Tag : iPad

Low Profile iPad Pro Mechanical Keyboard Case

At $169 a pop this mechanical keyboard case for the iPad Pro resembles a briefcase with a handle. The keyboard employs a new switch called the “Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch” with true actuation, reset, and 70 grams of forced needed per key. The keyboard/case combo comes with a metal kickstand, a detachable poly-carbonate case, and connectivity via Bluetooth. In addition with the maximum brightness glowing the device still has 10 hours of battery life or 600 hours with the back-lighting off. This tech exists for those looking for a laptop like typing experience rather than the touchscreen option. However, if you change your mind Razer gave this keyboard a full range of motion so you can keep the case on and use your iPad as usual. It’s pretty cool if you use your iPad for many different functions.

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Apple approaches enterprise and partners with SAP

apple-sap-1200x520Apple is making headway in the enterprise market, adding another major partnership to their resume, SAP. Apple will work alongside to develop more native iOS apps as well as an SDK for SAP’s HANA cloud platform. The SDK element is meant to open the door for the more than 2.5 million SAP users to develop and build native iOS apps that can access real time data through SAP systems. The agreement between Apple and SAP also includes a new “SAP Academy for iOS” in which SAP customers and partners are invited to meet face-to-face, learning how to design apps for iPhones and iPads.

Apple CEO Tim Cook relays his excitement about the deal by saying, “With 76 percent of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAO is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad,”Cook said this week. Apple has said that roughly 310,000 businesses and public agencies use SAP applications and services.

During the past two years Apple has made some major deals. IBM, Cisco, and now SAP, many in the industry are predicting Oracle is next on the list for Apple. This would be a good move for Apple, as Oracle is one of the last pieces to the enterprise puzzle.


 

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The Almighty Apple finally falls!…well sorta

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Apple released financial reports this week that revealed a decline in quarterly revenue, something that hasn’t happened since 2003. In terms of product, Apple sold 51.2 million iPhones compared to 61.17 million iPhones sold in the same quarter last year.

As Jason Perlow, writer for Tech Broiler states, Apple sits on billions of dollars in cash assets. However, the core product of the Apple corporation is the iPhone, making up 68% of revenue. Perlow points out that the smartphone market is beginning to resemble that of the PC market. What has been done, is being done again and again. Smartphone innovation  is almost to the point of little advancement, and will eventually give up shares to more price-aggressive Chinese products.

Aggressive prediction, but he has a point. Most of the model advancements we witness on the latest editions of smartphones are standard, improved battery life, sharper display, faster downloads and cloud storage. Nothing too major.

As Perlow writes, “Apple does not play by the same rules the rest of the industry does. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage.” One of Apple’s best skills is creating brand loyalty within its customers. Much of how Apple sustains itself is due to repeat customers, buying their products over and over again. How many of us are filled with excitement and joy at the hint of a new Apple product release? I’ll speak for myself here, I am a shining example of the usual Apple consumer. I have two Apple smartphones, both the 6 and the 5c, an iPad, and a Macbook. I began with one device and once I learned how to navigate the Apple “language” so to speak, I was hooked.

But is this enough? Perlow doesn’t seem to think so. He makes a valid point that once someone creates something that capitalizes on the Apple magic, but for a much cheaper price, most of Apple’s loyal fan base will probably jump ship. Once the displays, the RAM, flash, batteries and so on can be manufactured in China, Apple and Samsung are going to have some major competition.

Are we worried? Not really. Apple has close to 200 Billion dollars in cash assets just sitting, and they have braved lows like this before. Usually a downturn like this one leads to a peak innovation cycle for Apple.

Go figure.


 

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Your smartphone may be dumping Gorilla Glass for Sapphire Glass?

Currently sapphire is the second hardest material behind that of a diamond and is currently used in certain military armor. If some sapphire creating startups have their way, they will be able to make it cheap enough to put into many other products, such as tablets, smartphones, and TVs. Really the uses are endless. This material is a little weaker than a diamond but it is much cheaper and abundant than that of diamonds.

Sapphire is a transparent, crystalline form of aluminum oxide that is extraordinarily hard, scratch-resistant, a melting point of 2,030C, and almost completely impermeable and impervious to caustic chemicals. Essentially 10 times more scratch resistant than glass used in windows.

Although sapphire costs about $30 compared to the $3 Gorilla Glass costs for you iPhone per say, but it will also prevent us from seeing those shattered iPhones screens that come around every now and again. If they are able to make the stuff cheap enough I say why not, but our smartphones already come at a pretty penny and I would hate to see that go up even more but I guess the costs of staying on the cutting edge might be well worth it.

Check out the vid…

http://youtu.be/A_Nr_0sThe0

My Week with the Surface Pro

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week using one of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablets, and let me tell you it’s a pretty powerful little machine. It’s very quick, responsive, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. In the following lines here, I’m going to give you the good, and the bad in my eyes.

