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Lenovo delays launch of Skylight to better compete against iPad

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

According to Digitimes, Lenovo has delayed the launch of its Skylight smartbook from April to July in order to improve the device’s working performance and is targeting iPad as the device’s competitor. This is because Skylight uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor with a Linux-based operating system and is mainly for online activities.

But since it doesn’t function as smoothly as the iPad and doesn’t have as many functions, Lenovo has decided to postpone the launch in order to improve it.

Windows 95 running on an iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2010

This is the sort of thing that makes universes implode. We guess it had to happen eventually. What would Bill Gates think? It’s Windows 95 running in an x86 emulator according to the creator. Not the performance you were looking for in an iPad?

Still, seeing that screen brings back memories and you now know what an alternate-universe 1995 would have been like. Apple products running windows OSs. That’s either horrible or awesome depending on your view. Video below.

The iPad LapDock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2010

Every tablet needs the perfect keyboard accessory that can also function as a hard case right? Well, some folks have built just that for the iPad. It’s called the LapDock, and it’s goal is to replace the laptop with the tablet. Yeah, let them dream.

The LapDock is basically just a carved wooden case for your iPad and Apple Bluetooth keyboard. If only there were more connectivity options, they just might be onto something here. Still, it is a cute case.

iPad gets the ColorWare treatment

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2010

You spent $500 for your tablet already. You probably won’t mind another $410 to add some color to the exterior. That’s right, ColorWare is at it again, this time coloring your new iPad in whatever combination you can dream up.

You can make your own design, with separate colors for the back, logo, and home button, but no matter what you choose, there’s no getting around that hefty $400 service charge. It’s either that or you can pay $910 for a new, painted 16GB model. The 64GB model is $1110.

NewPCgadgets security case for iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

You spent a lot on that new iPad, so you better keep it secure. And to do just that NewPCgadgets has introduced a new Security Case for the iPad. Now you can lock up that iPad and prevent others from using it without your permission.

This is the first locking case for the iPad and makes it look all businessy rather than stylish in my opinion. It’s available in black leather for $44.95. But looking at that design, I’m not sure it will keep any determined person away from your iPad for long.

iPad components cost as little as $259.60

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

Well, you don’t expect Apple to sell the iPad at a loss do you? That $499 pricepoint nets them some nice profit. After checking out the iPad’s internals, iSuppli has calculated a bill of materials as low as $259.60 for the 16GB iPad, including a $95 screen and $26.80 processor.

The device turned out to be more complex inside than iSuppli was expecting. They originally estimated the device at $219.35 in materials.

iPad Private Eye 2-Way Privacy Screen

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

So you have your iPad now and you love it, but everyone can see what you are doing. You just want a little privacy. Well the Private Eye 2-Way Privacy Film for your iPad is available now from XGear LLC. I’ve never heard of them either, but the product seems useful.

It offers 2 way viewing protection similar to the 3M laptop and monitor privacy screens. It’s available right now for Pre-order for $49.99 on Amazon.

iPads reportedly overheating in the sun

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

The iPad may be a bit of a vampire. While it’s reflection will show up in mirrors, it tends to want to avoid the sun and come out and play at night. Apparently, many users are reporting that their iPads are giving a warning stating “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it”.

According to Apple, the operational temperature of the iPad is 32° to 95° F when on, and the nonoperational temperature is -4° to 113° F. Sounds reasonable. But one user received this warning outside of NYC, where it hasn’t been much hotter than 70° or so.

World’s first Apple iPad in-car installation

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Doug Bernards of SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, California is the first to install an iPad in a car. The car of choice? A Toyota Tacoma pickup. You can check out a video below.

They still need to wire it up to the Audison Bit One sound processor and McIntosh MMC406M 6-channel amp, but they’ve fitted and molded the dash to the iPad. Sure it looks a tad awkward with it’s size and that bezel, but all of your media will be along for the ride right?

Blendtec Takes Down the iPad

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 5th, 2010

iPad destroyed in a blenderJust in case there were any doubts, the folks from Blendtec blenders did prove this week that the new Apple iPad does in fact blend. It wouldn’t actually fit inside the blender in its original shape and took a slight pre-modification, but in the end it did succumb to the powers of the blender to result in a lot of “iPad dust”. Check out the video after the jump:

Scottevest debuts iPad compatible clothing line

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

Do you like safari type gear? Do you own or plan on owning an iPad? If you answered yes to both, then by all means check out Scottevest. The company is known for their vests and jackets which have tons of gadget-friendly pockets and even conduits for wires.

Well, the company has some big news. Its SeV Travel Vest is now iPad compatible and it will be available July 1st for $100. You can pre-order now. You never know, it may save you from a bullet.

Apple sells 300,000 iPads on Saturday

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 5th, 2010

There were some doubters, but most of us knew that Apple was going to sell a significant number of iPads when it launched. The iPad had a large number of pre-orders and many expected shortages of the device.

With Saturday come and gone, the iPad is official and Apple says it sold 300,000 of the devices Saturday. Reports say that most locations had stock even late in the day on Saturday indicating that Apple had enough iPads to meet demand.

Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

Apple iPad launchHere are the numbers. 300,000 iPads were sold, leading to 1,000,000 app downloads, and 250,000 ebook downloads from the iBook Store.

The original iPhone sold 270,000 units in the first 30 hours. So 300,000 is pretty impressive. Remember, many are holding out for the 3G version next month and this was a US-only launch. Not bad at all. But then we knew they would have no trouble selling them.

Hyundai Equus to ship with iPad instead of Owner’s Manual

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2010

Hyundai’s newest luxury sedan, the Equus, was just revealed at the New York Auto Show and one of the more interesting things about it is that it won’t come with a paper owner’s manual. Instead it will come with an iPad, allowing customers to make vehicle service appointments wirelessly.

Pretty nice marketing gimmick. Hopefully it will have some apps that will do a little more for the owner. At about $50 or $60K, it’s the least they can do. Heck, they should throw in a whole Apple package.

idisplay app turns your ipad into a wireless monitor

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2010

Here’s an interesting iPad app that turns your iPad into a secondary monitor. Shape Services iDisplay connects your iPad to your Mac desktop and lets you wirelessly extend your screen onto your iPad’s display.

It will also work on the iPhone, but I’m not sure why you would want to use your iPhone for this. Right now it’s version 1.0 product, so I’m sure they have some bugs to work out, but the users who have problems are using iPhones. It’s a great idea.