Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Slightly OT - Getting an Android phone - Samsung Epic

I have been a loyal Palm guy from day one. I have had Palm devices and Palm phone since both PDAs and Smartphones were available from them.

I nearly bought a HTC Hero just before the Palm Pre was announced. I elected to wait and get it. While it has done everything it promised, it has not grown much beyond that promise. The WebOS apps have not grown at the same pace as iOS and Android apps.

As a happy iPad owner, I naturally I enjoy what Apple has created with the App Store and allowed developers to create for our devices.

Truth be told, the iPad does so much that I would truly get by with just a texting and phone call making phone. My Palm Pre gets little use outside those functions except for the Sprint Navigation app to help me locate and navigate to new locations.

As the technology guy, I have to think not only of myself but for the other managers that use their cellular phones for their daily communications. Many do not have a laptop and our company has not quite bought the idea of paying for iPads for us yet. So the phones their main tool for communications.

They have been hearing about the iPhone a lot and have been asking for them for a while, but we love Sprint and don't see any change of carrier in our immediate future because many of use have Grandfathered into unlimited Internet for our cellular modems (USB or MIFI).

The boss, who has typically been against smartphones, has changed her mind after having a Palm Centro for 2 years. She now has the HTC Evo and loves it. I thought she would have a problem because it doesn't have a physical keyboard, but she says that the voice controls works so well that she does not miss it. She can call people with her voice, as well as send a text message with her voice as well. She loves it.

So based on her excitement, the other gals we already to get the HTC Evo. Then they started to think about the lack of keyboard and decided that they would rather have it. They looked at the Samsung Epic and decided this has what they need.

My findings have led to this belief, whatever Smartphone people get first tends to be the one they remain loyal to. Because whether it is Blackberry, Palm, Apple, Android or whatever, they typically can do things (email, web surf, text, play, work, etc) in such a way thaf they have never done before.

But a day comes when the lure of the newness starts to pull at their loyalties. The more they hear about those great phones that their family and friends are bragging about, the more they are curious. I have been sought after by my best friend to get into Android for a while now. He would say it was great, but could never provide and significant data to justify his belief. I knew it was just "first timers lust".

I know that Google is priming Android to be a contender to Apple's iOS so as a techie, I have to start taking it serious. I have to have some hands on experience to see if the lust is justified or not. The gals at the office has given be a reason and a vehicle to learn more. So next week, on August 31, the Samsung Epic will be released on Sprint and shortly afterwards I should be an official Android user.

Android and WebOS will begin to surface in the tablet wars, so I should know as much about them all as the near future devices will include them and I need to know how to support them.

I'll keep you all posted.

Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Accused iPad thief now faces an attempted-murder charge too

DENVER — A man suspected of mangling a shopper's finger while stealing an iPad has been accused of trying to arrange to have the victim killed.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey filed a charge of attempted first-degree murder Tuesday against 20-year-old Brandon Smith.

Smith is also charged with robbery and third-degree assault in the theft of an iPad from 59-year-old Bill Jordan in a Denver shopping mall in April. Jordan's left pinky was so badly mangled when it became entangled in a bag yanked from his hand that part of it had to be amputated.

Authorities say deputies at the jail intercepted a letter by Smith in which he tried to arrange Jordan's death. He's due in court Thursday to be informed of the new charge against him.

Stupid is what stupid does! This criminal has just went from the frying pan into the fire.



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Monday, August 16, 2010

The iPad - Back to the Basics or Mindless Brainwashing by Apple?

In the tech circles, I often here this immature and silly mantra:

"The reason that the iPad is selling so well is because mindless drones will buy anything that Steve Jobs puts on the market."

Here is my reality. When I was in high school (mid 80's), all I knew was Apple computers. When I went of to college, I then learned of the Unix based computers. When I ventured into the business world, in the late 80's and the start of the 90's, it was nothing but IBM. Soon Microsoft became the staple operating system and would remain the primary system until even today. In that same period, I saw industry leaders like Novell, WordPerfect, Lotus Notes, Lotus 123 and countless other companies get manhandled my Microsoft. The one thing that has remained constant in that time is that "everything can and will change". Nothing in the tech world stays the same. Those who should benefit won't necessarily do so and those who you never suspected would, may surprise you and do.

While many are surprised that the iPad is doing well, I have never doubted that it would. When Palm, just a few years ago, announced the Folio - I was for it. Why? Because I loved what my tiny Palm OS device could do, but I wanted to do the same things on a bigger screen. While I loved what the Palm OS device could do, I wanted it to do even more, but meant that my battery would drain even faster. I also loved the fact that my Palm OS device, and the announced Folio, booted up instantly. The other thing that my Palm OS device invaluable to me was that it had thousands of apps that allowed me customize it to my personal needs. And whatever Palm didn't develop for the device, there was a developer around the corner that would. When they picked up the ex-Apple executive who cancelled the project, I was devastated.

So when my ears picked up on this news of the iPad last January, I naturally was excited. Because I had done so much with the tiny Palm OS devices over the years and had continued to do so with the tiny iPod Touch and the tiny Palm Pre, I already knew what this device would offer. Apple has timing on their hand. But it is not just timing, they also have the guts to try something that everyone else was afraid to do. They have the benefit of learning from the advancements and failures of Sony, HP, Palm, Microsoft and others in the mobility space has shown possible. The larger speeds and lower costs of the Internet packages have helped to make the delivery of digital wares possible. Apple's multitouch screen has helped too, but others have duplicated the screen without duplicating their success. The mistake that other have and continue to make is that only make the hardware or just the software. Apple makes the whole ecosystem: the OS, the hardware, some of the accessories, some of the applications, the delivery or distribution system, and retail to move it.

