There were light fingers this week; there was at least one snowy white iPhone 4 in the Great White North; there were apps galore; emails from Steve; more incredible impossible hard-to-credit stuff from Piper Jaffray, which seems to specialize in pixie dust and random guessing; and there was Google and Verizon, trying to make us hate them more than we hate AT&T. Oh yeah, there was also Mac|Life, where all of this makes sense.
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Everyone is trying to compete with Apple, but can you blame them? Apple's manufacturing hand is like Midas' gold touch. But of course, competition is good, and now LG is trying to get into the game with a tablet that will supposedly beat the iPad.
LG's first tablet, the Optimus, will run Android OS, and its marketing will focus on the ability to create content, rather than display it. Chang Ma, vice president of marketing for LG's mobile devices, says "Our tablet will be better than the iPad."
Frustrated by the lack of iPhone 4s on Apple's floors? We're boggled by the fact that you still can't walk in an Apple store and buy an iPhone 4 on the spot. Well, according to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, this should change by the end of September.
Kumar says Apple needs to supply more iPhones to surpass their current earnings and sell 14 million new handsets in the next few months, and 15 million by the end of the year. He says that once they catch up on current orders, more iPhones will show up in stores.
In the months since its release, the iPad, in both its Wi-Fi and 3G flavors, has not only proven to be magical, but a powerful productivity tool, as well. However, exactly how magical or productive the tablet is for you is entirely dependant upon what software solutions you've chosen to roll with. You might be a Gmail user who prefers the options available to you via the platform's web interface over the meat-and-potato functionality of the iPad's Mail program, and now the new Gmail iPad interface will definitely keep you locked in.
Cases--we needed them to shield our iPhone 4s and our iPads from the inevitable crash and burn they could suffer after months of hardcore usage. Not only that, but with all the movies you're making with your iPhone 4, there's bound to be a time you'll drop it onto the floor, just to see that gorgeous retina display shatter into a million little pieces. Or, at least, force you to high tail it to the Apple Store for a replacement unit.
There are a few TV apps already out there, such as AT&T's U-Verse, but so far they've been optimized just for the iPhone. Well now, iPad owners will have an app for TV too, brought to you by Verizon. Today, the company revealed a series of video apps, including one that lets FiOS subscribers watch what they get on TV on their tablets. The app is slated for release early next year.
Unfortunately, there will be a few limitations. To make sure users are paying for what they get, subscribers can only watch linear programming on their iPad at home. The app will essentially be streaming content from your FiOS set top box to your iPad.
Editor's Note:After reading the Google/Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal, we wondered just what would happen if it was actually adopted by the FCC. So we took a guess with a correspondence from the future.
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According to mobile ad network Millenial Media, whose ads reach 81 percent of the U.S. mobile web, requests for ads on Android OS and the iPad are soaring. Since January, requests for ad spots on the Android OS have grown a total of 690 percent since January; they're now number two on the millennial network, surpassing even BlackBerry maker, RIM. Requests had also increased 47 percent in July, compared to the 23 percent in the previous month.
Requests for Apple ad spots increased 24 percent, month-over-month. The iPad in particular has grown massively--327 percent in July alone. And, Apple is still number one in terms of ad impressions, with a 55 percent share of the total. Top ad spots include games, social networking, and music.