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Star Trek Fiction Comes Into Reality

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Summer is here, products from January’s CES 2012 are slowly hitting the market and the Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner.  Technology is changing faster and faster with each passing day.  Some of the creative technological wonders that were once a dream, are now becomeing a reality.

Case in point: over 20 years ago the popular TV Show Star Trek: the Next Generation introduced a wonderful, new technology to both the crew of the USS Enterprise and millions of viewers.  It was a hand-held electronic device that responded to users via touchscreen.  Called a “Personal Access Display Device” or, “PADD” for short (see where I’m going with this?) crew members can check status reports, take notes and even give themselves reminders.

PADD in Star Trek: The Next Generation/Deep Space 9

Since the release of Apple’s iPad (no relation to PADD) Star Trek fans have been giddy with the similarities, many hoping space exploration is just around the corner.  In recognition of the similarities the iPad and Star Trek’s PADD have, the Apple store now has a Star Trek: PADD application turning your iPad into what the PADD looked like on Star Trek.  Unfortunately, no warp speed yet.

Who would have thought 20 years ago that a fictional, super advanced technology in the world of sci-fi would become an everyday item for consumers today?  What items in the history of sci-fi would you like to see a reality?

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Take DirecTV Anywhere With the DirecTV iPad App

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

DirecTV introduced its new iPad App version 1.5.0 that will enable users to stream on-demand programming outside the home.  However, streaming content outside the home through the app is limited to on-demand content from partners HBO, Starz, Encore, Cinemax, and it will not include live channels.

To use the new outside-your-house application, users can go to the “Watch on iPad” tab located at the bottom right of the iPad app and select Movies, TV Shows or Networks to start watching their favorite programming.  To watch live programming (inside the home only) users click on the Live TV tab.  Users can also view programs they bean watching on the iPad and resume viewing where they left off.  DirecTV said the feature will let subscribers turn their iPads into a portable TV to watch favorite channels in any room of the house.

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Apple Projects 1 Million New iPads Sold On 1st Day

Monday, March 12th, 2012

There is already a waiting period for the upcoming New iPad.  Apple unveiled the new iPad last week, which features a higher resolution display, a slightly tweaked processor, a 4G LTE connection, and a better camera. While not a massive upgrade to the device, it has still consumers excited to own the newest member of the Apple tablet family.

While consumers could order the various version of the iPad and get it shipped to them by Friday, delays started to pop up within a few days. By last Friday Apple was seeing delays ranging between three days and three weeks, depending on the country.  Check with Abt Electronics to see if you can order your New iPad through us online or over the phone on the iPad’s release date!

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