European iPads starting to arrive early


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We've received several tips this morning from happy international readers who've received their iPads early. Reports have come in from Germany, Italy, Spain, Scotland and England; reader MoonWalkerCTE comments below that a 64BG unit arrived late on Wednesday afternoon. Reader David sent us this photo of his iPad as it landed at his door in the UK. Say goodbye to today's productivity, David!

Here in the States, rule-bound UPS drivers kept us waiting until the last possible second, so we're happy for our international friends and their good fortune.

Apple recently delayed international delivery dates, citing high demand. The iPad officially goes on sale in 9 countries tomorrow (the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy), where long lines and sighs of relief are expected.

European iPads starting to arrive early originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 27 May 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Free App Alert: – 2360: Battle for Cydonia


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Action adventure game 2360: Battle for Cydonia is available as a free download today only, so if you’re interested in this top-down shooter, then grab it now!  It has 21 levels to battle through with plenty of weapon and armour upgrades to help out along the way, plus three difficulty settings. Also worth considering while you’re [...]


Barnes & Noble Goes up Against Kindle, iBooks on the iPad


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Barnes & Noble has just released its BN eReader for iPad, a mobile e-reader application that competes with Apple's own iBooks app and the popular Kindle for iPad. The new BN eReader sports several features that could position it as a worthy competitor, the most notable of which is probably the "LendMe" feature borrowed from the company's own e-reader device, the Nook. With this option, users can loan e-books to friends for up to two weeks.

In addition, the BN eReader app offers multiple preset themes and library views, fully customizable pages, text sizes, typefaces, highlight and link colors, margins and spacing, and support for syncing between devices.

Syncing and Shopping

Like Amazon's Kindle, which features something called WhisperSync to synchronize reading progress, notes and bookmarks across devices, the BN eReader will also sync the last page read of an e-book, newspaper or magazine as well as bookmarks, highlights and notes between the iPad and the company's BN eReader software for PCs. However, syncing between its iPhone BN eReader app and the iPad is not supported at this time, as the company is still working on the updated version of its iPhone software. The company says iPhone-to-iPad syncing will be in place by next month and a brand-new iPhone app will arrive later this summer. Also arriving next month is an Android app, which will further extend the BN platform's reach.

In-app purchases aren't supported within the BN eReader application. Instead, tapping "add books" launches an external browser that takes you to Barnes & Noble's online bookstore. Whether the choice to forgo in-app purchases is a design decision or a by-product of Apple's restrictions is unknown at this time, but it's worth noting that the Amazon Kindle iPad app does the same.

LendMe: Loan Out Your E-books

The unique "LendMe" feature is perhaps the biggest selling point for the new BN application. With this feature, e-book owners can share select titles with friends for up to two weeks. To share a title, the app actually taps into the iPad's address book - no need for the friend to have a Barnes & Noble account or for the app to be pre-installed on their PC or mobile device. Unfortunately, not all titles are supported due to publisher restrictions.

Other features include:

  • An e-bookstore with 1-plus million titles
  • Over half a million free e-books
  • Free samples for all e-books
  • Two library views (grid view, which displays cover art, and a list view)
  • Sort options (recently read, author, title) for the library view
  • Ability to bookmark pages, make highlights and write notes
  • Recommendations
  • Built-in dictionary
  • Notes, highlighting and bookmarks
  • Keyword search for notes
  • Built-in Google and Wikipedia search options for looking up words and terms

Downsides

At launch time, popular periodicals like The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal weren't available, but they should be arriving soon.

Also missing is support for content purchased elsewhere, even when it's in a standard e-book format. Because of the lack of this feature, many users have already condemned the app for being yet another closed-off, walled garden. Luckily, though, this restriction is only temporary. Barnes & Noble says that ePub-formatted content will be able to be imported into the application in the "coming weeks," so keep checking for updates.

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STM Jacket iPad


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The STM jacket iPad succeeds at its goal of iPad-carrying minimalism. Good build quality at a great price make this a solid choice if you don't need to carry many extras.

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Kensington Sling Bag (9″-10″)


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The Sling Bag is a decent iPad and netbook bag at a rock-bottom price. It offers a smaller form factor over traditional notebook bags, but has enough extra room for a couple magazines or a book. Thanks to a few design flaws, though, you can do much better if you spend just $10 to $20 more.

