an online version for IOS. Table games such as roulette, poker, blackjack and baccarat can be played with IOS devices. Most online casino sites provide a wide range of variations on some of these games. Slot machines are another online casino game which many enjoy. Some of these have been especially developed for online casinos while other games are adaptation from those in land based casinos. ...
    by Published on March 19th, 2013 01:47
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    5. Apple iPhone,
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    Overview : Max Connect is a MicroUSB to HDMI MHL Adapter Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) that is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Evo 4G Tablet, HTC Sensation 4G, Sprint Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy Nexus and many more.

    Features :

    • MHL Adapter allows you to connect a MicroUSB (5 Pin) port to a HDMI (Type A) equipped device
    • Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) function to use with HDTV remote control to control videos on a mobile device
    • Designed for use with mobile devices featuring MHL technology. Make sure your phone is compatible before purchasing
    • Connect a MHL compatible device to an HDMI TV
    • Supports video resolutions up to 1080p and digital audio
    • Includes 50cm long cable and 170cm long HDMI cable for better control performance


    Quality/Usability : With camera and video improving on mobile devices, people are starting to use it more and more especially if you don't have your camera on you. But it's hard to show your friends and family pictures on your phone's screen. There's only so many people that can hover over your phone display. So why not display it on your TV?

    Rather than get the OEM Samsung MHL adapter, I opted to try a 3rd party device. XCM is well known in the video game accessories scene and I have reviewed many of their gaming accessories. The quality of their products are very well made for an aftermarket company. So I thought I would give their Max Connect MHL adapter a try.


    The XCM Max Connect MHL Adapter doesn't come with much. You get the MHL adapter and it comes with an HDMI cable. The only thing you have to supply yourself is the device (smartphone or tablet) and microUSB charger/cable.



    There isn't much to the MHL adapter. One end lets you plug in a HDMI cable. The other end has a wire with a microUSB cable and in the middle of the XCM Max Connect MHL adapter is a port for you to connect your microUSB charging cable into and to power the adapter.


    [/B]I own a Samsung Galaxy S3 which is MHL compatible and the hardware is slightly different from other devices. The S3 uses 11-pin microUSB rather than the usual 5-pin (newer devices will soon be using 11-pin). Since the smartphone is an 11-pin, it will not work with the MHL adapters. In order for me to get the Max Connect to work with the Galaxy S3, I had to buy a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter. These adapters cost only $2-$3 depending where you purchase from (no need to get fancy with brand name as they all do the same thing). This allowed me to convert the MHL adapters 5-pin microUSB into a 11-pin microUSB so that it would work with the Galaxy S3.
    [B]

    Getting it all setup is fairly easy.

    1. Connect the HDMI cable into the MHL adapter and your TV.
    2. Connect the microUSB charging cable into the MHL adapter.
    3. Connect the other end of the microUSB charging cable to a power source (wall or laptop).
    4. Connect the MHL adapter into the microUSB port on your device. This is the same port that you would normally use to charge your device.
    5. Select the appropriate HDMI Port on your TV (consult your TV owner's manual).
    6. The TV screen will display what is on your phone.

    NOTE: Please ensure that your device has MHL capabilities.


    Since it is connected to a microUSB charging cable and power source, it will also charge your device. No need to worry about your phone running out of battery.

    Here are some samples of what it would look like on your HDTV. The HDTV display is a 55" Samsung LED.

    Phone Home Screen:

    YouTube and Google Maps:

    Video Player (The Walking Dead):

    I can now watch videos on a bigger screen whether it's videos that I loaded to my phone or videos that I have recorded on my phone.

    Picture Gallery:

    If I have guest over, we no longer have to pass the phone around or huddle around a phone. We can now view all the images we want on a big screen and comfortably.

    Web Browser (Google Chrome):

    You really wouldn't want to view the web from your phone if you're home and have access to a tablet, laptop or desktop but this is just to show what you can do and how it would look.

    Games (Candy Crush):

    Yes, we can play our games on a bigger screen but we would still need to take a look at our phone so we can see where we're pressing. But it's cool though.

    Pretty much whatever is displayed on your device is displayed on your TV. You can now watch videos, view pictures, browse the web and play games all on a bigger screen at resolutions of up to 1080p. The color and clarity of the output is very good. It also depends the quality of your HDTV and its settings. The refresh rate is pretty smooth as well. The pictures above doesn't do its justice.

    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM Max Connect MHL MicroUSB to HDMI Adapter Cable displays whatever is on your device on to your TV. The Official Samsung MHL adapter with 5-pin to 11-pin adapter costs $40 retail without HDMI cable. Even if you have to go out and buy a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter, it's still cheaper. It may not cost much but I liked the fact that they included an HDMI ...
    by Published on March 15th, 2013 23:55
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    If you've been lusting after Apple's latest tablet offerings but couldn't muster the funds to snag one, you just might have your chance now. Seemingly a rite of passage for Apple products, the Cupertino company is now offering the iPad Mini and the 4th-gen iPad for slightly cheaper prices as refurbs. Depending on the model, they're on sale for anywhere from six to ten percent off. For example, the 16GB 4th-gen iPad sans LTE is now $449 after a $50 discount, while an LTE-free 32GB Mini is $389 after a $40 discount. Not every single iteration is in stock at the moment -- the base 16GB Mini isn't listed, for instance -- but we're sure the inventory will be filled out soon enough. Have a peek at the source to see if you can score yourself a sweet deal on a bonafide Apple tablet that's almost as good as new.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad

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    by Published on March 14th, 2013 00:28
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    Haven’t we been here before?
    The Daily Mail has today run yet another story of a child racking up a overdraft-smashing bill on a free-to-play iOS title. This time it’s The Simpsons Tapped out, in which eight-year-old Theo Rowland-Fry spent £980 on virtual donuts.
    “It was only when my wife rang me and asked where all the money had gone that we found out what had happened,” Theo’s dad said. “She got a statement and saw there were more than 100 purchases on iTunes for between £1.50 and £75, from the middle of January and the beginning of this month.
    “We received no emails alerting us to what was happening. If you buy something on Amazon you have to agree to pay for it, enter additional information to pay and then get a confirmation email so you can keep track. With the iPad it seems to be a free-for-all.
    “I appreciate children are their target audience but it is not right and there needs to be specific controls in place to stop this from happening. I dread to think how many people this has happened to and how many it has happened to and they don't even know about it because perhaps it was £50 and they didn't realise.”
    Apple has already agreed to refund the cash.
    Dad added: “iPads can be great for keeping them occupied but there has to be more control.” Which presumably means the in-built parental control settings?
    That is, unless he’s too busy to take those precautions. “We got Theo and his sister Evie an iPad to help with their schoolwork but Theo's is away in a drawer at the moment,” dad said. “We just don't have time to monitor what they are playing.”
    If that’s true then perhaps the kids shouldn’t have been given their own iPad in the first place.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/apple...donuts/0112347
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