Posts byRaymond Padilla

    Gaikai and Wikipad Team Up on Gaming-Focused Tablet

    Streaming-game service Gaikai has announced that it has teamed up with Wikipad for a gaming-focused tablet. Gaikai offers high-quality console-gaming through the cloud, while Wikipad features gamepad-like controls (pictured below) that envelop a tablet PC. Gaikai games on Wikipad can also be viewed on televisions that support WiDi. (more…)

      91% of Mobile Game Revenue is Spent on In-App Purchases

      Research firm Newzoo released some interesting numbers from March 2012. One of the most fascinating tidbits was that American mobile gamers are incredibly fond of in-app purchases. Of the mobile-game revenue in America accounted for by Newzoo, 91 percent was in-app purchases as opposed to money spent buying games. Check out some additional details below. (more…)

        PopCap Games Merchandise On The Way

        Most of you have been dreaming about wearing Plants vs. Zombies boxer shorts while staring at a Bejeweled calendar. Like the immortal Hall & Oates, PopCap Games is making your dreams come true. The company has announced that it will be releasing a ton of licensed merchandise. The initial products will be Plants vs. Zombies goods, with swag based on Bejeweled and other games coming in 2013. Here’s the rundown. (more…)

          Samsung Announces Exynos 4, Will Debut in Galaxy S3

          Samsung has announced that its Exynos 4 Quad system-on-a-chip will power the upcoming Galaxy S 3 phone. The Galaxy SII offered great performance and competed well with the iPhone 4S in 2011. The Galaxy S3 is expected to compete well with the next iPhone. The Exynos 4 Quad is a quad-core chip made with a 32nm process. It runs at 1.4GHz, and is based on ARM Cortex A9 technology. Check out the teaser video below. (more…)

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          Klout for iPhone Brings Social Networking Metrics to iOS

          Social networking service Klout has released an official iOS app called Klout for iPhone (original, hey?). Klout is an interesting product that combines activity from other social networking services, runs it through a bunch of algorithms, and assigns a score. These scores can be a good way to measure and track social-network influence. Some people use Klout to brag about their Internet status and others use it as a tool to track the effectiveness of social networking techniques. Then there’s a small subsection of Klout users that have turned the service into a game of its own. (more…)

            Brydge Adds Full-Sized Keyboard and Stereo Speakers to the iPad

            Getting lots of attention on Kickstarter, Brydge is an accessory that offers protection and a full-sized keyboard for the Apple iPad. The base model is made from machined aluminum. A more expensive model adds stereo speakers to the mix. Both make for a package that’s smaller than the MacBook Air, but with the convenience of detachability. Check out a video of Brydge below. (more…)

              Apple Q2 2012 Earnings Call Highlights

              Apple has announced its quarterly results and the numbers were spectacular. Have you heard this story before? Well get ready for a rerun with Apple’s Q2 2012 numbers. For a company with a ridiculously large market cap, it’s amazing that it’s still growing at a rapid rate. The quarterly profit hit $11.6-billion, making for a year-over-year growth of 94 percent. Here’s how Apple reached that ridiculous number. (more…)

                Machine-Gun Mounted Quadrotor Controlled Via iPad!

                Those zany cats at FPS Russia are at it again. This time around, the crew has a quadrotor with a submachine gun. The coolest part of it all is that the whole setup is controlled with an iPad! The video below shows the quadrotor in action, terrorizing cars, dummies, and more. Check it out and bask in the awesomeness. (more…)

                  Games Are the Most Popular Mobile Apps

                  According to an infographic by BusinessDegree.net, games are the most popular type of apps, beating out news, social networking, weather, and more. According to the group’s data, 64 percent of mobile device users play games. iPhone users were the most avid gamers, averaging 14.7 hours of gameplay per month. Check out the entire awesome infographic below and share your thoughts on it. (more…)

