Friday, April 30, 2010

iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. Available today. Ships May 7th.

The wait is over. Today the 3G iPad is finally shipping today. If you have pre-ordered the 3G iPad early enough you will have it in the mail today. Online orders of the 3G iPad are shipping now on May 7th.

The 3G iPad will be in stock today at Apple retail stores and at the Apple Store equipped Best Buy locations. Sales of the 3G iPad will start at 5pm, so no since skipping work today; you can leave early (Tell your boss I said it's OK).

The Wi-Fi + 3G iPad have a price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

To use 3G on the iPad you can choose between two special data plans from AT&T that can be signed-up and cancel anytime.

For $14.99 you get 250MB/month and the monthly unlimited plan goes for $29.99.

Some Questions to Consider

Will we be able to use Netflix or ABC (or any other streaming app) over 3G?
Updated (5/4/2010): Initially the ABC app didn't work on 3G, but a quick updated fixed that. Netflix worked day one (quality degrades based on download speeds).
Will we see a release of Skype that we can use over 3G?
Updated (5/4/2010): Only works on WiFi.

How will 3G affect battery life?
Updated (5/4/2010): 9+ hours with 3G compared to the 10+ with the WiFi only.
Can ATT give us the network speed we want?
Updated (5/4/2010): This is still up in the air.
iPad order limit: two per customer. While supplies last.
Some features and applications are not available in all areas. Application availability and pricing are subject to change.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen Responds to Apple's "Thoughts on Flash"

The Journal’s Alan Murray had an exclusive interview with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen Thursday afternoon, and Digits live-blogged the event. Highlights are below. Excerpts of the video are set to be available on the News Hub live show at 4 p.m., with the full video to follow. This is a response to Apple's "Thoughts on Flash" by Steve Jobs.

2:36 pm
Alan Murray begins the interview, calling Mr. Jobs's missive an "extraordinary attack." He asks Mr. Narayen what Adobe has done to deserve this.

2:40 pm
Mr. Narayen says that the difference is that Adobe believes in open content. He says that their Creative Suite software was designed to work on multiple devices and that Apple's "recent behavior shows that they are concerned about Adobe being able" to provide this product that works across multiple platforms.

2:43 pm
Mr. Murray likens the Apple-Adobe fight to that between reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin and asks about the history between the two companies. Mr. Narayen says that Adobe has been "true to the position" with which it was founded and to the idea that it should help people deal with multiple operating systems.

2:45 pm
Mr. Narayen talks about Adobe "certainly" shipping on Android's latest version. He says that it is an "incredibly productive time" for Adobe and discusses Creative Suite 5, saying that Adobe's "innovation is blowing people away."

2:47 pm
The technology problems that Mr. Jobs mentions in his essay are "really a smokescreen," Mr. Narayen says. He says more than 100 applications that used Adobe's software were accepted in the App Store. "When you resort to licensing language" to restrict this sort of development, he says, it has "nothing to do with technology."

2:49 pm
He says that Apple's restrictiveness is just going to make it "cumbersome" for developers who are trying to make products that work on many devices. They're going to have to have "two workflows" ...  one for Apple devices and one for others.

2:51 pm
Speaking about Mr. Jobs's assertion that Adobe is the No. 1 cause of Mac crashes, Mr. Narayen says if Adobe crashes Apple, that actually has something "to do with the Apple operating system."

2:52 pm
Mr. Narayen calls accusations about Flash draining battery power "patently false." Speaking about Mr. Jobs's letter in general, he says that "for every one of these accusations made there is proprietary lock-in" that prevents Adobe from innovating.

2:53 pm
Mr. Narayen poses a question to Alan Murray, asking him if the Journal would "want to have stovepipes" -- or separate development processes -- when it is creating content. Mr. Murray says that certainly "it would be better if you could use one set" of development tools.

2:53 pm
Mr. Narayen says Adobe's concept is best for most businesses that are developing applications and allows them to send their apps out to many places rather than forcing them to decide on just one. "It doesn't benefit Apple, and that's why you see this reaction," he says.

2:54 pm
Responding to a question about Mr. Jobs's assertion that Adobe is a closed platform, Mr. Narayen chuckles. "I find it amusing, honestly. Flash is an open specification," he says.

2:55 pm
The Journal wants to know whether Mr. Narayen knows Steve Jobs. "I've met him on a number of occasions," he says.

2:55 pm
"We have different views of the world," Mr. Narayen says. "Our view of the world is multi-platform."

2:56 pm
Does Mr. Narayen use an iPhone? "I have a Google Nexus One device," he says. And what about the iPad? "I think it's a good first-generation device. I think you're going to see just tremendous innovation in terms of tablets." Adobe is, in fact, working with "dozens" of tablet projects with other companies, he says.

2:57 pm
To conclude, Mr. Narayen says he's for "letting customers decide," but that the multi-platform world will "eventually prevail." And the interview wraps up.

Steve Jobs Offers Apple's Position on Why Mobile Adobe Flash is NOT for their Devices

Steve Jobs has posted his “Thoughts on Flash” on, explaining why the iPhone, iPod touch, and  iPad will continue to be without Flash support.

