Touch Press Launches Dazzling Gems and Jewels App for iPad
Get closer than ever before to the natural world’s most highly coveted and valued gems and jewels with an alluring new app book from Touch Press. (PRWeb May 04, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/5/prweb8379566.htm
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Ebook:Grimm's Rumpelstiltskin for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch
Introducing the world's first fully 3D interactive pop-up book for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch, from the creators of 3D Classic Literature Collection. For more information, visit www.pop-iris.com or visit iTunes itunes.apple.com
sony ebook:Sony PRS-650 im Test (Reader Touch Edition)
Sonys neue Reader Touch Edition setzt den nächsten Standard für elektronische Lesegeräte: schnelles Touch-Screen, hoher Kontrast, ansprechende grafische Menüführung. Ein Eingabestift erleichtert das Bearbeiten von Texten & die Eingabe von Kommentaren mit der virtuellen Tastatur. Fehlt eigentlich nur noch Farbdarstellung, um aus dem 6-Zoller ein veritables Tablet zu machen.
I’ve greatly enjoyed the two 1st-generation iPod Touch pocket-sized media/Internet devices I’ve had over the last few years, and have had my eyes on the 4th-generation iPod Touch for some little while. I’ve been thinking that, come the fall, I might upgrade to a 4th-gen model when the 5th-gen iPod Touch comes out and drives refurb prices down.
From a features perspective, the iPod Touch has just about everything I could want: a high-quality, highly-sensitive touchscreen, excellent e-book reading capability (even without iBooks available on the 1st-generation model, I’ve got Stanza so I have no complaints there), great web browsing, e-mail, and social-networking abilities given its form factor—and it even plays videos and mp3s, too! And all this on a device that slips easily into my pocket to be with me anywhere I go, and doesn’t force me to pay through the nose for a smartphone subscription.
But lately, Apple’s moves toward driving e-book and other media vendors away from the platform (with its insistence on in-app purchase availability for a 30% fee) have started me thinking that perhaps I should look into an Android-based alternative. I do have a lot of iPod apps, but nothing I can’t really live without. Most of my music is DRM-free, thanks to Apple’s moves in that direction a couple of years ago. And most of my e-books are DRM-free, too, and there are Android reader apps for many of those that aren’t.
The problem is, I can’t really seem to find an Android-based alternative that’s anywhere near as good as the iPod Touch. My search has once again brought home to me that, for all that Apple can have obnoxiously restrictive policies, it has a genius for consumer device design that is still unmatched by a lot of competitors. You wouldn’t think it should be too hard to create a “phoneless smartphone” microtablet that you can carry in your pocket and surf the net with, but there doesn’t seem to be anything out there that does the main things the iPod Touch does that I would want it for.
Until recently, the closest things were made by Archos, which does have a number of years of handheld media jukebox experience to draw on. The Archos 5 seems to come in for a lot of iPod Touch comparisons, though its 5” screen makes it equivalent in size to the Kobo Reader rather than the iPod Touch—somewhat harder to carry in a pocket. And as CNet’s review points out, it makes a lot better video player than general-purpose tablet.
Perhaps a bit closer to the iPod Touch’s form factor are the Archos 28, 32, and 43 devices, which have 2.8, 3.2, and 4.3 inch screens respectively. Engadget seems to think the 32 does come fairly close to the Touch in usability, However, they share certain key drawbacks with the 5. (Hmm, by that naming scheme, shouldn’t the 5 actually be the “50”? Oh well, nobody said device names had to make sense.)
One of those drawbacks is that these devices all have resistive touchscreens (the less-sensitive kind of touchscreen that essentially needs a stylus or fingernail to recognize a tap) rather than the iPod Touch’s awesomely sensitive capacitive touchscreen. But a bigger drawback is that, as far as I can tell, in order to put the Android Market onto any of them, you basically have to use a hack.
The reason for this is that Google doesn’t want non-phone or non-3G-capable devices to have access to its store. (Cheap hardware importer Augen got in trouble for that last year when it sold a tablet with a “testing version” of the Android Market included, without Google’s blessing.)
As Kevin C. Tofel pointed out on GigaOM last year, this has the effect of limiting Android devices’ ability to compete in the non-smartphone tablet market, restricting them from accessing even basic Google applications like Gmail. But Google says that Android (or at least the version of it these devices run) is “not yet designed for tablets” and the company does not want to support tablets until it has a version of Android that is.
But it seems that Samsung may have changed Google’s mind. I was getting ready to close out this article decrying the availability of anything other than the lackluster Archos devices when I happened to notice some articles about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5, which are 4” and 5” phoneless versions of the Galaxy S smartphone that reportedly will have both a capacitive touchscreen and access to the Android Market. They feature Android 2.2 and are theoretically upgradable to Android 2.3 (though Samsung isn’t making any promises).
The Galaxy Player isn’t on the US market yet, and it’s not clear what it will cost when it is. A 3.2”-screen version did hit Amazon.co.uk in January at a price of £149 (8 at current exchange rates) for an 8-gig and £180 (0) for a 16-gig version. It’s clear that these are going to be devices to watch (though this review of that earlier 3.2” version is not very positive).
There don’t seem to be any other Android microtablets in the same functionality range as the Touch apart from those Archos devices and the not-yet-available Samsung. It’s kind of weird when you think about it—tablet manufacturers get a lot of attention for trying to come up with devices that will “kill” the iPad, but it’s almost like nobody notices or thinks about the iPod Touch, even though it fills its niche as well as or better than the iPad.
