Apple’s Digital AV Adapter provides video output from your iPad 2 in 1080p—although movies still play at 720p. But it works with any app, mirroring the display to your TV, projector, or other HDMI device. (Bring your own HDMI cable, of course.) It’s even got a 30-pin dock port so you can charge or sync your iPad while it’s connected to the TV. Bonus: it works with the first iPad (running iOS 4.3), the iPhone 4, and the fourth-gen iPod touch, although those devices all top out at 720p output. It delivers audio too! With this $39 dongle, you can “sneakernet” videos from your Mac to your TV via the iPad, instead of needing a $99 Apple TV. Smart.
What if you could just slap a joystick on your iPad anytime you wanted to play a game and get a tactile response and control precision that fingers alone can’t provide? It sounds like some visionary prototype of a distant future, but they exist today, and that futuristic voodoo magic is really just suction cups. Even better, these stick-on accessories can actually improve your iPad gaming experience—or at least one of them can.
If a Chinese case manufacturer is to be believed, Apple’s next iPad may come with quite a few new ports and functionality -- including both front and rear cameras, an SD card slot and even a port that appears to accept a mini DisplayPort cable.
Anyone that has ever spent time gaming on an iPad knows how glorious and in turn, frustrating the experience can be. While some games lend themselves to the tablet's touch and tap interface, other games, such as first person shooters and flight sims can be a torment to play, as one wrong move of that virtual control pad can translate into a game-ending loss of tragic proportions. The folks at Ten One Design Understand this, and accordingly have come up with an elegant solution to help you get your frag on. Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet the Fling tactile game controller for iPad.
The Zomm was created by a mom on a treadmill who was watching Oprah. She prayed for something to invent, and some higher power inspired her to make a Bluetooth “leash” that beeps extremely loudly if your phone is over 30 feet away. She didn’t stop there, though, adding speakerphone capability, a panic button, and an emergency button that automatically calls 911 like those “help, help, I fell down” necklaces. And no matter how fully featured and well-designed this device is, that Zomm mom should warn you that, like a pet, a Zomm is a lot of responsibility. For every one time the Zomm might save your phone from being misplaced or stolen, there will be hundreds of times you’ll have to return to your desk to grab your Zomm (which fits conveniently on key rings), deactivate something you accidentally activated, or tell the police that there’s no emergency, just a trigger-happy Zomm. Even so, after extensive testing, we can verify that it works as advertised--with several caveats.
We know--that iPad is all that's kept you from going crazy at work, right? It keeps you entertained at work and puts a little kick in your daily grind. In this week's Best Case Scenario, we reviewed three cases that would go over well at work, plus a hand strap that you could use to show off the iPad during presentations, or pretend to make it fly.
This week's Best Case Scenario explores two very utilitarian iPad bags, including one that’s virtually theft proof. Plus, Booq has a brand new iPad Folio case that's as rugged as it is cool looking, and ColorWare released a kitschy handle grip for the iPad that's a whopping three Benjamins.
All Hail the iPad! And why not? After all, Cupertino's slick little device has been an unparalleled hit, and not just for Apple. Remember DVD players and how quickly those ended up in every home? Yeah, well the iPad is crushing the DVD player in adoption rates. Yeah, you read that right, and you're gonna keep on reading, because this is In Case You Missed It, kids, and we mean business.
It's that time again! Time to win some wonderful prizes from your favorite editors at Mac|Life! This time around, we're giving away three Incipio cases for the iPod touch 4G, including the Edge case, the Hive Gaming Case and a bright pink and neon Dotties set.
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