Archive for April, 2010

April 30th, 2010 at 10:21 AM EST | by inu846W

Today is the big day for a lot of people. Three months after the initial announcement of the iPad and a few weeks after the WiFi only model went on sale, today is the day you can finally purchase the iPad 3G model. Though the price of this model is about $130 more than the WiFi version, there are no contracts required for 3G service. Users can easily switch between both 3G plans, $15 per month for up to 250MB of data, or $30 per month for unlimted data usage. Below are some related articles:

U.S. Apple Retail Stores to Close From 4-5 PM Tomorrow in Advance of iPad 3G Launch

Apple begins shipping iPad 3G preorders before Friday’s launch

Apple Retail stores closed between 4-5PM due to iPad 3G launch

iPad ‘Spirit’ Jailbreak will ship when 3G iPad goes wild

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April 27th, 2010 at 9:21 PM EST | by inu846W

I fell in love with racing games thanks to Ridge Racer for the original Sony Playstation. I played the whole franchise, beat every track and learned the intricacies of every car. Even today I’ll pull out the Playstation Portable for a run around Ridge City. Could another racer grab me the way RR had?

Thanks to Firemint, the answer is yes. Real Racing HD (RRHD) looks great, sounds great, features well-conceived depth of play, effective use of the accelerometer, customization and more. In fact, it’s one of the apps I use to show off the iPad.

When the game is first launched, you’re presented with a cinematic* and then the welcome screen. Before you go tapping around, take a moment to enjoy it. The camera gently sways back and forth. Your current car can be seen in a bay (more on that later). Light plays across the car in the foreground.

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April 26th, 2010 at 5:15 PM EST | by inu846W

Estimates: Nook demand beats Kindle, iPad outsells bothAccording to DigiTimes, the demand for Nooks exceeded that of the Kindle in March. Meanwhile, the iPad has probably outsold them both.

Mingchi Kuo, a senior analyst at Digitimes, noted that e-book reader manufacturers shipped more units of the Nook to Barnes & Noble than Kindles to Amazon last month. Kuo suggested that the Nook accounted for 53% of e-book readers shipped to US vendors in March, 2010.

Of course, the number of units shipped doesn’t necessarily represent the number of units sold. Barnes & Noble sells Nooks at their retail stores and some university bookstores, so those stocks must be maintained. Amazon has only sold Kindles online until last weekend (they just started showing up at Target stores on Sunday).

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April 26th, 2010 at 5:10 PM EST | by inu846W

Princeton, Cornell, George Washington University and the iPadThere have been several stories published recently, both on the web and in print, about ivy league schools banning iPads. Fortunately for students, they aren’t true. Philip Elmer-DeWitt points out an article by Steve Wildstrom that explains what happened.

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April 26th, 2010 at 5:06 PM EST | by inu846W

PC malware targeting iTunes, iPad usersHere’s a cute trick. Some PC owners are getting emails alerting them to a new version of iTunes that has been updated "…for best iPad performance, newer features and security."

The email provides a link, asking recipients to download a "new" version of iTunes. You see where this is going, of course. Those who follow through actually download a counterfeit version of iTunes which contains malicious code that opens up a backdoor allowing unauthorized access to a PC.

According to security software firm BitDefender, the code, called Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of the various software installed on the affected computer. It also logs the victim’s ICQ, Messenger and POP3 mail account password plus protected storage login.

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April 26th, 2010 at 10:06 AM EST | by inu846W

Stream audio and video to an iPadWhile the iPad is a great device for listening to music or watching movies and TV shows, one feature that it’s missing is the ability to stream music and video to it from an iTunes library on your computer.

With Apple’s AirTunes feature, you can stream music from one library to certain devices, and you can also share an iTunes library on your local network to be able to listen to music or play video from it.

But Apple left this functionality out of the iPad, treating it more like a mobile device than the replacement for a laptop that it will become in many homes. Given that the iPad doesn’t have a great deal of capacity—especially in the 16GB entry-level models—the ability to stream could come in handy. You may want to stream music to listen to while you’re reading a book, without having to worry exactly what music you last added from your plentiful iTunes library to the iPad. Or you may want to watch a movie stored on your Mac. As the saying goes, there’s an app for that—more than one, actually, although they’re far from perfect.

For starters, there’s what you might called “passive” streaming of music from an iTunes library to the iPad. You can use Rogue Amoeba’s $25 Airfoil ( ), the latest version of which I discussed in a recent article, in conjunction with the company’s free Airfoil Speakers app (while not yet optimized for the iPad, you can run it in a small window or pixel-doubled mode). You’re limited, though, to streaming from the iTunes library on a computer, and can’t choose what to listen to from the iPad. So while this is a good idea if you just want to use the iPad as, say, a speaker when you’re listening to music in the kitchen, it’s a bit limited for serious usage.

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