Steve Jobs Bluntly Says, “No”, to Tethering on the iPad

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There have been few few reports around the web today saying Steve Jobs replied to someone who sent him an email, asking about tethering, with the iPad. His answer, simply, was No.

Here’s the email that was sent, according to iEvolution:

I’ll keep it short.

I’m Jezper from Sweden, a long time Apple fan, currently about to replace the very last computer at home with a brand spanking new iMac i7. I’m also awaiting the release of the iPad. However, I have one question:

Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?

Two devices, based on the same OS, with already built-in technology to share one data plan suggests a secondary contract could possibly be redundant.

From the look of your keynote, where the iPad sits well between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I was hoping the three of them could interact as seamless as possible.

All the best,
Jezper Söderlund

…and Mr. Jobs reply:

No.

Sent from my iPhone

This makes me laugh! I still have questions, though. Does this mean I cannot connect on my iPad, from my iPhone, or the other way around? Ideally, I would like to just buy the WiFi iPad, and use the data I already pay for on my iPhone. Jailbroken iPhone owners will have no trouble with apps like MyWi, available in Cydia, which turns your iPhone into a WiFi hotspot.

Less than a month until some lucky folks get their hands on the new device. Then we’ll really see what the thing can do!

Apple’s iPad Launch Date Announced: April 3rd, in US

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I woke up this morning, and start visiting a few sites that I usually do, but when I get to Apple.com, something looks a little different. My eyes are still blurry from waking up, so I rub them and refocus. Something is different! There is a launch date for the iPad!!

Looks like Apple’s latest device will officially launch, in the US, on April 3rd, with pre-orders beginning March 12th. This is just the WiFi model. The WiFi+3G model does not have an official date yet, but will be available later in April.

No official date for Canada, yet, but Apple has given “late April”, as the expected time of release. Hopefully, Canadians will be able to pre-order, as well.

Pre-orders can be done at the online store, or you can reserve an iPad for pick up, from an Apple Retail Store.

Saurik Released Cydia Update, Making Cydia WAY Faster! [Video]

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There was an update to Cydia today, that made quite an increase in speed! Here’s a quick video, showing the difference in speed. On the left is an iPod Touch, without the update, and on the right is an iPhone 3G with the update.

Gelaskins Announces Official Marvel Comic Skins

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Gelaskins have been have been a major player in the portable device “skin” market, for a while now. Today, they are introducing official Marvel Comics licsensed skins!

They have numerous Marvel designs for a lot of the devices they cover, from Spider-Man, Iron Man, and X-men, and more. The designs are brilliant, high resolution images, some taken direct from some of the most classic and iconic issues ever released.

If you’re a comic book addict, then you have to get one of these. I’m not much into comics anymore, but I used to read all the oldies. I just ordered this skin for my MacBook:

The Marvel Gelaskins range in price from $14.95 to $29.95, depending on what device you want to cover.

ScreenRecorder for iPhone Released in Cydia [UPDATED: Video Review]

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A great new tool was released in Cydia today, that allows you to record a video capture of your iPhone screen. It is simply called “ScreenRecorder”, and comes from developer Elton Bolzanac. There are some limitations, as video recording is a pretty intense process, but this is a great first version.

Here’s the official description, from Cydia:

This application let’s you take video captures of your screen. This is extremely useful for quick tutorials or demonstrations, or when you want to show proof of a new hack you have accomplished. There are obviously many other uses for this. For example, you could use this like a “Notes” application, but with video instead of words!

Keep in mind that video recording is a very intense process, so crashing is very frequent on videos that have a capture time of more than 45 seconds.

Must be installed with ffmpeg.

Application must be quit in between two captures. (There is a quit button in-app).

New in v1.2:

-No more need for Backgrounder

-Updated to work with ffmpeg from Cydia

-Now has option to delete videos from within application.

Here’a a short video of the app in action:

I have not had a chance to try this out, but I have been waiting for something like this for a long time, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Another great reason to jailbreak your iPhone!

UPDATE: I got to use this app and thought I would share my findings with you. The quality of the video that ScreenRecorder can do, is about the same as using ScreenSplitr with Demo God. Pretty low frame rate. Here’s my video review:

New iPad Desktop Picture for Your Mac or PC

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I was playing around with the iPad Simulator and decided to take a few screenshots and make a new iPad desktop for my iMac. Then I thought, why not share it with the world?

This a widescreen image, 1920 X 1200. Just click the image below, then save the image from there.

Enjoy!

Final Fantasy I and II Released for iPhone

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Square Enix has released their iPhone ports of their classic games, Final Fantasy 1 and 2.

“Initially released in Japan in 1987, the original FINAL FANTASY amazed audiences with its rich story and stunning graphics.

Players guide the Warriors of Light as they set out on a quest to restore the crystals to their former luster. Its side view battles, choice and promotion of character classes, and sprawling world explored with fantastic vehicles quickly became standards of the series. This game set the stage for all FINAL FANTASY games to come.

This edition also contains the bonus dungeons added to later editions of the game–the Soul of Chaos and the Labyrinth of Time.”

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“The highly anticipated follow-up to the original FINAL FANTASY, released in Japan in 1988.

FINAL FANTASY II features the bitter and beautiful tale of four war-orphaned heroes who become embroiled in the conflict between the hostile Empire of Palamecia and the rebel resistance. Eschewing conventional leveling for a proficiency system that allows players to tailor their characters’ growth, and incorporating a key term memory system that makes dialogue integral to gameplay, this game sparked the spirit of innovation for which the series has become known.

This edition also contains the bonus dungeons added to later editions of the game–the Soul of Rebirth and the Arcane Labyrinth.”

I have only played a few minutes of Final Fantasy I, but I will say, this looks like a nice port of this iconic video game. I can’t wait to play it more. I made a quick video, so you can see some of the gameplay.

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