Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Free iPad For Seton Hill College Students In Fall 2010


It used to be that universities would offer discounts on the purchase of new computers. Then a number of them went so far as to offer a laptop as part of the tuition. Now we’re hearing that one enterprising university, Seton Hill, is planning to give every full-time student starting in the Fall, 2010 an iPad. The iPad will come as part of the school’s Technology Advantage Program, and is expected to offer the students’ textbooks via download from the iBook Store.
According to TUAW, Seton Hill University is also offering its first year undergrad students a 13-inch MacBook to use.

I really like the concept of a university giving an iPad to every student. For one, the fact that it is planning to offer all of its textbooks via the iBook Store is finally the adoption that’s needed to get students away from the physical paper textbook. The Kindle DX was supposed to be taking this market by storm, but I think it’s a bit too big for every student to embrace. Also, the fact that it’s pretty much just an eReader makes it a harder sell. Contrast that with the iPad, which not only can handle eBook responsibilities but also provide internet access, e-mail, and a whole lot more, and it’s starting to become pretty clear why Seton Hill University would standardize on the iPad as a device to give each student.

I’m definitely interested in seeing how this works out. If all goes well we could see every university looking to Seton Hill’s model as the future of textbook delivery and consumption.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

iPad External Camera Accessory

Apple has finally made its $29 iPad camera connection kit available fro pre-order. The kit consists of two little plastic dongles which hook into the iPad’s dock port. On has an SD card reader on the other end, the other has a plain old USB port for plugging the camera in direct.

If you order it now, you won’t get it until the end of April. You may also be a little upset by the price. But some of you may remember another, very similar little dongle Apple made way back in 2005: The iPod Camera Connector. This device, almost identical to the new USB version, cost $29 on its own. Adjusted for inflation, that comes to $31.59, which makes it over double the price (you get two widgets in the new kit).

Will the old dongle work with the new iPad? We won’t know until somebody who still has an old one lying around tries it out, but we’d guess that this is simply the same product relaunched. Finally, a word of advice: If you shoot RAW photographs, you may not want to order this kit just yet. The iPad supports the RAW format, but until Apple publishes a list of supported RAW cameras, you’d better just wait.

10 Must Have Launch Day iPad Apps

I'd wager you won't see the first ones effectively arrive until the 3rd of April. At launch day, expect at least 100 apps straight out the gate, and likely double that.We got a heads up from Carnegie Mellon student Rich Hong this morning: he built a widget dashboard app for the iPad, and it's definitely worth checking out the sneak preview video.

Have you seen other previews of iPad apps that are worth checking out?

Here is the list of Apps that I'm planning to buy on launch day!


Bento lets you organize notes, photos, calendars, contacts and more for specific projects, groups, classes or assignments. FileMaker's Bento for iPad will reportedly cost $4.99 just like the iPhone version, and will presumably work as a stand-alone application or sync with the Mac version.

iWork Pages

Even before you start writing, your document looks great. With over 180 Apple-designed templates, a professionally polished resume, brochure, school report, or invitation is waiting for you to make it your own. Use the Template Chooser to find the one you like. Add your own words in the text placeholders. Use the Media Browser to drop photos from your iPhoto library directly into graphics placeholders. And there you have it: a beautifully designed, professional-quality document made in minutes.

Tables and charts make data instantly more compelling. You can copy and paste charts from Numbers into your document. The data is linked, so when you change the data in your spreadsheet, you can update your chart in Pages with just a click

iWork Numbers

In Numbers ’09, spreadsheets are built on a flexible, free-form canvas. So you can move tables, charts, graphics, and text anywhere you want on the page. As tables resize, objects automatically adjust to fit around them. Create as many tables as you want. Change fonts, sizes, colors, styles, and borders. With graphics tools, alignment guides, and rulers, spreadsheet-making becomes a surprisingly creative endeavor. And suddenly, spreadsheets make more sense

iWork Keynote

Keynote began as a software program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events.[3] Prior to using Keynote, Jobs had used Concurrence, from Lighthouse Design, a similar product which ran on the NeXTSTEP and OpenStep platforms. The program was first sold publicly as Keynote 1.0 in 2003, competing against existing presentation software, most notably Microsoft PowerPoint. In addition, Keynote features three-dimensional transitions, such as a rotating cube or a simple flip of the slide.

Flight Control HD

It's not clear how much Flight Control HD would cost, but the iPhone version is $1. Firemint, makers of Flight Control, confirmed in late January that Flight Control HD is in development for the iPad.


This app will let you create illustrations like mind maps, diagrams and page layout designs. The iPad app will also sync with the Mac version. Omnigraffle for iPad will purportedly cost $49.99, which is quite pricey considering the basic Mac version is $99.95. But take note that if more applications like Omnigraffle show up on iPad launch day, this will make a stronger case for the device as an enterprise tool instead of just a content consumption device.

OmniGraffle uses Mac OS X's graphics layer, known as Quartz, and benefits from on-the-fly antialiasing, smooth scaling, transparent drop shadowing, and other features. OmniGraffle 4 added Bézier shapes and text-based hierarchical chart construction to the range of available tools. OmniGraffle 5 added Bézier connecting lines; previously connecting lines were bent to fit between their points which made them relatively easy to create, but difficult to control with any great precision.

OmniGraffle can output to PDF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, EPS, HTML image map, SVG, Visio XML, PICT vector, Photoshop and BMP bitmap documents.

Awesome Note

Awesome Notes is beautifully designed, easy to use, and functional. The biggest difference between Bridworks' and Apple’s application is that Awesome Notes actually allows you to organize your notes into folders. Wow, what a concept! You would think after three iPhone system upgrades Apple would have included a simple feature for managing notes. But maybe that’s a good thing, because Awesome Notes does the note taking program the right way.

Awesome Notes features...

Customizable pages and folders with colored folders and unique icons
Backup and Transfer to Google Docs
Password protection for folders
Landscape, list and thumbnail view

The one nifty little Quick Memo feature makes Awesome Notes stand above other similar note taking applications. Quick Memo is for jotting a note outside a folder or existing page. You can later save the note into a folder. When I used the Apple’s Notes, I created a similar quick note page, but Bridworks’s version is based on how we users want to input a quick note.


If you're an avid Mac user then you've gotta be familiar with 1Password. It's very popular in the Mac community for its ease of use and high quality. 1Password for Mac has won multiple awards from various magazines and tech sites, so it's great to finally have an iPhone version.

Stores private information on your iPhone
Use 1Password to log in to various accounts without having to remember usernames and passwords
2 layer defense - unlock code and master password
Secure two way sync with Mac computer (need to have 1Password for Mac, sold separately)
Data encryption
Auto website login

Big Oven

This app provides access to all types of information, from buying and handling tips to comments about recipes to random recipe suggestions. This app heavily relies on the related website which has been up and running for a pretty long time now. The app accesses most of its information, including recipes and images through this site.

160,000 Recipes—BigOven is almost there. We see tons of potential with this app. It’s incredibly useful if it is connected to the internet. However, while shopping in the grocery store, you may not have a connection or be dealing with a slow connection, which would make the app too painful to be useful. At home or connected to WiFi though, this app is extraordinarily useful, educational and inspiring.

