Archive for January, 2010

McGraw-Hill dumped from iPad keynote over loose-lipped CEO?

McGraw-Hill dumped from iPad keynote over loose-lipped CEO?

Steve Jobs proudly announced five publisher partners for the iPad's new iBooks app yesterday -Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan and Hachett Book Group - but according to Apple insiders one print heavyweight was conspicuously missing.  McGraw-Hill was unceremoniously dropped from the keynote, after CES Harold McGraw III prematurely spilt the iPad beans earlier in the week.

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Nexus One Desktop Dock arrives: A2DP audio but no PC sync

Nexus One Desktop Dock arrives: A2DP audio but no PC sync

We kept screaming for Nexus One accessories and now, finally, we have one.  Google have pushed their Nexus One Desktop Dock out of the door, and as expected it does more than merely charge your smartphone and keep it out of the dust and crumbs on your desk.  Dropping a Nexus One into the Desktop Dock automatically kick-starts the Clock app (with time, weather, alarms, photo slideshows and media playback), and there's also an audio-out connector that allows you to hook the dock up to a speaker system and easily play music from your phone.

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iPad 3G data plan the real star of Apple’s show?

iPad 3G data plan the real star of Apple’s show?

Apple have never been impressed with netbooks - they've consistently criticized the budget ultraportables and maintained that they have no interest in producing one - but with the Apple iPad Steve Jobs basically declared war on netbooks.  After opening with a snub - "netbooks aren't better at anything - they're just cheap laptops" - Jobs went on to rub salt in the wound with the launch of a 3G data plan that's half what netbook buyers are currently expected to pay.

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iPad Hands-on Gallery and Video

iPad Hands-on Gallery and Video

What can we say: it feels even thinner in the metal than it looks in the photos. We've just had a hands-on play with the Apple iPad and it's mighty impressive. Speed and screen quality aren't in short supply, with the tablet - that, thanks to all that metal and glass, has a reasonable heft to it - whipping through the customized iPhone OS.

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