A look back at the iPad naysayers

A look back at the iPad naysayers

The original iPad went on sale three years ago today, and like many new Apple products, many industry analysts and tech pundits were quick to prematurely call it a flop and a disappointment.

While some folks like Erica Sadun were astute enough to appreciate the game-changing nature of the iPad, many others were underwhelmed by Apple’s foray into the tablet arket.

TUAW TV Live: We’ve got your apps right here…

Welcome back for another hour of TUAW TV Live! Today’s show includes a few app demos, a look at several new products that have arrived at the TUAW Labs, discussion of the latest rumors making the rounds this week, and a chat about some possible changes to that Sunday night stalwart, the Talkcast.

Below, you’ll find a Ustream livestream viewer and a chat tool. The chat tool allows you to participate by asking questions or making comments. You’ll be watching the show in glorious HD!

Audiobooks are not backed up by iCloud, can only be downloaded once

Audiobooks, unlike your other iTunes purchases, cannot be re-downloaded from the store. On a Mac, you can dig into your iTunes folder and move the DRM-protected files to another authorized machine. iOS devices, however, lack a file system that the user can access, so if you never sync with a Mac, you could run into an issue like I did when I had to swap out my iPhone 5.

A couple of weeks ago my iPhone 5′s power button started acting strange. It appeared to be a mechanical issue, so I went to the Genius Bar at my local store and was told they’ve seen this happen before (it was likely shearing stress from removing a protective case).

Daily Update for April 3, 2013

It’s the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You’ll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what’s happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today’s Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here.

Microsoft SkyDrive 3.0 update finally makes it into the App Store

In December of 2012, we reported on how Apple was delaying updates to Microsoft’s SkyDrive iOS app over a dispute on whether or not Apple should receive its customary 30 percent cut on storage plans purchased through the app. Well, apparently the bickering couple has kissed and made up, as the SkyDrive 3.0 update is now available in the App Store.

So what’s in the long-awaited update? A lot. Microsoft updated the app to support the iPad mini and the iPhone 5. It’s now possible to download full resolution photos to your iOS device. And the Redmond kids have improved support for opening SkyDrive files in other iOS apps as well as for uploading files to SkyDrive from those other apps.

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