Wednesday, August 18, 2010

iPad Users Watch 3X More Videos Than Web Users

One of the best features of the iPad for any user has to be media consumption on the device, particularly viewing videos. Despite a limited number of iPads on the market, the device is already coming up big in MeFeedia’s internal stats, according to MeFeedia, iPad users consume two and a half times as many videos as the typical web user and three times as many videos as iPhone users. For people who have a large stock of videos on their computer and would like to watch DVD movies on iPad, just get Aneesoft DVD to iPad Converter to rip/convert DVD movies for iPad.


Best Free iPad Games

The Apple iPad may mean changes to gaming as the gamer is no longer tethered to a computer. A good reason why games played a prominent role in the iPad product announcement despite the focus of media attention on its eBook reader capability. Keep in mind that any iPhone or iPod Touch game will run on the Apple iPad. Developers will no doubt deliver iPad-enhanced games shortly after iPads are available.

If you're sitting around waiting for your iPad or think you'll be getting it in the near future, here are a bunch of free iPad games that you should go ahead and download.

Best Free iPad Games # 1 - Harbor Master HD
Enjoy the best selling game Harbor Master on the beautiful big screen of the iPad. With completely new content and gorgeous high resolution graphics, Harbor Master HD will blow you away.

Harbor Master HD gives you one beautiful new level called Treasure Island. With six docks and two cargo types, the game gets hectic very fast. For even more fun with your iPad, try playing with a friend!

Download Top 1 Best Free Games for iPad - Harbor Master HD

Best Free iPad Games # 2 - Blackjack Free HD
Who doesn't like Blackjack? Experience real life like gaming on your multi-touch iPad today! Tap to "hit me", wave your hand to "stand" --- just like what you would do in a real casino. Only difference is, the game is FREE and all the virtual chips are FREE so you can have loads of fun without having to worry about your wallet.

Download Top 2 Best Free Games for iPad - Blackjack Free HD

Best Free iPad Games # 3 - CastleCraft
Wage war against hundreds of others for realm domination! In this massively-multiplayer, city building strategy game, players follow three different quest lines, form alliances, and train different types of military, resource and technology units. Play against friends and others, chat in realtime, and watch your gorgeous city expand under intricate day-night cycles with dynamic particle effects in developer Infinite Lives' newest title. Collect Dragon Crystals to power up your city with magic and bring your foes to their knees!

Download Top 3 Best Free Games for iPad - CastleCraft

Best Free iPad Games # 4 - Pukk HD
Pukk HD as featured on, the best 2-player fun you can have with a friend on your iPad. It's simple, fun and it's Free. Pukk HD, only on iPad.

Download Top 4 Best Free Games for iPad - Pukk HD

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How to Rip DVD movie or Convert video to iPad

iPad is the latest innovative product developed by Apple which is similar to the older (and smaller) iPod Touch and iPhone. But the large (9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display), high-resolution screen makes iPad absolutely perfect for watching any kind of video from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos including MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), H.264, MOV, etc. We can get a lot of music and video content from iTunes store. The pain is, we have to pay for every song or movies we buy. Even today, getting video content is still a bit of a challenge. I guess you guys don't really wanna miss the opportunity to watch DVD and videos on iPad, which is essentially one big screen, do you? That's where this tutorial comes in: if you already have a bundle of DVD movies or videos, this step-by-step guide will show you how to rip DVD or convert videos to iPad with Aneesoft iPad bundle, and transfer them to the iPad for enjoying on-the-go.

Things you’ll need
1. Cool iPad Tablet
2. Aneesoft DVD to iPad Converter and Aneesoft iPad Video Converter (Can download free trial version)
3. Favourite DVD movies or videos
4. iTunes 6 or later

Below is the step by step guide on how to convert DVD to iPad for Windows

Step1. Download and install Aneesoft DVD Ripping software
Download and install Aneesoft DVD to iPad converter to your PC. Then, just insert your favorite DVD on the DVD-ROM and load your DVD files to Aneesoft DVD to iPad converter through "Load DVD". Alternatively, you can hit "Load IFO" to import IFO files. In a minute, your DVD files will be listed at the main panel.

