Movie-themed Oscars iPad Ad Shot on an iPad — Apple premiered its newest iPad commercial during the Oscars on Sunday night. The ad, which shows high school students filming movies with iPads, was shot on iPads, too. Martin Scorsese provides a voice over extolling the importance of exploring our creativity, and like Apple’s other iPhone and iPad ads, it is more about empowering users than touting device features.
Marvel Contest of Champions is a surprisingly fun and fantastic-looking comic book fighter — Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. Marvel Contest of Champions is an impressively-produced free-to-play fighting game that pulls top heroes and villains in from all corners of the comic universe.
BrydgeAir Keyboard for iPad Air/Air 2: almost perfect — The original Brydge Keyboard for iPad was a nice product, but the company had grave customer service issues. Now, under new ownership, Brydge Global, the BrydgeAir continues its tradition of physical excellence with a model for the iPad Air and Air 2. iPad color matching and many small refinements have been added.
Developers discuss future Apple Watch apps — As the Apple Watch’s release date looms, developers are discussing their plans for the device. Wearable.com asked several developers about their plans, and came away with some interesting glimpses of what’s to come. There are 21 third-party Watch apps referenced in Wearable’s article, including many screenshots.
Apple Watch could be more secure for the visually impaired — Thefts of IOS devices are nothing new. The devices command a premium resale price and can be relatively easy to steal from unsuspecting commuters on public transit systems. Alex Jurgenson thinks the Apple Watch will help.
Stanford researchers develop method for tracking mobile devices using battery charge data — Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device’s location from a seemingly much more innocuous source — battery charge information.
Google releases YouTube Kids iOS app — Google has released the new YouTube Kids iOS app, providing kid-friendly videos through a bright, easy-to-use user interface. It’s the official children’s programming app from YouTube, with favourite content from Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends, Dreamworks, Mother Goose Club, TuTiTu, and Super Simple Songs. Kids can also search for age-appropriate content on any topic they’re interested in.