November 16, 2010 |
It's the newspaper TV grid on electronic steroids. Comcast Corp. said Monday that it was releasing immediately for its cable-TV subscribers an app for Apple's fast-selling iPad that lists 1,000 channels vertically and two weeks of programs horizontally. Those channels and days can be scrolled by finger touch on the iPad tablet - similar to scrolling through songs on Apple's iPod. While functioning as a channel guide, the "Xfinity TV App" also serves as a channel-changer remote in an elegant use of the iPad, wireless technology, the Internet, a cable switching station, and the Comcast digital set-top box. That means customers can change their TV channel with the iPad - and they don't even have to point it at the set-top box. The signal is caught in a home's WiFi system and routed to the Comcast network that does the channel change.
November 8, 2011 |
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon was first in the nation to have all residents vote by mail. Now it's pioneering another idea: Vote by iPad. Voters in five counties are filling out and returning their mail-in ballots for a Tuesday special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, who resigned after a sex scandal. A handful will mark their ballots not with a pen but with the tip of their finger. It's the latest attempt at using new technology to help voters with disabilities cast ballots privately.
May 9, 2012 |
Comcast Corp. made available to its cable-TV subscribers the WatchESPN service for iPhone and iPad devices, part of the TV Everywhere initiative. The WatchESPN app is free and allows Comcast subscribers to stream ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU to the mobile devices. Comcast subscribers also can watch the channels on WatchESPN.com if they provide their Comcast credentials. Later this week, Comast says WatchESPN will be available on XfinityTV.com. Comcast acquired the mobile-streaming rights to ESPN content in a 10-year rights deal, valued at about $26 billion, with the Disney Co in January.
October 12, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in some stores by Friday and in a majority of locations by the height of the holiday shopping season. The world's largest retailer will sell the iPad at Apple's suggested retail prices, which range from $499 to $829 depending on the model. It will be available online but must be picked up at stores. Target Corp. began selling the iPad earlier this month. Best Buy Co. has carried the device since it came out in April.
July 21, 2011 |
Gabrielle Gola has been stopping by Saxbys Coffee this summer for a drink or snack and a taste of hot technology: free access to an Apple iPad. A Rutgers senior, Gola has been studying for the medical-college admission test. She lugs a lot of science books around, so she's happy to leave her laptop at home. And since it opened in April, the Saxbys at 20th and Walnut Streets has offered a welcome alternative: five tables equipped with Apple's phenomenally successful new tablets.
August 17, 2011 |
Orangutans, it turns out, love the iPad and its games just as much as some humans do. A budding program at the Milwaukee County Zoo is working to place iPads into the giant, gentle palms of its orangutans. Two of the zoo's orangutans already look forward to weekly sessions with an iPad. They even have favorite apps, shows, and games, but they haven't yet been given free rein with the Apple device because keepers worry they might get frustrated and simply snap one in half. "One of the biggest hurdles we face is that an orangutan can snap an iPad like you or I could rip cardboard," said Richard Zimmerman, executive director of Orangutan Outreach, which hopes to extend Milwaukee's iPad enrichment program to zoos around the country.
August 29, 2012
THESE kids today! All they want to do is play with your iPhone or iPad. So why stop them? If you're smart about it, you can safely start educating the little ones in their strollers with one of those smarty devices or a dedicated children's tablet. M-Edge Supershell cases for the iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod Touch and iPad 2 (and newer) tablets offer an ultraprotective foam surround that absorbs shocks. "Go ahead drop it on the concrete, repeatedly," dared a demonstrator. Priced from $25 to $35, Supershells come in lots of bright colors.
October 25, 2012 |
Le Bec Fin may have maintained the 20th-century salon atmosphere in its new incarnation, but it is bringing 21st-century technology into the dining room. Starting Friday, waiters will pass leather-bound iPads to each patron. Several Philly-area restaurants, including Osteria , Tashan , and Caffe Aldo Lamberti , offer wine lists on iPads, but Le Bec Fin is believed to be the first white-tablecloth restaurant in the region to go entirely paperless. (The downstairs lounge, Chez Georges , eventually will go to iPads, too.)
July 17, 2011 |
Capt. Stephen Galle was in the cockpit of the future on an Airbus A330 just landed in Philadelphia from Manchester, England. Rather than shuffling through paper navigation charts, route maps, weather information and airport diagrams, the US Airways pilot flicked on a tablet computer, a little larger than an Apple iPad. Like other digital innovations - the paperless boarding pass for travelers and global-positioning satellite technology to guide airplanes - the so-called electronic flight bag is a software alternative to 40 pounds of paperwork that pilots traditionally carry in well-worn black flight cases.
March 8, 2012 |
An Apple executive touts the new iPad as "this magical pane of glass that can become anything you want it to be. " But for all the buzz about brilliant colors and blazingly fast 4G wireless speeds, here's what grabbed Tim Bajarin's attention when he finally got to handle the new iPad at its San Francisco unveiling Wednesday: its stunningly sharp text. Not fully trusting his memory, Bajarin reached into his briefcase for his own iPad 2 to compare the new iPad with Apple's previous gee-whiz tablet.