Monday, December 27, 2010

Scottevest Essential Travel Jacket that can hold my iPad (in case), Smartphone and more

As a Gadget lover, I love clothes with pockets. Deep pockets that things won’t fall out of. Pockets with strong zippers where I can stash a passport, cash and credit cards knowing they will stay there securely.

Travel-worthy clothes with such pockets are hard to find which is why I am such a fan of the clothes offerings from Scottevest.

I personally travels with my Scottevest’s Essential Jacket (see video below). The Essential is made of strong, breathable, lightweight material that’s water resistant and dries quickly. It also has 19 pockets! Among them:

• A BudPocket inside the front collar designed especially for earbud headphones.

• A PubPocket sized specifically for a map or travel guidebook. (It is holding a Wired magazine in the x-ray photo, above). This pocket also perfectly fits an Apple iPad (see our review on Scottevest’s iPad compatibility here).

• An interior pocket that can be subdivided to keep fragile gear from smashing together.

Other pockets are designed for pens, camera memory cards and documents. One of the outer pockets has an elastic band for holding a water bottle in place, another has a removable sunglass lens cloth. And all these pockets use Scottevest’s proprietary NoBulge construction that maintains a streamlined look to your jacket even when it is loaded with travel gear.

Now when I get to the security area at the airport, I just slip my jacket off and all of my gear go through at once. The best part is I don't have to fish through the bucket to retrieve all of my gadget anymore.

I have wanted one for ten years and now I finally got one. I will be getting a couple pairs of the Travel pants and the TEC shirts too.

Essential Travel Jacket for Men as an accessory for the Apple iPad 

They have daily sales on random products, or you can use the 2ndlook coupon code to take 10% off the order total.

Check them out at 


Carl W. Brooks
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jailbreak your new 3.2.2 iPad with Limera1n

Limera1n is a tool released to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iOS 3.2.2 on iPad. It is now available for download and also jailbreaks iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G on iOS 4.1, iPod touch 3G on iOS 4.1. To date, Limera1n is the only jailbreak tool available which can jailbreak  4th Gen iDevices including iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, iPad and Apple TV 2.

To install Limera1n jailbreak all you need is the download of Limera1n and an iPad running iOS 3.2.2. To jailbreak your iPad you can simply follow the complete step by step guide given below to jailbreak iPad 3.2.2 iOS for windows. Limera1n is currently available for Windows only. Mac and Linux version are expected to be released soon.

How to Jailbreak iOS 3.2.2 iPad using Limera1n for Windows

  1. Open the application and click on the prompt "make it ra1n"
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  3. Now wait for the device to enter recovery mode. Hold "Home" + "Power" buttons together.
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  5. You will get a prompt to release power button.  Now release the "Power" button. Your device will now enter DFU mode.
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  7. As limera1n performs its exploit you will see the image of a lime raindrop on your iPad and once it complete it will show following window.
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  9. Now, you will notice a limera1n icon on the SpringBoard. Press it to continue.
  10. After Limera1n opens select Cydia and then press the Install button at the top right of the screen.
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  12. Once the Cydia installation is complete, reboot your iPad.

Now, your iPad 3.2.2 is successfully jailbroken with limera1n. You can also jailbreak iPhone 4/ 3GS andiPod Touch 4G / 3G with Limera1n. Greenpois0n is delayed due to Limera1n jailbreak, but hackers are saying they will release it soon with the Limera1n exploit. Stay tuned or you can join us on twitteror facebook for latest and immediate updates.


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From: "Winter's Ice" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 1:50 PM
To: <>
Subject: [iPad] jailbreaking a new iPad

> Just got a brand new iPad for christmas, it has sys 3.2.2 on it. where
> is the jailbreak software for this.
> Tia
> Micheal

Monday, December 20, 2010

The ClamCase iPad Case Now Available

Thinking about improving your iPad experience? How about enhancing its protection while carrying it around? That’s the goal of the Clamcase iPad accessory.

The product is an “all-in-one” accessory with a Bluetooth keyboard, case and stand.

The Clamcase was announced back in May, and has been released just in time for the Christmas holiday. This iPad case comes with a flip-back keyboard to expose the rubber hinge grip, allowing you to enjoy your iPad in tablet mode. You can also use your iPad in a laptop-like or netbook-like position using the Bluetooth connected keyboard.

The Clamcase is a full QWERTY keyboard with 14 function keys. You can use it to email, create messages, update and organize, or search and surf the Internet with ease. The keyboard was designed to include special keys such as HOME, LOCK, SEARCH, SLIDESHOW, VOLUME and MEDIA controls.

