Wall Street Journal Coming to iPad, Already Testing on Real Hardware

WSJ Mobile on iPhone

Just in case you missed it earlier this week, Rupert Murdoch – the chairman and CEO of the Wall Street Journal’s parent company – has confirmed that the WSJ will be coming to the iPad. He even revealed that they’ve got hold of a real live iPad to work with.

Mr. Murdoch said the Journal planned to be on Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer. "In fact, we’ve been allowed to work on one, and it’s under padlock and key. The key is turned by Apple every night," he said in response to a question. "But we will be on that with The Wall Street Journal."

It’s no great shock to learn the WSJ is coming to the iPad, as lots of top newspaper and magazine brands have been expressing their enthusiasm for, and detailing their plans for, the new medium.  I’m personally not excited by this news.  I rarely read financial press and when I do prefer the Financial Times – sorry Mr. Murdoch. :)

Via: MacRumors

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Countdown to iPad – Cure for the Common Couch Potato (Use Case 6)

Doctor's orders: Treadmill and a Show
Doctor

So… you need to clear your head and shake off the haze of a strenuous day. Will it be a refreshing long walk or will you plop down on the sofa for a distracting movie? Why choose? With iPad, you don’t have to. You just have to be willing to trade the sofa for the treadmill. Go ahead, lose yourself in a movie and lose a few pounds while you are at it. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – A Man’s Manual (Use Case 5)

A Man's Manual
A Man's Manual

It is hard to conceive of a world in which men read manuals or ask for directions. The birth of the iPad brings us much closer to such a world. In my first Countdown to iPad post, The Big TomTom, we caught a glimpse into a place where such crazy notions are a bit less crazy. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – Blog on a Bike (Use Case 4)

Reading our way to better health.
Reading our way to better health.

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Unexpected iPad Rival: The Doritos Tablet

The Doritos Tablet

The original Doritos chip revolutionized everything.  It’s triangular, it’s mobile … it’s sexy.

That’s the opening line to a pretty great little iPad spoof featuring The Dorito’s Tablet.  It’s a short and sweet video with some nice little touches:

The presenter names mimic Apple folks – Bill Miller for Phil Schiller and Tony Jive for Johnny Ive.

There’s no right or wrong way to hold it.

And it’s got a ‘multi-taste’ interface, which is shown off in the video (yuck).

Check it out HERE.

Thanks to reader J C for the heads-up on this one!

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Finally Official: iPad Available April 3rd, Pre-orders Start March 12th

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Apple announced today that the iPad will be available in the US on Saturday April 3rd, and pre-orders start next Friday, March 12th.

CUPERTINO, California—March 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.

Good stuff.  The release is about a week later than the rumored March 26th date, but it’s nice to finally know the real deal on when we can get our hands on one.

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Countdown to iPad – In-Store Infomercial (Use Case 3)

Get yours while supplies last!
Get yours while supplies last!

Nothing sells like infomercials, except maybe in-store demonstrations. Peddlers rejoice, the iPad will give you both! Soon iPad will be bringing infomercials to a display near you… I’ll let the picture handle the next 1,000 words.


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Sneak Peek – Lots of Dr. Seuss Books & Apps Goodness Coming to the iPad

Cat in the Hat on iPad

How good would Dr. Seuss books look on the iPad?  If you said damn good, you’re right. And it’s not would, it’s will – as Oceanhouse Media plans to bring all of Dr. Seuss to the iPad.  Yay!

Like so many people, I’ve been a huge fan of Dr. Seuss since childhood.  As a parent of an almost seven year old, I’ve got the perfect excuse to continue enjoying his wonderful works as my daughter discovers them.

My daughter and I are also big fans of the Dr. Seuss books and apps that have come to the iPhone.  So I was extremely happy to get a chance this week to talk to Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media – who have the rights to bring all of the works of Dr. Seuss to the iPhone and iPad platform.  Hit the jump for some details on when we can expect to see Dr. Seuss hit the iPad and another lovely screencap …

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Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music (Use Case 2)

Is this your sheet music?
Is this your sheet music?

If you own more than a few pieces of sheet music you will be interested in this iPad use case. Let’s face it, sheet music is not the easiest thing on the planet to manage. It comes into your life at different times and in many shapes and sizes. Our collections grow over time, so even if you have invested in boxes and binders, rarely do they match. It seems like the music you need is always at the bottom of a pile or missing all together.

Imagine easily purchasing, organizing and finding sheet music. Now imagine being able to take your sheet music with you anywhere you go. You’ve just imagined your sheet music collection on an iPad. Once your sheet music is on an iPad you don’t have to stop with just managing it. Imagine playing the piano and turning the pages with a simple swipe of your fingers across the iPad display. Imagine a virtual metronome helping you keep perfect time with the music. Imagine…. wait, we still have many days to go in this countdown. Best save some for another post. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – The Big TomTom (Use Case 1)

The iPad may well be the most controversial product Apple ever developed. Is it a computer, a netbook, an internet appliance or an overgrown iPod? Will it fail or will it revolutionize how we interact with technology? Was the name a mistake or sheer marketing genius? Time will tell.

Call me a fan boy or call me naive, but I for one am grateful that Apple innovation is not limited by everyone’s else imagination. I am certain the iPad will not only fill business technology gaps for me and my customers, but I am equally anxious to put it to use in my personal life. This is not to say the first generation iPad has all the features I would like to see, but it is certainly off to an amazing start.

So iPad, what are you good for? There are countless articles and posts citing what the iPad isn’t or won’t be good at. I see iPad’s future as half full and I’m excitedly brainstorming with others to discover solutions to fill the other half. Join me as I celebrate the countdown to iPad’s debut by posting a daily iPad use case.

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Site Stuff: Welcome Russell – Our First New Contributor

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This evening I’m very happy to welcome a first new writer here on Just Another iPad Blog – Russell Leseberg.

Russell is a technology consultant with a wealth of strong and interesting experience; an iPhone, Apple and of course iPad enthusiast, and a damn good writer (though you’d be hard pressed to get him to admit to that last one) – and I’m very glad he’s decided to join me in writing for this blog, and also for my Just Another iPhone Blog site, focused on the iPhone and iPhone apps.

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