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Gmail App for iPhone and iPad [Update]

It is official folks! Google has indeed launched a native Gmail app for iOS devices, as it was stated by TechCrunch writer M.G Siegler yesterday. The official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad is now live on the App Store and you can download it for free. iOS users had all the other native Google apps, but the one thing that was missing from the list was this and now it’s finally here.

The Gmail App, according to me, has been better developed than the Google + app and it works and looks great while showing your unread emails and such. As soon as I fired up the app, there popped an error message stating “no valid aps-environment entitlement string found”, which did not harm me in any way, but did startle me for like a second or two. Google decided to stick with the black and white appeal for this app too, and it works quite well, expect for the part where I couldn’t really notice the buttons.

It’s fast, easy to navigate around, looks good and is really smooth, although I do believe that the stock iOS mail app is simpler. It has push notifications and alerts, specifically designed for iOS 5. You can attach photos directly while writing an email, by using the attach button, a feature that wasn’t available in the stock iOS mail app. The view of this app is better on the iPad, with the ability to see all your emails and navigate all on one page, you can also read emails in threaded view. Pull down to refresh is also something new in the Gmail App for iPhone and iPad. Check out some screenshots below:

The Gmail app then, is certainly better than the stock app on your iOS device, but would you really replace the latter? The Gmail app can only show your Gmail inbox, whereas the Mail app in iOS can be configured to deliver email from various services. But, as a Gmail only app this is certainly a must have.

Download Gmail App for iPhone and iPad.

UPDATE: If you just tried to download and try this app, you must’ve been greeted with an error saying that it cannot be found in the App Store. Well, apparently, after some time of use, the Gmail App started giving some problems, such as the push notifications don’t work, there’s no option for multiple logins etc. Hence, Google has removed it from the App Store and soon will replace it with a better working app.

What do you prefer? Give us your opinions.

Adobe PDF Reader for iOS Released

Everybody knows about the Apple-Adobe relationship, it’s not one of those joyous relationships that one would like to be in. Apple doesn’t really like Adobe for the fact that their Flash Players are very vulnerable to malwares and attacks of that sort. That didn’t, however, stop Adobe from tailoring some nice looking apps for Apple’s iOS devices.

We already have the Adobe Photoshop Express and the Photoshop Touch Apps for iPhone and iPad respectively, and now they’ve also included the much needed Adobe PDF Reader. Yes, that’s right. Adobe released their very useful and famous PDF Reader application for iOS, that can open e-books, portfolios, encrypted pdf files and is also free. This is not the first PDF related app that Adobe has released for iOS devices, prior to this they had also released a CreatePDF app that can create PDF files from regular documents.

Adobe Reader is the free global standard for reliably viewing and sharing PDF documents across platfoms and devices. Easily and efficiently access the widest range of PDF file types—including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files. Now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Adobe Reader offers fast, high-quality interaction with PDF.

The Adobe Reader app on the iPhone works perfectly. Once you fire it up, it’ll quickly take you through a Getting Started pdf file, which tells you how to use the app. There’s a scroll bar on the bottom, that acts as a way to skim through pages, you can pinch-to-zoom, select and copy text, choose between continues, single page and automatic views and search for text in the pdf.

So, how do you add files to Adobe Reader? Well, whenever you come across any file on your iOS device that has the ‘Open in’ option, it’ll automatically be added to the reader. That’s it. We’ve also wrote about 5 PDF Reader Applications for iPhone other than this. Do check them out too.

Download Adobe Reader for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

3 Fun iPad Games You will Definitely Love

I always grade iPad as a gadget that apart from being a useful tech is also a very useful tool to kill time. Keeping this aspect of iPad in view, today I will be lining up 3 cool gaming gems for your iPad that will let you have a fun time while lying on your couch. Have a look at these gaming gems after a break!

Shoot To Kill

Shoot to Kill

 First up is the Shoot To Kill(Free as Hell), it is basically a point-to-click shooting game that allow players to shoot wildly at demons that attack from all sides. Though there is no technique involved and difficulty factor is also not that high. But it surely is an amusement package giving trigger happy gamers a real treat for sometime.

Roads of Rome HD

Roads of Rome HD

This game can be classified as a strategy game with a very different touch to it. The game has various levels and each level has a different task, you have to complete the challenge in a certain time slot to advance to next levels. Players basically have to build a road ordered by Caesar and in the course of buildings you have to complete tasks like building different structures or even harvesting materials. The game will start with a slow pace but as you keep on advancing the game will pick up its pace from level 3. The demo version of the game has only 5 levels, meaning you have to purchase the full version of Roads of Rome app ($2.99) to play more levels.

Pee Pee Boy

Pee Pee Boy

As the name suggests, this game is truly one of its kind having a bizarre touch to it. You must be thinking that I am joking but guys this is a game for real. In Pee Pee Boy you have to help a boy pee without letting him get it down on himself or avoiding the spill when the toilet seat slams shut. I found this game to be really amusing and the graphics are cool aswell.

Well that’s all for it this time, try out these games in your leisure time and I can bet you will love them.

