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Did You Order Your iPad Today?

The iPad officially became available for pre-order earlier today. A group of particularly prudent Apple fans from the APPL Sanity Board at Investor Village decided to put together a spreadsheet of order numbers, times that orders were placed and contents of those order. After six hours of tracking the data, the group reported that nearly 90,000 orders had been placed for the iPad. This does not count multiple orders (a single consumer can order two at a time), nor ship-to-store orders, for which no payment is required. In reality, the number of iPads ordered today is likely well over 100,000!!

According to Victor Castroll from the Valcent Financial Group and AAPL Sanity, “$54 million in revenue in a quarter of a day is a great opening. Looks like contrary to much speculation about who would actually want one of these, like the iPhone, people are voting with their wallets. Considering these are just pre-orders for a product still three weeks out, iPad is home run.”

Whether or not you think you want an iPad, a whole lot of people out there have already decided! What are your thoughts? Are you planning to get an iPad, or did you pre-order one today?

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Twitter Works to Combat Phishing Scams

A few hours ago, Twitter announced that they have set the ball rolling when it comes to keeping us safe while using the service. It’s no secret that there have been a few wide-spread Phishing attacks lately on the popular social network.

The Director of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team blogged earlier to talk of their ongoing attempts to put an end to the scamming going on within Direct Messages and email notifications about said messages. She says, in part, that “By routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter. Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we’ll be able keep that user safe.”.

What she doesn’t say is how this is going to work. I’m assuming that they are not releasing details so as to keep their cards close to their chests – and out of the eyes of the attack initiators. The blog post finishes with the statement that “For the most part, you will not notice this feature because it works behind the scenes but you may notice links shortened to twt.tl in Direct Messages and email notifications.”

If you start seeing the twt.tl links, then I guess you can rest assured that Twitter is protecting you to the best of their ability. However, I still would like to remind you that security begins – and ends – with YOU. Don’t rely on a URL shortener. Don’t rely on a website or its administrators. Be smart about what you click on. Take security into YOUR hands. The more popular and prevalent sites such as Twitter and Facebook become, the more trouble they’re going to have trying to keep the spammers and phishers at bay.

What other things have you read online today that sparked your interest?

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Edit Photos Online for Free

Aviary has long been one of the best online photo editing services. Up until now, people were required to pay about $25.00 a year in order to take advantage of everything the site offers. However, thanks to recent funding increases from outside sources, the service is now 100% free! Existing paying customers will no longer be billed, and those that signed up in the last 30 days will get a full refund.

Aviary is quite powerful, yet simple to use. It allows you to do so much more than apply simple edits to your pictures. There are vector editor, color editor, and even image markup tools available. You can use Aviary to create logos and websites, or try out your own color palette! There is no limit to what you can do with this excellent image site, other than your own imagination. Aviary has been compared with Adobe’s free online version of Photoshop. However, you are limited to only 2 GB of usage with Adobe. Why limit yourself in any way? You no longer have to with Aviary!

Go ahead and try it out, and let us know what your thoughts are. I’ve been playing around with some of my pictures, and I’m pretty impressed with the results. I’m thankful that someone in our community posted the news about this earlier. We have such a talented group of people on all of our sites! What have you been posting – and reading – today?

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The FBI Wants to Know Where You are Online

An article posted yesterday on CNET has Internet users bashing the FBI up one side – and down the other. Many are screaming about “Big Brother”, and civil rights. Others are proclaiming that they are going to leave the Internet completely, which I honestly don’t see happening. Seriously, folks… you’d be able to totally give up your online life?

According to the article, the FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes. If logs of Web sites visited began to be kept, they would be available only to local, state, and federal police with legal authorization such as a subpoena or search warrant.

It’s unclear what, exactly, the FBI wants to keep track of. The possibilities include requiring an Internet provider to log the Internet protocol (IP) address of a Web site visited, a domain name, a host name, or an actual website URL. While the first three categories could be logged without doing deep packet inspection, the fourth category would require it. That could run up against opposition in Congress.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel the FBI has the right to require ISPs to keep such information? Also, do they have the right to OUR information in this manner? There are many excellent things being posted online, such as this story, on a daily basis – some of it right here in our own community!

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Still Think the iPad Sucks?

The question posed in this article’s headline is somewhat unanswerable, considering the iPad hasn’t even shipped yet. To claim that a product has failed before it’s even started the race is… asinine.

