All posts in iPad

Facebook iOS App Hits 3.3, No iPad Version in Sight

Facebook 3.3 iOS update

Facebook held a mobile-centric event on Wednesday, where they announced a new update to their iOS and Android apps and dashed the hope of many by announcing there still isn’t an iPad-friendly version.

Facebook updated their iOS app to version 3.3 on Wednesday, following a mobile-centric media event earlier in the day where they announced that the new Groups feature would be coming to both iOS and Android, as well as improved Places tagging. The screenshot above is from the new version, with a new menu bar that allows you to easily post photos or status updates from your News Feed, or check in via Places.

The new Facebook 3.3 iOS update is live for at least those of us on the East coast, although the app’s description page currently shows an error about not being available in the U.S. store at the moment — however, the app downloads and updates just fine.

Meanwhile, TechCrunch is reporting that one of the questions posted to Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Erick Tseng today was, “Why no Facebook app for the iPad?” We all know that the full website works just fine on Mobile Safari, but with an iPhone/iPod touch app already available, it would seem to be a no-brainer to make it universal for optimal use on the iPad, right?

Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

“The iPad isn’t mobile,” Zuckerberg replied to the inquiry, which must come as a surprise to Apple and the millions of on-the-go users who already own one. Zuckerberg elaborated that Facebook loves working with Apple, but that “the iPad isn’t as mobile as a phone.”

It sounds more likely that Facebook will work on a web-based solution for all tablets, although personally we’d still like to see a universal app come down the pipeline in the future.

Meanwhile, iPhone and iPod touch users have a new update today and presumably Android users will be getting it imminently as well, which brings feature parity to the iOS version at long last.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter


Early Edition for iPad on Sale This Weekend

If you’re in the market for a full featured RSS reader to deck your iPad out with, you could do a lot worse than Glasshouse App’s Daily Edition–a cleverly designed application that takes your favourite RSS feeds and presents them to you in the form of a browsable, searchable newspaper interface that makes reading a pleasure. If you haven’t had a chance to take the application for a test drive, here’s your chance: For this weekend only, Daily Edition is being offered for the very reasonable prive of 99 cents–80% off of the application’s regular price!

Glasshouse Apps has put the Early Edition on sale in celebration of the impending release of version 1.3. This time around, the already impressive iOS 4.2-ready RSS reader includes even more value-added features, such as new ways to share interesting stories and feeds with your friends and colleagues, isolated fetching, a refeshed gesture interface, and the ability to read the original feed for an article via Instapaper integration.

For less than the price of coffee, that’s one heck of a lot of app.


Follow this article’s author, Seamus Bellamy on Twitter







iPad Now Available from Verizon and AT&T

Verizon iPad bundle

We told you about it earlier this month, and the day has finally arrived: The iPad is now available for sale at both Verizon Wireless (coupled with a MiFi 2200) and AT&T (where it uses the native 3G data plan).

Engadget is reporting that Thursday, October 28 has finally arrived, and with it, Apple’s iPad is wrapping up a pretty big month for the device retail-wise. After landing in both Target and Wal-mart (not to mention all of the Best Buy stores that didn’t already have it), the tablet is now available for sale at wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T.

Verizon Wireless announced earlier this month that they were taking on the iPad, but in an interesting twist, they’re selling the Wi-Fi only model bundled with one of their MiFi 2200 mobile hotspots. Verizon pricing is 9 for the 16GB model, 9 for the 32GB model and 9 for the 64GB model, and their no-contract data plans are pretty fair at for 1GB, for 3GB or for 5GB. Unfortunately, you can’t get that data plan pricing by buying the MiFi alone — it’s a special deal for iPad buyers only.

Of course, if you don’t want an extra device to carry around (even though the MiFi is impossibly small to begin with) and are looking for the “real deal” 3G-equipped model, head over to one of the AT&T retail stores and be prepared to drop the same dough for the all-in-one model.

AT&T’s U.S. data plans are the same — per month for 250MB or for 2GB. The telco is also offering international data plans for the iPad, but truthfully we don’t see them getting used by anyone with at least a modicum of common sense, especially when the four plans start at for a mere 20MB and don’t get much better when they top out at a whopping 0 for 200MB. Not to mention the fact that there are so many free hotspots all around the world now. You have been warned!

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter


NHL GameCenter Live Coming Soon To an iPad Near You


(Image courtesy of

Granted the sporting world may be focused on the start of the upcoming World Series, or an NFL season that’s in full swing, but the NHL season is also underway. With that, iPad puck fans can look forward in the near future to being able to watch live games on their devices.  The NHL had also been one of the first pro sports leagues to optimize their site for the iPad.

