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Ustream Updates iOS App with a Native iPad Interface

Its obvious to anyone who owns one that the iPad is perfect for all of us couch potatoes out there. I know that I use mine the most while I am monitoring news feeds or studying my lecture notes. iPad owners are also very aware that we love to watch video on our tablets.

Beyond that consumption, many iPad faithfuls want to use their devices to produce content. While we have had apps like Pages and Numbers for a while now, the iPad 2 presents some unique opportunities for video production.

Ustream, a popular video streaming service, has heard our call, and they have given us an official iPad app. While it isn’t the first time Ustream has been available on iOS, this recent update is the first time its had a native iPad interface. I can tell you that the interface is sleek, useful, and intuitive, which are all high compliments coming form me.

The major features that you should get to know are probably the ability to stream straight from your iPad, and AirPlay compatibility. Thats right, with this app, you can stream your content from your iPad directly to you Ustream channel. This is a great step forward for content creators on the go.

AirPlay compatibility is something that I look for in many of the new iPad apps, and its good to see Ustream getting on the bandwagon. in case you missed it, AirPlay is the feature that allows a user to display app content, like video, on a second device, like a Mac or an Apple TV.

If you are interested in checking out the new Ustream for iPad, you can do so here. I recommend it if you already watch some Ustream content, or are looking for more to consume on your iPad. I know I will be trying my hand at content production through the app in the near future.

Who can compete with the iPad?

The iPad is the king of tablets

Apple’s iPad has dominated tablet sales so far. Android tablets have started making some dents, but none of them are really gaining steam as a product (vs. Android tablets gaining some share as a collection). Harry McCracken at Technologizer asked the simple question every tablet maker should be asking at the time of creating their products: Why should someone buy this instead of an iPad?.

Not just the hardware

The iPad and iPad2 are exceptional products by themselves. Great design (although, I could do with a non-glossy/non-reflective screen), light enough to be really portable, GREAT battery life, and to me, a good size for a screen which would be used for media consumption like movies and TV shows via Netflix, hulu and the like.

The key to their success though, besides the hardware itself and the beauty of the operating system, is the ecosystem. The apps, music, movies, podcasts, iTunes U, and the sometimes overlooked accessory industry. Apple has made slow and steady progress in putting these pieces together and has a seemingly invincible position, but in the world of technology today, it could be very short-lived.

Of course, the starting price of $500, thought by many at the time of the iPad launch to be too high, seems like another killer feature of the iPad.

Ecosystem providers, real competition

Who can really compete with the iPad? Not just the tablet, but the entire package of the tablet, the ecosystem, and the price? Remember, it may be ok to just meet the iPad, but in order to create a serious dent, the competition has to have a pretty big advantage on almost all of the aspects. So, let’s see who is competing:

  • Android at the low end: Cheap Android tablets are everywhere but they may not have Google’s blessing and as a result be cut off from the first-class Android experience, including the Android Market. So they have the price advantage but nothing else.
  • Android at the top end: Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab started off as 3G devices sold by the carriers. They required a data contract or ended up costing more without data contract, than an iPad. They suffered from the data contract/price issue to start with, but more importantly, there are hardly any apps for Android in the tablet form factor. An ecosystem though, is not just about the apps, it should also provide a good collection of music, movies and TV shows, which Android seems to lack today.
  • HP TouchPad with webOS: HP recently launched the TouchPad and the sales as well as reviews are not encouraging. HP has a problem similar to Android tablets in terms of getting quality apps available for the customers. It does not have to be hundreds of thousands of apps like the iPad apps, but when you start from zero, it is really an uphill climb. HP does not have a marketplace for music, videos and TV either, but it is big enough to cut some deals and get something going. The point right now though, is that there is nothing on offer, making it difficult to justify the purchase for consumer use.
  • RIM Playbook and Windows 7 slates: I won’t go into too much detail because it is clear that RIM released this thing too soon. It is an unfinished product and has been a flop so far. It is hard to imagine a product from the maker of Blackberry devices that does not have native email and calendar. Native email and calendar are supposed to be coming this summer, but until then it is an incomplete product.   I am similarly ignoring Windows 7 tablets like the the Asus slate, because Windows 7 Touch seems like touch was slapped on Windows 7 rather than it being built for touch-first use. While it works much like a PC, thereby providing a healthy ecosystem to rely on, it is not really an iPad competitor because it is not as light, and is way more expensive.