There are many factors that combine to make the iPad a winner for Apple. But the device cannot be a winner for Apple if it was not made to me a winner for the enduser. While there can always be more to the iPad, the way it is made today works well for the enduser. The reasons that iPads are selling so well are due to the following factors; the batttery lasts all day, the device turns on instantly and the thousands of app ensure that the enduser has plenty to do after surfing the web, listening to music, working with their emails, showing off their pictures, managing their calendar and contacts.

At least 90 % percent of what most people do on a desktop, can be done on the iPad. The other 10% can be done "from" an iPad with apps like Logmein Ignition and Team Viewer. Most desktops are way overkill for the masses of users. They only started getting laptops because they didn't want to be trapped at a stationary location on a desktop. Laptops were the only option, outside of a much smaller smartphone. Now that they have a big screen option to a laptop, they are seizing the opportunity and literally running with it. They are even more mobile than they would have been with a laptop.

Most people have made purchases of laptops because they didn't want to be chained to the desktop anymore. The laptop was just a tool to allow that to happen. Then another thing started to happen. They started looking at adding additional laptops to the household or office because other members of the home or office started to want the same liberating option. The expense of the laptops made this a harder decision, so manufacturers sought a cheaper alternative called netbooks. While these offered some mobility, it also brought pain because they expected to perform the same tasks as they did on the desktop or laptop, but found that the netbooks were too slow. They could not do ,what they were designed to do, with the same speed that the alternatives would allow. While they wanted to be mobile, they wanted to do their desired tasks while on the go.

Many started to be attracted to Smartphones because they were constantly being told that they could do many of these tasks on these increasingly popular devices. While this was true, many would discover what I had many years ago on the Palm device. It was just too little. Oh yeah, and the battery would drain so fast that you wouldn't have any power when you wanted to do all the tasks that you wanted to perform.

I used to do more from my Palm Pilot than most people did from their desktop for so many years, that I didn't have to be convinced of what was possible with a bigger mobile device. I have serviced users of technology daily, since I was out of high school, and one thing has remained true all these years...most people have way more computer power than they ever need. The tasks the majority of computer users perform are not real taxing on their computer in the slightest. They could get by on a computer that has the specifications of a computer that was developed a few months or even a few years ago. The problem is that the manufacturers don't sell those older computers because they want to turn a certain profit. So they add the latest bell or whistle to the specs so that the consumer desires to get the latest and greatest feature. The reality remains the same, most of those features will go unused or underutilized.

Sure there are always exceptions to every rule. Every now and then, I run into a person that real works their computer to the fullest. Taxing the processors, taxing the video card and putting the memory to full work, but this is not the norm. Don't get me wrong, the importance of the task is just as important to the users at both ends of the spectrum. The task is always key over the tool used to accomplish it. For most users, the iPad is just enough computer to get the majority of the desired tasks done. With the thousands of apps, iPad users are finding even more better and more enjoyable tasks to perform. As for those other 10% of the tasks, with all the fun iPad users are having, they may not want to make the time to do them if they don't have to.

Another fact is this. When I first entered the work force, people used applications. If they exited WordPerfect, Quattro Pro or any of the other apps and ended up at the DOS prompt; they would be lost. They didn't know or care how it worked, as long as they got their tasks done. They didn't care about file management. They simply hit the save button and saved the work where the app allowed them. When they wanted to open an file, they launched the app and clicked open to find it in the list. The iPad has returned users to it humble beginnings and made it the app the king and not the platform or the OS. iPad users don't care so much how it works, but that it works.

For you iPad users, I ask the following:


What is the percentage of time spent on your iPad versus your desktop or laptop?


Do you have a smartphone too? If yes, do you perform less tasks on the smartphone now that you have the iPad?


Were you considering a laptop or netbook before you purchased the iPad?


Have you purchased a new desktop, laptop or netbook since the iPad purchase?


Have you purchased or considered getting an additional iPad for someone else in the home or office since owning the iPad?


Since your purchase of the iPad, have you purchased or considered purchasing any other Apple product, where you may have no done so prior to owning and using the iPad?


Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sit or Sleep in Style with Furniture made for Your iPad

Tired of couch computing while holding your iPad with one hand? Now you can rest your posterior in style with the iPad Chair from Elite Home Theater Seating:

With the Luxa2 H4 iPad holder firmly securing the remarkable device in its tight grasp with its 6 rubber pins, you can now wield the power of the iPad in total relaxation with both hands free. The holder slides into the existing cupholder of the Elite HTS chair, and can then swivel and pivot 360 degrees. In addition, the iPad can be rotated vertically or horizontally, and can even be positioned flat like a table.



Company founder and CEO Bobby Bala explains:

We wanted to enhance the iPad experience by increasing the comfort level of the user.  Our testing indicates this increases the level of interaction and escapism with the device.



Pricing for your very own captain’s chair (with dual-seat-cushion support and powered footrest) starts at only $2495 – a more affordable luxury for those who can’t swing $20k for the iPad Bed!

