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One more time consumers are going wild for a new gadget from Apple. The company has already sold out its inventory of iPads available for pre-ordering, and said in a statement that demand has been "off the charts." Apple's website now says that iPad orders will be shipped in 2-3 weeks.
For anyone who enjoys, or wants to experiment with Middle-Eastern cooking this is easily the best app available today. Manal AlAlem is the premier cook throughout the Arab world and is famous for producing and hosting her own TV cooking show, opening cooking centers to teach people to cook Middle-Eastern cuisine properly and writing several best selling cook books.
We have featured NextWorth in the past on our site, but it might be a good time to remind our readers getting ready to buy a new iPad that your old gear does not have to languish in the bottom of a desk drawer. You can get something back, and why not? You could use an old iPad as a paperweight, Frisbee, or jousting shoulder guard, but really, why not trade it in? You can get a quick, and easy online quote for it at NextWorth. Also while you're at it, you might look up all that other tech stuff you were going to put in a garage sale box marked "$5"
Orders have been heavy, and shipping dates for some of the new iPad models have already been pushed back to March 19 from the original March 16 date. I suppose we can expect more delays, as demand will likely be high. You can read more on Appolicious, which reports that both Apple's and AT&T websites were down briefly on Wednesday because of the huge amount of traffic. If you're planning to get a new iPad, you'd better put in your order soon.
Ten One Designs have released a magnetic stand for the iPad 2 called Magnus. This stand holds the ipad 2 in landscape position magnetically. It doesn’t require any thing hold the stand other than the magnetic strength from the stand itself.
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.
I have to admit that Siri was one of the big reasons that I was going to order the new iPad immediately. Now I'm not so sure I'll get one, given that it doesn't include Siri. Plus, it's a bit thicker and heavier. But it does have Dictation. Unlike Siri, Dictation doesn't let you operate your iPad via voice, nor does it understand natural language. It simply recognizes speech. When you say to Siri, "Do I need an umbrella today?", Siri understands that you're asking about the weather and gives you the answer. If you say the same question to Dictate, it will simply translate your sentence to text. This is called speech recognition.
Cover flow, being one of the most attractive electronic music selector schemes to come along since the diner booth jukebox, was left off of the iPad. I have tried a ton of ways to browse mobile music over the years. Cover Flow is the best, at least in terms of coolness factor and more importantly providing the illusion that I own physical recordings. Back in the day when you bought a record, you could take it to a friend's house, play it on their stereo, let them keep it for a week. You could open the jacket and read about the band, study the song lyrics, and catch a brief glimpse of that other world where all the cool people live. You had to imagine what it would be like to hang out with them though--no MTV, YouTube or reality shows. Cover flow brought back a part of the nostalgia of the experience. Album Flow brings cover flow to iPad.
The Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer is developed by KORG. It’s a pocket size synthesizer, which can be carried in a pocket for on the go music creations. The Monotron synthesizer offers professional sounds at novice levels. I have never used a synthesizer but within a few minutes I was able to connect the synthesizer to my ipad and create music tracks. It’s a great deal of fun to say the least. The Monotron can create professional sounds without a great deal of knowledge about mixing or synthesizing.
Even if you're not getting a new iPad or Apple TV, yesterday's Apple event is relevant to your iOS world, thanks to the release of iOS 5.1. It's not a major upgrade, but it does add a few useful new features. You can see an overview on CNET. One of the most requested new features is now available: the ability to delete individual photos in Photo Stream. Another important feature is the ability to take a quick photo without unlocking your device. This was first available in iOS 5, but wasn't always visible. Now it is.
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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.