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Econut concept iPad case made from coconut fibers

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Out of all the cases we have seen for the iPad, none of them have been made from coconuts before. The Econut iPad case concept is an iPad protective cover with a slim keyboard that works over Bluetooth.

The design is pretty sexy and sleek. It’s crazy. It’s nuts. Coconuts that is. What’s next? An iPad case made from banana skins? Wouldn’t surprise us one bit. I wonder what the texture would be like.

Tennessee’s Webb School makes iPads mandatory

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

The iPad is all the rage at a private school in Knoxville, TN, where all students from fourth to 12th grade will now be required to carry iPads starting this August. Hey, it beats a backpack full of spine twisting books. The students can either provide their own tablet or lease a WiFi-only model for $20 a month.

Webb School hopes that the iPad will eventually replace traditional textbooks. We aren’t sure how effective an iPad only classroom can be, but I guess we will all find out soon enough.

RIM says PlayBook battery life will be ‘equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size’

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Lately RIM has been saying that its PlayBook slate would have “comparable” battery life to the iPad, but now it is going one better. The company’s senior business marketing VP Jeff McDowell has promised that the PlayBook will offer “equal or greater” battery life than Apple’s device, while using a smaller cell size. It’s an impressive boast.

If they can deliver what they claim, then the iPad needs to pay attention. Many people consider the battery to be one of the iPad’s greatest strengths. They have until that March launch to turn this claim into a reality.

100 iPad clones shown at CES, more coming soon

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

An unofficial count from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer numbers of tablets that have leapt onto the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows that at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers have shipped, including not just major names like the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also newcomers like Enspert’s Identity Tab line and the Notion Ink Adam. The list includes 24 generic tablets at Freescale’s booth as well.

And that is not even a complete list. It doesn’t include some close relatives, like Enspert’s S200 VoIP Home Hub, and devices that have been confirmed officially but weren’t formally unveiled at the show.

Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in March

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

The full catalog of Playboy, from the first issue in 1953 to its latest, is coming to the iPad in March. And it will be uncensored. That comes straight from Hef himself. It doesn’t make a lot of sense when you consider Apple’s App Store rulings and Steve Jobs’ comments on keeping adult material off of mobile devices, but whatever.

It will be interesting to see how they do this and how it shapes what else is allowed on the iPad.

iPad got 87.4% of tablet market last summer, Kindle 41.5% of e-reader market

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

Apple claimed 87.4 percent of the tablet market before the Galaxy Tab hit the scene, according to an IDC study of tablet share. Apple had a near-monopoly of the tablet market last summer. Analysts also expected 17 million tablets to have shipped by the end of the year, almost all of which would still have been iPads.

Of course Android would have cut into Apple’s share in the fall with 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs estimated sold and will likely cut into it even deeper in 2011 with the Motorola Xoom for one. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook could play a part as well.

Jabba The Hutt iPad Docking Station

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

We already know that Jabba likes to decorate his palace with things like, oh I don’t know, smugglers frozen in carbonite and whatnot. But what you may not have known is that he also loves to have a huge iPad docked right in front of him. Probably helps him sleep or something.

This natural wood dock will sync up your iPad, iPhone and iPod in style. Jabba’s style. Which is grabbing a toad out of your bong water and eating it up, while laughing at the Jedi who has come to collect his friend and is about to kill you.

Next iPad, iPhone expected to use dual-core graphics

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

We knew that Apple wanted faster mobile graphics for the next iPad and iPhone and we have some more details about its choice. The company is now said to be using the SGX543MP2, specifically the dual-core version. The new video is estimated to have about four times the performance of the current SGX535.

This speed increase would be welcomed along with the rumored 2048×1536 display resolution of the next iPad and could enable the kind of higher quality movie playback that would keep Apple competitive against it’s foes. It would most likely support 1080p video decoding in hardware.

iPad Cash Register App

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

Looks like the cash register is dead. Or soon will be. The iPad is already an essential business tool for some small business’ and a new cash register application should make it even easier for small businesses to take payments via their iPad. The application created by shopkeep.com has been put into service in the Joe coffee shop in Grand Central Terminal in New York. The new point-of-sale app will also print receipts and even makes the mandatory ka-ching when sales are rung up.

It will also transmit sales information to its web-based system so that managers using ShopKeep’s BackOffice software can track sales in real time, manage their inventory, run reports and export the data for use in other applications.

Alesis StudioDock Pro for iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 15th, 2011

The Alesis StudioDock is the first device that allows anyone with an iPad to create, produce, and perform music with nearly any pro audio gear or instruments. The StudioDock is a universal docking station that is specially designed for the iPad, which gives musicians, recording engineers, and music producers the connectivity they need to create and perform while using the iPad.

The Alesis StudioDock Pro will be available in May 2011 for $199. Whatever you create while using it is limited only by your creativity and imagination.

Rocketfish iCapsule iPad Keyboard Case

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2011

Another day, another iPad keyboard case. The Rocketfish iCapsule is the latest. It’s a large hard plastic clamshell case for your iPad that comes with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard. The iCapsule will hold your iPad in either landscape or portrait mode and make it much less portable.

The Bluetooth keyboard gives you some shortcut keys to copy/cut/paste, search and media playback controls and will require a few AA batteries to operate. The Rocketfish iCapsule iPad keyboard case will cost you about $100.

iPad hooks up with Akai’s new SynthStation49 keyboard

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2011

The SynthStation49 keyboard controller by Akai is using Apple’s iPad in a creative way, by installing a built-in iPad dock. It will work with Akai’s SynthStation software offering direct in-app MIDI recording, as well as the iOS CoreMIDI allowing it to be used with a wide variety of other iOS music apps.

The new keyboard features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys, nine MPC-style drum pads and a variety of controls. There’s an adjustable-angle charging iPad dock, a USB port for connecting to a Mac or PC and professional 0.25-inch outputs. You also use the SynthStation49 as a traditional USB MIDI controller with your computer.

Swivel Pro will protect your iPad and help a charity

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2011

This new case from US+U has surfaced called the Swivel Pro and it has an emphasis on being easy to handle while offering protection. The case has a large handle on the back that you slip your hand inside. This is on a plate that swivels, allowing you to rotate the iPad from portrait to landscape with ease.

There’s also a prop on the back to lift the screen up a bit when you set the iPad down. The Swivel Pro will cost you $69.99 and 3% of the purchase price is donated to one of the charities on the purchase page. You get to protect your iPad and help a good cause at the same time.

Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless iPad Keyboard

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2011

Verbatim has introduced its new Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard at CES. The wireless keyboard is compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. The Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard features a thin-profile that will fold up and store easily in carrying case for portability.

The device also comes with a stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, or your other handheld devices. A carrying case for the keyboard and iPhone stand are included.

Crayola iPad ColorStudio HD app and iMarker Digital Stylus

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2011

Crayola and Griffin have teamed up to create a new coloring experience for artists, whether young or older. They have basically taken the wax crayon into the digital age. The ColorStudio HD iPad app lets you color and interact with animated coloring book pages that move and react as you are coloring them. It combines photos and user created pictures with animations, music, sound effects, and other special effects.

The iMarker digital stylus can be used as a marker, crayon, pen, or even a paintbrush and works with the iPad’s multi-touch display. Kids will have a lot of fun with this one.