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iPad 2 Reviews roundup – the main conclusions

iPad 2 won’t ship until tomorrow (orders start only at 1:00AM Pacific Time, in Apple store at 5:00PM local time), but there are already a bunch of early reviews around the web from the big guys lucky enough to get their test units early. While everybody is in awe about the reduced thickness of the new Apple device – at only 0.34 inches – amazingly enough even slimmer that the already slim iPhone 4, the general opinion seems to be that the new iteration is more an evolutionary device rather than revolutionary.

Hardware:
Everything is faster and better, that much is sure. The weight is somewhat reduced from around 1.5 pounds to about 1.34 pounds (for Europeans, from 680g to 601g), the overall dimensions are reduced a bit to 9.5 by 7.3 inches (see the comparison table) and the processor in now dual core A5 instead of single core A4.
The memory doubles as well to 512MB from 256MB and there is a new graphic beast inside, around 9 times faster than the Read More…

Barnes & Noble released Free Nook Kids for iPad

Following the latest news from Barnes & Noble in which the giant book seller announced that Nook platform controls a quarter of the eBook market, the popular Nook Kids framework that proved very successful on Nook Color jumped the street (and the OS) to Apple iPad.

The application is completely free and allows access to over 12,000 children books supporting a number of interactive features including search, zoom, notes, multiple fonts, etc. Some eBooks take the degree of interaction even deeper with the help of AliveTouch technology which allow kids to interact with their picture books.

Like the initial  release on Nook Color, the iPad version of Nook Kids also comes with two free books to help you acquire the taste:  Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling and Fun Facts about Pets by Seymour Simon.

As we already mentioned, the application (and the initial two books) are free so there is no reason why you Read More…

iPad 2 to launch in April 2011

Apple iPad 2nd generation should come a year after the first one, sometime around April 2011. At least this is what the analysts are saying… and, judging by the well known Apple update cycle for iPhones, it doesn’t require any economical training to come with this kind of predictions.

However, sometimes, if a prediction comes from famous analysts or from an unusual large number of them, it can raise expectations and public disappointment if they are not fulfilled, and at that point a prediction can be the driving engine working toward its own self fulfillment.

This time, Brian Marshall of Gleacher & Co, a Wall Street analyst believes that Apple iPad 2 might be launched around the same time a new CDMA iPhone is also released which can make it compatible with Verizon network.

While no significant changes are expected (let’s also remember that big hardware changes are coming from Apple every two years instead of every year), the new iPad 2 might feature dual cameras, similar to the current iPhone 4 and, FaceTime functionality. It is obviously to early to speculate about price and other features, but you can certainly count on us to review it when it will be available.

via ComputerWorld

PwnageTool 4.1 released, jailbreaks Apple TV, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPod touch and iPad

Dev-Team – the group behind PwnageTool jailbreaking tool for iOS devices just released their latest version – PwnageTool 4.1 (available for now on MacOS X systems only) and beside iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices it can also jailbreak the new Apple TV (second generation).

The new jailbreaking tool is the untethered kind (only needs to be used once) and aloows your iOS device to be restored to a custom IPSW file.

The full list of devices that can currently be jailbroken by PwnageTool 4.1 is:

  • Apple TV 2G
  • iPad (firmware 3.2.2)
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G

Read more and download the latest softare from Dev-Team website.

Apple iPad to sell in Verizon and AT&T stores this month

iPad here, iPad there…you know the rest. In two successive announcements involving the immensely successful Apple tablet – iPad, both Verizon and At&T declared they’ll start selling it in their stores by the end of this month. Verizon will sell a combination – iPad and MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot for roughly the price of a 3G iPad – $629. For this price you’ll get the iPad WiFi 16GB model and the MiFi gadget. The 32GB will set you back $729 while the biggest brother 64GB version is a nice $829 (have you made your holiday shopping plans yet ?). The Verizon data plan for iPad, including 1GB monthly traffic is just $20 which is not that bad.