Given the amount of gamers in my community, I was largely surprised by the “it’s like an iPod Touch with a bigger screen” commentary. That’s like hating on the PS3 because “it’s like a PSP with a bigger screen.” Either analogy doesn’t make a lick of sense.

What gamer in his or her right mind would admonish any device with a larger screen?! Now, if you’d rather spend your money on another product, fine – that’s not the argument (and for you to get pissy over someone else’s decision to buy something with THEIR OWN money is a beyond immature). The day you start paying my bills is the day you can tell me what I can and cannot appreciate.

Consider the following screen shots (as submitted by iPhone OS developer, Kevin Ng). What, again, “sucks” here?

First is a shot of his iPhone game, WordCrasher, running 1×1 on the iPad emulator. Go ahead and click on the thumbnail image to see the full resolution screen capture:

Yeah, that’s not terribly impressive. Second is a shot of WordCrasher running in 2x Zoom on the iPad emulator. It’s a bit more usable, but the jaggies would drive anybody nuts:

Now, the pièce de résistance. Third is a shot of WordCrasher redesigned for the iPad’s screen:

With those images open in separate browser tabs, flip between them – specifically notice the differences between the 2x Zoom and native iPad versions of the same game. Night and day.

Because iPad supports OpenGL ES 2.0, I can use bump maps and other shader techniques to present more realistic materials. And the high resolution means better detail without making the game look too busy and unreadable. Whilst these shading techniques are available on the latest hardware revisions of the iPhone and iPod touch, not all models support them, so you’re left with a two-tier system. With iPad, these shader effects are available from the start, so you can rely on all the players getting the same experience. At least, for now.

How can any self-respecting “gamer” dislike a device that will undoubtedly enable the production of breathtaking games and game-changing gameplay… especially if they’ve never used it (to fairly judge)?

And to put your mind at ease, it’s okay to own both an Xbox 360 and an iPad – just as it’s okay to own both a Sony PSP and a Nintendo DS. You can buy whatever you want to buy (including a forthcoming “Slate” product that happens to run Windows 7). It’s your money, it’s your choice.

However, you might want to wait until you have something in your hands before you decide it’s a big fat bucket of FAIL.

Build Your Dream Computer

I noticed a post on Lockergnome earlier that made me chuckle a little. The poster asks everyone whether they would buy a Windows machine or a Mac if they had up to one thousand dollars to spend. I can already picture the responses to that question: fanboys on both sides of the coin arguing with each other! However, I have a feeling that some of our more hard-core Geeks will want to just build a machine and slap some flavor of Linux on it!

What would you do if someone handed you a grand and told you to buy any computer you wanted? What would you look at first… and why?

There have been many excellent articles posted in our community today. I hope you didn’t miss out on anything!

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iPad Seen in Apple Store

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I can’t believe my local Apple Store had them in stock and was selling them tonight! I took advantage of this OBVIOUS oversight and decided to buy one on the spot.

This is the $499 (16GB) model. As you can see, it runs just fine. Too bad it doesn’t support Adobe Flash.

It’s more than just an oversized iPod Touch, as you can see. It sports a speedy 1Ghz processor, support for wireless “N” networking, a backlit LED screen, will allow you to connect it to an external keyboard, substantially longer battery life, and… a screen that’s perfect for sharing with others.

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Why Do Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod not Use Adobe Flash?

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The Internet is all abuzz with anger due to Apple’s decision not to use Flash on the iPhone operating system. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that decision. Flash is the most unstable piece of software I’ve ever used.

This morning, I checked stats on the recently uploaded Mountain Dew Throwback video, Flash crashed inside of Google Chrome. Sadly, this is something that I’m used to.

Why, pray tell, would you expect Apple to put such an unstable piece of software on their operating system? I don’t feel that it is something we need to have on the iPad, or the iPhone. You can disagree with that all you want – I’ll punch holes in every flawed argument you present. It has nothing to do with Apple wanting to make more money – it has to do with controlling the consumer experience, much like other CE manufacturers do. Flash would ruin the iPhone OS experience, not enhance it.

Go ahead, give it your best shot. Give me a good argument as to why I’m wrong. My mind is always open.

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Why Isn't Adobe Flash on the iPhone, iPod, iPad?

Flash devours resources on OS X, hasn’t been re-engineered for efficiency with mobile processors, and is generally un-fucking-stable.