GeoDefense HD

Looking forward to geoDefense 2 or HD or whatever they call it!

geoDefense is a Thinking Man’s Action Tower Defense. Though the controls are familiar, the gameplay is decidedly different: You have to develop a strategy and, at the same time, execute in real-time when things are moving fast.

Think of it like Chess. There is your opening moves, which are setting the stage for how you will win the level. The middle game is where you do your busy work of getting built-up for the final push at the end. The end game is where it gets completely crazy! If you didn’t have a strategy up until this point, no amount of fast fingers will save you.


The developer of this groundbreaking "Read Later" application is so bullish about getting approved for the iPad launch that he wrote in his blog that "an iPad without native Instapaper Pro is not a device I want to own. And I'm buying it on day one."

For good reason. The (currently) $4.99 application, which will be universal across iTunes-enabled portable devices, was seemingly made for the iPad and its 9.7-inch screen. The app integrates feeds from your favorite sources (including traditional and web-based media as well as Twitter feeds), and makes it easy for you to read them when on your own time. Imagine, a magazine-sized device that will have instant and enjoyable access to all that great content. After Saturday, you won't have to.

iPad Apps Store Preview

Browsing the iPad App Store: A Video [By @viticci] from Federico Viticci on Vimeo.

The first applications for Apple's iPad will cost roughly double their iPhone equivalent, according to a brief analysis we performed on leaked screenshots of the iPad App Store.

For example, of eight apps that will be shipping on both the iPad and iPhone, the iPad editions cost about $53 total, or about twice the amount the iPhone apps cost. (We'd note that developers can still change their prices before the iPad launches, but for the sake of our analysis, we assumed these were final prices.)

As the platform becomes more popular, eventually, developers may be able to get higher sales by cutting app prices and getting higher sales volumes. That -- and the desire to get as high as possible on Apple's lists of top unit sellers -- have pushed prices way down on the iPhone. But for now, for the iPad, it's probably a good idea to start off with apps at the high end of their potential price ranges.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dev Team Warns Of Scammers

Latest from iPhone Dev Blog

While Apple’s 3.1.3 firmware was minor in terms of new features, it’s had the side effect of opening up a huge market for scam sites. These sites will promise you a 3.1.3 jailbreak for newer devices like the iPod touch 3G, or a baseband 05.12 software unlock. Those desperate enough to “just give it a shot” will find, 100% of the time, that they were misled. After money has changed hands they’ll be told “well the 05.12 unlock is coming, in the meantime here’s the 05.11 unlock” (of course the 05.11 unlock was intended to be free, as you all know). They’ll hold your money until one day the 05.12 unlock does come out, even if that’s months later (and of course it’ll be released for free). In the meantime they’ll be able to claim they gave you part of what they advertised, and keep at least part of your money (in actuality they’ll usually keep all of it).

Don’t fall for these scam sites! None of them have a 05.12 unlock, none have the 05.11 unlock working on 3.1.3, none have a 3.1.3 jailbreak for newer devices like the ipt3G. They’re trying to capitalize on your upgrade mistake, and they only need a very small percentage of people to fall for them to make their money and run.

Those following twitter may have seen some recent very early developments in the 05.12 unlock situation. One of our more helpful commenters sherif_hashim (at a rating of 84p you know he’s helped others much already!) found what looks like a very promising crash in the new baseband. He’s put in a lot of work looking for crashes over this past year, and he’s still looking for more! We’ve started to look at his crash but it’s a long road between any given crash and a fully working unlock, and we couldn’t put an ETA on it even if we wanted to.

It’s not even guaranteed that an working unlock will come from this particular crash — it’s just too early to tell.

In the meantime, please stay vigilant against these scam sites. Don’t be part of the small percentage of people that fall for them because that small percentage is all they need.

3rd Party iPad App Previews

Wondering what some third-party iPad apps might look like? The Website Boy Genius Report posted a whole slew of screen shots over the weekend. The shots are apparently apps in the process of being approved for the iPad launch. It would seem safe to assume early adopters will be able to purchase the apps this weekend.

Some popular games we spotted were Flick Fishing, the ridiculously addictive Flight Control, and pretty spiffy looking Real Racing. Non-game apps that caught our eye were OmniGraffle, Twitterriffic, and Reuters Pro. OmniGraffle for iPad was announced about a couple months ago.

Some pricing we gleaned, Flight Control HD was $4.99, Flick Fishing HD $2.99, and OmniGraffle going for the fences with $49.99. Real Racing was listed at $9.99 and Twitterriffic was free, although a Pro version may be available or in the works just as on the iPhone/iPod.

BGR also notes that you will be able to browse iTunes apps from the iPad in coverflow. Also, MacStories has a video demo of the store in action.

Apple iPad application walkthrough

We’ve seen so many screenshots of the iPad App Store , but what about some video footage? We’ve just been sent a short video that shows the actual store being used, with all the applications we’ve seen so far: the Yahoo Entertainment app, Twitterrific, OmniGraffle and OmniGraph Sketcher, Real Racing.

Browsing the iPad App Store: A Video [By @viticci] from Federico Viticci on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

More Apple, iPad Humor...

Apple devices explained...sexually!

GeoHot Thinks He Has A Jailbreak For The iPad Already!

George Hotz, famously known as the first hacker to unlock the iPhone, says he’s done it again. The whiz kid on Thursday evening said he had cooked up a new hack for all iPhone OS devices, and he’s betting it will work on the iPad, too.

When the hack is released (Hotz won’t disclose a release date), it should be as simple to use as Blackra1n, Hotz’s one-click solution to jailbreak current iPhones, he said.

“It is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models (ipt2, 3gs, ipt3), and will probably work on iPad too,” Hotz said in his blog post.

It’s plausible to believe that an iPhone OS jailbreak will also work for the iPad. While the iPad will support apps that are exclusive to the device, its OS shares the same DNA as the iPhone’s.

Hackers use the term “jailbreaking” to describe the act of overriding the iPhone’s restrictions to install unauthorized software on the device. Jailbreaking is the first step an iPhone owner must take in order to later unlock the handset, enabling it to work with a SIM card from any carrier. profiled Hotz in November 2009, along with the community of hackers persistently issuing jailbreaks and mods to fight against Apple’s tight control of its iPhone. The community also distributes unauthorized iPhone apps in a few underground app stores, the most popular of which is Cydia.

Hotz told in a phone interview that he might release the hack when the iPad launches next week. But he said he would wait to see what the rest of the hacking community does first. He said he expects the Dev-Team, another group of iPhone hackers (that Hotz was formerly part of), to have figured out the same exploit.

“We’ll see what the rest of the scene does,” Hotz said. “Maybe I’ll release it [during the iPad launch].”

A video of the new iPhone jailbreak in action is below...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Order Your iPad Yet? No, Gotta Wait Now...

The company updated its Web site on Saturday indicating that any new iPad orders will ship by April 12, as pointed out by AppleInsider and other blogs.
Apple is due to ship the iPad Wi-Fi model next Saturday--for those that have already placed their orders, the delivery date remains April 3.

By pushing the delivery date of new orders, it would appear that pre-orders have already accounted for all of Apple's available stock. Though there has been a lot of speculation on how many iPads the company has ordered, nobody really knows for sure.

Some sources say Apple sold hundreds of thousands iPads since it began taking pre-orders on March 12. The source also speculates that the iPad's first three months of sales could top those of the original iPhone's first three months.

