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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!


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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: 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 Live podcast tonight 9pm ET! Come chat!

iPad Live hits the air tonight with Georgia, Chad and Rene and you know you won't want to miss it!

  • 9pm ET, 6pm PT, 2am GMT

If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss, just leave them in the comments then come be part of the show!

Chat with you soon!

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Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets to take on iPad 2

On the same day Apple and News Corp debuted The Daily, Google held their own event to once again show off Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a tablet-centric version of their mobile OS that Motorola, HTC, Samsung and others will use to compete with iPad 2.

Android Central has literally a ton of coverage up and from the looks of it Google is trying to be a little more desktop about the tablet than Apple has thus far. We'll see Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Motorola Xoom and no doubt a plethora of other tablets this year. We'll see iPad 2 this spring and just as certainly an iOS 5 event soon as well.

Check out the Honeycomb event video after the break and let us know what you think. Anything Apple needs to pay particular attention to come iPad 2?

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First Verizon iPhone arrives?

Could this be the very first Verizon iPhone to be held by customer hands? YouTube user billa9668 claims to have picked it up today from the UPS center in Evansville Indiana. Is it for real? It's an iPhone 4 box in a UPS box with what looks like a Verizon pamphlet as wrapping. Beyond that who knows?

Verizon started shipping pre-orders earlier in the week and now so has Apple, with delivery estimates of Monday and Tuesday. We're still tracking shipments in our Verizon iPhone forum so we'll see if more arrive. Meanwhile check out the video after the break and tell us -- do you believe?

[Thanks nicolelk316 and Kyle Dziekan!]

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AT&T raising no-commit pricing by $50, matching Verizon?

If you thought no-commit -- or full -- price for a Verizon iPhone 4 would be $50 more than AT&T, think again as it looks like AT&T is bumping up their no-commit pricing to match.

The new no-commit price for a 16GB iPhone 4 is $649 and a 32GB is $749. If you're after an iPhone 3GS, however, the price has dropped $25 to $474. Go figure.

So if you're paying full price on either carrier in the near future at least you can take some small comfort in knowing it's the same price on both networks.

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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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