Saturday, January 7, 2012 1:30PM - By Chris Weiss
Most people are pretty happy just having an iPad, but if you have hoards of money to throw at needless accessories, the standard $500 ipad is just that: standard. So for those with enough money to kindle a bonfire and absolutely no taste whatsoever, companies have been pimping out America’s favorite tablet so that you can spend thousands, tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands dressing it up. Here are some accessories for the most balla of iPad owners.
Sunday, January 1, 2012 9:08AM - By Diana Cook
The recent MyType study reveals iPad owners are six times more likely to be “wealthy, well-educated, power-hungry, over-achieving, sophisticated, unkind and non-altruistic 30-50 year olds,” according to MyType’s Tim Koelkebeck [via Wired].
In another (even less scientific) study conducted here at uCrave, we discovered these same iPad owners are six times more likely to be drawn to tacky, useless iPad accessories that appeal to their over-inflated sense of self. When I showed the iCade (Think Geek’s April Fool’s Joke), to iPad owning friends – every one of them expressed interest in acquiring the iPad Arcade Cabinet. Judging from some actual iPad accessories, the fictional iCade wasn’t such a far-fetched concept.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 10:00PM - By danseitz
As you’ve no doubt heard, Steve Jobs, one of the driving forces at Apple and arguably the defining force of technology for the past decade, has died at 56. The cause of death has not been announced, but is likely due to complications from his pancreatic cancer.
We’ll leave the speculation about Apple’s future and other reporting to the other blogs on this: we simply want to take a moment to remember the man. In fact, your editor would like to put aside the magisterial voice for a moment and talk about how Steve Jobs’ vision has helped me achieve mine.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00PM - By danseitz
The Kindle Fire is a shockingly good product for a shockingly good price. For $200, you get a screen with a higher resolution than the iPad, with a dual-core processor and an Android OS. In other words, it’s a Nook, only $50 cheaper, and it will likely be a hacker’s delight. But for all the buzz, it’s not going to be able to tackle the iPad in any meaningful way. Here’s two reasons why.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:24AM - By danseitz
We all know that the next version of the iPhone is coming, and that it’ll probably be coming to Sprint. In fact, we’ve got quite a lot of evidence of both: Sprint equipment being installed near Apple stores, Sprint shushing its employees about the possibility of some sweet iPhone action, Apple order CDMA parts.
But, even if it isn’t true, the iPhone is definitely due for a refresher, and that appears to be coming fast and furious. But what will this golden ticket, er, master contain for features?
Friday, August 26, 2011 12:48PM - By danseitz
As you’ve probably heard, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple, although he’ll still be working for the company. Unlike most people, we’re not mourning because this has been the de facto state of affairs for some time, although there is one thing we’ll miss: Steve Jobs making a product presentation exciting.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:50PM - By danseitz
Yes, the stock market is currently tanking thanks to political problems; yes, people are worried about a double-dip recession; yes, rioting in London is making people think the end times are upon us. But Apple is still the most valuable company in the world.
Not that it was unaffected: its stock price was dinged 1.46% amid the trading chaos. But everybody else, in every sector, got dinged worse, sometimes much worse.
This is pretty much contrary to what everyone insisted would happen. Apple was a luxury supplier. Apple didn’t provide necessities. Apple was going to fall and fall hard if the economy ever took a turn for the worse, and all the Chicken Littles (and PC fans) would be justified in insisting it was overvalued. Instead it’s stayed fairly consistent while everything else burns.
Consider what this means. Apple is bigger than food suppliers, bigger than oil suppliers, bigger than companies that turn out guns by the bushel. And they got that way not by selling what people need, but selling people what they want.
There isn’t a better, if perhaps a little disturbing, argument for Apple being the most important company of our time. Because, let’s face it, if this won’t ding their stock seriously, nothing will.
Monday, April 18, 2011 12:00PM - By danseitz
Being a gadget nerd, I own a lot of computers, and, owning a lot of computers, I experience something breaking on them on a fairly regular basis. Even so, every time something does break, it’s a frustrating reminder of just what a rip-off the brick-and-mortar stores that want us to buy gadgets from them actually are.
In this case, the obscene prices they’re demanding for a power source.
Friday, April 15, 2011 12:00PM - By danseitz
A lot of companies have put out tablets, and the critical response has been, almost universally, blah at best, unless you’re the Dell Inspiron Duo, which was driven off of most gadget sits with torches and pitchforks.
Research In Motion recently put the Blackberry PlayBook up for review, and, well, the response was not what we call “enthusiastic”. Or even “friendly.”
According to the CEO of RIM, though, that’s because critics don’t understand the desire of Blackberry users for a crippled product.