Saturday, April 3, 2010

Miscellaneous items while waiting for the UPS truck

MacRumors is living up to its "rumor" moniker as iPad buyers go online to discuss the location of their iPads ("my iPad is still in China!") resulting in record traffic.
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Where's Wired? Sad to see that Wired magazine did not get their iPad app online in time as only their iPhone app appears in a search. Depending on their print production schedule they may have chosen to wisely wait and work on a future issue instead. Their current issue, April, sports a picture of the iPad a feature entitled "Rise of the Machines; how tablets will change the world" (going a bit out on a limb there, don't you think?). You can find the story online here, and since the iPad has a browser (Safari) iPad readers will at least be able to read it online.

Week in Review: if it wasn't already obvious, no Week in Review this week. Normally I write the post on late Friday afternoon for posting Saturday morning, but since I'm working today . . .

Netflix: iPad buyers were very excited about the thought of Netflix coming to the iPad as the device is perfect (based on reviews) for viewing videos. In response, Netflix let it be known that a way to stream Netflix movies to the iPhone and iPod touch was in the works, as well:

Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, here. Terrific response to our news today about Netflix on the iPad. For those of you asking whether Netflix will be on the iPhone and iPod Touch: We wouldn't invite you to dinner without planning to serve dessert. In other words, we're working on it so stay tuned.
Users are reporting that the app is "quirky", but this is not uncommon for Rev.1 apps. In the case of the iPad, the fact that most developers did not have actual iPads to test their software with -- they had to depend on the iPad simulator -- means there could be a number of unstable apps out there. For iPhone users this won't be a big deal as users are used to having apps updated early on, but for some iPad buyers this could be a new experience. It will be interesting to see how many blame the device.
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News apps: Not many newspaper made the launch date. The Times is there, of course, and Le Monde, as well.

One app that launched yesterday was the iPhone app from the Orange County Register. The app was developed by Handmark which will be launching iPad apps soon we hope.

USA Today, which has an app for the iPad live, also has a promotional video. While I find these videos rather hokey, it is nice, at least, to see a paper doing some sort of promotion of their mobile media efforts.