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Case Reviews: BudgetGadgets iPad Cases

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A company in Shenzhen, China, called BudgetGadgets contacted me with a request to try out some of their iPad cases. They specialize in gadgets, so I said sure, let’s see what they have to offer. They sent me two iPad cases to try out.

One of the cases in made of Silicone. The quality of this case is not bad. It fit wells, seems secure, and has a nice feel in the hand. The iPad slipped in smoothly.



Upgraders beware as iOS 4.0 can be pretty demanding

As a developer, I had the chance to work with iOS 4.0 for some time before the general public, so here are some thoughts:

First, just because something is newer doesn’t mean it’s better, as anyone who watches American Pickers knows.

If you have an iPhone 3G, you cannot use many of the new features in iOS 4, such as multitasking and even wallpapers.  Obviously you cannot use FaceTime and iMovie as the iPhone 3G doesn’t have a video camera or front mounted phone, so you get very few benefits by upgrading your operating system.



Ozone HD for the iPad Review

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Geardome's Ozone HD asks in its description, "Can a game be a piece of art?"  In the case of Ozone HD, the answer is yes.  While the art may be abstract and inspired from previous arcade puzzle classics such as Marble Madness, there are enough unique attributes and approaches to the play field that make Ozone HD a memorable gaming experience.



iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

 

iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

You may already have noticed that iBooks 1.1 has been released some 4-5 hours ago for iOS4-based iPhones and iPod touches (and, of course, the iPad).

 

Well, to make a long story short, I’ve expected more. FAR more. Unfortunately, the PDF support in iBooks 1.1 doesn’t really live up to my expectations – some of the third-party PDF readers (e.g., GoodReader, iAnnotator etc.) are way more powerful.

 

There are only three areas where I can only recommend iBooks 1.1:

 

  • Night-time reading: third-party apps that do support “decreasing” the backlight just make whites darker (that is, decrease the contrast of the page).


Blue Mikey Correction and recording with Yeti on an iPad!

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A bit of news for the would be iPad recording artist and an article correction/update to our recent issue. The amazing Yeti USB mic from Blue Microphones can be used with the iPad (using a connection kit). The Yeti is an excellent recording mic, but combined with the iPad and Blue FiRe app, you can have the makings of a lightweight recording rig. I also need to print a correction to my recent article on recording with Blue FiRe. I said that BF only recorded in mono, but in fact supports both mono and stereo. Read on for more press info about the Yeti + iPad hookup..

Connecting iPad and Yeti...



Tilt To Live is FREE this weekend only!!!

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OMG, this is AWESOME! Tilt To Live is FREE this weekend. You can get the details here at the game site, or head over to freeappaday.com, and be on the lookout for it to pop, because it would be a shame to miss this highly addictive and fun game (see my review here)!



123 World HD - a winning combination of education and fun!

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What I really love about the iPad is that it’s not only fun, it’s educational, too. Why not take advantage of this feature by not only entertaining your children, but educating them as well. 123 World Geography HD can help you do just that.



iPad on the Road - Part III

Right on the heels of my last European trip, the iPad accompanied me on a very different kind of journey, a five-day dive trip to the California Channel Islands. That meant eight hours on the road each way to and from Santa Barbara, and the three days on the good ship Conception, an 80-foot dive vessel.



Guessing which app to get? Stop guessing because Guess the News is Free Today

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I have written before about Finger Arts and their Hangman RSS app.  It's a great app because not only does it keep you entertained, but it's informative.  News feeds are used for the hangman words.  Well, Finger Arts had another cool app before Hangman RSS and it's called Guess the News.  And while they have a Lite version for free, the pro version is free TODAY ONLY in partnership with OpenFeint.

If you like news, wheel of fortune, hangman, crosswords, or just well polished apps, and you like FREE, you will like Guess the News!

http://itunes.apple.com/app/guess-the-news/id330688690?mt=8



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