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James Bond 007 iPad decal

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Here’s a fun iPad decal to spice up your new iPad. The James Bond 007 iPad decal. Not that Bond would actually use an iPad for anything stealthy, it’s just too big. But if you are a Bond fan, it’s the perfect way to decorate your device.

This one was made as a special order by Etsy seller Decalville for one of his customers. If you ask nicely maybe he’ll make one for you too for $7.00 each. Apparently Pierce Brosnan is the only Bond you can get.

iTunes virus targets iPad owners

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

The iPad has gone viral. Literally. PC-using iPad owners have been targeted with a new virus. This one is disguised as an iTunes update that offers better “performance, newer features and security”, but the download is actually malware designed to collect all of your sensitive personal information.

Identified by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, the piece of malicious code inadvertently downloaded injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor that allows unauthorised access to and control over the affected system.

Use your iPad in landscape orientation with the keyboard dock

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

The iPad keyboard dock is nice, but one of the downsides is that you have to use the device in portrait mode, which might not be your favorite position, especially since everyone is used to their widescreen notebook.

Well, now you can use it in landscape mode by adding a dock extender cable, allowing you to attach the keyboard and still maintain the landscape orientation that you like. What do you think? Do you want to do this with your iPad?

GroovyStand puts your iPad comfortably in your lap

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Another day, another accessory for the iPad. The latest is the GroovyStand Writer. This stand lets you place your iPad on your lap and even gives you two options for viewing.

There are 45 and 18 degree grooves that hold your iPad in either landscape or portrait mode. When not in use on your lap, you can just leave it around your home, keeping your iPad at the ready. The Writer comes in brown, natural, and black stained hardwood for just $14.95.

Make an iPad stand out of its own packing material

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

I am sure that there are many people who bought iPad that soon realized they needed a stand to comfortably watch video on the screen. If you are wanting an iPad stand, but don’t want to spend any money, Make has your simple DIY solution.

The free stand is made from the packing materials inside the iPad box. You take one of the end pieces, but it in half, and then cut a slit in the box across the short side at an angle.

Thieves steal iPad, and finger from buyer

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

If you are the queasy type, you best move on some of our other news. For those with stronger stomachs, the story goes like this: A very nice Denver-area man headed to a local Apple store to pick up an iPad for a colleague. It was a nice thing to do. He was being a good friend.

He doesn’t even get what all the fuss is about with the device. He was just doing a good deed. So he buys the iPad and curls the strings of the Apple bag around his hand as he heads for the exit. This is where the story turns sad. It was then that a pair of thieves yanked the bag, stealing the iPad and all of the flesh around his pinky finger as they ran away.

Screen shortage to blame for iPad delay?

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

Apple announced recently that the iPad wouldn’t be shipping in Europe for about a month after it was expected. At the time, Apple gave no reason for the delay other than to say demand in the US was more than expected.

Bloomberg is now reporting that the reason for the delay may be a screen shortage. Apple gets iPad screens from LG Display Co, Samsung, and Seiko Epson. Reports claim that all three vendors are having production issues with the screens.

iPad 2 already in development, with OLED screen?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Looks like Apple may have version 2.0 of the iPad in the works already, with sources claiming that development has already begun. And if you believe the rumors, the screen is about to get an OLED makeover.

OLED displays are more vibrant than the LCD panels currently in the iPad, but so far are too expensive to use cost-effectively in anything larger than a mobile phone. However, analysts are predicting that OLED prices will drop eventually, but not until at least 2011. If the iPad 2.0 was to have an OLED screen and be released with Apple’s traditional update schedule, it’s unlikely the prices would drop in time.

10-year-old makes his own iPad stand

Posted in DIY,iPad accessories by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2010

It’s nice to see geeky parents starting their little geeklings off early on tech. My kids really like my iPad but agree it’s a pain to look down at the screen. One 10-year-old boy from Jersey decided to make his own iPad stand.

The stand is made from a couple chunks of wood, a hinge, and a couple drawer knobs. All of the materials are said to cost about $13.

iPad Camera Connection Kit to offer USB Audio Output?

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2010

Right now this is still a rumor, so take it with the usual grain of salt. There is speculation that the iPad Camera Connection Kit might allow USB audio output, since it’s offering you a USB port. If true, it’s an interesting development.

It might even allow you to connect some useful devices to the iPad. It also might allow you to charge your USB devices from it, like your Mifi. Then again, we are just dreaming right now. We’ll see what happens.

Moonse iPad knockoff is smaller, runs Android

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2010

We’ve seen plenty of iPad clones, but Moonse’s new E-7001 tablet will sell for as little as 900 Chinese yuan (or about $130) if it is ever available. For that price you get a 7-inch touchscreen, a 600MHz Rockchip RK2808 processor (which might be upgraded to a Cortex-A8 before launch), Android 1.5, an SD card slot, built-in WiFi, and five hours of battery life.

It’s a bit thicker than an iPad, and supposedly weighs just 0.7 pounds, which is about half the iPad’s weight. There’s also a front-facing camera and a USB port.

MarWare Photoshell Case turns your iPad into a Digital Picture Frame

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2010

Sure, the iPad is great as a portable media entertainment system, but it also makes a great digital picture frame. So why not dress it up accordingly and have the most expensive Digital Photo Frame there is. Marware has several cases called Photoshells.

The Photoshell is a case made to look like a picture frame that accommodates 5 x 7 inch photos. The case is made from a smooth rubberized plastic. So go on and display your photos, logos and signs, whatever.

The cheapest iPad stand is just $0.69

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2010

Yesterday we told you about the most expensive iPad stand we’ve seen for $130. Now here’s the cheapest one we’ve seen. It’s actually a $0.69 business card holder from Office Depot. Would you trust your $500+ iPad on this thing?

If it holds it securely, there’s really no reason not to. It works well enough for Andrew Devigal, multimedia editor for The New York Times:

Apple delays international iPad launch

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2010

You may love your new iPad and sleep with it at night like a soft Teddy Bear, but believe it or not, there are some people who don’t yet have one. The international market is still waiting. Now they have a bit longer to wait.

Citing “surprisingly strong US demand,” Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad by one month. It’s strange that Apple wouldn’t realize that the demand would be so high.

The Joule is a $130 iPad stand

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

You’ve already spent quite a bit on your iPad, but you aren’t done yet. If you haven’t yet bought a stand, you might want something along the lines of this luxury iPad Stand. The Joule is made from solid aluminum and has an adjustable tilt angle with three settings.

Another benefit is that it’s very sturdy. It’s the first iPad stand that guarantees no movement when using the iPad’s touch screen. The Joule is available now for a hefty $129. Is it worth it? You be the judge.