iPad Applications

Hidden Facebook App For the iPad Discovered

I guess the updated Facebook app for the iPhone wasn't as pointless as everyone thought. TechCunch discovered a hidden code in version 3.4.4 of the iPhone app, a code for something that people have been waiting a long time for. The Facebook iPad app!



Is it any good? The tech blog says the app is "very good" and that the navigation system is "great." The iPad app uses overlay menus and a left-side navigation system to let you chat with your friends, or do whatever you do on Facebook, with just the poke of a button and swipe of your finger. However, just like the iPhone, game access is nonexistent on the iPad app.

The best part is that the app is executable on jailbroken devices.

StumbleUpon iPad App Gets Major Redesign

StumbleUpon has completely redesigned and rebuilt their iPad application for an improved experience on Apple's tablet hardware. Now available on iTunes, the revised software features a new Social Bar which makes it easier to see which user submitted the current content.

StumbleUpon iPad iOS application

Visiting a user's profile is much simpler with Social Bar, and StumbleUpon has integrated the touch screen into its new app to make stumbling and commenting instant and more intuitive. While swiping through stumbles, the application automatically loads the next page while you read. This cuts down on loading delays while flipping through content.

Star Trek App Beams Onto the iPad

The new Star Trek app from CBS Interactive converts any iPad into the ultimate Trekkie experience by simulating the LCARS interface seen on Star Trek: The Next Genration. iPad users can now access the official Star Trek operating system and history of the series with a complete Star Trek encyclopedia. The PADD database includes information on all the aliens, planets and ships who have appeared in the Star Trek universe over the past 40-years.

 LCARS interface

Fans can access information from all the Star Trek shows, including the short-lived Enterprise series, while being guided by the iconic computer voice made famous by Majel Barrett Roddenberry. The app also features Facebook and Twitter integration so Trekkies can keep updated on all the latest Star Trek news.

HP TouchPad Getting Facebook App Before iPad?

Leaked photos posted on TechCrunch look suspiciously like an official Facebook app running on the upcoming HP TouchPad. This will come as a surprise to iPad owners, who have been waiting for their own Facebook app to complement the iPhone version already available on the App Store. Recent reports indicate an official Facebook iPad app is coming in a matter of weeks, however a release date has not been announced.

Facebook app HP TouchPad

The iPad software is said to be in its final testing stages, with a slick new design optimized for the iPad touch screen and cameras. The HP TouchPad is slated to ship with its own Facebook application this Friday, pictured above. This gives the WebOS tablet a lead over the iPad in at least one arena.

Leaked YouTube Video Announces Skype iPad App Early

Skype planned to tell the world it was coming to the iPad next week, but a video accidently uploaded to their YouTube account let the cat out of the bag early.


Skype removed the video, but it reappeared on YouTube (without audio, see below) forcing them to come clean about the upcoming release on Tuesday. The Skype iPad app will feature the usual -- chatting, audio and video calling, but no file sharing.

Adobe Launches iPad Apps With Creative Suite 5.5

More Adobe products are coming soon to the App Store, this time iPad applications designed to work in tandem with Photoshop in the latest Creative Suite (CS), version 5.5. The three apps are Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav, enabling designers to operate Photoshop tools directly from their iPads.

Adobe CS5.5 iPad support

A Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) has also been announced by Adobe, providing developers with the ability to create their own iOS, Android and BlackBerry Tablet OS applications that interact with Photoshop on desktop computers. In addition to the iPad apps, Adobe is emphasizing that CS 5.5 makes it easy to design for any screen size, with a focus on the mobile space.

Oracle Business Intelligence Update Supports iPad

Oracle's latest Business Intelligence (BI) software has added support for Apple's iPad. Users with the tablet can use a full range of BI features including generating actions and kicking off workflows directly on the touch screen. According to Oracle, access to the complete range of alert, ad hoc analysis, dashboard, reporting, scorecard and what-if analysis content is provided on the iPad.

Oracle adds iPad support mobile BI

Even unified relational OLAP (R-OLAP) and multidimensional OLAP (M-OLAP) content is accessible thanks to the software update. There's no need to rewrite existing dashboards or reports to view BI content on the iOS tablet. Oracle explains that secure mobile access via the iPad can help provide organizational insight and alignment on-the-go, reducing the time needed to make decisions.

Streaming Video App HBO GO Now Available on iPad and iPhone

The latest streaming video application for Apple iOS brings premium HBO content directly to mobile devices. Dubbed HBO GO, the app features access to HBO original television shows and new release movies for existing HBO subscribers. The only catch is that your cable provider must also participate in the service.

HBO GO iOS application streaming

Current shows including True Blood and Boardwalk Empire are joined by older series such as Deadwood and the Sopranos. Besides every full episode for each original series, HBO GO provides access to extras and bonus features like behind-the-scenes specials.

Opera Web Browser Coming to iPad

iPhone users got a treat last April when the Opera Mini web browser launched on the Apple App Store. Now Opera Software has announced that an iPad-optimized version of their browser is headed to iOS tablet owners soon. The company plans to demo the new iPad app at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Opera Web Browser App for iPad

The current version of Opera Mini has unique features that are optimized specifically for smartphones. For example, Opera actually uses its own servers to compress data up to 90 percent before pages are transmitted to iPhone users. This saves bandwidth and can speed download times.

iPad App Store Gets Helpful Search Filters

Sometimes trying to find an app for your iPad can be an exhausting experience. After all, the App Store offers over 400,000 individual iOS software packages. Over 60,000 of these are iPad-specific apps optimized for the larger screen.

Apple iPad App Store search filters

Apple has recently added a series of search filters to the top of the iPad App Store application to help focus on individual criteria. The buttons that have appeared include filters for Category, Release Date, Customer Rating, Price, Device, and a Reset Filters option.


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