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Apple retail stores are offering a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad in store. This free service will include configuring the iPad’s email, loading apps from the App Store, and much more. Also, from Saturday morning onwards, all US Apple Stores will be offering customers in-store iPad workshops to help them get the most out of the iPad’s many features, such as watching HD videos, playing games and browsing the web. I’m assuming that these workshops are free, as all Apple retail store workshops usually are. Here’s what Apple CEO Steve Jobs had to say about the launch in a statement issued by Apple:
“iPad connects users with their apps and contents in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before. We can’t wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend.â€
Nor can we Steve, nor can we!

By Maura Sutton
www.iPadForums.net
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The fact that the iPad is going to be a massive game changer in so many different areas is not even up for dispute anymore, if indeed it ever was, and the effects are already being felt on the internet even before the iPad is released, according to Wired’s Epicenter blog. Epicenter says that the fact that the iPad doesn’t use Flash, and therefore internet sites that use Flash won’t work properly on it, has prompted site developers to launch iPad-compatible web sites that use HTML5 rather than Flash. Epicenter says that such heavy-hitters as the NYT, WSJ and NPR are all launching iPad-friendly sites sans Flash, with pages optimized for reading on the iPad’s screen. All three newspapers have also devised their own iPad apps.

Epicenter concludes by saying that the iPad’s larger screen size ensures that it will have an even greater impact on the internet that the iPhone did, simply because developers don’t have to worry about trying to fit everything onto the iPhone’s smaller screen and can therefore concentrate on building a full site with Flash-less video, rather than just an app.

By Maura Sutton
[Source: Wired.com]
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According to a blog post on Zatznotfunny.com, they were able to get Sling to sing a few details about the new iPad version of the popular Sling Player.
[Source: Zatznotfunny.com]
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When I see a licensing agreement come up, I'm normally just looking for the "next" or "I Agree" to continue on my happy way. Well, thankfully all of us are not that way. Macrumors has dug into the iPad software licensing and found something that has sparked the interest of many. According to the documentation, it appears that the next major software update for the iPad will be free but future versions will come with a price tag.
Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.

While iPhone users have enjoyed major software upgrades for free, this hasn't been the case for iPod Touch users. Let us know your thoughts!

[Source: MacRumors.com]
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Apple has released the iPhone SDK v3.2 Gold Master seed of iPhone 3.2 SDK for iPad. For more information visit:developer.apple.com

  • iPhone SDK 3.2 GM Seed is now available. Starting today, all iPad apps submitted must be built using this release.
  • All members of the iPhone Developer Program can submit their iPad apps to iTunes Connect for review and approval. If you did not submit your app during the initial review period, but upload it by March 31, it will be reviewed but may not make the grand opening of the iPad App Store.
  • Make sure you read the iPhone SDK GM Seed Release Notes before installing and developing with this release.
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Apple has posted a few iTune tips that will help you understand how to share your iTune libraries effectively between systems.

Sharing libraries via streaming:

You can enable it on the Sharing tab in the Preferences panel, which will allow your computer to look for the libraries others are sharing and let you choose whether to share your whole library or just selected items and playlists. When Sharing is turned on, shared libraries on your local network appear in the Shared section of the iTunes window’s left-hand column. You can play the content that appears there as if it were on your own computer.

Home Sharing:

lets the users of up to five computers on a home network copy over music or any other item they’d like to have in their own library. Then they can then enjoy it even if your computer is no longer on the network, and they can sync it to their own devices. To turn it on, use Turn On Home Sharing in the Advanced menu on each of the computers, and use the same active iTunes account to activate each one. Copying is then a simple matter of dragging from a shared library and dropping into your own.


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