Created by Australian developer Useless Creations, which specializes in quirky augmented-reality apps (we like the dinosaur one), the app features four iterations of the Doctor's famous tool: the 3rd and 4th (John Pertwee and Tom Baker), as well as the more recent 10th and 11th (David Tennant and Matt Smith). … Read more
An iPad that was demoed at a Vodafone store in Australia burst into flames, according to a report.
A Vodafone store in Canberra, Australia was running an iPad demo model that caused a "burst of flames" earlier this week, according to a Vodafone spokesperson, speaking to News.com.au in an interview published on Friday. The iPad forced the store to evacuate customers, but no one was injured, according to the spokesperson.
According to News.com.au, after fire fighters entered the building, they discovered that sparks were coming from the iPad's charging port.
It's not … Read more
Consumers waiting for the new iPad Mini may have to wait awhile longer.
Apple is pushing back the launch of the Mini 2 due to burn-in problems on the tablet's LCD panel, claims Korean News site ETNews. Citing an unnamed industry source, ETNews says that the glitch stems from the IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology used for the panels manufactured by Sharp. The smaller pixels required for the Mini 2's Retina display pose a challenge to the technology, thus creating production issues.
Though the burn-in is not visible to the naked eye, the panels don't meet … Read more
There's an art to the modern gadget torture test, particularly if you only have one brand new iPad Air on hand to attempt to destroy. You don't want to completely put the device out of its misery until you've had a chance to make it suffer a little bit and then finally end it in a grand finale that involves hot lava or a large vehicle of some sort.
Richard Ryan of RatedRR on YouTube had just such a plan to obliterate a new iPad Air with BBs and bullets, but found some of the drama of his torture test sucked away when the tablet's screen shattered upon being dropped from a height of only a few feet onto the loose-dirt ground. … Read more
Arden Hayes may be 5 years old, but he has a sanguine presence that Congress could use.
He's an expert on presidents of the United States, as well as just generally being a lot more astute than most 5-year-olds.
In a return appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Hayes casually mentioned he'd been hanging out with Al Gore.
He also noticed that Kimmel's map of the world didn't include South Sudan.… Read more
Samsung has overpowered Apple in the smartphone market and now it has its sights set on the tablet arena.
In an Analysts Day event held Wednesday in Seoul, Korea, JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile division, said that the company wants to steal the No. 1 tablet crown from Apple, according to the Associated Press. The executive didn't reveal a specific deadline for this goal, but did add that Samsung aims to be the "most beloved" company in mobile.
Shin said that Samsung's tablet sales are expected to shoot past 40 million this year, doubling … Read more
Apple may be enlisting a couple of more suppliers to help meet demand for its mobile products.
Later this year, the iPhone maker will tap into the resources of Taiwan-based Wistron to build 5C handsets, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing "people familiar with the supply chain." Next year, Apple will employ Compal Communications, also based in Taiwan, to produce the iPad Mini.
Apple typically relies on Foxconn, aka Hon Hai, for much of the manufacturing of its mobile devices. But that relationship has had its ups and downs.
Foxconn has been criticized for its unsafe labor … Read more
The number of LEDs has been slashed in the iPad Air, allowing Apple to build a sleeker tablet, according to a new report.
More has been revealed about the iPad Air's internals, revealing a revamped backlight assembly that helped Apple to slash the battery capacity by 23 percent, according to a teardown report released Tuesday by IHS iSuppli.
The iPad Air uses only 36 light-emitting diodes (LED) to illuminate the LCD, down from 84 in the earlier-generation iPad, according to iSuppli.
"[That's a] big difference [and] has a big impact on the power requirements for the device,&… Read more
You already know your phone or tablet can take the place of physical books, magazines, newspapers, boarding passes, Starbucks cards, and so on. Now there's one more printed item getting the virtual treatment: weekly circulars.
You know the kind: they used to come in your Sunday paper, back when you got a Sunday paper. I'm talking ads for Best Buy, Kohl's, Meijer, Target, Walmart, and other big chains, all of which are especially intriguing this time of year as Black Friday approaches.
Apple's iPad Air is making the company more cash with every unit it sells, according to new data from research firm IHS.
The iPad Air costs between $274 and $361 to build, depending on the model, according to IHS data that All Things Digital published Tuesday. Apple sells the iPad Air for between $499 and $929, meaning it makes hundreds of dollars on every unit it sells.
The tablet's display has proven to be a costly component, according to IHS. The researchers told All Things Digital that the screen costs $90, while the touch screen parts set Apple … Read more