One of my favorite Apple Apps for iPad is the Zinio Magazine App. It is free to download and it enables you to receive Magazines from all over the world on your iPad. You can get magazine subscriptions for prices like 12.99 for the year! That is about the price of one magazine on the local news stands. Plus you can access your account on your PC as well, so you don’t have to actually have an iPad to take advantage of this great service. I have been using the Zinio App for about 4 months now and it is very stable and it has no problem with international credit cards. With this on your iPad you carry a stack of digital magazines around with you without being weighed down, which makes it great for travel.
Besides automatic delivery of magazines, dirt cheap pricing of subscriptions, access to magazines around the world, and compact light digital storage; one of the best things about the App is you are not wasting paper by throwing out stacks of magazines every year, and you are reducing the carbon foot print because no jet fuel or diesel fuel has been used in your magazine’s delivery.
Samsung Electronics has started mass production of a 22-inch transparent LCD panel. The devices incorporate both HDMI and USB interfaces.
The transparent LCD panel enables a person to look right through the panel like glass, and it consumes 90% less electricity compared with a conventional LCD panel using a back light unit. The transparent LCD panel utilizes ambient light such as sun light, which reduces the dependency on electricity for generating power.
Transparent display panels can be used for advertising purposes, applied to show windows and used in showcase events.
**Precise Systems is not a Samsung dealer and does not endorse this product, we just think it is cool!
Start saving your money, kids. A new gaming console is on the way. Nintendo just announced plans to replace the Wii with a new gaming system in 2012.
The new system, which has been called the Wii 2, Wii HD and Project Cafe, will be unveiled at this summer’s E3 Expo. The show will take place in Los Angeles from June 7 to 9.
To date, Nintendo has sold approximately 86 million Wii consoles. The console also changed the way we look at (or play) gaming, due to the motion controller.
Rumors have been flying about possible Wii 2 features, which may or may not include HD, 3D, and a touchscreen controller. Could it also have home control features?
We have been looking into ways to use our iPad’s to help us with work tasks, the use of the iPad has enabled us to transport client files and easily access remote servers while on jobsites, present control systems demos to clients, and more. The iPad tablet has changed to way work can be done making it more efficient and fun to conduct meetings. Occasionally, like any iPad owner, we review the HOT LIST of Apps from different publications to see what new tools we can play with – for work purposes of course. Below are a list of fun work related apps that can help you in your day to day business operations.
Air Sharing HD ($9.99): You can’t get work done if you don’t have your files. Air Sharing HD lets you wirelessly mount your iPad and load all your documents.
Air Sketch ($4.99): Sometimes you need a picture to communicate your ideas. This digital sketchpad lets you record and share your concepts.
Dragon Dictation (Free): Some people will never warm up to typing on a virtual keyboard. Luckily, this excellent voice recognition app is free.
iTeleprompter 2.0 ($4.99): If you’re shooting video, getting a teleprompter used to be an expensive proposition. Now you can have a customizable, fully-featured one right on your iPad.
Meeting Mate ($2.99): Keep track of your meetings and run them from one app. It lets you keep notes for each meeting and e-mail your notes.
Time Master + Billing ($9.99): Do you charge by the hour? Get this app, which keeps track of your times and creates professional invoices.
The Awesome Currency Calculator allows you to convert between 160 world currencies, and you can view your native currency and multiple foreign ones at the same time. The rates are constantly updated, and you can calculate tax and keep track of previous calculations.
iBrainstorm (free):A great and geeky way to interact with your colleagues is to use your iPad as an idea pad, with iBrainstorm. Using an iPhone companion app (free), team members can flick their notes straight onto the iPad screen (via seamless Bluetooth connection)
Chimpadeedoo (free): Next time you go to a conference or networking event, bring Chimpadeedoo. A kiosk-style app tied to the popular MailChimp e-mail marketing service, it allows you to gather e-mail addresses via an elegant interface on your iPad. You can customize the background and the text, and you can turn the iPad into a sign-up stand thanks to the screen-lock feature.
iTranslate (free) If you frequently travel to foreign countries for your job, then you know how handy a pocket dictionary can be. Sporting a simple yet beautiful interface, can translate words and phrases into more than 50 languages. The translation is instant (as you type), and the app can even help you with pronunciation through 11 (slightly robotic-sounding) text-to-speech voices for popular languages.
We all love FREE, and we wanted to give you the 411 on a new service that brings you free Apps:
We’re all very familiar with Monster Cable. They have the A/V empire that includes cables, headphones, 3D glasses, power products, cleaners, and much more. However, it seems that there is another Monster making quite an uproar. This one is Monster Mobile.
In March the Monster Cable company announced the launch of Monster Free Apps, a brand new iPhone app. The idea is to have the one app comb through thousands upon thousands of other apps out there, to find you a few freebies.
If you’re familiar with the App Store, most likely you know that there are thousands of free apps out there. This app doesn’t just generate one giant list. Instead, it sends you daily push notifications of apps that have just become free or are free for a limited time. See the difference?
