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4 years ago

TiPb Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT (1am GMT)

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TiPb Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT (1am GMT)

Join Dieter, Leanna and Rene for our final wrap up of iPad launch 2010! If you have any questions, leave a comment below, hit us up on Twitter @tipb, or better still -- join us live in the chat room via http://www.imore.com/live

Want to be part of the show?

Grab your iPhone, launch VoiceMemo, record yourself introducing the show. Tell us your name, where you live, your favorite app, and finish it off with "...and my favorite podcast is TiPb Live!" Then email it to news (at) tipb (dot) com. We'll pick one of you, and you'll be on the show!

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4 years ago

Opera Mini for iPhone: good for extremes, not extremely good

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Opera Mini for iPhone: good for extremes, not extremely good

So we've had a couple of days to play with Opera Mini for iPhone and it's clear why the new proxy browser is so divisive -- it's got a fantastic feature set, and is fast for people on slow EDGE connections and cheap for people on roaming data, but its UI is kludgy, it doesn't render HTML as well as Safari, and it has trouble with dynamic websites.

Whether you love it or hate it will likely depend on a couple of things:

  • If you roam a lot
  • If you're on 2.5G/EDGE a lot
  • If you love Opera's features like in-page search and speed dial
  • If you don't mind weird interface behavior like popping zoom and crazy scroll
  • If you're not a typography nut whose eyes bleed at poorly rendered Helvetica
  • If you're not an HTML aficionado who notices things like missing rounded corners and imprecise box-models
  • If you're not interested in the upcoming HTML5 video support and don't mind getting redirected to Flash videos which won't play either

The more of the above that applies to you, the more you'll want to keep Opera Mini handy. And hey, even if none of it applies to you, it's free so you can stick it on a back page (or in an iPhone OS 4 folder) for emergencies.

It's also a 1.0 release, so Opera will no doubt improve it going forward. Either that or complain to the EU and try and force a browser-ballot onto the iPhone... (We kid! They invented tabbed-browsing, we heart them!)

How's Opera Mini working for you?

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4 years ago

Rogers announces iPad 3G plans coming end of May

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Rogers announces iPad 3G plans coming end of May

Hot on the heals of Apple's international iPad delay, Rogers in Canada also announces that they'll be providing iPad 3G pricing plans at the end of May. And that's pretty much verbatim:

Rogers today announced that it will offer iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Canada.

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK and O2: iPad 3G price plans coming end of May

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Vodafone UK and O2: iPad 3G price plans coming end of May

Well as long as Apple has delayed their international iPad rollout until the end of May, Vodafone might as well announce on Twitter that they'll be providing 3G data plans to go with them, right?

Dedicated iPad price plans for all models available at the end of May. Get the best browsing experience on UK’s best network.

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4 years ago

Apple delays international iPad rollout until end of May, pre-orders to start May 10

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Apple delays international iPad rollout until end of May, pre-orders to start May 10

Apple has just announced they are delaying the international release of the iPad by a month, from the end of April until the end of May, with pre-orders beginning May 10.

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4 years ago

Quick review: Flight Control HD for iPad

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Quick review: Flight Control HD for iPad

Firemint's Flight Control HD for iPad [$4.99 - iTunes Link] let's you try your luck at setting the flight path of dozens of aircraft and getting them to their designated landing areas. Seems simple but as the number and variety of airplanes and helicopters increase so does the difficulty -- and the fun.

They say air traffic control is one of the most stressful jobs in the world, and as we found out in our interview with Firemint at GDC, that's exactly where the idea for the game came from.

On the iPad, just like the iPhone, you use your finger to trace the path of the plane to its landing strip and ensure that it does not crash. You have 8 single player maps, 10 aircrafts and the choice of single play or multiplayer. Want to play a friend on the same iPad? You can choose between co-op or vs. modes. Have two iPads? Play over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The game also offers fast forward for those impatient types (me!) and even a 3D map (bring your own glasses!).

Flight Control for the iPad is the perfect game when you need a bit of distractions from life's stresses... by taking on the stress of air traffic.

Check out the video after the break and tell me if I should have made another career choice...

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4 years ago

Quick Review: Apple iPad Case

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Quick Review: Apple iPad Case

Apple debuted their iPad Case [$39.00 - Apple Store link] alongside the iPad itself, and had it available for sale the very same day. An elegant black folder with subtle Apple logo meant to cover your iPad like a book, let it stand like a picture frame, or prop it like a keyboard. An attempt at both form and function. Attempt being the key word.

The material is "soft touch" -- designed to make it tackier and easier to grip -- and it really does make the iPad less-likely to slip from your hands or off you lap. However, as much as it sticks to you, dirt seems to stick to it. Smudges, streaks, and light colored stains cling to the thing.

There are the usual cutouts for buttons and rockers, speakers and mics, but a curious ridge that runs along the side almost as though no trimming was done at the factory. It's obviously meant to be there but it's annoying and oughtn't be.

A small flap on the back lets you tuck the cover in to create the triangular structure needed to stand it up in picture/movie mode or raise it up in typing mode. It fits well and securely.

Steve Jobs has reportedly responded to criticism of the case with a quick "we like it", and I guess we like it too -- we just don't love it.

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4 years ago

Fring, Slacker, TeleNav, NAVIGON comment on Apple's iPhone 4.0 multitasking

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Fring, Slacker, TeleNav, NAVIGON comment on Apple's iPhone 4.0 multitasking

The first of Apple's big iPhone OS 4 announcements was multitasking, and the first set of multitasking announcements were APIs to let streaming music (think internet radio), location services (think navigation, check-in games, social networks), and VoIP services (think internet telephony) register threads in the background. For users this means you can keep listening to your songs, getting your turn-by-turn directions, and answering your virtual phone all while surfing the web or playing a game.

To find out what it means for developers, we asked some. Read what they had to say after the break!

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4 years ago

Regarding rumors of Adobe preparing to sue Apple

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Regarding rumors of Adobe preparing to sue Apple

Just when you think the internet can't take any more crazy it laughs, loosens its belt another notch, and unleashes something like ITWorld's story about Adobe getting ready to sue Apple over the iPhone's lack of Flash support or the iPhone OS 4 SDK prohibiting cross-compilers, or Canada winning Olympic hockey, whatever.

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4 years ago

TiPb Give-Away: 15 MusicSkins for iPad

TiPb Give-Away: 15 MusicSkins for iPad

MusicSkins, who makes some of the hottest skins around, has just unveiled their new line up for the iPad. Among the high quality, perfectly rendered skins are some of your favorite artists including The Beatles, Black Eyed Peas, Jay Z, AC/DC, Rihanna, Madonna, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, Kiss, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift and more. They're easy to apply to the back of your iPad so you can get just the custom look you want.

What's more -- to celebrate the unveiling, MusicSkins has kindly offered to give away 15 of their MusicSkins to our TiPb readers! Just head on over the the TiPb Forums and tell us which MusicSkin you most want for your iPad. (Check the link above to see the selection).

The give away starts now and ends Sunday, April 18th at 12pm PST. We’ll randomly pick the winners and let you know via PM (so be sure to check your messages!).

More MusicSkins for iPad pics after the break!

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