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ZAGG has been making its line of invisibleSHIELD protection films for a myriad of devices for a long time. I have used the film on my iPhone and it works great. ZAGG has announced that pre-orders on the film for the iPad are being accepted.
The film is a clear and invisible protective layer that prevents scratches from accumulating on the screen and body of the iPad. Two products will be offered for the device.
The film can be ordered to protect the screen only for $29.99. Buyers can also get full body protection on the front and back for $39.99. An exact launch date is unknown at this time.
Apple's marketing strategies are clearly second to none and once again, despite all the sour faces surrounding the iPad, the company is grinning like a cheshire cat with some 300,000+ iPads sold on the U.S. launch day (April 3).
However, that number does include all the deliveries of pre-ordered units to customers as well as deliveries to channel partners such as Best Buy and Apple Retail Store sales; so there might be still a significant number of them nestled on store shelves. Nonetheless, it's a big BIG number in a single day.
Reflecting back on Apple's previous big release with the iPhone, only 270,000 of these were solid during the first 30 hours of being on the market, but saw sales in excess of a million of the iPhone 3GS units during that handset's opening weekend.
Some other interesting stats of note about the initial selling days of the iPad; some 1 million plus app downloads and over 250,000 ebooks from the iBookstore took place during launch day; Steve Jobs quick to take note of this and saying "iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad."
As was the case for the iPhone, we all knew it would be just a matter of time before Apple's iPad would get the jailbreak treatment; but maybe not this quickly!
It's been accomplished in a matter of hours beyond the launch by a bunch of cluey folk' from the iPhone Dev Team which gives the ability to bring Cyndia onto the device; an unofficial app distribution system that allows for the installation of titles that Apple won't approve for the App Store.
While this isn't a public release and it will take time for a stable reliable client to come out, it's a clear sign of all the boundary breaking that was inevitably going to take place through the iPad's lifespan.
Well, after what turned out to be less than an hour total wait, we now have an iPad here at TweakTown.
The Altamonte Springs, FL Apple Store really did have things down quite well. They had two separate lines; one for people that pre-paid and another for those that did not. Regardless of which group you were in, you were walked back by a member of the staff to get your iPad and any accessories you wanted. We asked about the Keyboard Dock and were told it was not in stock. We then asked about the camera connectivity kit and were again disappointed to find it was not available. In fact, there were three items that were not available: the Keyboard Dock, the Camera Kit and the Wall Charger. No matter we had our iPad and were heading home before 9:30am.
After we got the box home we happily tore off the wrapper and dug in. We were a little disappointed to find out that it is actually ungainly. This is not something you are going to grab and start typing one handed with. It feels solid and that is a good thing. On the other hand the accessories were VERY light.
When you buy the $499 WiFi iPad, you won't even get a set of Apple ear buds, I am sorry but talk about cheap. They can give you a pair of stickers, but not a set of earbuds. Well that is it for now, we will dive in right away and let you know if Steve Jobs was right about not being able to build a $500 computer that was not a piece of junk. Here are some early shots of the iPad for now.
You'll see our extensive review published later next week after we get a real chance to play with the new toy, not a rushed job.
You already know that the iPad is coming this weekend. With the launch of the iPad are also coming the launch of a bunch of iPad apps and publications like magazines and newspapers.
The newspaper publishing word is looking very bleak for many publications as costs skyrocket and subscribers dwindle. Many have predicted that the advent of devices like the Kindle and the iPad could save print media with subscribers willing to pay to read the material and delivery costs being less.
You might wonder then why the Wall Street Journal would make the cost of its iPad subscriptions so high. If the costs to produce and deliver the publication is so much less, why is it the price is very nearly the same or even more expensive than discounted print subscriptions? Rupert Murdoch is trying to get iPad subscribers to foot the bill for its ailing print business I guess. Here's hoping you a big bag of fail WSJ.
Tomorrow is the big day for geeks everywhere who want an iPad. If you didn't pre-order, pickings might be slim on opening day for the device.
That's not to say you can't find an iPad tomorrow if you didn't order already, you just have to know where to look. We already know that most Best Buy stores will be offering the iPad in store Saturday.
A shopping search engine called Milo has announced that you can find stock levels in your nearest Best buy for the iPad directly from its site on your computer or mobile phone. All you need to do is hop over to the site, type in iPad and enter your zip code.
Yamaha has just launched its first line of in-ear headphones which comprises three models' the EPH-20, EPH-30 and EPH-50.
As indicative by the naming, the EPH-50 is the flagship pseudo-audiophile variant with 13.6mm drivers, sturdier construction and includes a quarter-inch adapter for home stereos. These come in black or white.
The EPH-30 is the more mainstream positioned model with 9mm drivers and a more conventional design, whilst the EPH-20 sits at the entry-level with slightly larger drivers (10.7mm), aimed at buyers who don't want to spend a premium whilst still getting satisfactory quality. These come in five colors of your choice.
The new EPH series is designed to work fine with iPhones, iPods and all other devices with 3.5mm jacks. Pricing starts at $30 for the EPH-20s, whilst the EPH-30s and EPH-50s come in at $50 and $100 respectively.
Each year on April 1, etailers and other companies go out of their way to try to fool consumers and writers like me. A lot of times they succeed, but today I spied a product that was a bit too strange to be true and beat them at their own game, stickin' it to the man and stuff.
Anyway, the product is this Pad-Dock iPhone to Tablet converter. The idea is that you could cram your iPhone in the back of the dock and the screen would be seen on the docks much larger screen.
Essentially the device would make your iPhone into an iPad clone. If the product looked real, the 22 hour battery life should tip you off it's a fake. If you see this somewhere and they think it's real, point the post out so we can laugh at them together.
After seeing an early appearance of it on the official Zune website earlier this week (albeit without a working product link), the DailyTech has learned when Microsoft plans to introduce a 64GB version of its Zune HD to market, that being April 12.
In confirmation of its existence and release date, Microsoft has also said that the upcoming Zune HD 64GB will launch at a price of $349.99; down 50 bucks on Apple's 64GB iPod Touch.
Upon the addition of this model into the ZUne HD lineup, Microsoft also plans to reduce pricing on its existing 16 and 32GB models by $20.
Goober Networks has just announced a new mobile VoIP application and Instant Messenger for Apple's iPhone. This allows people to make phone calls using WiFi or 3G which will cut costs by up to 90% (rates start as low as $0.01 a minute with the first two minutes being free).
Adding credit to the account is a painless process; the user can prepay directly via the iPhone with flat-rate fees and in avoidance of any additional charges to the carrier's phone bill.
When installing Goober for the iPhone the user will also be given full access to the Goober Webfolder facility which serves as a virtual hard drive that can be accessed anywhere in the world on the iPhone, providing you're of course online. You can add pictures to the gallery which can then be shared amongst friends with ease, as well as having other useful features on tap.
Both Goober's VoIP and IM applications are freely available for download using the App Store.
For further details, you can read up on the full press release located here.