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Free video tutorial teaches all aspects of iPad

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I've been using an iPad since they first came out, and I knew that there were many useful features that I'm not taking advantage of. But I'm now remedying that, thanks to a free tutorial available in the Mac App Store called SCOTutor and put out by ScreenCastsOnline. Unfortunately, it's only available for Macs. The app is a video tutorial showing all facets of the iPad. It has 24 chapters, such that you can quickly jump ahead to any chapter or subsection of a chapter. I immediately went to the chapter on using the home button and using gestures.



Keep your iPhone and iPod locked up this summer with LOKSAK

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My brother-in-law is constantly dropping his phone in lakes, ponds, pools, etc. Fortunately, he only uses cheap, easily replaceable 'feature phones' but for those of us who care about keeping our smartphones dry, there's LOKSAK.



Forget Augmented Reality, AppGear offers Amplified Reality for hands-on, hybrid gaming!

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AppGear has thrown the gaming industry a loop, by combining the increasingly popular touchscreen interface with real world, physical elements for a whole new form of hands-on gameplay. This shouldn't be a surprise, as AppGear is part of WowWee, the people who brought robotics to the toy box.



Bubble Grubble App Review

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A good majority of app downloads are in the form of mobile games. These games come in many forms, but the favorite category of games is physics based games, with puzzles to solve in free time. Bubble Grubble fits the description of a perfect game to play whenever you’re bored or when you have a little extra time on your hands. It’s one of those games that can keep you entertained for as long as you need it to, keeping your mind trying to figure out the next puzzle. Bubble Grubble is a simple looking game, but it takes thought to feed those birds.



Android watch out; Apple finally granted patent for iOS user interface

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Things are getting interesting. The smartphone world has copied Apple, and yesterday Apple was granted a patent for a mobile user interface that comprises patent applications going all the way back to 2007. At a time when smartphone makers were covering their phones with buttons and more buttons, Apple was imagining a phone without buttons and a multitouch interface and all the other features that are now so familiar. Steve Jobs hated the fact that Android had copied Apple, and earlier this year CEO Tim Cook said "From our point of view, it's important that Apple not be the developer for the world.



Nexiom PowerSlate adds a ton of battery life, for iOS devices and laptops

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There are a lot of external battery packs for the iPhone, fewer still for the power hungry iPad, and even fewer for laptops because of the non-standard plugs. So I was very excited to see the PowerSlate from Nexiom at CE Week in New York City last month.




Not only does this one device offer over 13,000mAh of power (almost ten times that of iPhone battery cases) it can provide power for an iPad, and even most laptops!



The education of the future!

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I just received an email about a couple of new products that, as an educator, got me excited - a binder insert for the iPad and an app called Quizzam. How cool will this be in the classroom!

The binder makes it easier for kids to carry devices and less easy to lose. I love that!



A musician's dream come true: Introducing the Samson Carbon 49 MIDI keyboard.

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Making music has been a part-time practice for me for decades now and I've dabbled in everything from guitar and piano to drums and didgeridoo. One thing that I've particularly enjoyed over the past several years is the way programs like Garage Band have made composing and recording great original tracks easy for everyone from amateurs like myself, to professionals like Trent Reznor, composer of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack and Nine Inch Nails frontman. And if Garage Band made things convenient before iOS, then since the arrival of Garage Band on iOS, recording whatever we are inspired to compose has truly become a graceful, portable and trouble-free affair.

 

So I was excited when I got the opportunity to try out the new Carbon 49 keyboard by Samson. The Carbon 49 is an economical and portable solution to MIDI music performance and it boasts a number of unique and valuable features to make the process of playing and capturing music an intuitive one, with high quality results. I got to spend hours jamming on this little instrument this week and here are some of my findings and feedback.

 



Speck iPad 3 Case Mini Review Series: MagFolio Luxe for iPad

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Here’s another mini review in this series of the new iPad 3 Speck Cases. The below mini review is unedited and is from an iPad 2 user. (Additional photos at end.)

“The subject of today's review is the Speck MagFolio Luxe for iPad2/ iPad (3rd generation). The folio is sleek. The cradle fits the iPad perfectly and securely.

 

Due to the nature of the fresh, new leather, the iPad could easily slide through your hands. The closure is magnetized and does not provide a secure "snap" closing of the cover.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 7-16

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 9 apps!



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.