Sleep With Your iPad on the iCon Bed

Finally, carbon and silicon based entities can repose and recharge side by side!  FurnitureWorld brings us news of one of the Ultimate iPad Accessories, the iCon Bed, a luxury offering from Hollandia International and mattress brand Therapedic.  Dual adjustable mattresses pair with a high tech headboard for the ultimate in sleep workstations:

The iCon Bed’s upholstered headboard is in a class of its own with its sleek, modern look, along with four fully enclosed speakers, 250 watt amplifier and docking stations for two iPads built into the furniture. It is available in more than 200 fashionable colors and fabrics to complement any bedroom decor.




Like the iPad, the iCon Bed is more about a lifestyle choice than it is about a product, and caters to consumers who know how to balance work, rest and play, said Hollandia CEO Avi Barssessat.

This trendy staple will set you back a cool $20k. Perhaps an opportunity for creative DIY projects?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Protect your Jailbroken iPad from Malicious Variants of Jailbreakme

Apple recently released firmware 3.2.2 for the iPad, which patches the very large security holes exploited by @comex in the 2nd incarnation of jailbreakme.com. I recommended that those iPad owners, that had Jailbroken their iPad, to not install the patch.  If you were to installed the patch you would patch the security hole and make your iPad no longer vulnerable to truly malicious variants of jailbreakme (these variants aren’t out yet, but they’re sure to come!), but you would lose your Jailbroken abilities and apps on your iPad. No fun!

Luckily for us, the Jailbreak community has a way for use to remain free and protected.  @saurik has been burning the midnight oil coding a Cydia package call PDF Patch (CVE 2010 1797) that fixes the holes for not only the iPad, but for all idevices and all firmware versions (even going back to version 2.x!).  Apple's patches excludes the iPhone2G and iPod Touch 1G users.                                                      

Since the only reason for 3.2.2 was to fix the security holes, and since the upcoming Cydia package fixes them too (and then some!), everybody should sit tight on 4.0.1 (or lower) and install the Cydia package called PDF Patch.  Jailbreakers can have their cake and eat it too. 

To install, simply launch Cydia and click the "Search" icon.

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Click the search field and type "PDF Patch"

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Tap the "PDF Patch CVE 2010 1797" item that appears

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Click "Install"

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Click "Confirm"

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The PDF Patch will install

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Click "Restart Springboard" and wait for the device to reboot.

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To test that it’s working properly, visit jailbreakme.com again.  

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After you slide to jailbreak, you should no longer see a dialog box pop up

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You’ll just see the star background.

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That means you’re no longer vulnerable!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Does the iPad have an USB port?

On Aug 13, 2010, at 8:19 AM, Rebecca C. wrote:

Since I haven't had my Ipad very long I am still learning----and have really learned so much from this group so a big thanks to all of you for that. Having said that--a friend of mine ask me a question so I'm passing it along to all you because I don't know the answer. Does the Ipad have a USB port??? I know it has only one port where you charge it and/or use the camera accessory kit----so is there an accessory for a USB that I don't know about????


This is a question I am asked often as well.  The question is not a simple question, nor is the answer.  The question that I always ask next is "What task are you looking to accomplish with the USB port?"

See people think that the USB is important, when in fact the task is what is important.

Let's examine what an USB port might be used for on a desktop.

The USB port can be used to connect a mouse to a desktop.  There is no need to connect a mouse to the iPad, although it can be done on a Jailbroken iPad via Bluetooth.  On the iPad, your finger is the mouse.

The USB port can be used to connect a keyboard to a desktop.  This can be done via Bluetooth to a Bluetooth keyboard with the stock iPad.

The USB port can be used to connect an USB camera to a desktop for video conferencing.  This is not available on the iPad. It may appear on the Gen 2 iPad. 

The USB port can be used to connect a camera to a desktop to import pictures from a camera.  Apple sells an optional camera kit that plugs into the iPad.  The kit contains two pieces, one that allows the the camera's USB cable to connect to the iPad for importing of pictures from the camera.  Some have already reported that they use a USB keyboard with this dongle too. 

The other piece connects to the iPad and allows a SD card from a camera to connect for the same function. A smaller mini-SD or MicroSD cards can be used with the SD sled that is often shipped with these smaller cards. 

The USB port can be used to connect an USB flash or thumb drive to a desktop to allow data to be portable and usable. This is the biggest reason people have used to objected getting an iPad. People they think they have to use an USB drive.  They don't.  The drive is not important, it is just a means to the end.  They like the flash drive so that they can access the data from multiple computers (PC, Mac, laptop, work computer, etc). Before the flash drive, they use to email the files back and forth.  There are new ways to do the same with iPad. iFile is an app store app that makes your iPad a flash drive.

I personally use Google Docs to keep my files secure and available for all my connected devices. 

Finally,  the other reason they as is they don't understand that the iPad connects to their desktop via the desktop's USB port so that they can transfer backup and forth the essential files like music, video, pictures, etc from the iPad. 

Once they have this explained they typically feel better about how it works and can again consider adding it to their life.

