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Catch your tablet by the tail with Octa #CES #MacWorld

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Wen you first see their product, you will think they made a typo with their company name and instead of Octa, they should be called Orca. But it's no mistake.  Octa's TabletTail is a vacuum-based suction mount that sticks to your flat backed tablet, ideally an iPad 2, and can give it a tail. The tail makes it easy to both grip the tablet and can be used as a stand to prop the device up.



Angry Boo App Review

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The angry boo app is a game where you have to shoot a ghost to different platforms using a slingshot like launcher.  This is similar to Angry Birds, but without the end goal of having to knock down anything or kill any enemies.  Moving from platform to platform without falling to the ground is the main aspect of the game.  Each platform is a spider web, which you then pull down to ‘shoot’ the ghost on to the next web.  Collecting gold coins while navigating through each level is another important part of the game, earning more points for each gold coin collected.



Get a grip on your iPad with Wrapsol's non-slip grip pad and it's made in the USA #CES

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Not everyone wants to keep their iPad or similar tablet in a case. The iPad 2 is wonderfully thin and to put it in a case is almost sacrilegious. Apple's Smart Cover is a nice enhancement but it doesn't always help you keep a good grip on the iPad. In fact, some users have found out the hard way that the iPad 2 can fall to the ground if you grab it by the Smart Cover!



VISBYH is a stylus for a fashionista #MacWorld

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The VISBYH LHOPE stylus is a comfortable and cute stylus that can be color coordinated to match your attire, as long as you're wearing bright colors!


In fact, the stylus and packaging remind me of a makeup kit. It even comes with two caps, of different colors, and if you were to purchase multiple styluses (stylii?) you could have a bunch of color combinations.


Review: Terra Noctis by BulkyPix

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I have nothing against progress, and in fact I’m thrilled whenever someone interjects a cool new mechanic into the genres I love.  The truth is, however, that truly original ideas are almost nonexistent these days.  So if I can’t have something new and dazzling I’m perfectly content with a solid game that takes old school concepts and implements them well, and that’s exactly what Terra Noctis from Bulkypix does.  The story is silly and mostly superfluous, the levels are familiar yet well designed, and money has morphed from coins to fairies, but in the end the most important thing is that it’s simply a whole lot of fun.



Want to sell your Mac, or iPhone? Start with SellYourMac.com #MacWorld

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I was at my local Apple Users Group and a member came up to me to rave about the great deal he got when he sold his various Mac computers and a display. I shouldn't have been surprised when he said it was SellYourMac.com, the popular used Mac (and iPhone) buyer and reseller.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 1/31

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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 19 apps!



Take charge of multiple iPads in your enterprise #MacWorld

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It seems like everybody has an iPad these days, and they are making inroads in schools and businesses. This means more administrators need to keep track of, sync, and charge multiple iPads everyday. Two vendors have stepped up to the plate to make life easier for such administrators.


Kanex offers the Sydnee, an integrated desktop station that docks up to four iPads with the cables neatly concealed. You could then plug the Sydnee into your computer's USB port to sync and charge.


A stylus you'll want to get your hands on, from Studio Neat and it's Made in the USA #MacWorld

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I'm becoming a fan of Kickstarter, because it's democratizing manufacturing and enabling individuals with an idea to bring it to market faster. In a way, it is the hardware equivalent of the App Store. As consumers, we benefit form a wider variety of gadgets that otherwise might never see the light of day. The downside is, as a Kickstarter funder, you have to make a leap of faith and preorder an item without the benefit of even seeing a prototype of the product in person. The team at Studio Neat has created and launched a few products on Kickstarter, such as a tripod mount for the iPhone, but the one I really liked, and bought at MacWorld, is their Cosmonaut stylus.


M-Edge delivers for kids, but that doesn't mean we adults can't have some of the fun! #CES

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I like M-Edge cases, and have written about their personalized Design-Your-Own cases in the past. I had one made up with a cover replicating an issue of iPhone Life Magazine!


Such custom logo'ed cases make great business gifts. But some of us iPad owners also have kids and need a more rugged, childproof case. So I was excited to see their latest offering, the SuperShell.


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.