Lion Good To Go – Should Ship On July 14th

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OS X Lion (pictured at right), which was announced back in October, is in “Gold Master” status and is “shipping” to developers. A curious set of terms for an OS that strives so mightily to cut ties with the old disc-based model for software distribution.

9 to 5 Mac also hears that it will be available for you and me come July 14th — coincidentally, the time we expect to see new MacBook Airs come out, which were supposedly delayed to allow time for… you guessed it, Sherlock, Lion. It all makes sense! But how deep does the rabbit hole go?!

Everything You Need To Know About iOS 5

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The WWDC 2011 keynote has just wrapped up, and Steve Jobs and company have announced some very interesting features for the iOS family of devices, including improvements to browsing, rich reminders, and a slightly Android-esque Notification Center.

Apple has its own page with many of these features, but here are the big ones as we see them, and links to further coverage on the network.

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iOS Passes 200 Million Devices, 25 Million Of Which Are iPads

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Scott Forstall, speaking at WWDC 2011, has just announced some major numbers relating to Apple’s iOS. 200 million iOS devices have been sold, which they claim makes it the #1 mobile operating system in the world. With Android nipping at their heels, that could be a transient title, at least in the mobile phone world. The iPad, however, is another story.

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“The KickDrums” Demo TouchOSC MIDI Controller Especially For CrunchGear

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I’ve talked to many a musician about gadget addictions and the digital tools of their trade. Most recently, I was speaking with the KickDrums‘ management and inquiring about the gadgets the group uses for digital production and performance. Rather than doing an interview, Tilla (a.k.a. Matt Penttila) rose to the occasion and sent his own video demoing Hexler’s TouchOSC MIDI Control surface for iPad. He uses it live and in the studio. Dude made this post easy on me. Bravo for that. We should hire him.

TouchOSC is not a new app, but did issue an update as of May 3.

Video below.

The iPad Flexible Arm Lets You “Comfortably” Use Tablets In Bed

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This is either completely stupid or I am missing something major: Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko strikes again with the so-called “iPad Flexible Arm” [JP]. The idea here is to make it easier for owners to use tablets (both in a vertical and horizontal position) while lying in bed.

The thing is specifically designed for use with the iPad and iPad 2, but according to Thanko, most tablets not thicker than 18mm will fit.

The iPad Flexible Arm is already on sale in Thanko’s Japanese online store (price: $61).

Logitech Releases Keyboards, Mice, And Speakers For iPads and Android Tablets

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Way back in the old days I bought a keyboard for my Palm V, thinking that I would be able to type into it and become a proto-ultraportable ninja. That never worked, and I worry that Logitech is bringing us more of the same with this dump of tablet accessories including a $70 keyboard, Bluetooth mouse (for Android tablets only), and wireless speakers. The keyboard and speakers work with both iPads and Android devices.

The devices will be available at the end of the month and the mouse goes for $50 while the Bluetooth speakers cost $100. I saw these things last week and found them sufficiently cool but I worry that adding a keyboard to the tablet mix may be a bit of overkill. Have you been using a Bluetooth keyboard with your goodies? Yes? No?

The devices will be available at the end of the month and the mouse goes for $50 while the Bluetooth speakers cost $100. I saw these things last week and found them sufficiently cool but I worry that adding a keyboard to the tablet mix may be a bit of overkill. Have you been using a Bluetooth keyboard with your goodies? Yes? No?

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Logitech Transforms Places You Use Your iPad or Android Tablet with Lineup of Accessories

Introduces Range of Products Including New Logitech Keyboard Case, Logitech Wireless Speaker, Logitech Tablet Keyboard, Logitech Tablet Mouse

FREMONT, Calif. – May 19, 2011 -Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled a line of iPad and Android-based tablet accessories that enable you to make the most of your tablet, no matter how or where you use it.

“People love their tablets – the category is growing quickly and is here to stay,” said Azmat Ali, Logitech senior director for tablet products. “We’ve created a great lineup of products for tablet users, and it’s just the beginning. Over the coming months you can expect to see additional products for iPad® and Android™ tablets that are designed to help people create, consume and communicate.”

