Monday, June 20, 2011

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Marshall, known for its amps, has brought some more more than just music to your skull with it’s update to the Marshall Headphones Major. These cans bring you a mic and remote to allow you to put Blindside’s latest album on pause while taking a call.
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A single press of the button plays, or pauses, your music. When a call is coming it, the press answers that call and another press hangs up the caller and resumes your tunes. Double presses skips forward while a triple press brings you back in time with backing up in your selection. Sorry, there is no quad pressing allowed.

Pricing and more information can be found at Marshall Headphones.



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Following the launch of the major new version of WritePad for iPad last month, PhatWare has released an update of WritePad for iPhone to bring the same powerful features, including synchronization of WritePad documents with Evernote. WritePad is PhatWare’s popular note taking and handwriting recognition software for iPad and iPhone devices.

In addition to Evernote synchronization, WritePad 5 now offers an improved handwriting recognition engine with a letter shape selector, which may reduce the user’s learning curve, and adds the ability to upload WritePad documents to Google Docs and send SMS directly from WritePad.

“WritePad’s text editing apps for iOS provide an intuitive, innovative way to take notes on mobile devices”, said Seth Hitchings, Evernote’s VP of Platform Strategy. “Allowing users to synchronize their notes with Evernote means that notes taken in WritePad become available everywhere, whether it’s across mobile devices or on the desktop. We’re excited to have WritePad join our partner community and provide our users with new ways to capture information.”

WritePad is an advanced note-taker for iOS, which converts practically any handwriting into computer text. Notes created with WritePad can be send via email or SMS, Tweeted, saved, posted on a Facebook Wall, printed, exported as PDF, translated to other languages, synchronized with Dropbox, and exchanged directly between two or more iOS devices. WritePad also features integration with events, contacts, maps, and other iPhone resources.

With WritePad, users can:
· Create and edit text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPhone keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode.

· Improve productivity by utilizing inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features.

· Improve overall handwriting recognition quality with the Statistical Analyzer by addressing common recognition errors. If this feature is enabled, WritePad will learn the user’s own handwriting style.

· Email, Tweet, SMS, Print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad.

· Synchronize WritePad documents with Dropbox, Evernote, and iTunes or upload documents to Google Docs.

· Translate documents to 13 supported languages using Bing Translator.

· Change WritePad’s appearance by manipulating text, page, and ink colors using the customizable Styles feature.

A video demonstration of WritePad is available at http://www.phatware.com/iphone

WritePad Availability and Pricing
WritePad 5 for iPhone for English, French, German, and Spanish languages are available now in the iTunes App Store for $3.99 each. For more information about the WritePad product line, please visit PhatWare’s web site at http://www.phatware.com/writepad



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Navigon MobileNavigator Augmented Reality

GPS has become a tough market to separate yourself from the competition since Apple introduced applications for its widely successful iPhone platform. NAVIGON has given the traveling public Traffic Live, ZAGAT Survey, and Panorama View 3D in hopes to attract the attention of others. Today, it brings some reality to your screen as in the form of augmented reality. According to NAVIGON, MobileNavigator’s augmented reality on your iPhone, “helps find points of interest close-by, presenting them in an augmented reality view.” In other words, the burger joint will be floating to the left on your screen and the ribs joint on the right in its near vicinity to you. This basically means, POIs (points of interest) are going to stick out like a sore thumb thus finding them easier.

Also added to the 1.8 release will be Safety Cameras or as we like to call them here in the States, easy money for the city.

Get the rest of the deets below.

Press Release
NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced the availability of the eighth update for its iPhone app, MobileNavigator, the most feature-rich navigation solution on the iOS platform. The update adds a Reality Scanner feature that helps finding points of interest close-by, presenting them in an augmented reality view. Version 1.8 also includes safety camera alerts as an In App Purchase, an at-a-glance traffic gage and a new NAVTEQ map. In conjunction with the update launch, MobileNavigator apps and In App Purchase prices will be reduced by up to $15 thru April 28, 2011.