Apple also added a new iPad accessory, which is available for pre-order. The iPad Camera Connection Kit gives you a way to connect your camera directly to the iPad. Delivery for the $29 accessory is listed as "late April" on the Apple Store.
Delivery dates of the previously delayed iPad accessories remain unchanged.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

iPad Digital Magazine Pricing

A report in the Wall Street Journal leaked the prices for a few publications, but we may already know more than that.

According to the report, the Wall Street Journal's iPad edition will cost $17.99 per month. An advertisement-free version of Esquire may cost $2.99, which is $2 less than the newsstand price. Men's Health will charge the same $4.99 as it does for the print version, but it will also offer a “preview issue” supported by advertising for Gillette Odor Shield.

Thing is, lots of magazines (including PCWorld) already sell digital versions for PC, Mac and iPhone through a company called Zinio, which distributes but also helps develop digital magazines. Next month, Zinio will bring its magazine library to Apple's iPad, presumably using a Zinio reader app similar to the one that's currently in the iPhone App Store.

According to the WSJ report, Esquire hasn't finalized its iPad plans, and no publisher is ready to start offering subscriptions. Zinio's offerings, by comparison, are a lot like print: A single magazine costs around $2 to $5, and a full year is much cheaper, maybe $10 to $20. I hope that's the model iPad magazines go with, no matter who's creating them

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

iPhone3G Unlock Instructions

We now can unlock iphone 3G/3Gs/2G 3.1.3 Online.Easy to use unlock iphone 3G software.New method to set your iphone 3G free,unlock today to use any sim carrier.In so far as the firmware 3.1.3 released Tuesday by Apple is a minor upgrade of the system, the software structure has not radically changed, and it appears that the jailbreak is actually possible with the tools of the Dev Team, Pwnage Tool and RedSn0w, at least if you follow some basic guidelines. Here they are.

Although several reports confirm the success of the jailbreak on a iPhone3GS, the team advised not to attempt manipulation with an iPhone or iPhone3G first generation. To make the jailbreak, it will initially install the 3.1.3 on the iPhone via iTunes and then injected in the device files modified by RedSn0w from firmware 3.1.2.

- Install 3.1.3 firmware via iTunes.

- Download iPhone firmware 3.1.2

- RedSn0w Download (Windows, Mac, 12 MB approx)

- Connect your iPhone to your computer

- Start RedSn0w- Click Browse, find the path to the 3.1.2

- Leave RedSn0w edit files (1 minute)

- Choose options (keep the box checked Cydia)

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.3: finally possibleHe will now have to place your iPhone in DFU mode, so that system files can be modified by RedSn0w.

- Press the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.

- Release only the power button until the screen is white

- Wait until the changes are effective and your iPhone go back.

The method is also valid for an iPod Touch first or second generation whose serial number begins by MC. The Dev Team, however, suggests that you use this version of RedSn0w (Windows, Mac) rather than that indicated at the top of ticket.

Warning: manipulation has been tested successfully on an iPhone3G, but its operation is not guaranteed. To the extent that contributions are minor firmware 3.1.3, perhaps you have an interest in staying with 3.1.2 until version 3.2 of the system will probably be more interesting.

iPad, iPhone Home Control App

HAI is offering dealers what might be the first glimpse of a fully modeled iPad home control application. The company finalizing development of an application for use on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and it will be on display in Orlando during EHX Spring in its booth and its manufacturer's training seminars.

HAI president Jay McLellan says, "Apple's affordable touchscreen devices allow for a plethora of control options that are perfect for HAI installations."

By downloading the application developed by HAI, users can now control their entire HAI home or business from these Apple devices. The interface is similar in design to HAI's other mobile interfaces including Snap-Link Mobile and WL3.

Complete access to the HAI Omni or Lumina equipped property is available. Homeowners and business managers have the ability to view event logs, real-time surveillance footage, and adjust anything under HAI's control including lights, appliances, temperatures, window coverings, audio, and more.

The application is expected to be available during the 2nd quarter of 2010.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

iPad Jailbreak Instructions

p0sixninja posted over at twitter that he’s already accepting donations to begin work on an appropriate iPad jailbreak (iPhone 3.2 jailbreak), and has provided this screenshot of the latest version of greenpois0n to wet everyone’s appetite. We don’t know exactly how jailbreakable iPhone OS 3.2 is so we can’t categorically say if what he’s proposing is really possible or not. Nonetheless, the idea of a jailbroken iPad is indeed promising. Just treat this as a heads up that an iPad jailbreak might be released sometime in the near (or distant depending on the support he gets) future.

So I guess the first instruction is to donate to the Chronic-Dev Team. It appears they have gotten enough for 1 iPad, but they may need multiple potentially :)

The next step would be to probably leave these Dev Teams alone so they can get a jailbreak released to us!

GeoHot thinks he has it, read more here..

Kindle For iPad, Bad Move For Amazon?

Amazon recently announced its new Kindle app for the iPad. Many critics are asking, could Amazon’s shift to a robust e-reader, such as the iPad, make the Kindle obsolete? Wired notes, the iPad “makes the Kindle itself look rather old-fashioned.” However, e-reader hardware might not be Amazon’s end-game strategy. From the get-go, books have been Amazon’s bread and butter, and the e-commerce giant is not losing site of that goal with some fancy hardware.

Amazon understands its strengths: e-commerce, not hardware. On average, Amazon sells 6 Kindle e-books for every 10 physical books in its online store, according to TechCrunchies. Just as Amazon’s online book marketplace grew the website to a multi-billion dollar company ($24.5 billion in revenue, 2009), e-books are Amazon’s next scalable platform. The hardware? Most likely a vehicle for its e-books, nothing more.

At the time of its release, the Kindle filled the market gap for e-readers. Now, with Apple’s iPad, the need is filled, and then some. The iPad’s incredible, full color display and interactive features blows Kindle’s black and white e-reader out of the water. Amazon is smart to realize it cannot compete with powerful industry titans, like Apple and Microsoft, on the hardware front. The e-commerce site can, however, compete in the e-book market — an area Apple is only starting to explore with the iPad’s iBookstore.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

GreenPois0n To Jailbreak iPad OS 3.2

The developer behind Greenpois0n – p0sixninja has just posted a screenshot of his jailbreaking tool for iPhone and iPod touch which is said to now bring support for jailbreaking iPad. For those of you who don’t know, p0sixninja is a member of Chronic Dev Team and recently tweeted about accepting donations to aide in getting an iPad in order to help them jailbreak it. I've already put up a few bones for this!!

A long detailed post by p0sixninja has just been posted to clear out any confusion regarding the teams authenticity.

According to him, they have have found an exploit in the latest iPhone 3.1.3 firmware which will be able to unlock and jailbreak iPhone 3GS (new bootrom), and iPod touch 3G untethered. All they are now waiting is for the iPad with iPhone 3.2 to hit shelves on April 3rd.

I've been a chronic-dev follower for quite a long time, and I'm also 100% certain they're sitting on an untethered exploit and not releasing it. One of my biggest fears in the past was that you'd release it and burn it, but luckily that hasn't happened yet!

