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!
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.
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.
Just got my notice this morning (below) that my 64GB wifi iPad will be at the Portland Mall waiting for me this Saturday morning. One of the reasons I chose to go to the Apple store to get it was to determine what sort of interest there was for the device here in Maine. Though Maine's DOE has a very progressive laptop program called the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (I've discussed before), which gives every 7th and 8th grader a MacBook to use at home and at school (now a number of High Schools too), aside from this bright spot, Maine is not well known for its embrace of technology.
Everyone knows Shaun White, thanks to the recent Winter Olympics and his trademark red hair! But would you believe that his favorite iPhone magazine is iPhone Life? It helps that iPhone Life is the ONLY magazine dedicated to the iPhone, but nonetheless, Shaun was gracious enough to pose for a picture and sign an issue of the magazine!
Shaun was on hand at the Marvell Semiconductor booth, at CTIA in Las Vegas, this past week, to help promote Marvell's commitment to making the Always-On lifestyle possible. Mr. White knows his stuff, having a number of games that bear his name. Shaun White Origins is available in both FREE and paid versions on the iTunes app store.
Shakespeare wrote "The play's the thing", in Hamlet, but with CrowdZone (FREE, http://www.crowdzone.com), that could easily become "The CROWD's the thing". CrowdZone is a social networking tool focused on sporting events. In fact, CrowdZone is probably the ultimate tailgating app! You create a profile and see what events are happening today. You join an event, whether you are at the game or watching at home or at a sports bar. You can leverage the location-aware capabilities of the iPhone and find like-minded users nearby! Root for your team, chat with others, and earn "trophies" for your own comments. You can even earn real world rewards, like tickets!
Did you know that you can GIFT an app? That's right and you can do it directly from the iTunes store.
Simply locate the app, click and hold the arrow next to the "Buy App" button, and then select "Gift This App." Fill in the details and in seconds your gift is on the way! An easy way to shop for birthdays, Christmas and other celebrations for your favorite iPhone users.