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**** The iPad's Five Best Surprises <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=a9e202370377ee22768b8e8249c663fc>
Dan Frakes, Macworld

Though this super-sized iPod touch is largely what we expected, Apple’s announcement included a number of nice surprises, as well as a couple bombshells.

**** Inside The IPad: Apple's New 'A4' Chip <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10442684-64.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=News-Apple>
Brooke Crothers, CNET News

Along with the iPad, the Apple chip has arrived.

**** Opinion: Five iPad Disappointments <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=9406194ac368a20d7e8ac7c973e80c84>
Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Unfortunately, there are a handful of shortcomings with the iPad that I have to think about before I buy the tablet.

**** The iPad Big Picture <http://daringfireball.net/2010/01/ipad_big_picture>
John Gruber, Daring Fireball

And so my takeaway from this — with the bragging about making their own CPUs and their annual revenue and their size compared to companies like Sony, Samsung, and Nokia — is that this is Apple’s way of asserting that they’re taking over the penthouse suite as the strongest and best company in the whole ones-and-zeroes racket.

**** Watch The iPad Event In Its Entirety <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=d53f511f6abf51ca2f5a0abf62ca81fd>
Roman Loyola, Macworld

Apple has posted the iPad event in its entirety. It's available as a video stream in three resolutions.

**** Apple Lifts 3G VoIP Restrictions : First 3G Calling App Is Out & The iPad Can Be Used As A Phone <http://appadvice.com/appnn/2010/01/apple-lifts-3g-voip-restrictions-first-3g-calling-app-is-out-the-ipad-can-be-used-as-a-phone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AppAdvice+%28AppAdvice%29>
Alexander Vaughn, App Advice

**** Books On iPad Offer Publishers A Pricing Edge <http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=c75ff055031bdc735b40448e368d7cc5>
Motoko Rich, New York Times

Newspapers had a mixed reaction to the tablet, but most of the largest book publishers have signed on to provide e-book content.

**** Early Look: iPad Has Familiar Feel To An iPhone User <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703410004575029602386303066.html>
Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal

With its introduction of the iPad, Apple Inc. has created a big brother to the iPhone. But it may also have redefined the laptop.

**** Is The iPad The Harbinger Of Doom For Personal Computing? <http://rc3.org/2010/01/28/is-the-ipad-the-harbinger-of-doom-for-personal-computing/>
Rafe Colburn, rc3.org

What bothers me is that in terms of openness, the iPad is the same as the iPhone, but in terms of form factor, the iPad is essentially a general purpose computer. So it strikes me as a sort of Trojan horse that acculturates users to closed platforms as a viable alternative to open platforms, and not just when it comes to phones (which are closed pretty much across the board). The question we must ask ourselves as computer users is whether the tradeoff in freedom we make to enjoy Apple’s superior user experience is worth it.

**** Apple-ization Of America <http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=73242>
Hank Greene, Indiana Daily Student

There’s no denying that Apple has revolutionized the technological world and that its products make us want to jump for iJoy. But until we stop holding Apple up on a pedestal and start treating it like any other company, I fear it will continue to have an iGrip on our lives.

**** For Gamers, The iPhone Is A Player <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/technology/personaltech/28smart.html?8dpc>
Bob Tedeschi, New York Times

Quick, name the fastest-growing video game platform. Wii? PlayStation? DS?

Try the iPhone.

**** The iPad’s Name Makes Some Women Cringe <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/the-ipads-name-makes-some-women-cringe/>
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times

When Apple announced the name of its tablet computer today — the iPad — my mind immediately went to the feminine hygiene aisle of the drugstore. It turns out I wasn’t alone.

**** Internal Apple Town Hall Expected To Discuss iPad <http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/apple/~3/WORLsq9aOco/internal-apple-town-hall-expected-to-discuss-ipad.ars>
Ars Technica

Executive leadership at Apple has arranged for a company-wide meeting—town hall style—in which the topic of discussion is expected to address the recent release of the iPad tablet, Ars has learned from multiple sources.