Thoughts on Flash

Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products. Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.
I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.
First, there’s “Open”.
Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.
Apple has many proprietary products too. Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.
Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every smartphone web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.
Second, there’s the “full web”.
Adobe has repeatedly said that Apple mobile devices cannot access “the full web” because 75% of video on the web is in Flash. What they don’t say is that almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. YouTube, with an estimated 40% of the web’s video, shines in an app bundled on all Apple mobile devices, with the iPad offering perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever. Add to this video from Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, and many, many others. iPhone, iPod and iPad users aren’t missing much video.
Another Adobe claim is that Apple devices cannot play Flash games. This is true. Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games and entertainment titles on the App Store, and many of them are free. There are more games and entertainment titles available for iPhone, iPod and iPad than for any other platform in the world.
Third, there’s reliability, security and performance.
Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.
In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?
Fourth, there’s battery life.
To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Many of the chips used in modern mobile devices contain a decoder called H.264 – an industry standard that is used in every Blu-ray DVD player and has been adopted by Apple, Google (YouTube), Vimeo, Netflix and many other companies.
Although Flash has recently added support for H.264, the video on almost all Flash websites currently requires an older generation decoder that is not implemented in mobile chips and must be run in software. The difference is striking: on an iPhone, for example, H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software play for less than 5 hours before the battery is fully drained.
When websites re-encode their videos using H.264, they can offer them without using Flash at all. They play perfectly in browsers like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome without any plugins whatsoever, and look great on iPhones, iPods and iPads.
Fifth, there’s Touch.
Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on “rollovers”, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. Most Flash websites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash websites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?
Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices.
Sixth, the most important reason.
Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices.
We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.
This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.
Flash is a cross platform development tool. It is not Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms. For example, although Mac OS X has been shipping for almost 10 years now, Adobe just adopted it fully (Cocoa) two weeks ago when they shipped CS5. Adobe was the last major third party developer to fully adopt Mac OS X.
Our motivation is simple – we want to provide the most advanced and innovative platform to our developers, and we want them to stand directly on the shoulders of this platform and create the best apps the world has ever seen. We want to continually enhance the platform so developers can create even more amazing, powerful, fun and useful applications. Everyone wins – we sell more devices because we have the best apps, developers reach a wider and wider audience and customer base, and users are continually delighted by the best and broadest selection of apps on any platform.
Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.
The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Jon Stewart Slams Apple Over Its Handling of Gizmodo Case - calls them Appholes

Tonight on The Daily ShowJon Stewart gave his take regarding Gizmodo's iPhone exclusive and the subsequent police raid on Jason Chen's home. Speaking directly to Apple and Steve Jobs, Stewart didn't hold back his criticism of them. Video inside.
Here is some of the quirks: 
"Apple - you guys were the rebels, man, the underdogs. People believed in you. But now, are you becoming the man? Remember back in 1984, you had those awesome ads about overthrowing Big Brother? Look in the mirror, man! …It wasn't supposed to be this way - Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one! But you guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes! What the fuck is going on?!
…I know that it is slightly agitating that a blog dedicated to technology published all that stuff about your new phone. And you didn't order the police to bust down the doors, right? I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass! I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone! I mean, seriously! How do you drop four calls in a one-mile stretch of the West Side Highway! There're no buildings around! What, does the open space confuse AT&T's signal?!
…Come on, Steve. Chill out with the paranoid corporate genius stuff. Don't go all Howard Hughes on us."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Detailed Discussion of HP's Agreement to Acquire Palm

HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system.

Today, Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, HP held a live audio webcast for financial analysts and stockholders to discuss HP's agreement to acquire Palm.

Here is a summary of the call with my comments as well.

Mr. Jim Burns, Hewlett-Packard 's Vice President of Investor Relations, began the investor call expressing his excitement in the recent announcement, “Thank you. Good afternoon and thank you all for attending this call on such short notice. We are very excited today to announce that Hewlett-Packard and Palm have reached a definitive agreement for Hewlett-Packard to purchase Palm at a price of $5.70
per share, giving the transaction a total enterprise value of $1.2 billion. ”

He mentioned all the typical “forward-looking statements” and “Regulatory approval pending” warnings before proceeding to stating that the deal will be “financed with existing cash” and “is expected to close in the third quarter of HP's fiscal 2010 ”.

Todd Bradley, Executive Vice President of HP's Personal Systems Group, discussed the strategic benefits of the transaction.

He began, “The market we are focused on, connected mobile devices, is large, profitable and growing. It is driven fundamentally by our customers' need to be connected to the people, information and entertainment that matter most to them. We believe that the acquisition of Palm is a transformational deal in the connected mobility market, opening up opportunities for further profitable growth by leveraging the unique strengths of Palm, along with the unique strengths of HP. ”

Clearly HP is interested in Palm's intellectual property (IP). Bradley continued, “Palm's world-class technology, coupled with HP's scale and financial strength, will accelerate our strategy within the connected mobile device market... This market presents a significant opportunity for profitable growth.”

HP clearly wants to get in the increasingly crowding smartphone market, “The smartphone market alone is over $100 billion and growing over 20%. We see further opportunities beyond smart phones into additional connected mobile form factors.”

It is no secret that HP is interested in “additional connected mobile form factors”, as they have played in this arena for years with their Compaq\HP iPAQ.

The iPAQ refers to a Pocket PC and personal digital assistant first unveiled by Compaq in April 2000; the name was borrowed from Compaq's earlier iPAQ Desktop Personal Computers. Since Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Compaq, the product has been marketed by HP. The device was the main competition to the Palm handhelds, but provided more multimedia capabilities using a Microsoft Windows interface. After 10 years of competing with each other, these two talented technology companies are combining for obvious reasons.

