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Griffin and Dijit turn iPad or iPhone into a universal remote!

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Covered this at CES earlier this year, and now finally the Beacon is available for purchase ($79.99). It's essentially a Bluetooth-IR hotspot for all your entertainment remote control requirements (DVD, TV, STB, etc.). You can read on for the full press release, or go to the vendor website here.



What I am playing this week - Bathtime Boogie and Companions!

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Working up reviews on these 2 apps, but wanted to get out some news since it has taken me most of the week to review Companions, and still working... The game is an engaging iPad dungeon crawler that seems to eat your time up at a horrific rate. Bathtime Boogie is a goofy kind of vertical shooter for iPhone and iPod touch that has a ton of charm (and quite kid safe). You can grab either on the App store at the links posted above...



Review: WeKreat Bento Part 2 of 3 (iPad 1)

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I’m going to get right into it. As I stated before, it is compatible with the iPad 2 and 1.

The iPad 1 can be placed in this battery pack in the glass down position. It sits in there well, just like the Zaggmate. Your iPad does need to be naked.



Photo Double Fun solves a number of camera concerns!

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There are a lot of apps that let you take a picture using the iPhone's built-in camera... but I recently discovered Photo Double Fun which lets you use BOTH the front and rear cameras, simultaneously, to take photos as well as videos!  Why is this so cool?  Suppose you want to document that you were at a specific location, seeing something in person.    The Photo Double Fun app combines the two images into one, and if you use their free version, it adds a watermark and you can only store a couple of photos at a time, without upgrading.



Otterbox Ipad2 Defenders works like it sounds - It's tough and protective!

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The Otterbox for iPad2 Defender Case works just like it sounds: It’s rugged, tough, and protects like no other case I’ve seen on the market.

The Defender Case comes with three parts: the back case; the front, snap on cover; and a screen protector.

Installation was too difficult for me. The directions are in pictures instead of text. If you’re a picture person like my son, Wil, it’s not a problem. So, I enlisted him to help me install the case and give his opinion. This review will give you both a male and female perspective of the case.



Handstand for iPad2 - DIfficult Installation but it was worth the effort

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Just like the original Handstand, Handstand for iPad2 is the best solution for one-hand operation that I have tried.

It’s tough to get on – my son, Wil, put it on for me and said his fingers literally “hurt” after he was done. It also damaged my screen protector around the on/off button, which is not good. Wil recommends that you put the bottom on first to avoid that problem. It was easier to get off than on.



Trip to Hong Kong: Survey of iPhone scene in the East

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I recently took a vacation in Hong Kong with my family and I was pretty excited to check out the iPhone scene over there. There were several Chinese-language magazines that covered only iPhone and iPad related stuff, but what caught my eye was this magazine called ‘iPhone’. I bought the magazine and snapped a photo of the cover here.

If you were wondering, like me, how the lady sitting on the sports car could be related to the iPhone scene, I can tell you: “Plenty!”.



Seidio Cases cover your investment!

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Seidio has sent some great cases recently, and wanted to post up a blurb about their products along with a mini-review. The ACTIVE case is a versatile design that not only protects your iPad on all sides, but also serves as an excellent stand.



Coding tips: creating PNG (JPG) and QuickTime files – a benchmark video generator for iOS + OS X

UPDATE (09/12/2012): I've created two truly 1080p versions of the counter video. They're HERE (non-streaming-optimized) and HERE (optimized for streaming with Subler). The former has a H.264 level of 4.2 (the latter is 4.1) and, consequently,  can't be played in their Web browser. (Neither 4.1 nor 4.2 1080p60 can be synched to iOS devices directly. Playback from third-party apps using hardware decoding works, of course.) HERE's a 4.1-level version of the same file.



Review: WeKreat Bento Part 1 of 3 (unboxing)

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The WeKreat Bento is a multifunctional accessory for the iPad 2 which is also backwards compatible with the iPad 1. This is going to be a three part review over the next couple of weeks. I have been using this for a few days now. I will post my thoughts at the end of the week.

 

 

  1. General un-boxing and product specs
  2. iPad 1 Usage
  3. iPad 2 Usage

In the package you get a lot.



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.