The Clamcase allows you to use the keyboard when needed, or you can simply flip the keyboard over to enjoy your iPad as a tablet. When you’re ready to type, flip it back. The case also comes with soft 3M pads that cradle all four corners of the iPad screen for protection.

The Clamcase is available now for $119, but it is presently going for $99. You can order it from their website.

MiFi Options for iPad

I have owned a Sprint MiFi device since May.  It is the size of about 10 credit cards stacked on top of each other.  The plan runs for $60 a month.  My decision to go with an iPad and MiFI solution versus a 3G iPad was simple.  I had owned a Compact Flash (CF) mobile Internet device previously and had updated to an USB dongle when the newer laptops no longer shipped with CF card slots.  When the iPad was announced, I immediately started looking at upgrading from the USB dongle to the MiFi.

The Main reason I choose to stick with my Sprint mobile Internet plan is that I am Grandfathered into a "real" unlimited data plan.  A few years ago Sprint switched from an unlimited plan to a 5 GB cap on the mobile Internet bandwidth on new accounts. So for $60 a month I can literally turn my device on and keep it on all month without incurring any additional monthly charges. The second reason is that I have other devices that I need to connect to the Internet.  I have several laptops, an G1 iPod Touch, a couple of Nintendo DSs and other devices that need to connect while outside the home or office where I would otherwise use the faster connections via WiFi.

The MiFi cards are typically free with a 2 year contract.  If the only device you need to connect is an iPad, than a MiFi device probably won't make since to use.  Some of the newer Smartphones can be used as a Hotspot for an additional monthly charge (usually $10).  Using your Smartphone as a Hotspot to connect your iPad to the Internet is an option for some; however, the battery life on these Smartphones typically drain fast.  If you use it as a hotspot, it will drain even faster.

Here is some additional information on the subject.         

How to turn your Wi-Fi iPad into an iPad 3G
By Dan Ackerman

Maybe you're one of those people who couldn't wait for the 3G version of Apple's iPad and instead had to run out and get the Wi-Fi version right away. We mainly think of the iPad as a living room/kitchen device, but with the warmer weather arriving you might be feeling a bit of 3G envy, seeing newly minted iPad 3G owners soaking up the sun in their local parks and coffee shops while tapping, swiping, and pinching away.

The typical solution for getting a go-anywhere 3G signal on a Wi-Fi-only device such as a laptop or Netbook has traditionally been a 3G USB key--but, of course, lacking a USB port or a way to install the required software, we can't use our 3G USB key on the iPad. Smartphone tethering would work also, but if you have an iPad, there's a good chance you've also got an iPhone, so no tethering for you unless you jailbreak your phone.

The solution is a device we've talked about several times before, the Novatel MiFi, a portable wireless router that takes the 3G signal it receives and broadcasts it as a Wi-Fi signal. We've previously reviewed versions of the Novatel hardware from Verizon and Sprint (and the infamous Technobeaver has weighed in on the MiFi as well).

(Credit: CNET/Sarah Tew)

Hooking the MiFi up to our non-3G iPad was easy. We powered on the MiFi box, and its signal was immediately recognized by the iPad, and listed in the Network Settings submenu, along with all the other Wi-Fi signals in the area. Selecting the MiFi connection, we were prompted to enter a password (as one would do for any secure Wi-Fi connection); the password is a string of numbers printed on a sticker on the bottom of the MiFi unit itself. Up to five devices can connect at once, and the device's range is about 30 feet.

Just like a regular wireless router, you can access a control panel from a connected device (via a Web browser pointed to the MiFi's default IP address), but for the most part, our experience was a set-it-and-forget-it one.

The MiFi signal shows up in your list of available Wi-Fi networks.

One big advantage of using the MiFi as opposed to an iPad 3G is that we were able to avoid any of the streaming-video content restrictions reported by iPad 3G users. The ABC video player worked fine, as did the Netflix streaming app (an update allowing the ABC app to work on the iPad 3G is reportedly on the way).

In anecdotal use, the MiFi was fine for Web surfing and even video streaming, but didn't feel as fast as our normal 802.11n home Wi-Fi connection. Here in New York, both residential cable modem speeds and 3G speeds are notoriously dodgy, and your mileage may vary greatly. Using the app from the Apple App Store, we got about 14Mbps download speed from our home Wi-Fi connection, and 1Mbps from the MiFi (which was using the Verizon network).

