The Guardian Games Blog is today posing the question, are iPad games too expensive? Apparently some iPad owners have been complaining that the games are a little on the pricey side, so Games Blog asked Gonzague de Vallois, senior vice-president of publishing at Gameloft, to explain a little about the thought process behind iPad game prices (aside from the thought of making lots of money, that is!). He said that as far as Gameloft was concerned, the price of their iPad games is actually very similar to that of their iPhone games, ranging from $6.99 to $9.99, adding that Gameloft were able to keep prices down because the iPad versions were very similar to the iPhone versions in terms of game depth and the number of levels.

The blog also spoke to Chillingo’s head of publishing, Johnny Coghlan, who said that in the end it would be the consumer who would determine the price of iPad apps, as they were the ones with the ultimate choice of what game to buy. Both Coghlan and de Vallois concluded by pledging their support for the iPad, with de Vallois adding that Gameloft are now planning to develop titles specifically for the iPad from the ground up, and Coghlan talking of the device’s “great potential†as a gaming platform.

By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net
[Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk]

SugarSync has today announced that Apple has approved the second version of SugarSync for iPad, which has new capabilities enabling iPad users to access files from remote computers via the cloud, edit them on the iPad, save them locally, and re-sync files back to SugarSync.

The new version is available now for free from the Apple iPad App Store. Here’s Laura Yecies, CEO of SugarSync, talking about the app:
“Out of the box, the iPad is ideal for entertainment, gaming and internet browsing. Now, with SugarSync, the iPad is a truly productive mobile computer – complementary to your laptop, desktop and/or smartphone. Full two-way access to, and editing of, all your cloud-synced files via the Internet is a major development. This is only our first step in our efforts to make your experience entirely seamless, for all of your files to effortlessly sync in the background as you work, no matter what device you’re using. We continue to work with Apple to make this vision a reality.â€

The original SugarSync for iPad app was available at launch two weeks ago, and allowed users to view files and photos from remote computers, share files and folders, and stream music over the Internet. However, users couldn’t directly open files to edit or save them locally, which limited the ability to easily work on the iPad.
The new functionality introduced in the update to the app has been made possible by the new Document Support feature on Apple’s iPhone SDK 3.2, and by SugarSync’s Upload by Email feature.

By Maura Sutton, iPad Forum
To find out more, check out: www.sugarsync.com

Multiple online sources, including the New York Times’ Gadgetwise blog, are reporting that new information has appeared today on the US Apple Online Store, denoting that the three 3G models will ship to customers “By May 7th”, which marks a slight delay from the end-of-April release date that was previously tagged to pre-orders.

The 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model is available for pre-order for $629.00, the 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for $729.00, and the 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for $829.00. Shipping for all models is free.

Customers have a choice of two monthly data plans from AT&T – 250MB or unlimited. You can sign up for a contract-free data plan and change your service directly from your iPad if you so desire. AT&T data plans also include unlimited access to over 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots at locations such as Starbucks and Barnes & Noble.

** Update, for those that pre-ordered the iPad 3G before today, you should still receive it by the end of the month according to recent emails sent out by Apple!

Sprint is trying to persuade iPad owners to adopt its Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot device by offering a smart iPad case, which Sprint is cunningly calling the “4G Case”, for free to anyone purchasing the Overdrive at BestBuy. The case even has a neat little pocket to house the Overdrive next to your iPad, all nice and cosy!

When using the Overdrive, you can connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices at 4G speeds within the 4G coverage area (you can see a list of all 4G cities on the Sprint website). If you’re not in one of the 4G areas, the Overdrive will automatically switch over to Sprint’s 3G network. Wired.com points out that many people are seriously thinking about using the Overdrive with a Wi-Fi iPad instead of getting a 3G iPad when it comes out, with the benefit being that you can use it with other devices as well as the iPad. On the downside, Wired counters, you’ll have to take out a contract with Sprint in order to use the Overdrive, which will actually work out more expensive than pay-as-you-go with the iPad 3G. You pays your money and you takes your choice!

By Maura Sutton, iPad Forum
Thanks for the tip Seadog

According to a report on the Fox News website, the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, has been running the country entirely on his iPad after having been stranded in New York by the cloud of volcanic ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland which is currently causing havoc with air travel across Europe. According to Fox News, Stoltenberg was in the US to attend President Obama’s nuclear summit, and was due to return home to Norway on Thursday, but has so far been unable to do so because of the flight disruptions in Europe. The Prime Minister is of course one of the few lucky Europeans who has actually been able to get his hands on an iPad, and now according to his press office he’s been using it to do Prime Ministerial type stuff, whatever that is. Wonder if he’s been playing Plants vs Zombies as well?

By Maura Sutton, iPad Forum
[Source: www.foxnews.com]

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