Check out this application on the App Store:

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iFile (file storage, document viewer)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yelp Engineers Develop iPad Assisted Kegbot



Behold, the Kegbot! This unique robot will definitely appeal to those who have a great love for beer, where it will require the assistance of an iPad to work. The iPad itself will be used to display important information concerning beer when it is flowing, while being smart enough to track just who it is who is drinking from the keg alongside the quantity consumed. Designated drivers wouldn't have too close of a relationship with the Kegbot then, but those who want to paint the town red (or drown their sorrows) will probably be closely acquainted with the Kegbot. Drinkers who are still sober can give an honest rating of the beer as well. DIY fanatics can grab the source code here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

iOS 3.2.2 Update for iPad to close Exploits that allows Jailbreakme.com Process

The cat and mouse game continues between Apple and the Jailbreak community. Today Apple release an operating software update for the iPad, in addition to the patches for the iOS 4.x update for the other devices such as the iPhone and iPod Touch. The purpose of the iOS 3.2.2 Update for iPad is to close the exploits that allows the Jailbreakme.com and Spiritjb.com processes to accomplish a Jailbreak of the iPad's OS.

The update does NOT provide any additional enhancements to the operating system. It is recommended for anyone whom has NOT Jailbroken their iPad who wishes to seal the security hole in the OS.

The update is NOT recommended for anyone that has a Jailbroken iPad and wishes for it to remain Jailbroken. Again, this update should not be applied if you enjoy the benefits of a Jailbroken iPad and is willing to risk any unknown risks that the unsealed exploits may present. To date their are no known malicious exploits of the patched holes in the pre-3.2.2 versions of the iPad OS.

IF YOU APPLY THIS TO A JAILBROKEN IPAD, THE JAILBREAK PROCESS WILL BE REVERSED INDISCRIMINATELY.

The truth of the matter is the Jailbreak process is NOT illegal and therefore can be applied; however, the exploits by which the Jailbreak processes are made possible are in Apple's best interest to be sealed. Apple had to squash the talk that its OS is unsafe as soon as possible The truth is that nothing man made will ever be perfect. Additionally, any thing man "made" can be man "unmade". There are other exploits in the OS which the Jailbreak community will uncover to allow 3.2.2 to be Jailbroken as well.

Both sides are good for each other. Apple creates an OS that is a great tool and the Jailbreak community strives to make it even better though their innovated and progressive developments. Apple uses them for innovation that allows their OS to get better and better; which helps to sell more devices. The Jailbreak community uses the ever increasing OS and popular devices to innovate and improve the capabilities.

Here is the post from Apple's site at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4292

This document describes the security content of the iOS 3.2.2 Update for iPad, which can be downloaded and installed using iTunes.

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, see the Apple Product Security website.

For information about the Apple Product Security PGP Key, see "How to use the Apple Product Security PGP Key."

Where possible, CVE IDs are used to reference the vulnerabilities for further information.

To learn about other Security Updates, see "Apple Security Updates".

Products Affected
Product Security, iPad
iOS 3.2.2 Update for iPad
FreeType

CVE-ID: CVE-2010-1797
Available for: iOS 3.2 and 3.2.1 for iPad

Impact: Viewing a PDF document with maliciously crafted embedded fonts may allow arbitrary code execution

Description: A stack buffer overflow exists in FreeType's handling of CFF opcodes. Viewing a PDF document with maliciously crafted embedded fonts may allow arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking.

IOSurface

CVE-ID: CVE-2010-2973
Available for: iOS 3.2 and 3.2.1 for iPad

Impact: Malicious code running as the user may gain system privileges

Description: An integer overflow exists in the handling of IOSurface properties, which may allow malicious code running as the user to gain system privileges. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking.


IF YOU APPLY THIS TO A JAILBROKEN IPAD, THE JAILBREAK PROCESS WILL BE REVERSED INDISCRIMINATELY. Only iPad OS 3.2.1 and below can be Jailbroken.

For more information about the Jailbreakme.com process, please visit http://www.jailbreakme.com/faq.html


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Carl W. Brooks
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What's Your ONE Favorite App and ONE Favorite Accessory?

If we all shared our iPad with each other, we would no doubt see that we all have a lot of the same apps on your device.  We would also discover something new as well, because there are thousands of apps available for the iPad and iPhone. 

We may have apps that we are just trying, that we have for other people, maybe a few apps that we simply loaded because we had it on our iPod Touch or iPhone (but never use on the iPad).  Some people have just the essentials apps and nothing more, while others (like me) have the maximum number of apps possible for displaying and have to delete some in order for the new ones to show up.  

With this being the case, there are those people who use an app they can't live without!

What is the SINGLE app that you can't live without?  I know it is hard, but just name ONE.  We all know email, web browsing and picture apps are important to a lot of us, so we ignore the built-in or stock apps (unless you haven't loaded a single extra or 3rd-party app)?  Not one game app and one photography app and one productivity app; one single app you can't live without.  Provide your reason for that app if you like.   

For those who just have to share something more, please share your accessory that you can't live without.

For me the ONE app is...

LogMeIn Ignition

From their website "One touch on your iPhone or iPad lets you remotely access one or more computers anywhere, anytime. So you never have to worry about leaving anything behind. Directly control your desktop, all your apps and all your files – like that important presentation for your boss or that important photo album for your mom – with a simple touch."

Find out more about LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone/iPad from the Apple iTunes App Store 

This product and the iPad has literally changed how and when I am able to do my job as well as conduct my personal business. I couldn't imagine going back to the old way of doing things ever again.  The long battery of the iPad and the easy of this app has made my life and job duties a breeze.
 