Windows 8, Amazon tablet Two legitimate competitors

We know very little about Windows 8 and almost nothing about the Amazon tablet. In fact, we don’t even know if any such product is going to come from Amazon, but here is why I think either of these, or both, are going to be viable competitors to iPad (and also lay out conditions for their success).

Windows 8 (especially ARM version): ARM is known for its power efficiency, and we can assume that it will enable small form factor Windows 8 devices with a long battery life. Combine this with the public announcement by Steven Sinofsky that Windows 8 system requirements are going to be same or lesser than Windows 7, and we have a good chance of seeing Windows 8 tablets/slates in the iPad form factor with similar battery life. Windows has a great ecosystem which it supports on the XBOX and Windows Phone, in the form of the Zune Marketplace. It provides a huge collection of music, movies and TV shows. Windows of course, has the most extensive applications catalog (although the current Windows applications will not automatically work on ARM, but will do on Intel architecture as-is). Windows Phone has rapidly grown its app catalog, starting from zero in October/November of 2010 to about 25,000 this June. Since we don’t know what Windows 8 application development will be like outside of HTML/Javascript, let’s just assume that the app ecosystem will be rich enough to start with. This assumption is generally for Windows 8 with full support for legacyWindows applications. We cannot discuss ARM applications until we know more, supposedly at the //build/ conference in September this year.

One concern I have is that Microsoft seems to be fixated on the fact that tabletsare full PC’s, just in a different form factor. Maybe they consider slatesto be the lightweight PC with a similar form factor. I hope that one way or the other, that they understand that there is a product category which is not necessarily a full PC, but serves the purpose of casual computing much like the iPad does today.

Amazon tablet: Of all Android tablet makers, Amazon surprisingly is poised to be the best equipped in terms of an ecosystem it supports music, movies, TV shows, instant streaming, subscription, cloud storage, cloud music player, digital goods, and very recently, even its own curated Android market for apps! It has already shown manufacturing prowess with the highly successful Kindle, although I understand components for a tablet are different from those used in making the Kindle. Amazon also has a great retail shelf spaceto sell their tablet, and that is their home page, visited by millions of people every day.

If they can pull off a 9- or a 10-inch tablet built on Android with their own marketplace for apps, movies, music and TV shows, they would immediately be a competitor.

It is strange that I feel most optimistic about something that we may not see for one more year, and something that does not even exist as a product today. Such is the state of iPad competition (or lack thereof) today, that we are left to place our bets on almost-unicorns and unicorns.

I sure hope there is some real competition for the iPad though, because that can only be good for us, the consumers. Right?

Steve Jobs Mimic Launches Taiwanese Tea [Video]

Do you want to win an Apple iPad 2? Then drink Taiwanese tea. Yup, you heard that right! A Taiwan-based tea company has released a video commercial featuring Steve Jobs impersonator, launching not the iPad, but a Taiwanese tea product. The commercial begins with Steve Jobs walking out onto the stage with a big screen behind him with the title – How to get an iPad 2.

With mock journalists applauding, the fake Steve Jobs starts talking about the Taiwanese tea product. He explains how one can win an Apple iPad 2 by participating in the promotion, which lasts until September. He says, “You don’t need to be jealous of other iPad 2 owners anymore. Because right now if you purchase any Taiwanese tea, you can win an iPad 2 (too?) every week” and with this the crowds goes gaga.

Well, if Apple comes across this ad (or maybe they already have?), will they stop the company from promoting their product with this advertisement? I think it’ll be quite unfair if they do so. Anyways, who cares? Let’s taste the Taiwanese tea and stand a chance to win an Apple iPad 2 :P

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Jailbreak iPad 2 and iPhone 4 Running iOS 4.3 Using JailbreakMe.com

Apple announced the iPad 2 way back in March this year. The second generation iPad boasts of a dual-core A5 processor, and was slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.

However, the iPad 2 was made insanely secure from jailbreaking by Apple. All the hardware level exploits used by the jailbreakers, were patched by Apple in iPad 2.

