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NBC Reevaluating Streaming TV Episodes to IPad

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This weekend, developers, consumers, and companies will finally get entry to the iPad party. Unfortunately, there are still those uninterested in the affair--we've already seen companies like Random House hesitate. Now, NBC has announced its intention to keep full episodes of TV off the iPad--at least for the time being.According to The New York Times , NBC last week showed a Times reporter an iPad-friendly version of its streaming-video site. At the end of this discussion, an NBC executive noted that full-episode streaming of popular shows was in the works and would be coming around late April. But it was not to be. On Thursday, the Times reported that NBC had dropped all interest in full episode streaming "at this time," according to an anonymous NBC official. Why the change of heart, especially considering the recent iPad app releases from fellow TV giant ABC and online rental company Netflix? It may be a purely financial decision, but this reporter suspects it may have more to do with NBC's involvement with Hulu, or its new parent company, Comcast.

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Waiting On the iPad

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In almost every description of the iPad, Apple has been referring to its new device as "magical." Of course, that's hyperbole: technology - things like silicon chips, liquid crystal displays, and lithium-ion batteries - rather than magic powers the machine. Still, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," and while I doubt the iPad technology is that advanced, there's no denying that lots of people are expecting something special here. As for me, I'm spending a gorgeous spring morning in the Northeast waiting for my device to arrive. Apple has helpfully sent a link to the UPS site where you can watch the progress of the shipping of the device - in my case from where it was manufactured in Shenzhen, China to Hong Kong, then via planes to Anchorage, Louisville, and Connecticut. There doesn't seem to be any magic involved in the delivery, but you still have to marvel at the technology involved in manufacturing, shipping, and tracking products. I'm waiting for it to arrive, then I'll set it up, and only then go out and enjoy the weather.

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Apple's Woz: iPad Great for Students, Grandparents

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Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has revealed he plans to get two iPads, one with and one without 3G connectivity, with a third earmarked for a friend. Wozniak, better known as Woz, will wait in line "just for fun" this weekend to pick up the Wi-Fi iPad from the Apple Store.Woz asked by Newsweek who the iPad was aimed at suggested students and older users would benefit most from Apple's new device. "The iPad could lower the cost of acquiring computers for students. I think it's going to be huge in the education market. Think about students going off to college." Woz insisted. "They want an Apple product, but their parents don't want to spend that much. Now they have the ideal thing. They can go to college and someone may have a whacked-out $6,000 laptop, but the guy with the iPad will get all the attention." The co-founder of Apple also suggested the iPad would appeal to those who find traditional computing over complicated and daunting."My wife's parents -- they're not ready for the complicated computer world. They have these old computers. But the iPad simplifies things. It's like a restart. We all say we want things to be simpler.

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Apple iPad Hits Stores in the US

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Apple Computer on Saturday started selling the iPad tablet, a handheld device through which users can view movies, surf the Internet, read e-books and play games. Lines formed outside the Apple store in New York with customers eager to purchase the product, which is one of the most hotly anticipated devices since the iPhone was launched in 2007. The lines weren't as long as they were for the iPhone, but buyers seemed ecstatic after getting the iPad in their hands.An instructor at New York University, Matthew Knell, waited in line for a few hours to purchase the device. He plans to use the it for entertainment and to read e-books to replace loads of print textbooks he otherwise carries. "It offers the opportunity to mix music, movies and books in one good personal-sized package. It does a lot of things the laptops do well, and it has the opportunity to change the way we consume media," Knell said. The iPads that went on sale Saturday include Wi-Fi, and are priced ranging from US$499 to $699, depending on storage capabilities, which range from 16GB to 64GB. Models becoming available later this month will include 3G mobile broadband, and will cost from $629 to $829.

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