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iBooks now supports PDF files

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

With the success of the iPad, Apple has announced some updates for its iBook app at WWDC. The changes are fairly practIcal and useful ones. Things that make life just a tad easier with books.

Like the ability to make notes in your book, there’s a new bookmark ribbon, a page to display your notes and bookmarks, and yes, PDF support. Those additions should help steer even more people to the iPad who are looking for an eBook reader, but are undecided.

PhotoFast makes iPad compatible with a Microsoft webcam

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

There may still be an integrated camera coming for the iPad, but until then, one company has your back. PhotoFast has an early prototype that is basically just a Microsoft LifeCam in the dock port, but when it releases later this year, it will be a fully custom two megapixel webcam that manages VGA video and will apparently be compatible with some IM apps.

PhotoFast is also hard at work on an iPad TV tuner and a dock that reads flash memory. Those will also be available for the iPhone/iPod when it is released.

Japanese docs use iPad during surgery

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 4th, 2010

I like my iPad and I have taken it with me many places for reading and playing games when I get bored. Lots of folks are finding that the iPad is good for a great many things, including a group of surgeons in Japan.

These docs used the iPad during surgery apparently to view images to help during the procedure. The iPad was held by an assistant during the surgury. I imagine it went something like this — scalpel, suction, iPad, landscape please.

Mayor Bloomberg replaces index cards with an iPad

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

No matter what you think of Apple, you have to agree that the iPad, just like the iPhone is changing the world. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg used his iPad for a speech instead of using index cards. Earlier that day he even showed it off in Staten Island declaring that it may replace his daily briefing book, itineraries, and other notes.

Pretty high praise indeed. It might not have been the best venue to show off his new toy though, as he was there speaking about the city’s struggling economy and facing questions from taxpayers. He loves the device. The mayor says that he even uses it to relax with a virtual Koi pond.

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.

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.

Lots of netbook shoppers chose iPad instead

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

The iPad is a very interesting gadget, despite that it is expensive. The device is capable of replacing a netbook for most users and could perhaps even replace a notebook for some. A new survey has shown that a significant amount of people looking for a netbook ended up with the iPad.

The survey was conducted on behalf of retrevo and pooled over a 100 users of different ages, races, and incomes. The survey found that 40% of the pole in the market for a netbook bought a netbook without waiting for the iPad after it was announced.

Elgato’s EyeTV HD records live TV for your iPhone and iPad

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

Elgato has just updated their software to include what they claim will be the world’s first fully-functional HD DVR for all of Apple’s devices. The function called EyeTV HD is designed to record live TV in HD. It will be compatible with your iPhone or iPad as well.

The EyeTV HD just goes into your Mac and your set top box and the video can then be streamed to your iPhone or iPad. It will cost you $200 and includes the HD recorder hardware and software, a remote control and IR channel changer, USB cable, component video cables, stereo audio cables, and a switcher for composite and S-Video input.

iLuv debuts new speakers for iPad, Mac and PC

Posted in iLuv by Shane McGlaun on May 25th, 2010

I have wished on more than one occasion that my iPad had more volume and better sound for its onboard speaker. That’s not possible though and if you want better sound from your iPad too; we will need to look to the aftermarket for speakers that work with the iPad.

iLuv has announced a new line of speakers that with the iPad and Mac or PC computers. The new speakers include the iSP130 Mini Clip speaker, the iSP150 Portable Speaker Bar, and the iSP170 Cube Speakers. The 130 speaker is designed to clip onto the screen of any laptop and get power from the USB port.

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 eReader Recliner

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

You like to kick back in your recliner, so chances are that your iPad probably likes it too. Lapworks has introduced the iPad Recliner so that your iPad can take it easy. You can rest your iPad on it and adjust the viewing angle so that it sits just right.

The iPad Recliner can elevate the iPad to almost 9-inches which is convenient while reading or watching a movie. The $35 recliner also supports other tablets and eBook readers as well.

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.

Comcast creates awesome iPad app

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

Here’s Comcast CEO Brian Roberts demonstrating Xfinity Remote, a super nice iPad application that lets you control your cable box. It takes the set-top box interface and turns it into an easy-to-use iPad app that features an interface with a keyboard.

TiVo really should have done something like this. You can change channels, program recordings, search the schedule and select a pay-per-view program, all on the browser-based iPad app. Awesome.