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Get Back in Shape in 2011

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Well, I am one of those that is taking on their exercise and diet regimen in the new year. It's almost a cliche, I know. Probably the most popular of New Year's resolutions. That said, I am still taking it on. Knowing I need help, I have enlisted friends to hold me accountable, gone public with a blog and I bought Fitness HD for my iPad ($3.99).



Fashionable Backpacks from iSkin at #CES

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iSkin was getting their fashion on at CES this year. The buzz wasn't about any of their cases or skins, but their stylish new bags and backpacks. Definitely some new design ideas were on display, and whether you like or hate the new Q.West collection, you have to admit it's different.

I took some product shots of the iPhone/iPod cases while in the booth, but must admit most of our time was eaten up getting the skinny on the new Q.West collection surrounding the booth.



IDAPT and Scosche at #CES

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Many of our top picks for 2010 Buyer's guide were on display this year. We reviewed the IDAPT i4, Scosche flipSYNC and the sneakPEEK II here on our blogs, and were big hits at  the show. The i4 was one of my top picks in our Buyer's Guide for 2010, and the flipSYNC garnered an honorable mention. IDAPT unveiled their latest and greatest charging wonder at CES: The i1Eco. A universal charging solution that will let you recharge multiple gadgets (much like the i4), but will work in both car and home.



Dreaming of unlimited power, thanks to dreamGEAR at #CES

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A consistent theme at CES has been battery life, or the lack thereof.  iPhone Life has covered a number of gadgets and cases that can double or even triple the battery life of an iOS device thanks to a 2,000mAh battery.  So imagine the technolust when we saw a device with eight times that capacity!  They promise 480 hours for five devices!



Your iPad might not survive being driven over, but the 3feet stand will #CES

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iPhone Life does NOT recommend driving a car over your iPad or iPhone or over anything other than paved roads for that matter, but if you should drive over the "3feet stand" it should survive.  The 3feet is rugged, flexible, and compact.  You can use it with an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Nook or similar device.



LensPen offers the perfect sidekick for touchscreen devices at #CES

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We love our touchscreen devices but they can get dirty in an instant.  Parkside Optical, the folks behind the LensPen, a patented carbon cleaning based device originally created for cameras, have put their technology to work for touchscreen devices.  Unlike a simply chamois cloth, their SideKick Screen Cleaner uses chemistry to remove smudges and fingerprints.  But unlike liquid cleaners, the SideKick is a solid substance so there's no mess and you can throw it in your gadget bag without worrying about airport security.



Life imitates Apps at #CES

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Pocket God, I am T-Pain and Angry Birds have taken the app world by storm, and I guess it was only inevitable that the real world would want their own versions. Pocket God now has models of their characters available for purchase. You can act out your own scenes of destruction (or benevolence) as you see fit, or just display them in a glass case, the way your grandmother displayed Hummel figurines!





Unleash your inner artist with ArtRage at #CES

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I've written about Drawing Pad for the iPad before and it's great for kids, but for the serious artist, check out ArtRage. ArtRage is almost like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator in the sophistication, yet they are able to accomplish this with an elegant iPad interface.



CES innovations and trends: Airplay

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It only took 5 minutes of exploring CES to realize that the iOS market is OVERSATURATED. For those of you who slept through economics 101 what I'm trying to say is, everyone and their mom is selling an iPhone/iPad  app or accessory. Finding the truly innovative products is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, I have tirelessly searched the endless sea of products to find the innovations and trends that are going to change your life in 2011 and beyond. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

Todays subject: Airplay

Airplay gives you the ability to share content between devices over wifi.



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.