For me the ONE accessory is...

My case with built-in stand.  The built-in stand makes using this device possible in many instances where I would be able to do it comfortably. It protects it.  It holds my cleaning cloth which is mandatory.  It even keeps my Pogo Stylus handy.  I don't know how people use one (often) without a case that includes a stand. 

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iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

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Oprah's Ultimate iPad/iMac Computer Giveaway (Official Sweepstake)

The ultimate school supply is the computer, and this is your chance to win three of them!  

You could win an iPad for you and an iPad for your favorite student, plus an iMac desktop computer for the whole family! The winner will also receive school supplies, a back-to-school wardrobe, and books from our Kids' Reading List. Enter this sweepstakes below for your chance to win!

No purchase necessary TO ENTER OR WIN and Sweepstakes is subject to Official Rules. Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), age 21 or older. For Official Rules, prize and entry information log onto www.oprah.com. Entries must be received by 4:59 p.m .(CT) on August 30, 2010. Approximate retail value of prize is $4,700.00. Details, qualifications and conditions for participation may apply. Void where prohibited. Limit one (1) entry per e-mail address.


Visit the following page and enter your information to have a chance at winning. 

http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Ultimate-Computer-Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WINPurchase will not improve your chances of winning.Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes") is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 21 years or older, except employees of Harpo Productions, Inc. (the "Sponsor"), Kumon North America, Inc. ("Kumon"), Target Stores, Inc. ("Target") and their respective officers, directors, agents, parents, subsidiaries, franchisees, advertising or promotion agencies, affiliated entities, immediate families or household members. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and shall be governed by Illinois law. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants: (i) agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations, and (ii) agree that Illinois courts have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to the Sweepstakes and that venue shall only be Chicago, Illinois.

HOW TO ENTER: Sponsor will conduct a national Sweepstakes from 5:00 pm (CT) on Monday, August 2, 2010 until 4:59 pm (CT) on Monday, August 30, 2010 (the "Promotional Period"). To enter, participants must log on to the Sweepstakes page of the Oprah.com website, located at http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Ultimate-Computer-Giveaway (the "Website"), and complete and submit online the entry form during the Promotional Period according to the onscreen instructions, including their name, address, daytime telephone number, email address and date of birth (individually, an "Entry" and collectively, the "Entries"). To be eligible, all Entries must be received by 4:59 pm (CT) on Monday, August 30, 2010. All Entries must be submitted in the name of an individual person and the prize will only be awarded to the person whose name is on the winning Entry, regardless of e-mail account ownership or other circumstances. Limit one (1) Entry per e-mail address.   

All duplicate Entries shall be deemed void. All Entries will become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. No mechanical reproductions, mailed Entries, facsimiles, mass submissions, or submissions generated by a script or macro will be accepted by Sponsor and all such Entries will be deemed void. Sponsor is not responsible for misdirected, inaccurate, incomplete, lost, late, delayed, undelivered, damaged or illegible Entries, and all such Entries will be deemed void. Sponsor is also not responsible for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with or relating to the Sweepstakes, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prizes, in any Sweepstakes-related materials or which may limit prize fulfillment or a participant's ability to enter the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or prematurely conclude the Sweepstakes should any computer virus, malfunction, fraud, tampering, unauthorized intervention or other cause beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Sweepstakes. False or deceptive Entries or acts will render the participant ineligible and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any participant who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by tampering with any Website mechanism, acting in a disruptive manner or violating these Official Rules. Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be in violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorneys' fees) from any such participant to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution.   

HOW TO WIN:
 One (1) grand prize winner (the "Winner") will be randomly chosen by a representative of Sponsor on or around September 1, 2010 from all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotional Period. The decisions of the Sponsor will be final and binding on all participants in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. The odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible Entries received throughout the Promotional Period. Winner will be notified by Sponsor within five (5) days of the drawing via either the telephone number or e-mail address provided on his or her Entry. Winner must reply within five (5) days of notification either via fax, email or by calling the phone number provided upon prize notification, or else an alternate winner will be selected. In the event that the Sweepstakes is canceled or ended prematurely due to the reasons set forth in paragraph 2, above, the Winner shall be randomly chosen by a representative of Sponsor from all eligible Entries received as of the time of the impairment.

PRIZES: One (1) Winner will receive a prize package consisting of various items, at an approximate retail value ("ARV") of Four Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($4,700.00). The prize package shall include the following, all selected in the Sponsor's sole discretion unless otherwise noted: (i) one (1) 64 GB Apple® iPad™ with Wi-Fi, (ii) one (1) 21 1/2" Apple® iMac computer, (iii) one (1) Five Hundred Dollar ($500.00) gift card to Staples (for use only in-store or online at www.staples.com), (iv) one (1) Five Hundred Dollar ($500.00) gift card to a local department store of Winner's selection, (v) the use of a personal shopper at the selected department store for up to two (2) hours, (vi) up to ten (10) books, as selected by Winner, chosen from the "Kids Reading List" on the Website, and (vii) one (1) One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) Target gift card. TOTAL ARV OF PRIZE (ONE PRIZE): Four Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($4,700.00).