Encompassing products for both iPad and Android-based tablets, the new lineup from Logitech features a wide range of accessories – from keyboards to speakers – that help create the perfect environment for your tablet. Whether you want to use your tablet to catch up with friends on Facebook®, post quick updates to your blog, or share your favorite music – Logitech has a product for you.

Highlights of Logitech’s new lineup of tablet accessories include:

Logitech Keyboard Case

Created in collaboration with ZAGG®, the latest Logitech® Keyboard Case features the same sleek aluminum cover with military-grade, high-density padding as Logitech’s previously announced version. The protective case wraps around the iPad 2 to cover the screen and sides, and the Logitech Keyboard Case uses Bluetooth® connectivity to pair the keyboard quickly and easily. The new Logitech Keyboard Case incorporates a more intuitive keyboard layout and improved keystrokes for even more comfortable typing. It also adds a recess just behind the keyboard that props up an iPad 2 in portrait or landscape mode, virtually eliminating setup and packup time.

Logitech Wireless Speaker

When you want to share your favorite music, the Logitech® Wireless Speaker is a great choice. It eliminates cables and lets you place your speaker wherever you want – up to 50 feet away from your iPad or Android tablet depending on use, settings and environmental conditions. And you’ll get rich, full stereo sound – even from across the room – with your speaker’s dual two-inch drivers and plenty of bass. A rechargeable battery powers your speaker for up to 10 hours depending on your use and settings-so you can take your music with you wherever you go. And setup couldn’t be easier. Just pair with your tablet using Bluetooth wireless, and you are ready to listen.

Logitech Tablet Keyboard

The Logitech® Tablet Keyboard, a keyboard-and-stand combo, comes in two versions, one for Android-based tablets and a second for iPads, and is designed to travel easily, set up quickly and add a touch of convenience to all the places you use your tablet. It pairs easily with your tablet over Bluetooth wireless, so you can use it on your desk, lap or anywhere within 30 feet of your tablet, depending on use, settings and environmental conditions.

Logitech Tablet Mouse

A perfect companion to the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android, the Logitech® Tablet Mouse pairs with your Android-based tablet using Bluetooth, and offers smooth, accurate laser tracking, and side-to-side scrolling. The Logitech Tablet Mouse is designed specifically to work with tablets running the recently announced Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) platform.

Information about these products and additional accessories for iPad and Android-based tablets, including speaker docks, headphones, wireless speakers, keyboards and mice, is available on the tablets accessories page of Logitech’s website.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Keyboard Case is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in May and in EMEA beginning in June for a suggested retail price of $99.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Wireless Speakers are expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in May and EMEA beginning in June for a suggested retail price of $99.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning May and in EMEA beginning in June for a suggested retail price of $69.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in May for a suggested retail price of $69.99 (U.S.). The Logitech Tablet Mouse is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in May for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). Visit our blog or website for more information.

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Review: Two Speck iPad 2 Cases

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Rather than waste your entire morning forcing you to read two iPad 2 case reviews (I think I could barely read one at a sitting, but but these are important enough to look at more closely), I’ve decided to mush together two reviews into one megareview, the way Voltron is made up of multiple robots. To that end, I present to you an assessment of the Speck Pixelskin HD Wrap and their recently released Smartshell. I begin with the Smartshell.

When Speck first announced this case I was quite excited. I had already sunk $69 into the fancy leather iPad Smart Cover (I didn’t know it would be $69 when I picked it at the store it and by the time I hit the register I decided it would be bad form to upset the Apple genius who literally stood with me the entire freaking time while I was in the store. I think his life depended on quotas) and I used it religiously for quite a while. However, I like to resell my Apple stuff when new stuff hits so I decided to move to a full-coverage case (the HD Wrap, below) and wait until Speck released this hunk of plastic. Why? Because the Smart Cover only protects the front of the iPad 2 and not the back and I did not want to scratch up the iPad’s pristine and beautiful backside.

Basically this is a rear case for your iPad 2 with all the proper cut-outs and room enough to connect the Smart Cover. It covers the iPad’s metal back and protects it from some bumps and bruises although I wouldn’t say that this solution will protect from extreme impact or a fall. That said, however, the Smart Cover/Smartshell combo offers a base level of protection while reducing the overall case size, something I particularly enjoyed. You also regain the dubious benefits of the Smart Cover’s magnetic activation system.