                    STP TV Pilot Episode

                    Here’s the pilot episode for STP TV, Slide To Play’s new weekly video show! Join host Raina Lee for a mix of the latest news, cool gear, and a recap of the hottest game reviews. STP TV gives you the lowdown on what’s happening in the world to Slide To Play. Check it out! (more…)

                      Rumor: Samsung to Counter iCloud with S-Cloud

                      The Samsung Galaxy line is arguably the most popular and successful line of Google Android phones in the world. These days, however, great hardware isn’t enough. Services are an important part of supporting phones and tablets. One of the differentiating services Apple has for the iPhone and iPad is iCloud. The iCloud service is a useful and convenient (but limited) way to store and back up data. The word on the street is that Samsung will announce a similar service — with the amazingly unoriginal name S-Cloud — on May 3, 2012 to support its phones and tablets. (more…)

                        Newzoo Claims 81% of Kindle Fire Owners Are Gamers

                        Research firm Newzoo claims that there are now 17.4-million active users of the Amazon Kindle Fire in America. Amazon does not release precise hardware sales figures, so companies like Newzoo are needed to provide comparative data (and fuel fanboy wars). While the number of active users is certainly impressive, what’s even more interesting is that an extremely high number of Kindle Fire owners play games — 81 percent according to Newzoo. (more…)

                          Obama’s Minions Invade Rush Limbaugh’s iPhone Through Siri

                          It’s crazy what gets politicized these days — food, clothing, beverages, etc. have all been used to further political agendas. The latest non-partisan object to be used in the never-ending battle between people with different political ideologies is the iPhone 4S. Famed commentator and radio host Rush Limbaugh claims that Siri on his iPhone 4S was talking to him about President Barack Obama, Obama’s “minions,” and wind power. (more…)

                            Lost Steve Jobs Interview Tapes Found

                            Longtime tech journalist Brent Schlender recently did some spring cleaning and came across several tapes with interviews he conducted with late Apple founder Steve Jobs. Spanning 1991 to 2004, the tapes cover a wide variety of topics. The most interesting quotes are Jobs’ thoughts on his time at Next and Pixar, which clearly changed him and helped make his second run at Apple so incredible. One of the funniest and most poignant quotes was Jobs’ thoughts on how The Beatles are a great example of executive management. Check it out. (more…)

                              Samuel L Jackson and Zooey Deschanel iPhone Siri Commercials

                              Here are a pair of Apple commercials featuring the iPhone 4S and Siri, as well as a pair of major celebrities. The first spot features the hardest-working actor in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Sadly, he’s not screaming at his iPhone 4S in his Nick Fury character, nor is he yelling to Siri about getting snakes off an airplane. The second spot features the incredibly talented and beautiful Zooey Deschanel. She’s not yelling at Siri about snakes on a plane either. (more…)

                                TSA Agent Busted For Stealing Eight iPads

                                The Transportation Security Administration is one of the most reviled government organizations in America. While I believe that the majority of TSA agents are decent, hard-working people, a small amount of them are incompetent morons that abuse their power and help make traveling by airplane an unpleasant experience. Then there are TSA agents like Clayton Keith Dovel that steal iPads while “inspecting” baggage. Check out the video below. (more…)

                                  Revenge of the iPad Mini Rumor!

                                  The iPad Mini rumors keep on coming. This time around, a Chinese web site claims that manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron will be making smaller iPads. Apple does heavy business with both companies, so that doesn’t sound unusual. What does seem amiss is the source’s notion that the iPad Mini is being released to counter tablets running Microsoft Windows 8. (more…)

                                    Republique Kickstarter Features Former Metal Gear and Halo Talent

                                    Thanks to Double Fine, Kickstarter is now the trendy and hip way to fund game development. One of the latest Kickstarter projects getting a lot of buzz is Republique, from developers Camouflaj and Logan. This iOS game blends survival-horror and stealth-action gameplay. One of the reasons it’s getting so much attention is that it features talent that worked on the Metal Gear Solid series, Halo 4, and the F.E.A.R. series. Check out a video of the game below. (more…)