Perhaps it fills it so well nobody else even thinks of trying to compete there beyond a few half-hearted media jukebox efforts (and, of course, Microsoft’s Zune, which isn’t Android and has been a significant flop, though Microsoft claims it’s not dead yet). I guess we’ll just have to see how well the Samsung does.
Apple has contracted Chimei Innolux Corporation as its newest supplier for the touch panel sensors and displays that go into the making of the iPad 2. With this, Chimei will be joining two other companies – Taiwan’s TPK Holding Corp. and Wintek Corp. that until now have been supplying the touch panels for the iPad 2.
In spite of Chimei coming into the picture, TPK Holding Corp. and Wintek Corp. will continue to enjoy ‘key supplier’ status. Incidentally, Chimei Innolux Corp. is an affiliate of Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwan based assembler of the iPad and iPhone, signalling a deepening of ties between the two companies.
Also, Chimei Innolux Corp. will be supplying the accompanying LCD screens as well. Apple has been sourcing the LCD panels from LG Display and Samsung Electronics until now.
Clearly, Apple does not want to lose out on prospective buyers due to long waiting periods for the in-demand new-gen iPad tablet. Not when the competition is bracing itself with suitable devices to take on the latest iteration of the iPad, which means consumers have a lot of other tablets to opt for in case they are not keen to wait a few weeks for the iPad 2 to ship. Suppliers have been predicting shipments of the iPad 2 to reach a record 45 million units for 2011, three times more than the number of iPads sold in 2010.
- News Corp and Apple delay launch of the Daily Newsstand
- Apple might use Samsung’s Super PLS LCD displays for the iPad 2
- News Corp app for iPad to be launched in Jan
- Apple iPad 2 to have 3 different models in 2011
- News Corp prepares Exclusive Digital Newspapers for Tablets
- Apple iPad 2 at Bestbuy in the USA March 11
sony ebook:[HD] PRS-600 Sony Reader Touch Edition Unboxing
Just an unboxing and specs on my new gadget, the Sony Reader Touch.
How to Jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad 1
Over the weekend, the group of iPhone hackers known as the Dev Team released two new tools to jailbreak the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 4.3.1. Both the PwnageTool and the tool called redsn0w allow users to perform an "untethered" jailbreak, which means that when rebooting your mobile device, it doesn't have to be connected ("tethered") to your computer in order to keep ...
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Ipad ebook:Go, Clifford, Go! - Scholastic's Touch & Tilt™ Storybook App for iPad
GO, CLIFFORD, GO! • Based on the Scholastic book series by Norman Bridwell • Age 2 and up / .99 US only at the iTunes store www.itunes.com • The app combines the beloved Big Red Dog with a topic that all kids enjoy: vehicles and motion. Users play along with Clifford as he encounters trucks, trains, planes, and motorcycles that go whizzing by. • "Touch & Tilt" animated interactions make it easy for children to engage with the story. Touch the pictures and words to hear the story and see the characters move. Tilt the iPad to make the trees sway, waves roll and characters animate. • Re-playable Game: After reading the story, kids can play an action game in which they drive the vehicles featured in the story and collect bones for Clifford • Lively narration, music and sound effects make the story come to life • Individual words are highlighted as they are read aloud, to aid reading skills. Options allow parents to turn off music and narration so that the child can read the story on his/her own or have the story read to them by a parent—just like a physical book.
Oregon school kids really seem to like iPod Touches (or should that be “iPods Touch”?). Two different, unrelated projects have come to light over the last few months using them to boost kids’ reading abilities.
In the Canby School District, every third and fourth grade student has been issued an iPod Touch, which they use for reading and math exercises. Reports are that they do so quite well, too:
In presentations, [district technology coordinator Joseph] Morelock has shown that several classrooms using the iPod touches generated better test scores than the district average. He looks at iPod touches and other mobile learning devices as unparalleled tools that can be used in nearly every class.
Kids love the devices (as naturally kids do), but more than that, they allow the kids to go back and repeat exercises they had trouble with without public embarrassment. They’ve also taken to researching material from books on-line. Other schools are starting to take notice.
Meanwhile, in the Eugene School District, sixth-grade teacher Marilyn Williams is using iPod Touches to help her students with reading comprehension and retention, teaching from a sixth grade reader that comes with audio CDs. She used GarageBand to import and edit the audio CD content to add additional material with reading comprehension strategies. Then she added the text into the lyrics section in iTunes, so that they would display for students to read along with the audio.
She said that she used the iPod Touch for a number of reasons including that they’re smaller and more mobile than laptops, are more personal and individualized, and are “cool” or socially acceptable.
However, Williams also said, "You could certainly use any digital device that allowed you to display text with speech. Since I completed the research, the text to speech capabilities of these devices has improved a lot, and, if I were starting the project now, I might use a different tool. However, using iTunes and GarageBand was, and is, a pretty simple, seamless way to deliver the content and instruction."
Williams goes into more detail about the program in a dissertation that is hosted online at the University of Oregon Library.
(This is not the first time Eugene, Oregon has been mentioned on TeleRead. Back in 2004, David Rothman quoted an article about a Eugene cyberschool that was creating its own electronic courseware.)
In November, 2010, I pointed out some articles suggesting ways schools could make educational use of smartphones, which the iPod Touch very nearly is. In January, The Guardian carried a similar report. It’s interesting to see two different schools in Oregon leading the way in doing something similar.
sony ebook:Toma de contacto del Sony PRS-650 Touch Edition