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The Newton's Back.....Well,Sort Of.

My heart went a'racing when I saw PhatWare release PhatPad ($4.99) for the iPad. The video shows how you can write on your iPad and have it recognize and transpose it into typed text.....just like my beloved Newton did.



A Traditional iPad Christmas

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It’s hard to give these two apps from XIMAD, The Twelve Days of Christmas ($1.99) and Twas The Night Before Christmas ($1.99), too much praise. 



When poodles fly

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This is a great little story for the iPad, I really appreciated the inspiration and the creativity both in the story and the illustration.  Flying Poodles, great idea!



Last Minute Christmas Gift? Check out the iMainGoX

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Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present? Then, check out the iMainGoX Portable Speaker. I can’t imagine anyone on your list who could not use this.

The iMainGoX works with iPhones, iPods, iPad, and Kindle, as well as most notebooks, portable gaming devices, and electric guitars! Most important, the sound is awesome — BIG bass and excellent amplification. Whether you listen to classical, country or the latest hits, you won’t be disappointed with the sound quality of this convenient, easy-to-carry device.



How was it for you? ...On Angry Birds Day?

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This is a rather belated post about what happened in various cities during Angry Birds Day 11thDec 2010.  And so it seems that Scandinavians, in this case, Rovio, the developers of Angry Birds who hail from Finland, are not great party organisers and therefore the world-wide turn-out was reportedly not fantastic. There were, of course, a small group of hardcore fans who did show up at gatherings in New York and Los Angeles dressed up as – what else – Angry Birds.



AZiO tries building a better bluetooth keyboard

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Going head-to-head with Apple is a dicey situation, but apparently AZiO thinks they've found a niche for their Bluetooth keyboard.  Now that you can use BT keyboards with all iOS 4.x devices, you should consider adding one.  AZiO says on their website that the virtual keyboard may be fine for travel, but when you're using your iOS device at work or home you may want a full keyboard.  However, I could really use a portable keyboard when I travel.  Perhaps it's because when I'm at home, I do most of my typing on a MacBook Pro with a full-size wired USB keyboard.  But on the road, lately with just an iPad, an external keyboard would be great for typing articles and long emails.



Review: Vario for iPad by Zerochroma

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Here is another unique case that I wanted to try out. I contacted Zerochroma and they were kind enough to send me an evaluation unit. If you are not in the market for an iPad case. You still may also find this interesting as they have the same type of case for other devices. Those include iPhone, iPod Touch and Nano, and Kindle.



Sonic Spinball released on App Store!!

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SEGA has ported some great 16-bit titles from back in the day (see my Sonic and Shining Force reviews). Now you can play Sonic Spinball on iPhone, iPad or touch--a gorge fest of pinball-oriented levels from the Sonic series. The game features 4 levels, 3 bonus stages, and a hidden bonus round. When normal pinball just won't cut it, give Sonic a ...I just can't say it...



Every Day I Am Amazed!

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i have been accused of being easily impressed when it comes to apps on my iPad. Well today Quest Visual released a translation app for the iPhone that caused my jaw to drop. It is called Word Lens and it's free with demos included.  Each language is $10, on sale for $5 until Dec. 31 by in app purchase.

If you can watch this video and not be totally and completely blown away, then I'll shut up. But don't plan on that happening.



Tune faster with PolyTune!

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If you play a gig in cold or changing weather, then you know what a pain tuning can be, especially when warming up. PolyTune saves mucho time, especially when you are in a hurry to get set up and start playing. Most chromatic tuners do a string at a time, but PolyTune uses the iPhone/iPad/iPod mic to tell it the frequency for all strings (from a single strum). It won't solve your tuning woes completely, but help you get them tweaked faster. Grab it here on the App store for 99 cents (limited time offer until midnight, Dec 19, 2010)!



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.