                                      Department of Justice Suing Apple Over eBook Price Fixing

                                      The United States Department of Justice is suing Apple — along with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster — for allegedly colluding to fix eBook prices. It sounds like a boring lawsuit…until you hear the details. It sounds like something out of The Sopranos — clandestine CEO meetings in private rooms at Manhattan restaurants, emails discussing how to take out Amazon, and Apple manipulating publishers so it didn’t have to compete at all. The details read more like an Aaron Sorkin script than a lawsuit. (more…)

                                        T-Mobile Refarming Spectrum to Accommodate the iPhone

                                        Earlier in the year, some T-Mobile customers that were using unlocked iPhones noticed that they were getting HSPA+ signal. The company has officially announced that it’s redeploying its 1,900MHz signal from EDGE (2G) to HSPA+ (sorta kinda 4G). Previously, if you wanted to use an iPhone on T-Mobile’s network then you were stuck with caveman-like 2G speeds. By redeploying this spectrum, T-Mobile stands to gain more customers, while customers stand to save a lot of money. (more…)

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                                        Replace Your Car’s Dashboard with Speed 2 for iPad

                                        Tired of your car’s dashboard? Then why not take advantage of modern technology and your iPad with Speed 2? This nifty app serves as a speedometer, odometer, and compass. It features Google Maps to visualize your location. It allows you to toggle the compass between true north and magnetic north. Speed 2 is compatible with iPads that have a GPS unit. Check out some videos of the app below. (more…)

                                          Amazon Looks to Court Developers With In-App Purchasing API

                                          Amazon has been testing in-app purchasing in Android apps with its Kindle Fire tablets. The company has just announced that its in-app purchasing API is available to all Android developers. This is a potentially huge game-changer, particularly for game developers. Check out a video below on the API below, as well as what it means for developers and consumers. (more…)

                                            Game of Thrones Interactive Features on HBO Go

                                            HBO Go is one of the best streaming-video apps for iOS. HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the best television shows of the last decade. Like chocolate and peanut butter, these are two great tastes that taste great together. If your television provider allows access to HBO Go and you dig Game of Thrones then you owe it to yourself to check out the “Interactive Features” available only through streaming (WiFi only at the moment). Whether you’re new to the series or have been enjoying the George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books since 1996, the extra information and short video features on HBO Go make Game of Thrones more enjoyable. Check out some additional details and screens below. (more…)

                                              iPhone 5 Rumors Return!

                                              Just when you thought it was safe in the water (or the water was full of iPad Mini rumors), the iPhone 5 rumors have returned! The latest buzz points to a complete physical redesign, a larger screen, a variation of the A5X processor, and internal testing being conducted by Apple employees as you read this. Check it out. (more…)

                                                iPad is the New Coke?

                                                Millions of people refer to soda as Coke. Millions of headache sufferers ask for Tylenol instead of acetaminophen or paracetamol. In the ’70s and ’80s, when people wanted a photocopy of a document, they Xeroxed it.These are all cases of one particular brand being so dominant in a product category that a trademarked name became more commonly used than the proper term. It looks like something similar could be happening with the iPad. (more…)

                                                  Japanese iPad Case Adds Lithium Polymer Battery, MacBook Pro Looks

                                                  Rakuten is selling a unique accessory called the NoteBook Case that’s perfect for iPad owners that often hit the road. This enclosure adds a functional keyboard and a lithium polymer battery in a package that looks similar to a MacBook Pro. It costs 5,980 yen, which is roughly $74. Rakuten is a Buy.com partner, so there’s a chance that this product will be available in other countries in the near future. Check out an additional product shot below. (more…)

                                                    Will Apple Be Forced to Make the iPad Mini?

