From my high-castle vantage spot in Seoul, I’ve watched the tragedy of AT&T’s tethering and data plan lies attack the USA, and in particular, one-eyed the AT&T ‘unlimited’ iPhone plan. We all have. Well, I think I’ve finally sussed it: if you remove two letters and swap a vowel from Apple’s iPhone, you arrive at the parameter which allows for proper unlimited data in an unlimited plan, the iPad. That is, the AT&T unlimited iPad plan really is unlimited. Terse as always, AT&T’s Mark Siegel explains it all:
unlimited is unlimited
HP’s Slate is a nice-looking product. And at least on paper, its hardware trashes the iPad. Numbers trap naive customers, but they don’t matter 2 months down the line. The Slate and Windows 7 will roll over, exhausting their momentum in a futile battle because neither company ‘get’ it: in the new wave of mobile computing, it’s all about the OS. Feel free to discuss HP’s Slate in our forums.
While the iPad has no camera, it CAN take pictures via an external camera, i.e., the iPhone. Camera-A (iPad: 1$) and Camera-B (iPhone: FREE) are two clever apps designed by developer Yusuke Sekikawa which mate Apple’s devices for wireless photography over WiFi or Bluetooth. The iPad controls the photography through the iPhone’s lens. Right, so why not just take the photos with your iPhone? The answer is here: because the iPad has no camera…
If that does it for you, be sure to check out Sekikawa’s apps here:
Yusuke sekikawa, CAMERA-A – $0.99 (iPad)
Yusuke sekikawa, CAMERA-B – Free (iPhone)
Adventure games have already proved to be a perfect genre for the iPhone. And just imagine how much better they would be on the iPad? Well, you don’t have to! Without any publicity or even an early hint Telltale games – the pioneer of episode based adventure games on the PC – have already released the first episode of Season 3 of their Sam & Max series on the iPad! You can grab it using the link below or check out after the gap for the description and screenshots. And no, Telltale has confirmed that no plans exist for an iPhone version.
Telltale Inc, Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad – $9.99
In addition some hot news from the recently interviewed Charles Cecil from Revolution – they are hard work on a special high quality iPad version of the best adventure game, currently on the AppStore (as per our The App Store’s Best Adventure Games) – Broken Sword: Director’s Cut! Unfortunately it’s still a bit too early for any screenshots, but we’ll deliver them to you as soon as they become available! And a definitive answer to some of the rumours floating out there regarding an iPhone/iPad version of Broken Sword 2 – at the moment there are no plans for it – Charles is hard at work with Dave Gibbons on his next adventure game he hinted at during the interview.
Ann Arbor, Michigan – Ilium Software today is pleased to announce the availability of their award-winning password manager, eWallet,(R) for the Apple iPad.(TM) Ilium Software has taken eWallet for iPhone(R) and re-imagined the software for the iPad’s unique interface.
eWallet allows users secure, versatile, and convenient storage for their passwords, accounts, usernames, credit cards and more. As a top-seller on other mobile platforms for years, including Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and the iPhone, the iPad version of eWallet gives users a whole new experience protecting and using their important personal information.
While lucky Americans are already enjoying their iPads the rest of the world can only slowly die of envy while hungrily consuming all pieces of news appearing on the web. And some of these we receive with mixed feelings.
For one thing thanks to our recent interviewee ZodTTD and his iPad IO Registry Tree dumps, MacRumours has finally been able to decipher the true iPad hardware specs. And they have turned out not to be as exciting as thought of before.
No, I don’t have one of these lovelies, Louis does. But, my virgin fingers are typing this message on a nice BT keyboard and I bet they are slower than Phillip Pud’s fingers of fire. So, assuming the neck-angle won’t kill you, the bright keyboard may just blind you instead.
Keep up here for the latest iPad goodies.
Filemaker, a subsidiary of Apple and world-leader in database applications, have built upon Bento for the iPhone and iPod Touch and released a brand new version dedicated for the iPad. In case you’re not familiar, Bento is a powerful yet easy to use organizer app that allows you keep track of just about anything you can think of: expenses, inventory, events, contacts, daily diaries and much much more. 25 templates are built-in or you can create new ones to match your needs. Bento for iPad has been enhanced with many new features, including:
- Full screen forms
- Split-screen view showing record summary and details
- Ability to browse web pages without leaving the app
- Three new themes
With a larger screen area, Bento users will likely find it much easier and faster to use on the iPad. And just like the iPhone version, Bento for iPad sells for $4.99. More info with video after this space.
Filemaker, Inc., Bento for iPad – $4.99
One of the most popular social networking apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch has now made it over to the iPad. Ping! had previously been sitting atop the charts in its own respective app category for over 6 months in over 40 countries. With Ping! you no longer have to pay SMS charges just to send messages back and forth between your family and friends. As long as both parties have the app, messaging is unlimited and Free. Here’s what developer Gary Fung have passed on to us:
A tremendous amount of effort and time has been spent on our iPad version to deliver the best possible experience. In order to engage in an immersive experience, we have built a beautiful, polished user interface mirroring the paper note metaphor. Users will exchange messages like passing notes, creating a fun and vivid experience where messages come to life in your lap!
We’ve also been told that the initial release for the iPad is currently missing some of the features and functionality of the iPhone and iPod Touch counterparts. Not to worry though, subsequent updates will bring picture/ video messaging as well as other advanced features. For soon-to-be iPad owners who already rely on Ping! to stay in touch, the $2.99 price tag shouldn’t be hard to swallow. A video demo showcasing the app in action can be found after the gap.
Gary Fung, Ping! for iPad – $2.99