Comment from posixninja

yea, this is something i've thought long and hard about, we have wifi ipad1,1 coming in apr, ipad3g coming in may, and iphone3,1 coming in june. but, we usually discuss with devteam and/or geohot before we release stuff, so don't worry too much. we'll make the best possible (and informed decision)"

Looking forward to getting a my iPad jailbroken, but am willing to wait as long as necessary to make the most use out of the jailbreak!

iPad Case Reviews

So you've pre-ordered your iPad, or there'll be one with your name on it at the local Apple Store. You've combed more times than you can count, trying to hunt down more hidden details that Steve Jobs neglected to show off during his January keynote. But have you bought a case?

Even though the iPad doesn't ship for a couple weeks, vendors have wasted no time in preparing all manner of cases: sleeves, backpacks, messenger bags--there's even one designed to carry a DSLR and an iPad together. Most are already up for pre-order, with manufacturers promising they will ship "soon" or "within a couple weeks of the iPad." Here's a list of the iPad protection we know about so far, alphabetized by manufacturer, for your iPad-toting pleasure.

Be.ez: Be.ez makes a wide variety of sleeves, backpacks, shoulderbags, "urban bags," and more. The company announced (PDF link) four colorful, striped iPad versions of its slim LA robe Allure sleeve. While no prices are yet listed, you can see images of the LA robe iPad Allure in the "special editions" section of Be.ez's press area.

Belkin: A major accessory manufacturer that's tough to miss no matter where you shop, Belkin has a few sleeves on the way. The Vue Sleeve for iPad is a light neoprene case designed to fit inside another bag. It features an iPad compartment and a slim, see-through outer pocket for small accessories. The Max Sleeve for iPad is a similar sleeve with has a pleated outer design that expands to fit extra accessories. For the butterfingers in the audience, Belkin's Grip Sleeve for iPad features a textured surface designed to offer a better grip for carrying. Prices are not yet available.

BBP: Though few details of the DSLR Slinger are available on the BBP Website--just a "Coming Summer" note--the company told Macworld that the bag is aimed at photographers and will feature compartments for an iPad, a DSLR, and accessories.

Booq: Booq makes a range of sleeves, shoulder bags, backpacks, and messenger bags for Apple and other manufacturers. The company has debuted a line of iPad cases with prices ranging from $25 to $70.

Cocoon: Maker of colorful and unique gadget accessories, Cocoon has a couple iPad cases on the way. The $30 Gramercy Messenger Sling is a messenger bag that holds an iPad along with a removable sleeve that secures small items such as pens, sunglasses, ID cards, and a point-and-shoot camera. The bag also features a unique see-through outer pocket that keeps an iPhone or iPod touch visible and accessible. The $55 Harlem iPad/Netbook Sling offers a different style as a single-strap sling pack with spaces for an iPad, a media player, and the previously mentioned accessory sleeve, along with extra storage for other items. Each sling is water resistant and available in three colors.

Griffin Technology: Longtime Apple-accessory vendor Griffin has announced a range of iPad-protection products, ranging from a slim, folio-style case to various sleeves to and a screen-care kit. Information on prices and availability isn't yet listed.

Hard Candy: Started by the founder of Speck Products (below), Hard Candy is similarly a maker of rigid, protective sleeves and covers. The company has announced a selection of iPad cases that includes two sleeves and three "skins," the latter including a removable face plate designed to protect the iPad's display when not in use. Prices range from $40 to $50.

Hip Handmaids: This Etsy case designer decided to run with one of the more, um, personal plays on the iPad's name. Hip Handmaids' iMaxi is indeed a real product and available to order; if you order before March 30, you even get a $10 discount. Don't say we didn't warn you.

iLuv: Makers of a wide variety of colorful cases and accessories for Apple's i-devices and RIM's BlackBerry, iLuv is expanding its lineup to iPad. The company has posted a new iPad section (careful: as of the time of publication, that link crashes Safari in Snow Leopard for some odd reason) containing a variety of soft sleeves, hard and clear shells, and display films, the last in clear, anti-glare, and mirror flavors. Prices range from $15 to $40.

Incipio: Incipio's Website is previewing four hardshell cases for the iPad on the company's site. Each case is offered in a variety of colors and textures, and all look to offer form-fitting protection for carrying your iPad around. No prices or ship dates are yet available.

LaCie: If you bought an external hard drive in the past decade, you've probably heard of LaCie. The company also makes a variety of accessories, including speakers and notebook cases. LaCie's $25 ForMoa 10.2" is a general-purpose messenger sleeve, designed for 10.2-inch netbooks, that claims to fit the iPad nicely. Available in five colors, the sleeve provides a couple extra pockets for carrying extra accessories or reading material. The $15 Coat Laptop 10.2", available in the same five colors, is a slim vertical sleeve with a small accessory pocket. Both products are available now.

Macally: This popular accessory maker already lists nine different iPad cases and stands on the company's Website. Some are slim protective shells, others serve as stands for viewing media. All are listed as "coming soon," with no prices yet.

ModulR: ModulR has announced what looks to be a very unique accessory system for the iPad. Building off a form-fitting iPad case, the company offers a variety of attachable stands, arms, and other peripherals for fitting the iPad into different situations. The system will be available this summer; no prices are listed.

NLU Products: The scratchproof-film vendor is currently taking pre-orders for its BodyGuarz for Apple iPad. You can purchase protection for the display alone for $20, for the back of the iPad only for $25, or full coverage for $30.

Orbino: Easily taking the prize for Most Expensive Case So Far, Padova offers $209 Padova Case for the iPad. Featuring a fold-over folio design, Orbino's iPad case features hand-stitched leather and the capability to prop up the iPad for viewing media. No ship date is listed.

Padster: Padster appears to have been started specifically to make iPad cases, and the company claims to be designing "the ultimate iPad bag." No price is listed, though the virtual store banner says it will open in early April. Interested customers can sign up to be notified when more information is available.

Philips: This longtime electronics vendor says it's "right there with you" in terms of iPad excitement. The company's Website previews a couple slim cases and a screen protector that are in the works, although details about features, prices, and ship dates are absent.

Scosche: Scosche Industries specializes in accessories for cars, iPods, iPhones, netbooks, and more. The company has announced its upcoming KickBack P iPad case, but has yet to add details or photos to its Website. As the name suggests, the polycarbonate-and-rubber KickBack P features a locking kickstand for propping your iPad at various angles for typing or viewing media; it also includes molded grips for secure carrying. The KickBack will ship in early- to mid-spring, although Scosche has yet to announce pricing.

Skooba Design: While none of Skooba's cases for notebooks, cameras, or other gadgets are actually rated for underwater use, the company's first iPad cases are worth a look. The $50 Netbook/iPad Messenger features a compartment that fits the iPad and most netbooks, with pockets and compartments for storing accessories, books, magazines, and a water bottle. The $20 Netbook/iPad Neo-Sleeve is a slim sleeve with a removable strap, a pocket for a power adapter, and another pocket for a USB thumb drive. Both products are available now in four colors.

STM: A notebook case maker from down under, Australia-based STM is a popular name among Mac bag nerds. Neither of its initial iPad cases were designed specifically for the device, but the company claims they'll fit the iPad just fine. The $45 Micro XS is a slim, nylon shoulder bag with room for a couple small accessories, a key fob, and an ID holder. The $50, canvas Scout XS is a similar bag for small laptops and netbooks that offers a bit more style and more room for extras.

