MenuPad – Aussie Restaurant Replaces Menus with iPads?


A restaurant in Sydney, Australia is said to be the first in Australia (and probably anywhere else) to replace printed menus with iPads.

Diners at Global Mundo Tapas in the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney can use iPads to order meals, and even to specify how they’d like their meat cooked or get advice on food pairings and which wines to drink.  The custom app used by the restaurant shows pictures of the dishes on the menu and sends orders to the kitchen via WiFi.

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AT&T Says iPhone Cannot Be Tethered with iPad, and It’s an Apple Problem

iPhone with iPad Tethering

When AT&T customers in the U.S. finally have access to tethering on their iPhone, it won’t work with Apple’s iPad due to software limitations, not AT&T policy.

Reports surfaced online Thursday that tethering between the iPhone and iPad would not be possible. AppleInsider contacted AT&T, and was told that the matter is a question for Apple, as the iPad apparently does not allow tethering via USB or Bluetooth.

"This is not a policy issue," an AT&T spokesman told AppleInsider, deferring to Apple for further information on the subject.

This seems like something Apple needs to sort out.  Very dumb that AT&T says tethering is meant to support netbooks and ‘other computing devices’ but won’t support the iPad.  Between this and the disappearing act on the iPad 3G unlimited data plans, it’s all bad news right now for iPad owners who want more 3G data options.

It’s a feature that could be added via a future software update – and I can’t think of any good reason why it shouldn’t be.

Via: Apple Insider

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Crazy App Prices: The Times of London for iPad – $200 a Year, with No Sunday Edition

The Times of London for iPad

The Times – one of the UK’s leading broadsheet newspapers – has now released an iPad app – called The Times of London.

Continuing the trend for crazy-high prices on iPad / digital editions of mainstream print newspapers and magazines, The Times of London costs $16.99 for each 28 days worth of issues, and does not include The Sunday Times.  So … over $200 a year for 6 days a week of The Times in digital form.

I understand that people may well pay even more if they buy a printed copy of The Times or even for print home delivery subscriptions – but I really don’t think that’s relevant.  Our options for getting the latest news – from a myriad of good sources – are far more numerous in the digital realm then they are in print. 

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Newsweek for iPad – How NOT To Do a Digital Magazine

Newsweek for iPad

Newsweek is one of the latest well-know, mainstream magazines to hit the iPad, with its Newsweek for iPad app.  If you’d like the very short version of this review, it would be something along the lines of …

It’s crap – don’t waste your time.

If you’d like a little detail on why I say that, by all means read on …

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The iPad Comic, Or Is It Comics?


Either way, very funny video. 

Thanks to reader Adam for the heads-up on this one.

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Got My iPad Fully Covered Now

SquareTrade iPad warranty

I’ve been very impressed with the ‘extra mile’ warranty coverage offered by SquareTrade ever since I first heard details on the company and its offerings.  The very short story is that for iPad and iPhone users, they cover all the major accidental damage sort of things that Apple doesn’t, and at very attractive prices.

I did not get a chance to cover my iPhone 3GS with SquareTrade because I only learned about them when too much time had passed since I purchased it to be eligible for coverage – but yesterday I got my iPad covered for two years by SquareTrade, for just under $90 (pre-tax) and I’m very happy to have got that done.

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Recommended: Gear Diary Exposes myPadMedia


Gear Diary – one of my favorite tech sites – has done a great job investigating and exposing a horrible, rip-off site that was charging users $50 to gain access to freely available public domain content, and doing so basically by redirecting to another site (that offered all the content for free) without that site’s permission.

For starters, your $50 buys access to the portal along with links to various free comics and a list of newspaper web sites. There is, from what I can tell, nothing copyrighted or anything that is unavailable elsewhere available on the myPadMedia site. And make no mistake about it: technically, there are Top 10 bestsellers … but with the exception of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (originally published in 1922) and a few other classics which have been recently made into movies and re-released as movie tie-in paperbacks, all of the “bestsellers” are classics like Little Women (1868), Treasure Island (1883), Moby Dick (1851), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1897), etc…. and all of them are public domain and available FOR FREE.

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Documents to Go Office Suite Now Supports iPad

Documents To Go for iPad

Documents To Go – one of the leading office suite apps for the iPhone – has now been updated to a universal app, supporting the iPad as well. It’s also currently selling at a 20% off price of $7.99 – just until tomorrow, June 4.

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Need a Cute and Cuddly iPad Case? Here’s One

Purple iPad Case

I’ve seen lots of nice iPad cases in the last couple of months.  Folio style and pouch style, grip cases, cases that double as stands, and on and on – as I’m sure most of you have as well. 

I haven’t seen that many cases that are all soft and cuddly looking – like the Fun Animals iPad Case shown above.  Now this one may not be for me if I’m going out to a meeting – but if my daughter had an iPad she would be all over it.  The case is from padsack, a UK-based seller of soft padded and fleece-lined cases  – and they’ve got a nice range of soft, fun (and pretty girly) case designs.

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Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: Verizon Testing iPads


From BGR today:

According to a highly placed source of ours, Verizon Wireless is currently testing Apple iPad devices on their network. We have been told that the model they are testing is a CDMA-compatible device, and while our source mentioned LTE in some capacity (possibly another model), we haven’t been able to independently confirm that part of it.

Their thought is that we may see an iPhone and an iPad on Verizon soon.  Yowza.

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Anything Cats Can Do (on an iPad), Dogs Can Do Better


We’ve seen some clever cats (and dogs) having fun with the iPad over the last couple of months, but this guy is my favorite so far.  With a name like Pixel, he’s got lots of geek cred right off the bat, and he only enhances it with his crazy air hockey skills shown in the video.

Chief Deputy Editor Labrador

I’ll be using this as a training video for my Chief Deputy Editor Labrador tonight. :)

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