iPad Applications

Netflix Promises New iPad App in a Few Weeks

Netflix rolled out an improved Android app today, and promised iPad owners would be getting the same “new tablet experience" in a few weeks. The app's release coincides with the launch of the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet. The new app aims to offer a better experience while browsing and selecting movies. The movies will feature larger artwork making it easier to swipe through using the iPad's touch screen interface.

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Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix, said "the new Netflix interface offers a significant improvement in browsing and searching for TV shows and movies to instantly watch."

Shutterstock Releases Free iPad App

The stock footage and photography company Shutterstock launched a free iPad app as a companion to their already popular website Shutterstock.com. The Shutterstock app utilizes the iPad's Multi-Touch interface to allow users to easily browse millions of stock photos with the swipe of their finger. The app features keyword search, high-res image previews and the ability to create, organize, and share lightboxes of images.

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The Shutterstock app is free to download but requires a paid subscription to access the library of images. You can sign up for an account through the app or at Shutterstock.com. Downloading from the app is not supported. Images must be saved and downloaded from a computer later.

Facebook to Announce iPad App the Same Day as iPhone 5

October 4th is the day new Apple CEO Tim Cook will announce the next generation iPhone(s) and the Facebook iPad app! While I'm sure some people are looking forward to the new app, it's hardly as exciting as the iPhone 5. Especially since it was already leaked in July.

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Engineer Jeff Verkoeyen said he left Facebook for Google because they have been sitting on the app since May. Apple and Facebook have had a strained relationship in the past, but things seem to be getting better between to two, since they both have a common goal to defeat Google. This is probably why Mark Zuckerberg has finally decided to release the app, and announce the revamped version of the Facebook iPhone app at the upcoming Apple media event.

Dolphin Web Browser Improves the iPad Experience

The world's first gesture browser is finally here for the iPad and iPad 2. Gesture browsing is just one of the cool features included in this free App Store application by developer MoboTap. First off, Dolphin Browser HD is optimized for iPads running iOS 3.2 or later. An extensive list of features makes Dolphin a much better browsing experience than the stock Mobile Safari.

iPad Dolphin Browser HD

To start with, gesture browsing is almost like having your favorite bookmarks available with one touch. Tapping a single button and swiping a pre-recorded gesture immediately brings you to the associated URL. You can even add your own gestures to make shortcuts to commonly used commands such as forward and back.

Who Brings Their iPad Grocery Shopping?

Sure some people might keep a shopping list on their iPhones, but how many of you can't leave the iPad at home? A London grocery store is testing out shopping carts (known as trolleys in the UK) with built-in iPad docks on the handle.

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Not only this, but the docks have speakers for audio and integrated solar panels with batteries for recharging the iPad. The pilot program is a partnership between the Saintsbury's chain of grocery stores and broadcaster Sky. For its part, Sky is promoting its Sky Go app, which makes it possible for iPad users to watch 32 channels of live television.

Maxim Ditches iPad App

The iPad app Maxim HD has been canceled. A message on the iTunes app page reads: "June 2011 will be the final issue of MAXIM HD. Get future issues of MAXIM through the Maxim Magazine application available on iPhone and iPad."

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No word on why they canceled the app.

UPDATE: According to Fish Bowl NY the app was not canceled:

"We just received word that the app isn’t ending, rather Maxim is switching production from Byte Sized Candy to Mag+, and the new version “will be up soon.”

Google Brings Catalog Shopping to the iPad

I always thought catalogs were invented so men could keep softcore porn around without their girlfriends or wives noticing, but Google seems to think people use them for shopping.

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Google has teamed up with a number of brands like Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue and Williams-Sonoma, to offer catalog shopping on the iPad. The name says it all, the Google Catalogs app allows iPad owners to peruse store catalogs. You can watch videos, bookmark interesting products and send birthday hints to your family and friends.

Skype App for the Apple iPad is Finally Here

Skype has released the first version of its free iPad application on the App Store. Unlike the iPhone software which is already in its third iteration, Skype on the iPad has garnered mixed reviews. The company initially launched the app on Monday, however it was pulled down and re-released Tuesday after some minor fixes.

Skype free iPad app

The Skype app weighs in at 16 MB and requires iOS 4.0 or later for operation. Although original iPad users can run the app, video can only be received on the device due to the lack of a built-in camera. iPad 2 users will be able to chat with video up to 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second.

Creepy iPad Head Girl Video Promotes New iPad App For Men

I feel stupid just typing the name "iPad Head Girl," but I had to share the odd marketing campaign for the new iPad app called Cosmo For Guys. Hearst created a video of a women with four iPads attached to her head to promote their new digital magazine for men. The whole thing looks staged and just flat out weird, especially when one guy touches her face to launch the Cosmo For Guys app.

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“The concept and analogy here is to show a guy ‘getting inside a girl’s head’ and sort of ‘reading her mind’ by flipping through the magazine pages on the iPad. The reason for that is: it is the first magazine for men that is written by women, so for the first time women are letting guys in on what they think,” Creative Director Michael Krivicka told The Next Web.

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