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Consumer Reports rates new iPad as top tablet

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Consumer Reports, the Bible of quality, has given the new iPad a thumbs up. In its latest tablet ratings, released today, the new iPad comes out on top. According to their report on the ratings, "The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we've ever seen on a tablet display." They also found that the new iPad was superb in almost every other way, including the camera, speed of the 4G data, and battery life.



Retina graphics aplenty - Can Knockdown 2 gets update!

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You may have noticed in your App Store Update bin, mucho apps getting the retina graphics treatment. If you are running any of the latest top of the line games, I imagine you'll be updating them soon as game designers rush to match up their app capability with the newest iPad display. Can Knockdown 2 is a recent addition to that category. I am somewhat surprised to note however that the bundled size of the app is only 1MB larger than the previous version? You can see the obvious difference in the imagery above (older version on top). Read on for the full PR on CK2 (see our original review here)...



Review: Klasden Neumann Shoulder Bag

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Last Month I used and reviewed the SGP Klasden Levanaus Backpack. The link is below. These last few weeks, I have been using the shoulder bag, which is part of the Klasden Neumann series. I was very impressed with the quality and functionality of the backpack, that I requested a test drive of this messenger style bag. The bag looks a little bigger in person than I thought it be based on the pictures on-line, but it’s been working out rather nicely for me.

For my fulltime job, I work from home so I don’t use a briefcase or bag obviously. But I work a second part time job outside of the home where this bag has been put to the grind.



MAD magazine coming to iPad on April 1

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Promising it's no joke, MAD Magazine announced today that their popular and wacky satire will be coming to the App Store on Sunday. The app will be free, and new digital issues of MAD Magazine for can be purchased within the app for $4.99, or back issues for $1.99. Digital readers can also choose a per-issue digital subscription for $1.99 per issue, or pay an upfront annual fee of $9.99. Print subscribers will receive a free digital subscription. “We’re delighted to bring MAD to the iPad,” said MAD Editor John Ficarra.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3/30

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Review: Reiner Knizia's City Of Secrets Skyline HD

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One of the things I like about a Reiner Knizia game is that you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always in a good way.  Sure several of the games might feel like board games (especially since the source of many of them are), but the actual contents of each game is unique and often thought provoking.  City Of Secrets Skyline HD is no exception to the rule.  I will admit that one of my motivations for wanting to try the game was its tie-in to the upcoming City Of Secrets 2, but by itself the game is a simple yet challenging strategy game that certainly doesn’t feel like any other Reiner Knizia game I’ve played on my iOS devices.



Middle School Confidential graphic novel apps offer novel ways to enhance confidence

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I've written before about this company's (Electric Eggplant) first app, but the latest one, Real Friends and the other kind, builds on the past one and focuses on friendships. It's hard for middle school kids to make friends and deal with the cattiness and prejudices that seem to crop up as kids enter a new school.


Graphic illustration of the striking difference of the new iPad retina display

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If you want to get a good idea of how much clearer photos are on a retina display, check out this post on Art Authority. They have some effective side-by-side shots showing the dramatic difference.



VIP Orbit: Groups, circles and orbits, oh my!

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I wrote about VIP Orbit a while ago, but they've made some enhancements that leverage the real estate of the iPad, and address some of the cosmetic concerns I raised in my initial review. As Hannibal used to say on the A Team, I love it when a plan comes together. Well, Mike Muhney, the creator of both VIP Orbit and of the highly popular ACT database program must love how the world has migrated to both circles in the case of Google and the cloud in the case of Apple and others.



iKlip Studio Review

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The dedicated iOS application and accessory designers at IK Multimedia have been hard at work amassing quite a catalog of products optimized for the musician. A recent addition to this line-up is an iPad stand that meets the stringent requirements of durability and stability that have been shown in the rest of their iKlip line. Does the iKlip Studio match these high expectations? Read on to find out.



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.