This is the creation of simeon, one of the developers at twolivesleft – makers of Codea and other apps and games.
Simeon decided he wasn’t seeing quite the aging effect he had hoped for on the tan Smart Cover, so he decided to create his own.
I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only.
As you can see in the above photos the right side of the cover is darkened in the place I usually hold it while reading.
This asymmetry wouldn’t do. I had a wonderful, horrible idea: I’d stain the cover with coffee.
So he made some coffee and brushed it on to the Smart Cover – several coats worth.
That didn’t get the desired result though – so simeon decided to rub actual coffee grounds into the smart cover.
And that got him the result shown at the top of this post – a much darker and more elegant looking cover for his iPad. I think it looks fantastic. I’d definitely buy that color if it was available. Here’s what the tan leather Apple iPad Smart Cover looks like, and simeon’s end result again:
Source: iPad Insight.
Today’s iPad wallpaper pick is cool Darkly Striped. It’s look very solid on my iPad mini home screen.
Those looking to use their iPad as a laptop (and there are many of us out there) need two things out of a case: a keyboard and power. The Props Power case from Digital Treasures provides both, integrating an external 79 key keyboard (with 13 custom iPad keys) and an 8000mAh battery.
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- Input: 5V/1.0A
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- MCU control chipset for mart power pack and charging
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Over at Wired, writer Marcus Wohlson points out that the novelty of using an iPad or other mobile device as a cash register is beginning to disappearas that particular use case turns mainstream.
The act of handing your credit card to an iPad-toting store clerk or coffee shop barista was unthinkable a few years ago and increasingly the norm in 2013. Wohlson brings up a recent study by UK industry firm Timetric that notes that between 2011 and 2012, the number of mobile point-of-sale systems used worldwide more than doubled.
While Timetric’s researchers don’t believe that the rate of uptake will be as high in the future, it is expected that the percentage of checkout counters using such system will increase from about one in five last year to almost half by 2017. Wohlson posits that the popularity of some systems may put a damper on the use of near field communication (NFC) for payment systems in the future since the omnipresent iPad-mounted card reader makes continued use of traditional credit and debit cards more likely.
The ability to use smartphones for multiple purposes and their ubiquity in pockets and purses around the world might some day make a cashless, cardless society a reality, but for the foreseeable future the plastic card being swiped at an iPad cash register seems much more realistic.
Adobe earlier today announced that it will be entering the world of accessories, in the form of a stylus that is iPad compatible, and a digital “ruler” that, also, is iPad compatible. The devices use Bluetooth 4.0, so it will only be compatible with the newer line of devices. Both devices are “cloud enabled” and Internet connected, meaning that the settings for them, such as the “Project Mighty” stylus, are stored and controlled in the cloud. This means that no matter what tablet you are using the stylus with, as long as you are using your own stylus the settings will be the same for the stylus. ”Project Napoleon”, or the digital ruler device, works similarly in terms of settings, etc, and can be used for more complex and intricate work on tablets. There’s no word on when we can expect to see these hit stores, but definitely keep an eye out.
Today’s iPad wallpaper pick is ‘Migration’ – by Cheeky Raffy, painted with the Procreate app. This one reminds me of the artwork for a movie or video game.
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