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What I played this week - Bonjiovi DPS!

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iLounge recently reviewed the Bonjiovi DPS app, and gave it a positive review (B-), so figured I would check it out (esp. being free). I agree that the app improves iOS sound quality, at least coming out of my iPad (due to Digital Power Station's real-time audio re-mastering), but maybe not enough really to make me give up the built-in player apps. In other "what I played" news, Paper Racer and Jet Car Stunts are still my picks for casual game time. Read on for my review of the free DPS app.



This is how you will want to watch Flash(-only) videos and use dynamic Flash content

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Flash support has always (according to some people, painfully) been missing from the iOS platform. In the article below, I explain how you can watch any kind of Flash videos (via SkyFire) and how you can use full(!) Flash (and even Silverlight!) applications on your iPad (via AlwaysOnPC). All this without having to jailbreak!

Pure Flash videos



Two Reviews: Cocoon GRID-IT Wrap and Skooba Design Cable Stable Mini

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Not too long ago I used and reviewed the Waterfield Keyboard Travel Express. Today I wanted to talk about two more organizational products I have been using. These are designed to help organize and transport your electronics and accessories. I will show you Cocoon’s product called the Grid-It Wrap and Skooba Designs Cable Stable Mini. While they have some different purposes, they both share a common goal or task of helping to keep your stuff organized.

The Grid-It Wrap I have been using is for the iPad.



OttoSkins Review for iPad 2

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OttoSkins Review



Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and App

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I bought the Withings scale about a month ago and love it. Between it and the WiScale app my iPad and iPhone, I keep tabs on my weight loss progress. It's easy and convenient. Today, I received the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor for review. Here's what I like about the unit:



Great Maine Food - a tourist's delight

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Today I'd like to bring your attention to an iPad app called (quite appropriately) 'Great Maine Food.' As the name suggests, the app is a very powerful tool for finding a varitable smorgasbord of delectable delights when in Maine. However, the app doesn't stop at just listing good places to eat; instead, there is a wealth of useful information. Just check out some of the excellent features of the app (taken from the app's description):



Onavo -- free award-winning app compresses data usage, saves you money

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I just received a press release saying that Onavo (free for a limited time) has just won another award. This app helps you  get the most out of your data plan. It works in the background to compress your data usage so that you are effectively doubling or even tripling the amount of data usage available to you. The app is optimized for travelers, when data usage can be most expensive. Note, though, that although they're intending to add this capability, the app doesn't currently compress streaming video or VoIP usage such as Skype.



Another quick tip: using non-AirPlay-compatible printers

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Today, I've played a bit with printing right from iOS devices (iDevices for short).

As you may know, Apple's own solution, AirPrint, is compatible with only few printers, all from HP. (Fortunately, no longer only the [in my humble opinion] lowly and unreliable inkjets are supported, but also LaserJets, but still: there's still no support for other manufacturers' gear and not even HP's own, older models.)

Needless to say, the two printers I tried to print to, a Samsung MI-2525w and an HP LaserJet 1320, aren't supported either.



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.