While it is clear that the Smartshell is just a cleverly-made piece of plastic, if you, like me, have taken your iPad 2 to be your life partner in a small ceremony held in a park gazebo surrounded by supportive friends and family, I think you will agree that this $35 shell, alongside the aforementioned Smart Cover, are two great tastes that taste great together. However, if you do not own the Smart Cover yet, do not buy this.

Pixelskin HD Wrap

If you’re looking for more full-bodied protection, Speck also offers the Pixelskin HD Wrap, a rubbery, nubbin-textured soft case that surrounds your iPad in nearly the same material they used to use to Wacky Wall Walkers. The front of the case folds up into a triangle (Triangular solid? Triangular Cylinder?) like the Smart Cover and a small sticky patch along the backside allows it to stick to the glass.

Spoiler alert: Unlike the Smart Cover, this case does not clean your iPad 2′s screen, which can become a bit of a problem if you eat guac and chips while playing Angry Birds: Little Man Tate Edition. However, it does offer solid, all-encompassing protection of your iPad in a fairly slim case. It costs 50 freaking bucks, though, so be prepared to pay heartily for a case made of petroleum by-products and artificial coloring.

In all, these two cases are the best I’ve seen so far as most of the other cases I used are far too big and gangly for everyday use. However, you do face some trade-offs with each so qui nigrum videte.

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Honeycomb Has A Fighting Chance Against The iPad

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If you’d asked me a week ago what I thought about Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android, I would have said that it was in very bad shape and that it would be several months before it could even hold a candle to the iPad 2. Because despite my excitement to see Android take on Apple’s ridiculously successful iPad, my experience with the Motorola Xoom — the first Honeycomb tablet — has been decidedly poor.

From day one things were off to a bad start. At first, Android Market would crash literally every time I opened it. The Android team fixed that pretty quickly, but the OS was still riddled with weird bugs: swiping between home screens is laggy, widgets go blank and need to refresh, and there are myriad other glitches that pop up at random. And even beyond the bugs, there are weird quirks in the OS that feel poorly thought out (seriously, why does the ‘Home’ button look like an Up arrow?). But now I’ve had some time to test out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,  the new tablet that was given to Google I/O attendees and will be available in stores beginning June 8. And after spending the last couple of days using it around my apartment, I’m much more optimistic. In fact, I’m guessing this device is going to do very well, and that it foreshadows a bright future ahead for Honeycomb.

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Weekend Giveaway: Something Called An iPad Two (??)

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A company called PunchTab wants to test their new contest entry system, appropriately-named the PunchTab widget. To that end, they’ve offered us the ability to give away a black 16GB Apple iPad Two (was there ever an iPad One?), some sort of new tablet computer for people who like that sort of thing. They have it on hand and they want to send it to one lucky winner. All the kids seem to want one, like the Teddy Ruxpin.

So here’s where it gets a little weird.

So this is sort of a social giveaway. You can enter just as you would in a normal giveaway, with comments in the Disqus box below, but you can also like our Facebook fan page and/or tell your friends about the contest in a Tweet. Heck if I know how this all works, but it seems like a great way to spam your fan list with meaningless drivel, so I’m all for it!

Anyway, give it a try. If we like this method for contest entry and selection I’m totally down with switching or, if you guys just prefer the comment route, let me know. NOTE: Turn off adblock to see the javascript below. Also, you can also JUST COMMENT to enter, so you don’t have to get the extra entries using the widget.

Giveaway Details
Connect to the Giveway Widget and follow the instructions, it only takes 30 seconds to enter. You’ll then be able to earn multiple entries into a drawing for the iPad 2 by taking the following social actions:
- leaving a comment below (+1 entry) N.B. you have to SKIP PAST THE FACEBOOK “LIKE” thing to register your comment
- Liking this blog post (+1 entry)
- becoming a fan of CrunchGear on Facebook (+1 entry)
- Tweeting about this giveaway (+1 entry)
- BONUS (+unlimited entries); share your invite link with friends and earn +1 entry per unique click-through and +5 entries if your friend joins the giveaway too

Giveaway ends at midnight (Pacific Time) on May 15th; winner will be announced on May 16th.

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UPDATE – The winner is Brian Yang.

