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Review: Innopocket Transformer Case for iPad

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This is an interesting case by Innopocket which fits the original iPad. It’s called The Transformer. This case is a full front, side and back protector which is made of clear polycarbonate. I like it because it allows you to show off and see the iPad design in full, and still keep it protected.

When you receive the case, it is protected with a plastic sheet on it. Just peel it off, slip the iPad in, and you are ready to go.

This case is also designed for both right and handed people.



Cooking with the FridgePad - love it!

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One of my favorite apps is Paprika Recipe Manager. I use it in the kitchen almost everyday, but I worry about getting food or liquid on my iPad. But now, with the FridgePad, I can hang my iPad on the refrigerator out of the way of food and liquid spills. Perfect!

You can use the FridgePad to read recipes; check your email, the news, travel info, and weather; listen to music or watch videos. 



Download free ebooks to your iPad

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I now pretty much stick to buying ebooks and reading them on my iPad. Mostly it's a better reading experience, with the exception that I can't quickly backscan or forward scan. The biggest impetus, though, is that my house is already overloaded with books. I love being able to buy books but not having to warehouse them. Macworld has a great tip on how you can download free ebooks to your iPad from Project Gutenberg, which has 33,000 titles.



Star Walk for iPad -- augmented reality star gazing app temporarily $0.99

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The Star Walk app has long been a favorite of iPhone users. You can point your phone at the sky, see a live image, and have information about what you're seeing superimposed on the live image. And now Star Walk for iPad is available until April 12 for $0.99 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first man in space. (The regular price for the iPad is $4.99.) 



Free iPad 2 Starter Guide

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If you have a new iPad 2, you'll definitely want to download the free iPad 2 Starter Guide, published by Macworld. To get the ebook, simply go to the iBooks app, access the iBooks Store, and search for the title. The book begins with the basics, and helps you become familiar with all the hardware features. It walks you through such things as setting up a data plan.



An iPad for everyone in kindergarten

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Auburn Maine has evidently become the latest hotspot for adoption of the iPad into education, when it was announced after Wednesday April 6ths school committee meeting that the committee had debated and voted unamously to purchase an iPad 2 for next Falls kindergarten class.  That's right every child in kindergarten in Auburn will have the use of an iPad.  There has also been discussion within City Hall of the possibility of adopting the iPad for City Counselors to carry out their duties and allow the City Manager to more efficiently carry out the work of the city.



Review: Mission Workshop Rambler Backpack

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Mission Workshop is a company in San Francisco that designs and makes messenger bags and backpacks (and apparel too). All of their products are proudly made in America. They sent me over a Rambler backpack to try out and this thing is a beast (a good beast). I have a Swiss gear backpack that I have used for years.



Kindergarten: 21 in 1 Pack is well worth the money

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Kindergarten: 21 in 1 Pack is well worth the money. Although it was developed for Kindergarten age, it is useful for other ages as well. It's an app that will be useful for a number of years as a learning tool, enrichment or review. The app includes seven different features:



Hitpad -- awesome free iPad app is great source of news for trending topics

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I enjoy using my iPad to read the latest news, and I'm excited about the free app Hitpad, which I just learned about. It has a gorgeous interface and, as the press release says, It distills the news about the most important topics of the day. Very similar to Google News, it presents trending topics and aggregates a wide assortment of content related to them: news, videos, tweets, web, and photos. It has trending topics in these categories: Top Stories, Entertainment, Business, Sports, Technology, and U.S. New.



Review: URBANEARS Plattan Headphones

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I just finished trying out another set of headphones. The Plattan is a medium sized headphone from URBANEARS. This stylish headset comes packaged in a cardboard box which is accompanied by two cable extensions. These extensions allow compatibility with many devices.

There are a lot of features designed into this unit.

The set folds down for portability.



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.