Angry Birds Transformer available now on the App Store

angry birds transformers

I must have missed the announcement last week but Rovio has finally released its latest offering in the Angry Birds franchise. Dubbed Angry Birds Transformers, this new iOS game is another spin-off of the highly popular Angry Birds game. Angry Birds Transformer is a 3D shoot’em up adventure game featuring the Angry Birds or should I say Autobirds?

Seriously, go check out Angry Birds Transformers if you are a big fan of the Angry Birds and of course the Transformers. I’ve been playing the game for a few minutes now and I could see myself playing it more later.

You can download Angry Birds Transformers from the iTunes App Store now.

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Apple launches the new iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display

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Woke earlier this morning to find my news feed swarming with news items about Apple launching the 5th generation iPad, called iPad Air and the 2nd generation iPad Mini, this time with Retina Display. Of these two new iPads, I’m more excited about the new iPad Air. Why? Because it’s a long overdue update that Apple should have done a long time ago. In fact, if the iPad Air came out before the first generation iPad Mini, there won’t be a need for an iPad Mini at all.

The iPad Air makes Apple’s tablet a 100% tablet. It’s now more portable which the original iPad should have been. It’s lighter, thinner and a lot faster. You have to credit Apple for its trademark “incremental” upgrades for its products. It’s a great way to make tons of money.

Now, the question asked by many who are planning to get the iPads is – which new iPad they are going to get? Since both have Retina Display, the iPad Air is clearly the better choice if price is of course not a factor for you.

The new iPad Air will be available in all its flavors come November 1 from the Apple Online Store and retail outlets in the U.S. and some other countries. The iPad Mini 2 will arrive in the later part of November. As usual, for those of us here in the Philippines, there’s no words yet as to when these iPads will hit our local shores.

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Smart iPad Mini LTE and iPad with Retina Display LTE now available on Plan

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If you’re planning to buy a new iPad Mini or iPad with Retina Display, you might want to get the Smart iPad Mini LTE which is being offered under Smart’s Plan 499 and Plan 999. The same goes true for the iPad with Retina Display LTE. Smart is offering these two tablets at a very reasonable price on flexible payment scheme.

The Smart iPad Mini LTE is available under Plan 499. This comes with  65hrs of 3G/4G/SmartLTE usage monthly. You will be charge P499 a month for data charges within those coverage limit. If you opt for this plan, you need to pay P20,990 (16GB)/P25,990(32GB)/P29,990(64) for the iPad Mini. And you can pay this on a 24-months 0% installment terms. Total monthly amortization plus P499 equals P 1,373.58 for the 16GB iPad Mini LTE, P 1,581.91 for the 32GB iPad Mini LTE or P1,748.58 for the 64GB iPad Mini LTE.

You can also get the Smart iPad with Retina Display LTE under Plan 999 or Plan 499.  For the Plan 999, it comes with unlimited 3G/4G/Smart LTE usage monthly and monthly charge of P999. This is on top of a one-time payment for the device paid in cash or using a credit card with options for a 12-month interest free installment.

Or you can also get it under plan 499 which comes with 65 hours of 3G/4G/SmartLTE usage monthly. This is on top of one-time payment or option to pay in 24 monthly amortization.

More details can be found here.

Visit your nearest Smart Wireless Centers now to grab the Smart iPad Mini LTE or Smart iPad with Retina Display LTE. For existing subscribers, a valid ID is enough for verification purposes.

 

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Giving away free subscription to a digital magazine from Zinio

As part of Zinio’s holiday give-aways, this blog and Zinio are giving away free subscriptions (12 or 6 months) to one digital magazine title being offered by Zinio. All you have to is check-out the previous post before this. Follow the link to get a list of digital magazines, select any title you want and send the following to me via email (noli725@gmail.com):

  • Email address
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Publication Name
After which, you will receive an email from Zinio for the instructions on how to claim your free subscriptions. Hurry up as this promo will end on January 7, 2013.
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Zinio gives out 50% off on more than 350 digital magazine titles and is giving away an iPad Mini

If you just got a new tablet or iPad as a Christmas gift, now is the best time to load it up with top digital magazine titles courtesy of Zinio. For those who are not aware, Zinio has thousands of top magazines from around the world. Zinio has mobile apps for Android tablets and iPad and these apps lets you browse for digital magazines, purchase subscriptions or single issues instantly either from your computer or mobile device.

Now here’s the fun part. In celebration of the holiday seasons, Zinio is discounting 50% off the subscription price of its top digital magazine titles. From Men’s Fitness, FHM, Popular Photography, and many other popular titles.