According to Monster Mobile, paid apps go on sale for free every day. Once you get a peek at what’s on sale, you have the option to download it for free, courtesy of Monster Free Apps, before the price goes back to normal.
This may be a great way to get games and other fun apps on your iPad, iPhone or iTouch and save you some money!
The iPad has been another Apple hit! With all the apps it has become a greta tool for both work and play. But the iPad (1 & 2) doesnt just stop at cool apps, how about the cool accessories that you can purchase for it?
Here are a few fun ones we have found..
It isnt pretty, but it is a cool tool and useful. It allows users to output iPad 2 content up to 1080p to any HDMI-compatible display. Share that portable’s wealth of photos, video, music, apps, and everything else you can imagine.
Price: Approx $39 USD
From: Apple Store US , generic versions may be available
It’s hard to keep your many portables powered up, even when around the house. Instead of playing favorites, this dock can juice up an iPad and the iPhone simultaneously. While it’s powering up both portables, the dock also delivers an unobstructed view, so you can use either device during that charging time. Giffin is a known name in the Apple accessory world and they have many other cool tools for your apple needs.
Price: $59.99 USD
For More Info: Griffin Technology
Having an iPad case is crucial. However, this patent pending design throws in a nice little curveball. It actually combines the case with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. So while the case is protecting your screen, the keyboard keeps your screen free from fingers. No swiping or smudges; it’s just an easy way to control devices, surf through apps, and send out email. The case is available for pre order.
For More Info: ZAGGmate
It is cute, fun, and he’s also a freestanding case for the iPad 2. The iGuy makes the iPad 2 more kid-friendly, but also protects that pricey portable from those wee, sticky fingers. Speck says that the iGuy isn’t ready to make his big debut just yet, but he is available for preorder in green, blue and yellow.
For More Info: Speck Products
Precise Systems does not represent any of the vendors featured here, nor do we sell the products, we just think that they are cool. Have fun and explore what other fun accessories are available for iPad devices
Integrated homes can offer more than just easy control…they also have the ability to programme in marriage proposals! IIya Kandidar, a Crestron dealer in California, did just that with the use of a Crestron 8X and if theatre screen. He recorded a video before hand and programmed his system to interrupt a movie his girlfriend was watching and play his recording. To conclude his proposal he programmed the 8X touchpanel to pop up with a screen that had a yes/no button on it for her to answer her proposal. Here is a link to his blog that explains the whole story………….on and she pressed YES![yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVSD-kVcyzA&feature=player_embedded’]
Do you have a Crestron System? Do you have an iPad or an iTouch? Do you know that we can give you custom fun control over your system with these apple devices? The great thing about the iPad is you can get the cool factor of the sleek tablet with games, music, email, photos and other apps combined with a extra control remote for your home! We can create customizable screens specifically for your system that are both cool and functional.
If you are a Crestron client you cannot be without this App (Crestron App $99), it is an easy upgrade to your existing system and an instant extension to your automated home. Still not convinced? Call us and ask us for a demo – but beware it has that “ I want it now!” effect.
Contact: Precise Systems 232.7745 email: email@example.com
The highly anticipated Systems Contractor News(SCN) Top 50 Systems Integrators list, which recognizes the leading integrators in the commercial AV industry, was released this week. Firmly established as the gold standard by which commercial integrators are measured, the Top 50 list revealed that 49 of the SCN Top 50 are Crestron dealers.
“Crestron congratulates each company on this prestigious list, and we applaud their hard work, dedication and innovation in driving our industry forward,” said Crestron Executive Vice President, Randy Klein. “It’s very gratifying to see that the most successful companies in our industry are Crestron dealers, and we’re proud to have contributed once again to the success of so many of our dealers who made the list this year.”
These leading integrators set the pace for AV firms, both large and small, who serve clients in commercial markets such as corporate, education, government/military, hospitality, stadiums and arenas, and many others segments.
With the ability to offer complete, fully-integrated building technology solutions, including distributed AV systems, commercial lighting control, HVAC control, security, and more, it’s no coincidence that nearly all of the top 50 are Crestron dealers.
The SCN Top 50 Systems Integrators, which includes firms in the U.S. and Canada, were ranked by projected systems integration revenue for 2010. As is the case every year, this year’s submissions were voluntary. “The greatest measure of our success at Crestron is the success of our dealers,” Klein added. “We will continue to emphasize our commitment to Crestron dealers and our dedication to helping them build their businesses by offering the most innovative solutions and products, the best training, and the most reliable support in the industry.”
Crestron Press Release
DISH Network is releasing a swarm of 3D movies. All DISH’s new 3D content will be delivered on a video-on-demand basis, and so far include only family movie titles.
The opening 3D titles include: “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” “The Last Airbender,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Step Up 3D.” Additional titles coming in January include “Despicable Me,” “Shrek Forever After,” and “Saw: The Final Chapter.” DISH says the movies will be in high definition “up to 1080p resolution,” which probably means that at least some will be in 720p.