**** iPad: Perfect For Digital Comics? <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=185757370b702e7691d9ea1b363acb90>
Jason Snell, Macworld

The iPad’s 1024-by-768-pixel display, while in the unfashionable 4:3 aspect ratio, is just about the right shape for a comic-book page. And the iPad packs enough pixels that comic pages should be readable at full-size on the iPad.

**** Dude, The iPad Isn't A Notebook - Get Over It! <http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=5890&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+zdnet%2FApple+%28ZDNet+The+Apple+Core%29>
David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Must we use just have one computer? Aren’t we now ready for a variety of computing devices, big and small, mobile and fixed, that can offer different values and performance?

**** Apple's iPad May Underwhelm Hollywood <http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60R21B20100128>
Hollywood Reporter

**** Apple's iPad May Take Year To Be Breakout Product, Munster Says <http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-28/apple-s-ipad-may-take-year-to-be-breakout-product-munster-says.html>
Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet may take a year to turn into a “breakout” product with mass-market appeal as consumers wait for the price to drop below $499 and for more publishers to get on board, Piper Jaffray & Co. said.

**** A 16-Year-Old’s View Of Apple’s iPad: iFail <http://scobleizer.com/2010/01/28/a-16-year-olds-view-of-apples-ipad-ifail/>
Robert Scoble, Scobleizer

**** First Impressions Of The New Apple iPad <http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/20100127/apple-ipad-impressions/>
Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

It’s about the software, stupid. While all sorts of commentators were focusing on how much Apple’s new $499 iPad tablet computer looks like an oversized iPhone, the key to whether it can be the first multi-function tablet to win wide public acceptance probably lies in whether consumers perceive it as a suitable replacement for a laptop in key scenarios. And that, in my view, depends heavily on the software and services that flow through its handsome little body.

**** Apple's Effect On Content Partners: More Good Than Bad <http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2010/tc20100127_652056.htm>
Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Pairing with Apple had mixed results for the music industry, but the iPad may well give struggling publishers an opportunity to rebuild their businesses.

**** iPad iBooks Will Be US Only At Launch <http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/28/ipad-ibooks-will-be-us-only/>
Thomas Ricker, Engadget

**** Analysis: Why Apple Stuck With AT&T On The iPad <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=4cfd27d70d1161aec7b32992ce25e5f2>
Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

**** Apple Details First iPad Accessories <http://rss.macworld.com/click.phdo?i=763d4ce690798c2bfdfbb9604bafc58a>
Nate Ralph, PCWorld

Here's an early look at the accessories that Apple plans to make available for its iPad tablet.

**** The iPad - To 3G Or Not To 3G? <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/the-ipad-to-3g-or-not-to-3g/?partner=rss&emc=rss>
Jenna Wortham, New York Times

People who are lining up to place orders for an iPad will have a very important decision to make: whether or not to splurge for the spendier iPads, which will come outfitted for 3G connectivity over AT&T’s wireless network.

**** iPad? That's So 2002, Fujitsu Says <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/technology/companies/29name.html?partner=rss&emc=rss>
Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times

Fujitsu, which applied for an iPad trademark in 2003, is claiming first dibs, setting up a fight with Apple over the name of the new tablet device that Apple plans to sell starting in March.

**** iPad Unites Apple's Media And Mobile Ambitions <http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-10443138-260.html?part=rss&amp;subj=news&amp;tag=2547-1_3-0-20>
Erica Ogg, CNET News

The new tablet epitomizes Apple's direction as a mobile device maker and gatekeeper of media.

The Tomorrow Weblog

**** The Web Way To Learn A Language <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/technology/personaltech/28basics.html?partner=rss&emc=rss>
Eric A. Taub, New York Times

With the growth of broadband connectivity and social networks, companies have introduced a wide range of Internet-based language learning products, both free and fee-based, that allow students to interact in real time with instructors in other countries, gain access to their lesson plans wherever they are in the world, and communicate with like-minded virtual pen pals who are also trying to remember if bambino means baby.

MyAppleMenu Reader

**** Catch Me If You Can <http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=cd79bbe8d9e434c986315bc3abf29249>
Christine Muhlke, New York Times

With new restrictions in commercial fishing, Mark Marhefka finds other fish in the sea.


