Amazon reviews are a new form of absurd, social commentary that’s one half prose and one half satire. Fortunately for us, we love the entertainment they provide, and surprisingly, their frequently sage, insightful uses for everyday items. Take this toilet paper and iPad stand – it has four out of five stars.
Immersive storytelling has grown new roots with technology, but this revolutionary iPad demo takes those roots to a deeper level of three dimensional integration that we’ve only seen with the likes of Oculus Rift. Now, we know it’s possible that this three dimensional storytelling style can also be available for iPad users.
Things are looking good for frequent fliers that want to read their Kindle books and listen to music on their iPhones during takeoff and landing.
A safety advisory panel has recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration that airline passengers should be allowed to use their personal electronics when planes are below 10,000 feet.
This has been in the works for over a year now and it could be getting closer. The panel sent these recommendations to an advisory panel on Monday. The recommendations suggest that passengers should refrain from sending text messages or emails, as well as Web browsing while the plane is taking off and landing. The panel said that passengers could use email or browse the web once the aircraft’s Wi-Fi has been turned on when the plane has reached its cruising altitude.
While designers are bemoaning the aesthetic merits of Apple’s new operating system, some users are experiencing a different kind of upheaval. The new animation and parallax scrolling is making users sick, literally.
Microsoft wants iPad owners to switch to their Surface tablet and is offering a pretty good incentive. The company will give a minimum $200 gift card to shoppers that bring in their gently used iPad 2, 3 & 4s.
The gift certificate is good at the Microsoft store and the goal is to get these former iPad owners to purchase a Microsoft Surface tablet. The Surface is only $349, so the trade in would give you a new tablet for as little as $149. (The Surface Pro is $799.)
The promotion is running through October 27th and it is only good in Microsoft retail stores in the US. One trade-in per customer. Follow this link for more details.
Apple’s new iOS7 means app will need to be visually tweaked to match new fonts, grids, and colors – it’s something designers are all thinking about or just avoiding. For those who still have a lot of legwork to do, I’ve discovered this amazing cheat sheet with all of the necessary information from the pixel ratios of each device to the new iconography styling.
Something to keep in mind about the new icon grid: Read more
New Moms are more likely to use an iPhone than moms with older children, who are more likely to own an iPad, according to new research from mobile analytics firm Flurry.
This revelation is part of Flurry’s research which looked at the different behaviors of people using iPhones and iPads. The research revealed that while the same person might own both devices, they are operating under different personas depending on the device they are using. iPad users tend to use their devices at home, while iPhone users tend to use their devices on-the-go and. Here is more from the Flurry blog:
Somewhat surprisingly, that is also true of New Moms. In that case they may still be on the move, but in pursuit of the goods, services, and support they need for their new babies. New Moms may also have less free time to participate in leisure activities like reading and gaming which, as we will show soon, are more heavily associated with iPad.
According to Flurry’s research moms of older children may be using their iPads as an educational tool for older kids, as well as for personal entertainment.
Used treadmill belts are the latest material to get the iPad green accessory treatment by Seattle’s bag manufacturer, Upcycled Goods. The product is handmade, and if you are already turning to tech products like Fitbit for your daily exercise, you might as well be recycling your old treadmill belt into these awesome rubber sleeves. Here is a great video of Upcycled Good’s hand production process where they use USA-made felt liners to create a soft surface for your iPad.
These durable, handmade sleeves are pretty affordable at $35. There’s no online shop for now, so you’ll have to contact them personally about these gems. For now, their Facebook page is a great way to keep up with the latest goods.
Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz led “a $15M Series A investment” into FiftyThree, the company that created the bestselling Paper iPad app.
Investor Chris Dixon explained in a blog post:
Paper has been embraced by millions of everyday creators, and has won dozens of awards (including Apple’s App of the Year). It is also one of the top grossing iPad productivity apps ever. But this is only the beginning of FiftyThree’s ambitious plans … FiftyThree didn’t need to raise money, but decided that the opportunity was so large that it made sense to accelerate their efforts with additional capital and resources. They’ll be expanding their engineering teams in New York and Seattle, and will broaden their offerings across software, services, and hardware.
If you have an iPhone, you’ve discovered that the mute button doesn’t actually mute all sounds – and that’s annoying. To deal with iPhones and their inconsistent audio behavior, Ron Adair created the Mutator, a small plug that connects to the iPhone via the headphone jack. The Mutator assures that all of the sounds from all of the apps are silenced. The end.