No substitutions, partial acceptance, transfer of prizes or cash redemptions permitted by Winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or comparable value in the event a described prize or any portion thereof is unavailable for any reason whatsoever. Certain restrictions may apply and no refunds or credit for changes are allowed. The gift cards are subject to any restrictions or guidelines provided by the respective issuers and/or printed upon the gift cards. Any excess amounts that the Winner spends when redeeming the gift cards at the stores shall be the Winner's sole responsibility. The iPad and iMac are subject to any manufacturer warranties. Winner is solely responsible for the reporting and payment of all federal, state and local taxes incurred by acceptance and use of the prize (or any portion thereof), if applicable. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.   

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:
 By entering this Sweepstakes, entrants: (i) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor which are final and binding in all matters, (ii) grant Sponsor, Kumon, Target and their designees the right, unless prohibited by law, to use their names, cities and states of residence, voices, pictures, biographical information and likenesses, without compensation, notification or permission, for the purpose of advertising and in any and all manner or media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, and (iii) represent and warrant that they are not participating in the Sweepstakes in the capacity of a reporter and further represent and warrant that they will not write, blog about, publish or cause to be published any article or book about their participation therein. In order to claim the prize, Winner: (i) must meet all eligibility requirements, (ii) may be required to produce proof of identity, address and birth date, and (iii) must execute and return certain winner documents (as applicable), including an affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment form, liability release and, except where prohibited by law, use of name and likeness releases. Such documents must be completed in full and returned within five (5) days of issuance either via facsimile or US registered mail. Failure to do so or if: (i) any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, (ii) a potential Winner declines his or her prize, or (iii) a potential Winner is determined to be ineligible for any reason, will result in disqualification of such potential Winner and an alternate Winner may be selected by random drawing at the Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor will use reasonable efforts to pick an alternate Winner but in the event an alternate Winner cannot be determined, the prize will not be awarded. 

  Sponsor, Kumon, Target and their respective officers, directors, agents, parents, subsidiaries, franchisees, advertising or promotion agencies, prize providers and affiliated entities (collectively, the "Released Parties") expressly disclaim any responsibility and participants agree to hold the Released Parties harmless from liability for any injury, disability or loss to any person or property (including anything related to the redemption of the gift cards, the services of the personal shopper, allergic reactions and/or death) relating to participation in this Sweepstakes (including the manner in which the Winner is selected and confirmed), the delivery and/or subsequent acceptance, redemption of, use or misuse of any of the prizes or services awarded and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) any loss (financial or otherwise), liability, injury (including death) or damage to persons or property which may be caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the redemption of, use or misuse of any prize items provided, or (ii) any loss (financial or otherwise), injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading any material from the Website, regardless of whether the material was prepared by Sponsor or a third party, and regardless of whether the material is connected to the Website by a hypertext link. The Released Parties further assume no liability either for the cancellation, modification or premature conclusion of the Sweepstakes for any reason or through the acts or defaults of any company or person providing any prize.  All such losses or expenses must be borne by the affected participants and/or Winner.   

OFFICIAL RULES AND/OR WINNER'S LIST REQUESTS:
 For a copy of the Official Rules and/or the Winner's name, either log on to the Website or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address beginning August 2, 2010: (Please specify "Official Rules" and/or "Winner") " Ultimate Computer Giveaway" Sweepstakes, c/o Oprah.com 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607. Requests received after September 30, 2010, will not be honored. Vermont residents may omit return postage on Official Rules requests.   

SPONSOR: This Sweepstakes is managed by Sponsor, with offices at 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607. Kumon and Target are prize sponsors only. 

Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

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Where are the iPad Competitors? The Streak is NOT one!

Four months has passed since the iPad was made available to customers and still no competitor has surfaced. Sure there are always the Chinese clones making it's way unto the web and there a few devices hacked to run unofficial versions of Android, but we have yet to see any real product come to market. There are speculations and rumors from HP/Palm, Google, Acer and a whole lot of other companies, but nothing is available for purchase. The tech blogs and news organizations are so hungry for iPad competition that some are drawing at straws. The latest straw is the Dell Streak.

The following is from Wikipedia

"The Streak (previously known as the Mini 5) is a Tablet/Smartphone hybrid from Dell that uses the Android operating system. It comes with a 5" capacitive touchscreen and two cameras, a 5MP one with dual-LED flash on the back and a VGA-resolution one on the front for video calling; both are capable of video. It was discovered in October 2009 that the tablet is also capable of making 3G phone calls.

The three buttons at the bottom (or right, when held in its normal landscape mode) are capacitive. The Android buttons used are Home, Menu, and Back. It features a Dell skin on top and has a cradle adapter with HDMI out. The phone lacks the FM radio and navigational trackball found in other Android devices. The versions released to date have Android 1.6 installed, although Dell promised an update to Android 2.2(froyo) later in 2010.

While unconfirmed by Dell, rumors have surfaced regarding development of 7-inch and 10-inch models. The 7-inch model is expected to launch in late 2010 and the 10-inch model in early 2011."

The Dell website provides this information.

"The perfectly sized, go-anywhere device; Watch, listen, play and connect with a 5" high-quality screen that fits perfectly in your hands.

Take good times with you, wherever you go. A brilliant 5" screen lets you surf, watch videos and stay connected, with less squinting and pinching, plus front-and-back cameras capture photos and videos on the fly with 5MP resolution. Watch streaming video on YouTube (TM), then post your own movies directly from your Streak.