“In its eighth version, MobileNavigator delivered over 30 new features since our launch almost two years ago, helping drivers navigate stress-free through even some of the most challenging situations on the road.” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phone business, NAVIGON. “MobileNavigator not only provides accurate directions but acts as a travel assistant with many industry first features. The new Reality Scanner function provides an innovative way of displaying points of interest close-by. Instead of showing them on the map, the feature projects them onto a real-time camera view.”

MobileNavigator 1.8 New Features:

Reality Scanner is a navigation industry first augmented reality feature for the iOS platform, providing an instant and effortless way of identifying destinations close-by. Users simply point the iPhone in any direction from where they are and instantly points of interest icons appear directly onto a live camera view, indicating the exact position of the location. Pedestrians won’t miss a beat while they are on foot, in a couple of taps destination such as restaurants, bars, hotels, and more are at their fingertips. Reality Scanner provides this information immediately, providing a quick overview of the immediate surroundings.

Safety Cameras alert drivers of upcoming static speed and red light cameras along the route, helping to potentially avoid costly tickets. The feature integrates the database from the industry’s number one safety camera detection company, RoadTraps. This database provides access to over 3900 speed and red light cameras in the US and is regularly updated to ensure the latest cameras are detected. NAVIGON Safety Cameras is available as a single In App Purchase of $4.99.

Traffic Check is an easy to read, at-a-glance gage graphic that appears after route calculation and inform drivers of current traffic conditions. The Traffic gage pop-up informs with a green, yellow, and red meter and disappears within a few seconds, indicating how the traffic situation is on the route ahead. If more detailed traffic coverage and alternate routes are needed for users who are not already using the built-in Traffic Live feature, a direct link to the In App Purchase is provided within the graphic. By tapping the “i”, the meter will flip directly to the apps extra menu where the In App Purchase can be made.

The Latest Maps by the leading map provider NAVTEQ.

Future Version Benefits NAVIGON is currently working on some major additions for MobileNavigator and only those who have this latest version are eligible to take advantage of the benefits in the next version.

MobileNavigator transforms the iPhone and iPad 3G into a comprehensive navigation device, comparable to standalone units. The app helps drivers to arrive stress-free and on time with
spoken directions and a unique combination of advanced driving guidance. Features include lane assistance, traffic rerouting, parking options, safety camera alerts, weather information
and much more. By providing directions even in areas without a cell or wireless signal, and the latest NAVTEQ maps saved on the phone, the app always has you covered. It is the most
feature rich on-board navigation application and a top-grossing app several times in 29 different App Stores around the globe.

Pricing and Availability
NAVIGON’s North American apps and selected In App Purchases are up to $15 off until April 28, 2011. The promotional offerings are below next to the regular prices.

Applications
MobileNavigator North America: $44.99 instead of $59.99
MobileNavigator USA: $34.99 instead of $49.99
MobileNavigator Canada: $34.99 instead of $59.99
MobileNavigator US MyRegion East, Central or West: $24.99 instead of $29.99, additional regions $12.99 instead of $14.99.

In App Purchases
Safety Cameras: $4.99
Traffic Live: $14.99 instead of $19.99
ZAGAT Survey® Ratings and Reviews: $7.99
Panorama View 3D: $9.99

Accessories
NAVIGON Design Car Kit for iPhone: $44.95 instead of $49.95, available at BringMobi.com

MobileNavigator 1.8.0 is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The app also runs on first generation iPhone and iPod Touch, but third party accessories for GPS reception are required for these devices. *iOS multitasking is supported by the iPhone 4 and 3GS only.

For more information, please visit: www.navigon.com/iphone.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011
HARMAN Unveils New JBL On Air™ Wireless AirPlay® Speaker Dock

Harman, aka Harman and Kardon, has just dropped its new JBL speaker dock that fashions such wonderful features as AirPlay support and an LCD display. While some may question the color LCD due to the iPhone or iPod docked just above it, do note that the JBL On Air Wireless also packs in an FM radio (what, no AM? :) ) with RDS and an alarm clock. See, you do need the display.

