Video: The New iPad on Today’s THV

Above, my live hit this morning on “Today’s THV This Morning” ahead of today’s third-generation iPad launch. Drinking game: Every time someone says “device,” take a shot! And that white earbud in my ear? That was my audio link to the studio today, connected to an iPhone in my back pocket.

Today was obviously my first look at the new iPad, and the display really is all it’s cracked up to be: super high-res, vibrant colors, near-imperceptible pixels. It’s also seems every bit as speedy as you’ve heard, and definitely leaps and bounds over my first-generation iPad. And in terms of network speed, Verizon’s 4G LTE connection should really shine on the iPad. Web pages rendered quickly, and video loaded almost instantly. Oh, and video and picture quality? Off the charts, owing, again, to that gorgeous display.

There were no lines at the Midtown Little Rock Verizon store we were at, at least when I was there from roughly 6-7 this morning. But it looks as if demand will be strong (pre-orders from Apple are already sold-out).

Will I upgrade? It depends. On paper, I probably should. I use my first-generation device heavily every day. But I’m also still really happy with it and its performance (while it had gotten a bit crashy lately, stability seems to have improved after the OS 5.1 refresh), and it’s hard for me to give up on something before it’s outlived its usefulness.

But if you’re a first-time buyer, or if you’re a heavy ebook reader who wants improved resolution, it’s a no-brainer. This “device” will serve you well., on iPad, on iPad

Meanwhile, looking at on the new iPad, I get what folks like Josh Topolsky are saying about how unforgiving the display can be to websites that aren’t optimized for such a high resolution.

The headers for our main menu, in fact, seem blurry, and look even worse if you zoom in, something we’ll definitely keep in mind as we redesign our site this year.

I think we’ll see a lot of web designers — and obviously app designers — rethinking their designs in light of a such a high-res display.

Stephen Hackett, who writes 512 Pixels up the road in Memphis, viewed the new iPad at a new Verizon store. You can get his thoughts on Verizon 4G LTE, the iPad’s hotspot capability on Verizon and competing Android devices right here.

The Arkansas State Fair Began Today

Today's THV at the Arkansas State Fair
Today’s THV at the Arkansas State Fair. Monkeys, too.

The scene on “Today’s THV This Morning,” ahead of the opening today of the Arkansas State Fair. The crew wasted little time getting down to the usual monkey business. You can see the full photo set on Facebook here. Video, too.

The Democrat-Gazette Enters the Twittersphere

Conan Gallaty, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s online director, told us this day was coming. And now, the state’s largest newspaper is among the tweeters in the Arkansas Twittersphere.

And since our last check, others are tipping a toe in, testing the waters. Some haven’t even begun Twittering! But that’s okay. We’re here to give you a helpful nudge out of the nest.

Herewith, a belated update to our Arkansas Twitter Guide:

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – A regular stream of news headlines, many of which you’ll still have to be a paying subscriber to access. No free lunch, not even on Twitter!

Jennifer Christman – Fun times from the Democrat-Gazette’s culture columnist and “American Idol” authority.

Crystal Thurman – Promotions director for the DG, but also oversees Sync and Arkansas Life.

Worth Sparkman – Editor of Arkansas Business’ sister business publication, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. C’mon Worth, bring the Tweets!

Arvest Bank – The official tweeter for the bank.

French Hill – CEO and Chairman of the Board of Delta Trust & Bank. – News for state government.

Monika Rued – One of Today’s THV’s online gurus. Also the hidden hand behind @todaysthv.

Ashley Blackstone – Reporter for Today’s THV. Catch up her (if you can!) running hither and yon, covering this and that.

Kelly MacNeil – Reporter for KUAR, Little Rock public radio.

Shannon E. Butler – Executive Director of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock.

Natasha Naragon – Spokeswoman for Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels.

Mike OrtegaFLEX360 Web designer, graphic artist.

Little Rock Film Festival – Get the popcorn ready.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Announcements and links to podcasts. Music to our ears.

Scott Munsell – KATV’s eye in the sky.

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