Apple iPad: A Comprehensive Guide

Apple iPad: A Comprehensive Guide

Last updated: January 27th, 2010

After months of speculation and rumors, it’s official: The Apple iPad is real. The device, announced earlier today by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is designed to fill the perceived gap between the smartphone and the laptop.

With literally thousands of articles and blog posts being written about Apple’s new device, it’s easy to experience information overload. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive Apple iPad guide. It is our complete, constantly updated article on the iPad and its specs, features, pricing, availability and much more.

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the Apple iPad, and then some:

Apple iPad: The Overview [by Mashable]

[img credits: GDGT, Apple, Inc.]

Tags: apple, Apple iPad, Apple Tablet, ipad, iphone, iphone os, iSlate, Tablet

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Breaking News: CNN’s iPhone App Does That



Update: The CNN iPhone App is now in the app store. Download it here [iTunes link].

A little over a month ago, we reviewed the NPR News iPhone App. We raved about its radio integration and personalization options, so much that we definitively declared that “NPR’s iPhone app blows other news apps out of the water.”

We may have spoken too soon, because that declaration was before the CNN iPhone App.

The CNN iPhone App, which is now live in the app store [iTunes link], is nothing short of impressive. It combines breaking news with customization, the ability to save stories, streaming video whenever breaking news is in progress, and most intriguing of all, citizen journalism.

CNN’s iPhone App: It’s Impressive

The CNN iPhone app is divided into four key (but very different) components, combining for one seamless app experience. Here’s what you can expect if you download the $1.99 app:

Headlines: It’s the core of any news app – being able to read breaking news. You can sift through news by recency and by category (crime, politics, health, etc). And since it’s CNN, you can also share stories via Facebook Connect, Twitter, SMS, and email.

Oh, one more cool thing about headlines: if you turn your iPhone on the side, you can view stories like you can your iPod album covers. Flick through images to find the story that interests you. It’s a uniquely visual way to consume news.

My CNN: The app is chock-full of personalization options. Our favorite is the ability to “save” stories you want to read later. You don’t even need a connection to read saved stories, so you pick out the news you want and read it on the plane without a problem.

Another nifty feature: you can “follow” topics or stories that interest you and get alerts when there are updates to that story.




Video: Yeah, this app gets even better. It is CNN we’re talking about, so you’d hope there would be some video. You can watch on-demand clips related to breaking news. However, we’re huge fans of the live streaming video integration. Anytime there’s a breaking event (Obama gives a speech, a major natural disaster, election night, etc.), live coverage from CNN Live becomes available. Hell, this is a feature that I’d purchase as a standalone app itself.

iReport: Out of all of the CNN iPhone App’s features, this one may be the most game-changing. iReport is CNN’s user-generated citizen journalism initiative, where everyday citizens can upload photos, videos, and stories about events happening near them. Some of it is even used on CNN’s news coverage.

Guess what? The app lets you submit photos and videos you take with your iPhone to iReport and to CNN. Can you imagine how much citizen journalism this app will encourage?

To say we’re impressed with this app is an understatement. CNN went all-out with features and functionality, but did it in a way that’s simple and easy to use and consume. The app sets a new standard in functionality and even has the potential to change the news game with its iReport integration. It’s the complete package.

Reviews: Twitter, video

Tags: cnn, iphone, iphone app, News



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FCC Takes On Apple And AT&T Over Google Voice Rejection (via feedly)


(First of all, I must say: I love this pic!)


My, how the tables have turned. Earlier this week, we learned that Apple had suddenly begun to pull third party iPhone applications for Google Voice, citing the unconvincing rationale that they “duplicated” some of the iPhone’s functionality. We then broke the news that Apple had also rejected Google’s own official Google Voice application submitted six weeks prior, sparking a din of complaints from developers and users alike over the arbitrary and possibly anti-competitive restrictions being imposed by Apple. AT&T, too, has been a target of frequent criticism as many of us believe it may have also played a part in the decision. Of course, nobody really knows who is to blame — AT&T has hinted that it was ultimately Apple’s decision, and Apple continues to remain mute on the issue. But now we may get our answers: the Dow Jones newswire reports that The Federal Communications Commission is looking into Apple’s rejection of Google Voice, and has sent letters to AT&T, Apple, and Google to find out what’s going on. We’ve obtained copies of the letters and reprinted them below.

The newswire report notes that this is part of the FCC’s ongoing investigation into wireless handsets and their exclusive deals with carriers. Of course, this all comes years after Google CEO Eric Schmidt sent a letter to the FCC, urging it to adopt open standards that would gives users the freedom to use whichever applications they’d like on their wireless devices, on whichever network they preferred. At the time the suggestions seemed perhaps a bit idealistic, but now it’s becoming clear just how badly they’re needed.

It has been just over one year since Apple released the App Store, and already we’re beginning to see just what can happen when major companies collude to restrict user choice without fear of recourse. As I’ve written before, Google Voice offers a service that innovates in the telephony space in a way that hasn’t been seen for years. But rather than try to improve and offer a better service, Apple and AT&T are doing what they can do to protect their sacred cash cow. But it looks like the government isn’t going to stand for that any longer. With this move, the FCC is showing that it’s not going to let Apple carry its famed culture of secrecy into the telecom space.


For the letters read the whole post by TechCrunch

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