JBL also relies on the HALO for this new dock sound blaster. HALO, or horizontal acoustic level optimization, “delivers clean, powerful sound that JBL products are known for,” per the press release below.

If you didn’t catch the wireless in the product name, yes, that does mean it has built in Wi-Fi and can connect to your PC or Mac’s iTunes library and stream audio to the JBL directly without the need of your iPhone or iPod, hence the AirPlay.

Grab yours for your Apple beloved device from Best Buy or Apple for a mere $349.99 and fill your bedroom with tunes from your iTunes or iDevice attached player today.

Press Release
HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), today announced the new JBL On Air™ Wireless AirPlay® speaker dock, the newest in the JBL® lineup to provide music lovers an even more seamless music experience within the home. With AirPlay technology built in, the JBL On Air Wireless lets you play music from your iTunes® library on a Mac or a PC, and from an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® device over your existing Wi-Fi® network. Users will enjoy album artwork and song information on the bright color display, and can use the included remote control to play and pause music, as well as navigate to next and previous tracks. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later.

Three advanced JBL transducers deliver rich, full-spectrum sound uniformly across a wide-listening area. Distinct stereo imaging is often less than ideal with desktop sound systems, but the JBL On Air Wireless dock’s unique HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization) design delivers clean, powerful sound that JBL products are known for. It also employs proprietary JBL technology – digital signal processing – to maximize sound quality and output under any listening conditions.

“Since the unveiling of our very first iPod dock, HARMAN has always been at the forefront of creating the most cutting-edge products for consumers,” said David Slump, president, HARMAN Consumer Division. “With the new JBL On Air Wireless speaker dock, JBL will set the standard again by introducing a solution for music lovers to store, access and listen to their music content for an even greater seamless music experience within the home.”

Pricing and Availability

The JBL On Air Wireless speaker dock will be available in April 2011 for $349 MSRP at Best Buy and Apple online and retail store locations throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit http://www.onair.jbl.com.

Product Features

JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay Speaker Dock at a Glance:

· AirPlay wireless music streaming
· Color LCD screen
· Works with Wi-Fi networks
· iPod/iPhone dock
· Digital FM radio with RDS and 10 station presets
· Clock with dual alarms
· Three JBL transducers with 360-degree HALO acoustics
· Proprietary DSP technologies



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Apple Dock Patent USB 3 and Thunderbolt

AppleInsider has revealed Apple’s latest patent filing which details a new dock connector for the popular iOS devices from the Cupertino manufacturer. Most noticeable about the filing is the verbiage associated with the diagrams which read, in part, “Some embodiments of the present invention can provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards.” These high-speed standards would be, as the filing listed, USB 3.0 and DisplayPort. The later, re-branded Thunderbolt by Apple and Intel recently, is the duos run against USB 3.0 which they have not released any hardware support for in any of its products.

Apple’s inclusion of the USB 3.0 protocol in the dock connector is most likely for support for many PCs that have been shipping with newest USB port for nearly a year while Thunderbolt will be an Apple exclusive of sorts for the rest of this year. Users of older Apple hardware, essentially anyone not owning the newest MacBook Pro, will have to opt for a USB 3.0 card for Mac Pros or upgrade to a newer Mac with the Thunderbolt port when available.

With support of the faster connectors, this could mean sync times will be reduced by half if not more in upcoming iPhones, iPods, and iPads. It is also possible that current iDevices will support the new high-speed traffic with a simple purchase of a new cable.



Friday, March 11, 2011

If Angry Birds has left you feeling like you need a new addiction then take a look at Evil Bricks. A game that reminds me of Minesweeper, Evil Bricks requires you to tap bricks to bring matching colors together to rid the screen of bricks. The above trailer shows you just how easy – and addictive – this game is. Give it a try…and don’t blame us for lost hours of your life.

