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Cory Doctorow and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Apple's iPhone Developer Agreement

 

People who want to develop for the iPhone OS family of devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) and sell their software through the AppStore must agree to Apple's terms. 



The skeptic's iPad review

I am on record as having some reservations about this new device so I am obliged to give credit where it is due.

This thing is fast... zippy even! I never would have said that about my netbooks, one of which I sold to make room for the iPad that I am typing this on. I am sure there will be frustrations, such as when I visit a website that requires Flash or if I have to type at length, but so far I do not feel as if I am missing out on anything, even as I type this on my iPad. I am getting faster at typing with this virtual keyboard. The trick is to make a leap of faith and trust the autocorrection. And find a comfortable way to hold the iPad.

The device is heavier than I expected. Heavy may not be the right word. It has more heft. It is substantial.



First post from iPad

Is the iPad “magical”?  No.  Is it pretty darn impressive?  Absolutely. After picking my iPad up this morning at the Portland Mall in Maine, I got right down to business seeing just how well this thing can blog, and in so doing, put it through the paces that everyone wants to know. I’ll let you be the judge based not just on these words but by the recognition I’m doing it all on the iPad. So where to start?  Setting up MobileMe is just like the iPhone, Settings > Mail > Add Account > then enter your MobileMe account info and you’re in. You set it up to connect to the internet just like your iPhone or iPod Touch.  And if you’re a brand new convert to the iPhone OS, it’s about as intuitive as you can get.



Syncing my iPad!

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 I'm waiting for my iPad to sync here at the Apple Store.

I think it's syncing every app I own. I forgot to set the preferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Free SPB TV released for iPhone!

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Reviewed this app awhile back on the Windows Mobile side of our site, and now SPB has versions for Android, Symbian, and iPhone! What surprised me is they are offering it for free for iPhone (it's $14.95 for WinMo). It worked pretty well then, but have not tried any other versions or checked the channel availability lately (which was somewhat limited). You can get it on the App store here, or read on for press release details.



Review: Space Defender by Anatolii Shamkin

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Somehow a set of emails got crossed one day, and I ended up downloading this game instead of the one I thought I was downloading.  Since the developer had provided the code to someone for review, I felt like I should provide a review even though I didn’t mean to actually download the game.  For their sake I really wish I didn’t feel that way.  As Randy Jackson from American Idol might say, “it’s not good, dog”.  The music is good, but that’s the only part of the game that’s really aesthetically pleasing.  The closest product game play wise I could think to compare it to on the App Store would be Heavy Gunner 3D from Com2us, but the experience of the two games doesn’t even come close.  With some work it could be playable, but lackluster controls and ultra-repetitive game play just make me want to leave the planets at the fate of their attackers.



A must-have for nature lovers!

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Have you ever heard a mink talk? Do you know what kind of gait a Blue Heron has? Can you identify Grizzly Bear tracks?



Apple creates first iPad timewarp

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 This evening I contacted my local Apple store, to ask whether the press was allowed to bring video cameras into the store, the predictable response was no.  Which is fine, however I also wanted to find out why Apple has the store hours incorrectly posted, as not open on 4/3.  The response, no that's wrong.  What do you think?  Hype?  Oversight from Cupertino? Has the iPad created a time warp?



Give your kids a Witty Bit of music and alphabet learning

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When I first started the Witty Bit app, the song went on and on and on. I couldn’t figure out how to get pass the first screen. Finally, I discovered you merely have to swipe to the next screen to get it to stop. Whew! 



The iClooly has been updated!

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The iClooly Multi-Touch Pen (reviewed in an earlier blog) has been upgraded. The first version was not made very well and broke almost as soon as I took it out of the box. This one is much sturdier. I like it!



Evolution of Reading

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The ways that we write and read are changing.  Change is good.  The future is here.

Cave Painting



Letterman and Colbert — a humorous take on the iPad

Yahoo News has posted video excerpts from humorists David Letterman and Stephen Colbert on the iPad. Enjoy the fun.



iPad — What you need to know, plus a roundup of cases

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Macworld has a great article that answers frequently asked questions about the iPad. It's a quick way to get a handle on all the essential details. Also, they have a roundup of cases



Great video review of the iPad

This video review of the iPad from PC magazine really does a good job of showing you the device and what it can do.



Tons of iPad reviews out today — mostly euphoric

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Wow, the first wave of reviews of the iPad are amazingly euphoric — unbridled enthusiasm, and calling the iPad revolutionary and a game-changer. It even made the cover of this week's Newsweek magazine, which read: "What's so great about the iPad? Everything." Fast Company has a very helpful executive summary of the main reviews, with links to the original articles. The Huffington Post also has a slide show of the rave reviews from the top media outlets.



App Sale from Electronic Arts

I wouldn't normally blog about price changes, but EA has dropped the prices on a ton of apps, that have mass appeal, so here's the scoop... I will be picking up Simpsons Arcade myself.  Enjoy!

 

 



And the winner is!?

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As I browse the web, twitter and tweet, and watch what vendors are putting out there for the iPad, I noticed an auction on ebay for an iPad 16GB wifi version which ended just awhile ago.  How much do you think it went for?  $499 as they're being sold in Apple stores?  How about $550? Maybe $600?  It went for $620 with free shipping.  Despite there being some delays in the iPads ordered more recently, purportedly due to order volume, I'm surprised to see something which isn't even in the stores, and according to this auction wouldn't even ship until the 5th, sell for such a premium.  



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