Tom Bihn: Specializing in a broad variety of travel bags, Tom Bihn has so far announced two options for iPad. The $110 Ristretto for iPad/Netbooks is a vertical messenger-style bag with an iPad compartment, as well as pockets for accessories, keys, pens, a water bottle, and more. Three styles of shoulder straps are available, as are a variety of color schemes. The company also has the $30 Cache, a generic, all-purpose notebook and netbook sleeve that fits the iPad. It's TSA Checkpoint Friendly and available in gray.

Uncommon: Uncommon's game is customizable hardshell cases for iPhone, iPod touch, and now the iPad. The company will emblazon your iPad Capsule with your own artwork, or you can pick from a stock gallery. (See our video from Macworld Expo for some examples.) No pricing or ship date have been announced.

Vaja: Purveyor of fine, customizable leather cases for a variety of gadgets, Vaja offers the $120 Retro Slim Jacket for Apple iPad. It's a slim, handcrafted, leather case with a magnetic snap closure, and just like the rest of Vaja's lineup, you can add your own style by choosing the base and trim colors. Information on availability is not listed, though the company says the "handicraft" production process takes 25 days.

Waterfield: Well-known among Apple case aficionados, Waterfield has four iPad cases available for pre-order, with shipment "within one week of iPad ship date." There's the iPad Ultimate SleeveCase, a slim, customizable folio-style case with an optional shoulder strap, TSA Checkpoint friendliness, and a starting price of $55 ($59 if you prefer leather trim, plus $7 to $15 for the shoulder strap). The iPad Suede Jacket is a slim, Ultrasuede sleeve in two styles: a $25 model with a back pocket for a power adapter and headphones, and a $19 pocketless version. You could also go with the $29 iPad Slip Case, a slim padded sleeve made of waterproof material, available in six colors. Lastly, the $59 iPad Smart Case is a rigid sleeve, also available in six colors, with a low-profile pocket that can hold your iPad's USB cable and power adapter.

That's what we have so far, though it goes without saying that more vendors will surely jump on the iPad case bandwagon over the next few weeks and months. If you want to be ready with an iPad case as soon as possible, though, you're bound to find a solid option somewhere on this list.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Diamond iPad For 20K

Rap recording artist Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ diamond-studded iPod (of the HP variety) may soon have a new companion: Mervis is offering on its web site a diamond-bordered iPad. The price is a cool US$19,999, and orders will ship on June 1.

The description says: “This gorgeous diamond studded iPad features 11.43 carats of diamonds, hand-set in a micro-pave styling. The diamonds are graded G/H in color and VS2/SI1 in clarity.” Now you know what to get the tech geek who has everything.

iBooks Preview On iPad

I haven’t got much of an ebooks collection – a handful of Kindle titles and quite a few standalone books. I’m looking forward to iBooks and building it up a little, another place I’ll end up helping Apple build up that ginormous cash pile of theirs

  • You can move back and forth between pages by tapping the right or left side of the screen, as well as being able to turn a page slowly by dragging from left to right.
  • Text size and font can be changed.
  • You can touch and hold on any word to look it up in the built-in dictionary or Wikipedia. (like this one quite a bit too)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Order iPad From iPhone

All three capacities offered – 16, 32, and 64 GB models – are selling equally; but the Wi-Fi model is outselling the 3G enabled models 69% to 31%. The number sold per day since Friday dropped off sharply with an estimated 150,000 total pre-orders to date.

Tello, who has been accurately estimating Apple sales for five years, says that he believes they will hit the 1 Million mark in the “second week after it ships,” according to Brainstorm Tech.

In June, 2007, when the first iPhone was released Apple sold 270,000 units in its first 30 hours, according to the company’s own Q3 2007 report. They hit the 1 Million mark 74 days after the first-gen iPhone was released.

iBooks On iPad

iBooks will double as an ebook reader app and bookstore for acquiring ebooks. One of the most notable new bits of detail on iBooks is that it will let you add ePub titles not acquired via its own store as well:

The iBooks app uses the ePub format — the most popular open book format in the world. That makes it easy for publishers to create iBooks versions of your favorite reads. And you can add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.

This feature should please a lot of folks who already have big collections of ePub format ebooks – although apparently ePub titles that use carry any DRM other than that of the iBookstore will not be able to be synced over. Some DRM-free ebooks will require a bit of conversion before they’re able to be synced via iTunes. Gear Diary has a good post up with instructions on how to do what’s needed. Check it out HERE

Samsung Slate To Compete With iPad

Samsung are said to be working their socks off to get their own version of the iPad out later this year.

It's all quiet on the Samsung front but there are a number of speculations surfacing about how and when Samsung will be outing their version. An Intel Atom chip has been suggested for power, as used in netbooks, and with the added flexibility of an Atom-based product it has increased potential than the iPad. This has been reliably suggested by Philip Newton who is the Samsung IT Division Director.

It is inevitable for such manufacturers to produce their own versions, which is what Hewlett Packard and others have been doing, and looking into the fastest and most powerful components to ensure they reach the top. However, such components could mean a more hefty device.

iPad With Flash

Is a jailbreak going to be necessary to get Flash on iPad?

One has NPR and the WSJ building special iPad versions of their websites without Flash (remember this was one of Steve Jobs requests last month when he visited the Journal?) The sites will be basically the same but the Flash bits will be replaced largely by HTML5 elements.

Some of you might be thinking: Why not just build websites without Flash? Why keep the Flash versions around at all?

The biggest issue is Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer still accounts for close to 60% of all Web browsing and it can't properly render HTML5. Interestingly, Internet Explorer 9 was previewed today and it apparently is going to be able to do HTML5. But the IE crowd aren't the "quick-to-update" types. In fact, 21% of Web users (Net Applications latest study) use 2001's IE6. (2001 called and wants their browser…)

It will be along time before Apple's iProducts reach 20% of Web users — if at all — though, as an advertiser, would you rather reach the 20% of people who haven't updated their browser in 10 years or the ones that are on the best equipment out there (iProducts)?

So, if you want to build video or interaction into a site, you basically have three choices:

1. Build an HTML5 version that will work on Apple's gadgets and Macs (<10%>95% of browsers use Flash. Even on Macs with ClicktoFlash, you can still view things like Hulu if you so choose.

3. Build two versions of the site. One for the 95% who don't mind using Flash. Another for the influential 5% that use Apple's iProducts.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

iPad Apps

From the Apple Apps Store for iPad...

The App Store will feature new apps designed specifically for iPad. You’ll find hundreds that make the most of its large display, responsive performance, and Multi-Touch interface. iPad apps appear in a special section of the store, so you can find and download them easily.

It’s also good to see a reference to ‘hundreds’ – as hopefully this means there will be quite a good number of apps custom made for the iPad right on release day.

iPad Accessories Being Delayed

There are delays showing up for several of the Apple iPad accessories, including the iPad Keyboard Dock shown below, which is now not due to ship until May.

The iPad Case has slipped from a ship date of April 3rd to mid-April, and the iPad Camera Connection Kit isn’t even available for pre-order yet.

I ordered both the iPad Keyboard Dock and the iPad Case so I’ll be missing those when I get the iPad itself. I did also order a BT keyboard for it though, and that has already shipped.

Have you ordered any of the delayed accessory items? Which iPad accessories are you looking forward to using?

Monday, March 15, 2010

iPad Weekend Sales Tail Off

Orders for Apple's iPad fell off sharply over the weekend after a big opening day Friday, an investment blogger claimed today.

