Nate Hoffelder

Pulse Updated to 3.0 – Now Supports Unlimited Sources & Improved Search

Pulse has been a poplar news aggregator ever since it was launched a couple years ago, but the app has had at least one major limitation which has bothered the more extreme news junkies. Until today’s update, this app would only let you follow a finite number of sources.

Today that changes. Alphonso Labs has just released a major update for Pulse which is really going to shake things up. The app now lets users follow an unlimited number of sources. It also features better navigation as well as  easier customization, and improved search functions. The Android app also has a couple extra features not found in the iPad app; there’s a new home screen widget as well as a new sidebar menu.

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How Not to Care for an iPad: Video

I’m sure many of my readers are entertained when tech blogs or Blendtec destroy a new gadget, but the following video will be far less amusing. It reportedly shows a group of Walmart employees abusing iPads.

I’m not entirely sure this video is real, but according to the Redditor who posted this video the employees have already been identified and fired.

And as infuriating as this video is, I’m still not convinced it is real. Several other commenters have responded to the original post on Reddit and they point out that $500 iPads aren’t simply tossed in with other new stock. They’re handled by managers, transported in locked cages, or in some other way protected from being stolen. So it does not seem likely that the boxes being thrown around actually contained iPads.

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New iPhone App Turns Any Desk Into a Virtual Keyboard

When most people saw the concept video from Aatma Studios which showed an iPhone with a holographic keyboard, they sighed with longing. Florian Kräutli, on the other hand, was inspired to come up with his own virtual keyboard app for the iPhone. His app, which he named Vibrative, runs on jailbroken iPhones and is really more of a work in progress than an app which could could be sold in iTunes.

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‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ Now Officially Available for Android, iOS

The furious fowl take on a new enemy in the latest installment of Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise. Hours ago, in a country not too far away, the noble Galactic Empire was suddenly attacked by a rogue band of birds.

You can join in the attack on the Empire as you explore more than 80 new levels set in iconic locations like Tatooine and the Pig Star. Can you dodge Imperial pigs, laser turrets, Tusken Raider pigs, and the dark side of the Force to get all three stars?

The app is available in both paid and free version for Android, with the free one being ad-supported, but there seems to only be a paid app for the iPad and iPhone.

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Top US Cities for Smartphone Theft: Infographic

There are tens of millions of smartphones in use in the USA every day, and according to the gadget insurance company Protect Your Bubble, just over 16 thousand are lost or stolen every day–113 a minute.

To highlight this issue, Protect Your Bubble pulled together data from their statuary tables to produce this infographic. According to the infographic, smartphone loss is most likely to occur in Philadelphia, with Seattle and Oakland rounding out the top three. Read more

Microsoft to Release MS Office for Android & iOS in 2013

Rumors concerning a mobile version of MS Office have been circulating for over a year. I had not been taking them seriously, but today it looks like I might be wrong.

The Verge is reporting that they have multiple sources which have told them that Microsoft will be releasing Office for Android and iOS next year. They cannot offer a firm release date, but all signs point to a release in the first half of the year, with March as the most likely month for the release.

The iOS apps will come first, with the Android version of the apps reportedly coming in May.  The apps will be free to download, but if you want to do more than simply view Excel, Word, and other Office files you will need to buy a copy of Office 365.

Leaked TV Ad: Surface vs. iPad

The designers at Cinesaurus are back again one of their reinterpretations of tablet commercials.

This time around they took the idea from the iPad Mini commercial and created an ad for the Microsoft Surface. It’s quite clever in the ways in which it shows that the Surface is a much more capable tablet.

New Rumors Leak About a 7″ Surface Tablet

A Mockup or the Real Thing?

Now that the launch of the Microsoft Surface tablet is a couple weeks past, the blogosphere has turned its attention to the next rumor.

According to The Verge, a new 7″ Surface tablet has been confirmed as being in the works. It’s going to be called the Xbox Surface and if this rumor is true then it will likely have specs similar to the ones leaked back in June. Read more

‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ Trailer Confirms Pig Vader Character

The official release of Angry Birds Star Wars is still a couple days away, leaving just enough time for one final trailer.

The following video only shows a single level being played for a few seconds, but that is enough to tell us that there is a Pig Vader character. The character appeared to be using The Force to hold bits of the level in place, and once he was defeated the level fell apart.

Apple Sells 3 Million iPads in 3 Days

Apple released their two latest tablets last Friday and it looks like the sales over the launch weekend didn’t live up to Apple’s past record. They’ve just announced that they sold three million iPad 4s and iPad Minis in the past three days.

While you might be impressed by the word million, it’s really not all that amazing. In comparison, Apple sold 5 million iPhones 5 in the first weekend. Back in March, Apple sold three million iPads 3 in the first three days after it was launched.

To put it in perspective, this past weekend Apple needed two tablets to match the sales quantity they achieved with  a single tablet back in March sold as many iPads Mini and iPads4 as they sold iPad 3 (Wifi and LTE models combined) in March. These sales figures might still be higher than most any Android tablet but they only equal do not match Apple’s past successes; they do not exceed it.

It would seem to me that the bloom has gone off the rose, or perhaps the apple has developed a blemish.