4 Ways How iPad can Help Students Perform Better in Schools

It is by no doubt a fact that consumer electronics and gadgets like PCs and Tablet devices have also revolutionized the education systems in Schools, colleges and universities. Now students don’t have to carry bundle of books with them, rather a single gadget is good enough to carry all of their course and stuff. In the recent times we have seen that Apple’s highly popular tablet iPad has increasingly become popular amongst educators and people attached with academia. So today I will be outlining 4 uses of iPad that can eventually help students excel in their educational institutions.

An Instant Source of Reference

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This is by far the best way a student can employ iPad in their studies, there are loads of iOS apps that can help a student to find facts, definitions and statistics. Apps like Qwiki, Britannica Encyclopedia and Wikipedia offline are perfect examples of how you can use iPad as a referencing tool.

Notes Taking

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Another department in which iPad acts as a perfect tool for students, though there are loads of Note taking apps available on iTunes app store but some of them are really useful and helpful. Apps like Evernote, Simplenote and Plain text are ideal iPad applications for taking down notes while student are sitting in a class or taking lectures. All of these note taking apps that I have mentioned houses the capability of synchronizing and transferring text pieces from one device to another.

Managing Assignments & Classes

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Time Manager on your iPad is very necessary if you happen to be a student because so much is going around and keeping track of all the things is difficult. I personally like InClass app, it is a perfect time managing apps for students that can help them to put things in order. Moreover, apps like Producteev and Wunderlist are also good quality To-Do managers that also allow users to share and sync tasks amongst various devices.

Digital Books

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The obvious use of iPad for a student is that he/she can keep their entire books collection whether course books or reference books on iPad. Students can place loads of books on iPad and can take them along anywhere. Students can add notes or any kind of annotation on these digital books without being concerned for damaging the book. Internet is full of eBooks in varying formats like PDF and ePub, you can download them on your device easily.

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Well these are some of the obvious ways In which a student can use iPad for their studies, if you happen to use iPad for studies in a different way then do share it with us in comments.

Evernote App for iPad Updated: New UI and Text Editing

When it comes to taking notes on an iOS device, the only best alternative to the stock Notes app is Evernote. It’s used by almost all iOS users and is one of the best note-taking apps on the App Store. The app is also available on other platforms and that makes it really useful. It’s also available on the Mac App Store and on Windows too.

Evernote is also available on the iPad, but it wasn’t as good as it’s iPhone or iPod Touch version. Hence, they’ve released a new updated version specially made for the Apple iPad that brings along some awesome new features. To start with, the new updated app receives a complete user interface overhaul. The new app shows all your recent notes on a single page as snippets, so you can zoom in check one single note or zoom out to browse through all the notes.

That’s not it! There are a  lot of other new changes as well that makes the app even more worthy and a must have app for your iOS device. Rich text editing is another important feature that will make Evernote ever more useful. You can now edit your text, make it bold, italic, underlined, highlight text, make lists and more. All just with a tap of button. There’s also the option to include URL’s in your notes and creating heading texts.

In other new features, you can now search within a note for words/text and an all new Slideshow view in Images. There are few more minor changes too, that you can read about. Hit the source link to check them out.

You can download Evernote for iPad from the App Store for free. Don’t worry it’ll work just fine with the iPhone and iPod Touch and all the features will still available other than the new UI for iPad. That’s exclusive!

[ Source: Evernote Blog ]

Go Back in Time with Video Time Machine App for iOS

We all love the idea of a Time machine and we’d all love to go back in time just for the sake of it. Unfortunately, it’s quite impossible as Scientist say. However, if you have an iPhone or iPad, then things can really get magical.

Video Time Machine is an iOS application that will literally take you back in time, till the year 1860 that is and show you videos from way back. The best part is that you don’t need to have a Hot-tub or the De Lorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future. You just need an Apple iPad and some internet.

The app consists of over 4,000 videos on various topics such as Music, TV, NEWS, Sports, Games, Television, Ads etc. You can browse between all the years and watch various videos right from the app. It’s just like going back in time, to a year before you even existed and watch an interview or a TV ad. It’s truly magical and exciting.

You can also use the Random button to randomly browse through all those years and the app will automatically play some random video from a random year. I used random too many times, that’s also magical I suppose or downright stupid. Anyways, the developers of this app also happened to come across the idea for it while drinking beer and eating Pizza.

I’d be more than happy to meet these guys, way to go developers of Video Time Machine. They’re still working on the app and adding all the more videos that they can get a hold on. You can also share the video that you’re watching on Facebook and Twitter right from the app.

You can download Video Time Machine from the App store for only $0.99. I think it’s worth it, because you won’t find a better organized history time travel based application or video collection anywhere else.

How-to Use WhatsApp on iPad and iPad 2 with WhatsPad

Certain apps have certain limitations, for example, by default WhatsApp doesn’t work on an iPad or iPad 2. WhatsApp is a cross-platform messenger through which you can text, send pictures and videos over the internet. It’s not however, a free application and isn’t available for the Apple iPad either. Now though, there’s a Cydia tweak that will make it work on the iPad.

whatsapp on iPadWhatsPad is a Cydia app that can be used to make WhatsApp messenger work just as it does on an iPhone and you’ll be able to send and receive data, texts etc. Since, WhatsApp is not natively available for the iPad, you’ll have to download it using iTunes and then use iPhone Configuration Utility to install it on the iPad.

