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Best Buy to give iPads to sales staff?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 6th, 2011

A report suggests that all Best Buy sales staff may receive iPads soon. The info comes from Forbes who received a tip from a “source with knowledge of corporate mobile device deployments,” who claims that an iPad roll-out for staff will happen for one of America’s top ten retailer’s with about 1,100 stores. So it would seem that they mean Best Buy, which has been an Apple Partner since the launch of the original iPad.

The retailer already has 27 Connected World stores, where sales staff are equipped with iPads, and other mobile devices. This could be part of a plan to expand the pilot program of Connected Word stores to all of its stores nationwide.

World’s biggest iPhone is made of 56 iPads stacked together

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The world’s biggest iPhone is actually a collection of iPads all put together. And it’s pretty impressive. This giant iDevice was built up within London’s St. Pancras International Train Station to celebrate the launch of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

The stacks of iPads were all put together, then framed with the black top and bottom of the iPhone, to make it look like a giant iPhone. In all, there are 56 of the tablets installed, and they are all running the same looped video over and over again, which shows the mobile version of the latest Lara Croft game. The iPad version is priced at $9.99, while the iPhone and iPod Touch versions are $6.99.

$399 iPads showing up at TJ Maxx

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The pic above is a 16GB WiFi iPad at a TJ Maxx in Vernon, NY. You might notice that they’re going for a relatively reasonable $399. Apparently you can also find them at stores in Ohio and New Jersey. One store said they were saving their stock for Black Friday.

Might be best to call the store first and see if yours has them. If not, there’s always the Apple store. If you don’t mind shopping at TJ Maxx that is.

Michael Hedges buys 4,500 iPads

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Michael Hedges purchased 4,500 iPads. No he did not lose his mind. They were purchased for his company Medtronic to use. Michael Hedges is the CIO, vice president, and head of global IT at Medtronic, which has 40,000 employees.

Hedges was one of the first corporate users to show an interest in the iPad, switching the normally gigantic expensive displays at a trade show Medtronic sets up at with iPads at its booth. That was less than a week after the iPad was released. And now he has purchased 4,500 iPads for the company.

Apple sells three million iPads in 80 days

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

Apple has just announced that it has sold 3 million iPads worldwide since the US launch date. Impressive? Hell yes. The announcement also mentions that the tablet will be hitting nine more countries during July alone.

The release also boasts that there are now 11,000 apps for the iPad. That’s more than double the 5,000 that were available at the end of May. Not bad at all for a tablet that doesn’t have flash. The iPad is like the Borg, assimilating whole planets of buyers. At this rate everyone will have an iPad by Christmas.

Jetstar Airways rents out iPads for $8.40 a flight

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2010

Wish you had an iPad to entertain you during your flight? Fly Jetstar. Bluebox only announced the idea two weeks ago and already it’s slated to hit Australia at the end of the month. Quantas budget carrier Jetstar Airways will hold a trial of the service in the last two weeks of June, where they will hand out iPads to passengers on flights 90 minutes or longer for the equivalent of $10.

If a success, they will extend the service to their entire network. In the meantime, enjoy your inflight movie.

NYC restaurant takes orders on iPads

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

If you want to eat at a fancy high-tech restaurant, here’s something new. Very soon, New York’s midtown will have a restaurant that features a 240-square-foot screen, showing tweets and Foursquare check-ins. Customers can also customize their orders, add them to the 4Food.com social networking site, and if other people order their creations then they’ll be paid 25 cents for every order. Sounds pretty sweet.

That money can be saved up and redeemed on future purchases. The renders make the restaurant look like a new version of the Apple store, so it’s appropriate that orders are taken online on iPads, or with actual human beings.


Universities banning iPads due to bandwidth overload

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that iPads might be banned by schools because they distract students, but George Washington University and Princeton University have both banned them because their Wi-Fi networks are overloaded since the launch.

Bandwidth overload is a problem that affects us all. We feel bad for the students trying to access the internet to do schoolwork from their laptops, but can’t because of all the students with iPads who are watching Netflix. As it stands right now, Princeton University has blocked about 20 percent of iPads from being able to access the network, and apparently George Washington doesn’t support any Apple products.

TSA says Netbooks, e-readers and iPads can be kept inside bags during airport checks

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

The American Transportation Security Administration has informed travelers via it’s blog, that when traveling to, from, and within the USA, portable computers smaller than “the standard sized laptop” don’t have to be removed from their bags.

So what is the standard sized laptop? Well, they don’t really say. However, Kindles, iPads, Sony Readers, Nooks, and “Net Books” are named as being exempt from the requirement to unbag your computer for the X-ray scanners. Of course, there’s the disclaimer that staff might want to take a second look at odd-looking devices, but for the most part you can leave that e-reader in your bag.