It Is Finished: The New Yorker iPad App Is The Beginning Of The End Of Print

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I’m a die-hard paper fan. I have a few shelves of books in almost every room of the house and I love taking a stack of magazines or newspapers on a plane – this is so ingrained in my psyche that I actually save magazines a few weeks before a long trip so I have something to read. But slowly, ever so slowly, this love of paper is leaving me. First, I abandoned print journalism for the bare-knuckle punch-fest that is blogging, and then I stopped reading print books and instead took up the Kindle, then the iPad. I literally have not cracked a paperback or hardback for a full, long read in more than a year. I’m not writing this to prove my early adopter cred but because the thought amazes me.

I still read the NY Times in dead-tree form and, although for a little while I thought The Daily would be the future of daily news, I think I’ll stick with the paper version for a few more months, at least until I wrap my head around the psychological process of reading general daily news online.

But the one thing I thought I’d never do was abandon my magazine habit. But slowly and surely magazines fell off my radar. First it was Wired because all the news in there I had read months before on the Internets. Then it was the Economist because I’d end up with a stack of magazines full of great stuff that I’d never read. I let my subscription to Fortune lapse and haven’t missed it. But if there’s one magazine I can’t get enough of in print form it’s the New Yorker.

I love the magazine. It has great, long pieces and funny marginalia. It has comics that I actually go through and consume before I read the actual articles. It has John Seabrook, whose Deeper turned me on to tech writing, and Anthony Lane. It’s like an effete liberal adult’s Mad Magazine without the harping of Harpers and the boredom of the Atlantic Monthly. The cover was always great, it was slim, and thus a copy of the New Yorker has accompanied me on almost every trip I’ve taken in the past decade.

But I’m about to cancel my print subscription. Why? Because the iPad version is far superior.

The iPad version includes everything that currently exists in the print title – including the full-page ads for Rolex and probably that damn Pokeboat – except in a much cleaner form. Each issue costs $4.99 and e-only subscriptions cost $59 a year. iPad and print subscriptions cost $69. That’s right: Conde Nast puts so little value on the paper that the magazine is printed on that it will give it to you for use as kindling for a mere $10 more. Other titles like GQ and Wired will cost $1.99 an issue or $19.99 a year. I doubt they will sell as well as the New Yorker.

Why? Well, the New Yorker is text heavy. It’s not quite gray in the way some magazines are – the iPad app uses the New Yorker’s classic ACaslon Regular font to reduce the general density of the text – and the stories are long and engaging. There are no graphical tricks, not too many multimedia events, and when there are, they’re great (one poetry reading by Sherman Alexie in the latest issue was amazing). And even the ads are unobtrusive and, dare I say it, beautiful in full living color. Everything about the iPad version is the same, yet strikingly different. This isn’t some rush-job given to a bunch of magazine designers who slap a little video in the corner of a horribly laid-out page. This is a full rethinking of the title and changes entirely how we consume long-form writing.

I know the app has been around for a while but in-app purchases really clinched it for me. I was able to tap the latest issue in the app and it was available immediately. Then I could tap an issue I seem to have missed a few weeks before and there it was, ready to go. It was a smooth and seamless experience.

There is something in our core that loves a book. We love the paper, the smell, the visual cues and dog-eared bookmarking techniques. But I wonder if this is a learned response, handed down to us in a long line that began with Gutenberg and ended with Mom, Pop, and our favorite English teacher. I wonder if my kids will care about books as much as I did – the physical objects, not the stuff inside – and whether their kids will even know books exist. There are generational overlaps that happen all the time. My father’s old records, once wildly important to him in the 1960s and 70s ended up in my hands in the 90s and taught me to love Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Stones. But will I ever fire them up again? No. Those records were the last gasp of a discovery engine that stopped when the last mass-market LP was sold in the last Tower Records store. That engine can’t start again, but I suspect my own son will find my old CDs, become curious, and then go off on a journey of his own. I wonder how his son, years from now, will find my son’s discarded bits and reconstitute them into music, but that’s a sad and metaphysical thing – the passing of bits from parent to child – that I don’t even want to ponder.

