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Apple airs new iPad 2 commercial - If you Asked

Apple has released a new commercial titled "If You Asked". Interestingly, the word "iPad" is never used. Instead, the iPad is shown with apps relating to specific types of people while the narrator says what those people would call the iPad 2 if you were to ask them.

If you ask a parent, they might call it intuitive. If you ask a musician, they might call it inspiring. To a doctor, it's groundbreaking. To a CEO, it's powerful. To a teacher, it's the future. If you ask a child, she might call it magic. And if you asked us - we'd say it's just getting started.

To watch the commercial, follow along after the break!

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iOS 5 notifications - should there be an Apple app for that?

Better notifications is probably at or near the top of the feature request list for iOS 5, and Andreas has come up with a concept for how he's like to see it done -- an Apple iOS notifications app!

He's set up a website and posted a video and... it looks interesting. Like Rene said on last week's iPad Live, Apple isn't simply going to add notifications any more than they simply added multitasking to iOS 4. They're going to look at the actual functionality users want and then figure out a way to provide it, in a traditional way or a new way. (And we'll either love it or hate it, or often a little bit of both.)

Andreas' idea isn't like Boxcar on the App Store or LockInfo on Jailbreak, it's a bit of a hybrid approach. Check out the video below and let us know if this is the way you'd like to see Apple handle notifications in iOS 5 (and why or why not!)

[iOS Notifications via The Next Web, thanks @KiTTGT]

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I knew there was something I liked about the BlackBerry Bold Touch...

Summer 2011 BlackBerry Bold 9900/9970 pictured on top of the summer 2010 iPhone 4.

Fitting, given that when the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 launched, the design was widely seen as having been inspired by the original 2007 iPhone.

[Engadget]

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Korean carriers halt iPad 2 sales as they struggle to meet demand

No sooner did iPad 2 finally become available in Asia, than South Korean carriers SK Tel and KT have suspended sales due to lack of supply.

"Our iPad 2 inventory has been depleted and we apologize for failing to provide enough supplies due to the product's global supply shortages."

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, May 3

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!

  • Place Clock: An improved and extended alternative to the built in alarm function in the iPhone. It provides all the same functions as the clock application but adds place based location alarms and extended snooze options. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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Apple introduces new iMacs, FaceTime HD now everywhere... but iOS

Apple has pulled the trigger on quad-core "Sandy Bridge" i5 and i7 equipped, ThunderBolt port sporting, FaceTime HD packing, iMacs and as Steve Jobs would say, they're real screamers.

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XGPS150 Bluetooth GPS receiver gives you full GPS on your Wi-Fi only iPad or iPod touch

The XGPS150 Bluetooth GPS receiver gives you full GPS on your Wi-Fi only iPad or iPod touch. Since no cellular radio means no GPS in Apple's product line, this is a way to use your iPad Wi-Fi or iPod touch for ap

If you have a WiFi only iPad or iPod touch, which does not have GPS and you want to use it for navigation; with this little accessory you can. It is basically a Bluetooth GPS receiver that can be paired with your device of choice and it then sends accurate GPS location data to any app that can use it.

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Twitter buys Tweetdeck, what does this mean for iPhone apps?

No sooner does Tweetdeck's new, improved iPhone app hit the App Store than Twitter announces they've bought it, and right out from under UberMedia to boot.

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iPad set to invade the home automation business, reduction in cost the driving factor!

A new model home in Overlook, Lone Tree’s Heritage Hills has been equipped with two iPads to enable the use of home control and automation. The iPads can control the homes lighting, motorised sun shades, multi-room music system, television and video systems, baby monitors and closed circuit security cameras.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, May 2

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!

  • i.TV: See what’s airing on TV, available on Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes, schedule your TiVo DVR, and look up show information on IMDb and Wikipedia. Now a universal application for iPhone and iPad with a new interface and many new features. [Free - iTunes link]

  • Graphing Calculator: Turn your iPhone into an intuitive high-resolution function plotter and scientific calculator. Now with the ability to graph inequalities and piece-wise functions. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

  • Starbucks Card Mobile: No longer need to login to check your stars. [Free - iTunes link]

  • TweetyPop: A new, fun and intuitive way to experience Twitter. As tweets appear, they sort in the chronological space-time-Twitter continuum. As you read each tweet, grab it with your finger and fling it off screen. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

  • La Koketa Style Advisor: This app will help you look fabulous and confident in your own clothes on any given occasion. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

Check out a video of TweetyPop after the break!

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