Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

BlackBerry planning iPad rival

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

It looks like the tablet market is getting more crowded …

Smartphone maker hopes ‘BlackPad’ will dent Apple’s supremacy in the tablet computer market

BlackBerry tablet: what can we expect?

Research In Motion, Canadian maker of BlackBerrys, is rumoured to be working on a rival to the iPad, dubbed the BlackPad by tech watchers.


JailbreakMe released for Apple devices

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Boy, that didn’t take long …

JailbreakMe – which will unlock iPhones, iPads and iPods – ruled legal by the US Library of Congress

Less than a week after the US Library of Congress established the “jailbreaking” of Apple iPhones as “fair use“, a plucky hacker yesterday launched a browser-based service to do just that.


Are iPad owners horrible?

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Stories like this always make me wonder why anybody would take the time and trouble to figure this kind of stuff out …

The research company behind a study casting iPad users as a ‘selfish elite’ has conceded its conclusions are subjective

What do Stephen Fry, David Hockney, Duncan Bannatyne, and Justin Bieber have in common? As iPad owners, they’re all part of a “selfish elite”, according to research causing a stir in the press today.


Can Amazon turn ebooks mainstream?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I’m one of those luddites who refuses to get on the ebook bandwagon; my bookcase would look pretty silly with just one Kindle on the shelf …

Anyone unlucky enough to commute will know that dead tree media still rule the roost, as least on the nation’s public transport. But ebook readers, including the odd iPad, are starting to creep in, along with mobiles, games consoles and even DVD players on long journeys.

There’s a deep-seated resistance to digital versions of a centuries old traditional of printed books, which have rightly enchanted, educated and enlightened readers since movable type. So what will it take for ebooks to become mainstream?


Hands-Free iPad Comes at the Cost of Wearing a Ridiculous Shirt

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I hear this product is especially popular with people who don’t own mirrors …

Syte Shirt

Despite a great level of ingenuity on some companies’ parts, finding a useful accessory for your iPad these days is akin to sifting through junk at a garage sale. Syte Shirt, a recent startup, has just entered the peripheral field with an accessory it feels will finally provide a useful casing for the iPad. By placing the tablet inside a T-shirt, with the screen turned outward, the Pad becomes entertainment for passersby and friends alike.


Print v iPads: books win!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Books are just more convenient than an electronic device … plus your 12 dollar paperback is a lot less likely to be stolen than your 150 dollar e-book reader.

The speed race, at least. Books are faster and ‘more relaxing’ to read, but iPads and Kindles are ‘more satisfying’, finds new study

E-book readers might be heralded as the future of literature but a new report shows that it’s still quicker to read the old-fashioned print version of a book.


iCub Plane Distracts Pilots With an iPad-Equipped Cockpit

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Sounds like a good idea … but I wonder how vulnerable it would be to viruses and malware.

iCub with iPad

At first glance this seems like a terrible idea: putting an iPad front and center in an airplane cockpit. You wouldn’t put one at the fingertips of a driver, so it would make sense to keep the app-running, Web-browsing device out of view when careening several thousand feet above ground. But, surprise, that’s one of the key features of the Zlin iCub, a new recreational aircraft being shown off at AirVenture in Oshkosh.


Meet Cisco Cius – Android tablet for workers and students (Watch out iPad)

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Interesting; an iPad-like device that’s designed for business …

This is a guest post from Sam Diaz, Senior Editor at ZDNet, TechRepublic’s sister site. You can follow Sam on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines (or subscribe to the RSS feed).


t’s not quite an iPad – or better yet, the iPad isn’t quite this.

Cisco CEO John Chambers today unveiled the Cisco Cius, a “mobile collaboration tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications, including HD video.” (Pronounced “See-us”)


iPad 3G user e-mail addresses leaked by AT&T servers

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Oops! Somebody left the back door open again …

At least 114,000 e-mails addresses and ICC-IDs were leaked by a security hole in AT&Ts servers, according to a Valleywag report. The e-mail addresses of numerous government and military officials as well as many Fortune 500 CEOs were among those revealed in the leak.

A group calling itself “Goatse Security” revealed the flaw to Valleywag after it had used the flaw to harvest thousands of e-mail addresses. AT&T has since closed the hole, but the group said that the flaw may have been exploited by other hackers who knew how the flaw worked before AT&T fixed it.


Jakob Nielsen critiques the iPad’s usability failings

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

All this talk about iPads makes me wonder how long it will be before my faithful desktop PC is as obsolete as a dial telephone.

Usability guru Jakob Nielsen has just published a report on the iPad, and thinks Apple should allow more diversity on its platforms – including the option for Adobe Flash

Apple’s iPad has usability problems, and shows an “overemphasis on aesthetics”, according to usability guru Dr Jakob Nielsen, who has just published a free 93-page report on iPad usability. He was in London last month where his company, Nielsen Norman Group, was holding a usability conference. Since he had an iPad in his hotel room, I asked him how well it had turned out.