Press Release
ONDON (March 8, 2011) — Portable Pixels has launched a colorful, fast-paced puzzle game for iPhone. In Evil Bricks, users enjoy a simple-to-learn but difficult to master game of matching colors on a wall of sliding bricks. Players swipe rows of multi-colored bricks to change their positions. When five bricks of the same color are lined up, they explode – but new bricks are spawned, some of which are Evil Bricks which can only be destroyed with a Bomb Brick.

Evil Bricks’ bright, colorful graphics make it engaging to users of all ages with swipe gestures which take full advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen. The game also integrates Apple’s GameCenter, which uses Leaderboards and Achievements.
Features of Evil Bricks include:
· Multiple game modes: Classic, Time Attack and Timed.
· Game Center integration with Leaderboards and Achievements.
· Optimized graphics for iPhone 4.
· The ability to share scores on Facebook and Twitter.

Evil Bricks is available in the App Store for US$.99. It is also available in German and Italian versions. A video demonstration of the game can be viewed at www.evilbricks.com.

About Portable Pixels

Portable Pixels is one of the UK’s leading iPad and iPhone developers with clients including Audi, Wallpaper magazine, Imperial College London and Lord Darzi. For more information, visit www.portablepixels.com.



Tekkeon’s New Dual Port Power Pack, Certified by Apple for iPod, iPhone and iPad, Charges Two Devices at Once

Tekkeon today introduced the newest member of its mobile power product family TekCharge™ MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, to simultaneously charge and power iPad™, iPhone®, iPod® nano or iPod® touch, and a second small portable device. With mobile power at a user’s fingertips, this high-capacity, lightweight battery lets users enjoy hours of extended play time on many small portable electronic products, including mobile phones, smartphones, and MP3 players, portable routers, pocket video cameras, and e-readers.
Several Charging Options
TekCharge MP1860A connects to devices in three ways: to iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch using the included Dock Connector/USB cable, or to any compatible device using the USB device cable or an adapter tip.
An Apple Dock Connector to USB cable is included for charging and syncing iPad, iPhone, or iPod, with Mini USB and Micro USB adapter tips included for connection to current models of BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The included USB adapter tips can be used to charge Kindle2, Nook, MP3 players, PDAs, portable media players, pocket video cameras, portable routers, GPS, MP3 players, and other 5V devices that use a Micro or Mini USB cable to charge. Additional adapter tips are available from Tekkeon for a nominal fee.
Intelligent Design
Its intelligent design enables TekCharge MP1860A to identify and provide exactly the right output power for the connected device, from less than 100mA to a whopping 2.1A¾the precise output to fast charge iPad.
High-Capacity Rechargeable Battery
TekCharge MP1860A features a high-capacity rechargeable lithium ion battery. Designed the highest degree of safety in mind, it features multi-layer protection circuitry to help prevent over-charging, over-discharging, over-current, or short circuit, and flame-retardant plastics that exceed industry requirements.
Charge Battery and Device Together
To optimize charging time and luggage space, users can leave extra power adapters at home and use a single USB power adapter to charge the battery along with two connected devices overnight.
Battery Capacity at a Glance
A bright, color-coded LED on top of the battery quickly indicates the remaining capacity of the rechargeable battery.
Emergency Flashlight
As an added bonus, TekCharge MP1860A includes a flashlight to provide emergency light at a user’s fingertips.
“Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad” Certification
TekCharge MP1860A has been officially certified by Apple Inc. as a “Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad” product. A certified Apple dock connector to USB cable is included in the TekCharge MP1860A box to ensure 100% compatibility with Apple products.
“While TekCharge MP1860A is certified by Apple for use with iPod, iPhone and iPad, this compact, high-capacity battery is universal to work with hundreds of popular mobile devices, including new tablets that are beginning to hit the market,” says Jerry Yang, president of Tekkeon, Inc. “And its unusually high 2.1 Amp output is ideal for fast charging most of these devices.”
TekCharge MP1860A includes:
TekCharge MP1860A Dual Port Power Pack
Retractable USB input/output cable (power only)
Dock Connector Cable for connection to iPad, iPhone or iPod (power and data)
myCharger™ USB power adapter
Mini USB adapter tip
Micro USB adapter tip
Adapter tip tote
User guide
The MSRP for TekCharge MP1860A is $69.95. The battery is available through retail and major on-line stores, including 3GStore.com, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photos, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect, and from the Tekkeon store at www.tekkeon.com. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Tekkeon offers a complete line of mobile power products for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other mobile devices. To learn more, please visit http://tekkeon.com.



