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UK iPad launch: ten hours later, queues still around the block

Posted: 28 May 2010 10:42 AM PDT

Sure, people started queueing for the iPad outside Apple’s flagship Regent Street store in London yesterday. And sure, Apple flung the doors open an hour early this morning at 8am to let the tablet seeking throngs in. But guess what? Hundreds more are still waiting in line, more than ten hours after the store started trading for the day.

We dropped by the store shortly before 6pm, only to find hundreds of people still queueing for the iPad, and hefty security ensuring the pavement was kept clear for the people who had places to be. It looks like the shop has yet to run out of stock, and the chancers at the back of the line will have their fingers crossed that the situation stays the same, and until they get inside, before it closes at 9pm.

Read our iPad review: One month on

Of course, Apple’s stores aren’t the only shops selling the iPad, so let us know if you’ve had any luck at Currys or PC World today, where the queues are likely to have been less frantic – but supply not quite so high.

Have you got an iPad yet? What’s it like? Read our iPad review, and tell us what you make of it in the comments!

Out Now | £from 429 | Apple

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iPad 3G UK unboxing: photos

Posted: 28 May 2010 10:19 AM PDT

The iPad 3G went on sale this morning, and while we’ve given you the rundown on its Wi-Fi only brother already, we thought we’d help those stuck in gadget quandary out by giving it a test drive too. Is it worth the extra cash? See for yourself in our iPad 3G unboxing gallery, and read on through for a chance to have your say on our upcoming review!

Setup was shockingly simple: we just stuck the micro SIM card into the iPad 3G and hopped online after a quick peruse in the Cellular Data options. On O2 in central London, it loaded pages quickly, but perhaps more impressive was the shocking speed at which it locked on to our exact location in Google Maps. Whether or not you’ll be using this feature when out and about with the iPad 3G is another matter entirely – but it’s fast.

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We’ll be bringing you a full review of the iPad 3G next week, and the verdict on whether it’s worth the price bump, even if you don’t intend on paying for the data month in, month out. In the meantime, check out the iPad 3G coming out of its carton and blinking in the British sun for the first time here in our gallery.

Any burning questions about the iPad 3G? Scribble them down here, and we’ll answer them for you in our review.

Out Now | £from 529 | Apple

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Apple TV: iPhone OS and cloud storage incoming?

Posted: 28 May 2010 08:15 AM PDT

Apple TV is going to face the threat of Google TV head on if a brand new set of rumours is true. Rumoured specs for a new version of Apple TV have hit the web and it looks like big changes are on the way. Get ready for Apple TV packing the same Apple A4 chip as the iPad and iPhone 4.0 plus the iPhone OS. If these rumours are true, the battle for your living room is well and truly on…

Sources close to Apple have whispered to Engadget that the next Apple TV will be based directly on the iPhone 4.0 hardware. That would mean a seriously stripped down design, powered by the Apple A4 processor and with limited flash storage of just 16GB. But Apple apparently plans to replace the current 160GB worth of storage with a cloud base solution.

We've heard lots of rumours about an iTunes Replay cloud solution in the past and it seems that's what would power media streaming for the new Apple TV. The new rumours promise we'll get 1080p instant on storage and you'll still be able to keep files locally by hooking up a Time Capsule. There'll also be almost no ports – just a power socket and video out.

The new Apple TV will ditch the version of OS X sported by the current model and instead use the iPhone OS. Again, that's whispers of an iPhone OS Apple TV have been rattling around for a while so that sounds pretty plausible. That would open up the possibility of bringing iPhone and iPad apps to your TV to battle the Android apps and Chrome OS web store planned for Google TV.

Of all the rumours, the most shocking and thrilling part is the price. It's claimed that Apple will release the new Apple TV for $99. A direct conversion to pounds would make it £67 but as we've seen with the iPad UK price, we're unlikely to get that. But even at £99, a new Apple TV with 1080p streaming skills would seriously give the Sony Google TVs sets a run for their money.

The current rumours suggest we won’t see the new Apple TV at WWDC but that Cupertino has been beavering away on the new box for a long time – way before Google TV was even rumoured – so we should see it sometime in the next few months.

Let us know what you think. Would this new Apple TV get a spot in your living room or are other streaming options going to get your vote?