According to a blogger dubbed "Deagol" -- who was identified by Fortune as Daniel Tello -- pre-orders for the iPad slowed to approximately 1,000 per hour on Saturday and Sunday from the 25,000-per-hour pace during the first two hours of Friday, when Apple began taking orders online.

Tello tracked 120 order numbers submitted by volunteers at Investor Village's AAPL Sanity message board to come up with his estimates. By calculating the difference between normal sales traffic on Apple's online store and the sequential order numbers provided by volunteers, Tello pegged total iPad sales at more than 150,000 units 60 hours after ordering began, or to approximately 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

Strong sales should suggest the development of a JAILBREAK!

Apple Will Replace Entire iPad for $99 if Battery Fails

According to Apple’s web site, If your iPad battery fails Apple doesn’t want to bother opening the device to replace it — they would rather ship you a completely new (no word on whether it’s a refurb?) iPad to replace the faulty one within a weeks time period. Of course there is a fee involved – $99, plus $6.95 shipping.

If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee. Note: Your iPad is not eligible for Battery Replacement Service if the product has been damaged, for example, as result of an accident, liquid contact, disassembly, unauthorized service or unauthorized modifications, or if the product is not operating correctly as a result of a component failure. Please review Apple’s Repair Terms and Conditions for further details.

While we don’t expect there to be major battery issues, some of us just may end up with bum batteries so it’s probably a pretty good idea to get into the habit of backing up your iPad on a consistent basis in case you fall victim. That is if you want to secure all of your data (because if one day the battery dies, kiss your data goodbye).

Until Apple clarifies whether or not they’ll be sending out refurbished iPad’s I’m not so hot on this idea. Perhaps I’m being too picky but I’d rather bring my iPad into the store and have them swap the battery out while I wait and go home with my original device then and there and not have to wait a week for a refurb to be delivered. Also, we’re assuming the $99 doesn’t apply if you’re still within the 1 year warranty to 2 years of AppleCare, but again we’re waiting on confirmation.

What qualifies as a failure? Battery lasts less than 1 hr?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

iPad To Feature DRM-Free ePub Support

DRM-Free ePub Support and Voice Over for iBooks, Facebook Sharing, Data-plan Management’s new iPad menu item and feature pages shed light on all sorts of interesting new details. We’ve put all of them into an updated version of our Complete iPad and iPhone OS 3.2 Preview...’s new iPad menu item and feature pages shed light on all sorts of interesting new details. We’ve put all of them into an updated version of our Complete iPad and iPhone OS 3.2 Preview article, but here are some of our favorites:

DRM-Free ePub support
If you already have ePub books that are DRM-Free, just drag them into iTunes and sync them to your iPad. It’s an obvious thing, but Apple doesn’t always enable obvious things so this is nice to see.

Voice Over for iBooks
Apple’s terrific accessibility feature, Voice Over, will work for iBooks. Amazon got into a lot of trouble with author’s and publishers over this feature and had to make it opt-in for the Kindle. It will be interesting to see if Apple got universal opt-in or just isn’t afraid to pick that fight again.

YouTube sharing via Facebook
In addition to emailing links, you can also share them directly to Facebook. Social baby steps!

App Store iPad section
Apple’s iTunes App Store will have a section for iPad apps so they’re easier to find and acquire.

Data plan management
If you go for an iPad 3G, you can select and purchase your plan on a month-by-month basis right on the iPad. Choose the 256MB plan and you’ll get messages alerting you when you have 20%, 10%, and 0 data left so you can turn 3G off, add another 256MB for an extra $14.99, or upgrade to an unlimited plan right from the device.

If you see any other new or interesting gems, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to the list!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

iPad Jailbreak May Arrive Promptly

It appears that the iPad will have a similar OS to that of the iPhone OS 3.2m which a Jailbreak already exists.

The iPad’s which were used in Demos were running iPhone OS 3.2 Beta. A version of the OS which is currently only available for iPad. But we can be sure that Apple will release the same OS for iPhone and iPod touches as well when the iPad is ready for shipment, in exactly two months from now. Just imagine the amazing possibilities which jailbreaking can bring to this device. The ability to multitask, updating twitter without having to launch an app using qTweeter, Tethering and the ability to use Magic Mouse with iPad will make it one hell of a device. And also since one of the models of the iPad already has 3G capabilities, it wont be difficult for Cydia developers to bring phone calling / SMS capabilities over-the-air to this larger touchscreen device. Sending text messages from this large screen
would be real awesome!

Of course, alot will depend on how strongly apple has patched the exploits which were used by George Hotz and the iPhone Dev-Team to jailbreak iPhone and iPod touch on OS 3.1.2 using blackra1n, PwnageTool, redsn0w, and sn0wbreeze.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Apple Pre-order, Free Shipping

iPad preorders begun this morning at 8:30 am.

iPad pre-order limit: two per customer. If Saturday delivery is not available in your area, iPad will be delivered on April 5

I ordered mine this morning! Here is the selection of iPad accessories available through preorder

You can also order Apple’s iPad accessories. The book-like case is $40, the iPad Keyboard Dock is $70, the regular dock is $30 and the spare mains charger is $30. In the box with the iPad you get this charger and a dock cable, but no headphones at all. Two-year Applecare for the iPad is another $100.

So, which one did I go for? In the end I was torn between the 16GB and 32GB, but settled on the 16GB. Also, I went for Wi-Fi only since that’s the one that ships first, and this is going to be more of a showcase device than a productivity enhancer at this stage.

All the hype, in a few minutes I’m left $533.93 poorer and awaiting the arrival of my new toy. You definitely have to hand it to the Apple marketing crew. Not only did I set my alarm and make sure I purchased right at 8:30am, but I did this knowing that there will probably be more than enough iPads available at the Apple Store on April 3rd. I should also mention that I haven’t physically held the iPad, so somehow Apple convinced me to part with my money for a device that I haven’t even fully experienced yet.

Did you pre-order? If so, which iPad did you pick up? Order yours here

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Easy Unlock And Jailbreak Solution Released For iPhone 3G

Unlock iPhone 3G:
How to unlock iPhone 3G online and use any carrier worldwide

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The Apple iPhone is probably one of the most amazing phones which has appealed to the masses. The phone is fully loaded with exciting applications and the ability to personalize the phone has taken it to a new level. However, the major limitation is that iPhone is quite networking dependent. This limits the freedom to choose any other network to utilize the best airtime and services.

If you Unlock iPhone 3G, you will be able to run your iphone on other carriers. You can access many features of different networks and you can change sim card as per your needs. Changing simcard simply means you can change networks for your iphone 3G. You can access many applications from the unlocked iphone by paying less money and you can even access those applications which are restricted by the original carrier company. By unlocking your iPhone you will significantly cut your monthly cellphone bill by using any gsm networks even on prepayd sim cards. This unlock includes also a jailbreak of your iPhone and unlock.

Hopefully iPad is next!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

No Tethering, Time To Jailbreak!

Many potential iPad buyers have been hoping that they will be able to share their iPhone's wireless data connection with their new tablet, but that isn't going to happen, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Mr. Jobs confirmed the lack of tethering support in an email response to a customer's question.

Apparently Jezper Soderlund of Sweden emailed Mr. Jobs asking whether or not the iPad offers tethering support. Mr. Jobs's response was a simple "No," according to Gizmodo.

