Evernote for iPad Definitely Broken

Evernote for iPad

I posted yesterday about two major apps whose iPad versions have major bugs.  Evernote was one of those.

Just a quick update on Evernote for iPad.  It is badly broken.  I removed and reinstalled the app, and it died in the same way as the first time round – as in, immediately after asking it to do a ‘Sync Now’ operation.  It does not appear to complete the sync, crashes back to the iPad home screen, and then completely fails to launch afterwards, crashing back to the home screen every time I try to open it.

There are a number of users reporting this same issue within the user ratings in the App Store – and I have reported it via the Evernote blog site as well.

I hope the Evernote devs are working on an urgent update for the app.

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How-To: Use The iPad as a Digital Picture Frame

iPad Picture Frame mode

A quick guide to using your iPad in Picture Frame mode

If you thought the iPad was going to make for a gorgeous digital photo frame, you were absolutely right.  This is already one of the many pleasures I’ve found in the iPad.  I’ve got my iPad dock placed just to the right of my main MacBook on my desk – and it is a perfect spot to enjoy some great family photos when I put the iPad into Picture Frame mode.

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Proof That You Are Going to Want a Case for the iPad


PC World has a cool video up, where they stress test the iPad.  They hit it with nail scratching the main screen, keys on the back of it, coffee spillage, placing it under a running tap, and some heavy drops.

It does well in some places, and not so well in others.  Bottom line, it definitely has got me thinking of finding more of an ‘always on’ style case for it.  The video is well worth a look, despite the lame Johnny Ive imitation at the beginning of it – I especially like the baseball bit at the end. :) Check it out here:


Thanks to @lgreenberg for the heads-up on this one.

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The iPad Has 256MB of RAM

iPad Teardown

The lovely folks over at iFixit have continued to rip apart and desecrate the iPad over this launch weekend.  One of the biggest new finds is the amount of RAM the iPad has. It’s got 256MB – the same as the iPhone 3GS.

Yes, the K4X2 is a Samsung DRAM part number!
Decoding the part number shows there is 2Gb of memory inside. This translates into ~128MB of memory per die, for 256 MB total. (NOT 512MB, as we previously reported.)

They’ve uncovered lots more fascinating details on what’s inside the iPad.  If you can handle the sight of an opened up, mutilated, not so magical and revolutionary anymore iPad – then head over here to take it all in:


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iPad Rooted Already – Jailbreak Coming


Ha! Day 2 of the iPad and it’s been rooted – as the video posted by MuscleNerd (from the iPhone Dev Team) clearly shows.  I love the bit at the end where he shuts the Maps app down. This comment on the video is very good to see:

Very early work on porting "Spirit" jailbreak by @comex to iPad

As was his tweet on this a few minutes ago:


Here’s to being able to say this phrase soon:

The iPad: Magical, Revolutionary, and Jailbroken.

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Crazy iPad Numbers: 700,000 Sold on Day 1?


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Wow.  A tech analyst has upped his predictions for first day sales of the iPad – to an incredible 600-700,000 units.  Just for a quick comparison point, the original iPhone sold 270,000 on Day 1. 

Piper Jaffrey tech analyst Gene Munster yesterday revised his initial single-day sales predictions for Apple’s iPad by as much as 250%. Prior to the iPads launch, Munster had expected Apple to sell 200,000 to 300,000 units (including pre-orders) within the first 24 hours. But after a bit more research and watching some 730 people flowing in and out of Apple’s 5th Avenue shop in New York City, Munster revised his estimate to a whopping 600,000 to 700,000 units sold.

If those numbers are even close to accurate, that’s just scary big success.  I don’t think there can be much doubt that Apple has another massive hit on its hands.  Everything I saw and heard yesterday ties in with this as well.  There were healthy lines of people with iPads reserved and walk-in buyers at every local store that I know of.

Anyone want to bet on whether they sell one million in the opening weekend?

Via: BGR

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iPad Is Like the Beatles 2010?


So there’s a comparison that says ‘massive hit’ right away.  The iPad is being compared to the Beatles – which brings to mind a group that took the US by storm back in the 60’s. The comparison is offered by a Wired Magazine writer and quoted in a CBSNews.com story today:

The iPad is like the Beatles of 2010," said Steven Levy, senior writer of Wired Magazine. "It takes something that we thought we knew and makes it seem fresh.

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Gmail on the iPad!


Good news if you’re an iPad owner and a fan of using Gmail in a browser rather than a mail app.  The good folks at Gmail have worked up something special for the iPad already.

With today’s release of the iPad, we’re launching an experimental two-pane user interface to take advantage of its large touchscreen and tablet form factor. Building upon the Gmail for mobile web app, this new interface displays your conversations on the left and your messages on the right hand side.

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Twins! – the big day has arrived!

Almost asleep
Almost asleep

If you have been following this blog, then you know I have spent the last several weeks turning out daily iPad use cases. As my bride and I have been blessed with two new additions to our wonderful family today, I’m sure you can understand my choice to take a breather.

I just took a break from family time to share their pictures with you and ask a favor… we need help naming them. Our newest daughter looks a bit like an iRis or an iLeen, but we have no ideas at all for her twin brother. Thank you ahead of time for your naming suggestions. Now back to the twins!

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iPad First Impressions – Sofware

iPad home screen

I’ve been getting to know the iPad a little today, and taking lots of notes along the way of course.  I figure I’ll share my thoughts on it in smaller chunks – partly because there are already plenty of all-in reviews out there for it, partly because I’m a lazy sod and it just feels easier to do things this way, and also because over these last couple of months we’ve already learned so much about the iPad and I don’t want to go over too much old ground.

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New iPad Hardware Details – iFixit’s Teardown


Ha! 30 seconds after I posted my quick, not-much-of-a-hardware-guy iPad hardware first impressions, I got an email from the kind folks at iFixit – with lovely details of their iPad dissecting efforts.

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