In today's iPad Industry Roundup, we take a step back and contemplate on how Apple's new device will change the entire notion of computing as we know it. In an essay published in TechCrunch, former Apple intern and current Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff explains how the iPad and the applications that will run it is the ultimate illustration to date of the power of cloud computing.
The iPad, says Benioff, ushers in the era of Cloud 2 computing. On Cloud 2, services like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook replace Cloud 1 mainstays like Google, Amazon and eBay.
It all about the (iPad-optimized) apps.
"The key apps we use in productivity, collaboration, communication, entertainment, education, and even health, will all be rewritten to take advantage of the new capabilities," he said.
New iPhones to be carried by Verizon?
Just as the first batch of iPads are shipped, Apple's leak marketing machine is already spreading the good word about the next generation of iPhones. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon is again in play to end AT&T's exclusive relationship with the Apple on the iPhone. Additionally, says WSJ and others, a new version of the iPhone scheduled to come out this June will be thinner and include even faster processing capabilities.
Must-See TV on the iPad
While third-party application developers innovate advertising-supported ways to broadcast television on the iPad, one essential utility that lets travelers watch their favorite shows on the go has reportedly been approved for the iPad. TechDigest.tv is reporting that an HD version of SlingPlayer Mobile will be ready for the 9.7-inch screen.
In February, the SlingPlayer Mobile app was updated to allow Slingbox customers to download programs to their iPhones with only a 3G connection (the ability to download via wireless Internet has been available since May).
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