You can learn more about this deal by simply following this link. You have to hurry up though as this deal is good only until January 7, 2013.

In addition to this deal, Zinio is also holding a photo contest which will win you a new iPad Mini. All you have to do is to follow the instructions below:

Grand Prize

  • One lucky participant each week will win an iPad mini.

2nd Prize

  • All entrants will receive a free one year subscription to Star Magazine.

Contest Instructions

  • If You Are New To Zinio: Submit a picture of your favorite device and where you would use it to read Zinio
  • If You Are Already A Zinio User: Submit a picture of what you read inside your Zinio Library.
  • One photo each week will be chosen by our judges to win an iPad Mini. In addition, all participants will receive a free one year subscription to STARMagazine.
  • Be creative; we are looking for pictures that are fun, different, and incorporate Zinio in interesting ways. Good luck!
  • Contest StartsDecember 14, 2012 @ 12:22 pm (EST)Contest EndsJanuary 07, 2013 @ 12:22 pm (EST)Need more Details? Read the Official Rules

Alright, good luck folks.

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How Safari is good for iPhone and iPad touch

Safari has revealed the level of marvelous craze in the world of magical searching. It loads the pages much faster. Simultaneously it reads a large amount of data at any instant. It even makes a constant checking in grammar and spelling. From this point of view, it has shown its innovation. That’s why, when the choice have to select for the iPhone app, then Safari is an effective choice. On the great scaling service, this is not a very big deal.

Procedural view:

The identification of proper strategies is settled together for creating betterment in outcome. From the statistical records, the consecutive steps can be demonstrated as follows:

· Anytime, the user when feels to search some specific address then he sends the string of predictive text. It proceeds via the browser and requests the server to generate an associated response. For iPhone and iPad touch, the string gets modified by Safari and pushed through interface.

  • Safari can make a view of the actual database. So it tries to operate on particular input rather than perceptive actions. If it is installed in system, then the advanced pane of preference must be chosen for iPhone applications.
  • A drop down menu is found under the asterisk sign in browser. It shows the pop-up menu. That is basically used to develop the preferred operation just by clicking the corresponding checkbox. The minimization and disposure are also found as the available options.
  •  Then the page option is selected. Here from iPhone and iPad display, user agent bar is to be configured. For the latest versions these are obtained by default as additional options.
  • For each type of agent, there are variety of versions are available. Here the user has to make an effective choice in between enormous range. At first the compatibility is checked. If the similarity is verified then that version is adapted without any cross checking.
  • Now, it’s the time to disable the flash and java properties which become enable by default settings. In the security pane of Safari, the respective checkboxes are displayed. All the plug-ins is gathered as the group.
  • Finally the testing phase starts. The Safari page is explored but only with the iPad and iPhone touch system.

Conclusion:

If the market analysis is observed at a glance, then the popularity of Safari can be overseen. It keeps running the tally from the touch screen. It is also able to create the graphical high definition pages that can be displayed as thumbnail for 24 hours. Safari can also assist to retrace the steps and being compatible with iTunes, it can flip the previews. If the users operate on iCloud sync along with iPad or iPhone, then they can be alerted on regular basis. Powerful tools like iPad peek and iPhone simulators are supported with this browsing framework. It does not work on a single request but can handle a sequential stream of transaction. So, the traffic is never congested. This is the greatest utility what a user can come across using Safari attached with iPhone or iPad technology.

About The Author: Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and travelling. She contributes to Sara International Travel

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First impressions and quick review of the iPad Mini

Finally, after more than two weeks of waiting, the iPad Mini I ordered from Apple Online Store has arrived. Having seen this on display at some local stores in Malaysia last week got me more excited to actually use the device. And you can just imagine how excited I was when I finally got hold of the iPad Mini box and started unboxing it. It didn’t took me that long since I’ve already opened up several iOS devices.

So, when I finally got to hold the iPad Mini, I instantly fell in love with its form factor and design. I couldn’t agree more with those who’ve reviewed the iPad Mini – it’s the best-looking iPad so far. Thin and light – that’s what it is.

Then I did the customary set up process, skipping the “restore to an older back up” because I was  so eager to use it. Then – boom! There it was. The iPad Mini turned on. The display was gorgeous. I repeat, the display was gorgeous. Take note that prior to this, I’m using the third generation iPad with Retina Display. Did I miss it? NO.

The iPad Mini’s display is perfectly fine.

I continue to explore it and did not take me that long to notice the sluggish performance. This is one I missed about the iPad 3. As you all know, it has a faster processor than the iPad Mini. Loading Facebook on a Wi-Fi is a tad slow. Or maybe I’m just connected to a slow Wi-Fi network. I will have to try this out on a faster Wi-Fi later on.