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Loopbag Transit iPad Case


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The Loopbags Transit iPad Case is built well, though it's a better fit for netbooks than for the iPad. A unique, though perhaps gimmicky, design sets it apart from the crowd.

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Old cranks now learning to love their iPads


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Remember when everyone was like “I’m returning my iPad? It’s the garbage?” That was SO early Spring 2010. The new hotness is increased iPad affection with a soupcon of wistful disappointment that comes to the folks who originally attacked the iPad and are now smitten. It was so fun to have a flat, glassy enemy back in April!

First, anecdotally, Disrupt this week featured so many iPads you could have feasibly placed one on every seat in the auditorium and still had iPads left over to pave halls by the loading dock. The iPad is the new iPhone but the tamagotchi effect – that thing you see where people just endlessly fiddle with their iPhones in public, rubbing them like hamsters – just doesn’t happened. The iPad sits, open, on your table in front of you and you occasionally brush your hand over it like a sleepy wizard. It doesn’t require as much attention as the iPhone.

Then you have Fred Wilson who, at first, was against the iPad and then he was for it. Why? Because it is unobtrusive.

Here’s what I think is going on. The iPad hits a sweet spot between a “device” and a piece of printed matter. If you see someone at dinner whipping out a phone, they’re a douche. But the iPad requires a bit more preparation and since it looks like a book or a magazine, we process its intrusion differently. If you pull it out in mixed company, it’s to show them something. It’s not so you can check 50 email messages and send tweets while everyone else is toasting the bride and groom.

Because the iPad looks like a book, the rules of book reading apply. If you’re outside using it, you’re available. You wouldn’t shush someone as you skimmed the Do’s and Don’t in Glamour just as you wouldn’t shush someone while using the iPad. It’s not a private activity, really. The screen is big and there’s always something you can share on the iPad’s screen with the other person. It’s inclusive rather than exclusive.

So go ahead and hate your neighbor and go ahead and cheat a friend, but don’t claim the iPad hasn’t hit a sweet spot with far to many people to dismiss it.

iPad wall mounts take a turn for the crazier (video)


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Wall mounts have been around since forever and a day, but let's be honest, they've never had something quite like an iPad to cling on to. And now a couple of enthusiastic tablet users have gone and concocted their own homemade articulating display stands, showing how easily it can be done. Al forwards the gallery of pics below, telling us he only had to buy a standard VESA TV mount and an iPad case (costing around $40 in total), screw the two together, and boom, his son had an iPad "bed mount." Alternatively, if you're after a more sophisticated solution, you'll want to see dim3m's video after the break, showing how he put together the above speaker-enriched platform. Go ahead, there's a banging soundtrack too.

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iPads Start Arriving Early in the UK


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Miracles do happen. Although the official European launch date for the iPad is tomorrow, May 28, at least one customer from the UK got his iPad a day early.

UPS delivered the iPad to the workplace of one lucky Stephen, located in Hatfield Heath, Essex. “I swear the launch was today,” was all the delivery person said.

Interestingly enough, recently the shipping date for the iPad in Apple’s UK online store changed from “May 28″ to “June 7″ and then to “June.” However, it seems that the customers who pre-ordered their iPads on the 10th or 11th of May can expect to see the device on their doorsteps on May 28, and — at least in one case — even a day early.



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Review: ShapeUp Club for iPhone


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The success of this app lies in its ability to do something relatively complicated -- detailed calorie counting -- in a very simple manner. A quick spin through ShapeUp Club, and you'll be amazed that you get this kind of functionality for free.

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Firefox Home – When A Browser is Not a Browser


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You want Fennec for the iPhone?  Well, move along, as this isn’t it.  Mozilla have posted some details on their blog about a new application they’ve created for the iPhone, which will indeed allow you to view pages on the Internet, but is not a browser.  Called Firefox Home, it’s a clever little thing that [...]


Mercedes-Benz Financial begins using the iPad


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Mercedes-Benz Financial has announced that they are beginning to hand out some iPads to select dealers. “Mercedes-Benz Financial will distribute iPads to 40 selected dealers throughout the United States to test iPad as a business tool. The company will monitor iPad usage and collect feedback from dealers and field sales staff over the summer.” Furthermore, the [...]