The #1 reason I finally upgraded to Snow Leopard was so that I could finally sandbox that POS Flash plugin to keep it from crashing my entire browser when it decided it wanted to take its crap-coated little ball and go home. I applaud Google for crafting Chrome to keep Flash from ruining your afternoon, too.

That’s why posts like this one on the Flash Blog make me laugh – but not because they’re getting sympathy from me, but because they’re making themselves look like jackasses. I can show you the exact same screenshot on my desktop when Flash crashes within Safari.

Blaming Apple for Adobe Flash’s shortcomings is like blaming a chair for breaking after you put an elephant on it.

Even in a (well written) post on Adobe’s behalf, John Nack admits to throwing paltry resources at the development of Flash on OS X. What’s the iPhone OS based on? The same underpinnings as OS X. Why on God’s Green Earth would Apple want to put a power-hungry, knowingly-unstable, development-starved platform onto any one of their devices? This isn’t Apple’s problem – it’s Adobe’s.

I’m not going to argue that Flash should be open source – it’s still somewhat of a browser-based standard, and I’m grateful that it’s taken us to where we are today. That’s not the drum I’m beating. I would say that HTML 5 has a fighting chance to supplant Flash, however.

The moment Adobe throws some time and attention into their Flash Player on Apple’s various platforms – with actual use cases and demonstrations on how much better it behaves – then I’d expect Apple to concede and let Flash run within the Safari app. I don’t need Flash anywhere else, thank you. AIR apps are awesome on the desktop, but part of the iPhone’s power is control of the App Store (a controlled consumer experience – which even Joe Hewitt admits to being a good one).

I don’t see Adobe making any other moves to rectify the situation – beyond whining.

Adobe needs to stop blaming Apple for its own shortcomings AND apologize for all the times I lost my work because Flash Player took down the entire Web browser session. 😉

I have zero empathy for the plights of shitty software – no matter how big the company that codes it might be. Have you taken a look at the desktop UI of any Adobe program? It’s beyond non-standard on either Windows or OS X. Apparently, they have always believed that “UI” was short for “Ugly Interface.”

…and you REALLY think this is Apple’s problem?

Just because Flash can conceivably run on a mobile device DOESN’T MEAN IT SHOULD.

What’s most funny about this iPhone / Flash argument (to me) is that the very same people who complain about short battery life are the VERY SAME PEOPLE who demand that power-hungry software should be on the device they expect to last longer than an hour. Unbelievable.

Adobe: make Flash better.

10 Consumer Electronic Devices the iPad Replaces

Sure, the hardware listed here won’t match the iPad’s specs feature-for-feature, but I believe you’ll get the idea. Think of the following items more as services rather than just physical objects:

  1. Internet-Enabled Digital Picture Frame: $100
  2. Cordless Skype Phone: $80
  3. Basic GPS Hardware: $60
  4. The Kindle: $250
  5. FLO TV: $250
  6. Portable DVD Player with a screen suitable for sharing between two people: $50
  7. PSP Go: $210
  8. Digital Audio Recorder: $40
  9. Multi-Year Pocket Calendar & Address Book: Free

Total? $830. 64GB Wi-Fi/3G iPad? $829.

Being able to experience these functions on a single device and control them with either motion and/or a swipe of your fingers? Priceless.

For 90% of use cases, the first generation iPad (and its array of apps) may supplant a series of consumer electronic devices. Heck, I’ve been waiting for an amazing digital picture frame to come along for years – and may have finally found that in Apple’s new gadget. If you already have a Slingbox (and its app), the iPad’s screen should be a dream with it.

And these are just ten features that the iPad’s platform enables. I can’t imagine what the iPad will be like for parents, being able to replace a series of books and discs and other bits of consumable media in exchange for something that’ll keep even a grown kid happy ad infinitum (er, to infinity and beyond)!

Notice, please, that I did NOT mention “laptop” (or “netbook”) as a potential device to be replaced. This does not imply that iPad software is inferior to software that might run on Windows, OS X, or Linux. It’s just suggesting that… well, you have to stop comparing the iPad to notebook computers, yo.

Perfect? No. You don’t want one? Cool. Don’t buy one, then.

For the rest of us, there’s iPad.

Know of other devices / services the iPad will replace? Leave a comment and I’ll update the post with additional math: