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Apple iPad Reviewed 443

Posted by samzenpus
from the under-the-hood dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Since the iPad's initial introduction back in January, many of us still wonder why we should drop hundreds of dollars for what is termed as a large iPod. Missing features like support for multitasking, a built-in camera for video chats, and Flash support in Safari only add to the dilemma. However, a recently published review of the iPad starts to clear up these doubts. To begin with, the iPad is packing some real quality gear under the hood. Even though the in-house-designed 1GHz A4 chip got little official comment from Apple, the touch screen's instantaneous responses prove that it is outstandingly fast. Furthermore, the iPad runs iPhone OS 3.2, and is currently the only device that runs this version of the operating system. iPad's graphics capabilities come from a PowerVR SGX GPU, similar to the one found in the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch. It can render about 28 million polygons/second, which is more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon found in devices like the HTC HD2. Also, iPad's extraordinary battery life is not just a myth. According to the lab tests, the battery netted a respectable 9 hours and 25 minutes, very close to Apple's claims of 10 hours."

Comment: Re:Not because there's only 1 (Score 2, Insightful) 136

by lunartik (#26856481) Attached to: Competition For the App Store Is Mounting

People who don't live in sunny California who have to wear gloves for part of the year. It's actually been the deciding factor around our Toronto office when coworkers have been picking their new smart phone. Most have been opting for non-touch screen phones, or the Blackberry Storm. The inability to use the iPhone without hassle while you're on the go has ruined its chances of entering the business market.

I live in a cold weather area and I have never owned a cellphone that I could use properly with gloves on.

Comment: Re:Not because there's only 1 (Score 3, Informative) 136

by lunartik (#26856457) Attached to: Competition For the App Store Is Mounting

I have a G1 and an iPod touch. If I am somewhere with wifi I find myself using the iPod to surf the net or check email. I thought I would prefer the G1 for the keyboard, but I don't think it's interface is that great, the apps I get are either buggy, not very useful or not very well done and it seems to hang a lot.

Comment: Re:I thought we already had this option... (Score 1) 355

by lunartik (#26754293) Attached to: ESPN's Play To Make ISPs Pay

Here is the other version of the message:

How To Get ESPN360.com

ESPN360.com is available at no charge to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection from an ESPN360.com affiliated internet service provider. ESPN360.com is also available to fans that access the internet from U.S. college campuses and U.S. military bases.

Your current computer network falls outside of these categories. Here's how you can get access to ESPN360.com.

1. Switch to an ESPN360.com affiliated internet service provider or to contact your internet service provider and request ESPN360.com. Click here to enter your ZIP code and find out which providers in your area carry offer ESPN360.com

2. For Verizon Customers Only:
Sign-in using remote access if you already get ESPN360.com

Comment: Re:Herd instict (Score 1) 734

by lunartik (#26433715) Attached to: Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

Jesus, it is a two way street. Canadian customs has searched my car probably 15 times. I still go to Canada.

Granted I was 19-20 at the time and went to Canada a lot more with my friends, but this was years ago - before the 'heightened security." (Good rule of thumb - avoid the bilingual lane, they seem to be bigger pricks).

America Online

+ - AT&T, AOL block alt.binary, Usenet

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lunartik
lunartik writes "AOL and AT&T have decided to block either alt.binary or all of Usenet in order to cooperate with the office of New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. This is part of an effort to block child porn. The companies will also purge data from their servers. AT&T is the largest internet provider in the United States, AOL is third largest. From the Associated Press: "AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the company would disabled [sic] all those with addresses starting with 'alt.binary,' which is where child-porn images are often exchanged.""
Censorship

+ - Myanmar Junta Cuts Internet->

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lunartik
lunartik writes "In Myanmar, formerly Burma, the government has now reportedly cut internet connections. Citizens have been using the internet to bring news to the world of the recent government crack-down on pro-democracy protesters. The latest civil unrest started when Buddhist monks marched by the home of the home of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for years."
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Linux Business

+ - SCO to fight on?

Submitted by lunartik
lunartik (94926) writes "Forbes declares SCO DOA, but from the article:

SCO said it was "obviously disappointed with the ruling," but also indicated it intends to carry on with its lawsuit against Novell. "Although the district judge ruled in Novell's favor on important issues, the case has not yet been fully vetted by the legal system and we will continue to explore our options with respect to how we move forward from here."
Novell isn't scared:

Novell, in a statement, said: "The court's ruling has cut out the core of SCO's case and, as a result, eliminates SCO's threat to the Linux community based upon allegations of copyright infringement of UNIX. We are extremely pleased with the outcome."
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