Thursday, March 10, 2011

IK Multimedia’s VocaLive

IK Multimedia is proud to announce that VocaLive™, the first professional performing and recording vocal processor app for the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®, is now available for download from the iTunes App Store.

VocaLive provides vocalists with a suite of 12 real-time professional vocal effects along with a capable recorder for studio quality sound in a portable package. When used with the newly announced iRig Mic, VocaLive gives singers an easy-to-use but extremely powerful music creation tool that provides professional results previously achievable only with expensive hardware or complex computer software.

VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects – Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (an X-Y pitch and formant shifter that changes the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending), De-Esser and Double (Double effect gets unlocked by registering) – along with 7 Studio Effects – Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter – that together create the perfect vocal processing solution. The effects can be combined into a chain of three processors and saved as presets. A collection of dozens of Presets is also included to get you up and running immediately.

VocaLive gives you the ability to record vocals or other instruments (single or multi-track) with effects, sing along with your favorite songs from your iTunes library (with a Voice Cancel feature for practicing over songs with existing vocals) and warm up your voice with the included Vocal Tools. VocaLive is an incredible professional vocal effects workstation that you can take with you anywhere.

For the best quality, use VocaLive on stage or in the studio with IK’s new iRig Mic. You can also have fun with it or record quick ideas using the built-in iPhone mic, or you can use VocaLive with earbuds that have a built-in mic.

With its 12 professional effects, Recorder and Vocal Tools, VocaLive is the most powerful vocal processing tool available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad!

VocaLive features:
• Real-time vocal processor + recording app
• 3-processor vocal effects chain
• 12 professional studio quality vocal effects
• Single track Recorder expandable to a full 4-track studio available for in-app purchase
• Import and play songs from your iPod library or computer for use as backing tracks
• Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings
• 50 Presets included with 4 Favorites for fast recall
• Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools
• Low-latency for real-time vocal processing
• FREE version also available

Pricing and availability:

VocaLive is now available from the iTunes App Store at 19.99 / €15.99.

A Free, expandable version is also available that allows the user to purchase the individual effects a-la-carte inside the app. Vocal Effects cost $4.99 / €3.99 each, and Studio Effects cost $2.99 / €2.39 each. The 4-Track Recorder for both the Free and Full versions costs $4.99 / €3.99

For more information on VocaLive, audio and video demos, please visit:

www.ikmultimedia.com/vocalive
www.ikmultimedia.com/vocalive/videodemo

iRig Mic, the quality condenser microphone for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad to be used with VocaLive, costs $59.99/€49.99 (excluding taxes).
For more information: www.ikmultimedia.com/irigmic



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hey travalers, Navigon is giving away its MobileNavigator iPhone GPS app and iPhone Design Car Kit every day for ten days starting tomorrow March 3rd. If haven’t installed the best looking GPS application on your iPhone yet, then here’s your chance to do so for free…and dock it. Read the deets on how below.

Navigon Press Release
NAVIGON, a global leader of navigation applications, is about to launch a spring travel giveaway. The contest starts on Thursday, March 3rd, and will run for 10 days. NAVIGON’s iPhone navigation app MobileNavigator is the perfect travel companion, for international, domestic and even local travel. NAVIGON is giving away 10 ultimate travel packages that consist of an iPhone app version of choice (including all international versions for destinations that span the globe) and the new iPhone Design Car Kit.

How to enter?
It’s easy! Follow @NAVIGON_US on Twitter and Tweet #navigontravel.

