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Long lines for iPad 2, sales could hit 600,000 the first weekend

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The lines for yesterday's initial sales of the iPad 2 were widely predicted to be shorter than at launch last April. In fact, they were longer. Over 1,110 people were lined up at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, compared to 730 at launch. It's now expected that Apple could sell as many as 500,000 iPad 2s the first day, compared to 300,000 the first day last April.



5 Stars for Portability - Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard

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What I like:

It folds in half and stores in a nifty case, which makes it very convenient for me to carry it in my purse. I’m not sure that would be a benefit for men unless they carry their iPad in a large case, backpack or a “man” bag. But for me, it’s great. The Apple keyboard took up more room in my purse.

It uses 2 AAA batteries. I’d rather carry two extra batteries in my purse than a charger. Again, it’s the bulk issue.



Dawn of Play Monkey Labour Relaunch - Get it Free!

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I'm retro, so I like retro stuff...like Monkey Labour which is pretty retro. Dawn of Play is running a promotion runup to the relaunch party on Mar, 15 2011 (when you can get it free...now $1.99). You can learn more on the website here about the party, which will feature live streams, leaderboard contests, battles against the devs and more (great video here).



App Review - LookTel Money Reader

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What denomination of bills do I have in my hand? If you have eyesight, it's easy to tell however, if you're blind then you are taught to fold you bills a certain way for each of the denominations that are available for the $1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 dollar bills and then you have to remember the folds when you go to spend them. Also, how do you know if the bill given back to you as change for your purchase is the accurate?



ZAGGmate for iPad 2 is availbale for Pre-Order

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Pre-orders are being taken for the ZAGGmate for iPad 2. Head over to Zagg.com to do that.

You can also check out the review I did on the Zaggmate for iPad 1 in the below link

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-part-2-zagg%E2%80%99s-zaggmate-case-keyboard 

 

 

 

 

 

 



A white iPhone 4 to go with your white iPad 2!

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The white iPhone 4 has been as elusive as that famous white whale, but there are rumors that it may be available soon.  But if you can't wait, or more likely, you've already given up on the white one and bought a black iPhone 4, you have some options.

I just got back from a cruise and I used a $25 Trident Cyclops case to protect my iPhone from sand and water.  While Trident doesn't claim that the case is waterproof, it's dust (and probably splash) resistant.  Indeed my phone survived a week in Mexico at exotic locations like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and the kids pool on the Disney Wonder!



I reward my kids with iRewardChart

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It's a tale of two children.  One is a rule follower and the other a rule breaker.  I love them dearly, but it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page.  Thankfully, iRewardChart is a well made app that enables me to track their chores but more importantly, it encourages them to participate.  Not only can they see their progress, as they perform daily household activities, but I've begun to let them checkoff their tasks as they complete them.  The rule breaker actually likes this as she can get a visual and audible recognition and she has some control... that's her big thing.  The rule follower likes it because it's structured, reliable, and most importantly, high-tech.



Pocket Manager App is Free....for now

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I have written about apps by this developer before. Intersog writes interactive educational apps for the business community. They are very extensive and well worth the $20 normal price. There are a couple of their apps available for free. I am not sure for how long they will remain free so hurry.



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.