Wall Street Journal’s iPad Edition – $18 a Month?


Yikes – I’m not a WSJ reader, but the rumored price point for the Wall Street Journal’s upcoming customized iPad version strikes me as quite high.  I don’t follow their print and online pricing much either, but from what I can gather the $18/month iPad version (if that’s accurate) would be around twice as much as their current online subscription rate. One of the funny things about this is that the price rumor is from the WSJ itself.

There’s been lots of talk of the iPad as a ‘savior’ for the newspaper and magazine industry – and I think there’s likely a lot of potential for that to come true, but I also think publications are going to need to find the right price points for iPad readers.  I am very anxious to see how other blue-chip titles get priced, and how the WSJ compares.

Any regular WSJ readers care to weigh in on that rumored price point?

Via: Gizmodo

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iPad iBooks App Has Free Project Gutenberg Titles Built Right In


More good news on the iPad iBooks app and reading free ePub titles from Project Gutenberg in it.  It looks like many (or perhaps all) these free – and classic – titles are included in the iBookstore catalog.  And of course they’re still free.

AppAdvice has got the scoop on this one:

If you’re not familiar with the Gutenberg Project, it’s a free online digital library supported by volunteers. This library already includes over 30,000 free eBooks from the public domain; it is an amazing popular resource.

Well, when checking out Apple’s iBookstore, I noticed that Apple has decided to include these directly. I obviously haven’t had the chance to count them, but it appears that the entire catalog is available for free download.

iBooks is sounding more and more like a killer app the more we learn about it.

Via: AppAdvice

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Countdown to iPad – Personal Trainer (Use Case 40)

What Tabata Pro and a personal video trainer could look like together - iPad – Personal Trainer
What Tabata Pro and a personal video trainer could look like together
Alex Lindsay of Pixel Corps was the inspiration for the personal trainer iPad use case. Each week on MacBreak Weekly, a part of Leo Laporte’s TWiT Network, hosts share an interesting piece of software/tech as their “pick”. During the podcast/netcast episode MacBreak Weekly 186: Yep dated March 23rd, 2010, Alex recommended Tabata Pro Timer for iPhone as one of his picks. Continue reading

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There’s Already an iPad Apps Best Sellers List

iPad Best Sellers list

Apple has begun putting together the iPad-specific App Store in anticipation of the upcoming iPad launch. iPad-only Apps have begun to be approved and organized. MacRumors has managed to access the iPad’s best seller lists which reveal several of the iPad App Store launch titles. The lists show several dozen applications with release dates as far back as March 19th.

The fact that the iPad-specific applications are ranked suggests that the applications are being downloaded/purchased at least on a limited basis, despite the lack of iPad availability for the general public. A report yesterday indicated that a number of these iPad-specific applications had temporarily appeared in Apple’s web-based ‘iTunes Preview’ App Store listing.

That’s from a MacRumors report earlier today. Some very familiar names on that list – in fact at least a couple that I’m pretty sure were present in the Day 1 iPhone App Store and now look to be early leaders in the Day 1 iPad App Store.

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Countdown to iPad – The Puzzler (Use Case 39)

Tune in tomorrow, same pad time, same pad channel
Tune in tomorrow, same pad time, same pad channel
Holy multi-touch interface Batman, The Puzzler has struck again! Continue reading

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Instapaper Coming to iPad, Very Soon

InstaPaper for iPad  

Good news for fans of Instapaper, the brilliant app that lets you save web pages for offline reading and optimizes them for reading on the iPhone screen, is coming to the iPad very soon.  Instapaper Pro will be a fully customized version for the iPad as well.  Here’s a quick outline of some good news for both iPhone and iPad fans of Instapaper, straight from the app’s creator:

First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.

Second: Instapaper is coming to iPad very soon. Possibly even on day one — yes, I’m going for it — but that’s optimistic.

Third: Instapaper Pro will be a universal iPhone/iPad application. That means that you only have to buy Instapaper Pro once to have it on both devices, and the iPad edition will be available to all Pro purchasers at no additional charge when it’s released.

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Countdown to iPad – The New Newspaper (Use Case 38)

Taking in the morning paper
Taking in the morning paper
I have a real fondness for the newspaper industry. As such, it has been hard to watch it’s relevance and viability slowly disintegrate. Certainly newsprint isn’t the only way to deliver news to a home. However, nothing quite replaces the cozy-and-content image of someone holding coffee in one hand while juggling the morning paper in the other. And though we can get our news through laptops and smart phones, they just haven’t earned a comfortable place at the breakfast table. Continue reading

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Is There Already a Jailbreak for the iPad?


Geohot – the boy wonder of the iPhone jailbreak an unlock community and creator of the popular blackra1n jailbreak method – has posted a video demo of a new untethered jailbreak (i.e one with no need to re-jaibreak after each reboot) that will work on all latest model iPhone and iPod Touches.

Here’s the very exciting part in relation to the iPad though:

The jailbreak is all software based, and is as simple to use as blackra1n. It is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models(ipt2, 3gs, ipt3), and will probably work on iPad too.

Geohot thinks this latest jailbreak will probably work for the iPad too.  Obviously that is no guarantee, but for as long as I can remember following Geohot’s efforts, he doesn’t make a lot of empty boasts.  He seems be able to walk the walk far more often than not.

No word on a possible release date for this new jailbreak yet, but how sweet would that be to see the iPad jailbroken on Day 1?

Source: On the iPhone via iPhoneFreak

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Amazon to Sell iPads?

Amazon iPad page

Well this is unexpected.  It looks like Amazon may soon be selling iPads.

9to5Mac has managed to locate a placeholder page for the Apple iPad on Amazon.com. The page is not currently available via search, but exists nonetheless.

In late February, Apple mentioned that its direct sales channels and Best Buy would carry the iPad and that now seems to include Amazon.com as well.

If this is true, it’s good to see another major outlet for the iPad.

Source: 9to5Mac via iPad in Canada

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CNN Report on iPad & Kindle = It’s Gotta Suck to be Amazon


Some top level bullets from this CNN report on the iPad and Kindle:

  • iPad pricing model is continuing to put pressure on Amazon with publishers
  • Consumer survey shows iPad already has as high an awareness level as Kindle, even before being released
  • Same survey shows the iPad scores higher than Kindle on people’s purchase interest

It has to be great to be part of the Kindle team these days.

Via: 9to5Mac

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Digg Giving Away an iPad a Day for the Next 2 Weeks

Digg iPad Giveaway

Digg is giving away one free iPad every day for the next two weeks.

If you haven’t quite scraped up the dosh to shell out for a new iPad, Digg is offering you a chance to win a free one.  There’s one up for grabs every day for the next two weeks.

We’re giving away a ColorWare custom, very limited edition Digg iPad every day for 2 weeks!

To celebrate the Digg for iPhone launch, we’ve partnered up with ColorWare to give away 14 highly-coveted, limited edition custom iPads! What’s that? You want a free iPad you say? Just follow the directions below… we’ll be giving away one every day for two weeks to lucky tweeters

The promotion runs from today until April 7th.  It’s very easy to enter – you just follow a specific Twitter account and post a tweet with text provided for you (limit one per day). Check out all the details and get yourself entered here:


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