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Apple Shows First In-Depth Video Look of GarageBand for iPad

garageband-ipad Apple has published the first promotional detailed video showcasing the new features of GarageBand for iPad.

The application features a number of virtual instruments, including piano, guitar, a drum set, among other instruments and tools.

When using the virtual piano, a user could set a number of different settings, including the ability to change the keyboard size, and even the ability to display dual keyboards.

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Garmin Releases Its First Apple iPhone, Google Android GPS Apps

garmin-pilotGoogle long offered mapping technologies for a variety of mobile platforms with its mobile version of Google Maps that allowed users to track their GPS location and to conduct local searches, with the exception of turn-by-turn directions.

On October 30, 2009 when Google first announced it would offer free GPS turn-by-turn navigation starting with support for its Android mobile operating system, the stocks of traditional GPS manufacturers significantly dropped.

TomTom’s stock lost about half of its value, while Garmin’s stock lost about a quarter of its value.

As smartphones become ever more advanced with operating systems and hardware that support GPS navigation, more people are choosing to consolidate different devices into a single device such as a smartphone.

The trend has significantly lowered demand for standalone GPS units, causing traditional GPS makers to launch mobile versions of their software for smartphones.

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Apple iPad Availability Extends to South Korea This Month

The South Korean mobile telecom operator, KT, says the company will offer the Apple iPad to consumers in the country starting on November 30.

In anticipation of strong demand, the company started accepting preorders on November 17, and has already secured about 50,000 unit sales directly from the pre-orders.

With over a week until the hot tablet becomes available for in-store purchase, pre-sales could top 100,000 units.

KT offers the iPad for 218,000 won (USD $192) with a term, or up to 850,000 won (USD $748) contract-free.

Since the company launched the tablet about 11 months ago, demand has remained very strong, with over 7-million units sold to date.

Rival Research In Motion (RIM) has already unveiled its iPad competitor, the PlayBook, which is slated for a first quarter launch next year, at a price tag below $500, according to company executives.

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Google Earth 5.2 released, brings new features like recording trips

Google today announced the availability of Google Earth 5.2, which boasts new features outdoorsmen will rejoice about.

In the latest version, you can connect your GPS device directly with the application to import your track, but now, new features will show you more information and statistics about your journey than ever before.

The latest version includes the ability to view elevation, speed, and graphs about your route in Google Earth. A new feature also records your route, so you could play it back later, with historical information including speed and slope.

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Barns & Noble launches ebook store for iPad

The book-retailer giant Barns & Noble today announced the availability of a free ebook reader and bookstore application for the Apple iPad.

The application directly competes with Apple’s own iBooks store, that will allow consumers to purchase books, and magazines, among other media.

The Barns & Noble application offers various features, including a built in dictionary, syncing with highlights and notes, all across multiple platforms that support the application (including support for the iPhone that is scheduled for later this summer).

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Rogers unveils iPad 3G pricing, availability

Canada’s largest cable and wireless company, Rogers, today unveiled prices for Apple’s iPad 3G tablet that is set to launch in Canada and other international markets on May 28.

The company said the iPad would be available for CDN $15 per month for 250mb of data, or $35 per month for 5gb of data (plus the cost of the device). If you already have a wireless monthly plan with Rogers, the company said users could add the iPad plan for an additional $20 per month (with 5gb of data) as an additional cost to their existing phone bill.

Additionally, Rogers confirmed today it would restrict tethering on the device, thereby not allowing consumers to tether their iPad to other devices such as netbooks. The company already allows tethering with other smartphones it offers, including the Apple iPhone 3GS, but said the feature would not be available on the iPad.

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It took 28 days to sell 1-millionth iPad

Apple confirms 1-millionth iPad sold, 28 days after launch, compared to 3 days it took iPhone 3G to reach 1M units sold

The California-based computer giant, Apple, today announced new sales figures for it’s latest device, the Apple iPad.

The company says it has now sold more than 1-million units of the device, 28-days after the initial April 3rd product launch that saw 300,000 sold units on launch date.

The sales numbers do not include sales figures from the iPad 3G model, which debuted today in the United States.

The iPad will launch in international markets, including Canada, by the end of this month.

Apple’s iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS both took a mere 3-days each from their debut to reach the 1-million sales milestone, compared to 74-days for the very first iPhone model.

Apple says there are currently more than 5,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad, with more than 12-million apps aggregately being downloaded from all iPad users. The company says more than 1.5-million iBook ebooks have been also been downloaded, but that number isn’t more specific to indicate how many books have been purchased from Apple’s new iBook store.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs says demand remains strong and that the company is working hard to meet demand as it exceeds current supply levels.

The  market has reacted positively to the news as the Apple stock (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trading up 2.25-percent in mid-day trading at $266.97 per share.

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Apple sells 300,000 iPads on launch date

300,000 iPads sold on launch, thousands flocked to Apple’s flagship Manhattan store

The Cupertino-based computer maker, Apple Inc., today released sales and usage figures for its highly anticipated iPad tablet computer that launched on April 3rd.

The company said it sold 300,000 devices on opening day. The figure includes shipments, including shipments to retailers such as Best Buy, meaning that probably not each of the 300,000 units are in consumers hands as of right now. However, demand seems strong despite consumers arguing the device is fairly aggressively priced and adds little value over an iPhone. The company did not break down the sales figures for each of the iPad versions.

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First iPad reviews published, ABC and CBS to offer free TV shows

As the launch date of the Apple iPad inches closer, top tech journalists have published the first reviews (all with praise) of the device.

The New York Times David Pogue and the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg were the first to publish their reviews, along with other journalists including from USA Today.

In summary of the reviews, Mr. Mossberg enjoyed using the on-screen keyboard, while NYT’s David Pogue didn’t favor it very much. None of the reviewers complained about the lack of camera or even no flash support. The reviewers also noted the iPad worked as advertised when it came to its 10-hour battery life.

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Telus says it will sell tablets, the iPad as well?

Canada’s third-largest mobile telecom today confirmed the company will further diversify its product line by offering tablet computers.

The confirmation came from David Fuller, the VP of product marketing today.

The comments raise speculation as to whether Telus will offer the Apple iPad. The iPad is slated for an April 3rd U.S. launch, with the device being available in Canada by the end of the same month, according to Apple.

Mr. Fuller confirmed the iPad is in fact compatible on the new Telus network, but did not further elaborate.

We can confirm Microsoft Corporation is working on its own iPad competitor, dubbed Microsoft Courier, but the company has yet to officially acknowledge it is working on such a device. Judging from recent leaks, the device seems more advanced and intuitive than the iPad, but the iPad still has a major competitive advantage, the app store. Microsoft Courier is reportedly to launch by the end of this year.

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