Talk all you want about how paper isn’t going anywhere and how there are still billions of people who depend on books in distant countries where educational- and news-reading is still stuck in the Paper Age. I think the first wave will break when colleges go iPad-only and those same educated students will teach their children from the iPad. The next wave comes when the children’s book binders start shuttering their plants and the final wave will come when the print newspapers and magazines fall en masse along with publishers. They will exist, but they will have changed.

What does this mean for the magazines that are currently print-only? Well, they have to become more interesting. They have to embrace the flow of news and information and they have to differentiate themselves from us blogger hacks by spending real money on stories. This is hard. They’ve been used to a steady stream of revenue from print subscriptions. They’ve been used to long lead times, plenty of time to prepare, and they’ve been held hostage by the old methods of top down editorial. They claim that advertisers can’t wrap their heads around the Internet. But they can – it’s been proven again and again. A few tech titles, PC Magazine and Laptop come to mind immediately, have already made this leap. Others will follow.

The New Yorker iPad app proves that great writing is great writing, no matter how it’s displayed. It is new wine poured into new wineskins: everything works, nothing is strange, and the product tastes as sweet as it did in the old skins.

NPD: Don’t Blame The iPad For Dipping PC Sales!

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A study conducted by research firm NPD Group revealed that the big bad iPad isn’t to blame for the current decline in consumer PC sales. The Apple iPad Owner Study II revealed that only 14 percent of early iPad adopters chose to forego a PC purchase because of their tablet purchase. Research firm IDC estimates a 10 percent drop in the U.S. PC market last quarter, citing factors outside of the increasing popularity of the iPad and other tablets.

“The explosion of computer sales when Windows 7 launched, as well as the huge increase in netbook sales at that time, are much more to blame for weak consumer PC sales growth than the iPad,” said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at NPD Group. “Overall it appears that the vast majority of iPad purchases to-date have been incremental to the consumer technology industry.”

It would seem as though PCs take a real dive. Until then, looks like you’ll need one of each.

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Rex Ray Dodocase, For Art-Lovin’ iPad 2 Owners

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We’ve always been fans of the Dodocase, the well-crafted case for iPad, Kindle, and likely some other stuff soon. Their new iPad 2 line looks to be as good as the original we reviewed, but it’s possible that for some, the design is a bit too understated. Solution? Get an artist like Rex Ray to make a splashy, original design for the thing.

The new case is the same as the old case, but has an original piece of artwork from Rex Ray on both the inside and outside. The stencil-ish pattern is certainly striking, though of course it only comes in one color variation, since technically it’s a print of one original piece. They’ll run you $90, same as the “limited edition” versions.

Will we see more custom cases from popular artists? I think it’s a good idea. I’d also go in for some sweet laser etchings or Rembrandt or Doré. The Empyrean would look interesting with a big Apple logo in the middle.

Like the case? Watch out for our contest a little bit later today and you might just win one.

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Huadian Promises iPad 2 Copycat Tablet Next Month

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We’ve been pretty patient, waiting around for a manufacturer to step up to the challenge that the iPad 2 presents to all tablet makers, but it seems that the wait may be coming to a close with Huadian’s latest project: an iPad 2 clone.

Huadian claims that its iPad 2 look-alike will have the same 8.8mm thickness as Apple’s smash-hit slate, will feature a 9.7-inch capacitive screen. Huadian also promises that the slate will be constructed with alloy.

As for now, we haven’t actually gotten a peak of the front of the device, but from the looks of this tablet’s backside, we may have finally found a true iPad 2 imitation. Huadian was pretty sparing with specs, but the manufacturer did mention an AMLogic 800MHz CPU, 512 MB RAM, and 8GB of internal Flash storage. The iPad 2 copy cat will also feature front and rear-facing cameras, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity, as any true iPad 2 imitation must.

If this tablet turns out to be as great as it sounds (which we should be able to determine in about a month, upon its release), then Huadian has certainly raised the bar for Chinese tablet manufacturers. Game on!
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Seriously? This Scam Is Still Happening On Ebay?

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I’ve always considered eBay a haven for flim-flam artists, con-men, and fools but this takes the cake. The old scam – basically a fine-print ruse where you’re actually selling a link or a box or something while making it look like you’re selling the real thing – is still alive and well on eBay but now it’s taken a decidedly more commercial turn. These new auctions purport to sell iPads 2 but instead they ask you to give up your cellphone number for a lifetime of high-priced text messages and/or identity theft in the guise of an actual sale.