According to our previous tests, the MiFi should run for about 3.5 hours of continuous data transfer, or longer for intermittent use. The costs vary depending on your carrier and data plan, but the hardware itself costs around $100 to $150--comparable to the markup for the 3G version of the iPad--and unlimited data plans are $60 per month (the same as most USB 3G keys).

That may be double what the iPad 3G's plan costs, and the iPad plans offer the additional benefit of not requiring a contract, but the real advantage of the MiFi is that it can be used with a variety of other devices (up to five at a time), including laptops, Netbooks, and even the iPod Touch. (We also previously looked ahead at a few other possible 3G options before the iPad was even released,see them outlined here.)

What's your preferred setup? The less-expensive Wi-Fi iPad with the more expensive MiFi monthly data plan (but a connection you can use on almost any device), or the more expensive iPad 3G, with the less-expensive (but locked down) data service?


Hurry! A Best Buy iPad Bundle is Waiting for You!
By Roberto

Still looking for an iPad deal before the end of the year? Well, Best Buy has a very good deal in store for you. Best Buy has begun a promotion that gives away a 3G or WiMAX router with the sale of a WiFi iPad.

The promotion was discovered by Best Buy shoppers on Sunday. According to 9to5Mac, the sale promotion ends on January 2. So you better hurry!

How does the promotion work?  If you buy a WiFi-enabled iPad and sign up for a two-year mobile data contract, you can get either a MiFi on AT&T, a Fivespot on Verizon or an Overdrive on Sprint.

This deal is a discount over the carrier bundles. For example, AT&T requires a full 3G iPad, while Verizon Wireless' MiFi bundle will set you back as much as buying the 3G iPad by itself. It's unclear if this deal requires a special data plan different from the one already offered by each carrier.

Just for reference. AT&T sells the iPad 3G model directly and offers no-contract 3G data plans for $14.99 per month (for 250 MB), and $25 per month (for 2 GB). The Verizon MiFi hotspot came out in October in three different packages: $629.99 for a 16 GB iPad, $729.99 for a 32 GB iPad and $829.99 for a 64 GB iPad. Contrary to AT&T, Verizon offers a month-to-month data plan of 1 GB for $20 per month.

On a separate note, there are other carriers offering data access plans for your iPad as well. Clear is offering MiFi deals as well (click here). Virgin Mobile has also joined the club with some special deals as well.

As usual, companies want to move stock before the end of the year. A good chance for you to take advantage of these deals, and treat yourself with a brand new iPad!


Carl W. Brooks
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On Dec 19, 2010, at 10:52 PM, Susan fleischman wrote:

How much per month?  If it is external how big is it?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Apps at the Top of the Apple App Store Lists for 2010

Apple has highlighted the best of iTunes from 2010. Their showcase reveals their picks for the best movies, music, podcasts, audio books and apps for the last 12 months.

For those of you who don't want to scroll through iTunes' rather cumbersome app navigation system, here are some easy to read lists of the top ten iPhone/iPod touch apps in the "free," "paid" and "grossing" categories, as well as the top ten iPad apps in the same categories. Unsurprisingly, some version of Angry Birds showed up in all but one of the six categories.

Catch the full lists below and, once you've seen them, tell us in the comments how you think they match your top apps. Did Apple leave any stellar apps out?

Top 10 paid apps (iPad)

  • Pages

  • GoodReader for iPad

  • Numbers

  • Angry Birds HD

  • Keynoteicon

  • Glee Karaoke

  • WolframAlpha

  • Pinball HD

  • Friendly for Facebookicon

  • Star Walk for iPad

  • Top 10 free apps (iPad)

  • iBooksicon

  • Pandora Radio

  • Netflix

  • Google Mobile Appicon

  • Solitaireicon

  • Movies by Flixstericon

  • IMDb Movies & TVicon

  • Kindleicon

  • Google Earthicon

  • Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HDicon

  • Top 10 grossing apps (iPad)

  • Pages

  • Numbers

  • Keynote

  • LogMeIn Ignitionicon

  • SCRABBLE for iPadicon

  • Documents To Go Premiumicon

  • Angry Birds HD

  • Real Racing HDicon

  • Plants vs. Zombies HDicon

  • Proloquo2Goicon

  • Top 10 paid apps (iPhone/iPod touch)

