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British artist David Hockney saw the potential of the iPhone two years ago and set immediately drawing. He’s become fond of brushing his thumb against the screen to draw flowers, which he often sends to friends for a morning surprise. “And my flowers last!” he’s notorious for saying in interviews. Last year Hockney created 300 paintings on his iPhone, even putting some of his pieces on exhibit, but now that he’s familiarized himself with the…

While it may not quite be the holy savior of Old Media as some would suggest, the iPad still holds a lot of promise for traditional publishers looking to profit from the switch to digital. The iPad provides publishers with a way to directly monetize their content, while also providing consumers with rich and easily accessible versions of their favorite magazines and newspapers. Only a handful of big-name brands have so far made the move…

Starting June 7th AT&T has decided to stop offering unlimited data plans so that they can, according to them: “make it more affordable for more people to enjoy the benefits of the mobile Internet.” The new plans consist of a $15 DataPlus plans offering 200MB of data per month, and a $25 DataPro plan offering 2GB of data per month. Customers will also have free access to AT&Ts more than 20,000 Wi-Fi Hot Spots throughout…

An open source project called Smokescreen may be the answer to running Flash on devices by Apple. Simon Willison explains how it works. “[Smokescreen] runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG.” In other words, Smokescreen works because it translates Flash into Javascript and then converts…

Apple is selling iPads at a rate of a million a month. This morning the company announced it has sold over two million iPads in the past 60 days. A staggering sales number for any device in such a short period of time. The iPad became available overseas this past weekend in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK with seven more coutries expected to be added by the end of…

TBS and NBC have officially joined Time Warner and Universal in the backlash against Apple’s no Flash policy. The New York Post reported on the media conglomerates today, saying, “Several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal, told Apple they won’t retool their extensive video libraries to accommodate the iPad, arguing that such a reformatting would be expensive and not worth it because Flash dominates the Web.” These powerful media companies are apparently…

In just one week Apple’s What is iPad commercial jumped to the number four spot on Ad Age’s Viral Video Chart. With 929,681 counted views in the past week, it edged ahead of the seemingly ubiquitous Old Spice videos that may have inundated your inbox for the past few weeks. Where, though, is Google? Two weeks ago the Google Chrome Speed Tests video debuted at the top of the charts but disappeared from the list…

Twitter is lighting up with comments from around the world as the app store appears a week ahead of schedule in countries like Canada, the UK, France, Australia, and New Zealand. PC World says that this international roll out could mean that that International users who have already bought iPad apps from the already available US app store may have to repurchase their apps through their country’s store but we’ll see how it shakes out…

Time Magazine may be preparing to send content to the iPad, but not without investing more time in research. On May 26th and 27th the magazine is conducting focus groups aimed at iPad owning subscribers of the magazine. They are lagging behind Interview, Vanity Fair, and others, but this study may be an indication of progress for an iconic magazine, as well as a trend toward making magazine content for the iPad more mainstream in…