The Apple iPad was released in April 2010 and is a tablet computer used for Internet browsing, media consumption, gaming, and light content creation. Internet connection is provided by the use of WiFi or 3G and is, basically, a larger iPad Touch or iPhone. It runs on a modified iPhone OS and has a multi-touch LCD sensitive to fingertips for easy navigation.
The good thing about technology these days, as far as video game developers are concerned, is the wide array of platforms they can come on. No longer are we limited to video game consoles now that smartphones and tablets have become a popular tool for the vast majority of the population.
EA Games, the developer of Need For Speed: The Run, is taking advantage of this wider access to video games with the release of the trailer for the game on the iPad and the iPhone.
You read that right, folks. We now have iPad and iPhone trailers.
Since the game is already out for the PS3 and Xbox platforms, the next step is to bring all the action to the iPad and iPhone. That’s what the trailer is for. And even if it doesn’t come with the same cutting edge graphics as that of the console versions, it still something that should be a good download.
Besides, the iPad and the iPhone have one thing going for them that the PS3 and the Xbox don’t: you can take those two anywhere you go, and in doing so, play NFS: The Run anytime and anywhere.
On your marks...get set...and get ready to order! A source has revealed that Porsche dealers are almost ready to open the order books for the new and improved 911/991. Orders may be taken as soon as next month with vehicle deliveries scheduled in March - April 2012.
That’s not all, either. Want to order the Porsche 911/991 ? There’s an app for that! Our source has also revealed that Porsche is developing an iPad app that will allow clients to play around with the options and place their order on Apple’s latest technological wonder. Porsche and Apple; now there’s a match made in heaven.
As a reminder for those who have been living under a rock of dullness, the new Porsche 911 /991 will be powered by a 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP at 6400 rpm and a max torque of 280 lb-ft between 4400 and 6000 rpm. The Carrera S will get a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 HP at 7000 rpm, leaving it with a 4.5 seconds 0-60mph sprint time and a top speed of 188mph. Both models will be offered with either a seven-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, both made by ZF and both featuring launch control. These models also come with an improved fuel economy of 12-15%.
Oh, the benefits of technology. We can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. In the latest example of how our items like the iPad and the iPhone are shaping the way we find entertainment these days, we got news that John Galt Films Inc, the leading international producer of high octane vintage racing films, has released ten GT Racer applications for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. GT Racer is a documentary-style film that dives into the world of racing like no other film app we’ve seen in the past. The app is based on the GT Racer HDTV series that was aired worldwide on a number of channels and is now being transferred to the world of Apple apps.
Directed and produced by Alexander Davidis, the whole scene of GT Racer transforms your world and takes you back to the Golden Era of auto racing, one where you can take a look at the most exclusive series of international racing, featuring the 1950s and 60s Aston Martins , Ferraris , Maseratis , Porsches , Mustangs , Cobras, and so many other race cars as they compete in the some of the world’s most famous race tracks, including the Nurburgring, the Spa Francorchamps, Laguna Seca, and Carrera Panamericana.
More than the cars and the tracks themselves, GT Racer gives you the opportunity to feel the incredible atmosphere of the time, a time where high-octane racing wasn’t all about technological innovation as it was pure, unadulterated racing.
The GT Racer titles are developed by Smarphone specialists, Netframes, and include the following titles: Shaken & Stirred - Spa (Belgium); On Porto’s Street Circuit (Portugal); Big Speeds at Silverstone (England); The Nürburgring Factor (Germany); Legends of Lime Rock (Connecticut, USA); Ferraris at Laguna Seca (California, USA);
The Spa Six Hours (Belgium); Nordschleife: The 500 km Marathon (Germany); Fast Curves at Magny Cours (France); La Carrera Panamericana (Mexico).
Each of the episodes are now available at Apple’s iTunes store for $22.99 each.
Brabus is apparently not satisfied with preparing tuning packages with blow your socks off speed and have moved on to the world where briefcases and hand held devices are key to survival. No, we’re not talking about a Brabus -tuned iPad - although that would be fascinating -, but the iBusiness 2.0, a vehicle that is fully equipped with the new iPad 2.
We’ve seen Brabus do something very similar to this before when they introduced the "iBusiness" SV12 R with the first generation iPad, but their latest package has been upgraded to the new and improved tablet computer. The setup for this new model is exactly like the first version as the iPad is offered with a WiFi network and a Mini Mac. The ultra-small, yet powerful Mini Mac serves as the central computer and is hidden away in the S-Class trunk under the rear shelf in an electrically deployed drawer.
The iBusiness 2.0 package can be applied to any model in the S-Class line-up, but prices on the package have yet to be announced.
Hit the jump to read about the Brabus iBusiness 2.0.