One “connected mobile form factor” that has helped bring about this acquisition\merger sooner, rather than later is the tablet PC – specifically the Apple iPad. While Bradley didn't mention Apple or the iPad directly, make no doubt it was on his and other executives minds as they prepared his next words, “We see further opportunities beyond smart phones into additional connected mobile form factors. We anticipate that with the webOS we will be able to aggressively deploy an integrated platform that will allow HP to own the entire customer experience, to effectively nurture and grow the developer community, and to provide a rich, valued experience for our customers. With Palm HP acquires a strong operating system to deliver a unique customer experience in applications to over 2000 apps and growing, a platform to deliver mobile cloud-based services, and an opportunity to drive preference in the market among consumers. ”

Apple's iPhone commercials have ushered into the consumer's mindset expectations of applications or apps. Prior to the iPhone, there was hardly any promotion of apps to the masses. Now it is almost mandatory that apps be mentioned in the promotion of any smartphone. Shouldn't HP understand this more than any company? As a hardware manufacturer, they understand (or should) that most people use their computers for the applications that are executed on them.

Palm has some incredible intellectual property, especially in the patents that they own. They have engineers that are very talented in the mobile space. They just didn't have the deep pockets to compete with Apple. Well they do now, Bradley said it this way, “Palm and HP each brings unique assets and advantages that we expect to contribute to a winning combination. At the foundation of both companies is a deep expertise in mobility, a culture of innovation and strong carrier relationships. Two Silicon Valley-based technology companies with a passion for innovation. Behind this technology is a valuable IP portfolio including cloud-based assets which will advantage HP competitively. And behind that IP is a deep bench of engineering talent led by a strong and experienced management team. ”

Jim Burns added that they are ensuring that they keep this talent team around long term, “We have a significant retention program that we put in place as part of the deal.” Bradley chimed in too, “Look, I think I will characterize for Jon, as we have had pretty specific discussions, he is very excited about staying and building out -- actually executing his vision for the webOS into a broader market, and I think HP brings those capabilities to him to do that. And I think it is fair to say that his team is excited as well.”

So the people are the key to the success of this deal, but it is also what these people are making that makes the deal possible too.  When asked why HP didn't just design their hardware to run the Android OS, HP was clear; they will still do partnerships with the likes of Microsoft and others where it makes sense, but when it comes to the WebOS, it just makes sense to to do that too.

“Palm has developed a world-class mobile operating system and platform. The integrated user interface they have architected and implemented delivers an incredible experience from true multitasking on the device to a rich and growing set of applications. ” Clearly “multitasking” is a buzz word that consumers are quickly learning to add in their minds and expectations of a mobile device.

So Palm bought to the table: the right operating environment, a valuable IP portfolio, and the people who know how to drive innovation that matters to customers. What does HP brings to the table? Bradley made that clear too, “the financial strength and the commitment to further invest to accelerate profitable growth in the connected mobile device market. We intend to invest heavily in (WebOS) product development and go to market to drive this business aggressively. ”

HP is excited to get hold of the patents and especially the WebOS. “webOS was built as a true mobile platform. With the Web at its core, it enables significant scalability, ease of application development, and portability to multiple devices. The environment performs the way you would want and expect a personal connected device to operate with application multitasking, integrated personal information, and Web services and an intuitive gesture interface. With more than 2000 applications and growing, this platform and the Palm developer program are gaining momentum. With HP, given the financial commitment we intend to make to this operating environment, we expect this pace to accelerate. ” The message is clear, we will compete against Apple, Google, HTC, Samsung, Dell and anyone else that wants to battle in the mobile economy. Make no doubt about it, WebOS is a powerful operationing system and clearly HP recognized this fact.

Palm was hurting because of the lack of funds. HP was hurting because they had not had any new mobile innovation in years. Now they the two make a heck of a team, “Together HP and Palm will make a powerful combination. With our long histories in Silicon Valley, our values and vision are consistent, and our strengths are complementary. Palm provides HP with the opportunity to move forward with world-class technology and an integrated customer experience. Coupled with our scale, global reach and investments in the ecosystem, we expect we will see solid growth. We are excited about accelerating our capability to provide our customers with compelling connected mobile experiences.”

Bradley also stated, “ we intend to operate it (Palm) as a business unit, which is in line with the way we are structured today. I think as I said earlier Jon Rubinstein is very excited about the opportunity HP represents to build out the platform, and I think it is fair to say his leadership team is as well. ”

During the questions and answer session, Bradley added this, “While Palm currently has the Pre and Pixi smartphones, we see that as one space that right now is very consumer-oriented, and we will look at how we leverage our both retail and commercial channels to broaden the distribution of that -- those set of products. I think the tablet/slate products are such new markets, we see opportunities broadly for consumers, but at the same time, having just finished up our partner conference, enormous interest on behalf of channel partners with specific vertical deployments in things like healthcare and education. So I think you will see these products deployed in both markets or both segments, consumer and commercial.”

Rod Hall, an analyst for JPMorgan , had a great question that's worth showing, “...One of the main questions we have got is we have seen Apple succeeding as a content platform in addition to the hardware platform that they are providing. So they are doing a lot of content aggregation. Do you intend to get into that side of the business to move the platform forward? Can you just talk a little bit about what your content strategy might be?"

