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iPad

  • 80s rock star Peter Gabriel designs MusicTiles for iPhone

    MusicTiles is a new app for iPhone designed by acclaimed artist Peter Gabriel which will allow users, via a simple tile interface, to create, record and share remixes of their favourite music tracks. While it is also a rather obvious way for Gabriel to revive his status in the music world as his album So is featured quite prominently, the app does create a new and easy way for amateurs to play...

  • Muted opening day for iPad mini sales in Asia: small device, smaller queues

    While Apple fans lined up in Asia to get their hands on the iPad mini that went on sale today, the crowds queuing were considerably smaller than for the launch of the iPhone 5 and previous iPads, according to TechRadar. Outside of Apple's premier store in Tokyo only about 300 people turned up, and even in tech mad Singapore only 20 people spent the night, compared to about 1500 when the iPhone 4S was launched. There have been many reasons given for this. Online sales seem to have been a major factor and have been very good, as was the...

  • iPad second hand sales boomed ahead of iPad mini launch

    About 140 000 second-hand iPads were put up for sale ahead of the iPad mini's launch, a 700% increase of the day before, according to Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at Gazelle.com. "Consumers can fetch up to US$495 for an old iPad," Scarsella says. Not a bad idea as many thought, as you can walk away with over US$160. What is very significant and interesting is that nearly 70% of the most advertised is the third-generation iPad, released just six months ago. The iPad mini, priced at US$329, is poised to take on less expensive tablets, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire...

  • iOS 6: Is Apple loosening up?

    Apple announced a new Safari “feature" in iOS 6 last night that made me grin. And when you’re posting a photo or video to eBay, Craigslist, or another site, you can take photos and video -- or choose from your Camera Roll -- without leaving Safari. If you’re a web developer, you might have noticed that it wasn’t possible to allow iOS Safari users to upload a picture or video to your website using the standard HTML file input type (input type="file"). It made sense because iOS doesn’t really have a user-facing file system and traditional file concepts. In the past you...

  • Magicians + iPads = one cool magic show [Video]

    So it seems that magicians can do more than saw people in half and make things disappear... who would have thought? A pair of Swedish magicians has replaced the standard rabbit-and-hat trick with seven shiny iPads and a lot of slight of hand. Erik Rosales and Charlie Caper performed at the MIPIM real estate trade show in Cannes, where they cleverly wound their magic tricks around the tablets. The iPad pours wine into a glass...

  • iPaid 2 much for this damn thing so of course it’s great

    On a recent trip to LA, once hotel check-in and bag-dumping was done, some colleagues and I went downstairs for a beer. Just the one, because by then the taxi was outside, and it was off to the nearest Best Buy. Not one, not two, but three grown men of otherwise thoughtful and pragmatic disposition were literally gagging to get their hands on an iPad 2. And they were not the only ones,...

  • Why the iPad 2 is actually the iPad 1.5

    The amount of hype leading up to the iPad 2 launch by Steve Jobs earlier this week may have been an unprecedented favourable push in publicity and trends for Apple, but also slightly anti-climactic as many tech enthusiasts shared the same overall synopsis on the unveiled final product: It simply failed to deliver. Now before all the fanboys start blasting me for defiling their consecrated Apple gadget-gardens, let me further say that I'm an avid enthusiast of the iPad, the father of all tablets. I even happen to own one. Yet, with the transition from iPad 1 to iPad 2, it's only...

  • Apple debuts iPad 2, gets favourable response from web world

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday as Apple debuted the iPad 2. "We've been working on this product for awhile, and I didn't want to miss it," Jobs said before launching into the presentation. The iPad 2 features a new, faster OS (iOS 4.3) with dual-core processor, two cameras (front and back), offered in two colours (black and white) and 1/3 thinner (making it thinner than the iPhone 4).  It also automatically syncs with Apple TV and includes an HDMI output. It's shipping in the United States on March 11...

  • Could this be the long-awaited iPad 2?

    The long wait appears to be nearly over. Apple on Wednesday sent out emailed invitations to a March 2 San Francisco press event hinting at the debut of a new version of its hot-selling iPad tablet computer. The cryptic invitations provided the date, time and location of the event and show an image of a March 2 calendar page peeling back to reveal a corner of an iPad. The message on the page...

  • With The Daily, News Corp and Apple try to shake up the news business model

    Rupert Murdoch is the biggest man in media. Apple is one of the hottest companies in tech. The two have teamed up to make a run at a new kind of news organisation, creating a tablet-only paid product that could reinvent the news subscription model. Called The Daily, Murdoch’s brainchild staffs more than 50 top-tier journalists and will only be available as an iPad app through at least 2012. The News Corp. CEO introduced the product to mixed reviews at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Wednesday morning. "New times demand new journalism," he said. ...

  • iPad finally launches in South Africa, but will you buy it?

    It seems we're exiting the stone age. The iPad will officially go on sale in South Africa, from 9am today, you will be able to buy the iPad from premium Apple resellers, Dion Wired, Incredible Connection or any Apple store. Digicape should also be stocking the iPad. For more info on pricing and specs, check out core.co.za This won't be news to most hardcore geeks, many of whom secured iPads from overseas or from "grey" retailers shortly after it was launched last year. The prices for the iPads are as follows: 16GB WiFi - R4,399 32GB WiFi - R5 399 64GB WiFi - R6...

  • Jobs gone, ‘uncensored’ Playboy to hit the iPad

    Steve Jobs is known as a big prude, banning applications and other iPad content that feature nude or sexual content on the iPad. No sooner that he announces a leave of absence on medical grounds, Hugh Hefner, announces that Playboy, both old and new, will be available on the iPad in March. The octogenarian publisher, in a message via his Twitter account, @hughhefner, said current and back issues of Playboy would be available on the Apple device in March. "Big news! Playboy -- both old & new -- will be available on iPad beginning in March," Hefner tweeted. He did not provide...

  • 5 reasons why the iPad is a fat waste of money

    I'm a big believer in tablet computers. There's a rush on, worldwide. Manufacturers know how key tablet computing will become in our daily lives. They fill a gap: A need for a leisure device. This is a “third device” after your computer and mobile phone on which you would read digital books, watch movies, share photos, Skype family or friends. But tablet computers also play a role in business where people need a device that is easy to carry around, boots up quickly and can be used in meetings. Here tablets are largely replacing the traditional paper notebook or exam...

  • Top 11 free must-have iPad apps for 2010

    As we all know by now, Apple's iPad has launched to resounding success, with 4.19-million units sold in its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter. Steve Jobs has promised consumers the future in their hands today. Users can have everything from the New York Times to the complete works of Shakespeare all on one gadget. There are already a few hundred thousand apps, for all sorts of uses in the App Store, but in our opinion, these are currently the best free apps of 2010. Browse, download and enjoy these apps – some popular, some not-so-popular – that we consider...

  • Why the Murdoch-Jobs iPad alliance may be headed for choppy waters

    Reports that Apple is working with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to produce an iPad-only newspaper, called the "Daily," sets a troubling precedent. It has not done the same with music, TV or movie studios. Reports the Guardian: "The collaboration, which has been secretly under development in New York for several months, promises to be the world's first 'newspaper' designed exclusively for new tablet-style computers such as Apple's Apple's iPad, with a launch planned...