I Feel the Need, the Need for Need for Speed Shift for iPad

Need for Speed Shift for iPad

As Maverick said to Goose, or Goose said to Maverick, or some other dude with a goofy nickname said to some other … I feel the need, the need for speed.  I spent $14.99 over the weekend on the new Need for Speed Shift for iPad.

I’m usually not much of a ‘gamer’ at all – on any platform – but I do have a little weakness for racing games.  I already have RealRacing HD on the iPad, and like it.  But … Need for Speed Shift is a whole different story.  It is the most fun I’ve had with any racing game, and the most intense experience I’ve had on the iPad yet.

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Chinese clone the iPad, add a keyboard


Well know that’s an abonination. This Chinese crazy pad runs Windows and has a 10-inch screen running an Antom N450 processor. There’s no telling if this thing actually runs or not – the screen looks pretty janky – and there are no prices.

I suspect this is a Shanzai unit that may or may not be mass produced. However, I’m sure we’ll soon see a glut of ugly, ugly iPads soon.

via ClonedinChina via Shanzaiben

An Overview of GoodReader for iPad

There’s this iPad application which is going pretty good in the App Store, GoodReader. I heard a lot of people talking about it and, after a while, I was curious. So I decided to buy it and see if it can effectively hold up to the expectations I have.

Here a my impressions so far.

First and foremost, Good Reader reads files. If you’re looking for some sort of multi-editor for multiple file types, then Good Reader isn’t the app for you. The greatest selling point of this app, in fact, is that you can connect to many kinds of online servers or your local computer to import files (images, documents) and read them / organize them into the app’s interface. Ultimately, Good Reader is an application that can pull most every kind of file from the Internet and store it into its database. You can read, but you can’t create.

If this sounds cool to you, keep on reading.  For what it does, Good Reader is a great software.

The main window of the app consists of a split view (both in portrait and landscape mode, the app doesn’t use popovers in this way) that allows you to browse your files on the left and perform various actions on the right pane. The left panel features a design very similar to Mac OS X’ one, there are folders allocated in a vertical list and the actual files are presented with the icon of their file type. If you’re used to the list view of your Mac, then you’ll immediately understand how GoodReader works here. But the left part isn’t as much interesting as the right one when it comes to “do stuff“. Indeed, GoodReader allows you to download files by simply specifying a URL, configure multiple servers and act on files much like you can on the desktop. There are 5 different tabs in this panel, each of them is very useful depending on what you want to do with a file. The first one is the Preview tab, which gives you a graphical representation of the file selected on the left. It’s very similar to what happens on Mac OS, as it can preview images, documents and videos: the video will start playing inside a thumbnail that you can even control with play / pause and a scrobber. Too bad this is sometimes buggy and slow, but I guess perfection is just an update away.


The second tab is the Find Files one, which acts similar to Spotlight and can retrieve every file based on your search criteria.  While I’d like to leave the Manage Files tab for later, Web Downloads is the fourth one, and it’s the one that lets you browse the internet or enter direct URLs to files. The URL option is nice, the possibility to browse websites using the integrated is great, given that you can even save entire web pages for offline reading. They’ll be saved as .HTML copies of the original page. The download process is fast and stable, though the app might freeze for a few seconds while initiating the download. This is quite annoying but, again, it should be fixed soon.

The last tab, Servers, is the most important feature of GoodReader. The application supports a lot of servers and online services: Dropbox, Box.net, FilesAnywhere, FTP, WebDAV, MobileMe and mail servers. Yes, mail servers: you can configure popular mail services like Gmail or your own IMAP or POP server to browse mail messages that contain attachments and save them into the app. As you can guess, the Dropbox option is neat as well, considering how popular this service among Windows and Mac users. The possibility to browse your entire Dropbox and download files to view on the iPad has turned out to be very useful: I’ve been able to view PDFs and screen recordings directly on the iPad, without the need to fire up my Macbook and leave the couch. Server files will be displayed inside a popover window, but I found weird that you can’t close the popover by tapping on another zone of the screen, you have to tap on a close button instead. This is an important usability trick the devs should fix as soon as possible. For all the other things, the servers feature is great: not only I can access and download my Dropbox and MobileMe files, but I’ve also set up my IMAP server and a Gmail account to retrieve all the attachments I receive every day.

