The Times Online has come up with a very interesting scoop today that should have that analyst who predicted that the iPad will have a slow start in the UK eating his words sooner rather than later. According to The Times, a leaked memo that was circulated among DSGi sales staff revealed confirmation that the DSGi group’s two main high street stores, Currys and PC World, will be stocking the iPad at launch. The Times goes on to say that DSGi is believed to have a 60-day exclusive period for selling the iPad (aside from Apple’s own stores, of course!). However, it mentions another rumour that Best Buy’s Thurrock superstore will also be stocking Apple’s device. The very revealing memo also apparently says that the retailer is expecting the iPad to launch just as strongly in the UK as it has in the US, but stated that it would not be opening its stores early to serve eager iPad fans.

This is overall great news for UK Apple customers, and ensures that the iPad will be sold right in the heart of the High Street in the UK from day one, although it remains to be seen how much stock each Currys and PC World will have considering the current shortages.

By Maura Sutton,
Source: Times Online
[ame=]YouTube - Shrek Forever After- Kids' Book HD App for iPad/iPhone[/ame]

Check out this You Tube video of the new Shrek Forever After iPad kids book, currently available at a bargain introductory price of $1.99. As Mashable reports, the app, which is also available for iPhone and iPod touch, is produced by iStoryTime and DreamWorks and based on the last film in the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After, which is out today. The storyline revolves around Shrek trying to recapture his past glory days as an ogre, during the course of which he is tricked into striking a bargain with Rumplestiltskin, trading a day of his life with her. Consequently he ends up in an alternative universe, one where he’s never met Donkey, Puss in Boots, or Gingy, or saved Fiona.

The book can either be read by the narrator, or by the child themselves or a parent. The app includes character audio from the movie, including Mike Myers as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey, automatic or manual page turning, and highlighted text to help young readers make associations between the words that they hear and the words that they see.

By Maura Sutton,
Source: Mashable
[ame=""]YouTube - 30 Second iPad Stand[/ame]

If you've spent all your hard earned money on the iPad and have nothing left for accessories, don't sweat it! Here's a video to show you how to make a custom iPad stand out of a metal hanger. So invade your closet, find a metal hanger, a couple bends and twists and Voila! For those members that give this a shot, let us know how it turns out!

The wait is almost over! AppleInsider reports today that Apple has unlocked its European and Australian iPad App Stores and iBook Stores and has also started shipping some pre-orders one week ahead of the release date, exactly as it did prior to the US launch. It doesn’t mean that the iPads will arrive before the 28th, as most customers in America found that their shipped iPads were held up in the system prior to the actual launch date.

Unlike the US launch, both 3G and Wi-Fi iPads will be available for purchase on May 28th, provided there are any stocks left, of course!

AppleInsider notes that Apple has also started stocking the international iBooks Stores with free foreign-language books in the public domain courtesy of the Project Gutenberg library. These are the same titles that have been available in the US iBooks Store since launch.

By Maura Sutton,
Source: Apple Insider

If you’re a baseball fan planning on going to Yankee Stadium anytime soon, and you also happened to be joined at the hip to your iPad, be warned that you and your beloved Apple device will not be allowed inside the stadium together. A report on CenterNetworks today outlines how the iPad joins laptops and video equipment as devices banned from the New York stadium.

The story is based on the account of a woman who posted on IGN’s Mac boards about how she was turned away at the gates because she had an iPad with her, although she eventually managed to sneak in with it under her jacket. The woman said that she is always allowed to take her iPad into the Red Sox games at Fenway Park, and pointed out that it seems strange to ban devices such as iPads and laptops when the stadium provides free Wi-Fi! And, as the CenterNetworks post points out, it’s not a very forward-thinking decision by the MLB - surely they can see the potential of being able to use a live scores and chat app during the game. As CenterNetworks says, if it works for NASCAR, why not baseball?

By Maura Sutton,
Source: CenterNetworks

iPad owners who are also NEC LaVie or Fujitsu LOOX netbook users might be interested in PLX Technology’s USB Duet system, which is a combination of PLX-engineered hardware and application software designed directly into OEM’s new netbook and notebook computers. USB Duet enables Windows-based computers to share content and functionality with the iPad, or other PCs, simply by attaching a standard USB cable, without the need for special drivers or set up. PLX says that common usages of USB Duet-enabled PCs include sharing an optical disk drive to load multimedia or software, file sharing, storage and backup, all of which is much faster than engaging the cloud.

“Leading OEMs in Japan, including Fujitsu and NEC, already are delivering USB Duet-enabled netbooks and notebooks to customers and PLX is working closely with other global mobile computing designers today to utilize this powerful connectivity technology,†said David Raun, vice president of marketing and business development at PLX. “Our vision is for USB Duet to become the gold standard mobile connectivity solution for the entire computing market.â€

Pity it’s so limited for now to just a couple of computers. Check out the video after the jump!

By Maura Sutton,
Source: PLX Technology

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