Okay, just reading the name of this car should make everyone wonder just how much it is going to cost, and don’t worry, we’ll get to that. First let’s introduce the car. The Abarth 500C is typically no more than about $25,000 and features lots of little goodies, like that four cylinder inline engine that delivers a weak 140hp. Now add a tuning package from Fenice-Milano that consists of a little bling bling, and now this expensive ride starts to sparkle.
Just how expensive is this little car? Well, take the base Abarth 500C, add 24k gold inserts and an Apple iPad Supreme Edition made out of 24k gold and diamonds, and now you got yourself a $660,000 vehicle. That’s right, that is what a Chinese customer ordered and paid for this bedazzled 500. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Intriguing? Hell yeah!
Hit the jump to read more about the Fenice-Milano La Dolce Vita Gold and Diamonds 500C.
It seems only fitting that with all the controversy he has been involved with in the past year, The Stig would end up taking a much-needed hiatus from his job as Top Gear’s resident driver. But while our definition of a vacation involves white sand beaches or a round of golf at the local clubhouse, the Stig has a different approach: end up in God-knows-where and ask you to find him while being surrounded by people from all walks of life.
This is “Top Gear: Where’s Stig?”, the latest game from BBC Interactive. Taking a ‘page’ from the hit book of the same title, which, in turn was inspired by the ‘Where’s Waldo’ franchise, Top Gear: Where’s Stig? will test not just your familiarity with Top Gear’s inaudible test driver, but will also test how sharp your eyes are, as well as your attention-to-detail.
Find the Stig, his Top Gear buddies, and a boatload of other items, and you’ll be well on your way to unlocking the mysterious driver’s whereabouts. Are you up for it?
Need for Speed Shift is one of those games that’s easy to get addicted to, especially if you start playing it on a console like the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3. However, the downside to enjoying a game so much is that it builds ridiculously high expectations for the game to live up to. Suppose Electronic Arts decides to make a version for the iPad, how much of a letdown would it be if the graphics and the gameplay were significantly altered and you end up playing with boxed cars racing in straight line race tracks? Fortunately, none of that happened when EA did release an iPad version of Shift, and contrary to our fears, the game has certainly exceeded our expectations.
Among the new features you’ll find in the iPad version include eight new cars, a couple of additional tracks, and even a more personable style of play that, we’re not ashamed to say, is borderline addicting.
Firemint hit a goldmine with the Real Racing game for the iPhone, and fresh off its success, the developers have decided to develop a separate game solely for the iPad. And so, Real Racing HD was born.
With the success of the first Real Racing game for the iPhone, it only felt right that an iPad version would follow suit. After all, despite the overwhelmingly positive reception for the iPhone game, it had one very important factor going against it: the small screen of the iPhone made it a nightmare to control for those with enormous fingers.
Taking all those things into account, Firemint released an iPad version of the hit racing game to quell all those worries aside. What you have is a game that takes all the elements of Real Racing and moves it to a larger screen, making the graphics so much better in the process, and the gameplay much more playable for those who couldn’t enjoy the iPhone version.
Jaguar has released two new apps for the iPhone and iPad, a source of good news for all Jaguar-loving auto nuts out there. The first app is your standard configurator that allows us to customize our very own Jaguars according to our tastebuds.
With the iConfigurator, we can choose from any three Jaguar models – the XJ , XK , and XF – and select just about any noticeable feature we want, including engine, paint, wheels and even the car’s interior. We can then save our creation and share them with our peeps from a number of social networks. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
The second app Jaguar recently released is an online edition of Jaguar Magazine, which, in this case, is a special-edition 75th anniversary issue. The magazine app takes us back to the fascinating history and unrivaled heritage of the brand since its birth 75 years ago, including 75 items of trivia that you may not have known about the brand. You can also take a virtual trip on board a Jaguar XKR to a number of racetracks and test circuits all over the world.
Both apps are available for download at the iTunes store free of charge. So if we were you, we’d head over immediately to the website and download the two apps as soon as possible.
While not everybody was afforded with the opportunity to see the launch of the 2011 Continental GT in Paris, Bentley’s giving you the opportunity to do it from the comforts of your own couch, provided you have an iPad, of course.
The British luxury car maker is launching a new iPad app dedicated solely to the 2011 Continental GT. In it, you can get access to a slew of features including an extensive and exclusive selection of ‘on location’ photography, a range of zoomable super-high quality studio shots, a variety of Continental GT driving footage, behind-the-scenes multimedia movies from Bentley’s styling studios, and test track and special ‘insider’ views straight from the factory floor.
The app also gives you access to a run around the history of Bentley, complete with the brand’s long and illustrious history in Le Mans, an introduction to the men and women behind the brand, and classic photos from Bentley’s treasure chest of archives.