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iPad Accessory A Day Giveaway: It's On!

As mentioned in last week's contest announcement, we'll be giving away iPad accessories every weekday in April. The contest features a wide variety of iPad accessories including screen protectors, skins, cases, stands, warranties and insurance. Tomorrow, April 5, is the first day of the contest, with ZAGG's award winning invisibleSHIELD iPad screen protector kicking things off.

ipad invisibleshield giveaway

ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD is one of the most well-known names in electronic gadget protection. These "invisible" plastic skins protect gadgets around the world including mobile phones, laptops, GPS units, digital cameras and more.

iPad Jailbreak Completed in Less Than 24 Hours

Well, that didn't take long. The iPad is now officially jailbroken on its first day in the wild. Approximately one hour ago, iPhone Dev Team member musclenerd, posted on his Twitter account that a port of the "Spirit" jailbreak developed by comex had been ported to the iPad.

ipad jailbreak musclenerd

Musclenerd's tweet read "http://is.gd/beaVL initial porting of "Spirit" jailbreak by @comex to iPad", the link pointing to a picture providing rough visual evidence of the jailbreak. Musclenerd has since updated his Twitter account with links to a video showing more of the jailbreak (view the video below).

iPad Dead Pixel Test: How To

Though it comes as no surprise, we've gotten emails from a number of readers who received an iPad with dead pixels and we've read about many more around the web. This comes with the territory, dead and stuck pixels are a reality of LCD technology. Different manufacturers have different policies on what constitutes an unacceptable number of dead or stuck pixels, and thus at what point the product in question is exchanged as defective. So where does Apple stand on the iPad?

Apple has no definitive guidelines on what they consider an egregious number of dead or stuck pixels on any of their products. However, Apple has traditionally been very fair and balanced when it comes to warranty exchanging their products due to customer complaints about dead or stuck pixels -- especially in the case of the iPhone. Chances are, the iPad is no different.

So how do you check to see if your iPad has dead or stuck pixels? We've put together an altogether un-fancy, but terribly simple way to check your iPad for dead or stuck pixels.

Did Apple Fail to Mention iPad Stereo Speakers?

Photos of internal iPad components released by the FCC have revealed a few surprises. Official iPad specifications from Apple do not mention stereo audio output, only a "built-in speaker." Further inspection of the teardown photos reveals what is clearly two distinct speakers.

Apple iPad Stereo Audio Output

The parts shown above comprise the speaker assembly, which consists of dual speakers to provide stereo sound. According to ifixit.com there are two small sealed channels that direct sound toward three audio ports in the bottom of the iPad. This is the first time evidence of stereo sound on the Apple iPad has surfaced.

Teardown: iPad Insides Exposed Thanks to FCC

Normally it takes a little while after launch to get photos of the inner workings of a device. iPad enthusiasts need not wait thanks to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Launch day for the Wi-Fi + 3G model is slated as "late April" but photos of its innards are already public.

Apple iPad Breakdown Hardware Internals

Apple asked the FCC to keep the information confidential until August, however the FCC seems to have ignored the request. For those interested, the details can be found on the exhibits list page for FCC ID BCG-E2381A. Plenty of individuals and organizations are waiting until tomorrow to do their own in-depth teardown of the Wi-Fi only iPad model and are sure to post even more detailed information.

iPad Accessory Giveaways: Every Weekday in April

The iPad Guide has just announced our April contest, the April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway. With the Apple iPad landing in homes around the country tomorrow and throughout the next week, many new iPad owners will be on the prowl for accessories to help enhance and protect their shiny new tablet. Our contest will not only give our readers the chance to snag some of these great accessories for free, but help introduce many of these accessories.

ipad april accessory a day contest logos

The contest features a variety of accessories including screen protectors, body skins, iPad warranties, iPad insurance, cases and stands. These products come from well known manufacturers and service prodivders Zagg/invisibleSHIELD, Gelaskins, SquareTrade, Worth Ave Group, M-EDGE, Hard Candy Cases and Griffin Technologies.

Hulu Negotiates Broadcast Rights for iPad App

Hulu's free TV streaming service is back in the news with the announcement of other television apps for the iPad coming on launch day. Rumors of an iPhone app from Hulu have swirled around the company for a year now, with no application ever hitting the App Store. Now Hulu, seeing an opportunity on the iPad platform, is said to be negotiating rights clearances with content providers for the device.

Apple iPad Hulu App Television

Any mobile Hulu app would likely be based on a subscription model to increase revenues. Although the company has been profitable in the last two quarters, the NY Times reports that some of its 200 content suppliers believe revenue from the service needs to increased. 903 million video streams were watched using Hulu this January.

Thousands of iPad Apps Now Available on iTunes App Store

Initially Apple was expected to wait until iPad shipping day, April 3 to make iPad applications available on the App Store. Not the case, as CNN reports that 2,500 iPad-specific apps have already been slated for iTunes. This is in addition to the 197,000 iPhone apps already available that should run on the iPad.

Apple iPad Apps Piano Nota

In general, iPad apps are more expensive that iPhone apps, sometimes by several hundred percent. Developers are looking to get away from the cheap $0.99 iPhone market and are likely to make higher quality software if revenues are improved. Some apps will remain free, such as the iPad Netflix player and Pandora.

Loads of TV Shows and Movies Coming to iPad

It's official, Netflix is going to be available on the iPad from launch day: April 3rd. Subscribers paying at least $8.99 per month will be able to access unlimited streaming television and movie content from the service on their Apple tablets. Netflix isn't the only company gearing to provide video on the iPad, however.

iPad Video Television Movie Netflix App

We knew that Apple was planning to sell movies, TV shows, and music using iTunes from the beginning. As the days dwindle before the iPad ship date for the masses, more and more alternative sources of entertainment are popping up. ABC is developing its own iPad application so that viewers can access content on the go.

Apple Asks: Is Your Website iPad Ready?

The ongoing drama between Apple and Adobe over the Flash plug-in just took another turn, with Apple revealing a new page titled "iPad Ready." The addition to Apple's iPad web pages provides a list of websites that are HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript compliant (read: non-Flash) and invites others to submit their iPad-ready URL for inclusion on the list.

Apple iPad Safari HTML5 Flash

Besides listing popular web portals such as CNN, NY Times, Vimeo, Flickr, MLB, People Magazine, and others, Apple provides a link to Technical Note TN2262, "Preparing your Web Content for iPad." This document provides a checklist of items for site developers that will ensure the user experience with Safari on iPad is optimized.

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