Step2. Edit your video file (optional): crop, trim, add effects, add watermark
Trim or Crop Video:
This Aneesoft DVD to iPad Converter allows you to trim or crop your video. So you can trim, capture your favorite video clips or crop videos to remove the black edges around your video with this DVD to iPad Converter. You can click the "Edit" button on the top to trim selected videos. If crops, then click "Crop" tab to open the Crop Video window, check the "Enable Crop" option box.

Set Effect:
If you want to adjust the video effect of your movie, you can click the "Effect" tab and then check "Enable Effect" option box. Drag each effect adjustment slider to set the video brightness and contrast. You can also choose a special effect from the Effect drop-down list to apply to your movie.

Step3. Output Setting
There are lots of preset iPad supported video format available for you to choose to convert for the iPad. You can choose MPEG-4 or H264 video according to your requirement. Here we set it as "iPad H.264(720p) MPEG4 Video(*.mp4)". You can also adjust other settings such as video quality, audio track, Bitrates, aspect ratio, brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.

Step4. Convert DVD to iPad
When the settings are done, click the "Start" button to start conversion. And then the program will automatically start to convert DVD to iPad file. When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" to locate the file in your hard drive. If you don't want to wait around during the conversion, the smart program can switch off the computer automatically when the conversion is done.

Part two How to convert video to iPad MP4 videos on Windows

Step1. Get Aneesoft iPad Video Conversion software and add video files
Download and install Aneesoft iPad Video Converter, click "Add..." to add video files, you may add as many videos as you want to convert.

Step2. Change the output settings
In the output setting panel to set the needed output files formats, iPad H.264(720p) MPEG4 Video(*.mp4) is the popular output setting.

Step3. Start converting video to iPad video format
After all are done, click the "Start" button to begin Convert video files to iPad compatible video.

Transfer/sync ripped DVDs or videos to iPad.
When you finished ripping DVD or converting video to iPad H.264(720p) MPEG4 Vide, connect your computer to iPad with its 30-pin connector and sync your iTunes library. Here you go, just enjoy high quality videos on your iPad.

iPad Supported Video and Audio Formats
Video/Movie Formats:
* H.264 video (up to 720p, 30 frames per second; main profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats).
* MPEG-4 video (up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, simple profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats).

Music & Audio Formats:
* AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Power your iPad from underpowered USB ports

The new iXP1-500 Dongle claims to eliminate the "Not charging" issue that some iPad owners experience when connecting to older machines. We haven't tested one, but our initial instinct is dubious at best.

Shortly after the iPad was released in the US, users noticed a "charging issue." Specifically, the iPad would report "Not charging" when connected to an older MacBook Pro, Macbook, iMac or non-Apple machine. We later confirmed that the iPad actually does charge in that scenario, just very slowly.

Honestly, we're skeptical about this thing. Click below to find out why.

[Via Cult Of Mac]

At first glance, the iXP1-500 seems like a tidy solution. For only US$5, you get a tiny doohicky that acts as a bridge between the iPad and the under-powered computer. Once connected, it will eliminate the "Not charging" message and power up your iPad. So what's the problem?

First of all, their website isn't entirely correct in saying that "users of non Apple computer and some Apple computers cannot charge the iPad unless they use an electrical wallplate," as we've demonstrated. Additionally, NASA Electrical I&T Engineer Frederick Maxwell notes on the Cult of Mac blog: "The battery in an iPad is a dual-cell, parallel-wired, Lithium-Polymer that weighs a whopping 148 grams (5.5ozs) and provides 24.8 watt-hours of capacity. The dongle in the article has a total weight of 0.1 ounce, including connector, casing, and all internal parts. It can't work. Period."

