I love the Slacker and Pandora websites — free services that let you create your own radio stations that only stream music that you like. Both are very popular, and both have iPhone apps. Now Slacker has taken an interesting — and timely — new direction. Given the constraint on data usage in AT&T's new plans, the ability of Slacker Radio 2.0 (released today) to cache songs can be a convenient and money-saving feature.
iLounge is offering a free downloadable pdf buyer's guide for all things related to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The 150-page guide helps you choose a particular model and highlights a wide range of accessories and apps. The guide has three sections: a 40-page section on iPad-related products, a 60-page section for iPhone and iPod, and a section with articles that give an in-depth look at six leading makers of products for these devices.
Lots of iPad wannabes are in the gate, and we'll be seeing them soon. You can read more about them in Macworld.
MultiSearch is a free app that lets you search multiple search engines simultaneously. These include Google, Bing, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, YouTube, Flickr, iTunes, AppStore, Last.fm, Panoramio, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg, and FriendFeed. You can choose which engines you want to search, and all the results are displayed in a single, browsable view. Plus, you can enable geolocation such that the search results are related to your current location.
News reports today are saying that over 2 million iPads have now been sold — in less than two months. It went on sale in Europe and Asia late last week, and people lined up to get them. Clearly Apple has a winner. Plus, there are now over 5,000 apps written specifically for the iPad. I can tell you that everyone who sees mine wants one. They say things like, "You're so lucky to have one." It's amazing the attention that it attracts. In fact, sales have been so strong that there have been shortages in the U.S.
David Pogue has written an interesting article in the New York Times about <
I've just been watching the demo videos of the newly released version of HoloToy and I couldn't resist buying it. The 3-D effects look great on an iPad. The app is a work in progress but definitely has a wow factor. People are always wanting to see my iPad so it's fun having a few apps that show it off.
Apple will likely be announcing the next iPhone at their developers conference next month, so we don't have long to wait. But if you're impatient to know what's in the pipeline, The Next Web has put together a handy overview of what seems to be known so far about this new phone, based in part on the two ill-gotten prototypes that have surfaced in the past month. For each of the features described in the article, the author rates the likelihood that it's true on a scale of one to five.
If you get an iPad 3G and are faced with the choice of buying a 250MB or unlimited data plan, my advice is to go for the cheaper 250MB at $14.95 per month. If you find that you use up the 250MB in less than two weeks, and it seems like your usage will continue at about the same level, then when your 250MB runs out, go for the $29.95 unlimited.
But in every case if your 250MB lasts longer than two weeks, you're going to be better off buying 250MB at a time.
I'm not sure why a game would be an essential app — maybe if you're bored. But this list of 10 top iPad games from Macworld is definitely worth checking out. I couldn't resist buying Pinball HD. I'm not really into gaming, but i spend so much time having to show my iPad off to interested people that I thought this would be a good one to let them see the sort of cool things it can do.