Todd Bradley responded, “Our focus is to provide connected devices that enable people to safely and seamlessly connect to that information that is important to them, be that entertainment or work or personal data. So I don't think we are content creators, but we are access providers. ”
Rod Hall pressed, “So does that mean you would look to do deals with music companies and video companies and things like that, kind of along the lines of what we have seen Apple do? ”

Bradley finalized, “Well, look, we are not going to get into the specifics of how we will execute the strategy that we have laid out for the acquisition. I think we will do more of that as we get the transaction closed.”

Well I personally think content is going to be a key factor as well and will be discussed in great detail over the coming months and years.  At this time, HP has not announced any specific time lines at this point for any new product. I can not wait to see the first product that this team produces.


It has been a busy few months at Palm, and it’s going to get even busier as today’s announcement accelerates our plans.

This process was entered into because the leadership team and the board took a close look at the business and determined we needed to increase our scale and speed of development to succeed.

Following a formal review process, and in consultation with financial advisors and lawyers, we determined that the most viable path and best way to optimize the opportunities ahead for the company, our shareholders and our customers was to combine forces with HP.

We have all played a role in transforming Palm into an important player in the smartphone market once again. We have built the best mobile experience available today and a assembled a group of extremely talented and passionate employees.

This deal, and the high level of interest we received from other serious buyers, is a vote of confidence in our platform, our IP and our people. HP brings the necessary resources to enable us to scale Palm’s operating system, an operating system that is widely acknowledged as one of the best out there. You should view this as a positive development as we take the Company and our products to the next level.

We bring our platform, our IP, and our employees, and HP brings the resources we need to be #1. We are confident we will be stronger as a combined company than alone, and look forward to working over the coming months to integrate our businesses and share our vision.

Rest assured, we will continue to work closely with our partners and developers to expand the webOS platform and deliver quality products and services during this integration process and beyond.

As we work over the next three months to complete the transaction, it should be business as usual at Palm – we will all continue to work together to increase sell-through and satisfaction and strengthen our product roadmap.

Jon and the executive staff are committed to keeping employees up to date on significant milestones that will affect Palm employees.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please see your manager.

HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

Combination will accelerate HP’s growth within the more than $100 billion connected mobile device market
PALO ALTO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 28, 2010

HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications.

“Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”

“We’re thrilled by HP’s vote of confidence in Palm’s technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm. ”We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Palm stockholders will receive $5.70 in cash for each share of Palm common stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The merger consideration takes into account the updated guidance and other financial information being released by Palm this afternoon. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of Palm’s stockholders.

The transaction is expected to close during HP’s third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010.

Palm’s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company.

Audio webcast
Today at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, HP will conduct a live audio webcast for financial analysts and stockholders to discuss HP’s agreement to acquire Palm.
The webcast will be hosted by Todd Bradley and is accessible at
About Palm
Palm, Inc. creates intuitive and powerful mobile experiences that enable consumers and businesses to connect to their information in more useful and usable ways. The company’s groundbreaking Palm webOS platform, designed exclusively for mobile application, introduces true multitasking and Palm Synergy, which brings your information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view of your life. More information about Palm, Inc. is available at

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

Additional information and where to find it
Palm intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a preliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the acquisition. The definitive proxy statement will be sent or given to the stockholders of Palm. Before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the merger, investors and stockholders of Palm are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials when they become available because they will contain important information about the acquisition. The proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Palm with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at, by going to Palm’s Investor Relations page on its corporate website or by contacting Palm’s Investor Relations department by email at, by phone at (408) 617-7000, or by mail at Palm, Inc., Investor Relations, 950 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94085.

Participants in the solicitation
Palm and HP and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Palm stockholders in connection with the acquisition. Information about HP’s directors and executive officers is set forth in HP’s proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on January 27, 2010 and HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 17, 2009. Information about Palm’s directors and executive officers is set forth in Palm’s proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on August 13, 2009. Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the merger will be included in the proxy statement that Palm intends to file with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apple Acquires Chip Maker Intrinsity

Apple has confirmed that it has acquired Intrinsity, a Texas-based semiconductor maker that was likely the brains behind the chip that powers the iPad.

Terms of the deal — which was first reported by The New York Times — have not been disclosed, but analysts believe the price was $121 million.

Intrinsity creates semiconductors focused around mobile devices. It created the 1GHz hummingbird processor in partnership with Samsung last year. Many believe that this technology is behind the iPad's A4 chip.

This news isn't a total surprise — reports surfaced earlier this month about the acquisition after Intrinsity employees changed their LinkedIn pages to reflect their new roles at Apple.

Apple has been bringing more chip technology in-house in recent years. The biggest example to-date was theacquisition of P.A. Semi for $278 million in 2008.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Police Seize Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's Computers for Prototype G4 iPhone Material

Gizmodo made the news for their story titled, This Is Apple's Next iPhone

The story generated over 8,585,580 views since being posted on April 19, 2010. So hot, it was mentioned on "The View", other TV talk shows and even the cover of the "The New York Times". All looked good, until Apple played hardball and had Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's computers seized by the police.

Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.

What were they looking for? Any information, photo, video, etc related to the research and story about Gary Powell or the Apple G4 Prototype iPhone.

Here is all the documentation (Jason Chen's personal details are pixelated)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Apple iPad Allowed into Israel Again! Ban Lifted.