With compact 6" wide x 3.1" high x .4" thin dimensions, there's plenty of space to take full advantage of the multi-touch display, plus the high-quality scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass means your view stays crystal clear. Ultra-intelligent facial proximity and ambient light sensors automatically adjust screen brightness, optimizing your battery life.

The Dell Streak ensures that you can multitask and play without delay (including music and games), with the powerful yet efficient 1GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonTM processor speeding things along using Google's Android-based OS with multi-touch Dell user experience. 3G mobile broadband, WiFi and Bluetooth® mean you've always got an easy way to connect, while swappable microSD memory cards mean virtually limitless storage for movies, music and pictures — up to 42 movies, 32,000 photos or 16,000 songs on each of your individual 32GB memory cards.

Where are you headed today? Find the quickest route with real-time maps from integrated A-GPS and e-compass functionality. Text-to-voice and turn-by-turn directions let you keep your eyes on the road, while Google Maps' live traffic functionality helps you avoid those dreaded red zones (requires 3G connection). The best part: The Streak multitasks, so you can play your favorite driving tunes and receive calls at the same time.

Facebook® , TwitterTM , Gmail, a phone call — however you like to stay connected5, the Streak keeps the lines of communication open. The Streak is a full-function 3G phone with IM and SMS/text capabilities, plus you can take photos for sharing using the rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash. Integrated real-time Facebook and Flickr® upload abilities put your photo or video online in no time."

After reading the description, viewing the Youtube videos and examining the technical specifications, I cannot see how any techno-savvy person would compare this to the Apple iPad. This is device is more comparable to the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Evo from Sprint, but not anywhere near the iPad. My Palm Pre can do a lot of what the iPad can do, but I would never put them in the same category or consider them competitors.

It is true that the iPad is like a larger pre 4.0 iPhone or iPod Touch, because of their similarities in functionality, but the huge screen of the iPad makes it a totally different device than the similar devices that can fit in your pocket (the Dell Streak barely can do that). I do hope that some real competition does arrive soon as it helps to bring better products to market. The Apple iPhone and Apple iPad are the by-products of the healthy fighting between Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices of the past. Those products of the past have paved the way for toady's mobile devices. Apple also benefits from faster and more affordable Mobile Internet plans that weren't available, multitouch screen technology and other factors that were not present just a few years back. Will these other companies make the proper adjustments and finally put out a competitive product? I hope so.

Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

iPad News, Reviews and How-To-Dos.
We help make your iPad experience Magical through information!
http://www.iamthereforeipad.com

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Apple iPad Gets Genius

For those of you with an Apple iPad, you might have noticed that on Friday, Apple [AAPL] added the Genius option to the menu on the App Store.

To access Genius you simply tap on the icon. Once done, you are presented with similar apps based on apps you already have installed. The list goes on for a number of pages depending on how many apps you already have installed. To let Apple know what you do and don't like you can just tap the not interested button under each app for it to be taken out of the recommendation list.

The good thing about Genius on the iPad is that it helps you to find apps that you might not have found through a regular search. When looking on the app store it is often the case where you grab the apps that are most popular or are in the top 50 or so. Given that there are 100,000's of apps, it's next to impossible to find some hidden gems that just haven't had the fortunate chance of being made popular. The bad thing about the iPad Genius is that he made take a while to actually suggest the proper alternative apps for the chosen installed app.

For example, in the picture below, Genius suggests iAnnotate PDF for my installed app Logmein Ignition. And for my installed app, Documents to Go, it suggested Jump Desktop. This seems to be reversed. Instead of working like Genius works for music, it is working more like Amazon's "customers who bought this also bought this one" feature.

What are your thoughts on Genius on the iPad? Have you found any new apps through it?

CineXPlayer brings Xvid playback to iPad

NXP Software has released CineXPlayer, a new app that allows users to view Xvid movies on the iPad, a format not directly supported by the built-in video codecs on iOS devices. Using CinexPlayer, users can transfer movies in the Xvid format directly onto their iPad without the requirement to convert them an iPad-specific video format. Movies are transferred to the application over USB via iTunes' File Sharing options and the app provides a listing of movies stored on the device with standard playback controls, automatic bookmarking of playback positions and the ability to delete movies directly from within the app. At this time, CineXPlayer only supports standard Xvid format movies and does not yet have the ability to handle additional codecs such as MKV and AC3 audio. CineXPlayer is available from the App Store as a free download. [ via Engadget http://www.engadget.com ]

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

iPad News, Reviews and How-To-Dos.
We help make your iPad experience Magical through information!
http://www.iamthereforeipad.com

Friday, August 6, 2010

DISH Network's iPad App Works as Remote Control

On Thursday, DISH Network took its Apple iPhone app to the iPad, allowing users to program and directly control their DISH DVRs.

The free app, available form the Apple iTunes App Store, already has been released in a version for the iPod touch and iPhone. In that form, the app can be used as a means to program the DVR, browse a schedule of shows, and add and delete programs. The app is compatible with most DISH receivers.

The iPad version adds a new twist, remote control, allowing a user to control the DVR via the iPad.