Due TBC | £TBC | Apple (via Engadget)

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Nokia N8 video: Symbian 3 OS revealed

Posted: 28 May 2010 07:05 AM PDT

A Nokia N8 video giving the first glimpse of the finished Symbian ^3 OS has arrived. It's great news. We got to handle the hardware when we snapped our Nokia N8 photos but the phone stayed firmly switched off. So what secrets are revealed in the Nokia N8 video? Read on to see Symbian ^3 in action…

The Nokia N8 video (the first of three set to be flung out by the folk over at Nokia Conversations) shows that'll you'l have the option to add three home screens with space for six widgets on each. The Symbian ^3 menu transitions looks speedy and there's a glimpse of its multitasking potential, flipping between the music and photo apps.

Symbian ^3 on the Nokia N8 will also include threaded messaging in SMS and the onscreen QWERTY keyboard looks a doddle to type on. Interestingly, the phone stays in landscape mode throughout the demo – could that be the best way to rock a Nokia N8?

Like Android 2.2 Froyo, Symbian ^3 will come packing integrated Flash in its browser and there's a quick cameo for Nokia Ovi Maps navigation which will tap into the phone's GPS to give you free mapping.

Since the Nokia N8 video only gives a brief glimpse of the new OS, it's hard to tell how it'll compete against Android-toting powerhouses like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or the HTC Desire. And there's always the looming spectre of iPhone 4.0 on the horizon.

We're still waiting for a Nokia N8 release date but it can’t be too far off with Vodafone Nokia N8 registration open now. Could this clip sway you to get your name on the list?

Let us know what you think of the Nokia N8 video. Does Symbian ^ 3 look like it's shaping up to keep the Finns in the fight or is it just not enough to compete?

Due TBC | £TBC | Nokia (via Nokia Conversations)

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JooJoo pooh-poohs iPad UK launch

Posted: 28 May 2010 06:05 AM PDT

JooJoo creator, Chandra Rathakrishnan, has popped up again, just in time for the iPad UK launch to offer his view on Apple's tablet. How convenient! As you'd expect from someone touting an iPad rival, he's delivered quite a tongue-lashing. Predictably, the lack of iPad Flash support is in the firing line but Rathakrishnan also turns his ire towards the iTunes App Store. Does he have a point or is the JooJoo man just suffering from sour grapes?

Our JooJoo tablet hands on left us feeling a little underwhelmed. Sure the iPad rival has Flash but it's also got half the battery life and a decidedly bulkier body. But, of course, Rathakrishnan thinks our iPad UK review got it all utterly wrong.

Commenting on the huge iPad UK queues, the JooJoo creator says: "Every Apple product launch is great theatre. The attention they've brought to the tablet market is great." But then he turns nasty: "We don't see the need for an app store. An app store sells stripped down versions of actual websites." The creators of Sam & Max or the Wired iPad app would probably have a bone to pick with him there.

He continues: "JooJoo delivers the entire Internet – including Flash-based websites. That means you can play full versions of games, watch full-screen HD video and not have to be constrained within the 'walled garden' of the iPad environment." He dubs the iPad "another storage device with web capabilities".

The Steve Jobs Flash diatribe got plenty of people grumbling but can a tablet like the JooJoo truly compete with the might of Apple? Let us know whether you think Rathakrishnan has a point or is on a hiding to nothing.

Out now | £319 | Fusion Garage

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iPad UK launch: full PC World and Currys store list revealed

Posted: 28 May 2010 05:35 AM PDT

iPad UK launch day is in full swing but if you haven't grabbed yours yet and are trying to hunt down a store stocking it, help is at hand. We've got hold of a full list of PC World and Currys stores stocking the Apple tablet. Read on for help in your hunt for the elusive iPad…

We found out Vodafone iPad deals would be on sale through PC World just yesterday but what we didn't know was which stores would be stocking the tempting tablet. Thankfully, Electricpig reader Chris Gorney has compiled a full PC World and Currys store list showing which ones have a batch of iPads ready to be nabbed. Just follow the previous link to get it.

For other shops stocking the iPad, hop over to our iPad UK launch stores story. And if you're still wondering whether you should be getting one check our iPad UK review to make your mind up.

If you do decide to rush out an get an iPad now, we'd hurry, those PC World stores aren't likely to have a huge stock to sell and we’re pretty it won’t last long.

Out now | From £429 | Apple

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BBC One HD launching this Autumn: more free HD football incoming

Posted: 28 May 2010 05:10 AM PDT

BBC One HD will launch this autumn showing the same schedule as BBC One. While the thought of Anne Robinson in HD is unsettling, the good news is BBC One HD will be free on Freeview HD and all digital TV platforms. And Match Of The Day is one of the programmes headed for an overhaul so more free HD football is on the way…

When BBC One HD launches in the autumn not all shows will be HD but soaps like Eastenders and Holby City will be available in depressingly enhanced definition. More upbeat fare like Q.I and The Apprentice is also headed our way so you'll be able to see and Sir Alan's scowl more clearly than ever.