But performance-wise when it comes to loading apps, switching from one app to another – the iPad Mini has responded pretty well. It may not be as fast as the iPad 3, but it still is fast when it comes to tablet standards.

Oh yes. The critics were wrong. Display is not the flaw of the iPad Mini. It’s the slower processor. But Apple has several reasons for the slower processor and smaller RAM. So be it then.

Does this make me love the iPad Mini lesser? NO.

What else do I have to say. It may not have Retina Display, its processor and RAM may be inferior to the third and fourth generation iPad – but the iPad Mini got enough bells and whistles to stand up on its own identity as a smaller iPad.

The iPad Mini is portable and adheres to the very essence of a device being a tablet – handy, highly portable, well-suited for mobile computing. Everything that fell short of your high-end smartphones, the iPad Mini has.And for that, I will have to say that I don’t regret buying it. I’ve found the perfect iPad for me. And yes, it’s a mini iPad 2.

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Apple unveils the new iPad Mini, it’s thinner and lighter but not faster

Lo and behold! Let’s all welcome the new Apple iPad Mini. It’s a thinner, lighter and smaller iPad. It may not be a fastest iPad and its price may not be that cheap compared with other 7-inch tablets, but we’ve got to admit, it’s one heck of a device that millions of us will surely buy.

So, what does the iPad Mini has to offer aside from its 7-inch screen display size? Here are the key specs of the new iPad Mini:

  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch
    display with IPS technology (1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi))
  • Apple A5 processor
  • 5MP iSight Camera
  • 1.2MP FaceTime camera
  • Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi and LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The iPad Mini will be available in two designs namely, Black & Slate and White and Silver. Pre-orders on the new iPad Mini will start online on Friday, October 26 and availability will be on November 2 for the iPad Mini Wi-Fi only in the following countries  US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

And now for the much talked about pricing of the new iPad Mini.

  • 16GB WiFi only – $329
  • 32GB WiFi only – $429
  • 64GB Wi-Fi only – $529
Meanwhile, the iPad Mini WiFi+Cellular will be available a couple of weeks after the WiFi model has come out and will have the following prices:
  • 16GB WiFi+Cellular – $459
  • 32GB WiFi+Cellular – $559
  • 64GB WiFi+Cellular  $659

No words yet on when the iPad Mini will become available in our beloved countries. But I’m positive that it will be out soon just in time for the Holiday Season as Apple will like to beef up sales before the year ends. So, let’s hope for an earlier release then.

So, are you getting the new iPad Mini?

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Apple updates the 9.7-inch iPad with the new 4th generation iPad

Now here’s something that caught most of us off-guard. As you may recall, the so called “new iPad” was introduced by Apple only six months ago and you wouldn’t expect to come up with a new model in such a short span of time. But Apple did it as it launched the new 4th generation iPad.

Many got pissed, some laughed about it but at the end of the day, it’s still Apple who has the last decision. So instead of getting mad at Apple for those who just bought the 3rd generation iPad, let’s shrug it off and welcome the 4th generation of iPad. For whatever reasons that Apple may have in bringing the 4th gen iPad this early, we couldn’t help but respect them.

Having said that, what then are the new features of the 4th generation iPad that make it different from the 3rd generation iPad? Nothing much really in terms of numbers but moreso in terms of performance improvement. For one thing, the new iPad will now have the A6X chip, the same one used in the iPhone 5. Aside from that it will also feature FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Apple also has to update the new iPad’s connector to the now Apple standard lightning pin connector.

It will also have the same 9.7-inch Retina display and will have 10 hours of battery life and worldwide LTE support.

The 4th generation iPad will be available on November in the following countries – US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Pre-orders on the new iPad will start October 26, 2012.

And the 4th generation iPad will have the following prices – $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model. All these are WiFi only iPads. The iPad WiFi+Cellular will be available in a couple of weeks after the iPad WiFi model has been released.

So, question? Should you be getting the 4th generation iPad? The answer depends on several factors. If you have an iPad model prior to the 3rd generation you obviously should be getting the 4th generation iPad. The 3rd generation iPad has already been removed from the Apple Store which means that Apple will start supporting it so there’s no reason to upgrade from iPad and iPad 2 to iPad 3.

If you just bought the iPad 3, of course, there’s no compelling reason to get the iPad 4. The A6x chip and other features are not really that great to merit an upgrade in such a short span of time.

If this is your first time to buy an iPad, go ahead and splurge on the new iPad or consider getting the iPad Mini as well.

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