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If you're still a disbeliever who thinks the iPad won't someday displace the Mac for many uses, look no further than today's recap for proof that it's already happening. Heck, we've got Vimeo now connecting with Dropbox to get videos on their service, a personal weather station and even screenwriting tool Final Draft now on the iPad to allow work from most anywhere. So let's dig right into the news for Wednesday, August 29, 2012!
Apple's iOS devices can do just about anything, but what about acting as a personal weather station? Thanks to the folks at Netatmo, now they can. The Netatmo Weather Station syncs with a free iOS app, wirelessly transmitting weather data via Wi-Fi with an intuitive, easy-to-read interface. Among the uses for this gadget are measuring CO2 concentration as well as assessing the best time for outdoor physical activity, with complete reports on air quality right at your fingertips. Netatmo's Weather Station is now available for $179 on the company's website and an Android app is also available on Google Play.
If you've been taking advantage of Dropbox's ability to automatically upload your videos from an iOS device, the folks at Vimeo are now making it easy to port that content over to their site as well. Beginning today, Vimeo users can link their Dropbox account and make it easy to add videos without the need to upload them again. Best of all, a Dropbox folder of your choosing can be assigned to auto-upload any videos dropped into it, which is going to be super-handy for those of you embarking on a Labor Day holiday this weekend. Head to your Vimeo account (free or paid) and connect to Dropbox with just a few clicks!
Screenwriters, prepare to part with 30 bucks! The folks at Final Draft announced this week that their new iPad app Final Draft Writer is now on the App Store, and it's already racking up a number of user reviews with high praise for the company's mobile solution. Writer takes what's great about the desktop Final Draft software and moves it to the iPad, allowing users to port their version 8 FDX files to the tablet for working on the go, complete with easy-to-use features like Tab and Enter navigation, ScriptNotes and SmartType -- then bring it all back to the desktop, just as if you had never left. Best of all, the Final Draft Writer app is on sale until September 30, 2012 for only $29.99 -- a $20 savings off the normal price of $49.99 which kicks in when the clock turns to October.
Never has a video of a woman riding a bike been so mysterious! The Verge is reporting that Nokia has posted a YouTube teaser video which promises "things are about to change," which points to the company's September 5 joint announcement with Microsoft to chat up new Windows Phone 8 hardware. The 21-second video offers little in the way of clues, but it's probably safe to say that its content may have been shot with a forthcoming Nokia handset -- of which the rumor mill claims could now be three different models. As fans of the Lumia 900, we're definitely waiting impatiently to see what's being announced.
Apparently not content to help power Apple's built-in Maps navigation app on iOS 6, TomTom announced today that they'll be porting their work to the Android platform in the near future. “We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom. “Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.” The app is expected to arrive in October and include all the same great features found in the iOS version, including the ability to use the new Hands-Free Car Kit for Smartphones to keep your device charged while mounted in clear view.
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