The Beeb also confirmed that as well as Match Of The Day, Songs Of Praise, A Question Of Sport and Blue Peter will be switching to HD filming soon. Its promised than the entire BBC One HD schedule will be filled with hi-def shows by 2012.

BBC One HD will take up the empty fourth spot in the Freeview HD channel line up which leaves one space left to be filled. As you might recall, Five HD ditched Freeview HD in favour of Sky.  BBC One HD will also be show on Sky+ HD, Freesat and Virgin Media.

The current BBC HD channel will continue alongside BBC One HD. It'll show content from the rest of the BBC's channels. It's also going to be on for longer, upping its output from 9 hours a day to 12 hours. The World Cup and Wimbledon will both be shown in HD on the channel.

Let us know what you think of BBC One HD. Does it have enough shows to make the move worthwhile? And what channel do you want to see take the fifth Freeview HD slot?

Due Autumn | £free | BBC

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Lunchtime Lowdown: iPad launch, Google Buzz on mobile and an iBooks rival

Posted: 28 May 2010 04:30 AM PDT

We’re closing in on the end of the week now, but the tech news is still flooding on through. Grab all the latest here and see what you’ve missed in the lunchtime lowdown!

There’s no ignoring the iPad this morning: Apple’s tablet has finally been unleashed upon the UK, and we were on hand to witness the festival atmosphere as gadget fans – and the world’s tallest couple – queued for it.

Elsewhere in iPad news, Amazon served up its Kindle app for the UK, and we took a look at one of the quirkier iPad accessories out there: a velcro back strap for the slate.

Finally, over in mobile meanwhile, Google Buzz rolled out for new smartphone platforms, including BlackBerry, Symbian S60 and older Android phones. And speaking of Android, we checked out the latest phones running Google’s OS, including the HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – see what you can do with it in under a minute.

Still want more news? It’s all ready and waiting for you over on the homepage, pronto!

Check out our Android Invasion, starting with our first robot romance video below!

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iPad Kindle app: UK bookstore open now

Posted: 28 May 2010 03:00 AM PDT

iPad Kindle appThe iPad Kindle app has been available in the UK iTunes Store since April 7 but Amazon has now announced that you can actually grab UK titles through it. That's good news for new iPad owners looking for an option other than iBooks. Read on for officials details on the iPad Kindle app…

Amazon is offering up 375,000 titles through the iPad Kindle app right now including new releases and some big besellers including Stieg Larson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantell.

Unlike iBooks and the Kindle Blackberry and forthcoming Kindle Android apps, you can't buy ebooks directly from the iPad Kindle app. Instead you'll be taken across to the Amazon website in Safari to snap up your selection.

If you're already packing the Kindle iPhone app, Kindle for Mac, Kindle for PC or Jobs forbid, a fully fledged Kindle, the iPad Kindle app uses the same Whispersync technology so you'll keep your place wherever you start reading again.

Grab the free Kindle iPad app now and let us know how you think it compares to iBooks. And make sure you take a gander at our iPad reading accessories guide.

Out now | £free | iTunes

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Meet the world’s tallest iPad owners

Posted: 28 May 2010 02:27 AM PDT

Apple iPad owners come in all shapes and sizes. Earlier today we popped over to the Apple’s flagship Regent Street store to pay them a visit, only to bump into the world’s tallest iPad owners. In full wedding gear!

Say hello to 6ft 5.5-inch Keisha Bolton and 6-foot, 9.75-inch Wilco van Kleef. Together they’re the world’s tallest married couple, and at 13 feet, 3.3-inches combined we suspect the world’s tallest iPad owners.

Both fans of dancing, the two met after Bolton went looking for a dance partner who was taller than her. She met Kleef and before long their gigantic jiving blossomed into love, and a match made in gadget heaven.

The happy couple might have had to wait in the queue like everybody else, but with the bonus of being easy to spot they were soon handed an iPad to lovingly pose and play with before finally getting hold of their own.

They probably didn’t have to wait long, mind. Guinness World Records were on hand to promote their Guinness World Records app. Coincidence? Thankfully for their troubles both went away with an iPad.

Out now  | From £429 | Apple

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