Posts Tagged ‘IDevice’

It is amazing the things you can do on a tablet nowadays. The games you can play and the uses are endless. From talking to your friend half way across the world for free to editing a hi-res photo with professional detail while on the sofa listening to music. It makes me think of what did we actually do when we were younger? How did we survive? How did our parents keep us entertained?!

As a parent myself, it worries me that my child uses the iPad far too much and sometimes we all rely on it far too often. I have even seen my son walk up to a digital photo frame and swipe to the right to see the next picture, but left feeling slightly confused as it doesn’t work.

The question is, are children nowadays too reliant on modern technology and is the imagination that I think we had, going to be lost to a processor? This question can only be answered as time goes by and we see what happens to the next generation.

All is not lost though…A company called Tangible Play (made up of old Google staff) have released Osmo, a new crowd funded app for kids that encourages ‘real world’ play. It allows the user to pick up things and build using their hands, thanks to a mirror attachment which turns the iPad’s camera to view the surface where your child is playing.

Recently I have looked around the App Store and failed to find anything that is different or breaks boundaries, but this app is very different and we should stand up and take notice.

All of the games to be used with this kit are optimised for ages 6-12 but each game has a varying range of difficulty. Take Newton, it’s a physics game, which uses the same concept as “Cut The Rope” where players can use any object, from lines on a piece of paper to a toy or even their own hands to control the stuff on screen. All you really need is a piece of paper and a pen to get started.

Tangram, is a game where puzzle pieces in the real world must be matched to the shapes on screen. The kit comes with an iPad stand and mirror connector and promotes your child’s creativity as suddenly the brain is thinking in many dimensions!

I do not only love this as a educational toy for my kids, but also as a concept in itself. It is not often you get something that comes along that breaks the mold and creates a whole new genre of games….this might just be that thing.

Available now on the Osmo Website for $49. This is a steal considering what you get and of course this will double once pre-orders have been fulfilled. The company is concentrating on developing the apps, but will eventually open this up to developers to create their own games….so watch this space.

Check out the Osmo video

 

 

So TheTechSpy has been busy this weekend playing with his iPhone and like all Gadgeteers out there, couldn’t wait for a glimpse of iOS 7 on a device.

Now let’s get the boring stuff out the way, we were testing the beta software for reviewing purposes only and in no way condemn you putting this beta software on your iOS device before its official launch unless you are a developer. TheTechSpy does not recommend any of the software used or take any responsibility for them, these are just the ones we used.

It is quite a simple process, so here is what we did;

1: Backed up our iPhone to iTunes

2: In the mean time we downloaded the beta software for our iPhone 5 CDMA A1429 from here

3: And then downloaded a DMG extractor

4: Use the free DMG extractor to open the downloaded file and extract the DMG/IPSW and put this in a location that you know (it will be the biggest file in the folder)

5: Once complete, we clicked on our device name on the left pane of iTunes.

6: Clicked the Summary tab

7: With our finger on the Shift key, click the “Restore” button and point the browser to the file you have just downloaded.

8: iTunes then began to restore the iPhone with the iOS7 beta software.

We are very pleased with the firmware version and are looking forward to the official launch in September to get our teeth really into this software.

 

ios-7-dmg-to-ipsw

 

 

 

 

Bowers & Wilkins have been the leaders in the iDevice speaker world with its amazing Zeppelin for quite some time now, the new Z2 promises to be as much of a “Stairway To Heaven” of sound as its predecessor.

The blimp-shaped Zeppelin has been well known to be the top of the crop when it comes to iPhone speakers, with its critically acclaimed sound output and unique design it truly was the speaker to own. One of the issues with the style is the size, it doesn’t fit in everybody’s space and with the likes of Bose releasing the SoundLink earlier last year, B&W have had to come out with the sleek bookshelf-sized Z2.

The Z2 not only looks good but also sounds superb! Sporting AirPlay and the latest lightning dock, it will pretty much take any of the Apple line-up. With the use of the iPad/iPhone you are able to purchase more Z2’s to put in every room of the house controlling each independently wirelessly from the palm of your hands. AirPlay on the Z2 works perfectly with Last.fm, Pandora and Mixcloud on your iDevice so that you can stream music effortlessly.

The British hi-fi experts know how to make great speakers, but this comes at a price….£330 in this case which will not appeal to everyone’s wallet. The Bose SoundLink  is a lot more portable, has a rechargeable battery, will connect via Bluetooth to any device and is priced at a more comfortable £249 with impeccable sound for its size.

Z2

Early last year Apple introduced the Guided Access feature into iOS as an accessibility option focused mainly for use in schools and for people with learning difficulties to control the apps being used on the iOS unit.

Have you ever given your iDevice to a younger member of family to play a game and found that they have hit the home button and are now deleting your emails? Or given your device to a friend only to find them snooping through your photos? Well, this tip is for you.

Guided Access allows you to lock down your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to a particular app, rendering the home button useless, keeping the user in the app allowing them to use it without issues. It is very easy to set up and very easy to turn on and off.

Here’s how it’s done;

  • Click on Settings.
  • Click on General.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility and tap on this option.
  • Scroll down to the Learning Section and tap on Guided Access.
  • Toggle Guided Access to ON and set a pass code that only you know (preferably different to your main pass code).
  • Once set up, go into the app that you require to lock down and triple-click the home button – this begins guided access.
  • Click Start in the top right corner to begin.
  • Begin using the app as normal.
  • To disable guided access while in the app, triple-click the home button and input your pass code and click End.

 

The following Apple products can use Guided Access on iOS 6:

  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch 4th/5th Generation
  • iPad 2, iPad 3

iOS6