DISH Network Introduces World's First DVR Scheduler App Optimized for the Apple iPad

Free App Also Turns iPad into Remote Control

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug 05, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- DISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, today announced a free app for the Apple iPad: DISH Remote Access. DISH Remote Access is the first and only app from a TV service provider specifically designed for the iPad that allows users to control their televisions and manage their programming remotely.

iTunes: DISH Remote Access Apps: iPad App Link and iPhone App Link

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Similar to the version available for the iPhone and iPod touch, DISH Remote Access for the iPad is a fully-featured remote DVR scheduler that provides DISH Network customers with complete access to all DVR functions and features. Users can schedule DVR recordings on multiple receivers, delete timers, browse and search nine days of shows, and manage their DVR libraries by setting recording priorities, resolving recording conflicts and deleting programs they have already watched. The DISH Remote Access app is compatible with most DISH Network SD and HD DVR receivers including the ViP 922, the world's only DVR with built-in Sling technology.

"At DISH Network, we are excited about the potential of tablet computers - like the Apple iPad - to enhance the TV viewing experience and enable consumers to remain connected to their TVs everywhere," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of Customer Technology for DISH Network.

The iPad-optimized DISH Remote Access app also includes a unique feature that transforms an iPad into a remote control for televisions connected to compatible DISH Network receivers. Using the iPad as a remote control, customers can change channels, browse the program guide, start playing recorded programs and enjoy all standard remote navigation features such as fast forward, rewind and pause.

The DISH Remote Access app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store.

iTunes: DISH Remote Access Apps: iPad App Link and iPhone App Link

Customers can also enjoy all DISH Remote Access benefits through the web browser on their laptops, PCs and smartphones. For more information about DISH Remote Access, visit www.dishnetwork.com/tveverywhere/remoteaccess.

About DISH Network

DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), provides more than 14.3 million satellite TV customers, as of March 31, 2010, with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including the ViP 922, the world's only DVR with built-in Sling functionality. DISH Network is first in Customer Satisfaction among all cable and satellite providers according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey results for the U.S. largest cable and satellite TV providers. DISH Network Corporation is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com , follow on Twitter, @dishnetwork (www.twitter.com/dishnetwork), or become a Fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/dishnetwork.

Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
The Tech Guy

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Some of the reasons I chose to Jailbreak my iPad

Jailbreaking was not an option for me at all.  I outline many of the simple additions in my prior post at http://www.iamthereforeipad.com/2010/06/why-you-might-want-to-jailbreak-your.html

The backgrounder or multitasking function is the major reason for me to Jailbreak.  I don't download and sync podcasts to my device because it consumes space and I listen to many. I listen to podcasts via Stitcher radio and like to do so as I surf, read emails or read news items. I also do the same tasks as I listen to Pandora which allows me not to sync many music files. I listen to Audible books as well as the Audiobooks app for digital books.  

I hate having to stay in these apps to listen to audio content.  I missed so bad when I was un-jailbroken for a week or two. If you never had it, I would imagine you don't know what you don't know you are missing. I have this function on my Palm Pre so I enjoyed it there. I now use my phone for a phone and the battery lasts a little more because of this offloading to the iPad. 

The second thing is the SBSettings which let me turn on and off certain settings in addition to quick access to other settings like Brightness.  I have to adjust the brightness all day as I move from outside and to locations that make the brightness levels change.  Having the ability to change the brightness without leaving the app is huge.

MultiIconMover is needed if you ever have to rearrange icons. After trying to drag one icon to just one screen over more than once and you will appreciate this simple tool. 

The reality is that these are simple things but they make life so much simpler. They should be included by Apple, but not. We all know the multitasking is coming but no clue on the others.   

The other advance things I use Jailbreak for are not mentioned in the prior post include:

Btmouse
Btkeyboard
Displayout

I use my iPad as a presentation tool for my home based business.

I hook my iPad to a projector to display my presentation (using keynotes), play my video presentation, play my music before and after the event and to surf the web to display products and sign up business partners and customers. 

Btmouse let's me use a bluetooth mouse with the iPad in this scenario which is wonderful as I am not sitting near the device. 

btkeyboard allows me to use the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard together. With the stock iPad, you can only use a Bluetooth keyboard. This allows me to use both mouse and keyboard at ine time. 

Displayout allows me to project everything on my iPad, not just the few apps feels I should want to project. Anything I show on the iPad can be displayed on a monitor or projector with Displayout.   

Thanks,
 
Carl W. Brooks
The Tech Guy

Monday, August 2, 2010

Readdle Turns 3; $0.99 Apps and iPad Giveaway

$0.99 for any app
for 48 hours only, starting Aug 1st

Readdle produce great apps for the iPhone and iPad, however they're never the cheapest on offer.

For the next 48 hours you could grab yourself some serious bargains, as we have reduced the price of all products to $0.99!

 

Readdle is giving away 3 iPads

1 of 3 iPads can be yours. How's that you say? Give us your love by spreading a word about Readdle to the world via twitter magic. To enter the giveaway just follow directions below.

Free one is fine too
Tweet this: Readdle turns 3: Follow
@readdle, RT to win an #iPad. $0.99 for any app (48 hours sale) http://readdle.com/3years

We'll give away iPads to three lucky tweeters, randomly selected on Aug 10th.

 

Thanks,
 
Carl W. Brooks
The Tech Guy

Sent from my Magical and Revolutionary  iPad