I found plenty of these auctions so far but this one seems to have gathered some traction with people bidding up to $265 on what is essentially an advertisement.

While I’m all for parting fools from their money, does eBay have to make it so amazingly easy? Isn’t there a heuristic they can employ that scans the text for known spam words? It’s stuff like this that makes my vonny kroovy boil. Please, people: read your auctions before you bid.

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Report Has Conde Nast Following Hearst’s Example On iPad Starting Next Week

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We posted on Wednesday about how publishing giant Hearst has agreed to Apple’s iTunes-delivery terms for its magazines, and will set a standard price of $2 per month or $20 per year. It seems Conde Nast will be following its example, if the NY Post’s tipster is correct. Odd, since it recently said it’s slowing down its tablet stuff.

Strangely, The New Yorker is said to be their first offering. I’m guessing that’s because it’s not graphics-heavy and requires little in the way of layout work. The real question is: without a print edition, how will I be able to make clear to people around me that I’m reading The New Yorker?

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iPad 2 Gets A Big Launch In Beijing

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MIC Gadgets has taken some great pictures of the iPad 2 launch at the Beijing Apple store. My favorite part? The official scalping area, where people who bought up all the stock can sit and wait for disappointed buyers to come out and buy for a markup.

I have to say, though, for a city as big and dense as Beijing, I kind of expected even more people than this. Regardless, Apple’s hot little tablet sold out in a few hours. Maybe because they let scalpers buy like 20 each?!

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Hearst Publications Come To iTunes: $2 Per Month, $20 Per Year

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Now we’re getting somewhere. Just last week I posted how Conde Nast was taking a break from pushing its tablet editions due to… well, an inability to sell them. I’ve always felt that these companies need to let go of big profits per consumer and focus on the high-volume, low-price angle. It looks like Hearst is doing that to some extent, having just agreed to offer its magazines on a subscription basis through the iTunes store.

At $2/month or $20/year, the titles are comparable to yearly print subscription costs. Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and O will be the initial offerings, though more are surely in the works. This makes Hearst the first major publisher to go under the Apple subscription yoke, which many have already bucked at. But as people don’t seem to like having to purchase each issue separately, and volume is all-important for publishing, Hearst decided this was the right move.

Will Hearst be the first of many? Will Conde Nast and others wait and see, or hasten to join for fear of losing potential readers? Find out next time on When Publishers Agree.

Seagate Teases “Perfect Companion” For Tablets

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Seagate is toying with us, saying they’re going to release this month the “perfect companion” for iPads and other tablets. Being that they’re a storage company and tablets lack serious storage space, I’m guessing it’s a tablet-oriented storage and backup solution, perhaps focusing on mobility and anywhere-accessibility. Perhaps via a browser client?

Nobody knows, though Reg Hardware is making a few guesses. We’ll keep our eyes open.

Sales Partly Suspended: South Korea Apparently Loves the iPad 2

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It looks like the iPad 2 is selling well in South Korea, too. According to a Reuters article from today, the device is actually flying off the shelves in the country (where it went on sale on April 29). Major Korean telcos SK Telecom and Korea Telecom at least had to suspend sales today even though they started offering the iPad 2 online less than a week ago.

As usual with Apple products, country-specific sales numbers are impossible to get, but SK Telecom says they are completely sold out and blames the iPad 2′s “global supply shortages” for the situation.

Google Translate tells me Koreans can still order the iPad 2 (all models) in Apple Korea’s online store though (even though customers have to wait 1-2 weeks).

It’s Bike Season And This App Will Help You Tune Things Up

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This clever little app, called Bike Repair, shows you how to fix your bike using videos and pictures. Is your transmission borked? Are your breaks soft? Do you have a squirrel in the spokes? It’s all here. It will even help you fix your seat and handlebars for the most comfortable ride.

It runs on the iPhone, iPad, and under Android and costs $2. I, personally, enjoy the rough and ready techno music accompanying the official demo video.

Don’t want to spend the cash? You could also just head over to MAKE and learn how to do it yourself without risking getting smutz all over your iPhone or iPad