Sep 15, 2010 - 5:26 PM - by Maura
CNET has been rooting around in the newly released iOS 4.2 beta and has discovered that the screen orientation lock slider on the right side of the iPad is now a mute button. This would put the iPad in line with all versions of the iPhone. CNET also gives us a misty-eyed look back at the brief history of the screen orientation lock slider's short life. It started out as a volume toggle, then became the screen orientation lock slider that we know and love (or pretty much ignore, in my case!) today, before possibly going on to new heights as a mute button, if the iOS 4.2 beta is anything to go by. However, as CNET points out, it's highly possible that not all the changes made in this first beta will actually be in the final release. CNET also reveals that in the beta, users now have to pull up the new multitasking bar, and swipe left in order to access the screen orientation lock. And it seems that the beta iOS 4.2 also features an iBooks-style brightness slider, which can be used without having to exit the app you're currently using.
Sep 15, 2010 - 4:48 PM - by Maura
The San Jose Mercury News reports today that Apple is about to launch its own newspaper subscription plan for the iPad. The paper says that Apple will be offering an opt-in function for subscribers that will enable Apple to share subscribers' personal information with news organisations which they can then use to attract advertisers.
Although Apple gave its usual firm "no comment" on the story, the Mercury News says that Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo., told them that Apple will most likely get a 30 percent piece of all subscriptions sold via the App Store, and maybe even as much as 40 percent of advertising revenue generated by the apps.
"Obviously, Steve Jobs sees this as a significant revenue stream for Apple in the future," Fidler told the Mercury News.
No word as yet on how the subs will be priced, let's hope they'll be cheaper than some of the very pricey newspaper packages on the App Store at present.
Source: AppleInsider, San Jose Mercury News
Sep 15, 2010 - 3:51 PM - by Maura
Apple announced today that it has released the first beta version of iOS 4.2 with AirPrint, which is what it's calling its wireless printing feature for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The beta has only been made available to members of the iOS development program. AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and is then able to print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. Apple says that HP's ePrint-enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
Sep 15, 2010 - 2:31 PM - by Maura
Rounsa Cases is a company that makes some really unusual, one-of-a-kind fabric iPad cases, and has a really interesting story to tell as well, about turning lemons into lemonade. Eileen Rounsaville and her son, Brett, were forced to close their 27-year-old family upholstery business as a result of the economic climate, but they turned their loss into a new business, making handmade, self-designed iPad cases with rescued materials from their previous upholstery business, and selling them over the web, at their own site, www.rounsa.com.
Prior to hitting on the idea of designing and manufacturing iPad cases, the Rounsaville's family and friends helped them to pack thousands of fabrics into a truck. Eileen says that she didn't know what she was going to do with them, but she did know that she didn't want to throw them away.
Over dinner that evening, Eileen and Brett created the first prototype for their "Rounsa Case" out of three Chinese food placemats and two straw wrappers, and a new company was born, selling iPad cases. Not only do the cases look cool, they also fold back to act as stands. The cases are thin padded pouches with a flexible plastic core for protection, and lock into place as a stand after removing the iPad. Every week new Rounsea Case designs debut on the site, complete with names such as "Joe", "Millie" and "Earl", and their own personality and back story, would you believe?! Check out the site, it's a lot of fun, and will appeal to iPad owners!
"There were just so many fabrics that I had held on to for years because they were so cool. I didn't want to have to throw them away. It would be such a waste."
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve6YXMuf2s4]YouTube - Speck SeeThru & SeeThru Satin iPad Case Review - iPhone Vlog 107[/ame]
Another iPad case coming from Speck, this time with a bit of a different design. This case has a great grip on the back that will also allow you to lay your iPad flat on the table. This case is great for people who use their iPads in the office or at school and need to put their device down for a bit. It provides a good amount of protection, but the iPad is made of a lot of glass, you would need some airbags for this thing not to break from a fall. The case can be purchased below for $50.
