Jun 30, 2010 - 6:27 AM - by Maura
Something for the business and finance-savvy iPad owners out there - Forbes has launched a brand new iPad app, "Investment Guide Plus", which will give iPad users access to Forbes' Investment Guides. The IG+ APP, which is available for free, includes signature feature stories from Forbes' 2010 Investment Guide, video interviews with financial planning and investment experts, Forbes Daily personal finance update, plus lots of other contents categories, including Strategies, Estate Planning and Stocks and Bonds.
The app is designed to give you new ideas everyday to help you make decisions about how to take care of your family financially, think creatively about career options, minimize the cost of investing and taxes, and allocate assets smartly, among other things.
"We're very pleased to offer iPad users an application that incorporates core Forbes coverage, multimedia and ongoing updates to enhance their personal finance knowledge, and make them smarter when it comes to making key financial and investment decisions."
Nina La France, Forbes vice president, consumer marketing.
Jun 29, 2010 - 7:31 PM - by Maura
Hulu has launched its long-awaited HD premium subscription service today for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (provided they're running iOS 4), among other devices. The service will cost $9.99 a month, and if you go to Hulu's website you can sign up for what they're calling a "free preview invite". You can also get cracking straight away viewing streaming content by downloading the free Hulu Plus App from the US iTunes App Store, which even has some free episodes of popular TV shows to download.
Among other things, the service will give you the chance to sign up for a show "Season Ticket" so that you never miss an episode of favourite shows such as Glee, The Office, House and Family Guy, and you can also catch up on every episode from every season of classic shows such as Buffy, the X-Files and Ally McBeal.
Source: Hulu, Cnet
Is the iPad the perfect home automation device? Granted, dedicated devices exist that will give the iPad a run for it's money, but the build quality and great screen of the iPad combined with the multi-touch makes it a great fit for home automation.
Alan Graham from BoingBoing.net seems to think so and is the first person I know using it for that purpose. Be sure to click the link for the full article on what he's been up to:
Wired has been one of those magazines (both newsstand and online) that I really pay attention to. They don't just do fluff pieces, they can be both negative and positive depending on what the situation warrants. When they speak, I listen.
That's why I am really stoked to see a sort of Top 10 list from them... though they don't call it that. Instead, they call it the "10 Stellar iPad apps that will blow you away" - fair enough.
Either way I'm guessing you'll want to check them out as well, and you can do so by following this link: 10 Stellar iPad Apps That Will Blow You Away | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
I'll bust down the entire list for you though so you can have a quick guess as to what your in for.
- Craigslist Pro
- Comic Zeal Comic Reader
- iCab Mobile
- LogMeIn Ignition
- Air Display
- The Guardian Eyewitness
Jun 28, 2010 - 11:18 AM - by Maura
Business Insider reports today that the Wall Street Journal's free iPad app has so far earned it $2.4 million. The information was gleaned from an internal memo sent to Dow Jones employees by Brian Quinn, vice president and general manager of Digital Ad Sales. According to Business Insider, The WSJ at launch charged six advertisers $400,000 each for packages that included two ad pages in the WSJ print edition and $100,000 in online ads.
Other interesting titbits revealed in the memo include Quinn's view that the fact that the iPad doesn't use Flash is not really that important, and that no one seemed to miss it or be bothered that it wasn't there.
The memo even has a bit of a dig at the New York Times, saying that it "didn't take advantage of the early opportunity of the iPad and ads."
Quinn also outlines the WSJ's intention to increase its advertisers from six to ten in the fall, and says that he expects ad profits from the iPad app to continue on an ever upward trend.
Jun 28, 2010 - 10:23 AM - by Maura
UK-based insurance firm Torus has today laid claim to being the first company in the UK to hold entirely paperless board meetings following a trial using iPads.
At a board meeting in Bermuda last week, the company's directors left their four-inch thick paper board packs behind and instead used iPads to review documents and work with materials during the board sessions. Prior to switching over to the iPad, Torus was typically printing 1,600 pages for each pack and couriering the material to directors based in Bermuda, Jersey City and London.
Torus says that the savings in printing and courier charges meant that the iPads paid for themselves after just one meeting.
