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Blog posts tagged with 'Ipad'

Monday, November 05

Tabulating Tablets

By Brad

Via Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOm, new numbers from research firm IDC find that over 27 million tablets were sold in the third quarter of this year alone. But as Tofel goes on to note, there’s a larger story:

Tablet sales have already approached nearly 25 percent of PC sales. As computer sales are in decline, sales of tablets rose 49.5 percent from the same quarter in the prior year. That’s more bad news for traditional computer makers.

Close to one quarter of all computer sales are now tablets — not bad for a market that barely existed just two years ago. And speaking of tablets, Apple has released sales numbers on the latest versions of their popular iPad — including the new iPad mini — and as you’d expect, those numbers are pretty big. From a company press release:

Apple® today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad® mini and fourth generation iPad—double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March.

Three million in three days. Wow.

Wednesday, October 24

Number of the Day

By Brad

100 million, which is how many iPads Apple has sold. Not bad for a device released just two years ago.

Monday, April 23

“Lighter Than a Bag Full of Textbooks”

By Brad

At Read Write Web, John Paul Titlow has an interesting look at how Apple’s popular iPad tablet is helping education:

Chicago’s public school district was one of those early adopters, having brought iPads into a number of its classrooms and even allowing students to take them home. While programs like this can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement, they can ultimately save districts money on textbooks, since e-books are cheaper than their printed counterparts. And of course, an iPad is considerably lighter than a bag full of textbooks.

Tuesday, February 28

Speaking of Mobile Devices

By Brad

CNBC reports (via Matt Burns of TechCrunch) that Apple is set to unveil the third generation of its popular iPad next week in New York. Rumors abound that the new version will be 4G LTE compatible. If so, the next leap forward in mobile broadband is about to happen.

Update: According Zach Epstein of Boy Genius Reports, Apple has sent out iPad 3 event invites for March 7 in San Francisco, not New York.

Tuesday, August 02

Pushing for Digital Health

By Brad

At Read Write Web, Jon Mitchell reports on an innovative — in both technology and funding — new health care app:

Drchrono, a free iPad health care app for doctors, has become the first app of its kind to be included in a federal program that encourages medical professionals to use digital instead of physical record keeping. Medical practices that use drchrono to manage their patients can receive as much as $63,750 in federal funding.

Monday, March 14

Close to 1 Million

By Brad

That’s how many units Apple sold of its tablet computer the iPad 2 in just one weekend, according to reports.


Friday, February 18

Earning the Eye of Regulators

By Brad

Earlier this week, Apple announced new terms for content providers using its popular iTunes service to deliver content on iPhones and iPads. Now they may be getting a closer look at their business plans from regulators. Via Thomas Catan and Nathan Koppel of the Wall Street Journal:

The Justice Department and the FTC are both interested in examining whether Apple is running afoul of U.S. antitrust laws by funneling media companies’ customers into the payment system for its iTunes store—and taking a 30% cut, the people familiar with the situation said. The agencies both enforce federal antitrust laws and would have to decide which one of them would take the lead in the matter.

Tuesday, November 02

The iPad is Somewhat Popular

By Brad

Via Read Write Web:

New data from Strategy Analytics out today clearly shows Apple’s dominant position as the leader among tablet PCs - during Q3 2010, the company’s iPad has captured 95% of the global market share for tablets. That leaves everyone else - Windows, Linux, Android, etc. - with only a 5% share, combined.

It’s doubtful that Apple can keep up this dominance, especially with new competition being launched every week. But for now all you can say is…wow.

Friday, September 17

The Changing Computer Market

By Brad

Via Business Insider, the CEO of Best Buy has revealed that Apple’s iPad is cannibalizing laptop sales in the company’s store by a staggering 50%.

Thursday, August 26

Digital Devices for Distended Digits

By Brad

Via the Telegraph, the Japan Sumo Association is distributing iPads to help wrestlers text and email.

Monday, June 14

Today in Stupidity

By Brad

Via the Huffington Post comes the story of an Arizona man who desperately wanted an Apple iPad, the marijuana (complete with pictures) he was willing to trade for it, and the Craigslist ad that led the police to his door.

Friday, June 04

Today in Innovation

By Brad


Via Ars Technica comes something cool for your Friday:

Research scientist Jack Kassewitz has found that the iPad’s touch-based interface is so intuitive that even some nonhuman species can use it. In this case, that species happens to be dolphins. Kassewitz is using iPads with custom-developed software to help facilitate two-way communication between humans and dolphins.

At the very least, this research — if successful — could make it much easier to give orders to the U.S. Navy’s fleet of military dolphins.

Photo: US Navy Mate 1st Class Brien Aho

Tuesday, June 01

Investigating Apple

By Brad

Last week, rumors bubbled up that the Justice Department was launching an investigation into Apple’s conduct with its iTunes music store. But as CNet reports, it turns out the investigation — if there is one — may also center on the company’s recent move to ban Flash-based technology from the iPad and iPhone.

Thursday, April 22

It’s Never Too Late

By Brad

Via the Unofficial Apple Weblog comes this story of Virginia Campbell, a 99-year-old avid reader suffering from glaucoma who has received her first computer: an Apple iPad.

Mrs. Campbell’s family has posted this heartwarming video on YouTube of her first interacting with the device. Enjoy.

Friday, April 16


By Brad

Apple’s iPad may be selling like hot cakes here in America, but in Israel it’s being confiscated. From the Associated Press:

Customs officials said Thursday they have already confiscated about 10 of the lightweight tablet computers since Israel announced the new regulations this week. The ban prevents anyone — even tourists — from bringing iPads into Israel until officials certify that they comply with local transmitter standards.

At issue is whether Apple’s device affects other wireless devices in Israel, but it’s expected to be cleared up before the iPad officially launches in the country later this year.

Wednesday, March 31

iPad University

By Brad

With the arrival of Apple’s iPad just days away, Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania has announced that starting in the fall every full-time student will receive one of the devices as part of their enrollment.

Monday, February 22

Cleaning Up the Store

By Brad

The Telegraph reports that Apple’s massively successful “App Store” appears to be getting more kid-friendly:

Apple has removed around 5,000 apps from its App Store, including some that it claims feature “overtly sexual” content.

Dozens of developers received a message from Apple stating that the company was refining the guidelines under which the App Store operates, and that content that it had “originally believed to be suitable for distribution” were now no longer deemed appropriate, following “numerous complaints from customers about this type of content”.

While “sexually explicit” apps require an age warning before they’re downloaded, Apple outright removing apps for sexual content is a change in direction. One theory: Apple’s new iPad, which is being heavily geared towards students and schools, is a reason for the change.

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