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It’s early days for iPad apps, as developers are still learning how to make best use of the larger screen and greater processing power provided by the iPhone’s new big brother. The early emphasis is very much on practical tasks such as file transfer and viewing, as well as the inevitable tweeting and social networking apps. …

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The F...

"The mobile version of the BBC iPlayer doesn’t work with the iPad as yet"

Um. Wrong.

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Well, I can't get it to work. BBC iPlayer, whether in the old or the new, beta version, accessed through Safari on the iPad informs you you need Flash.

Switching to the mobile site tells you your phone does not support BBC iPlayer.

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Knives

Kitchen knives as demonstrated on Jonathan Ross a couple of weeks ago....

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/

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No need for an iPlayer app

The iPlayer BigScreen works fine in Safari.

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Ain't that typical....

Typical - we've been monitoring the iPlayer situation for weeks and then this happens.

You see, when the iPad was first launched in the US the iPlayer did work - it simply treated the iPad as an iPhone. However, about three weeks ago the BBC disabled support for the iPad - which is why we suggested using Sphere as a workaround.

We knew that the BBC was working on the iPlayer Big Screen site but what we'd heard from the BBC led us to believe that it wouldn't be ready for the iPad's UK launch......

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Apparently from another planet

I believe this clearly shows that iPad users are from another planet. I mean who uses suites like "iWork" or "Open/Microsoft Office"? They do nothing more than a typewriter.

Who wants to trust a service like "Dropbox" when you can do the same with any other computer using rsync?

I believe this is the fundamental "flaw" of the iPad/iPhone. It's aimed at people who do not need a computer. The big problem is, that many people believe this demographic is worth chasing. That's why you have products like Android which happily copy most of the iPhone's flaws.

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http://www.xmarks.com/

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Xmarks

Xmarks allows Firefox users to sync their bookmarks for Safari or Firefox.

Therefore I can have my Firefox favs on the iPad.

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http://entertainment.yahoo.com/ipad

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Yahoo Entertainment App

Gorgeous original visuals & animation, couch-style news and entertainment app from cuddly Yahoo! ( and no, I refuse to exclamation point every word in my sentence ;) )

See some vids on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob_7N2EMLV4 (for those still waiting for your ipad pre-order to arrive)

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Cushions

Although the lead doesn't mention this, the link from the Reg main page goes "An iPad user explains what it is for".

The article doesn't do that, of course.

Allow me to give one possible use for it: If you press it firmly against your bottom, it might stop you writing.

Where do I have one shipped, again?

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@Christian Berger

Yeah, I mean, why use a car when a horse and cart does the same thing, or why even use the wheel when for most people their legs can get them from 'A' to 'B'?

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http://www.moonboom.com

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WhoNews

Great app for keeping up to date with all things Doctor Who related and finding the cheapest prices on Doctor Who DVD's

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

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BBC iPlayer Beta

I can confirm the beta iplayer works fine on my ipad using safari. I still see the address bar at the top though so the sphere way is slightly more tidy. Haven't tried the big screen URL yet.

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@Robert McArthur

If you "Add to Home Screen" then you loose the address bar.

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Completely OT but,

since there's not an actual comment thread for the article... can anyone besides (sadly) me name the ST:TOS episode that picture on the Reg home page leading to this article is from?

And, for the record, I am NOT nearly so nerdy as the above question makes me seem. Living, breathing, human wife and everything!

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Filterstorm now £1.19

Look what you did reg!

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http://www.ukesnc.com

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Competition for Apps Using Sat Nav

Any app that uses sat nav could be up for a £10,000 prize and support to make a business out of it. Which means that if you think there is a space for a new app, you could suggest it and get paid!

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