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New York Plaza now has an iPad in every guest room [video]

The New York Plaza hotel has turned to the iPad to offer guests a little extra comfort during their stay. The rollout was completed in January and gives guests access to a huge list of features.

Some of the features include ordering of room service, restaurant reservations, wake up calls, city guides, check airline schedules and even printing of boarding passes. The iPad can even control the rooms lighting, heating and air conditioning as well as offering guests’ access to the web. The hotel worked with developer Intelity who customised its ICE software (Interactive Customer Experience) to provide the experience.

“Before in the guest rooms, we had another digital panel that controlled the lights, the temperature and some guest services," Shane Krige, general manager of The Plaza explained to Luxist. "But it wasn't sophisticated enough for what we wanted to do. So we teamed up with Intelity to devise the software for the program.” "We chose the iPad because it is a great piece of equipment that is here to stay and won't disappear tomorrow," adds Krige. "It brings another five star element to the hotel."

The iPad will not replace the current concierge service, but is meant to offer guests more choice should they wish to use it. The app will also be available in iTunes for guests to download and use on their iPhone too. There is a video after the break showing how it works!

[Luxist]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, February 7

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Smurfs' Village: Now with Valentine's Day theme and items and new minigame. [Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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Twitter for iPad dev fixes The Daily's UI in 2 hours

Developer Loren Brichter, best known for developing Tweetie as Atebits and now the official Twitter clients for iPhone, iPad, and Mac decided to spend an evening doing what News Corp didn't previous to launch -- fix The Daily's horribly implemented Carrousel UI.

Evening project - The Daily, less slow: http://t.co/DVmLKHO 60 fps, full AA, physically correct reflections, (different stacking style).

Hopefully he shares his techniques with The Daily's development team but it just goes to once again show what a difference a great iOS developer can make, even against a huge (old) media empitre. Are you still using The Daily? Video after the break!

[@lorenb via Daring Fireball]

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iPad comic book reader smackdown

The iPad can do many things. One of the things I am most excited about it acting as an electronic comic book reader. Marvel, DC, and many other publishers currently have their own comic book apps out there (of course, they still charge cover price AND charge cover price for back issues, despite the fact that production costs are decreased…but that’s a diatribe for another day), and many of those apps have some nice features. But I am talking about apps that let you read your OWN comic book collection (I don’t want to have to buy comics again from a company when I have an original).

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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greenpois0n RC 5 iPhone, iPad iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak for Windows now live

If you've been waiting on the Windows version of greenpois0n RC5, the iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad then good news -- it's live!

Ally's already posted how to jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 iPhone, iPad untethered via greenpois0n for the Mac and the Windows version shouldn't be too different. If you have any trouble just read through the comments or check out the Jailbreak Forum.

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Angry Birds update brings 15 new levels, Super Bowl commercial will bring special level

Angry Birds and Angry Birds HD just received an update that includes 15 new levels and a new golden egg. In the release notes, they also announced that there will be a Rio Movie commercial during the Super Bowl that includes a clue to unlock a special level.

  • Adventures in the Frontier Badlands continue
  • 15 new levels - all crazier than popcorn on a hot stove
  • A new golden egg that is as mad as a bag of hammers
  • Watch the Rio Movie Commercial during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl to find a hidden clue which unlocks a special level of Angry Birds.

Is anyone more excited about this movie commercial than the actual Super Bowl?

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Real Racing, GTA Chinatown Wars on sale

The folks from Firemint have reduced the price on all titles from their hit Real Racing Series and have them on sale until Monday 14th February.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, February 4

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Bop It!: The popular handheld game now on your iPhone! [$2.99 - iTunes link]

  • Simplenote: Update brings lots of new features to tags, sharing, lists, and Dropbox syncing. [Free with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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Greenpois0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 now available

The Chronic Dev Team finally released Greenpois0n RC5 tonight which will jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 fully untethered. The only other jailbreak for 4.2.1 was previously limited to a beta version of Redsn0w, which had a few issues and wasn't highly recommended for every-day users.

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