Tethering is the process of sharing your mobile phone's wireless data connection with another device, such as a laptop, or in the the case of many hopeful consumers, the iPad.

Apple introduced the iPad tablet device in January and said that it would be available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plug 3G versions. Many people speculated that they might be able to share their iPhone's 3G data connection with an iPad to save some money because the Wi-Fi plus 3G version costs US$130 more than the Wi-Fi only version.

The iPad will ship on April 3, and includes a 9.7-inch multitouch display, support for iPhone apps, music and video playback support, an ebook reader, and more.

With hopes of official tethering support dashed, soon-to-be iPad owners will likely have to turn to the jailbreak community to find a tethering solution.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Apple’s iPad Won’t See a Price Drop

With Apple’s iPad slated for pre-orders next week and availability on April 3, we’re entering a new phase of iPad poker –are you in or are you folding? This round is different from the time immediately after the iPad’s introduction. Back then, folks were making snap decision commentary — betting blind without knowing what the hole cards were. But now it’s later in the game. People have spent more time thinking about what the iPad can or can’t do for them. And come Thursday Friday, when pre-orders start, they’re either all-in or walking away. Actually, there’s a third option and that’s to wait this hand out. I’m hearing more and more comments from people planning to wait for an iPad price decrease, but there are three reasons I think those folks will be waiting for nothing.

We’ve been here before

Much of this “wait for the price drop” sentiment stems from the original iPhone 4 GB and 8GB models, which debuted in late June of 2007 for $499 and $599, respectively. By September of that same year, the 4 GB model was scrapped and the 8 GB unit dropped $200 to $399. The situation generated an early adapter uproar by many — myself included — and Apple tried to make good with $100 Apple Store credits for those who paid the higher prices.

The entire event tarnished Apple’s luster in the eyes of consumers and this isn’t a company that repeats mistakes often. Apple learned a hard lesson in 2007 — you can correctly justify that technology pricing changes fast, but consumers don’t care. A 33% price drop on a hotly anticipated phone within two to three months of availability doesn’t sit well with people. We can argue supply and demand or say that people paid $599 because they felt it was worth it, but that has little to do with the public’s perception of the situation. Apple won’t tread this path again with the iPad.

Apple’s going it alone

Going back to 2007 again — there was another player involved with the iPhone. AT&T was, and still is, the exclusive U.S. carrier partner. For all intents and purposes, you can’t officially buy a new iPhone without AT&T involvement sans jailbreaking. The vast majority of iPhones use AT&T’s voice and data network, and AT&T earns much more from iPhone users than its other customers. Last year, Om noted AT&T’s iPhone addiction and the revenues it produces from each customer: “[t]he average iPhone user gave AT&T about $94.74 a month vs. an average postpaid AT&T customer, who spends about $59.21 a month with the company.”

The iPad is a different beast though. Yes, the iPad 3G model will work only on AT&T’s data network, but there’s no voice component, nor any 2-year AT&T contract like that of the iPhone. So there’s likely no subsidy paid to Apple from AT&T. You won’t be able to grab an iPad in AT&T’s retail locations, either. Simply put: this is an all Apple product so there’s no price or subsidy negotiation with a carrier about the device. I’m sure Apple and AT&T talked about the 3G service features since it’s a new approach — instead of a long-term commitment like the iPhone has, iPad users can simply enable 3G for a month at a time. Without subsidies or heavy carrier involvement, there are fewer pricing factors involved.

Product lines and pricing tiers

Apple going it alone doesn’t really prove that the iPad pricing might change. But since the company has control over the price, it’s worth looking at where that price fits in with other products across the Apple line. After the iPad introduction, the Boy Genius Report put this chart together showing Apple’s product line and base prices

Monday, March 8, 2010

Please Fix The iPad First!

The iPad is now less than a month away from hitting store shelves, but there are still significant issues with it that Apple hasn't addressed. Here are some of the issues Apple needs to think about before the iPad hits store shelves in April.
Now that Apple has finally set a release date for the iPad, it's time to prepare for its launch on April 3. Undoubtedly, some folks will be happy with what they find in the iPad.

1. Where's the 3G iPad?

Apple announced that the WiFi-only iPad model will be available on April 3. We still have no idea when the 3G-capable iPad will be launched. Apple has only said that it will be made available in "late April." Numerous reports released prior to the announcement suggested that the 3G version will be delayed, so a later release date seems to make sense. But Apple should still provide an exact date to allay the fears of those who wonder if the 3G version will be ready for widespread use at the end of April. After all, Apple's track record with first-generation products isn't stellar.

2. The 3G pricing conundrum

Whether or not customers really want to pay $30 for unlimited 3G data or $14.99 for 250MB of monthly data is up for debate. Even AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said earlier this week that he believes the WiFi-only model will sell better, since folks don't want to pay for another subscription. I understand why Apple is offering a 3G model, but 3G pricing is an issue.

3. We need Flash

What good is a tablet that can be used to surf the Web if Flash isn't supported? Yes, Apple wants to protect us from all those Flash security issues, but in the process, it's also limiting access to many major sites across the Web. Apple should offer Flash support before the iPad hits store shelves.

4. Displaying iPhone apps

Some customers might be disappointed when they start adding their favorite iPhone applications to the iPad, since many apps won't fit the iPad's screen. Apps need to be full-screen on the iPad. If they're not, the experience of using the device will be diminished. That's a result that Apple simply doesn't need as it attempts to make its iPad a viable alternative to so many other tablets on the market.

5. Accessory pricing

Since the iPad lacks a USB port, users will be forced to buy accessories that can only connect through its dock. Unfortunately, Apple has been mum on accessory pricing. How much will that physical keyboard cost? What’s the prospective cost of other useful accessories? The company should let consumers know before the iPad is released

6. No camera? Really?

Apple's decision to not include a camera in the iPad is a major omission. Part of the value of the iPhone is its ability to capture stills at moments when users don't have a camera readily available. Considering Apple is marketing the iPad as a mobile product, a camera would seem like an obvious inclusion in the device. And yet, it's not available in the iPad. Apple needs to find a way, likely through peripherals, to bring camera functionality to the iPad. It's a must-have that consumers will be missing.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

iPad Commercial During Academy Awards

Stressing the ease of use, as well as the release date of April 3rd...preorders starting March 12th!

Friday, March 5, 2010

iPad Jailbreak

Then comes the question of iPad unlocking. Since the iPad isn't really T-Mobile 3G friendly as it is equipped with a UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz) modem. So theoretically, iPad can be unlocked to work on TMobile but only at EDGE speeds.

This also leads to the question if the iPad can be jailbroken? Since it is running on a modified version of the iPhone OS, it is quite a possibility.

There are a number of Apple zealots who spend countless hours to jailbreak what isn't mean to be jailbroken and unlocked (and we love them for that). So if the incredible Dev Team or the legendary George Hotz (Geohot) is reading this, we request you to work your magic on the iPad.

A jailbroken device can provide much more functionality than a standard iPhone. There are a number of exceptional Apps that are not available through the iTunes App Store, but through Cydia and Installer, both of which are accessible through jailbroken iPhones.

