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Review: Treasure Seekers 4 The Time Has Come by G5 Games

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Tom and Nelly are back for the fourth installment of the treasure hunting, bad guy thwarting hidden object series Treasure Seekers.  Check out the links after this review for my thoughts on parts 2 and 3 of the series.  Fans of the series will feel right at home with this iteration of the franchise, and newcomers should be able to jump in fairly easily as well, though references to older adventures might not make much sense to them.  Overall it still provides a decent balance of game play mechanics but there isn’t really a lot of what I’d consider mini-games this time around.  It’s not my favorite of the bunch, but I don’t regret hanging out with the treasure seeking duo again.



Is AppleCare+ Worth it?

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When you walk into the Apple store on March 16th to purchase your new iPad, are you going to get AppleCare+?  

Before deciding, you should consider what you get with the purchase.  

Apple offers: 90 days of complimentary phone support for your device. This means that all of the little problems that may arise, when first using your device, can be solved from the comfort of your own home.  Not all problems that arise with your new iPad will require a visit to the Apple Store or a third-party reseller.



Apple to continue selling iPad 2 starting at $399

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While the big news today was the new iPad, also announced was the fact that the iPad 2 will continue to be sold — at a price that's $100 less than before. The base model with WiFi and 16 GB will go for $399, while the 3G model will go for $529. Apple said that this lower-priced model will make it easier for students and schools to buy this popular item. It will still be known as the iPad 2. I still don't get the name of the new iPad. Is that really its name — "the new iPad"? 



The new iPad: What's Your Take?

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Well, the big day has come. The rumors can finally be put to rest. No Siri (though there’s sort of a “Siri Lite” voice-recognition feature), no missing home button, no textured touch screen, and no… name?

The new iPad is being called just that—“the new iPad.” Strange? Or just a way to get back to the simpler method of referring to any future iteration of the iPad as just its original title? That’s not a bad idea. It’ll certainly save us the hassle of having to call it “the iPad 9” several years down the road. It’s just a bit underwhelming, is all. But let’s get to the good stuff!



Let there be LTE... your mileage may vary

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The new iPad offers 4G LTE, which offers great promise.  But before you spend the extra $130 (plus monthly fees) for the LTE model, take a long look at the Verizon and AT&T coverage maps.  When I did, it was clear to me that Verizon was the way to go, even though I have my family's cellphones on AT&T.  AT&T simply doesn't have the 4G LTE coverage I need in my home and surrounding area.  The benefit to having both providers is I should always be able to get online, either with my iPhone or new iPad!

Here are the links to AT&T and Verizon.  Make sure you are looking at 4G LTE.



Thoughts on which version of the new iPad to get

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I wrote earlier that high speed 4G LTE capability is finally a compelling reason, for me at least, to look past the WiFi-only model.  In addition, the enhancements to the camera (5 megapixel iSight), iPhoto app, 1080p resolution for videos, Retina Display apps (which will consume more storage) it is becoming clear that the 16GB version may also be inadequate.



New iPad: retina display, new camera, quad-core graphics, 4G LTE -- available March 16

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No surprises today, and most of the rumors proved true. The new iPad has a 2048 x 1536 display, a souped-up quad-core graphics processor, a 5 megapixel camera with features similar to that in the iPhone 4S, and high-speed 4G LTE data capability. No Siri, but the device does come with a new dictaction feature. Also announced were new versions of iMovie and Garage Band. Plus, an iPhoto app was introduced that looks very powerful with a ton of features for editing, sharing, etc. It's available now in the App Store for $4.99.



4G LTE support for new iPad for blazing fast speed, where available

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Now there is a compelling reason to step up from a WiFi-only iPad.  With 4G LTE, your transfer speeds can reach as high as 73Mbps, far better than 3G.  3G will still work, even around the world.

Finally your iPad can outpace your iPhone.  This makes it more practical to get a 4G iPad than tether to a slower iPhone, and share that data plan.  In fact, your iPad can now be a personal hotspot, to share its 4G LTE goodness with other devices, if your carrier supports that.

Make sure your carrier has decent 4G LTE coverage in your area.  I might use Verizon for my new iPad while I still use AT&T for my iPhone 4, to give me the broadest coverage.

 



Retina Display comes to the new iPad!

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"The new iPad"

With those words, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Phil Schiller, VP, introduced the Retina Display version of our favorite tablet.  Never has so much emphasis been placed on dots-per-inch, but it's worth it.

With the new 2048x1536 display, you have 3.1 million pixels, at 264dpi, which is slightly less resolution than the iPhone 4 but close to print quality (typically 300dpi) and pixels disappear, text is printed quality, photos are beautiful and your desktop monitor is now obsolete, not to mention the older iPads.  (Check out my article regarding SellYourMac.com to unload it!)



Apple News: By the numbers

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A few numbers of note from today's Apple event:

585,000 apps, 25 billion downloaded (as noted a few days ago.)  200,000 specifically formatted for iPad!

315 million iOS devices through 2011

62 million iOS devices in Q4 2011

15.4 million iPads in Q4 2011 (they claim HP sold 15.1 million PCs in that quarter!)

362 retail stores, 110 million visitors in Q4 2011 including the bustling Grand Central store (I was there, the day a petition was submitted to improve working conditions at Foxconn.)

100 million iCloud users - Once your data is in the iCloud, it's unlikely you'll want to leave the Apple ecosystem and have to deal with transferring your iLife!  And that my friends, is why it's free!



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.