iPad – It all started with $499

For most of us the iPad started at $499 and ended at $999. The ‘WiFi only’ version with 16GB of space was for $499 but the compelling apps and accessories made it worth $999.

Apps

iPad apps are too costly when compared to the iPhone. Gone are the days when Apps used to be worth $0.99. These days, Apps are heavily priced ranging from $3.99 to $19.99. Some apps require subscription which need $17.99.

I got SoundHound for $4.99 which is an instant search and music discovery app.

Then I chose Asphalt 5 HD over F1 which took me another $6.99. Scrabble, The Elements, Brushes and Plants vs Zombies HD added another $43.96.

Accessories

Apple has put up some great accessories to choose from for the iPad. Those Accessories are actually necessities needed for complete optimization of your iPad.

1. Keyboard Dock – Helps you connect your Apple Wireless keyboard with your iPad via Bluetooth so that you could work as on a laptop. This was absolutely essential and added $69.00 to my cart,

2. Camera Connector – Allows you to connect your Camera to your iPad and transfer pictures from it. then you could share those transferred pictures online, directly from your iPad. So this added $29.00 to my list.

3. iPad Case – Prevention is always better than cure and going by this proverb I chose to pick up this Case. This case helps you protect your iPad and even acts as a stand for reading books, watching movies and playing slide shows of your pictures. I know that there is already a rush of iPad cases over the Internet but this one looked pretty neat with the Apple Logo in the center. This costs me $39.00.

4. iPad 10W USB Power Adapter – I am always hooked up to either my desktop or laptop and charging my iPad by them would be a wise decision. Another $29.00 would of course make no difference.

Apple Care Protection Plan

I knew that I was going to use this device extensively and I must opt for the Apple Care Protection Plan. Opting for it would extend my technical support and hardware coverage for two years from the original purchase date of my iPad. I could ask questions and get advice directly from Apple experts. Repair and replacement service of the iPad and even its accessories is covered under this plan. This will dent my pocket by $99.00.

MobileMe

The iPad is a content creation and consumption device and creating content would surely require a place from where I could access it from anywhere. I could even share photos on the go and put them together in an album. I wanted my iPad, iPhone and MacBook to be interconnected and this would help me achieve my goal. I chose the Family Pack while purchasing my iPad which gave me an instant $30 off. So adding this to my list was another $119.00.

At the end, when I proceeded to the cart, I was stunned to see my total amount nearing to $999.00. Oh My God, I guess this was the case with most of you. At the end of the day, I could only say that “It all started with $499”.

Mama Mia.

Apple uploads iPad Guided Tours

Apple has recently uploaded a few iPad Guided Tours. You could enjoy a guided tour of all the iPad features including Mail, Photos, iPod, iBooks etc.Out of all working with iBooks looks pretty awesome and the elegant screen makes watching videos so much better. In total there are 11 guided tours which Apple has put up.

A new “Guided Tours” tab has been added to the iPad Navigation Section and the videos give the user a great perspective of the iPad which he/she was unable to get from the Keynote. Digg deep into every iPad feature and decide whether to get one or not.

iTunes Update brings iPad Support

Apple released iTunes version 9.1 yesterday which brings in iPad compatibility and support for iBooks. This update enhances iTunes, provides new features and fixes some issues.

Now iTunes is compatible with your forthcoming iPad and supports iBooks.The applications bar which was earlier termed as “Applications” was renamed to “Apps”. It even gives users the ability to rearrange, remove or rename Genius mixes. Seven vulnerabilities in iTunes were patched by this update.

Major features include:

• Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the go
• Organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library
• Rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes.

Though the update makes iTunes better but it still feels as the same old bloated music management software.

Update :

1. A new “Books” bar has been added which could be viewed while navigating your iPod     touch/iPhone.It could be used to sync audiobooks.

2. An option of converting higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC is now available.

Snow Leopard Updated to 10.6.3

Apple released a new update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard which brings it to version 10.6.3. Though there aren’t any great features but there are a lot of fixes and an update is recommended. It addresses various security issues and includes a lot of patches and fixes.

Some of the important fixes are:

  • a color issue in iMovie with HD content.

  • printing reliability

  • the reliability of certain third-party USB devices.

  • an issue in which the microphone level in iChat may not increase the volume after reducing it to prevent a feedback event.

  • an issue that could cause Mail to delete mailboxes on a Microsoft Exchange server that is hosted behind an Internet load balancer.

The file is 784MB in size and a list of all the fixes can be found here.

Digg iPhone App Review

Digg launched its official app for the iPhone yesterday. The app is not bloated and is simple, has a good interface and is easy to use. The app displays all top dugg articles from all categories on its first page . There are three sub menus to choose from including Top, Recent and Upcoming. Then you could browse through articles by categories/topics . Choosing a topic would result in the articles from that topic.

