Editors' take: As an alternative to iBooks, we highly recommend Amazon's Kindle e-book reader app. Though not quite as pretty as iBooks, the Kindle app gives you access to Amazon's slightly larger Kindle Store, plus you can read the Kindle books on your iPad, on your iPhone, your Mac or PC, and even your Kindle reader--if you happen to have one. Also, you are able to take notes on the Kindle app.
Editors' take: One of the games used as a showpiece for the iPad's gaming capabilities, Real Racing is an upgraded version of an iPhone game with the same name. More than the other games we tried, Real Racing takes advantage of the iPad's larger size by turning the entire device into a steering wheel.
We've tried the same mechanic on similar iPhone games, and always end up wildly oversteering; we were able to at least stay on the road (mostly) on the iPad version. For a premium iPad game, the graphics are crisp, if a little bland, … Read more
Editors' take: First-person shooters have always been hard to pull off on the iPhone, with its lack of tactile controls. N.O.V.A. was one of the better examples of the genre, however, and it's also one of the first to get a rerendered HD version for the iPad.
The game seems exactly the same to us, although with sharper graphics. The main difference: the iPhone version is $4.99, and this one is $9.99.
Even with the bigger screen, or perhaps because of it, we still feel FPS games are not a natural fit for tablets, … Read more
With Microsoft's Office Web Apps out in the wild, I thought it was time to try to test their limits.
For a while now, Microsoft has said that the experience on the iPhone would be similar to that in other mobile browsers--allowing document viewing, but not the editing and other features found in the full Web Apps.
Through some work, though, I managed to get the iPad to try to open up the full Office Web Apps. By clicking around various pages within Windows Live, I found some that had an option to click to switch to the &… Read more
Those of you who catch your favorite movies and TV shows on Hulu.com might soon have to pay for the privilege, but you might also be able to watch them on more than just your PC.
With rumors buzzing about Hulu's plans for the future, sources cited by Reuters said that the video site will soon unveil a subscription-based service and jump onto other consumer devices, including Microsoft's Xbox and Apple's iPad.
Two sources and another person familiar with the matter said that Hulu would launch these new services in the next month or two, though … Read more
San Francisco seems to currently enjoy more iPad posters than restaurants.
However, a group called Freedom from Porn believes that these posters don't accurately reflect the world as it sees it. So, its members sneaked around in the middle of the night and offered the laps featured in the posters something of a dance.
It seems the group was stimulated to act by Apple CEO Steve Jobs who has repeatedly declared that the iPad should be free from porn.
The group's Web site offers that its members--two of whom are seen in this footage, walking away, dressed in … Read more
Multitouch capacitive screens and pads are arguably the first new style of input and device interaction to hit the mainstream since the gamepad became the standard for most modern gaming consoles.
Even if we most associate multitouch with the Apple product ecosystem at this point, by itself that's still an enormously high-profile "niche."
HowStuffWorks describes the technology of the iPhone's touch screen and one of Apple's relevant patents, for a mutual capacitive screen, can be found here. A mutual capacitive screen includes two active layers; one contains lines with a driving current, the other contains … Read more
One of the clear winners to emerge from Steve Jobs' formal unveiling of the iPhone 4 Monday was the game development community. With major new features like a gyroscope, a better screen, a better antenna and a better camera, developers have a slew of new tools to use in making their games.
Yet at the same time, the release of the iPad has also opened up what amounts to a major new platform for games. Many people are using it more like a computer than an iPhone and that means that developers can take advantage of users' longer sessions with … Read more
Now drivers can view traffic camera images in real-time with a new application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
TrafficJamCam, from Visteon, lets users see current traffic conditions on highways and major roadways of their choosing, faster and more accurately than typical radio updates or other traffic reports. This allows drivers to plan or change their driving routes based on current traffic or road conditions.
TrafficJamCam is available in separate applications for viewing traffic in 17 metropolitan areas: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago/Indiana; Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; Detroit; Jacksonville, Fla.; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York City; … Read more
This week, we consider Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote announcements, Joey makes the case for the Evo vs. the iPhone 4, and we take a look back at the last 10 years of the E3 video game trade show, while previewing what we'll see next week.
Next week, Dan will be in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, but Julie, Joey, and Scott will hold the fort down here in the Big Apple, bringing you the latest from E3 and more.
Related links:Apple Unveils New iPhone How long until iOS replaces OS X? CNET's E3 coverage Watch the Digital City live every Monday at 3 p.m. Eastern time on CNET Live! … Read more