Last about the right panel, there are some icons in the bottom toolbar that you can use to import photos from your iPad library, open the settings and start the integrated web server. The web server allows you to use your desktop browser to access the Good Reader directory and upload files from your computer, while the settings have a lot of options for every file type. Good job.


Managing and reading files with GoodReader is well realized experience and feels good overall. You can copy, paste, star using the Manage Files tab on the right, which has so far allowed me to easily move files, mark them as unread and create duplicates around. It’s full featured file managing, and feels right on the iPad, with its large screen. I appreciated the possibility to zip files, choose to open them with other applications and create a GoodReader link to paste on other apps that support this feature.


Reading PDFs with GoodReader is a good experience as well. The app offers a lot of options to bookmark pages, search for specific words and change the brightness, but I don’t like the current way the app changes pages. I heard the animation will be completely rewritten for the next update, which is great. I found myself reading a lot of documents with Good Reader, bookmarking pages for later and search for words. It’s well realized and it should get even better anytime now.

The only thing I don’t like about this app is the interface, which is not exactly elegant and great looking. I hope the developers will work on it in the future, because the app is very functional and needs a better design.

As of now, GoodReader is one of the best applications to manage files and read large documents you can find in the App Store. With Dropbox access, mail integration, encryption capabilities and lots more, this app is a must have for every iPad owner. And at $0.99 [iTunes Link], I guess there’s no doubt about it.

P.S. I hate the icon. Please update it.

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Review: Radio Flare Redux for iPhone

Radio Flare Redux combines the thrill of deep space shooting with pounding techno beats to form an incredibly addictive game with stellar visuals and sound. Published by Chillingo and priced at just $2.99, I’d definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys trance music, breathtaking visuals, and explosions.

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New iPad 3G orders to ship by May 7th

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Apple has quietly changed the shipping date for the iPad 3G in the online Apple Store. The new shipping date is listed as "by May 7th."

While this may be a slight disappointment for those who were waiting to order their iPad 3G until they were released, it appears that those that have previously pre-ordered the iPad 3G can still expect to receive theirs later this month. Several readers have informed us that pre-orders are still scheduled for "late April." Other readers indicate that they are seeing credit card charges for their 3G iPads, suggesting that those are almost ready for shipment.

Last week, Apple delayed the international iPad release by an entire month to "late May" with pre-orders starting on May 10.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

New iPad 3G orders to ship by May 7th originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jailbroken iPad Gets Voice Control, Backgrounder

Developer Will Strafach has managed to jailbreak an iPad, but we talked about this before. What’s new is that he succesfully installed Voice Control on the device, and as you can see from the video embedded after the break, it works.

A few people also haven’t noticed that his iPad is running Backgrounder, the Cydia tweak that allows to leave applications running in the background and thus multitask by switching from an app to another one. I bet Pro Switcher is working as well.

The iPad jailbreak may be only a few weeks away. Sure it will be a great solution while waiting for iPhone OS 4.0.

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Next-gen iPad said to have OLED screen (deja vu, anyone?)

The Apple rumor mill is back up and running its dirty tricks again. This time we hear that the iPad is supposed to get an OLED screen just like we heard in the past MacBook Pros and iPhpnes were going to get the better screens. So being burned at least twice before, we’re a little hesitant to take this report seriously.

DigiTimes,

Apple reportedly has started development of the second generation iPad using the same design concept as for the iPhone 4G, and will use an OLED panel, according to sources in the component industry. Apple is said to be aiming to launch the device in 2011, but a Digitimes Research senior analyst said the cost of OLED panels are much too high for the iPad.

We’re inclined to agree with the senior analyst. No one has complained about the first-gen iPad screen so Apple will likely opt to spend its budget on bigger flash memory chips and extras like a camera. Still, no one argue that an OLED-equipped iPad would be sweet. The only thing that would be better is an iPad with an USB port and SD card slot.

Review: Multi-Aspect Cam for iPhone

This simple app does a nice job of allowing you to take photos in different aspect ratios on your phone. If you're looking for something beyond the normal 2:3 aspect ratio of iPhone-shot images, you'll be pleased with the results.

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OLED Screen for the Next iPad?

