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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]


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

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Google Chrome Gets an Adorable New Ad (via feedly)

Google Chrome Gets an Adorable New Ad

chrome osWith Google Chrome now available on the Mac, there’s more buzz than ever around Google’s speedy, lightweight browser. Now Google in the UK has created a 4 minute introductory video for would-be Chrome users, featuring pin-boards, graffiti, and even some knitting.

We think it’s fantastic; clearly huge amounts of effort went into what could have been another boring introductory video.

What do you think – is this better than a screencast? Let us know in the comments.

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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

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Facebook To User: Your Life is Empty (via feedly)

Who needs enemies when you’ve got Facebook? One user created a photo album called “Your Life”, and the following result ensued.

We’re fairly sure this is a setup – after all, who creates an album called “Your Life”, rather than “My Life”?

That said, the resulting screenshot may be interpreted as a thought-provoking commentary on our modern, hyper-connected lives that seek to mask our inner loneliness. Either that, or just a really funny joke.

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IE6 MUST DIE: 70+ Sites Unite to Kill IE6 (via feedly)

 

IE6 No More ImageOn Tuesday we brought you news of IE6 No More, the movement to accelerate the death of Internet Explorer 6. The campaign asks sites to include code that detects IE6 visitors and encourages them to upgrade to Firefox, IE8, Safari or Google Chrome. On Tuesday the movement composed of around a dozen sites, today that number exceeds 70 participants.

The sites jumping on board are by no means insignificant: they include established internet startups, consulting firms and (of course) design blogs. As the sites creator, David Rusenko, told us on Tuesday, the aim is to target both personal users who are behind the times and put pressure on corporate IT departments:

“We think we can have a huge impact: For those users that are just unaware they are using an old browser (mothers, grandmothers), we’d like to encourage them to upgrade and have a better experience using our sites. For those users in corporate environments, we’d like to start putting pressure on the IT department to upgrade — the more users who complain about seeing the prompts (especially if coming from the top), the more pressure the IT department will have to either upgrade IE 6 or install Firefox side-by-side with IE 6 for compatibility reasons.”

With 72 sites on board at last count, that aim is closer to becoming a reality.

For further coverage, see: IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On. Twitter users can also join the movement against IE6 by adding a ribbon to their Twitter avatars.


IE6 No More: Who’s On Board


 

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Reviews: Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Twitter

 

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