At long last, it's here. The app that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn't want to give us is finally here — Facebook's official iPad app — is up for download and it's pretty polished.
Ali v. Frazier? Federer v. Nadal? Yanks v. Red Sox? None of these epic sporting confrontations can compete with the upcoming struggle between Apple and Amazon. As you may know, Amazon announced its long-rumored, long-awaited, long-delayed Android Kindle tablet/e-reader, the Kindle Fire, which will go on sale November 15. Next week, Apple will announce it's long-rumored, long-awaited, long-delayed iPhone 5, likely to go on sale around October 13 or 14. Of course, this battle of behemoths isn't between the Fire and the iPhone, but between the Fire and the iPad. Or at least that's how many in both the tech and media in general present it. But Kindle Fire v. iPad will not be the titanic struggle folks think it will be. Fire will claim a far different victim.
Still holding out for an official Facebook app for that iPad? Mashable reports that after much delay, the Facebook app will finally be shown off at Apple's October 4 event for the iPhone 5 and iPod refresh.
The Padzilla is an iPad "case" that makes its screen 150 inches diagonal, which is, well, much bigger than it normally is.
In a small trial test, a team of U.S. Marines revealed they were using ditching 60 to 80 pounds worth of maps and using 32 iPads to provide more accurate air strike assistance to ground troops. iPad — good for mom and dad, and good enough for war.
The Levitatr keyboard just looks like a board with a smooth black surface. But once you turn it on, the keys raise out of it and the backlighting turns out, and then you know what you've got on your hands.
What do you do if you're desperately low on munchies, but you can't stand the thought of missing a minute of the game to go shopping? If you live in England you're in luck, because one of the UK's biggest supermarket chains is installing iPad docks on their shopping carts, so you can shop and watch TV at the same time.
My friend S (he hates it when I invoke his name in print), a long-time IT pro, made a sage observation in the wake of HP effectively whacking its TouchPad, Motorola selling itself to Google, the great Samsung Galaxy Tab/Best Buy giveaway (more on this in a bit), and the general bloody state of the non-iPad tablet business. "Apple's been perfecting its ecosystem for a decade, and these guys think they can duplicate it in a couple of months." And then we laughed. Not at HP, but at the whole ridiculous state of the tablet business that S succinctly summed up. So, now that the tablet business has pretty much devolved to Apple and Android, where do we go from here? Don't ask the pundits. They seem to have no more of a clue about the future of the tablet universe than Criswell did about the diabolical plans of vampires from outer space.
For those of us independent musicians familiar with the days of shelling out many thousands of dollars to build a home studio with stacks of exotic gear, the iPad solution has been like a breath of fresh. But without the proper accoutrements, even the best iPad music creation apps will only go so far: enter the Alesis iO Dock.
DJing is getting further and further away from carting a crate of records around with you. The latest step has Numark letting you DJ using two fake turntables plugged into an iPad.