Pilots won't have to rely on old-school paper maps and charts anymore, moving into the age of the tablet. That's because the FAA has approved iPads for pilots to use for cockpit documentation.
My excitement, as you can tell by the lack of an exclamation point above, is surprisingly muted. Given the rampant speculation and build up, I kinda know what iPad 2 will be packing, and it doesn't thrill me. Maybe it's because suddenly I can't metaphorically walk two feet on the net without tripping over some new tablet announcement and I'm just sick of the whole stupid subject — a year ago everyone laughed at Apple's folly, a year later these bandwagon-jumping soon-to-be immensely disappointed morons think they're each going to sell 10 million units. Maybe Apple will surprise us with something unexpected like it did in a bad way with a non-LTE Verizon iPhone 4, with a minor interim iPad 2 update with a major upgrade delayed until the fall. Maybe Apple will happily surprise. Maybe. But mostly maybe it's because I'm afraid, as Snoopy once cynically mused, my anticipation may exceed the actual event. Maybe. But what maybe appears on the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts stage in San Francisco next week to me isn't as important as who maybe appears.
The iPad is a great device for artists, with all sorts of apps available for your drawing pleasure. But really, do you want to use your fingers forever? What ever happened to the old paintbrush? Well, a new paintbrush stylus for the iPad is bringin' it back.
Of all the iPad covers I've seen, and believe me I've been shopping for iPad case perfection since day one, the ARMOR cover comes closest to being exactly all the Apple-esque simplicity and protection you could hope for.
Are you worried that your flight might be showing Yogi Bear as the inflight movie? Perhaps next time you should try Australia's Jetstar Airways, which will soon be offering iPad rentals on all flights.
Put this one in the smells kind of fishy file. A Georgia man claims that a local Walmart sold him a fake iPad, and now the store is refusing to give him a refund.
You've read about 4G and LTE. You may have scoffed at my and other critics' warnings against buying an iPhone 4 from Verizon because it isn't 4G. But I don't get the sense anyone shares my amazement of just how radically the coming of 4G to Verizon and AT&T (and Sprint's year-old WiMAX 4G network) is going to change our lives. In fact, despite all the ground-breaking tech changes that came last year (detailed in Part I of this review), I believe people will remember 2010-2011 primarily for being the foundational years of 4G connectivity.
Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorps is going all-in on tablet news with The Daily, a new subscription-based app for the iPad that's aiming to become the new newspaper.
No other two-year span in the history of consumer electronics has both wrought and promises as much radical change as last year and this new year. While there may have been years with one or two significant product introductions and advancements — 1920: the first radio broadcast, 1939: the introduction of TV, 1947: the invention of the transistor, 1982-83: the introduction of the CD and launching of the first cellphone systems (click here for a list of memorable tech years) — no two-year span has been as chuck full of potentially behavior-changing technology in television, digital imaging, car electronics, gaming and especially cellphones. There is so much happening on so many fronts, even I'm having trouble keeping up with it all. But we can narrow our time frame even further — more like 18 months, from the near simultaneous introductions of the first 3D HDTVs and the iPad last spring to AT&T's pending launch of its 4G LTE network sometime this summer. In between — a series of stunning technological leaps. Here's what I think has and will make 2010-2011 the most memorable tech years ever.
In the same way a good mechanic can keep an old car running like new, an experienced, technical-minded person can usually extend the life of an older computer, or boost the performance of lesser components. They can also usually configure a no-name brand computer to work just as well if not better. A good operating system optimized properly will work for most general tasks (business work, surfing the Web, music, etc.), even if the hardware is a little dubious. I made a similar assumption when I purchased a generic tablet running Android 2.1 on eBay, thinking I'd save some cash by taking matters into my own hands. Man, did that assumption come back to bite me, hard. Read on to find out how.