iOS 5 was successfully downloaded and installed on the iPad 2. Only issue was a fail on restore the first time around. After that fail everything else ran smoothly. There’s a ton of features in iOS 5. Click here for more details on those features.
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Posted by alpaul on October 12, 2011
Windows 8 details: new features, UI enhancements and everything in between
Today, Windows Division prexy Steven Sinofsky treated Build 2011 attendees to a walkthrough of the various tweaks, subtle or otherwise, Microsoft’s made to Windows 8. Staying true to its roots, the new OS implements the familiar keyboard commands users have become accustomed to over the years — you know, like CMD and Ctrl+F. And as for its update to Internet Explorer, MS has imbued its tenth iteration with the ability to switch between the much-hyped Metro-style UI and plain old desktop view — all according to your whimsy. Of course, Redmond’s instituted other sweeping changes across the platform, and you can check some of the highlights after the break.
- All Windows 7 applications will run natively on Windows 8
- Security update notifications have been minimized to the lower right of the log-in screen
- Refreshed Windows Task Manager suspends apps when they’re not running on-screen
- New “Reset and Refresh PC” functions enable simplified system wipe and restore
- HyperV virtualization software comes pre-loaded on Windows 8
- Multi-monitor support now enables a single background across screens, as well as monitor-specific task bars
- Multi-touch support enabled for Internet Explorer 10
- Magnifier function enhanced for desktop manipulation
- Optional thumb-by-thumb input mode
- SkyDrive storage support integrated into all cloud-based apps
- Metro-style refresh for Mail, Photos, Calendar and People apps with Windows Live ID
- Settings roam allows for preferences to sync across a user’s Windows 8 devices
- Continued update support for Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
- Even a Lenovo S10 (first-gen Atom + 1GB of RAM) can “run” Windows 8
- There’s “no overlays” with Windows 8; Metro-style goodness is baked into the core
- Both Metro-style and conventional Win32 apps will be sold in the Windows Store
- Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share feature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card.
- Logins will use a photo-based system
- Apps will be able to natively connect and understand one another (if written as such)
- Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8
- There will not be a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets, and presumably, not for Media Centers either
- It’s unclear how many “editions” (Home, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) of Windows 8 there will be
- ARM devices will be supported, but not in the developer preview
The unabridged fact sheets surrounding the developer preview can be found here, and you can dive right into the fun this evening by downloading a copy of your own. Looking for our take on Windows 8 on a Samsung tablet? Look no further.
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Posted by alpaul on September 13, 2011
By Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — While the iPad currently rules the nascent market for tablet devices, a large swath of rival products is expected to benefit from booming demand for mobile-computing gadgets over the next four years.
So predicts Oppenheimer & Co., which in a report Monday forecast that shipments of tablet devices will soar from 15.1 million units this year to more than 115 million in 2014 — a compound annual growth rate of 66.5%. (cont’d)
Posted by alpaul on November 16, 2010
Wi-Fi models shipping in late March
3G models shipping in April
WiFi Only: 16GB $499, 32GB $599, 64GB $699
WiFi & 3G: 16GB $629, 32GB $729, 64GB $829
Processor: 1Ghz Apple A4 Chip
Display: 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixels
Battery: 10 hours
Steve Jobs take on Adobe Flash is that it’s too buggy. Here’s his take at a town hall meeting held for employees after the iPad launch as per “Wired”
“Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not its because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.“
I have been holding off on getting an Amazon Kindle for about a year now. Why? Because I knew somehow Apple must have been working on a better more innovation product than the Kindle. I want to read eBooks on a tablet, but I also want to be able to browse, do email, video, etc. The Amazon CEO, Jeffery Bezos, recently answered to an analyst question about the iPad at a earnings conference meeting by claiming that consumers want dedicated devices. Not me! Mr. Jeffery Bezos. If Mr. Bezos is correct. We would be hauling many bags of devices everyday, camera, mp3 player, notepad, blah, blah, blah. But no. We have the iPhone. The Blackberry. The Nexus. Soon to be the iPad. I use the iPhone. However with its 3.5 inch screen, I was only able to complete one eBook, “Random Walk down Wall Street” just had to finish this one. Great recommendation for all investors. The answer has presented itself. The answer is the iPad. Not exactly crazy about the name, but…. With the current legality issues facing Apple right now with Fujitsu claiming that iPad is their trademark name. Frankly I would be happy if the name was dropped.
Rumors of the Apple Tablet began surfacing late last year and even years prior. The build up heading into Wednesday’s event was crazy as expectations were off the roof, with analysts predicting prices, anticipation was at an all time high for an Apple event. May have been the most hyped since the iPhone’s release in 2007. At the event on January 27th many fans, media, observers left feeling disappointed. Like I did with “Avatar”. Whenever a product or event is hyped up, disappointment will surely follow. Like the iPod and iPhone. This product will be criticized. Come March however when the iPad is released, when thousands of customers have purchased the tablet, used it at the store, feelings will change. Apps will begin rolling from developers out for the iPad, games, eBooks, magazines, newspapers, video will get users excited. Like a new species, evolution of the product will take shape and just like that, the iPad will be loved and Apple’s bottom line continue to benefit.
Many features may have been intentionally left out of this product line, such as a camera (video conferencing) for later models. But one things for sure. This is not the Newton (a previous Apple product that backfired and had to be dropped). This device is already being craved by many on twitter, radio shows, tv, doctors (a physician called into WNYC this week and said he just can’t wait to get his hands on one) my house :). Some nights I just want to browse on the couch or in bed. The iPhone screen is just too small for this comfort and intimacy as per Steve Jobs at the iPad keynote. The iPad (name soon to be changed I hope but by no means a dealbreaker) will fill that void in my technology world.
Posted by alpaul on January 30, 2010