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Review: ZAGGsparq 2.0

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The Zaggsparq 2.0 is the latest external battery pack I was testing out with the iPad. This is also the first battery from Zagg that I have tried.



Leafsnap -- free app lets you identify trees by taking a photo

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In my ongoing series on novel uses of the iPhone and iPad camera, here's yet another: an app that lets you take a picture of a leaf and then gives you information about what type of tree it as. Leafsnap (free) returns the likely species name, as well high-resolution photographs of and information about the tree's leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and bark. The app was funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and was developed by the Smithsonian Institution, University of Maryland, and Columbia University.



What I played this week - and mophie workbook review

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Under embargo not to reveal too much information on a new game from Infinite Dreams called Jelly Defence, which been playing this week quite a bit--am allowed to post  up a short video teaser which can give you an idea after the break. TD isn't my fav way to waste time, but must say this game is looking good in it's beta form. I think it has the potential to be a hot App store commodity, but will have to see what the final version is like. I also got to check out a great iPad executive-style case called the workbook from mophie.



Gearing up for WWDC, thanks to Scosche

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Scosche is one of those rare accessory companies that thinks up new items you didn't know you needed.  They also tend to build a better mousetrap such that you don't want to go back to the old one.  As I pack and prepare for the cross-country trip to Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, I'm trying to pack light.  No MacBook, just my iPad 2.  I'll bring my Apple wireless keyboard, for lengthy typing sessions, but that's about it.  The iPad's ten hours should suffice, pending nightly recharges, but to be safe I'm bringing the following Scosche gadgets:



Griffin & Crayola team up on a stylus and app for kids

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Crayola and Griffin have teamed up on a novel gadget and I was excited to see the final product, ever since I saw an early version at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.  Together, they offer a free iPad app entitled Crayola ColorStudio HD and a $30 stylus (sold at BestBuy currently, with more outlets on the way).  The app can work in finger mode, but it's designed to work with their oversized battery-powered stylus.



Free iPad 2 Buyers' Guide released today

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iLounge, which is one of the best sites for learning about accessories, has today released their free iPad 2 Buyers' Guide, a 146-page downloadable book in pdf format. It includes articles about the various iPad models and such things as how to download and use iBooks, using the cameras and camera apps, and iTunes media syncing. The heart of the book is the Accessories Buyers' Guide, a massive look at iPad 2 add-ons.



SoundPrism Review - Easy music composition for iPad, iPod touch or iPhone!

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You want to play an instrument, or compose music for your new app or a YouTube trailer, or maybe just because--but, problem is you know little or nothing about music in general, the keyboard, synth or piano especially. SoundPrism can help! Seriously, this app makes it difficult to not make decent sounds come out of your device!!



Review: Sena Folio Case for iPad 1

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If you recall, I reviewed the Sena Folio with keyboard case for the original iPad back in January. Recently, I have been using the regular Sena Folio case. If you are using an iPad 2, this review should still interest you as Sena has a version of the Folio for that device as well (Although the iPad 2 version seems to have some really nice enhancements made to the stands and where they are placed).

The leather case comes in a cardboard box.



What I am playing this week!

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Have to post up on 3 apps I am enjoying on the iPad (and iPod touch) this week. I admit I have finally succumbed, and am now drinking the iPad Kool-Aid. The iPod touch screen was too small for eBook reads. Anyway, wanted to showcase 2 games and an excellent sound composition app am checking out this week. Flap Flap, forwards the weirdly addictive bird saga of other games like Tiny Wings--with a decidedly more platform feel...



Want Some iPad (1 ) cases for $5.00

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In my search for a particular case for one of my devices, I came upon several iPad cases that are being sold, apparently at a clearance rate, by AT&T, online only.  Scroll down the link I provided.



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.