As John Brownlee notes at CoM, this thing is probably tricking the iPad into believing it's receiving 10w of power, there by eliminating the "Not charging" message. Eliminating the message could convince some shoppers that their $15 ($5 for the dongle + shipping) was well spent. But it's just a workaround, and you didn't need to spend the $15 in the first place.

The moral of the story is twofold. First, buyer beware. Secondly, you can charge your iPad from an underpowered USB port -- just slowly -- as it is.
Also check out our guide to The 10 iPad features you must know and find yourself Top 20 best free apps for the iPad.


Rumor: CDMA iPhone Due in January

According to TechCrunch Apple is buying millions of CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone launch. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber penned an interesting piece and says that the CDMA iPhone is just one step below “design verification test,” He also notes that now is about the time that Apple will have to begin committing to full-scale production for such a project if it is planning a January launch as rumored, and consequently leaks are shows that a CDMA iPhone may finally be becoming a reality. Read more news about iphone here


Convert MKV to iPad, iPhone 4, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, Creative ZEN…easily

MKV (Matroska Video) is a popular format for online video distribution (particularly through BitTorrent networks and all). Nowadays people can easily download various sorts of MKV files online free of charge. However, all of the MKV videos can't be directly played in many portable video players, and need to be converted to other formats. This article here will introduce to you what is MKV, and how to convert them to portable video players like iPad, iPhone 4, Apple TV, PSP, ZEN, etc. with Aneesoft MKV converter.

What is MKV?
MKV (.MKV) is a new video and audio container format called Matroska that similiar to other containers like ASF, AVI, MP4, and 3GP in conception, but with several new features like support for OGG audio, Variable Framerate Video. It aims to become the standard of multimedia container formats, it contains three file types:  MKV for video files (including audios and subtitles); MKS for subtitles (only subtitles); MKA for audio files only. It is an open and free container format, which can keep a number of video, audio, picture subtitle components in just one file. To store HD video files is the most common use of MKV files.

How to convert MKV to iPad, iPhone 4, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, Creative ZEN…easily
Aneesoft MKV Converter (Windows 7 Compatible), which can easily convert MKV to portable video player compatible formats with high quality. What's more, this MKV Converter supports convert MKV to other video formats like MKV to AVI, MKV to PS3, MKV to MP4, MKV to WMV, MKV to MP3, etc. Just head over here and download Aneesoft MKV Converter to your PC. Next step is to install this MKV Video Converter software.

Step1. Run Aneesoft MKV Converter and add MKV videos
Now run Aneesoft MKV Converter and click the big button "Add..." to add .mkv videos from your hard disk, you may add as many MKV videos as you want to convert to wanted formats for watching on portable play devices. Only the titles you checked will be converted.

Step2. Edit & merge MKV videos: trim, crop, add effect, add watermark and deinterlace
Wanna edit your MKV videos to make it more personalized? You may add a watermark in Aneesoft MKV Converter. Just select the title you'd like to add watermark, then click the button 'Edit' to launch video editing window. If you want to crop video or add some special effects, click the first two tabs.

Step3. Change the output settings to convert MKV
You'll find a wide range of preset video setting options available from the drop-down list. Remember that the output file size and converting speed mostly depends on the Bitrate you set. Larger Bitrate, larger file size and longer convertion time.

Step4. Start converting MKV
Now you may click the big button "Start" to begin converting MKV to needed compatible video files. Once the convert is complete, Aneesoft MKV Converter will place on your Desktop a new video format version. Double-click the new file and play it to make sure it looks as you expect.

* Batch conversion. You can add as many videos as you want for MKV to popular file formats batch conversion.
* No limitation for highest speed, conversion speed will be improved with better performance of your PC, multithreading supported.
* With the personalized profiles built-in Aneesoft MKV Converter, you can easily put the MKV movies on iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, Creative ZEN, iRiver PMP, Nokia and other digital devices.
* If you are using Mac OS and want to convert MKV on Mac, you can refer to Aneesoft Mac MKV Converter.