On the AT&T side, you can find the 3G version starting October 28th, selling for about the same prices and including AT&T standard iPhone data plans and prices, the cheaper being $14.99 for 200MB of monthly traffic allowance included. As a bonus, AT&T also offers WiFi  access to their rather impressive 23,000 available WiFi Hot Spots.

How to jailbreak your iPhone 4 and iOS 4.1 using greenpoison

The Chronic Dev Team just released the RC3 (Release Candidate) of Greenpois0n, a jailbreaking tool destined to work with iPhone 3GS, iTouch 3G, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iPad combined with Apple’s latest iOS 4.1. Interestingly enough, as soon as it was released, it was also taken down and their website is down as well. Fortunately, we managed to get a copy so you can download it from here.

Currently, the application is only available for Windows platform with the MAC version to follow soon.

Please don’t link to the download directly as we will change the download link depending  on the traffic. If you want to link, link to this article.

Step 0: Be sure your device is supported and it runs iOS 4.1 Read More…

iPad will start selling at Target October 3rd

In an effort to sell even more millions units, and following their recent deal with BestBuy, Apple signs a deal with Target stores to sell their wonder device starting October 3rd. What is even better is that iPad is also covered under Target’s 5 percent discount (that is, if you have a Target card, of course).

The discount deal for the card itself will be available starting October 17th, just in time for the holidays. Target will sell all iPad models available in both 3G and WiFi only versions and it will become the largest department store network to sell the iPad. The lowest priced iPad available will cost you $499 (plus local tax, of course).

Meantime, we are still waiting for the device to be sold on Amazon by Amazon and skip those pesky taxes, since right right is only available from 3rd parties, and with somewhat of a price premium added.

Dell to launch a second Android Tablet, 7″ size

Today during Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco, Dell’s CEO Michael Dell announced a new Android tablet device to join their Android Streak that started shipping not too long ago. Streak sells for $299 with AT&T contract or $599 without. The new tablet will have a 7″ screen but no other details were mentioned, such as price or shipping date.

The newly announced tablet will be most likely positioned against Apple’s iPad that sold in huge numbers (more than 3.3 million to date). Let’s just hope the Android market won’t become too fragmented due to large number of devices available and make developers loose interesting in creating software apps for the device. After all, while hardware wise Apple’s iPad is nothing to write home about (heavy, no cameras, etc) and what makes it so desirable is the software eco-system.

The tablet market is getting increasingly crowded with many manufactures as Samsung, Archos, Hewlett-Packard (and maybe even Amazon, you never know) started or will start delivering similar devices in the near future.

VLC Player in approval phase for iPad…Finger crossed for MKV and DIVX/XVID support

That is true, folks. VLC Player for iPad development was completed and the application is heading toward your beloved iPad (that is if Apple will approve it). VLC Player is famous for its extended CODEC support in a stark contrast with iOS which is (in)famous for their lack of…According with Appadvice VLC Player does a pretty good job at playing DIVX / XVID files, but since the decoding is performed in software, HiDef files don’t play very smooth…Oh well, maybe the next version will get some hardware acceleration love, if Apple feels like it.

Microsoft’s director of game platform strategy goes to Amazon

In an interesting and certainly unexpected turn of events, Microsoft’s director of game platform strategy Andre Vrignaud will go to work for Amazon, leaving Microsoft. While Amazon has announced its intention to somehow enter in game development, how they will do it is up to speculation, since their only in-house electronic device is Kindle (review) with its limited gaming capability.

Andre’s departure from Microsoft will certainly be a blow to the company’s strategy but I am sure Microsoft has a deep enough talent pool to replace him. What is far more interesting at this point is Amazon’s future strategy: Will we see a new Tablet device? A Kindle on steroids with an OLED or LCD screen? something else entirely? Time will certainly tell but it is getting interesting. Apple’s iPad success beside creating a tablet craze has left the entire industry salivating for a similar success story.