The Good:

As I originally stated, the surface is a pretty quick little machine, and boasts some pretty impressive resolution. It has a native 1,080 x 1,920 resolution. The touch screen is responsive.

The front and back facing cameras are also decent and the video quality is quite acceptable.

It comes with a stylus and some of the features are quite neat. I tried writing rather sloppy on the tablet in cursive and it seemed to pick up each and every one of my characters. I thought this was a pretty neat little feature.

The Bad:

If you are someone who has a difficult time seeing the smaller screen of the service, you might want to adjust the resolution. Well it turns out when you adjust the resolution, you can no longer utilize the full screen of the device. You have the black bars at the sides of the screen. I really wish there were some more options in light to adjusting screen resolution to something that will utilize the whole screen.

If you by the entry level 64 GB model of the surface you will soon find that after you install your office apps and small other things, you only have roughly 20 GB of free space available to work with. That is easy to overcome, but it requires you to purchase an additional x-SD card to store items on. After spending close to a $1000 dollars on the device, that is the last thing I want to do.

Mobility: I found quite often that while using it on the go, that I wanted to use a keyboard and a mou

Finally….

Overall I think this is a very fast and capable machine put out by Microsoft. Like or hate Windows 8, the device itself is quite impressive although I’m not sure it’s for everyone.

Use Apple Configurator to deploy iPhones and iPads

Apple’s Configurator tool allows you to configure and deploy up to 30 iOS devices at a time.  The free app allows you to configure settings like Wi-fi and Exchange ActiveSync, and well as restrict access to features like the webcam and even internet browsing.

 

Apple support: http://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/1.0/#cadf1802aed

Download here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

Air Display – User your IPad as a Second Monitor

As more and more users become mobile the need for mulitple screens on the road has become invaluable. Now if you have an iPad, using wifi, you can use it as a second monitor with your laptop.

You’ll have to install the app on your ipad for $9.99 as well and download and install the app on your laptop.

http://avatron.com/apps/air-display

Key features:
– An instant second monitor
– Touch your desktop
– Display it the way you want (ie Landscape or Portrait)
– No wires needed

OnLive Desktop – Windows Desktop Access on an iPad

Windows on an iPad? Want access to Microsoft Office application on your iPad? With OnLive Desktop you will have access to a Windows7 Cloud desktop. This service allows you to have access to a Windows 7 desktop machine with Office pre-installed, a file storage center with 2gb of free storage space. What’s cool is that you can access your OnLive Desktop account through a web browser if you want to download or upload files for editing or review on the iPad or your main computing system. You will have to get used to the Windows keyboard versus the iPad keyboard when you’re using this app.

To see a demo check out this link http://desktop.onlive.com/

To use OnLive Desktop you will first have to create an account. There are several service accounts available however you will receive 2GB of cloud storage for free just for signing up for the service.

Features:
• PC Microsoft Office with 2GB cloud storage Free
• Full-featured document viewing and editing programs
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices

Adobe Solution for Apple iPad

Adobe Systems has finally announced a new version of its digital publishing suite for individuals, the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.  This enables freelance designers and small design firms to publish interactive content created with Adobe InDesign CS5.5 software on the Apple iPad.  For $395 per application, Adobe’s Single Edition provides an affordable and flexible end-to-end workflow for designers to publish a single-issue application for sale or distribution through the Apple App Store.  A single edition allows users to publish single-issue content such as a brochure, highly-visual book, annual report or personal design portfolio as an application for the iPad. As an extension of the Digital Publishing Suite line, Single Edition enables users to leverage Creative Suite 5.5 workflows to create an application for the iPad. This gives freelance designers access to many of the same creative and publishing technologies that leading publishers, such as Condé Nast, have used to reinvent their publications for delivery on tablet devices.  The Digital Publishing Suite family which now includes Single Edition is used to publish content beyond traditional magazines and newspapers. With more than 700 titles published with the Enterprise and Professional Editions of Digital Publishing Suite currently in market, organizations are quickly seeing the value of content on tablet devices and are expanding the range of published materials.

Sales tools, brand and customer engagement materials, merchandising deliverables, employee communications and corporate collateral published to tablets drives greater business value for organizations and opens new revenue opportunities. Combined with the power of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 software, Digital Publishing Suite lets designers work with a familiar toolset while maintaining complete control over the design, publishing and monetization of tablet apps.

“Working with Adobe InDesign and Digital Publishing Suite allowed us to turn our print catalog into a rich, interactive digital magazine without disrupting our existing workflow,” said Gary Higginbotham, director of marketing at Alan Mascord Design Associates, a Portland, Oregon-based residential design firm, in a statement. “With Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, it’s even simpler for a small business to reach out to customers in exciting, affordable ways.”