Israel has lifted a ban on Apple Inc.'s iPad, saying it will allow the device after testing showed it is compatible with the country's wireless networks.

The Israeli Communications Ministry had banned the tablet computer, saying it was incompatible with Israeli Wi-Fi standards, which are different from the American settings the iPad is configured for, Ynetnews reported Sunday.

Customs officials confiscated about 20 units brought into the country from abroad, Ynetnews said.

The ministry lifted the ban Saturday after determining the devices automatically adjust wireless broadcast intensity to match local standards, avoiding placing unnecessary strain on Israeli Wi-Fi networks.

The ministry will allow personal import of iPads, it said, and the confiscated devices will be returned to their owners.

Apple's distributor in Israel, iDigital, applauded the decision and said the iPad would be introduced in Israel in the coming months, the report said.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Apple Imposes Lifetime Ban for additional Purchases of iPad for one Customer

It is no secret that people buy gadgets for other people. Buying Apple iPads for others; however, has resulted in some bizarre situations. First there was Bill Jordan, a Colorado man, who lost two-thirds of a pinky finger when a thief yanked a bag, carrying a newly purchased iPad he had just purchased for a friend, from his hand.

Now enter, Andy Cheng who learned that buying more than the "2 per customer" rule for Apple's new iPad can lose you the right to by anymore iPads - for life.

"Since my nearby Apple store initially had plenty of stock, I offered to purchase and ship iPads internationally for members of the NeoGAF gaming forum. "

"So as the pick-up requests came in, I went on multiple visits to the Apple store, buying no more than 2 per day since I had heard there was a limit per person. I found this whole situation pretty funny considering I had never bought an Apple product prior to this madness..."

"But the store recently went completely out of stock. I had one last order to fulfill so an employee helped me place a reservation. A few days passed and yesterday I was sent an email notifying that my reserved iPad had come in.."

"I walk into the store today and ask somebody where I can pick up my iPad reservation. He notes my name and says he’ll be back, going behind closed doors to the stockroom."

"The employee emerges a few minutes later with the iPad and I hand over my credit card. If you’ve never been to an Apple store before, instead of checking customers out at a register, the employees use hand-held credit card terminals to ring up purchases. Adds to the hip factor, I suppose."

"But instead of using his handheld device, he walks to the back of the store where the “Genius Bar” is. Naught a word spoken. There are registers here but this area is used mainly for technical support. I follow the guy there. He still hasn’t said anything to me. He gives my credit card to one of the staff there and says, “I want you to help me ring up this purchase.”"

"...He’s still staring at his monitor and a few seconds pass before Guy #2 carefully says, “There is a limit to the number of iPads that customers can buy.”

Me (playing dumb) — “Oh, is that right? What’s the limit?”

Guy #2 — “Only 2 per customer.”

Me (anticipating that statement) — “Is the iPad limit per person? Per credit card? Per household?”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.”

Me — “What does that mean? Can I use a different credit card to buy it? I’m buying this for a friend.”

Guy #1 — “You are not allowed to buy this iPad.”

Me — “Uhh… is it ok if I have a family member or friend come to buy it for me? My reservation doesn’t expire until 6:00 PM.”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.”

Me (suddenly realizing what he’s saying) — “Wait, what? Lifetime? What does that mean?”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit of iPads and will not be allowed to buy any more.”

Me — “I’m banned from buying iPads? I know there’s a shortage right now, but I can’t buy any more once there’s plenty of stock?”

Guy #1 — “All I can say is that you have reached your lifetime limit.”

I pause and look at him with incredulity undoubtedly written all over my face. Everybody tells me I have the worst poker face. Hey asshole, nice job with the passive aggressiveness, but who do you think you’re talking to? I’m from Los Angeles; nobody does passive-aggressive like we do!

Me — “Ok buddy, I’m not going to make a scene so I’m leaving. How many iPads is the limit by the way?”

Guy #1 — “That information is not available.”

Me (looking at Guy #2, who has been silent this whole time) — “He tells me that the limit is two.”

Guy #1 — “I wish I could say but I do not have that information.”

Me — “I’ve already purchased more than 2 iPads. Why didn’t anybody else stop me in the past?”

Guy #1 — “I wish I could say but I do not have that information.”

Me — “Alright, I’ve had enough. Have a good day.”

"Five diehard Apple fans in countries around the world are now very happy and spreading the iPad love to friends and co-workers, who would not have seen the iPad in person for a month at the very minimum. A couple of them have requested that I buy a few more iPads for their friends. I had to decline because… well, Apple banned me."

Read the complete blog post at

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New iPhone 4 Revealed! Actual Video Proof!

You are looking at Apple's next iPhone. It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got it. We disassembled it. It's the real thing, and here are all the details.

While Apple may tinker with the final packaging and design of the final phone, it's clear that the features in this lost-and-found next-generation iPhone are drastically new and drastically different from what came before.

I believe it, do you?

What's new:
• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What's changed:
• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Is this it? This video shows a clip from showing the new features hands-on with the new iPhone 4/HD.

All of this info is straight from

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Colorado man loses part of finger in iPad theft

By SAMANTHA ABERNETHY, Associated Press Writer

DENVER — A thief's thirst for a brand new iPad cost a Colorado man not only a much-coveted device but also two-thirds of a pinky finger.
Doctors had to amputate part of Bill Jordan's left pinky after a man Thursday yanked away a bag containing an iPad that Jordan had just purchased at a Denver mall.

