There are a couple of new Apple-related videos over at CNET TV. Editor Donald Bell discusses using various hidden iPad keyboard features such as accent characters with international keyboards, using caps lock, auto-complete for Web domains, and other options. In this week's Apple Byte, Brian Tong and other CNET editors discuss the new MacBook Pro's performance, features, along with Steve Jobs' reasoning why the 13" model did not get a Core i5 or i7 chip. They also cover some iPad sales news, including some problems with the international iPad sales and Israeli customs not allowing the devices into that country.… Read more
If you have ever wondered how Windows 7--or any version of Windows, for that matter--would look on the iPad, there's indeed an app for that. It's called LogMeIn Ignition. The app has been available for the iPhone for a long time and just got a major upgrade to version 1.1.138 earlier this month to fully support the iPad's larger screen.
LogMeIn is not a new service but is arguably one of the most popular among existing remote access solutions on the market. LogMeIn Free allows users to securely control a remote PC computer via the … Read more
There are a lot of advantages to the iPad as an e-reader, chief among them its capability to be a true multiformat product supporting Kindle, ePubs, PDFs, and others.
One little difficulty remains: finding ways to get free books.
Sure, Apple and others don't exactly want you to stock up on free literature if they can help it, especially in the case of books that aren't public domain. Still, we have to try, don't we? Here are the best (legal) ways not to pay.The iBooks Store does have over 30,000 free books, mostly from Project … Read more
Good news for folks who missed the preorder deadline for the 3G version of the iPad: Apple has finally given the device a hard ship-date: Friday, May 7.
That's three days before the company is set to announce international pricing for the iPad and begin taking online preorders for the device, which it has delayed selling abroad because of high demand in the U.S.
Incidentally, if you're among the early adopters who preordered an iPad 3G when it first went on sale, you're still likely to receive yours by late April. According to an e-mail message … Read more
If you've been reading this column for any length of time, it should come as no surprise that I decided to buy an iPad last week. After reviewing the iWork apps on the iPad Apple loaned us for review purposes, I found that I could use it for both work and play. Now that I've had it for a week, I'm extremely happy with my purchase.
To me, buying the iPad was a pretty easy decision knowing that I would already be reviewing iPad apps for iPad Atlas, and (as I wrote in an earlier post) I … Read more
"Where's iBooks?" the man was asking. "I want to see iBooks."
An older guy, one of the half dozen or so Apple sales associates on the floor, didn't know exactly what he meant at first. But then he figured out the man just wanted to see an e-book on the screen. That's why he'd come to the Apple Store: to see what an e-book looked like on an iPad.
The customer peered down through his fairly thick glasses at the James Patterson novel the sales associate had opened for him.
"Is it backlit?" he asked.
"Sure," the sales associate said. "It's an LCD."
For some reason the guy seemed shocked to learn the truth.
"I will go blind reading this," he declared.
"Why?" the sales associate asked.
"It's backlit. I will go blind."
The sales associate asked him the next obvious question: Did he use a computer? … Read more
The iPad might be a fine alternative to a laptop for simple tasks, but can it really be relied upon to run an entire country? Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg certainly thinks so.
Stoltenberg--stranded in New York City because of a volcanic eruption in Iceland entering European airspace and disrupting travel--has been using the iPad to get his daily work done, according to a CNN report. The network said that it spoke with the prime minister, who said it's business as usual for his government.
"It's very normal for a prime minister to travel abroad, so this … Read more
As you already know, there are lots of cheap, DIY ways to create a stand for your iPad. (Personally, I'm partial to the one made out of Tinkertoys, but you gotta like the stand built by David Carnoy's 10-year-old nephew, too.)
But what about a case? Surely the MacGyver wanna-bes out there have figured out how to turn ordinary household objects into cool, practical, rugged, inexpensive iPad carriers?
Yes, yes they have. A guy over at Carrypad just posted illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to turn a hollowed-out hardcover book into an iPad case. He calls it the &… Read more
Shocker! The San Francisco Bay Area is the biggest U.S. market for Apple products, according to the results of a survey conducted by research firm Experian Simmons. The study found that 32.3 percent of adult residents of the region own at least one Apple product--an iPod, iPhone, or Mac computer--compared to 21.6 percent in the nation as a whole, which makes Bay Area residents 49 percent more likely to buy Apple products.
Apple, of course, is based in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino, in close proximity to San Jose and San Francisco.
A close second in … Read more
Twitter and the tax man have at least one thing in common: bold, new ideas for making more money off the Internet.
This week, microblogging site unveiled a search ad program that will put brands' messages into users' Twitter streams. The essence of Twitter's new business model is giving businesses the opportunity to push their Twitter accounts further into the site's massive audience.
The company insists that "promoted tweets" aren't ads, but tweets, which in one sense is just Silicon Valley futurist-speak. But in another sense, the company is right: in choosing to promote a … Read more