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I wanna hold your pad #MacWorld2011

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When people ask me what to get the person who has everything, I always reply "something to keep it in!"  So if you or someone you know is fortunate enough to have an iPad, you're probably looking for a case and/or stand to keep it in.  Vendors at MacWorld were happy to oblige.  In fact, there were several products that overlapped each other in functionality that I repeatedly experienced déjà vu!  Here are four such products designed to let you hold your iPad in one hand and/or display it on a stand.  I have included a handy (pun intended) chart that shows the similarities and differences.



News Corp. breaks new ground today with launch of iPad news app "The Daily"

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The whole publishing industry is watching today as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. launches their news app for the iPad called The Daily. It's an iPad-only newspaper that will be available via subscription. The press event is going on as I write this at the Guggenheim Museum, with Murdoch and Apple's vice president of Internet services sharing the stage. This has attracted attention because it's a concerted effort to translate the newspaper format to the iPad — and because in an Internet world where much content is free, this one will cost money.



Help Kioky Achieve it's Fundraising Goal at KickStarter.com and Score yourself.

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If you have not heard of Kioky before, they are a new screen protector company that has created a revolutionary way to install screenguards. Their product not only includes the screenshield itself, but also their own applicator, which promises to make installation misalignment and stress free. You can check out their site at www.kioky.com

 

Kioky does need your help though.



Do You Recycle?

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I believe in recycling and I try to recycle and/or reuse wherever and whenever possible. It's an action and responsibility to help the planet that I have control over, and to be honest, it's not all that difficult to do. Sometimes there are items that I know need to be recycled but I have no idea where to bring them to. I found a Free app that I am trying out that helps. It's called My Recycle List. It's designed for the smaller screen but I am using it on my iPad.

 

Basically, you choose your item that you want to recycle and it will tell you where you can bring it that is near you.



Burning Bubbles Lab - A Unique Puzzle Experience

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The App Store is just about ready to (metaphorically) burst under the weight of all the nearly identical puzzle games it's been constantly barraged with. As a result, it's always refreshing to see a game that offers something new and interesting to restore our faith in the genre; Burning Bubbles Lab is one such game. 



Review: iChair iPad Case & Stand

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Just last month, a company called iChair launched a case series they call the iChair. The iChair is a multipurpose slider case which also has some extras. They created one for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The folks at iChair sent me the iPad case to evaluate. The first thing that came to my mind when I opened the package was an Incase Slider hooked up with a silicone case. But it’s actually much more than that which I will present below.

I found a video they created in their media kit of an unboxing.



Pocket Informant on Sale!

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Pocket Informant has been written about a number of times here and is probably my most used app. It's normally $14.99 for the iPad version and is now on sale during Macworld Expo for $6.99. It is also available at a discounted price of $4.99 for iPhone and iPod Touch too.



News Tidbits Again...

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Been finishing up a review of the HTC HD7 over at our other blog and recovering from CES, so have been neglecting some of my usual news updates this week (er, and last), so here is a shotgun update. In summary, Trident released a new iPod case (the Aegis) for 4G.



Powis iCase: New Leather edition

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Back at the end of November, I reviewed the Powis iCase. You can find that review at the link below. Recently, they launched a new leather design. I am not going to re-review the case, as the design and functionality itself did not change. But I did want to mention two things about it.

The leather design comes in two grades. Powis offers a Premium Leather version for $79.99 and a Lightly Textured one for $59.99. The one in my pictures is Tan Pebble. The leather is tight to the cover and looks nice.



Review: Speck PixelSkin iPad Case

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This is my first Speck iPad case review. I’m very excited as I will also have a few others in the upcoming weeks to share with you also. The PixelSkin was named based on its design of it’s 5DPI pixel likeness. It’s a silicone case that is pretty thick. I have used silicone cases on my devices in the past and some were made very thin and felt like they could rip if you handled it wrong. Not the case here.



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.