Perry Cooper, senior VP of digital media for the NHL spoke with Multichannel News saying that the league’s young, affluent fanbase are poised to take full advantage of its mobile web offerings.  According to Scarborough Research, NHL fans are more likely to own smartphones than fans of any other major professional sport.

“It really serves every aspect and segment of our fan and it allows us the opportunity to upgrade and matriculate people to a more robust experience,” Cooper said.

The league currently maintains three NHL GameCenter apps – which can vary anywhere from free options to subscriptions – and can allow fans the chance to stream live games, view in-game highlights and get access to other NHL content on devices like the BlackBerry, iPhone/iPod touch and Nokia handsets, and the iPad.

The free portion provides live scores; live in-game stats for each team and player; a full-season schedule; standings, player profiles, archived results and stats for the current season, searchable content and a personalized experience.

If you’re thirsting for something a bit more, NHL GameCenter Premium is available on the iPad for .95, which offers up video highlights, condensed games and live game audio in addition to everything found in the free edition.  Unfortunately, NHL GameCenter Live is only available in the U.S. for Verizon Wireless users, due to contractual obligations that the league has.  That version allows users to stream live video of games.  Perhaps iPhone users won’t be out in the cold if we ever see that Verizon version, hmmm?

But just the same, according to league officials, GameCenter Live is going to be due out later this year for the iPad!  Presumably it will come at a cost, but if you live out of the state of your favorite team, it could certainly be worth it!

Follow this article’s author, Matthew Tilmann on Twitter



Amazon Adds Windowshop iPad App to iOS Portfolio

Amazon Windowshop apparently loves them some iOS, offering up free universal apps for both Amazon Mobile and Kindle. Now the world’s biggest online store has added a new iPad-specific app that brings a whole new shopping experience.

On Tuesday, introduced their new Amazon Windowshop, an iPad-specific app that promises “a top to bottom rewrite of — designed and built without compromise.” The company has long offered their free Amazon Mobile app, which is universal to work great on any iOS device.

Amazon Windowshop is also free, but unique to the iPad, featuring “a completely new, fluid interface designed specifically for lean-back, touchscreen tablets.” While there was certainly nothing wrong with the existing Amazon Mobile app on the iPad, the new app will certainly be welcome to frequent shoppers, especially with the holiday season fast approaching.

“With the flick of a finger you will be able to visually browse across many best selling product categories,” the app description reads. “Windowshop invites you to discover and browse products within popular lists like Featured, Bestsellers, Recommendations, New Releases, Most Wished For, Most Gifted, and Movers & Shakers.”

Windowshop promises to bring more of to the iPad, and once you’ve found something you think others might enjoy, you can even share it via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Amazon Prime members can easily discover which products qualify for free two-day shipping, and much more.

Amazon Windowship is a free 2.1MB download, available now from the App Store. The app is compatible only with the iPad and requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter


Study Finds that Users Love Their iPad for Books and Video

With the announcement of a sleeker, sexier new aluminum bodied MacBook Air, you might have forgotten about Apple’s other slim tablet device, the iPad. Apparently, the device has made quite the stride in the e-books and video sphere, as the iPad is widely used to consume both those forms of media.

A Nielsen study on the devices found that users are utilizing the iPad for its video and e-book capabilities, and that they don’t spend much time with this kind of interactive content on their iPhone. Survey respondents said that they read books 39 percent of the time on the iPad and watched television shows 33 percent of time, compared to the respective 13 percent and 11 percent on the iPhone. These numbers probably have everything to do with the difference in screen real estate between the two devices, because the iPhone is still popular for content like news and music since it’s made to comfortably fit inside of a pocket or purse.

Perhaps the most surprisingly news of all from this Nielsen study is that 63 percent of users have paid for and downloaded apps on their iPads, but a staggering 30 percent haven’t even bothered downloading a single app since they’ve taken the device out the device. That makes you wonder what the point is of even purchasing an iPad, but our assumption is that many users who aren’t too keen on the idea of dropping the cash for a computer with a full fledged operating system are simple utilizing the iPad for its internet capabilities.

Via GigaOM

Follow this article’s author, Florence Ion, on Twitter.


YoJimbo 3 and Yojimbo for iPad Now Available

Long before everyone was crazy about Getting Things Done, and Evernote kept track of well, everything, Bare Bones’ Yojimbo was rocking Macs with a beautifully simplistic and insanely flexible database solution. The latest version of the venerable data management application–Yojimbo 3— offers a number of excellent new features that will keep long-time users of the software’s previous iterations happy, while at the same time entice new users to give what Bare Bones has to offer a go.

In addition to Yojimbo’s already hefty feature set that allows users to build a scalable mixed-content database of lists, PDFs, HTML, images and other vital information, Bare Bones has, with the third version of the application, introduced the ability to scan documents directly into a Yojimbo collection. Better still, road warriors will be happy to know that a much begged-for Yojimbo for iPad companion application will now allow you to sync your data collections for on-the-go viewing without having to crack out a laptop each and every time you need to review a tidbit of information.

