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Here's an iPad Controlled by a Magic Mouse

OK, so remind me...how is this thing not considered a netbook?

I mean, I'm half-kidding, but with keyboard and Bluetooth mouse support (granted via jailbreaking of course), the iPad in this video is basically a shinier non-portable touchscreen netbook.

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Redmond Pie provides a summary of this fairly regressive "hack":

So the other day, I gave BTstack Mouse app a go on my jailbroken iPad and was pretty impressed with the result. Not only did it worked with Apple Magic Mouse, but also with almost all the other Bluetooth enabled mice I had. For those of you who don't know, BTstack Mouse is a free utility which was first released earlier this year for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touch.

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If you click through to the source link there's a set of instructions. Naturally, if you read the site this week you know how we feel about jailbreaking iPad/iPhone devices. Here's how to do it. [Redmond Pie]

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The more I see people buying, using, and lugging around peripherals for the iPad, the less and less I am impressed.

To make matters worse, they had to hack the machine to make it do that, and the final nail in the coffin is it doesn't even meet my standards as a real Operating System.

You may as well hook up a mouse and keyboard to your smartphone, and just for shits and giggles, carry both around in your pockets.