Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

iPad 3

February 11, 2012

iPad 3

Did you get a new iPad 2 for Christmas? It will be obsolete by St. Patrick’s Day.

“Apple’s iPad 3 may launch first week of March, report says,” Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times

“The crazy Apple rumors guide to iPad 3,”  Jonny Evans, Computer World

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Image (“Sir Thomas Chaloner the Elder with his iPad”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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iSteve

January 6, 2012

iSteve
A Steve Jobs action figure! Only $99, from InIcons. Isn’t that the coolest Steve Jobs memorial ever?

Not to the folks at Apple:

“Apple says it owns rights to Jobs’s likeness, and its letter reportedly states that it’s a criminal offense for any toy to feature Apple’s trademarks, logo, or products, as well as the appearance or name of its late co-founder.”

— “Report: Apple Goes After Latest Steve Jobs Action Figure,” Leslie Horn, PC Magazine

— “Apple ‘threatens legal action’ over Steve Jobs action doll,” Amy Willis, The Telegraph

The result of the legal threat: those InIcon action figures are fetching $135 on eBay.

In 2010, Apple stopped sales of an earlier “SJ Action Figure” that was more of an affectionate caricature. Shame, really. It was smaller, and would have looked great on the dashboard of your Prius.

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Happy Birthday iPod

October 22, 2011

Happy Birthday iPod

This Sunday the iPod personal music player turns 10 years old. Devised by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and engineers including Tony Fadell and Jon Rubinstein, the device let users download files from Apple’s iTunes site and organize their music in “playlists.” The device dominated the market, “iPod” is now a generic term for any portable MP3 player, and audio download “podcasts” are a feature of many websites.

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Kids and iPads

May 11, 2011

Kids and iPads

“Letting kids use or own iPads is controversial. Parents, teachers and others aren’t so sure about letting kids get sucked into yet another electronic diversion. Pilot programs at a few schools around the country to experiment with iPad-based learning tools are often met with criticism by parents and teachers alike.

 Everybody’s asking: Are iPads healthy for children?

 I’m here to tell you: That’s the wrong question.

 The right question is this: Is the iPad a healthy ‘replacement’ for TV? And I believe the answer is a resounding yes.”

— “Why Every Child in America Needs an iPad,” Mike Elgan, Cult of Mac

Image (“Schulknabe mit iPad, after Albert Anker”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Your iPhone Spies On You

April 23, 2011

Your iPhone Spies On You

Software in the iPhone tells Apple where you are now and where you have been. Best reaction so far:

“iPhone Secretly Tracking How Dull Your Life Is,” SatireWire

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Your iPad is History

March 3, 2011

Your iPad is History

What? You’ve got one of those old iPad slabs? Dude! Gotta get a new iPad 2. You can dress it up like a Barbie Doll G.I Joe with covers, docks, apps, stylus, adapters, cables  — even a real keyboard, just like a — like a computer!

 

Image (“Sir Thomas Chaloner with his iPad”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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U.S. Army Attack iPads

October 16, 2010

U.S. Army Attack iPads

The U.S. Army wants to buy a half-million-dollars-worth of Apple iPads. Which command? Fort Knox, naturally.

Mark Malseed and Jenifer Reinhardt tell all at OhMyGov.com

 

 

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The iPad Gets Sticky

September 9, 2010

 The iPad Gets Sticky

It seems like the iPad has been with us forever. Many early adopters have had one for weeks already, and couldn’t do … something-or-other without it.  The device has one slight design flaw, but engineers have finally found an elegant work-around:

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iPad: Beautiful, But Useless

May 21, 2010

iPad: Beautiful But Useless

Josh Belzman at MSNBC thinks the iPad is “Beautiful, but useless.”

“The iPad is too heavy. It’s awkward to hold and view in public. It’s fragile. It requires expensive accessories to protect it and extract more functionality. There aren’t enough killer apps, at least apps that do anything more than their iPhone equivalent. Its wireless reception is spotty and if you’re an iPhone owner, 3G access will set you back on top of your AT&T plan and give you all the same fits. The iPad does almost nothing your smartphone or laptop can’t already do and will cost you more to do it ….”

Other than that, he loves it.

“My iPad tryst: I craved, I caved, I gave up,” Josh Belzman, MSNBC.

Image (“Flora with Her iPad, after Rembrandt van Rijn”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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April 1: The iPad Reviews Are In

April 1, 2010

April 1: The iPad Reviews Are In

Apple will begin delivery of its long-anticipated iPad device in two days, but advance reviews cram the Web today. Using the Topeka search engine, we found the following:

“Apple admits iPad is a ‘massive joke,'”  Rich Trenholm, CNET UK.

“Apple iPad May Run Android OS In Next Version,” Techie Buzz.

“Pad-Dock iPhone to Tablet Converter,” I Want One Of Those Ltd.

“Adagio Teas iPad Thermometer,” Adagio.com.

Computer engineering professors at Columbia and Harvard are unavailable for comment.

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