Aug 02

Skype for iPad v1.xWell, it took long enough, but an iPad-specific version of Skype is now available for the iPad and iPad 2.  And if have an iPad 2, you can finally make face-to-face video calls using the tablet’s front-facing camera.

Some features of Skype for iPad include contacts view, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, front-facing or rear-facing camera support for video chat, IM chat with emoticons, Skype Out calls to landlines and mobile phones (if subscribed), chat and call history, and more.

Skype for iPad is free and now available for download from the App Store.

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Jun 28

iPad Skype App Coming Soon

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. 

Source: ComputerWorld


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…

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Jun 28

Netflix iPad App

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. 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.

Here’s how:

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Oct 18

MacX, WinX DVD Ripper SoftwareI’m always looking for better (read: easier, faster & cheaper) ways to spring movies from their DVD prisons and get them onto portable devices like iPads and iPhones.  Here’s the latest find:

Now through October 28th, Digiarty Software is offering MacX DVD Ripper Pro and its Windows equivalent WinX DVD Ripper Platinum free to anyone who cares to download and install them.  Both titles are essentially video transcoders, taking video from a DVD disc and re-encoding it for playback on the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PSP, Zune, and a range of other devices. 

I’ve just downloaded and installed both versions and find them to be useful, though not as fast as some other more expensive or more complicated solutions.  Just run the software, pop in a DVD, and select the device you want to re-encode the video for.  Here’s a screenshot of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum ripping a copy of Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the iPad.  It took about 17 minutes (Core i7, Windows 7, 4GB RAM, 20x DVD).

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Screenshot

To get the free software, just go to the Digiarty web site and follow the instructions under Giveaway.  The activation code for the Mac software is BD-TGTXUVYO-OONQRP; the Windows version’s activation code is in the download ZIP file. 

Keep in mind that this software is offered without free future updates or tech support.

M. Nichols, Products Editor

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Sep 20


In order to watch a video file you’ve transferred to an iPad, that file must be encoded in a format the tablet’s iOS can understand.  And there aren’t many

This requirement has been the source of frustration for many users, even considering the advantages to this setup (primarily playback optimization). But there are also setbacks. For example, if you want to transfer video files to the iPad that aren’t in Apple-friendly formats, you must first re-encode them using third-party software tools.  This is time consuming and often difficult for casual users.

Which is why the following news is so potentially important for casual users who transfer a lot of video to their iPads.  Developers of VLC Media Player for PCs and Macs, have ported their popular player to the iPad.  VLC is known, mostly, for its click-it and forget-it compatibility with a wide range of video file types.  VLC for the iPad, while not as robust as its desktop version, does offer users the ability to transfer many kinds of video to the iPad for playback within the app.

You can use iTune’s built-in file transfer system to move files

VLC is available now as a free download in the iTunes App Store [iTunes Link].

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