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SeeThru SATIN for iPad - Black - iPad Cases - Speck Products
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBxApv2p9A0]YouTube - Speck CandyShell iPad Case Review - iPhone Vlog 106[/ame]
The famous Candyshell makes it way onto the iPad at a price of $50. The Candyshell, by Speck, is an iPad case that goes well with its other iDevice brothers. The sleek design makes you want to actually chew on your iPad, please don't. Only problem I really have with this case, is that it makes your iPad a little heavy which kicks off the balance a little bit, but it is still a great case.
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CandyShell for iPad - GoGo White - iPad Cases - Speck Products
Sep 14, 2010 - 5:58 PM - by Maura
Mobile Entertainment has a story today about Yahoo's by-all-accounts excellent new sports app for the iPad called Yahoo! Sportacular HD. The app has been developed by Yahoo following on from its acquisition of US social sports company Citizen Sports, and is available to download for free here.
The app enables the sports fan to follow live games and stats, check scores and game times with just one tap, track games in real-time with play-by-play action, and find out when the match you want to watch will be on TV. Leagues and sports available include all the ones that you'd expect, including MLB, NFL, and NCAA Football.
Of course with it being a big sporting time of year in the US, with football starting this week, there are several other sports apps around, including ones from CBS and the NFL itself, according to Mobile Entertainment, but this looks like a pretty good one and is already getting mainly positive reviews in the App Store. Plus, it's got a cool name!
Source: Mobile Entertainment, iTunes
Sep 14, 2010 - 5:28 PM - by Maura
Hot on the heels of yesterday's strong rumour (and now even stronger, following on from this news!) that Target will be stocking the iPad in time for the holiday season, Best Buy has announced today that it will expand availability of the Apple iPad with Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi +3G models, to all 1,093 US stores from September 26th. The press release announcing the move made a point of mentioning that Best Buy is a "preferred channel partner" for the iPad. Here's what Wendy Fritz, senior vice president of computing at Best Buy, had to say about the announcement:
Source: Best Buy
"Technology is becoming more and more personal, and our customers say they really value visiting a Best Buy store to touch and try the iPad for themselves. We're delighted that we'll soon make that opportunity available to everyone who'd like to come see us, and experience this device in any Best Buy store nationwide."
Sep 13, 2010 - 5:13 PM - by Maura
Engadget has received some insider information from a mysterious "tipster" that might point to the fact that retail giant Target could start selling the iPad this holiday season. And Engadget's evidence for this theory? Well, the tipster has seen a list featuring a mystery product that has six different versions, that is due to go on sale on October 3. Engadget also has several photos of a Target PDA that shows that the item numbers of said six different versions of the mystery product have prices that exactly match those of the six different iPad versions. And, it's also listed that the item will be stocked in the Digital Audio section, which is where e-readers such as the Kindle are sold, as well as iPods. All sounds very convincing, and Target stocking iPads sounds like a very wise move, both for Target and for Apple! Engadget says that they're keeping an eye on the story and will report back if any more evidence is unearthed.
Sep 13, 2010 - 4:39 PM - by Maura
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGmRKSds9OY]YouTube - New Kindle Pool Ad[/ame]
Amazon has come up with an advert that was just shown on Good Morning America today, according to CrunchGear, featuring a poor hapless iPad owner sitting next to a bikini-clad Kindle owner. The iPad owner can't read his screen because of the glare and all, but the Kindle owner, she's just so smug because she's able to read in direct sunlight, and, her Kindle only cost her $139. Take that, iPad user!
It's a fun little ad, and they do have a slight point I suppose, but then the iPad user can solve the problem easily enough by slapping on an anti-glare screen protector, or using a folio case to shield the iPad from the sun, whereas the Kindle owner might have a harder time sending email, browsing the web, playing games and using software such as Pages on her Kindle! Maybe they should have had a third person there reading an actual book saying "this only cost me $10! I win!"
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