iPad 2 glitches on Verzion

iPad 2 WiFI & 3GApple admitted on Friday that some users are apparently having issues connecting their iPad 2 to Verizon’s network. “We are aware that a small number of iPad 2 customers have experienced connectivity issues with the Verizon 3G network and we are investigating it,” the company said in a statement to Mobilized.

You can read in detail about the issues being reported by users and Apple’s response on the Apple Discussions pages. Example posts include:

“When I try to connect to the cellular data it just says iPad or Searching in the top of the screen. It did work last night. If I do a hard reset I can get it to work. Switching Airplane mode on and off to reset the modem does NOT work. Anyone have any ideas?”

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“This is my first post on ANY forum, but I’ve been reading about this problem since Friday when these iPad2’s came out and I finally found the solution after 2 calls to Verizon and hours on the phone. I finally found a rep that knew what he was doing and it was fixed in a matter of minutes… here’s the deal:

Go to: SETTINGS>GENERAL>ABOUT and then touch the CARRIER line which probably says Verizon 10.0. When you touch it, it should display a PRL number, like 5XXXX. When I did this, my number was 0. That was the problem.

The Tech had me back up the iPad then go to GENERAL>RESET>ERASE ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS. It will ask you a couple times if you’re sure and just hit ERASE both times.


The iPad will then reboot itself and go back to the screen where it tells you to connect it to iTunes. Connect it, in iTunes click restore from previous backup, choose the latest one, let it restore then Sync. While it’s restoring/syncing, you will see the VERIZON pop up in the top left corner and you will be in business!

If you want to verify, go back to settings>general>about and touch the carrier to see the PRL number has changed.

Hope this helps save someone same time.”

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Seems these issues only affect the Verzion 3G versions and not the Wi-Fi only or AT&T’s ones. Let’s hope they find a fix soon.


Apple and Virgin to merge?

Sir Richard BransonSteve Jobs is famous for his ‘reality distortion field’ but it seems he is not alone in sometimes seeming as he is living in an alternative reality. Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, is reported as saying that he greatly admires Steve Jobs and “Everything he does is real class. If he wanted to rename his company Virgin Apple, we sure would be happy to merge! A great brand, a great company,”

His comments come in a short interview on the T3 website. The likelihood of this ever happening is so remote that only in an alternative universe could it be even remotely possible. Not to say that Sir Richard is totally mad, just that his company is not in the same class as Apple, both in terms of size and profitability. Apple is currently trading at over $350 a share, Virgin Media Inc. at just over $27! Apple is worth around $324.28b, Virgin Media Inc. is worth just $8.75b. The two men are worth similar amounts, with Steve Jobs worth around £3.2b and Sir Richard about £3b.

Putting on our reality distortion field hat for a moment, is there any scenario in which the two companies would indeed merge? Well,  leaving aside the fact that it would like a whale swallowing a tadpole, there is little synergy between the two companies (we are talking here of Virgin media Inc., not Virgin Atlantic Airways or any of Sir Richard’s other ventures). Unless Apple were to buy Virgin media Inc. for its cable and media business in the UK in amove to branch out into distribution of TV programmes (perhaps replacing the Virgin set-top box with the Apple TV?) I can see no reason for the two companies to come together.

So, coming back down to earth, I think we have to just see this as a case of Sir Richard just engaging in  some light-hearted banter and expressing his admiration for a fellow entrepreneur.

Scratch | Imagine, Program, Share

Scratch is a new pro gramming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

Scratch is available free of charge, and is currently available for Mac OSX and Windows.

System Requirements:

1024 x 768 or larger, thousands or millions of colors (16-bit color or greater)

Windows 98 or later
Mac OS X 10.3 or later

at least 120 megabytes of free space to install Scratch (see note below)

The CPU speed and memory requirements have soft limits. Most computers have enough memory to run Scratch. Older computers may run Scratch slowly, but it will run.

To take advantage of sound ouput and input, you need speakers (or headphones) and a microphone. Many laptops have speakers and microphones built in.

Note: Scratch comes with a large media library and a collection of Sample projects. If you have very limited disk space, you can delete the “Media” and “Projects” folders from the Scratch folder.

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Intel Foundation, and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

The Scratch project is based upon research supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 0325828. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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MSc Digital Media

Mode of study: Full time or Part time
Duration: 1 or 3 YEAR
Entry Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree in a computing or information technology subject, or an arts subject that contains a significant element of information technology-based work.

The MSc in Digital Media may be studied full time over one calendar year or part time over three years.

The course is designed for graduates who have some computing background (although not necessarily a computing degree) and who wish to extend their understanding and skills into the multimedia or entertainment industries. The programme considers theoretical, practical and technical aspects of technology in media production, incorporating:

* Computer graphics techniques and applications

* Digital audio

* Multimedia asset production

* Digital media software integration

* Web design for interactive environments

In order to prepare you for employment in a business environment and not just for a technical role, there are also core units in project management, research and communication techniques.

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