PSP Phone To Compete With iPhone And iPad

Shortly after Sony officially announced the PSP Go at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, reports surfaced that the electronics maker was already working on a follow-up to the handheld device. According to a report out of Japanese business newspaper Nikkei in June, Sony began assembling a product-development team tasked with combining the PSP's game-playing functionality with Sony Ericsson's mobile phone technology to better compete against Apple's iPhone.

The PSPGo may shortly no longer be the new kid in town.

Following on from that initial report, the Wall Street Journal claims knowledge that Sony is reading a whole line of new handhelds, including smart phones capable of downloading and playing PSP games. Sources tell the WSJ that Sony is also prepping a multifunctional iPad competitor that combines the capabilities of a netbook, the Sony Reader, and the PSP.

Google Android OS
The gaming-oriented smartphone is reportedly being designed in cooperation with Sony Ericsson, a partnership created to bring Sony technology and expertise to mobile phones.

This company will soon introduce its first model running Google's Android OS, raising the possibility that the PSP-phone could also use this free and open-source operating system.

Whatever its design and specifications turn out to be, Sony's gaming-oriented smartphone and netbook-type device are supposedly going to be released at some point in 2010.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Is iPad The Next Big Thing?

In about a month, Apple will release its much-anticipated iPad tablet. This new device falls somewhere in between a smart phone and a laptop – small enough to tote around town without exhausting your shoulders, but big enough to feel like you’re reading a magazine instead of staring at a playing card.

Many computermakers have dived into the tablet market over the past decade – most landing in a belly flop. Some foresee a similarly soggy future for the iPad. It uses a virtual keyboard instead of real buttons, can’t load every website, and various models cost between $499 and $829.

But Apple has won over skeptics many times before. While slow to catch on, its iPod revolutionized the music industry, almost single-handedly replacing albums with digital tracks. And according to the investment firm Morgan Stanley, the iPhone and iPod Touch are the fastest-adopted gadgets in consumer tech history.

Maybe Apple’s signature polish can enchant shoppers once again.

Find out much more about the Apple tablet at our special iPad coverage page here. And follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more sci-tech news.

Apple Expected To Ship Over 10 Million iPads In 2010

The buzz kickstarted by Apple with its long-awaited iPad is expected to produce a total of 10.5 million shipped tablet devices in 2010, representing a new and significant change for the PC market.

Gartner revealed Thursday its formal predictions for 2010, with the analysis firm expecting PC shipments to grow 20 percent by the end of the calendar year. A significant part of that growth will come from tablet PCs and next-generation tablet devices like the Apple iPad.

Garner reached its estimate by lumping together traditional tablets, like the kind that have filled narrowly-defined roles in the past, with "next-generation" devices like the iPad. "The iPad isn't a tablet in the traditional sense," said Gartner analyst George Shiffler. "It's a rethink of the whole tablet concept."

What Shiffler called traditional tablets -- such as those used in medical, sales and delivery applications -- will account for just 2.5 million of the 10.5 million tablet total for the year. "Tablets have languished. They found a niche in certain areas, but they have really never taken off," noted Shiffler.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cydia For iPad

Let's start off with the goodies...

Here are 36 free Cydia tweaks for your iPad.

Here are the 42 best paid Cydia tweaks for your iPad!

Cydia, the main ipad jailbreak app store, now lets you know when an app is not compatible with the jailbroken iPad. Instead of having to refer to the google docs spreadsheet of working iPad Jailbreak Apps, and prevents you from installing them in the first case.

I have kept my iPad jailbroken and may soon start experimenting with some old favorite jailbreak apps, as I’ve recently seen more reports of some of these working OK now on the iPad.

How are your favorite Jailbreak iPad apps performing?

More reasons to Jailbreak Your iPad


Cydia Background...

Cydia is a software application for the iPad OS that lets a user browse and download applications for a jailbroken iPad or iPod Touch. It was developed by Jay Freeman (also known as "saurik").

Cydia provides a more user-friendly graphical user interface for some open-source software-installation tools originally developed for Linux (specifically APT, and the dpkg package management system). Cydia's repositories allow the installation of software packages, most of which are available to download at no cost. Cydia also includes the Cydia Store, which offers a number of applications for sale. Both free and paid software packages are downloaded directly to an iPad or iPod Touch device, to the same location as Apple's pre-installed applications (the /Applications/ directory).

Cydia is named after the insect Cydia pomonella, a moth whose larva infests apples.

Features: When applications submitted to the official App Store are not approved, developers sometimes put those applications in sources accessible through APT, which are commonly installed directly in iPad OS using the Cydia interface. Notable is a Google Voice implementation originally developed by a third-party; Google's own version of the application was initially rejected but is currently being reviewed by Apple.

Cydia Store: Cydia allows users to add custom sources to APT, which allows users to choose download locations of packages. There are numerous sources available in community source packs, and private sources can also be added manually. These packages (applications) for jailbroken iPads and iPod Touches can often function on a deeper level than Apple-approved applications because they have the ability to access any part of the hardware or file system. This allows for themes, file browsers, video recording on the pre-3gs, and system-wide modification to all apps installed on an iPad.

In March 2009, Freeman introduced a way for developers to sell applications via Cydia. Users may use Amazon Payments or PayPal to purchase items from the store. Unlike App Store applications, applications available through the Cydia interface are not controlled by DRM unless the developer chooses to add their own protective measures. The proof of payment is linked to a Google or Facebook account in case users move to a new iPod Touch or iPad device or the device is bricked or un-jailbroken.

Detailed iPad Specs

Here's the lowdown of everything most of us need to know about the iPad...

Apple To Provide A Special Gift For iPad Campers

Apple hasn’t stated an official release date for its iPad, but rumors suggest the highly anticipated tablet will go on sale on March 26.

Both MacRumors’ Arnold Kim and the Examiner have heard from tipsters that Apple stores will begin selling the iPad on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. The Examiner added that “People who camp out for the iPad will receive a special gift.”

That would be similar to the launch of the original iPhone, which began selling 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2007. Here's a photo of the line...

Apple is on a hype building mode with its TV commercials expected to air on March 15, but it’s taking it a step further and encouraging users to line up outside its stores nationwide for the iPad and receive a special gift, The Examiner reports. There’s no word on what the special gift may be, but this could add to the already fever pitch excitement around the company’s upcoming mobile device.

An Examiner post now makes similar claims of a March 26th launch date with Apple store employees getting training on the device starting on March 10th. The author also claims that the commercials will begin airing on March 15th. Finally, those who camp out for the iPad will receive a "special gift".

AT&T Network Expansion Due To iPad?

Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, said he doesn’t see the iPad resulting in many new subscriptions for AT&T because consumers will primarily use Wi-Fi with the device.

“My expectation is that there’s not going to be a lot of people out there looking for another subscription,” Stephenson said during an investor conference, adding that the device would be a mainly “Wi-Fi driven product.”

Apple on Jan. 27 introduced two versions of the iPad: One including 3G and the other without. The Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad is set to go on sale late March, and the 3G iPad will debut a month later, according to Apple.

For the 3G version of the iPad, customers will not be required to commit to a contract. Instead, they’ll be required to prepay for a month — $15 for 250MB or $30 for unlimited data.

When the iPad was announced, we also speculated the iPad would be used primarily on Wi-Fi, since you’d mostly be using it in your living room or a coffee shop. The 3G version will likely be the choice for road warriors who plan to use the iPad often on the road.

I’m torn on whether I’ll get a Wi-Fi iPad or a 3G version