How to run iPad apps on your computer? With iPadian.

Since the dawn of the PC, emulating has been always considered a useful process, that has its own advantages in terms of portability on different systems. Most relevant examples would be the Amiga and Commodore 8 bit apps that have been emulated to run on newer 16 bit systems. Even console games from Nintendo, Sega, and Atari have been emulated to run on a computer with Windows operating system. But what about running iPad apps on your desktop?

The only solution at the moment is iPadian, a free Adobe AIR open source app that can emulate the iPad environment and gives you access to some iPad native apps. iPadian needs no installation process, just extract the archive wherever you want and run it (it requires Adobe AIR to be installed). You will get an overlay iPad desktop with access to some native apps: iNote, iChat, Instagram, Keynote, etc.

Despite the full screen view you will not lose contact with your original desktop. The taskbar can be accessed at anytime. There is also a huge offer to online services, from the popular Facebook social network and YouTube to epubBooks, Google and Bing. If you own accounts from any of these services, iPadian can log you in automatically in case you are already logged through your computer, keeping you up to date with all the activity.

Being an open source program, iPadian has no access to the native Apps Store service. The so-called store is just an easier way to get to online free apps that are similar to the popular present in the original tablet. For example the Games icon is just a link to the Scumlabs online games service and the Radio icon sends you directly to The Radio.com service.

Unfortunately iPadian features no touch-screen support nor mouse gestures. At the moment you are restricted to interact with its interface by point-and-click with the mouse. Despite its drawbacks, iPadian is worth a look, especially because of its unique nature of bringing a sense of iPad into our desktops.

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Windows 8 leaks roundup

Even though nothing is official yet, and there are thousands of rumors about how Windows 8 will be, I decided to roundup any rumor and pack them in a nice and tidy post.

First rumor that everybody is “huffing” and “puffing” is the Windows 8 built-in market place.

The screenshot does remind me of something, but I can’t put my finger on what exactly. The principle is quite easy and most of us are used with it from Apple. Lots of apps, one place, secure download, easy install etc..

 

Windows 8 Smartscreen – this is a security feature that checks any files you open. I know what you would say, your antivirus does that, Microsoft Essentials does that, but this one is built-in. This feature is currently used by Internet Explorer and MSN

 

 

 

 

Windows UI Auto Color – basically the Aero will determine your wallpaper dominant color and change automatically its interface.

You will also be able to customize the interface elements individually, like taskbar, start menu and so on.

 

 

 

There is also a rumor that now you will be able to open your ISO files and mount them directly from the operating system.

This feature is long-time desired for many windows users all around the world. I don’t want to be a critical, but I really wonder where they got this idea from. (Mac OS X .dmg)

You will also find a built-in PDF reader app currently named Windows 8 AppX PDF Reader.

I am sure many windows users sooner or later had to reinstall the operating system due to different errors or problems. Windows 8 might come with a “reset” button; not a hardware but a software one. This feature should reset the OS and restore it to its factory settings. There is quite a buzz about this feature, according to the rumors it will take only minutes, but nobody knows how exactly and what will happen to your installed applications.

If this feature will keep your current apps installed, your files or will erase everything and leave you with a fresh start, we don’t know yet, but surely looks like Microsoft got some hints from Appstore why wouldn’t they create also something like Time Machine.

There are also rumors like Log-in using facial recognition and the PC camera, Faster Start-up, Better and more useful Help and Ribbon based Windows Explorer.

Want to see how it looks like ?

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