"Our iPads also enable the board to view board pack modules as and when they're written in advance of each meeting. Once the pack is complete, we then receive it as an iBook. It is a compelling way to work - at our last board meeting everyone was engaged with the business in hand."
Tim Fillingham, chief operating officer for the UK and chief marketing officer at Torus.
Jun 28, 2010 - 9:49 AM - by Maura
Amazon today announced a new update to its Kindle reader app for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch, enabling Kindle e-books to be embedded with video and audio clips. The first books to take advantage of this new technology, including "Rick Steves’ London" by Rick Steves and "Together We Cannot Fail" by Terry Golway, are available in the Kindle Store at Amazon.com: Kindle Editions with Audio-Video.
In the new Kindle audio/video edition of Rick Steves’ London, for example, the embedded walking tours enable customers to listen to Rick as they explore the sights of London.
“We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch. Readers will already find some Kindle Editions with audio/video clips in the Kindle Store today - from 'Rose’s Heavenly Cakes' with video tips on preparing the perfect cake to 'Bird Songs' with audio clips that relate the songs and calls to the birds’ appearances. This is just the beginning - we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.”
Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle.
Jun 26, 2010 - 9:59 AM - by Maura
The iPad is already enough of a droolworthy object of desire as it is, but now iPhone blinger CAZE has gone one sparkly step further by releasing its first crystalline product for the iPad, the Swarovski Apple logo. Each crystalline logo is composed of more than 150 genuine Swarovski crystals, and is available in six different flashed colours - Clear (don't quite see the point of that one,but anyway...), Pink, Blue, Gold, Purple and Light Purple. The product is hand-crafted by skilled artisans, and quite possibly unicorns. As it's a handmade product, CAZE says that it can create different-coloured logos on request, and the logo is also available for the iPhone and MacBook.
And just in case you're not fully up to speed on the world of crystals, Swarovski is considered to be one of the finest manufacturers of superior crystals, so that's some serious bling we're talking about there, even if it will set you back $59.90. The generous folks at CAZE will also throw in a clear protector film for your logo, and five extra crystal beads to replace any that fall out.
Jun 26, 2010 - 7:11 AM - by Maura
Engadget reports that Malaysia Airlines is now using self check-in kiosks with iPads installed. So far it only has five kiosks set up at its Kuala Lumpur sales office, but doubtless that number will grow if it proves to be a popular service. Swiss transport communications and IT solutions company SITA Lab has supplied Malaysia Airlines with an adapted form of its MHmobile iPhone app to enable them to use the iPad in the kiosks.
Of course, this is not the first time a touch screen kiosk has been used in such a way, but it is the first time that iPads have been used in such a way by an airline.
Possibly the best thing about this whole story, is the comment on the You Tube page from one of the anti-Apple brigade who says he will now purposely not travel on Malaysia Airlines because they’re using the iPad!
Jun 25, 2010 - 7:42 PM - by Maura
The iPad may be a slim, slight object, but it certainly manages to make a big noise for itself around the world. Now it’s been causing trouble in the German Bundestag, or parliament. Free Democrats Backbencher Jimmy Schulz kicked off the furore when he took his iPad to the stage to give a speech. Everything was going well until the iPad unexpectedly crashed in the middle of Schulz’s speech. This immediately alerted the assembled throng to the fact that he was using a digital device, which is not allowed in the Bundestag.
Apparently those on the more traditional side of things are saying that to use such new fangled things as the iPad takes away from the dignity of parliament. Jimmy Schulz countered by blowing the whistle big time on German Chancellor Merkel, saying that she and her cabinet colleagues can often be seen discreetly using their BlackBerrys during a debate.
“Even if it’s not allowed, most of us are doing it,” Schulz told Deutsche Welle. “And I was just the first one to use, well, a more appropriate media for that; a larger tool where you can read the things, and reply to emails better than what you can do with your smartphone.”
Schulz also confessed that he’d only just purchased his iPad a couple of hours before he made his speech, and therefore didn’t really know how to use it.
The German Parliamentary Rules Committee is now debating whether or not to lift the ban on digital devices, so it could be Jimmy Schulz will soon be able to proudly wave his iPad around in public!
Source: Deutsche Welle
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