Jordan, 59, had the cord of the bag wrapped around his left hand when the thief "completely blind-sided" him and jerked the bag off his hand, stripping the flesh of Jordan's finger down to the bone.

"He kept pulling until something had to give, and it wound up being my finger," Jordan said in an interview Tuesday.  "There was nothing but bone showing on the whole back of the pinky," Jordan said. "The skin was just gone."

Jordan, of Aurora east of Denver, said he had no idea anyone was following him when he left the Apple store at Cherry Creek Mall, and he didn't expect to be robbed of his purchase in broad daylight.

Jordan said he had purchased the tablet computer for a friend in Canada, where the iPad is not yet available for purchase. He hasn't had a chance to tell his friend yet.
Because the item was heavy, he had wrapped the bag's handle — a thick cord — around his hand.

Jordan said there was also some nerve damage to his ring finger, but they were able to remove his wedding band from the swollen finger without cutting it.
Police were still searching for the thief Tuesday.

"I certainly hope they catch the guy," Jordan said. "I would hate to think that somebody else would have to go through this." Denver police have security footage from the scene and have obtained the serial number of the iPad from the Apple store.

As for Jordan, his larger bandages have been removed, and his stitches will be removed Friday.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 19, 2010

FaceFighter Lite -- FREEBy Appy Entertainment, Inc

If it has a Face, you can Fight it!

The picture is me during one of my fights. This game is hilarious.

Listen to what the critics are saying about FaceFighter:

"The most I’ve ever laughed during an iPhone game. Period. This game was a hit with every single person I showed it too, who all had an equally joyous response ... 4/5/5 stars" -- Matt Dunn, iPhone Games Network

“FaceFighter reminds me of early versions of Mortal Kombat … The secrets are surprising and killer to watch. Children of all ages will enjoy this (mine did).” -- 148Apps

“The action is hot and heavy, with lots of crazy sound effects. Your chosen target will start to grow black eyes, fat lips, and band-aids as you wail on them. And if you fill up your special attack meter, you get to beat them with a monkey wrench for a few seconds. Good times!”
-- Slide To Play

“… I suspect FaceFighter could be a useful tool in picking up girls at the bar.” -- iPhone Game of the Day

“... Next time that a**hat in the office p**ses you off, ask to take a picture with them. They’ll never know what hit them.” -- The Bachelor Guy

FaceFighter is the fighting game where YOUR FRIENDS are your foes!

FaceFighter bouts are as simple as a three-punch boxing combo:

1) Get a picture.
2) Drop your foe’s face on top of a body.

If it has a face, you can fight it ... friends, pets, even cartoon characters can be your boxing opponents. Give your foe black eyes, a busted nose, and swollen lips, and laugh at their expressions and reactions as you beat the crap out of them. But be careful -- your FaceFighter opponent is a cagey boxer who will be trying to do the same thing to YOU!

Designed by the creator of the legendary Ready-2-Rumble Boxing franchise, FaceFighter is so simple that anyone can pick it up and play, but deep enough to reward skillful tactics as you learn to unleash devastating combos. With FaceFighter, easy button controls let you pummel your opponent with fists and feet like a Kung Fu Master, or kick butt with crazy weapons like wrenches.

If you liked Smack Boxing but wanted more personality, or you enjoyed Punk Justice but wanted smoother game play, or if you thought Iron Fist Boxing was awesome but wanted a bit more kung fu ... then FaceFighter is for you! If Celebrity Deathmatch was your favorite show, then you need to get this game!

Be a master martial artist like Bruce Lee. Experience action and adventure when you enter the ring to assassinate your foes. Make your friends laugh by snapping their pictures and showing them off as FaceFighter opponents. From Appy Entertainment -- FaceFighter is fast, frantic fun everyone!

Apple iPad: Should You or Should You Not Buy

If you weren't one of the 300,000 people who bought the Apple iPad on launch day or the +200,000 people that have purchased it since then, you may be contemplating whether this device is for you or not. I will give you a few things to think about. Obviously I won't be able to come up with every reason for or against a purchase; however, I will provide enough to get you closer to a decision.

You may want to get the Apple iPad:

If you are a Apple fan boy and just have to have anything with an Apple logo

If you have a primary computer to handle your heavy duty assignment

If you don't need to add or remove data from an USB flash drive to your mobile device

If you don't want to carry a heavy laptop around for your mobile tasks

If you typically use a Smartphone or handheld device AND the screen is too small

If you can't stand using a laptop because the thing gets too hot on your laptop

If you read a lot of books AND would like to carry many with you AND you don't want pay a lot for a single purpose device

If you won't need to type a whole lot of information while mobile OR don't mind paying extra for an keyboard dock

If you like using touch screens that require your finger's skin to touch and don't respond to fingernail taps

If you want to view/share photo, music and videos AND don't mind dealing with iTunes

If you don't care where the information comes from as long as you get it like from apps

You may NOT want to get the Apple iPad if:

If you don't like Apple or you are a Windows fan boy

If you have to Print from your device

You are appalled with smudgy fingerprint all over your screen

If you have to have your GB of storage avaiable for other non-iPad uses

If the majority of your visited web sites are Flash based sites like games

If Not having a camera is a deal breaker

If you like to personalize your device

If need separate profile so that multiple people can have their own email and other information loaded separate from yours

If you want to need Java apps

If you like to download music from non commercial sites

If you need to be able to project the entire devices content to a big screen or projector, not just a slide presentation

If you don't want to be limited to a few sources for ebooks

You use Google Docs are a primary repository for documents and you need to be able to create and edit them on the go

If you watch movies and shows from online sites like

You require high end video or photo editing

You like non- Safari browsers to surf the web

If you are a heavy blogger and have a need to add more than one picture

If you need to download files to your device for storage and sharing

There are many more things to consider, but this should get you started in the right direction.