                                                    The iPad Mini rumors are cranking up again. The latest wave is a result of renowned Apple pundit John Gruber. In a recent podcast, Gruber said that he knows that Apple is testing a 7.85-inch iPad, but doesn’t know if the product will come out. Since the iPad Mini rumor mill is in full force, I called up eight tech analysts to get their take on the product. More importantly, I want to hear your opinion on the so-called iPad Mini. (more…)

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                                                    Activision’s Ingenious Skylanders Franchise Hits iOS in Skylanders Cloud Patrol

                                                    In 2011, Activision took the console world by storm with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures. This simple action-RPG features interactivity with a line of toys; players can purchase (physical) action figures and use them in the game through an RFID code embedded in the toys. This simple feature was extremely popular with kids of all ages. It seems silly, but there’s something cool about seeing your toy come to life in a videogame. Those same toys can now be enjoyed on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iOS. (more…)

                                                      iPhone 4S Coming to Several Regional Carriers in April

                                                      Do you dream about mixing the awesome gaming and multimedia experience of the iPhone 4S with the fair pricing of a regional carrier? If so then it looks like your dream will come true this month — April 20, to be precise. Apple is partnering with several regional carriers to bring the iPhone 4S to more people than ever. Previously, the iPhone was only officially available on America’s three largest carriers: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Currently, there six known regionals set to get the iPhone 4S. Check out the list below. (more…)

                                                        Three Reasons Why Ashton Kutcher Will Make a Good Steve Jobs

                                                        When it was revealed that Ashton Kutcher would be playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic titled Jobs, many people were certain that it was an April fools joke. It’s real. It’s happening. And Ashton Kutcher is apparently studying for the role diligently. People are dogging Kutcher, largely because they see him as goofball Michael Kelso or that idiot from Punk’d, but there are several reasons why he’d make a good Steve Jobs. Here are three. (more…)

                                                          Marvel Infinite: The Future of Comics?

                                                          Marvel will debut its first “Infinite” comic book tomorrow with Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Infinite, which is a complementary story to Avengers vs. X-Men #1. The Infinite digital line for tablets marks a huge change for everyone involved. Artists have to draw and ink differently. Writers have to be mindful of pacing. Readers no longer have full control of the pace of the reading experience. It’s very different and potentially game-changing. Before I get into what Infinite means for each party, check out this video from the SXSW conference to get a better idea of what this line offers. (more…)

                                                            Email Apple CEO Tim Cook, Get Your AT&T iPhone Unlocked

                                                            An AT&T iPhone user recently sent a complaint email to Apple CEO Tim Cook. AT&T wouldn’t unlock his iPhone for use with international SIM cards. Cook’s office took care of the matter and instructed AT&T to take care of this customer. More and more people have been emailing Cook (tcook@apple.com) and have been getting the same results. Check out more details on this lovely customer service story below. (more…)

                                                              Apple Working on Physical Controller for iOS Devices

                                                              Many longtime console gamers wish that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch had a physical controller peripheral. While touchscreens are great for their directness and simplicity, there are many games where the precision of a proper controller would be ideal. If you’re a gamer that wishes for a proper controller for your iOS device then you’d be interested to know that Apple is working on such an accessory. (more…)

                                                                Survey Shows iPad 2012 More Satisfying Than Previous Models

                                                                According to a recent survey by ChangeWave Research, owners of the iPad 2012 are more satisfied with their tablet than previous models. In March 2012, the company found that 82 percent of iPad 2012 owners were “very satisfied” with their products, compared to a February 2012 survey that found 74 percent of iPad owners “very satisfied” with their tablets. 75 percent of the iPad 2012 owners surveyed cited the Retina Display screen as the feature they like best. Check out the nifty charts below. (more…)

                                                                  Baldur’s Gate to Feature Cross-Platform Multiplayer Between iPad, PC, and…Mac!