  • Angry Birdsicon

  • Doodle Jump

  • Skee-Ball

  • Bejeweled 2 + Blitz

  • Fruit Ninja icon

  • Cut the Ropeicon

  • ALL-IN-1 GAMEBOXicon

  • The Moron Testicon

  • Plants vs. Zombies

  • Pocket Godicon

  • Top 10 free apps (iPhone/iPod touch)

  • Facebookicon

  • Angry Birds Lite

  • Words With Friends Free

  • Skypeicon

  • Tap Tap Revenge 3

  • The Weather Channelicon

  • Paper Toss

  • Bing


  • Talking Tom Cat

  • Top 10 grossing apps (iPhone/iPod touch)

  • At Bat 2010

  • Angry Birdsicon

  • Call of Duty: Zombies

  • Bejeweled 2 + Blitz

  • FriendCaller 3 Pro

  • Zombie Farm

  • TomTom U.S.A.icon


  • Plants vs. Zombies

  • Doodle Jump

  • Thanks,

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    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    The iPad as a System Administrator's Primary Device: Part 1 - The Introduction

    How a System Administrator uses an Apple iPad

    Nearly a quarter of IT managers are already using iPads, ITIC found in a study of the segment. As many as 23 percent already own Apple's tablet, and 18 percent plan to buy one within the year. While it didn't equate to handing iPads to employees, the news suggested the device would have a "spillover effect" with business as those controlling deployment for it and other Apple hardware knew what it could do for personal use.

    My name is Carl Brooks and I am an information technology professional with over 25 years of experience. I have supported UNIX and Window based systems in my career. Short of an iPod, I have neither supported nor owned an Apple product in this same time span. The last time I used an Apple product, for more than a few minutes, was back in high school where I worked in the computer lab. I enjoyed the Apple products back then, but after leaving college and entering the work force, I used and primarily supported Window based systems. I have also supported several UNIX or Linux based operating systems from AIX to Ubuntu, but very little experience with Apple products beyond the occasional friends' laptops or brief visits at the Apple stores.

    I have recently started flirting with the idea of getting a Mac Mini because I have often thought of programming for the iPhone and it requires that I have an Apple computer to do so. The truth is they I would have a Mac Mini today if the Apple iPad had not been announced and released. The Apple iPad has become the center of my computing world. It has allowed me to downsize my computer heft. The laptops are left behind on all occasions in favor of my iPad. The desktop have all but been ignored unless they absolutely have to be used like during tax season (tax return program) and football season (no flash makes updating my fantasy football teams a desktop chore).

    Even my Palm Pre smart phone has been reduced to simply a phone and texting (SMS) device. My Palm Pre (which I waited even longer for then I did for the iPad after its January announcement date), with its powerful and elegant WebOS, sits in its hip case on standby for most of the day. Occasional I may check a quick email and even less frequently, I may even click a link to launch a web session from an email message. This only happens in the very limited times when the iPad is not at my side; like when my wife is fending off zombies (Plants vs. Zombies HD) or the kids are giggling with Talking Carlicon. But is the virtual keyboard adequate to replace a real keyboard with tactical feedback?  Read Part 2 - Is the Virtual Keyboard is Good Enough?

    Analysis Reflex of Apple's Black Friday Price Reductions

    Apple looks set to be a big winner of the holiday shopping season kickoff, according to recaps of the Black Friday action from a number of analysts.

    Doug Reid, Stifel Nicolaus: “We note strong demand at Apple stores we visited and 24-hour availability for online purchases on all 6 SKUs. Our analysis suggests AAPL’s Black Friday price reductions ($41 price cut on iPad) could reduce by an immaterial $0.01 to $0.03 our December quarter [earnings per share estimate] for AAPL (currently $5.21) due to lower [gross margin] on impacted product. Overall our checks indicate AAPL saw a strong Black Friday weekend leaving us incrementally more positive on the competitive position of Apple products heading into December holiday shopping.”

    Rajesh Ghai, Think Equity: We believe the 5-10% discounts offered on most Apple products on Black Friday, considering the strong aspirational value attached to Apple products by most U.S. consumers, could potentially have had the effect of attracting the necessary customer attention and converting the customer desire into the requisite buying behavior for Apple during what is proving to be a stronger-than-expected consumer spending season.

    William Fearnley, Janney Capital Markets: We believe the Black Friday winner is Apple, with hot new products like iPad/MacBook Air and their annual One Day sale prices. Sales and traffic appeared strong at the Apple Stores, as we expected … Apple sale pricing: One day Black Friday sale with discounts of ~$100 on Macs, ~10% on iPad/iPods and select accessories. Research suggests traffic was strong and sales were brisk. Apple emailed the promo beforehand too.

