October 23, 2012
At Apple's big news conference to introduce the iPad Mini , the company also showed off changes to its iBooks app. The new version, available as a free download, will allow continuous scrolling of books, as an alternative to page-turning -- a computer-age shift in the reading experience. Standard page-turning was somehow comforting, as though deep inside the computer a book lived. So I'm not sure how much I'll like the scrolling feature. Will it seem too much like the reading I do at work?
October 22, 2012
Has Apple gotten lousy at keeping secrets these days? The tech press is abuzz with speculation that the company which birthed the iPhone and the iPad will be coming out with an in-between device, an iPad mini. The mini is expected to be smaller than the iPad but larger than the iPhone, and presumably go head-to-head against other similar devices from Amazon (Kindle Fire), Google (Nexus 7) and other manufacturers. What's interesting is that Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 8 later this week, plus its own tablet competitor, Surface, on Friday.
September 18, 2012
Just when you thought Apple had done enough damage to your wallet, the maker of the hit iPhone and iPad mobile devices may soon be releasing what I'm gonna call a "tweener" -- a mini iPad that's smaller than the original one, but bigger than the new iPhone 5. Engadget and other tech news sites are citing a report in Taiwan's Economic Daily News that says Pegatron, an electronic device manufacturer, snagged 50 to 60 percent of the mini iPad...
August 13, 2012
When Ravens safety Bernard Pollard got to the NFL, he noticed the veterans playing a card game in their downtime. And then he saw the sums of money being wagered. "I've seen people dropping $70,000 or $80,000," he said Monday after practice. Pollard hopes Bourre, an app released Friday that he conceived and paid for, will introduce fans to the game without their having to risk any real cash. Available for download on Apple products — iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch — for $1.99, Bourre represents the culmination of a long-ago dream hatched during hours spent playing video games with a teammate in Texas.
July 16, 2012
Baltimore County Police are reporting that two men entered the Starbucks on York Road in Towson on Saturday, July 14, took an iPad from a customer, then fled. According to police reports, the incident occurred between 3:55 and 4:03 p.m. in the unit block of York Road. Police said the men entered Starbucks after they were seen urinating near the building. One of the men stole the iPad, then they both fled to white Dodge Caravan that had been parked near the Marriott, according to police.
June 20, 2012
Microsoft wanted a tablet done right, so the company figured it'd give it a try. CEO Steve Ballmer announced the Microsoft “Surface” family of tablet devices Monday in Los Angeles, a move that sends a clear warning shot across the Apple iPad's bow. The device is currently slated to come in two versions, one running Microsoft's tablet-specific Windows RT and a power-user version that will run Windows 8. For comparison to the iPad, the 10.6”...