How-to Install WhatsApp on iPad

Download iPhone Configuration Utility from here(Mac and PC).

Purchase and download WhatsApp from iTunes, then open the configuration utility. You will see your iPad listed on the left-hand side. Select your iPad, then look for the Applications tab on the right hand side and click on Add. Point it to your WhatsApp ipa file that you just downloaded, usually located in iTunes Media>Mobile Applications on your hard drive. Once you find it, scroll down in the Configuration tool and you should see a Install button. Click on it and WhatsApp will start installing on your iPad.

After installation, open Cydia and look for WhatsPad in the Big Boss repository. If you don’t find it, hit refresh or reload Cydia. Install WhatsPad, a small file, and then open WhatsApp. Voila!! It’s running.

You’ll have to activate WhatsApp before you start using it, so remember to use a number that works because the activation code will be sent to you via SMS. That’s all there is!! Since the app is designed for iPhone and iPod Touch, you could use FullForce Cydia app to force it to utilize all the pixels on your iPad screen. This will work on both iPad and iPad 2 models and WhatsPad is a free app.

Invisibility App for the iPad 2

The interest in the subject of invisibility has always been in our head, being able to be not visible is truly awesome. But, we also know that this is something that cannot be achieved, as far as I know. Well, in case you own an Apple iPad 2 then you could probably check out what this Invisibility app is all about. Invisibility App for iPad 2 will not turn your iPad invisible, as this will only create an illusion of invisibility.

Invisibility App for iPad 2 is only for when you’re super duper bored and want to show them some iPad Magic.

Give your iPad 2 the stunning illusion of invisibility. Its screen can behave like transparent glass. As you move your iPad, you and your friends will swear you’re seeing through it to a table top or floor underneath, or even into a fanciful virtual world.

After reading that, I’m sure you’d want to try this app out. This app makes use of your iPad 2 camera and then using it’s gyroscopes and what not makes the display look like a see-through surface. Just take a picture of a colored table, bed, the nature and any other interesting surface using the Invisibility app. Once done, you’ll need to place your iPad on that surface and pinch, zoom and adjust the image to the surface so that it looks like the image taken is just a continuity of the surface. Now go over to your homescreen and start rubbing it away using your fingers, you’ll gradually start seeing the image appear behind. When you move the iPad, the image stays stationary and makes it look like you’re actually seeing through the display.

Of course, you may realize after some time that there is going to be a lot of difference between the two images since the iPad 2 camera isn’t that great. This new technology is known as Pantomime technology and as mentioned before uses the Gyroscope and accelerometers to make all of that happen. If you’re still confused by what the heck all this is about then you should check the video after the break;

This here is one of those technologies that are still under development, like the head-tracking app we told you about. Hence, you may not experience the best when using this on your iPad, don’t blame me, because it’s your fault you’re not good at taking pictures. You’ll need to upgrade your iPad 2 to iOS 4.3.3 for the Invisibility shield to be working properly.

iPlayboy Magazine: Now Available for the Apple iPad

If I’m right, every iPad owner will be a little bit more happier today than the day before, do I have to explain why? Thought so! Well, it’s finally happened, although the Playboy magazine was supposed to come to the Apple iPad in the month of March, but was delayed due to Apple not allowing such an app on the App Store.

iPlayboy

Apparently all those issues have been resolved and the Playboy magazine for iPad has finally arrived. If you were wondering, there is also a Playboy app for the iPad, but with no nudity. That’s disappointing aren’t it? And you just got lucky, because the iPlayboy magazine for iPad has all the uncensored nudity you want, and every issue of Playboy that was ever made will be yours digitally.

iPlayboy for iPad

Of course this app, sorry web app is not free, you can’t even view the content without a Membership Id or a subscription. The web app is known as iPlayboy and can be accessed using i.playboy.com, and is completely optimized for the iPad. The pinch to zoom feature is available for your pleasure, with other options such as easy scrolling through content and searching for certain topics within a magazine. Like I mentioned before, you’ll be given access to all the copies of the Playboy magazine till date on the iPad, even ones that you’ll no longer find anywhere and those special issues too.

But, here comes the but, to subscribe to the iPlayboy Magazine iPad it’ll cost you $7.24 a month for a yearly subscription, $17.95  a month for a monthly subscription and $0.95 for a 3 days trial. You can subscribe by visiting this site on your Apple iPad.

We are not sure what will happen to the whole web apps on the iPad scene now, as Playboy is now officially one such app, will there be more? What will the world say to this, there is a chance that this could be misused by the kids? iPlayboy Magazine has started a new revolution, will it be followed by more such magazines? Time will only tell, until then go check out this on your iPad before Apple decides enough is enough!

What do you have to say about this? Leave your opinions! And how many of had that evil smirk on your face when you read the title?