iPad news continues to update the slow-down progress from Asia, and new twists in the reseller market
 Conde Nast addition of iPad magazines
 G-Slate a powerful, but pricey iPad
 iPhone tracking technology under fire
 Glut Of Mint Condition iPad Trade-Ins Spurs Resales
 RIM Needs More From Playbook To Reclaim Mobile Mojo
 The Only Honeycomb Tablet You Should Buy
 Inquiries Grow Over Apple’s Data Collection Practices
 Apple Faces ‘Mother of All Backlogs’ with iPad 2
 Students exult over new iPad tablets
… and more, in this week’s iPad InfoManager
Conde Nast addition of iPad magazines
Publisher Conde Nast is not abandoning the iPad, but weaker-than-expected sales of digital version of its publications on the iPad have caused the company to slow the introduction of brands to Apple’s tablet.
According to Ad Age, Conde Nast is “tapping the brakes” on delivering iPad editions of its existing line of print magazines. Currently available are Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Golf Digest, Self and Allure, but the publisher reportedly does not see a strong business case for adding more options.
Full story : www.appleinsider.com
G-Slate a powerful, but pricey iPad
Another day, another possible iPad killer. This week we have the G-Slate, from LG and wireless carrier T-Mobile, the first 4G-enabled tablet to run on Google’s superb Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system.
The G-Slate is the second major contender set to try to topple the Apple iPad’s overwhelming supremacy, following the Motorola Xoom’s February release on the Verizon network.
Full story : www.physorg.com
iPhone tracking technology under fire
News that iPhones and iPad 3Gs apparently collect continuous information about the whereabouts of their users and store that data in a secret file has lots of Apple fans worried about their privacy.
Two researchers on Wednesday unveiled the details of this secret file, called “consolidated.db,” which stores location info going back to June 2010. That’s when Apple updated its mobile operating system, called iOS, to version 4.0. Apple hasn’t commented on these allegations, and it appears the company does not have continuous access to this location data, according to the researchers, one of whom says he is a former Apple employee.
Full story : CNN TECH – Consumers, Technology
Glut Of Mint Condition iPad Trade-Ins Spurs Resales
Apple’s iPad is in a class of its own even when it comes to gadget recycling. In the wake of the March introduction of the iPad 2, electronics recycler/reseller Gazelle says it has received so many first-generation iPads in good condition that it plans to start selling them directly to consumers, likely next week.
The launch will mark Gazelle’s first time to offer a gadget without the help of big-name retailer. Gazelle credits the tech-savvy early adopters who gravitate towards iPads for making its direct sales experiment possible.
Full story : blogs.forbes.com
RIM Needs More From Playbook To Reclaim Mobile Mojo
The race to establish a strong third player in the mobile platform world kicked off in earnest this week with the launch of Research in Motion’s Playbook, and the early returns suggest that RIM has an awful lot of work to do should it wish to be considered among the companies driving mobile computing forward.
In the first day the Playbook was on the market, RIM was estimated to have sold around 50,000 units. That isn’t an awful lot considering that Apple, with sales of 4.96 million iPads in the first quarter, sold 55,000 iPads a day assuming a 90-day quarter: and sales were lighter than expected due to supply constraints and slowdown ahead of the debut of the iPad 2.
Full story : paidcontent.org
The Only Honeycomb Tablet You Should Buy
This year Google debuted Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) — the first version of its mobile operating system designed for large-screen tablets. The OS shows a lot of promise and has some clear advantages over the Apple iPad 2 like better multitasking and a Web browser that supports Adobe Flash.
By PJ Jacobowitz says : “If you want a Honeycomb tablet, I suggest waiting for Google’s own Nexus Tablet, which is rumored to be released later this year. You shouldn’t get serious about buying a Google Android tablet until manufacturers get serious about supporting them, or Google introduces its own Nexus tablet. “
Full story : www.pcmag.com
Inquiries Grow Over Apple’s Data Collection Practices
The controversy surrounding the security of Apple’s iPhone and iPad escalated Thursday as some European governments said they would investigate whether the company had violated privacy laws by collecting and storing users’ geographic location data.
At the same time, some researchers said that contrary to reports published Wednesday, the iPhone’s recording of location information in a hidden file on the device, later stored on iTunes on a PC, has been known for some time, and that the information has, on some occasions, been used by law enforcement agencies in investigations.
Full story : MIGUEL HELFT and KEVIN J. O’BRIEN – The New York Times
Apple Faces ‘Mother of All Backlogs’ with iPad 2
Apple sold 4.69 million iPads during the first calendar quarter, a steep decline from the 7.33 million iPads the company sold during the fourth quarter, during the peak holiday sales season. The news raised eyebrows in an otherwise stellar quarter featuring record-breaking revenues and profits.
Given that Apple’s iPad has not been in existence long enough to provide year-over-year comparisons from a financial sense, it’s difficult to characterize Apple’s iPad sales numbers as a shortfall. But the sharp decline was an anomaly Apple executives acknowledged, one that contrasted with sharp execution in its other product lines.
Full story : www.pcmag.com
Students exult over new iPad tablets
At West St. Paul’s Heritage Middle School, students exult over new iPad tabletsThe excitement was palpable, and after finally getting theirs, students are leading the way into the new digital education frontier.
The students at Heritage Middle School in West St. Paul knew they’d all be getting Apple iPad 2 tablets to use for schoolwork. They just didn’t know when.
Full story : www.twincities.com
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