You could tap on an article to read it and then digg it if you like it. There is a thumbs up, digg, thumbs down icon below the article. you could tap on Digg to digg the article. After tapping on Digg you would be redirected to the Login screen which is similar to that of the desktop log in screen. The log in screen is quite slow and buggy. After logging in you digg that article.

Digging and Commenting an article is not a pain. Click on the comment icon to view all comments and to comment . If you run of time you could save the article and read it later. Saved articles can be viewed by tapping the Saved Results icon on the below bar. You could search for related articles or type in a query and digg would put up some articles related to your query.

The app has an inbuilt browser which redirects you to the source of the articles. It does not have the option of “Show Text Only” which makes it difficult to read an article . Apart from digging an article you could share it on Facebook, Twitter or by Mail.

The app is FREE( of-course ) and is compatible with iPhone OS 3.1 . These were some of the good things, now let us turn to the bad part.The app is not complete and lacks in many features. If you are a blogger, you cannot submit articles on Digg using this app. You could just Digg already submitted articles. The app even crashes a lot.Sometimes the page simply fails to road. If you are on iPhone OS 3.1.2, then the app could be a nightmare. It is quite slow and buggy.

Do post in your reviews about the app in the comments and speaking of Digg don’t forget to Digg our articles!

Top 5 iPad Themes for iPhone

As soon as the iPad was released the jailbreaking community started to emulate it. A lot of users have released themes of the iPad for jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch.

As almost all have the same name, I am going to pull out 5 of them along with the authors name which would make it easier for you to choose and download the particular one. Many of them were also buggy and were not iPad themes, so do make the right choice. To download them you need to go to Cydia and then type iPad in the Search Bar.

1. Simple iPad Theme – Developed by rorypiper. This iPad theme completely replicates the iPad and even shrinks the icons. It has the iPad Dock, Lock background and the Wallpaper. After installing it add beyouriphone.com as a source and then download Shrink from Cydia to shrink your icons.

2. dmmendels iPad Theme – Developed by Mendel Suissa. This also does the same thing but it is developed by a different author.

3. iPad Complete – Developed by Mani. A winterboard theme for the iPhone and iPod Touch .It fails to shrink the icons but that could be done via Shrink. It even does not display the percentage of battery remaining beside the battery icon on the status bar. You even have to activate Black Navigation Bar from Winterboard to get the complete experience of the theme.

4. iPad Dock Theme -Developed by joavst. If you are fascinated by the iPad dock itself and don’t want to change everything else then you could have this. It also sets the iPad default wallpaper as your lock screen background.Just gives you the feel of the dock. This dock theme fails to represent the proper iPad Dock so you must go for a complete theme.

5. iPad – Developed by Powertoola. This theme is for SpringBoard.

Apple Safari updated to 4.0.5

Apple on 11th March released a patch for Safari. Sixteen fixes were present in total out of which six affected only Windows whereas the rest affected both Mac as well as Windows . Apple cites this update as “highly recommended” . The fixes improve performance, increase stability and enhance security.All security updates are basically remote code execution or application termination.

The following were fixed/updated :-

  • Performance improvements for Top Sites

  • Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins Stability improvements for websites with online forms and

  • Scalable Vector Graphics

  • Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers

For detailed information about the security patches click here.

20 zero day security holes in Mac OS X [Security]

Charlie Miller a security expert is about to disclose potentially record breaking 20 zero day security holes in Apple’s Mac OS X. According to a source, the 20 zero day holes contained in closed source Apple products, said Miller.”OS X has a large attack surface consisting of open source components (i.e. webkit, libz, etc), closed source 3rd party components (Flash), and closed source Apple components (Preview, mdnsresponder, etc). Bugs in any of these types of components can lead to remote compromise”

According to Apple, Mac is quite safe and has no viruses. Apple still continues to bag a lot of Mac users for this very reason. The latest loopholes are a threat to the internal architecture of Mac OS. “They sell lots of computers and nobody doesn’t buy Apple computers because of a perceived lack of security. So in their minds, they don’t have a security problem until it affects their bottom line, which hasn’t been the case, yet”, said the expert.

Kindle for Mac Out Now

Amazon has released a Mac version of their Kindle software. The file is 22MB in size and does exactly what it is supposed to do. If you do not own a kindle, you could read books purchased from the Amazon Store on your Mac. But if you happen to be an owner, you could sync your last left page with your Kindle using WhisperSync.

You could even browse the Amazon Store and purchase new books directly from your Mac. The application is for Intel-based machines only, OS X 10.5 and above. This would only survive for a few days as iBooks would appear, and would be the default book reading app for Mac.

Get it Now.

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