                                                                  Man, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition keeps getting more and more exciting. People were already stoked for the PC version. Then the developers revealed that the game will be coming to the iPad as well. Beamdog’s Trent Oster, a former director at BioWare, recently revealed that the game is coming to OS X too. The even crazier part is that Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will feature cross-platform multiplayer between iPad, Mac, and PC players! Check out these two tweets from Trent Oster’s Twitter Feed. (more…)

                                                                    5 Things People Hate About the iPad 2012

                                                                    The iPad 2012 is clearly the best tablet on the market today, as well as one of the best consumer-electronics devices of any kind. That said, it’s certainly not perfect. After scouring through reader emails, reader tweets, and the Apple discussions boards, here are the five things people dislike about the new iPad in this video feature starring Justin Leeper. (more…)

                                                                      Newzoo Says iPad Will Accelerate Mid-Core Gaming

                                                                      Market research firm Newzoo has proclaimed that the iPad will accelerate the growth of “mid-core gaming”. That sounds great…but what the hell is mid-core gaming?!? Initially, I was thinking that it was gaming on Middle-earth and was overcome with the urge to find the person that coined the phrase in order to smite them with the Torch of Gondor. Then I read Newzoo’s research and press release to find out more about this category that the iPad will accelerate. (more…)

                                                                        Recent Test Shows iPad 2012 Heat Isn’t a Big Deal

                                                                        After a report that the iPad 2012 reached temperatures of 116F after heavy loads, many tech writers and consumers (and let’s face it, a lot of Apple haters) overreacted to the “issue” and Heatgate was born. Some were calling this Tim Cook’s first crisis as CEO of Apple. Others, including everyone at Slide to Play and Padvance that owns a new iPad, didn’t find anything extraordinary about the heat. A recent study shows that there’s nothing unusual about the heat generated by the iPad 2012 and in some cases the competition runs hotter. Check out the numbers below. (more…)

                                                                          Waterfield Designs iPad Bags and Cases Video Feature

                                                                          If you’re looking for protection for your new iPad then you should give Waterfield Designs a look. The company has several well-crafted products that cover a wide range of iPad-protection needs. Best of all, the company’s products are designed and made in America! In this video feature, Justin Leeper gives an overview of three excellent products from Waterfield Designs: the Muzetto Outback, the Smart Cover, and the Suede Jacket. Whether you’re looking a stylish bag, a thickly padded case, or a super-thin sleeve, Waterfield Designs has you covered. (more…)

                                                                            Microsoft and Nokia Invest Up to 18-Million Euros in App Development

                                                                            Shrinking software giant Microsoft is dreadfully behind competitors Apple and Google with its Windows Phone product. Shrinking phone-manufacturing giant Nokia is dreadfully behind competitors Apple, HTC, Samsung, etc. with its high-end smartphones like the Lumia line. Both companies realize that apps are needed to increase software adoption and hardware sales. So what are Microsoft and Nokia going to do? Throw money at the problem! The companies will spend up to nine-million Euros each on AppCampus, “a newly established mobile application development program at Aalto University.” Read on for more details. (more…)

                                                                              Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Coming to iPad

                                                                              Overhaul games has announced that Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be released for iPad. The company previously announced a Windows PC version of the game. Originally released in 1998, Baldur’s Gate is considered one of the best RPGs of all time and the game that kicked off BioWare’s incredible run of outstanding games. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition uses an updated version of the Infinity Engine that modernizes the graphics. (more…)

                                                                                iPad 2012 Not Charging During Games?

                                                                                While the iPad 2012 has been under fire for heat issues (Heatgate?), one usability quirk that’s flying under the radar is charging. The new iPad takes much longer to charge than its predecessor. Considering that its battery is almost twice as big as the iPad 2’s, this isn’t surprising. What is somewhat of a surprise is that the battery does not charge when certain apps, including popular games, are running. (more…)

                                                                                  iPad 2012 Unboxing and Photo/Text Comparison

                                                                                  Gaming industry veteran Justin Leeper guest stars in this video feature containing a brief unboxing of the iPad 2012 and a screen comparison. In addition to learning about the new features of the latest iPad, check out how much better text and photos look on the iPad 2012’s Retina Display screen compared to the iPad 2 screen. The difference is astonishing. Watch the full video below. (more…)