Nevertheless, popular hacker comex has finally released a way to jailbreak the iPad 2. The jailbreak works via a PDF exploit found, which was first discovered in 2010.

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To jailbreak your iPad 2, owners just need to head over to JailbreakMe.com from their iDevice, and press the Free’ button on the site. Then, users need to select the Install button which comes up on the screen. The site will then load a PDF, which may crash Safari.

Afterwards, users will find the Cydia shortcut on their iOS home screen. Tap on free and install button only once, even if it may look like Safari is not responding.

This jailbreak is also compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G and 4G, running on iOS 4.3.3.

Display Suppliers’ Production Numbers Support Upcoming Increase In iPad 2 Shipments

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Last week, DigiTimes reported  that Apple is looking to ship 12-14 million iPad 2s during the third quarter of 2011, and now a new report backs that prediction up  with claims that Apple’s touch panel suppliers shipped out five million units in June and plan to produce five million more in July.

Five million touch sensors for the iPad 2 will be shipped in July, according to sources with Apple’s supply chain.

Shipments in June were also five million, with TPK Holding and Wintek supplying 1.4-1.6 million units each and the remaining by Cando, Sintek Photronic and Chimei Innolux (CMI), the sources indicated.

Rumors have suggested that Apple has had a tough time meeting customer demand due to the display production. TPK and Wintek used to supply Apple’s suppliers, but since then Apple has added more suppliers to meet its production goals.  In addition, rumor has it that  Apple has said to be buying up 60% of the global supply for touch panels for 2011.

Apple iPad 2 Commercial Released, Entitled “Now” [Video]

Apple has released a new iPad 2 commercial entitled “Now” that highlights more on user experience rather than hardware specs. This 30 second video clip showcases how users can use iPad to watch movies, read magazines, newspapers and video call using FaceTime.

Now, we can watch a newspaper; listen to a magazine; curl up with a movie; and see a phone call.
Now, we can take a classroom anywhere; hold an entire bookstore; and touch the stars.
Because now, there’s this.

Apple’s competitors emphasize more on technical specifications, but Apple has decided to take a different route. They are working completely on a different strategy to market their products by highlighting more on user experience. This commercial is simple and to the point, and does not amplify on technical specifications.

Apple iPad 3 Coming This Christmas with 6x Better Resolution Than iPad 2

According to a report from Reuters, Apple has scheduled to launch iPad 3 in Q4 of this year. iPad 3 is expected to have a surprisingly impressive 6x the resolution of the current iPad 2.

It does sounds interesting and makes you think “wow”, but I guess that’s quite a high increase in resolution and as a matter of fact that display will be way too expensive and completely unnecessary.

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There have been rumors earlier that focused on Apple’s iPad 3 display. Some claim that the next-generation table could have 3D screen. It is also rumored that Apple was plans on Samsung’s AMOLED panels for the iPad 3.

Download iOS5 Golden Master Firmware For iPhone 4, iPad And iPod Touch

Yesterday at WWDC, Apple introduced the next major version of its mobile operating system iOS5 with more than 1500 new APIs and 200 new features.

iOS5 includes a new Notification Center, a new Camera app, more info on the lock screen, Wi-Fi sync with iTunes and much more. Readers can read this article to know all about iOS5.

iOS5

iOS5 will support iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen and 4th gen along with the iPad 1/2. For the general consumers, iOS5 is expected to be released sometime during this fall, presumably with a new iPhone.

However, Apple has already released a beta of iOS5 for developers to develop apps on. The beta can be downloaded from here. Only developers who have a developer account with Apple can download the beta.

General users, who are interested in trying out iOS5 on their iDevice, should ask some iOS developer for help. If a developer registers a UDID of an iDevice, then he or she can legally install iOS5 on their device.

iOS5 – Everything You Need To Know About It

Apple has just announced the next major version of iOS at the ongoing WWDC. iOS5 is a major release for developers with more than 1500+ APIs and tools, as well as for general users with more than 200 new features.

Notification Center

First and foremost, Apple has finally gone ahead and over-hauled the notification system is iOS. The new notification style in iOS5 is called the Notification System, and can be accessed from anywhere by just swiping down the screen (Android style). The Notification center also takes some cues from the popular Mobile Notifier app from the Cydia App store. Apple has also updated the lock screen to display notifications and music control buttons.

