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iPad to get app for watching MediaFLO programs

Posted in iPad by Shane McGlaun on June 3rd, 2010

Qualcomm has been the company behind MediaFlow, which is the company behind the streaming TV services here in the US since the launch on Verizon and AT&T. Qualcomm’s chairman has been talking up the future of MediaFLO on other devices and the firm has its sights set on the iPad.

Qualcomm has said that MediaFLO programming will be coming to the iPad via a hardware and software combination. The combo will be an app for viewing programming on the iPad with a hardware device for shooting that programming out over WiFi.

iPad on Verizon?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

The folks over at BGR claim that Verizon Wireless is currently testing the iPad’s compatibility with their CDMA network, along with a 4G model. An iPad on Verizon? That would make many of us happy.

The news comes on the heels of AT&T’s new pricing model, which is not good for data-heavy iPad owners. You might remember that AT&T had a five-year exclusivity agreement for the iPhone. There’s no indication that a similar deal was reached at the iPad’s launch, so this is very possible.

Waterwear saves your iPad from certain death

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

The iPad is versatile, sure. But it still isn’t safe when working in the kitchen or reading in the tub. TuneWear of Japan has unveiled its latest waterproof case for the iPad, which allows you to take a shower while answering email or read a blog while in the pool.

This transparent case will not affect your iPad’s touchscreen display. An adjustable strap is also included so you don’t lose it in the water. Only $38.

iPad sales reach 2M units

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Apple has seen fit to release an update on its iPad sales numbers and they now top 2 million units in as many months. The device is now selling worldwide, which obviously helps to bolster the numbers. The supply is still a bit limited. As of last week, there was a one week delay on the iPad 3G.

Steve Jobs assures everyone that their patience will soon be rewarded as they are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone. To date, 5000 iPad apps have hit the app store.

NYC restaurant takes orders on iPads

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

If you want to eat at a fancy high-tech restaurant, here’s something new. Very soon, New York’s midtown will have a restaurant that features a 240-square-foot screen, showing tweets and Foursquare check-ins. Customers can also customize their orders, add them to the 4Food.com social networking site, and if other people order their creations then they’ll be paid 25 cents for every order. Sounds pretty sweet.

That money can be saved up and redeemed on future purchases. The renders make the restaurant look like a new version of the Apple store, so it’s appropriate that orders are taken online on iPads, or with actual human beings.

NBC, Time Warner are sticking with Flash

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

Apparently, everybody isn’t ready to throw Flash under the bus just because Steve Jobs doesn’t like it. Time Warner and NBC have just told Apple that they will stick with flash for their online video players, thank you very much.

The New York Post says, “several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal” told Apple they aren’t converting their video libraries to HTML5. Doing that would be too expensive an undertaking and not worth it, since Flash works on basically everything but Apple’s devices. Makes sense to us.

Velcro makes the iPad even more versatile

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2010

This is the kind of forehead slappin duh innovation that we love to see around here. It’s so simple, we wish we had thought of it. When you attach velcro to your shiny new iPad, it turns Apple’s portable tablet into a wall-mountable hands-free display, but that’s not all.

With velcro there are probably hundreds of new ways to use the iPad. How about as a GPS unit mounted on your motorcycle’s gas tank? Risky for your iPad, but it works. Jesse Rosten demonstrates some interesting uses of velcro in the below video.

Apple selling more iPads than Macs

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

There’s no question that Apple is selling tons of iPads. To the tune of more than 200,000 iPads per week. According to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, sales of the device have outpaced those of the Mac in the United States and are now closing in on those of the iPhone 3GS.

200,000 iPads compared to 110,000 Macs. The iPhone does 246,000 per week. These are just analyst estimates, but they are probably in the ballpark. If accurate, this is a heck of a milestone for Apple.

iPad Supreme Edition

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2010

So, you have a small fortune burning a hole in your pocket. Why buy a perfectly good iPad, when you can get a fugly and tacky version of the device?

Well, thank Stuart and Katherine Hughes who created this 22ct “solid gold” iPad Supreme Edition decked out in 53 gems. Here is your new purchase. Only £129,995 (or about $190k). It still lacks flash and as a bonus will get you mugged the second you use it in public.

Walmart planning to offer the iPad this year

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

Apple iPad will not tether to iPhoneAttention Walmart shoppers, you might see the iPad hitting Walmart stores near you sometime soon. Senior vice president of entertainment for Walmart’s US stores has confirmed that they’re planning to carry the iPad later this year.

U.S. distribution is currently limited to Apple’s online and retail stores and Best Buy locations offering the Apple “store-within-a-store” concept. We’ll have to see how this works out as Apple is busy trying to keep up with customer demand for the iPad.

93-page report slams iPad user interface

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2010

Well, some one is cranky. That would be Danish doctor Jakob Nielsen, called “the guru of Web page usability” by The New York Times. He has some things to say about the iPad. Specifically the iPad’s user interface. 93 pages worth of something to say. Here’s a summary so you don’t have to read it all:

iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures. An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.

Nielsen says that the iPad doesn’t benefit from its iPhone UI, and that the features it shares with the iPhone don’t work as well on the big screen. It all boils down to “a usability problem we haven’t seen since the mid-1990s: Users don’t know where they can …

iPad Wi-Fi issues to be addressed in Software Update

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2010

Apple has updated a support document detailing current solutions to Wi-Fi connectivity issues surrounding the iPad. The new support document details a few possible workarounds and states that the company “will also address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update.”

The workarounds include: Updating Wi-Fi router firmware, Using WPA or WPA2 wireless security, Adjusting screen brightness and Renewing the IP address.

ClamCase turns your iPad into a laptop, won’t bring back Flash

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2010

The ClamCase concept is an “all-in-one keyboard, case and stand for the iPad,”. Yep, it turns your iPad into an almost decent-looking pretend laptop. Better looking than the Lap-Dock anyway.

The keyboard connects to your iPad via Bluetooth and you’ll be able to blend in with all of the other laptop users. But two things will give you away: you tapping the screen and your lack of Flash. Supposedly the ClamCase will be on sale in the fall of this year.

First hotel to offer iPads in rooms for $3,000 a night

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2010

The Brits are still waiting for the iPad, so they may want to consider booking a night at the Berkeley hotel in London, which is offering an iPad for guests staying in their suites. The catch? The cost is £2,000 a night.

The Berkeley is an exclusive hotel in Knightsbridge, and they brag that as “the official UK launch of the iPad [is] still not upon us, you can be sure that our guests will be amongst the first to experience the delights of this new innovation.”

iRobot iPad clone

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2010

The M003 Apad, a.k.a. iRobot, is a 7-inch, Android-OS iPad clone that costs $199.99 and is now available for shipping. The Apad supports Google Maps, HD video support and even has an integrated integrated webcam. There’s also 2GB of built-in storage though SD cards are supported.

Something tells me that this device won’t sell over a million in it’s first month, though many would buy this one just to get an iPad alternative.