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TimeWarner is developing an app that will allow users watch content on-demand.

If you have 20 min to kill watch a series of videos the company posted on YouTube:

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I am not going to comment on this one (hit Wired for the source):

They are six times more likely to be “wealthy, well-educated, power-hungry, over-achieving, sophisticated, unkind and non-altruistic 30-50 year olds…”

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The leading investment bank Goldman Sachs (recently tagged as a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity” by Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone) loves the iPad. As The Financial Times reports, Goldman categorizes the love rationale into Five Cs (oh, how confidently ingenious!) and expects the stock price to soar (I’d bet they are shorting Apple while they pumping the audience with bull horomes). OK, here are the 5 Cs, sit tight – buckle yourself, this will blow you away:

  1. Consumption – iPad focused squarely on information consumption versus information production
  2. Content – iPad relies on tight integration with content sources
  3. Connected – Multiple options ensure the iPad is connected to the internet
  4. Constant operation – iPad is an “instant on” device with all-day battery life
  5. Commerce – Apple’s ecosystem ensures that users are always “ready to buy”
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Jul 07
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Just in case you need even more content for your spanking new device, the National Film Board of Canada has relised an app that will let you tap into its library with 1K+ titles for free (see below for the list of app features).

No Simpsons or Spiderman could be find there – yet, if titles like Oncle Antoine, The Sweater, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen, Waiting for Fidel, Neighbours, The Big Snit sound attractive – go ahead and hit the app store and search for NFB.

NFB iPad APP – Core Offering:

  • Over 1000 free movies to watch on your iPad
  • Kids’ channel with fun and education content for children
  • Store films for up to 48 hours for off-line viewing
  • Browse films by channel/category
  • Search for films by title
  • Bookmark your favourite films
  • Split-screen technology allows you to browse related content while viewing a film

Screenshot of a sister-version built for iPhone:
nfb ipad app

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Mar 24
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USA Today had a 2-page cover story on the iPad today – here are the highlights:

On Opportunity:
“If there ever was a space to do some land-grabbing in, this is it,” says Lahman, Gogii’s CEO.

On Sales Projections
The iPhone spawned a $1 billion-a-year industry for app developers, says analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray. He predicts first-year sales of 2.7 million iPads, compared with 4 million iPhones in the first year. The iPhone has grown to become a third of Apple’s business, says Munster. The iPad has the potential to represent 10% to 15% of Apple’s annual revenue by 2012, he says.

On Development Induced by Anxiety
“I’d rather be in early than sit back and wait and let my competitors get early traction,” says Ken Willner, CEO of Zumobi, a Seattle-based developer of ad-supported apps for big media brands including MSNBC and Today. “It’s a larger device, so it’s better for advertising.”

On Living Room Takeover
“This is the iPhone moving into the living room,” says Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous. Its Tap Tap Revenge is one of the iPhone’s most popular games, with 25 million downloads. “In the short term, it’s an extension of the iPhone. In the long term, it’s a brand-new platform that will move eyeballs off gaming consoles and laptops.”

On Drawbacks
Like the iPhone, the iPad doesn’t support Adobe’s Flash software, which is used to watch most online video. That mean videos at popular sites such as Hulu and ComedyCentral.com can’t be viewed, and neither can videos at thousands of other websites that rely on Flash.
Additionally, the iPad doesn’t have slots for common computer add-ons, such as, say, a USB flash drive or external hard drive. If you want to import your own video clips, for instance, you’re out of luck, unless you first put them in Apple’s iTunes software and transfer them from the computer, or figure a way to move them via the Web.

No Flash, no available slots, too big to fit into a pocket: Those are huge drawbacks, Enderle says.

And a bit of self-promotion…
USA TODAY will have an iPad app available on April 3. It will be free for the first 90 days, sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott. After that, USA TODAY will announce subscription pricing.

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Here is the iPad TV ad that was presented during the Academy Awards last night (3/7/2010):

As a side note, for the folks who did not catch it, Steve Jobs was in a Tux, no jeans and New Balance footwear this time. See the photos here (Huff Post)…

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If you feel like watching a 60 minute long chit chat on the iPad and how it’s going to change the future of mankind here is the iPad Session at Macworld San Francisco 2010 (Dan Moren, Jason Snell, Ted Landau and Andy Ihnatko participate):

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Feb 18
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(video interview w/Lynch, Adobe CTO below)

There is a lot of noise (and bad vibes) in the media regarding Apple’s decision to not enable Adobe Flash on the iPad. Reports range from claims that Steve Jobs called Adobe (and Google) lazy to assertion that Apple is still negotiating with Adobe. To sum it up, Apple sees Flash as a memory hogging and buggy piece of junk and, to protect the user and user experience, the decision was made to not include support for it.

Case closed, Apple will join a slew of other companies in support of HTML5, a standard that will bring us online video without the need to run an embedded or standalone media player… The decision ticked off many and th developers leveraging Adobe’s tools (Design Suite, Flash, Air, etc.) are certainly among the loudest.

My take on this is a bit different – while I hate when Flash hogs my CPU and RAM – I still see Flash as a pretty solid application (with quite a bit of room for improvement). I believe that Apple’s decision is almost solely based on the company’s strategy to protect the iTunes app revenue channel. At this point, aside from the jailbreaking circus, Adobe Flash is the only serious danger to the App Store. Imagine being able to run flash and all freebie flash games and apps that are floating in the cyberspace – that’d be sweet but it would certainly cut into the iTunes Apps sales.

Let’s finish on a brighter note: here is an interview with Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO – it touches on several points I wrote about above. Lynch is defensive throughout the interview and he’s trying to play nice – this interview does not help Adobe in convincing both the customer and the Street that all is rosy. Yet, it’s not Lynch’s fault! Whoever is in charge of PR at Adobe should have stopped this and let a strong business person navigate this very rugged landscape.

Credit goes to AllThingsDigital

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Woz (Apple co-founder) is a bit bearish on the iPad (notes lack of productivity features) – sweet and short:


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