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iPlayer coming to the iPad

May 26, 2010
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The BBC’s excellent iPlayer functionality is coming to the iPad, according to London’s Evening Standard:

The BBC is to recommend programmes made by rival broadcasters on its iPlayer site for the first time, it was announced today. ITV, Channel 4, Channel Five and several others have already signed up to be partners, although the BBC said Sky would not initially be taking part.

In a major overhaul of the popular site the BBC will also allow people to recommend programmes to friends via Facebook and Twitter. It was also revealed that a special iPad version of the site will be available for the devices’ UK launch on Friday, which will stream high definition programmes to Apple’s ¬£429 device. The overhaul is believed to be aimed at addressing complaints that the BBC was crushing competitors by its popularity. Last month more than 123 million radio and TV programmes were streamed to users. “We want to double the amount of traffic we send to other websites,” said Erik Huggers, BBC Director of Future Media & Technology. He said big budget cuts were also planned.

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Need a stand for your iPad?

May 24, 2010

If you’ve completely emptied your savings account just to get your hands on an iPad, you won’t have lots of cash left for all the accessories you’ll need. And while you could simply put your iPad in a padded envelope (though I wouldn’t recommend it!), this video should provide you with an alternative to all of those pricey stands out there. And who hasn’t got dozens of spare hangers lying around?

iPad in the kitchen…

May 23, 2010
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Here’s an excellent example of putting the iPad to great use in the kitchen. It highlights all you can do with this device and the reveal at the end shows just how simple the set-up is. I’d implement this myself, but don’t think my landlord would appreciate the resulting holes in the kitchen cupboards…

Un-boxing the iPad

May 23, 2010

Every time a new gadget gets released into the wild, we tend to see a plethora of un-bxing videos. And they are exactly that: a video of someone taking their new purchase from its packaging and poring over the contents, commenting on every last scrap of paper and piece of styrofoam. Normally, they are painfully boring.

But here’s a video that bucks that trend. It’s the great¬†Andy Ihnatko un-boxing his own iPad some months ago. Yes, it’s not exactly fresh, but it’s well worth a look just for Andy’s excellent commentary.

Stick it where?!

May 19, 2010
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A bit of a tongue-in-cheek video here, extolling the virtues of the iPad / Velcro combination. I’m not sure I’d be happy putting anything adhesive on my iPad directly, but I really like some of the creative uses they suggest for this combination, particularly the animated photo frame.

iPad: not just for humans

May 16, 2010

I love this video! Little Iggy the cat learns just how easy the iPad is to use. There’s a great follow-up video here, where Iggy lets his creative juices flow and learns how to paint using the iPad.

Welcome to iPad Advocate

May 15, 2010
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Welcome to iPad Advocate, another new blog with a focus on Apple’s eponymous tablet device. Cognisant of the fact that there are now more blogs focusing on the iPad than you can shake a sizeable stick at, I’m hoping to make this one stand out. iPad Advocate will focus on more detailed reviews of iPad apps and accessories, while staying ahead of the curve on the latest news from Apple and other iPad developers.

Why iPad? Why this device, when there are plenty of other gadgets and gizmos out there? For me, the iPad represents the most exciting piece of new technology to arrive for quite a while. I see it as making the computer personal again – an instant-on, easy to use yet powerful computer. Perfect for the consumption of media yet flexible enough to allow the user to keep in touch via web and email. Plainly put, I’m thrilled at the arrival of this new category of device.

Please let me know what you think through the comments – what you’d like to see more or less of and how you’re finding your own experience of the iPad. I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing my own experiences with you.

Richard