    Shaw Wu, Kaufman Brothers: Despite modest discounts by AAPL itself, our field checks indicate strong foot traffic at AAPL stores and third-party retailers despite tough Y/Y comparisons. We found particular strong uptake of iPad, iPod and MacBook Air. While the Black Friday weekend typically accounts for approximately 10% of holiday sales, we nonetheless view it as a fairly
    important indicator of trends.

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Save About $41 on new iPad with Black Friday's special shopping event on

    If you have been waiting to get an iPad, you might get one today online at
    You will save about $41 on most iPad devices.


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    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Goodbye Free TV Broadcasting for the iPad - For now?

    FilmOn had offered a free TV viewing service that works on conventional PCs (with a downloaded free app), as well as on mobile devices like Apple’s iPad and iPhone (right from Safari's browser).  The service offered viewing of all network channels from LA California.  In addition to the networked channels, it offered independent broadcasts as well, including porn stations.  Filmon offers paid packages that offer a variety of programming options.  It would be foolish to subscribe to them before  the legal issues are are stamped out.  They legal actions have only just begun.

    A federal court has put the kibosh on Filmon broadcasting the programming from TV's largest networks for free, without their permission.  The federal judge in New York has issued a temporary restraining order against, which has riled up the U.S. TV industry for a couple of months. The four broadcast networks–News Corp.’s Fox, GE’s NBC, Disney’s ABC and CBS–had asked for the order on Nov. 9.

    FilmOn argues that the U.S. copyright act allows it to redistribute broadcast programming; Ivi Inc., a Seattle-based company that offers a similar service, makes the same argument.


    Los Angeles, CA – November 23, 2010 – Inc. CEO and Chairman, Alki David today issued the following statement regarding the ruling made by the New York Southern District Court, which issued a temporary restraining order, in effect pending the court’s decision on if it will issue a preliminary injunction.

    “We respect the Court’s decision in this matter and have temporarily ceased retransmission of free network television on FilmOn. In the few weeks FilmOn provided free access to basic television on consumers’ mobile devices, it received more than 30 million individual users. We also garnered dozens of positive reviews about our free service’s quality and ease of use. We have, in essence, shown full proof of concept of the FilmOn delivery system–proving that millions of viewers will watch our superior television service online, all with commercials, adding millions of extra impressions that enhance network’s value to its viewers and advertisers.”

    “FilmOn has succeeded in securing partnerships with several independent broadcast channels to be able to keep a compelling live offering online in the near future. Coupled with our own library of content and that of our partners, FilmOn will remain open for business. “

    We do expect to bring the major networks back to our lineup in the near future, all in a legitimate and collaborative business model. We have already begun very positive discussions with TV networks affiliates and other content owners to provide our delivery service and measurement analytics to stream their live content online.

    Scott Zarin, Zarin & Associates P.C., legal counsel for FilmOn added:

    “In addressing FilmOn’s argument that it is exempt from copyright infringement liability as a cable system, the court indicated that it was not convinced–on the facts currently known to it–which this is the case. Although the court issued a Temporary Restraining Order, it is providing FilmOn with an opportunity to elaborate upon its ‘cable system’ argument more thoroughly in a hearing on the Networks’ request for a preliminary injunction.

    “FilmOn will be drafting papers in opposition to the Networks’ motion for a preliminary injunction in the coming weeks, with which it expects to submit to the court the opinion of an expert on FilmOn’s technology in order to demonstrate that FilmOn is indeed a cable system. If FilmOn successfully opposes the Networks’ motion for a preliminary injunction, the court’s Temporary Restraining Order–which by law can only remain in effect for a short duration–will be dissolved.”

    I used the website to view NFL football games that were not viewable in my area, complete with commercials. I hope that Filmon is able to improve upon the system to be able to determine the viewer's region and display locally relevant commercials. Whether the networks like it or not, the viewing habits of today's viewers are extremely different and these viewers will demand more flexibility to view this content the same way they have transformed the music industry. Those who adapt will prosper, those that don't will suffer. Since the ruling, Filmon has replaced the missing network channels with some movie channels and additional porn channels, including Playboy. They have just upped the battle and will most likely be heading from Playboy's lawyers very soon.

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Beware The Bank Apps On Your Phone or iPad

    Online banking is one of the more popular tasks people get done on their phone. Apps tailored to your device can make the process easier, but it seems some of the banks have made some boneheaded decisions in their programming design that opens up a number of security risks.

