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iPad on the Road -- Part V

 

Another road trip for the iPad. Carol and I flew to Tennessee for an extended Thanksgiving weekend, which meant I had to take along my electronic gear. We both packed our iPads, cameras, iPhones, and I also took along my big MacBook Pro. 

 



Magic Window - Living Pictures Review

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Time is a very popular category for many iOS applications. Most of these types of apps focus on scheduling time, though a growing number have been designed to view time in an attractive and novel way. One such application adopting this approach is Magic Window - Living Pictures.



Drawn: The Painted Tower HD Review

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In the short time since its release, the iPad has quickly become the ideal portable gaming device. One of the easily discernible traits is the iPad's graphic abilities, providing rich, high resolution imagery. Combine this with a compelling puzzle adventure and the outcome is a game like Drawn: The Painted Tower HD.



SpeechMaker -- your personal teleprompter and speechwriting assistant

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A friend of mine has developed an app that I hope I never have to use: SpeechMaker. Seriously, I used to sort of enjoy giving public talks, especially in the early days of the Internet, when I was an evangelist for this new medium. Had I an occasion to give a talk today, I'd consider using SpeechMaker ($11.99). It sounds like an ideal tool. It gives you what you need to create, practice, hear, and give speeches. It comes with some famous speeches built in, including some with audio. The app lets you record and archive your speeches.



TASCAM Releases iPad Portastudio Recording App!

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What cracks me up about this is that I have a real one of these old TASCAM 4-track recorders, and it still works great. I don't use it much since I got the BB-1000CD (portable recording straight to SD card and also burns CDs). You can grab the new TASCAM app in the app store here ($9.99). Check out my home recording article here (from our summer issue) for more home recording tips and tricks.



iPad refurbs available -- as much as $100 cheaper

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Apple now has a selection of refurbished iPads available, with the low-end model selling for $429, and the 64GB iPad WiFi going for $599 — which is $100 off the regular price. You can read more on Yahoo News. Act fast, as some of these are marked as being available for a limited time. 



Books-A-Million adds new ebook reader App!

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I love BAM bookstores, mainly because of the excellent discount racks where I often find great books for as low as a dollar. They also offer some really good in-store discounts. BAM has a large on-line ebook collection of course, but up until recently, you needed a Nook device to download books. Now they have a free iPhone reader that will let you read ePub books, PDF docs, and works with Adobe DRM content!



The Daily Show App Has Arrived!

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TV news has changed quite a bit in the last number of years. When a comedian takes over Walter Cronkite's "Most Trusted Name In News" title, I can only shake my head and wonder. That being said, I love the Daily Show. So much so, I download it from iTunes to watch it on my iPad, since I don't have cable. I think it is a bargain at $10 for 16 episodes.



Infinity Blade on its way to #1

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If you have tried the beautiful free (and somewhat promotional) app Epic Citadel, you have been waiting for this day.  Infinity Blade ($5.99 Universal) is out and I'm downloading all 300+MB of it now.  I'll post a full review soon, but you will want to check out the game that may prove to Nintendo, Sony, and others that the iOS platform is a gaming system to be reckoned with.



Review: HandStands iPad Case with Keyboard

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HandStands sent me over their iPad Case with Keyboard for review. In the package you get the brown case, instruction sheet and the mini USB cable for charging. The product looked pretty decent as I removed it from the package and opened it up. I noted the nice looking stitching around the edges.  As I examined the case/keyboard, I then realized it was almost an exact copy of the Kensington Folio case.



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.