Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Auxo 2 For iOS 7 Jailbreak

Sentry has released Auxo 2 for the iPhone, version 1.1 is expected very soon to introduce support for your jailbroken iPad Air. If you previously purchased the original Auxo (or iPad version), you can get the stylish Auxo 2 for a slight discount at only $1.99. For those new to the Auxo jailbreak tweak, the price is $3.99 in Cydia.

Here is a video from iDownloadblog showcasing all that Auxo 2 offers for your jailbroken device.

I am planning to wait until version 1.1 with iPad integration is released to upgrade.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Microsoft Office Now Available On iPad

Office for iPad offers Word, Excel, and PowerPoint app functionality with touch-friendly mobile apps is now available. Many Apple devices users (present company included) have patiently waited for an easy way to sync, edit, and present documents created on their non-Mac to tablets and smartphones. The Office apps are all clean and seem to fit right in on an iPad, Office power users will have little trouble navigating these new applications. This is accomplished by nearly identical interfaces, with brightly colored toolbars on top and plenty of space to view the document below.

Excel functionality on my iPad have been a annoyance of mine for now going on 4 years, now I have a new annoyance. Office 365. The home edition of Office 365 is required to enable creating and editing documents and will run you $99.99 per year (although you can view for free). I would much rather have a one time application cost instead of a recurring fee that may be wasted at times.

Apple offers a productivity suite of its own for free, this includes Numbers...which definitely isn't my preference.

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Samsung Ad, "I Can Do That"

Samsung released a new commercial for their Galaxy Tab Pro tablet, In the ad, they explain how their tablet can do more than one task at a time. They managed to take shots at the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface and the Amazon Kindle in the process of this 60 second spot. Tablet competitors are chipping away at the iPad dominance, it really doesn't make much sense why the iPad can't do some of these things.

The iPad is really not leading the way anymore, and Apple seems to be stuck in a rut. The big upgrades being offered by Apple in the past years such as retina display and increased design specifications have already been meet or exceeded by competing brands. A significant redesign or new product line really needs to happen to save Apple from losing the luxury branding.

Now my jailbroken iPad certainly has much more usability...but these integrations don't seem that hard!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

iPad 2 Discountinued

Apple Inc said it would offer an iPad 4 tablet in place of the mid-range iPad 2 at the same price and the company launched a cheaper, lower capacity version of its plastic-backed iPhone 5C in Australia, China and some European countries. The iPad 4 is now available for only $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB WiFi + cellular through ATT, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US and Verizon.

This move by Apple upgrades the line of new iPads to retina-only for the larger sided tablet, this also eliminates the 32-pin cable for their tablet line. Integration and standardizing on the lightning cable across the entire line of Apple products in definitely the upcoming plan for the company, this leaves only the iPhone 4/4S models relying on the 10 year old cable design. This is likely the reason that Apple also launched an 8GB iPhone 5C version as well.