If want to add to the list, just email me at

Sprint Offers WiMAX-Enabled iPad With Overdrive + iPad Case‎

The Apple iPad doesn't ship with a case of any kind. Apple does sell an iPad case for about $40. Many have reported that the case is very functional as it doubles as a horizontial and vertical stand for the iPad. As with any Apple product, there will be many manufacturers creating both fashionable and functional carrying cases and bags for the iPad.

Sprint, of all companies, is on this particular Apple accessory band wagon. Sprint is no stranger to the accessories market. They create accessories for many of the phone devices that they market.

It's definitely not like Sprint to market cases for products they don't sell. The case discused here is the 4G Case, and while it is designed to house a Sprint product, it is also designed to hold your iPad as well.

The case has a large main compartment to secure an iPad and a smaller front pocket there for the portable Sprint 3G/4G Overdrive WiMAX equipped modem. The Overdrive can connect to Sprint's 3G or 4G network (if you're in range and if you live in one of the limited cities with the service - Detroit is currently not listed). Like one of Sprint's other portable router the MiFi, the Overdrive will allow up to five devices to tap into that network over Wi-Fi.

Why is Sprint offering this case? Because some people already have the Overdrive and may get the Apple iPad. The Apple's iPad being sold currently has Wi-Fi only so you can only make the connection when in a Wi-Fi hotspot. Without a device like the Sprint Overdrive (or Mi-Fi), owners of the Wi-Fi only device would be without the Internet when mobile.

Sprint wants to offer them a 4G iPad (of sorts), and therefore made a case for you to carry around both devices with ease (and style).

The case is available from the Best Buy stores.  There's no price posted, but it'll probably be between $19.99 and $29.99. The case may not be available at all Best Buy stores so call ahead.
Getting an Overdrive will cost you around $59.99 per month, so that 4G iPad won't come cheap. This solution is ideal for those that will need their Internet connection to be shared with other devices like laptops, iPod Touches, and other portable devices. This is the solution I am looking to do as I already have a Sprint USB device for my laptop. I will upgrade to either the Mi-Fi or Overdrive device to allow all my devices to get online.

If you will only need Internet on your iPad, then a G3 version of the Apple iPad will be available soon with AT&T service. No contract is required and plans are about $15 or $30 a month without any cancellation fees. This version of the iPad will cost you about $130 more over the same Wi-Fi only Apple iPad.

More about the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless

3G/4G shareable mobile hotspot Exclusively from Sprint

Accelerate at high speed with the first dual-mode shareable device of its kind-available only from Sprint. Now you can extend your 3G and 4G (4G Network available in select cities) experience beyond your laptop to any Wi-Fi-enabled device such as cameras, music players and portable game consoles. And because it supports up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices, you can share your high-speed connection with friends, family, co-workers and customers. 16 GB of shared storage and no software or activation to fuss with, the Overdrive is a must have for work or play, home or away.


  • 3G Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and Sprint 4G Network-capable hotspot
  • Unique LCD screen displays signal strength, battery level and network connection type
Key Features

  • Accelerated, 4G speed where available
  • Dual-mode 3G/4G device, dependable 3G speeds and accelerated 4G speeds where available
  • Mobile hotspot
  • GPS Navigation enabled
  • Web browsing capable
  • Memory card slot
  • Improves in-building wireless signal
  • Supports multiple simultaneous users
Carl W. Brooks is an entrepreneur that specializes in new technology. Mr. Brooks has been an online publisher since 1999 and has numerous sites and blogs that educate everyday people on how to either use, save money on or make money from the technology around us. He enjoys sharing with the world his unique take on technology and how to use it best in your life.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

OpenFeint and App Developers offer a Free Game of the Day

Turn on OpenFeint and discover a whole new way to enjoy your iPhone games. Once inside, you’ll instantly connect to more than 16 million people just like you. You can find new friends, chat with fellow game players, and send instant messages inside the games you download. Already have friends who you like to game with? No problem. With Facebook and Twitter integration, we’ve made its easy for you bring your own friends with you.

Play Games With Your Friends

What fun is beating your own high score, when you can beat your best friend’s? Playing games is more fun when there’s something on the line. So whether you’re challenging a friend’s best time or trying to get the highest score on the global leaderboard, OpenFeint helps you compete and rewards you for succeeding.
Find Great Games

OpenFeint helps you cut through the app store clutter and makes it easy to find great games. Why rely on anonymous app reviews when you download what your friends are playing? We play tons of games too, so you can be sure that the games we feature are loads of fun. And if you find a game that you like, it’s easy to find out other games from that same developer.
How much does OpenFeint cost?

It’s absolutely free to use! Go on over to the OpenFeint site to learn more.
Plus they work with game developers which offer a OpenFeint equipped game each day
Get a new free game every day by visiting!

