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Cut The Rope: The Game App that will dominate 2010

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I was pretty shocked that no one has yet blogged here about the latest game app that has taken hold of my kids for the past few days and reportedly ‘sold 1 million apps in 10 days’.



Selecting the best iPad data plan -- Verizon, AT&T, Virgin, or Clearwire Rover?

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Macworld has posted a helpful overview of some of the choices for iPad users who want a data plan. As you likely know, a data plan lets you access the cell phone network to get access to the Internet without having the be in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Your options include buying the iPad 3G, with a cellular transceiver built in, and getting a data plan through AT&T, or using a small, shirt-pocket size device to receive a data signal from a cellular network and then broadcast it to your iPad. The device is itself a highly portable wireless router.



Review: Fabrix Cases Booklet Case for iPad

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Fabrix Cases just recently released their version of a book style iPad case called the "Booklet Case for iPad." This is a book style case that is hand sewn and seems to be very well constructed.  You will receive the case in a plastic box. Just remove it and you're ready to go. As soon as I slid the case out of the packaging, I knew I was going to enjoy this. The case has texture to it, and I have been trying to think of a way to describe it. But for the life of me, I just can't find the appropriate words.



Podcast Heaven, the place you go when you just have to know more.

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I am a podcast addict. I admit it. There is no 12 step program for me so I indulge and I am better because of it. I listen to podcasts, watch video podcasts, watch instructional videos....I can't get enough.



Weather HD for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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Weather HD is one of those applications that you want on your iPhone, iPad or touch purely for the high-def eye candy, and it's too bad you can't use this app in place of your lock or home screen. The forecasts come from weatherunderground.com, and the app dooesn't do much more than tell you current and forecast weather--no fancy maps, satellite or radar views--but the sky condition animations that accompany the reports are downright cool.



Verizon to begin offering iPad Oct 28

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Wow, what a surprise. According to the Verizon website, they'll begin selling the iPad on October 28 bundled with the MiFi Mobile Hotspot. They say this will give you WiFi just about anywhere. Prices start at $20/month for 1GB of data, compared to Apple's $15 for 200MB and $25 for 2GB. Like Apple's plans, these will be month to month with no obligation. This sounds like an excellent option, especially if you're in an area with weak or no AT&T coverage. You can see a press release on Apple's site.



WalMart to start selling iPad on Friday

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The iPad continues to sell at a rate of 1 million per month — and is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device of all time, except for cell phones. And now even more iPads will be sold, thanks to their presence in hundreds of WalMart stores nationwide starting on Friday. Read more on MacWorld. The iPad is already on sale at Target stores.



Several ways (actually, 2) to go online with my Wifi-only Ipad

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Owning a wifi-only Ipad means that it's a constant adventure for me to explore new ways of going online when I'm not at home. One method that I've been successful with is to install and use this nifty free beta software from Connectify (www.connectify.me) .

Basically, what it does is to convert your wi-fi capable desktop/laptop into a wireless access point. So if you happen to be on a business trip in a hotel that only has an ethernet access point in your room, you can tap that internet connection for your Ipad (or even your Iphone in order to save on expensive 3G data roaming charges).



Yet Another Browser

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It seems that browsers are getting alot of attention recently. That may be in part because they have finally come into their own.



Arkon Product Accessory Reviews (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and More)

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Below are three Arkon products that they kindly sent me for a test drive.  Whether you are interested in the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, there is something for everyone below. Arkon has been around since 1988 and provides various mounting solutions for a wide range of products and devices. Three such products are below.

 

 

Portable Fold-Up Stand for Apple iPad



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.