Project Magazine must have gotten some nice marketing dollars from Disney, as they are running a contest to design an alternate version of their recent Jeff Bridges cover. Using their assets (or whatever you put together around the subject of Jeff Bridges and Tron), the top 20 designs will be showcased in a special issue of Project, with the winner designing the Project 2 Cover! For more info on the Project, project head over to their facebook page.
Raising the bar. Richard Branson iPad only digital magazine Project came out this week. I like what I see. It’s not a groundbreaking experience, but it’s on its way. Compared to the current staple of digital magazines currently available, this one is a winner. You can shop the content, connect to the web for further reading and just enjoy it. The one interesting “experience” I am getting from this magazine, I feel like its content is only available here? Which makes it seem special.
If you recognize that plug, you know it’s an OBD interface for your car’s engine. What’s that black box, you ask? It’s Innovate Motorsports’ 3831 OT-2 OBD-II Wi-Fi Interface – which transmits engine diagnostics via Wifi to your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, displayed on the free LogWorks Mobile App (after the jump). You can even directly wire in other sensors, such as air/fuel ratio or temperature, and yes, you can use it to wirelessly reset those “check engine” warnings.
Here’s a look at Adobe’s publishing tool for digital magazines. At first glance it’s awesome. Use the program looks quick, easy, and simple…a little too simple. Granted this is just video one in a series, but it leaves out the fact you are designing for both a print issue and digital issue. It’s hard enough coming up with one page layout, let alone 3. 3 times 100+ pages in a magazine…it’s a bit of an effort.
The iPad’s screen interface is great for audio control, so I went searching for decent stereo docks for the device that would also serve as a charging station, etc. There’s not much available: The Philips Fidelios DS8550 looks pretty nice, if not slightly on the pricey side, and has an app that controls some of the dock’s features, like the alarm. The iHome IA100 is another option. And that’s it – just two – unless there is a massive wave of them on the way.
Elite is in the process of releasing an app called “ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection (Vol. #1),” which lets you play 25-year-old arcade classics like Paperboy, 1942, Airwolf, Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, Kokotoni Wilf, and Turbo Esprit on your iPhone (and iPad).
Moleskine iCovers wrap your iPad or iPhone with the quality we all know and love. Not to stray from their analog history, the case also includes a nice notebook as well.
One of the better product review/rants we’ve ever read. Here’s a taste.
“This piece of shit keyboard is so terrible it makes me want to just type the word “abortion” 1,000 times and then put my hands and testicles in a waffle iron.”
Read it all here
Starring Jason Schwartzmen, directed by Roman Coppola…Condé Nast Money right there.
Headcase’s Etch A Sketch iPad case is a nice, HP Tablet-sized option.
I have been back and forth on the 3rd party dev tools for the iphone and the use of flash but, lately I am singing a new song. Apple has changed their tune about developing for the iOS. Now that I can use Flash and any other tool to build apps, I am no longer held hostage to LOE’s and Tech limitations….
I know a number of folks using iPads exclusively for business purposes, namely around areas like client presentation, sales, emailing, presentation creation/display, and as photography and design portfolios. TSA travel rules do not require it to be placed through x-ray machines separately, either – frequent fliers can get away without carrying laptops, especially for short jaunts. I know one guy who uses it exclusively, even using the LogMeIn iPad app to remotely log into his desktop Windows machine when it comes time to do anything particular. Their only problem is the lack of truly presentable cases, since great appearances can be kinda helpful when you’re trying to win someone’s money. Options are somewhat limited to either the default Apple folding case, and from there it drops to lots of faux vinyl and plasticized or rubberized too-casual cases. The solution: Vaja Cases. Full grain Argentinian cowhide, unaltered, natural looking. Hard to find in the US, but there are some options to buy at Amazon.
Verizon recently announced plans for an iPad application that will give Fios subscribers the ability to watch live television on their iPads. I don’t know about you but, I think that is by far one of the best app ideas yet.
Very cool accessory from MoviePeg. This little prop lets you stand your device up just about anywhere, and it works in both portrait and landscape. They have a smaller version for the iphone as well.
S.N.A.P. is a free iPhone/iOS app that gives you a quick glance at your facebook privacy settings and grades it in a much more intuitive and understandable manner than even the social network itself does. Hopefully facebook takes a tip from this app and at least incorporates the simpler grading view. Via engadget.
Dazed & Confused just released their iPhone and iPad app. The app is free, searchable, and can be downloaded for offline reading. It contains the full issue, however it’s a little hard to navigate on the phone.