An iPad-specific version of Skype is expected to hit the App Store shortly, perhaps
as early as today.
An iPhone / iPod touch version of Skype has been available for years, but an iPad version would not only allow users to take advantage of the larger screen on the tablet without pixel doubling, it will also make it possible for iPad 2 users to have video chats with other Skype users with the onboard front-facing camera.
VoIP and video chat apps are nothing new for the iPad, but with the addition of Skype, Apple’s tablet will be yet another device the hundreds of millions of current Skype users can use to stay in touch with friends, family and business contacts via video chat.
The iPad Skype app is expected to be free.
Update July 26, 2011: It’s been nearly a month and no iPad-specific Sype app has shown up in the App Store. Guess we’ll have to wait a while longer after all…
You’ve settled down after a long day to watch a little Netflix on your iPad. You open the app, select what you want to watch, and… nothing. Tapping the Play button gives you a brief slide of the screen as though the video is getting ready to start, then you’re right back where you started without so much as a frame of video playback. What gives?
The first thing you can try is making sure that you’re running the latest version of the Netflix app. Go to the App Store and see if there’s an update available. If you’re up-to-date and still no dice, you probably have a DNS problem.
DNS is a technology that translates domains (e.g. netflix.com) into an IP address. If your wireless router uses certain technologies to speed up DNS juju, Netflix on your iPad may not work properly. But there’s a quick fix: change the DNS address on your iPad.
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The iCADE takes you back to a simpler time when gaming was 2D and twenty-five cents a pop. Compatible with the iPad and iPad 2, the iCADE provides both the look and feel of an old-style arcade game with a joystick and control buttons. Control of games on the iPad is accomplished wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Atari recently released Atari’s Greatest Hits, featuring 100 arcade style games from yesteryear. You’ll need to download the app from the App Store in order to use the iCADE [App Store Link].
The iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet is available at ThinkGeek.com for $99.
After years of selling only locked versions of their iPhone models – at least in the U.S. – Apple has now begun selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 which can be used with AT&T or T-Mobile in the States.
You’ll need a microSIM in order to use the phone with your service:
“The unlocked iPhone 4 requires an active micro-SIM card that you obtain from a supported GSM wireless carrier. Simply insert the micro-SIM card into the slot on your iPhone, connect to your Mac or PC using the USB cable, and launch iTunes on your computer to complete the setup.”
At the moment, these unlocked iPhone 4s are only available from the Apple Store. Since they’re unlocked and, therefore, unsubsidized, you’ll have to pay full price: $649 for the 16GB iPhone 4 and $749 for the 32GB model.
We all know you can assign different ringtones to specific contacts in the current iPhone version of the iOS, but MacRumors has also discovered that in iOS 5 vibration alerts have, for the first time, been elevated beyond their previous plain palpitations.
Within the improved Accessibility settings of iOS 5, you’ll be able to choose not only between several pre-defined vibration patterns – Heartbeat, Rapid, S.O.S., etc. – you’ll also have the ability to create your own by tapping the desired pattern on the screen under the feature Create New Vibration.
Though seemingly intended to aid users who are hearing impaired, this new feature will also allow other users to know if someone important is calling if he or she has the audible ringer turned off. Such a feature has never occurred to us, but it seems like a great idea all around.
Apple will release iOS 5 for the iPhone (3Gs, 4), iPod touch (3rd and 4th Gen) and iPads in the fall.