Sadly, at this time, the iOS application’s users will have to make due with a one-way sync between Yojimbo and their iPad, as Yojimbo for iPad doesn’t allow for the input of new information. Still, if you’re willing to sacrifice the ability to enter new data on the go in favor of using a proven desktop data wrangling solution, this could very well be the time to consider taking a peek at what Bare Bones has to offer.


Follow this article’s author, Seamus Bellamy on Twitter.





Finally: NY Times Gets Full iPad App

NYTimes for iPad

Even if you’re only a casual reader of The New York Times, most everyone agreed that the newspaper’s limited Editor’s Choice iPad app left a lot to be desired when compared to other offerings. Today, the newspaper updated the app to version 2.0, now simply known as NYTimes for iPad.

The New York Times has updated their limited Editor’s Choice iPad app and rechristened it NYTimes for iPad with version 2.0. The refreshed app now gives users access to all sections of the newspaper as well as a selection of blogs, photo slideshows accessible within articles (as well as in their own section), breaking news alerts and improved design and navigation.

“Introducing the enhanced New York Times app for the iPad,” the app description reads. “Now with all of the sections, articles, videos and photos you expect from The Times.”

Of course, all of that goodness comes at a price — or rather, it will come “early 2011,” when the news giant will likely start charging for at least some of the iPad content. In the meantime, you’ll only have free access to four sections of the iPad app — Top News, Most E-Mailed, Business Day and Video. To get unlimited access, you’ll have to log in with an existing account or register for a new one (it’s free) from inside the app.

“The NYTimes iPad app now includes over 25 Times sections, including Arts, Technology, Politics, Science, Style and more,” the app description touts. “Experience breathtaking new sections for Photos and Videos. Read a selection of the latest Times blogs. Share articles, photos and video through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.”

It’s good to see that The Times has realized the shortcomings of its iPad offering, and it appears to now have feature parity with the iPhone/iPod touch version at long last. There’s no word on if and when the small-screen version will also be switching to a pay model next year, but we’d say this is a good indication that the free ride may soon be over for news apps.

NYTimes for iPad version 2.0 is a 2.2MB download compatible with the iPad only and requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter


iPad Declared Fastest Selling Gizmo of All Time

Oh you just know this one’s going to turn up in Steve Jobs‘ next Keynote. According to a financial analyst working for Bernstein Research, the iPad, having sold over 8.5 million units and counting, is the fastest selling device of all time. Now, get ready for the shocker: The numbers in the Bernstein study were crunched before the iPad was made available to shoppers at Walmart or Target. Just imagine the sheer number of units Apple will be putting in the hands of consumers over the upcoming holiday season thanks to the deeper market penetration made possible by selling their tablets at big box stores within driving distance of even the most remote North American communities.


More interesting than this, a recent study by NDP indicated that 13% of all iPad users polled said that they would not have purchased a personal computer if they had been given the option to buy an iPad first. With sales numbers as high as we’re seeing here, coupled with the devotion that users have to the Cupertino-designed tablet and the sheer number of applications available for consumer use, it is very hard to envision how any similar device released in the months to come will be able to put much of a dent in the iPad’s soaring popularity.


Follow this article’s author, Seamus Bellamy on Twitter.



University Teaching iPad Literacy

When it comes to making student’s lives easier, Apple’s iPad is an almost ideal device. Lightweight yet sturdy, boasting a bright, easy to read screen and the ability to launch applications which provide access to scheduling aids, course content, email and the internet, the svelte tablet is being both adopted and endorsed by educational institutes across the country. It makes good sense then, that someone might want to teach students how best to use the device. Fortunately, Central Michigan University is blazing a path in this area that other institutions can follow.

According to The Morning Sun, Central Michigan University is now offering an educational program to ensure that the university’s students have the knowledge base required to leverage the power of technical innovations such as the iPad, making them better students, and in the end, better contenders once they graduate and enter the job market. In an interview with The Morning Sun, members of the university’s faculty lamented the fact that many of the students under their tutelage were able to preform simple tasks involving technology, such as locating and downloading music. However, when faced with something more arcane, recording a lecture with an iPad app, for example, the students were at a loss. Educators are allowing students to learn by doing. In one scenario, students were asked to produce an audio podcast in order to better understand how to use audio recording software, and then in an effort to understand how GPS operates, tag the podcasts with Foursquare.

Let’s hope we see similar classes crop up across the land. After all, more computer literate students mean less people relying on the geeks in their family to fix every single computer woe they experience in the years to come.


Follow this article’s author, Seamus Bellamy on Twitter.