    The Wall Street Journal lists Bank of America, Wells Fargo and USAA applications that are due fixes. Security company viaForensics ran a number of banking applications through their testing process. Every bank they tested failed except for The Vanguard Group. All of the applications tested were either written for Apple's iOS or Google's Android platforms.

    Wells Fargo's mobile banking app, for example, is guilty of storing both the username and password on the device in plain text. It also saved account information and balances on the device in an unsecured manner. They updated their application in the middle of last week, so if use that on Android, be sure to get an updated version as soon as possible.

    The data stored in plain text is at risk from at least two attack vectors. First, and perhaps the easiest, is to just steal the phone. With the username and password, a thief could just log in to your account and transfer out whatever they wanted to. You could also be targeted via email in an attempt to get you to visit a particular web page. That page could run code that grabbed the info off of your device since it would know exactly where it was stored.

    Wells Fargo wasn't the only bank storing data in plain text. Bank of America's Android app is saving the answers to security questions in plain text on the device, but if you use their iPhone app, you should be ok. Other banks had similar issues, which largely seem to boil down to either poor design or just shortcuts taken to reduce costs or get the app out early.

    It makes me wonder why they bothered with writing apps at all. Yeah, with an app targeted at a platform, you can dress up the user interface to make it more appealing and perhaps more functional, but if you focused on a well written mobile web site, you let the browser and web server do all of the heavy lifting when it comes to security. You will generally use fewer resources too as web pages are easier to develop than apps are, especially if you are targeting multiple platforms. Besides, people generally prefer web pages over apps for many tasks.

    If you are using a mobile banking app, do a bit of research to see if viaForensics analyzed it. If they did, chances are you need an update. If they didn't, you might question whether or not you want to take the chance your bank did any better than those that were tested.


    Comcast Announces TV App For Apple iPad

    Comcast has announced plans to release mobile applications for watching movies and TV shows on smartphones and tablet computers.

    The first device to have Comcast's Xfinity TV app will be the Apple iPad. The cable TV company said Tuesday the app would be available to subscribers at no charge this week through Apple's App Store. However, movies and TV shows won't be available for viewing until December.

    The company demonstrated the software Monday at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Besides including a video player, the application also has a TV guide and can be used to program a Comcast digital video recorder to record movies and TV shows.

    Features not yet available, but coming soon, include the ability to create a MyTV watch list of favorite content and the ability to access social networking sites, so people can share what they're watching with others, Comcast says.

    "This Xfinity TV app is part of a much larger effort to reinvent the way consumers interact with their televisions by transforming the way they search, navigate, discover and share entertainment," Neil Smit, Comcast Cable president, said in a statement.

    Indeed, the company plans to deliver Xfinity apps this year for as many mobile devices as possible, including Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch, Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphones, and tablets and smartphones based on Google's Android operating system.

    Comcast is not the only TV service provider targeting mobile devices. Earlier this month, AT&T launched an application to access U-verse TV on smartphones running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. The service is available at no charge to people who subscribe to the U-verse U300 package or higher. Others pay $9.99 a month.

    AT&T released a U-verse app in August for the iPhone. Like Comcast, AT&T overall strategy is to release mobile applications for as many devices as possible.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Handbrake Does DVD to iPad Conversion for Free

    On Nov 16, 2010, at 10:38 PM, "gwtr0940" wrote:

    Anyone out there know of a good DVD to iPad converting software for windows?

    One of the first questions that new iPad owners as is "How can I view my existing DVD library on my iPad?"  The next question is typically, "How can I convert my DVD to the iPad MP4 format for FREE?"  No one wants to purchase movies again from iTunes that they already own on DVD. Handbrake does the job and for free. 

    I have used Handbrake as well without any problems. It works on Mac and Linux desktops too! 

    "There's an old proverb in the video encoding world: "Speed, size, quality: pick two." It means that you always have to make a trade-off between the time it takes to encode a video, the amount of compression used, and the picture quality. Well, this release of HandBrake refuses to compromise. It picks all three."

    HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.


    Supported Sources:

    • Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted--protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), and some .VOB and .TS files
    • Most any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.


    • File format: MP4 and MKV
    • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora
    • Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (OS X Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-thorugh (MKV only)

    Misc features:

    • Chapter selection
    • Subtitles
    • Integrated bitrate calculator
    • Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
    • Live Video Preivew


    HandBrake uses a lot of (L)GPL librairies from the Linux world.



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