I came across a very interesting article on the website of The Daily Toreador, the Texas Tech University newspaper, yesterday, which kind of echoed some thoughts I’d been having of my own. The article offers the theory that one possible surprise demographic that could take to the iPad is the elderly, and more specifically those elderly people who have previously been wary about getting a computer.

The article goes on to mention that The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte, recently discussed the matter with a caller on his syndicated radio show stating that the iPad could well be a surprise hit with the elderly. Obviously there are plenty of extremely tech-savvy elderly people out there, so it’s not them that this applies to. No, I’m thinking of people like my own elderly parents who have been extremely reluctant (to put it mildly, they actually think “dongle†is an offensive word! I’m not kidding) to even attempt to start using computers, but who want to send the odd email to relatives abroad, browse the internet, or even perform simple word-processing tasks. And once they get started, who knows? The world would be their oyster.

My parents get very frustrated that many areas of everyday life, such as booking rail tickets for example, are now done almost entirely over the internet. Of course I’m happy to do all those things for them, but what about those elderly people who don’t have children or relatives with access to a computer who are willing to help them? They are cut off from a massive part of life. I think the majority of them could handle the iPad with ease, and I’m already thinking about talking to my parents about getting one. They’re already fascinated by playing games like Trivial Pursuit on my iPod touch, so I’m sure a larger version of that would be much more appealing to them than a computer. As the Daily Toreador article also concludes, Apple would be...

Apple has set live the first iPad Applications that will be available in the App Store. You now have a little over a day to browse through apps and select which ones to download on launch day. Check out the full listing here! Let us know what apps your going to get.

Thanks for the tip Jcat!
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AppAdvice gives us a good preview of the app selection we can expect on April 3rd, aka launch day. The walk through details over 700 iPad specific apps, now the big question is how many are worth a hoot?

[Source: www.AppAdvice.com]

ThinkGeek has the perfect accessory to fit your retro gaming needs. Combine this classic style arcade mini-cabinet with the iPad and you'll feel like your back in the 1980s. Order today and have it delivered the same day as your iPad. Listed at $149.00, I put this on the must have list!
Enter the iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet! To use the iCade, gently slide the iPad into the docking cradle. The docking cradle uses a standard 30 pin connector to link the iPad to the professional-grade arcade controls. Once the iPad is in place, launch the iCade App (available free in the App Store April 3rd) and it's game on! We didn't want to take any chances you'd run out of juice during your favorite game, so we included a 10w USB power adapter so you can charge the iPad through any electrical outlet. Now you're all set to make an uninterrupted run on the Dig Dug World Record!
For more information or to place your order check out: ThinkGeek :: iCade - iPad Arcade Cabinet

Hulu has been a hot topic since the iPad's unveiling. Currently the website uses a flash based video player that is incompatible with the iPad. A new report from Engadget suggest that Hulu may be working on an iPad app that will be subscription based and require a fee.
My guess is we'll most likely to see something from Hulu by the time the iPad 3G models arrive. What do you think?

[Source: Engadget]
ABC shows off the iPad in their new hit show Modern Family. Check out the video below to see the iPad in action!
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