I’m still surprised I managed to put my hands on an iPad, and people are already talking about the next generation. Guess we all saw that coming, and it’s not a problem anyway: if Apple releases a new model of each product every day, then you can expect the rumors spreading at any time.

Digitimes reports:

“Apple reportedly has started development of the second generation iPad using the same design concept as for the iPhone 4G, and will use an OLED panel, according to sources in the component industry. Apple is said to be aiming to launch the device in 2011, but a Digitimes Research senior analyst said the cost of OLED panels are much too high for the iPad.

Major panel makers are investing more in OLED production, with Samsung Electronics currently boasting the most OLED capacity. LG Display (LGD) acquired Eastman Kodak’s OLED division last year, while AU Optronics (AUO) plans to restart its OLED production in 2011.

The sources with the components sector said OLED panel prices are expected to drop and make it more price friendly for the iPad.”

And there you have it. OLED screen,even faster processor, front facing camera and additional storage: that’s what you’ll be hearing in the next months.

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iPad 3G to ship in the US by May 7th

Apple in the US has updated its online store today, adding a shipping date and pre-order buttons for the different versions of the iPad 3G. And it looks like Americans will be able to lay their hands on the the 3G variant of the device “by May 7th”. As with the Wi-Fi model, each customer is currently able to pre-order a maximum of just two iPads online.

Pricing: $629 for the 16GB iPad 3G, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model (needless to say, these 3G iPads are Wi-Fi-enabled as well, which is why Apple calls them “iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G”).

Data plans: $14.99 for 250MB per month or $29.99 for unlimited data (with AT&T). Here’s Apple’s new, dedicated iPad 3G page.

Leaked images of 4th generation may be real after all

Last week we saw some images that were supposed to have been of a 4th generation iPhone, and then they were noted as not being the real deal. Except, now maybe they are. The latest image, which was again posted on Engadget (and can be seen below) may be real. It turns out the iPhone in [...]


RSS Player 3.0 roadmap revealed

The Rss Player app is quite possible my favorite app, or at the very least it is one that I would not want to lose. And because of that I often wonder what future versions will bring in terms of new features. Well, thankfully for me, the developer has recently posted the Rss Player 3.0 [...]


Video: Atari 2600 Emulator Running on iPhone

We’re starting Monday with some retro-gaming fun on the iPhone for your viewing pleasure!  The video below shows the iPhone running an Atari 2600 emulator, courtesy of Manomio, the team behind the C64 iPhone game. Graphically, it looks the same as the Atari console and therefore will look very basic to anyone who didn’t own and [...]


Apple iPad with 3G now showing a May 7th shipping date

It looks like the Apple Store has recently update the availability date for the iPad 3G and is now showing a ship by date of May 7. Certainly not the end of April timeframe that we had been seeing, but at the same time it still sounds better than the end of May. Of course, [...]


iPad 3G coming by May 7th

Apple has just updated its online store with a shipping date for the 3G-equipped variants of its iPad. As you can see, all varieties of the hallowed Apple tablet should be out and about by May 7th -- meaning that some deliveries could sneak out even earlier -- and you can expect AT&T will be ready and waiting for you to activate that $30 a month unlimited data plan. Just for the European record, that means the iPad will be out in full force for American consumers three days ahead of the announcement of specific international availability. Ah well, at least that gives the UK and others hope that they might see the 3G and WiFi-only slates coming out at the same time, which should be somewhere around the end of May.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Update: We've heard from numerous tipsters that 3G iPads pre-ordered before today are still on track for a somewhat woolly "late April" delivery. It seems, therefore, that the new date relates to pre-orders being taken from here on out. Here's the direct quote from Apple's email:
"To Our Valued Apple Customer:

Thank you for your recent order of the magical and revolutionary iPad 3G.

We would like to confirm that your order will be shipped in late April as communicated at the time you placed your order. You will receive a confirmation notice when your order has shipped."

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iPad 3G Shipping by May 7

Apple just updated its store with some more information about when, exactly, we can expect the iPad 3G to ship in the U.S. The company’s exact wording is “by May 7th,” which suggests that some iPad 3Gs may be delivered before that date.

As far as international availability goes, there’s nothing new in the Apple Store about that. Apple will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on May 10, three days after iPad 3G starts shipping in the U.S. Let’s hope Apple doesn’t sell out its stock again by then.



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