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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.

Mi-Stylus works on iPad and iPhone

Posted in iPad accessories,iPhone Accessories by Shane McGlaun on May 13th, 2010

I have had an iPhone for a long time now and there are some days when I still wish I had a stylus for touching small links and keys on the screen. I have used a stylus before that was designed to work on the iPhone, but it was too large for good accuracy.

A new stylus has launched called the Mi-Stylus that has a tip made form a composite that will work on the screen of the iPhone and iPad. The flat tip is great for touching larger icons and buttons while the edge is good for smaller keys.

Forget the iPad, I want a Star Trek PADD

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2010

Ever since Star Trek The Next Generation, we have dreamed of a tablet computer device that could make all of our dreams come true. Whether watching Netflix, or checking on the status of your crew. Sadly, we still don’t have such a device. Sure there’s the iPad, but what about a functioning computer tablet that looks exactly like those sleek handhelds used in Star Trek?

Sadly it doesn’t exist. But this is a pretty close replica of the actual prop used in the series, a resin prop replica of the DS9 PADD. It’s apparently hand-made by the same artists who created the props for the TV series.

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.

AmpliTube iRig for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2010

Portable rocking with your guitar just got easier. IK Multimedia has unveiled the AmpliTube iRig: an easy-to-use instrument interface adapter and guitar/bass tone mobile software. Using the AmpliTube iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and jam anywhere you want.

Just plug the iRig interface into your device, and then plug your instrument into the input jack, plug in your headphones, amp or powered speakers, and download the free AmpliTube app. You’re good to go. Rock out.

Jailbroken iPad hack supports Magic Mouse

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 10th, 2010

I really like my iPad and most of the time I like the fact that it has performance like a netbook but the input features of my iPhone. However, a few times I have wished that I could use a big keyboard and mouse with the thing.

A new hack for jailbroken iPads has surfaced that allows the user to use the Apple Magic Mouse with the iPad via Bluetooth. The only real downside is that the iPad has to be jailbroken and many folks don’t want to do that.

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.

Brando’s Slim Bluetooth Keyboard works with iPad

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

Looking for an alternative keyboard to use with your iPad? Perhaps something a little more portable? Then check out the Slim Bluetooth keyboard from Brando. This keyboard measures 112mm by 61mm by 13mm and weighs just 70g, it also features a built in rechargeable battery than can be charged via USB.

It’s compatible with the Apple iPad and with Symbian S60, Mac OS, Windows Mobile, Window 7 / Vista / XP / 2000, etc. Basically anything that supports Bluetooth. It’s a pretty handy little keyboard.

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.”

iPad in a kitchen cabinet

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

The iPad is a pretty versatile piece of tech. It’s also very portable. That is, if you don’t put it in your kitchen cabinet. Then portability goes out the window. Still, the iPad as the centerpiece of your kitchen makes sense. TUAW reader Alan Daly built his directly into the side of a kitchen cabinet, and we can only imagine all of the recipes he’s cooking up.

His screen displays a virtual aquarium when not in use, and don’t worry, it’s above the point of food splattering all over it. Basically, you just cut a hole and add a pair of wooden strips for support. We aren’t sure how he keeps it charged.

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.

Apple sells 1,000,000 iPads in first month

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

Well, Steve did say that it would be revolutionary, and if you are going by sales alone, the iPad is living up to it’s master’s hype. On Friday, “just 28 days after its introduction,” Apple sold its millionth iPad. Of course, that isn’t all.

1.5 million ebooks have been downloaded to the device, along with 12 million apps. This in less than half the time it took to achieve the milestone with the original iPhone. And demand for the iPad continues to outstrip supply.

Some apps blocked, throttled on 3G iPad

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

Looks like certain iPad apps are dramatically scaling back or even blocking the video altogether when on the 3G-ready iPad, according to some new owners. The YouTube app significantly degrades the quality of video, while ABC’s TV viewer doesn’t allow video at all unless via Wi-Fi. Only a few apps, such as Netflix, appear to work normally.

It was suspected that AT&T had demanded the limits, but an AT&T representative has denied the carrier’s involvement. Apparently the policies are so far self-imposed. ABC is allegedly prevented from streaming over 3G due to rights issues, while YouTube is most likely emulating the same bitrate scaling seen on the iPhone, with the larger screen size magnifying the drops in quality.

Racing game for iPad uses iPhones as controllers

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

With Padracer your gaming console is an iPad as a display and iPhones as controllers. How cool is that? Though if you don’t already own these things, it could get a bit expensive for you. Basically the iPad is the race track and the iPhones are turned into controllers once connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

All you have to do is steer your race cars by turning an iPhone like a steering wheel. The game is just five bucks at the iTunes store.