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The iPad: Good enough to displace assorted single-purpose gadgets

I never liked being called "Jack of all trades" because the assumption that follows is "Master of none."  In reality, I consider myself to be a Renaissance man, capable of performing well in multiple fields, such as programming, marketing, design, teaching, and writing.  This has served me well as an entrepreneur.  The iPad is in a similar position.  The iPad may not be the best eBook reader because it doesn't use e-Ink which aids screen legibility and battery life, but it's pretty darn good.  The iPad may not accept DVDs or SD cards, which my current portable video player does, but it's pretty darn good.  The iPad might not be the best video game platform because it lacks physical buttons, but it's pretty darn good.



iVideochat: The missing link for the iPad & iPhone

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While I will definitely be buying an iPad on Day 1, I am on record as being disappointed there is no built-in camera, let alone two.  Cameras are included in just about every cellphone and even the lowly iPod nano and Nintendo DSi.  Imagine the gaming, Augmented Reality, and videoconferencing capabilities this feature would have enabled.  Instead of the mixed reaction the iPad has garnered, the appeal of the iPad would have been a no-brainer, just by including a camera.  I have to believe a future iPad will have at least one camera.  But for now, I Photoshopped the following creation in the hopes it might inspire a vendor to create such a hardware and software combination.



CES: Not all gadgets use batteries

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Some of the most interesting items at CES don't use electricity.  We found several accessories that enhance the electronic lifestyle, while made entirely out of non-technical materials.



CES: Vusix Video Eyewear

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I have always wanted a pair of these Vusix Vid-ware thingamabobs, and then I always talk myself out of splurging on what I consider a frivolous item. Then I tried some similar models before X-Mas at Brookstone and wasn't all that impressed, but today I might finally be convinced to get me some. I was able to try out their latest models (Wrap 920), with a 67" (at 10 feet), clear display...even in 3-D! It was really pretty amazing, and darnnit, I now again have the Vusix bug. Of course they work with my iPod touch (or an iPhone), so now what excuse am I going to use not to get some, huh?



Photo and Video Tips

How to e-mail full resolution photos and copy videos quickly from your iPhone 3GS to your Mac or PC

Photos appPhotos appWith the launch of the iPhone 3GS earlier this year, we now have a much improved and very capable iPhone camera. It even lets us shoot video with the very same camera application we’ve always used!


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G Design releases iPhone Tripod Attachment

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With the holiday season upon us, you better be prepared to bust out that iPhone for the spur of the moment family photo and/or video. And here is a ingenius new product to help you take that perfect photo or video. The U+3G iPhone Holder from G Design LLC is the perfect accessory to help attach your iPhone to a tripod. Not one of those small mini tripods mind you, but the larger sizes for camcorders and high end cameras. The holder accommodates all versions of the iPhone (original, 3G, 3GS).



Apple to compete with Hulu, Zillion, TVu?

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The web is a buzz with information that Apple may further develop iTunes into a monthly $30 subscription service for TV and movies as reported in Forbes today.  Peter Kafka of All Things Digital indicates multiple sources indicate that Apple may be ready to take on the likes of Hulu and Zillion and tap into the growing trend of people's viewing habits shifting from traditional TV or cable and towards the internet. 



Connecting iPhone/iPod to a TV

A great question came in the other day on how to connect an iPhone to a TV, even though the reader had followed the Tips & Tricks on page 72 of the Fall issue, he still wasn't quite certain of the settings on the iPhone & iPod I know the feeling, we've all been there before, so I put together a quick video on the process for any other readers who might be wondering how to do thi



iPhone Video....Tools and Techniques

Recording and trimming videos; apps that make sharing videos easier

FocalBoxWhile the iPhone 3GS has a number of improvements, the game-changer is video capture and distribution. While other handsets have some video capability, the iPhone version is already becoming the de facto standard for mobile video capture—and with good reason.

Camera displays the outline of a box to tell you where the camera is focused. Touch the screen to change focus.


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