**** Police Ignorant Of Law But Charge Activists Anyway <http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3341-police-ignorant-of-law-but-charge-activists-anyway>
Singapore Democrats

Isn't it the height of hypocrisy that ASP Yew expected the Defendants to reasonably know something when he didn't know about the gazetted area that he himself had referred to in his charge?

**** Surrendering My Soul To Singapore <http://indothewild.blogspot.com/2010/01/surrendering-my-soul-to-singapore.html>
Indo The Wild

**** Let The Truth Be Told <http://whomovedmysingaporecheese.blogspot.com/2010/01/let-truth-be-told.html>
Who Moved My Singapore Cheese

Maybe it is time for Singaporeans to reflect upon why Singapore's current leaders run our country with such different approaches as the rest of the democratic societies.

**** Shortage Of Residents' Committee Members <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1033602/1/.html>
Leong Wee Keat, Today

There are not enough people coming forward to represent those who live in public housing; on average there is a shortage of 11 members in each Residents' Committee (RC). While every RC should have 30 members, the average is around "18 or 19 or so", said People's Association (PA) chief executive director Tan Boon Huat.

**** Psst … Guess Who Dropped In Today? <http://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/psst-guess-who-dropped-in-today/>
The Long and Winding Road

When I was growing up in Toa Payoh, my family had the privilege of receiving some rather important visitors to our humble 3-room flat.

**** 革新党秘书长:乐见政府致力提高生产力 <http://www.zaobao.com/sp/sp100128_025.shtml>
游润恬, 联合早报


**** Singapore’s Integrated Resorts: Some Thoughts Ln Gambling And Casinos <http://houseonahill.net/singapores-integrated-resorts-some-thoughts-on-gambling-and-casinos/>
Connie Veneracion, House On A Hill

The clear implication is simply this: The Singaporean government wants the revenue, it has created guidelines to protect its citizens and residents from the “evils” of gambling, it is inviting the rest of the world to visit Singapore and gamble in the casinos and it really doesn’t care if the foreign tourists lose their life savings on the Black Jack tables and put a bullet through their heads or jump off the 50th floor of some hotel afterward. Bankrupt tourists won’t affect Singapore’s economy and viability as a major tourist attraction.

**** Singapore Says Swap Line With US Federal Reserve To Expire Feb 1 <http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=201001272025dowjonesdjonline000766&title=singapore-says-swap-line-with-us-federal-reserve-to-expire-feb-1>
Se Young Lee, Dow Jones

**** Exposing The 6 Major Flaws In The PAP’s Immigration Policy <http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/01/28/exposing-the-5-major-flaws-in-the-paps-immigration-policy/>
The Temasek Review

**** Australia's Jetstar Makes Singapore Its Main Asian Hub <http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/01/28/337712/australias-jetstar-makes-singapore-its-main-asian-hub.html>
Siva Govindasamy, Flight Global

Australia's Jetstar has picked Singapore as its key air hub in Asia, basing its largest number of Airbus A320s in the region at the island's Changi Airport and committing itself to introducing long-haul services using Airbus A330s.

**** New Parameters To Social Cohesion <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1033679/1/.html>
Leong Wee Keat, Today

Alcohol could be sold and consumed by interest groups at Community Clubs (CCs) if June's World Cup gets televised here. Future CCs could be reconfigured to optimise land use and ensure better usage of their facilities. High society - like those who read The Tatler or The Peak - will not be left out either as more will be tapped on to participate or volunteer.

**** 莫谈“民意”:“新加坡规划之父”把脉中国城市困局 <http://nf.nfdaily.cn/nfzm/content/2010-01/28/content_8640229.htm>
鞠靖, 南方周末


**** Fighting For Admission <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_483390.html>
Straits Times

New ticketing agencies have sprung up, bringing the number in Singapore to five in just under a year. These include the box-office big boy Sistic, plus newer, small players OneTicketHub, Gatecrash, Bytes.sg and Tickets.com.

**** Less Health Subsidies For PRs <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1033660/1/.html>
Claire Huang, Channel NewsAsia

The government has decided to shave off health subsidies given to Permanent Residents (PRs) by 10 percentage points. This is in a bid to make a sharper distinction between the privileges a citizen is entitled to, as compared to a PR.

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