What are some of your favorite apps for the iPad? Here are a few of mine with a brief explanation:
1. MOG - I have written about it before, but they added an iPad specific app and made it even better. For around $10 a month you get access to millions of songs. The iPad app looks sweet and the sound over wifi is great at 320kpbs.
2. Zinio - My favorite magazine app.
3. Splashtop HD - take control of a computer and the sound can be sent to the iPad.
4. Zite - "Personalized Magazine" that lets you check off your favorite topics and it will create a magazine with articles from the news and blogs that suit your taste.
5. Downcast - You can pick out podcasts (audio or video) and they can be shared across devices.
6. Nightstand - Gives you the time and weather. It lets you dim the display by sliding your fingers up or down.
7. iPhoto - I love Photostream because I can take a pic with my iPhone and it shows up on my Macs and iPad. I can then edit the photos right in iPhoto.
8. Slingplayer - You need a Slingbox to use this app, but it allows you to stream video from whatever you have plugged into the Slingbox to your iPad. I use it with Directv and with an over the air antenna. If we have weather so bad that Directv doesn't come in, I can usually pic up programming using the OTA antenna.
9, Kindle Cloud Reader - You have to download this "app" from Amazon's website, but it gives you access to their store. The Kindle app in the App Store does not allow you to purchase books, but the Cloud Reader does.
10. Rowmote Pro - This is great if you have a computer hooked up to your TV, but don't want to keep a keyboard and mouse near the couch. I have a Mac Mini in a separate room that has HDMI running through the wall into my home theater system. This makes it easy to control the mini right from the app.
11. Remote - Access your computer's iTunes Library and lets you send it to Apple TVs or other Airplay devices. It also has a feature to allow the user to control Apple TVs.
12. Netflix - Looks great on the new iPad.
13. Flipboard/Pulse Reader - I put these together since they do the same thing...access blogs, news, Facebook, and Twitter..but do it in a different way.
14. Aquarium - a cool aquarium app
15. SiriusXM - My favorite thing about this app is that it lets you create a page of favorite stations. It will show the album covers of what is currently playing and you can simply push on the cover and it will switch to that channel.
16. Audiotap - stream your lossless music library in original format.
17. iHeartRadio - listen to music from everywhere
18, jazzradio - gives you tons of commercial free choices like Trumpet, Sax, Classic, etc... It is an iPhone app, but I still use it quite a bit on the iPad.
19. USA Today - A great free way to get the propaganda for the day.
20. There are still a lot of apps I like..TWC, Twitter, Airvideo, etc.. so I will just leave this on
I finally got a Big Green Egg!!! I have been wanting one for at least 10 years and finally decided to pull the trigger. While I already own a couple Weber grills (gas and kettle style), I decided to go to the next level with something that could cook low and slow or high and fast.
I am sure I will be keeping a gas grill since I will probably want to just throw on some hot dogs now and then, but I am going to start using the Egg exclusively for a while to make sure I get away from the gas grill that has become my best buddy over the last several years.
I subscribe to iTunes Match, but I also wanted to simply stream audio files from a Mac Mini to my iPhone. I have been through a couple different programs in the past (Jukefly and Simplify), but they went away. I decided to try Audiotap and I am very happy with the results.
To use Audiotap, you have to download their "mediatap" software on your Mac or PC (thanks James). It uses the information from iTunes, like playlists and podcasts, and makes everything available over the internet.
Once you have the server setup, which I found to be very easy, you are ready to stream your music. I connected to the computer from home and it remembered the settings when I left the house. Above, is a look at the interface for albums. The app gives you the choice of loading the images (album art) all the time, via wifi only, or never. This is nice if you don't want to use the extra bandwidth.
Above, you can see that it also lets you find music using the artist. Also, notice Playlists, Podcasts, and More at the bottom of the screen. This is pretty much the same thing you would see in iTunes.
Once you choose the Artist, if you have images on, you will see a screen similar to the pic below:
Notice that it is currently streaming at 752 kbps. Obviously, that much data could be an issue over certain connections, so Audiotap gives you a choice of how much compression you want to use.
Of course, one of the main benefits of the iPhone is Airplay. As you would guess, they have built that feature into the App, as well. There is also a playlist function that lets you choose a current playlist or create a new playlist. I am old fashioned, so I like listening to albums rather than playlists, but the option is there so it should make a lot of people happy.
If you are looking for a cheap alternative ($3.99 at the time I wrote this) to iTunes Match that can handle more than 256 kbps files and you just want to stream files without downloading, Audiotap should fit the bill.
This is a short review of the PlugBug from Twelve South. The ~$35 dollar accessory attaches to a MacBook power adapter and allows the user to plug in an iOS device and charge the MBP and iOS device at the same time.
It is a 10W adapter which makes it perfect for the new iPad. The reason I bought one is because I often plug in the MBP and the iPhone or iPad in the same area and did not want to waste another wall outlet on the iPhone whenever I wanted to charge it while using the MBP.
I use it daily and it works great. The MBP and iPhone always have power and I am only using one outlet to make it possible. I know $35 is a bit high for this type of use, but I haven't seen a cheaper option.
While the Consumer Reports (CR) sensational article about the new iPad being warmer than an iPad 2 made every anti-Apple critic grin with delight, those critics are now being told that the new iPad is better than all other tablets by CR.
What I found really funny is that CR did not even mention warmth or battery power in their list of "lows". Their lows were lack of memory card slot (which can be remedied with the Camera Kit) and the lack of Flash video compatibility, which has been an issue with all iOS devices.
Their final conclusion on the heat is: "In response to consumer comments on the new device, we carried out tests that demonstrated the new iPad is warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2 under the same test conditions. However we didn't find those temperatures to be cause for concern."
As for the battery not charging while playing Infinity Blade II, they have now done more tests:
"In further tests, we continued to find that the iPad would slowly lose charge with that game, even with the charger connected. But when running another challenging game, Shadowgun, which is available for both iPad and Android, the tendency was less pronounced; the battery did not run down but slowly recharged as the game ran.
Sounds like the main issue may be Infinity Blade II. Maybe they should take it off the Apple Market and end the complaints?
"Our findings suggest that if you're a serious gamer, you might want to manage how you use the new iPad by reducing screen brightness when possible, which will not only reduce heat but increase battery life and facilitate full recharging. Other consumers should find little of concern in our extended tests, on either the heat or recharging issues."
Dog loving, Big Green Egg worshiping, Tech enthusiast, residing in Memphis, TN. Home of the Tigers, Grizzlies, Elvis, Al Green, Stax, Hi Records, Ardent Studios, Beale Street, Peabody Ducks, etc.. I have also added the Jeep Wrangler to the list of things I am enthusiastic about.
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