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RIM Goes After The iPad With New Video

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Perhaps RIM was just feeling a wee left out of the Beatles love from this morning.  They have released a new video with a side-by-side video between their upcoming PlayBook tablet and the iPad.

The video below tries to make a comparison showing that the PlayBook can load pages faster than the iPad, and also has full Flash capabilities.

As Business Insider points out, web browsing is the number one use for the iPad, so chalk one up for RIM in emphasizing that feature.  See below and make the call yourself!

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Apple Waves Goodbye to Xserve After January 31

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A moment of silence, please: After nearly eight years, one of Apple’s classic rack-mounted server products will become part of Cupertino history on January 31, 2011 as the Xserve meets its twilight.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple’s Xserve server product will be discontinued on January 31, 2011. According to MacGeneration, the company posted a note to its website along with a PDF file entitled “Xserve Transition Guide.”

“Xserve will no longer be available after January 31, but we’ll continue to fully support it,” the Apple product page for Xserve now reads. “To learn more, view the PDF.” Inside the transition guide, Apple lays out its plans for future support of the product following its sunset.

“Apple will not be developing a future version of Xserve,” the document reads. “Xserve will be available for order through January 31, 2011. Apple will honor and support all Xserve system warranties and extended support programs. Apple intends to offer the current shipping 160GB, 1TB, and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve through the end of 2011 or while supplies last. Apple will continue to support Xserve customers with service parts for warranty and out-of-warranty service.”

Xserve, Apple’s rack-mounted line of Mac servers, was first introduced in May, 2002 and the company has continued to update the product each year, with the last update coming in April, 2009.

The transition guide also notes that Xserve customers might want to consider migrating to one of two alternate server solutions, which include the Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server or the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server.

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AutoCAD For Mac Is Back After 18 Years!

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Computer aided drafting fans should be pleased to hear that the AutoCAD for the Mac platform has now started shipping as of earlier today.  It’s taken quite a few years of research and development, but the program is back.

According to the Autodesk blogs, there is now an assortment of information as well as a 30 day full trial available here.

Better yet, students are able to download AutoCAD for Mac for free from the Autodesk Education Community at their specialized link.  Autodesk licenses well over 25 products to students for a 3 year term for free.

If you’ve had a chance to take the product for a test drive, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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iBook Store Floundering Six Months After Launch

When Steve Jobs talked up iBooks earlier this year, it sounded like it had the potential to put reigning e-book champions such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon on the ropes.

However, after six months of offering up downloadable text content to capable iOS devices, it appears that the once seemingly mighty contender hasn’t been able to do much more than land a few rabbit punches. Despite the iPad’s rabid popularity, neither major publishers, nor the book buying public have embraced iBooks.

After more than half a year online, Apple’s iBook Store is still only offering up approximately 60,000 titles. When held up against the 700,000 titles offered by Amazon for their Kindle reader software and hardware solutions, Cupertino’s library looks pretty weak. Did we mention that about half of the titles available as iBooks are also available from Project Gutenberg? C’mon Steve, this is embarrassing.

The ever-vigilant Apple watchers over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW, y’all) have published a fascinating, if not somewhat depressing read on the current state of Apple’s once promising e-book portal, covering what works, what has failed and a few explanations for all of the above. Some of the biggest sticking points included a limited offering of books that appear in the much touted New York Times Best Seller’s List, higher prices than other e-book retailers and the utter non-existence of a recommendation system, which given Apple’s implementation of the Genius feature in iTunes, is more than a little baffling.

With how Apple’s vision has changed the very shape of the music industry, it’s surprising that they’ve yet to gain traction in the area of peddling virtual pages. Let’s hope, for those who enjoy both their iOS devices as well as a good read from time to time, they get it right eventually.

 

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Video: Draw! Fastest Typing on the iPhone After All?

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One of the earliest complaints about the iPhone among heavy users of SMS text messaging was the lack of a hardware keyboard — but it appears that lightning-fast typing is indeed possible on a software keyboard after all.

MacRumors is reporting
that a British woman made headlines this week for speed-typing into a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone using the Android-based Swype keyboard alternative. The woman “walked in off the street” at a Samsung roadshow and was given a chance to beat the world record by typing “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” — in 25.94 seconds flat.

That wasn’t music to the ears of iPhone user “gumballtech,” who took to his favorite handset and documented his results on YouTube (video embedded below).

The result? The iPhone user handily beat the British woman’s record by typing the same text in just under 22 seconds — more than three seconds less than the Android-based typist.

MacRumors isn’t clear
on qualifies as a “world record,” especially given that the iPhone user Gumballtech did rely at least a bit on the iPhone’s built-in text correction — but the website is quick to note that the Swype keyboard alternative in Android is also “entirely based on predictive text generation.”

Maybe we should call it a draw?

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