Why is NAVIGON MobileNavigator the optimal travel companion?
MobileNavigator has many features that are tailored for travelers finding their way that make this app indispensable for getting around on foreign territory. The app offers maps for many countries around the globe and support of a wide range of languages, travel guides, local points of interest, speed warnings, no roaming fees when getting directions abroad (other than off-board navigation apps), social media integration and much more. MobileNavigator lets you leave your guidebooks, maps, and worries about getting lost at home.

NAVIGON will announce a winner every day at 5PM EST on Twitter between March 3 -12, 2011. We also have a dedicated page on our website that outlines details and terms & conditions. NAVIGON Contest Page.



Monday, February 28, 2011
News360 for iPad

Seems like news apps are dime a dozen in the App Store but some seem to stand out among the thousands available and News360 is one of them. Applying some Artificial Intelligence (AI) to figure out what is the freshest and most relevant news for your interests, News360 has been impressing many iPhone users with the results. Today, News360 comes to the iPad to fill the big screen with even more news.

Finding news that applies to you is a tricky job and a Google News search usually puts a news seeker through a frustrating task of clicking, reading, returning to the Google results, and looking for another possible link to your story you seek. For local news, the frustration is even more maddening. News360 uses over a thousand top news sources to aid in your search weeding out noise Google will often produce. This sets it apart from other news apps I’ve used that are just one source. In essence, you have a better chance of finding your article of interest. News360 even uses the iPads location finder to zero in on your local news.

News360 looks to be an interesting product that all news readers should give a look at.

Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – February 28, 2011 – DEMO Spring 2011 – News360 (Moscow) www.news360app.com – an emerging leader in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and semantic analysis technology to news stories – today announced the next generation of the company’s acclaimed news discovery and analysis platform for the Apple® iPad at DEMO Spring 2011.

News360 enables users to browse real-time information from hundreds of thousands of news articles (both local and worldwide), with the ability to achieve expert levels of depth on any given topic cited in the story. Each article is algorithmically evaluated for news “freshness” and source credibility in addition to a qualitative analysis of both text and photos. The previous iPhone-only generation of the platform was named by Apple as one of the top worldwide news apps in 2010 and became a best-seller in the App StoreSM.

The News360 app not only aggregates articles from more than a thousand leading news sources – it also uses semantic analysis and natural language processing to automatically identify and hyperlink more than 500,000 companies, people, brands and locations within the stories. A tap on any one of them leads the user to encyclopedic, interlinked wiki-like dossiers, filled with background information.

News360 uses the iPad’s GPS to show focused local news, anywhere in the world, and also allows users to connect to TripIt® and obtain news about upcoming travel destinations. The app also automatically generates live Twitter® feeds for each story, and allows the user to partake in the real-time conversation around a particular news event.

Users can use their Facebook® profile information to auto-create a personalized news feed based on their publicly-stated interests, or delve deeply into News360’s customization system, which allows them to create multiple customized feeds around varying preferences.

News360 allows users to manage the deluge of real-time news by bundling same-topic articles from different sources under one “story” umbrella and by providing a user-customized stream of headlines that have been matched with pictures identified by facial recognition and/or AI analysis as relevant to the story.

“News360 only gives you what you can consume at any given time,” said Roman Karachinsky, Chief Business Development Officer. “It doesn’t overwhelm you with a counter saying you have 5,000 unread articles, nor does it simply provide a pre-filtered magazine-style view with no deeper levels of content. With News360, you always feel in the loop because it delivers the cream of the crop in news – in the right sequence, in an entertaining and addictive format – from all sources. Tell it what you like, and it can become an indispensable tool, personally and professionally.”

“The events of the world, the news stories that shape and touch our lives both locally and globally, can become overwhelming,” concurs Matt Marshall, executive producer of DEMO. “News360 provides a level of not just clarity but understanding of the events, people and facts behind the news. The focus on iPad as a delivery mechanism for their new platform provides users with a truly mobile and innovative experience allowing them to not just read the news, but become immersed and interactive with it.”