Carl W. Brooks is an entrepreneur that specializes in new technology. Mr. Brooks has been an online publisher since 1999 and has numerous sites and blogs that educate everyday people on how to either use, save money on or make money from the technology around us. He enjoys sharing with the world his unique take on technology and how to use it best in your life.

Streaming Netflix Movies on the Apple iPad is Great

I just watched Bad Company on NetFlix and it was a good movie.

Bad Company (2002) PG-13

Veteran CIA agent Oakes (Sir Anthony Hopkins) hooks up with street-smart bookie Hayes (Chris Rock), who's been asked to replace his murdered, Harvard-educated, twin brother spy on a top-secret mission. But Oakes has only nine days to train Hayes, and Hayes looks like a lost cause. This eye-popping action comedy from director Joel Schumacher and producer Jerry Bruckheimer co-stars Kerry Washington and Peter Stormare.

I have been a fan of Netflix for quite some time. I just checked my account and it states "Member Since November 2004".  Here is a little bit of Netflix history from WikiPedia:

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is a service offering online flat rate DVD and Blu-ray disc rental-by-mail and video streaming in the United States. Established in 1997 and headquartered in Los Gatos, California, it has amassed a collection of 100,000 titles and approximately 10 million subscribers. The company has more than 55 million discs and, on average, ships 1.9 million DVDs to customers each day. Netflix previously claimed to spend about $300 million a year on postage. On February 25, 2007, Netflix announced the billionth DVD delivery. Two years later, on April 2, 2009, the company announced that it had mailed its two billionth DVD, and awarded the recipient with a complimentary lifetime membership. It topped the ForeSee Results’ Top 100 Online Retail Satisfaction Index with an American Customer Satisfaction Index score of 86, well over the industry average of 75.

So it looks like a was a fan long before I became a customer. I remember being being cautious about Netflix at the beginning. But the late fees abuse by Blockbuster had reached an all time high back in 2004. Then another thing happened, in August 2004, Blockbuster introduced an online DVD rental service in the U.S. to compete with the established market leader, Netflix. I knew that I was through with Blockbuster from an offline rental source and I had started using Hollywood Movies instead. The lure of the Internet movie rental was still there and growing strong, I finally bit and became a NetFlix member in November.

My decision was confirmed as the right choice, because the very next year Blockbuster showed that they weren't done screwing their customers. In 2005, Blockbuster launched a marketing campaign describing changes in its late fees policy and offering "No Late Fees" on rentals. The program sparked investigations and charges of misrepresentation in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as state attorneys general including Bill Lockyer of California and Eliot Spitzer of New York argued that customers were being automatically charged the full purchase price of late rentals and a restocking fee for rentals returned after 30 days. I was glad that I had cut myself from such a foolish company.

So I have enjoyed being a NetFlix customer since then.

One of the best features about a Netflix membership is that it offers internet video streaming ("Watch Instantly") to eligible subscribers, enabling the viewing of films directly on a PC or TV at home. Internet video streaming comes free with Netflix's regular subscription service.

In its simplest form, video is streamed to the user using standard PC hardware, and requires Microsoft's Silverlight software to be installed. Viewing is initiated by pressing a "Play Instantly" button, and played back on the PC monitor. Films can be paused or restarted at will.
Video can also be viewed on various set-top devices which are listed as follows:

Apple iPad, Insignia Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems, LG Electronics Blu-ray Disc players, TVs (LH50 series LCD and PS80 plasma), and home theater systems, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Panasonic Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems, Philips Blu-ray Disc players, Roku set-top box, Samsung Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems, Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Players, Sony Blu-ray Disc players, TVs, and PlayStation 3, TiVo DVRs (HD, HD XL, Series3, Premiere, or Premiere XL), Vizio Blu-ray Disc players and TVs.

They have also announced that streaming video would be available on Boxee Box set-top box, Philips TVs, Popbox set-top box and for you Apple lovers, on the iPhone, and iPod Touch ( I hope the Gen 1 iPod Touch is supported ).

I was delighted when Netflix announced that a Wii disc would be available for April 2010 and they delivered on that promise and on time. I now enjoy watching these streams on my Big TV via the Wii (on my couch)instead of on my 17" laptop computer.

Even though you can't stream every movie that is available on DVD, this extra no additional cost is very much appreciated and used often. The nice thing is that Netflix will remember the last stopping point of each movie that you stream, and will continue from the point as you jump between different devices. The iPad is one of the newest devices added to the ever growing list.

Apple iPad owners can now enjoy streaming video from Netflix on their iPad. The only issue I saw so far is that the iPad version wasn't picking up my recently viewed movie that I watched on the Wii. So I had to remember what the name was because it wasn't in my recently viewed movies list. I am sure they will fix that soon enough. If you are a Netflix member, then it is a no-brainer to get the free app from the Apple App Store and start enjoying the streams. If you are not a Netflix subscriber, I highly recommend joining and enjoy yet another reason to love you iPad.

After viewing this, there are more Youtube videos showing off Neflix streaming on the iPad. Check them out.

Carl W. Brooks is an entrepreneur that specializes in new technology. Mr. Brooks has been an online publisher since 1999 and has numerous sites and blogs that educate everyday people on how to either use, save money on or make money from the technology around us. He enjoys sharing with the world his unique take on technology and how to use it best in your life.

Is Your Mac protected? Orbicule's Undercover for Mac

Hey gang, many of you have Macs so I'll share this with you. I know Kris recently had his iPad stolen and most of you already kno...