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Twitter Integration

Apple has also tightly integrated Twitter into iOS5. iOS device owners can simply sign-in to Twitter once under Settings and they are done! Their Twitter contacts will be linked to their phone contacts. Core apps of the iOS5 like iPhotos, Maps, and Safari etc. will also feature Twitter integration. Users can now share an image or a link to an article by simply tapping the Tweet button in iPhoto or Safari.

Newsstand

With iOS5, users can read magazines available on the newsstand right on their iTouch device. The Newsstand’ app will show users a list of all the available magazines, and will also download the latest magazines in the background for offline reading. The App Store will also get a dedicated category for the Newsstand magazines.

Upgraded Camera App

Apple has also made taking pictures and videos on the iPhone easier and quicker, with a shortcut of the camera app right on the lock screen. The volume up button on the iPhone will now act as a physical shutter button. Users can now pinch and zoom right inside the camera app and select a particular scene where they want to lock the focus to. The new version of iOS will also allow users to do some basic editing with their photos like cropping and red-eye reduction.

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Safari, Game Center And Mail With New Features

Safari for iOS has also been revamped in iOS5. It now features tabbed browsing, and also looks similar to Safari for OS X. The new Safari Reader’ feature will strip down a webpage from all the junk and ads, and present the main article in a readable, scrollable text format. For example, a 20 page article can be stripped down to just one page by this feature in a simple scrollable text format. The new version of Safari also features Reading List’ which is similar to the popular Read It Later service. The Reading List’ also syncs across all iOS devices and OS X based devices.

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The popular Mail app has also been upgraded in iOS5. The app now features drag able addresses, indentation control, S/MIME support, the ability to search within messages, and to flag messages. There is also a Swipe to Inbox gesture for the iPad.

Reminder

iOS5 will also include a new To-Do list app called Reminders’. The app will be location aware and can trigger functions depending on a user’s location and the time.

Game Center for iOS has also been enhanced with new features. Users now have the ability to view friends of their friends, find new games and purchase them right from within Game Center. Game Center now also features the ability to play turn based games like Scrabble and Chess etc.

iMessage The BBM Killer

Apple is also introducing a new messaging system with iOS5 dubbed as iMessage’. This service is similar to BBM, and will be available for the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. The app will allow users to share messages, images, and videos etc. and will work over Wi-Fi as well as 3G.

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Users will also be provided with typing notifications, and the messages will be pushed to all the iOS devices of a user. The messages sent via iMessage will be totally encrypted for enhanced security.

Wireless Syncing and OTA Updates

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With iOS5, iDevices will become true PC free devices or rather Post-PC devices. iOS5 will incorporate wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi, which will include syncing your music library and apps. iOS updates will also be pushed OTA (Over-The-Air) from now on, and they will only update the needed parts of the OS a la Symbian and Android. Also, when users first start their iOS device, they will be greeted with a setup screen instead of the Connect To iTunes screen.

Miscellaneous

iOS5 will also include multi-tasking gestures which we saw back in iOS4.2. iPad users will also get a new split keyboard for thumb typing; along with a new music app. Dictionary has also been integrated in the whole OS. Users can tap a word anywhere inside the OS to find its meaning. Other new features of iOS5 include AirPlay Mirroring, improved Facetime video call quality, typing shortcuts, and Emoji emoticons.

Availability

The developer’s tool has also been updated with new features and is available for download beginning from today itself. iOS5 will be available for the iPod Touch 3G and 4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2 sometime this fall.

Boy Sells Kidney To Buy iPad 2

A 17-year old boy, identified by the surname Zheng in the  Anhui Province in eastern China sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPad 2 tablet. Zheng searched over the Internet and found a buyer who offered to pay 22,000 yuan ($3000) for the organ.

Boy Sells Kidney
Zheng reports, I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.’The report states that the operation was carried out in Chenzhou on 28th April and his parents knew nothing about it. Zheng’s mother grew suspicious when he returned home with an iPad 2 and an iPhone in his hand. When she successfully forced him to reveal the truth, she filed a complaint to the police immediately. The police could not locate the broker whose cell phone was switched off. The case is under investigation now.

This is what you call heights of stupidity!

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