iPhone Life magazine


Check out macally for the "naked" look



For those of you who like the “naked” iPad look, macally makes a number of snap-on shells that provide back and corner protection, while maintaining the iPad’s original appearance. All the connections and controls remain open for easy access. Made from rubber for secure grip or hardshell plastic. Colors range from crystal clear to silver or black. See the macally website for styles and colors. 

Elgato Releases New HD Video Encoding Software


 Back in May, I reviewed the Elgato Video Capture device (read it here), which is a very easy way to encode and record old VCR tape video on your Mac for iPhone playback.

iPad Case: Defender Series by OtterBox



As you may (or may not) know, OtterBox recently released two new cases for the iPad. These cases are called the Defender and Commuter series. I was excited when I saw the original product announcement and requested to try out the Defender series case. I own the smaller version for my Touch, so it only made sense for me to check this guy out. I was very lucky to get my hands on a review unit. I want to say Thank You very much to OtterBox for giving me this opportunity. I am in the process of using and testing this case out. I will report back with a full review in a week or two with my impressions.

Book Lover - a fun app for readers of all ages



Are you part of a book club or simply like to share what you are reading with others? If so, you’ll want to try the Book Lover app.

A square deal on warranty coverage because 'Stuff Breaks.'


Stuff Breaks.  So says SquareTrade, the folks who offer an extended warranty for your iPhone and iPad, among other devices.  It's true, and perhaps even more so with the abundance of glass on the iPhone 4.  I have always kept my iPhone in a case, because, frankly, I'm clumsy and prone to dropping it.  However, the new iPhone 4 is so slim and elegant that you might want to keep it unveiled. Case or no case, you should check out the SquareTrade offer.  For $99 you get two years of coverage (or you can be billed $5.99/month).  That represents a 20% limited time offer.  You can transfer or cancel at any time and get a prorated rebate.

OtterBox Defender case protects your iPad in style... Batman style!


I have been a fan of OtterBox cases for a long time.   When I travel or plan to be near water, I always keep my iPhone in an OtterBox case.  They used to make a waterproof case for my original iPhone, and it offered serious protection.  More recently, OtterBox has offered ruggedized cases that are not entirely waterproof.  Still, the cases typically have rubber seals for most of the openings, which is enough to protect your phone's moisture sensor from registering in a bit of rain, or by the pool, and other areas you might not want a naked iPhone.

WaterField - Stylish and Customizable - for the iPad



Here’s a carryall bag that’s not only stylish, but customizable, too. The Exo SleeveCase by WaterField is a perfect fit for your iPad. By adding the optional Piggyback pouch, there’s also room for a stylus, pen, small notebook, and other accessories. Choose between a vertical or horizontal orientation and one of two, attractive leather trims. How about a simple strap, just for carrying? Or would you prefer a suspension strap for comfort? It’s your choice.

The Exo SleeveCase is TSA Checkpoint friendly, too, making it a 5-Star bag for travelers! Prices range from $49-$99.

This iPad case has it all!



I finally found just the right iPad case just for me – the Piel Frama. It’s protective, functional AND pretty! Handmade in Spain, the portfolio-style case is offered in three leathers: cowskin, cowskin-ostrich or cowskin-crocodile and several colors: black, brown, red, green, blue, pink and orange.

Inside, it has a soft, leather lining and an inside pocket, which is just right for holding a cleaning cloth and my Pogo Sketch. The case also functions as an easel for typing. What more could I ask for?


Students Develop Apps for the iPhone and iPad

Real-world experience in collaborative efforts

ACU students develop student newspaper app

Settle down, students! Your assignment this semester is to develop an app for the Apple iPad!

That was the task that faced students at Abilene Christian University in Texas earlier this year—before the iPad had even been released! They had the software development kit from Apple and a rough model of the iPad made of wood, approximating the size of the new platform. Their challenge was to build, test, and submit the app so that it would be available in the App Store when the iPad when on sale—ready, set, code!


The iPad's Potential in Medical Research Administration and College Education

After three weeks of hands-on experience with an iPad, I see its potential in healthcare and as an aid for the business student. This article will touch on how the iPad helps me at work and in school. I'll also discuss some of my favorite (and not so favorite) apps and look at the limitations of the device.

Medical research administration

I'm a medical research administrator for two clinical research programs at a large medical center, and I supervise program and administrative teams. Logistics associated with research at large facilities favors mobility, and I've depended on a variety of mobile devices to keep me connected and productive since 1993. 


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