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Google Docs editing support coming to Android and iPad

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Google just announced that they were celebrating a milestone achievement of more than 3 million business that have “gone Google” by switching their software to do their work using Google apps. The other announcement is the one we are concerned with. That Google Docs will soon be editable on Android and on the iPad.

This is great news for people who are on the move and need to edit Google Docs, but don’t have access to a computer. With Google Docs being editable from your phone and tablet, it’s going to raise the app’s productivity to a whole new level.

BMW shows off factory iPad docks for rear seats in Paris

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

When it comes to rear seat entertainment there are a lot of vehicles on the road that have TVs and movie players for kids and adults to watch on longer trips. Watching DVDs can be a bit boring after a while though and in most cars, you are out of luck.

BMW has unveiled at the Paris Motor Show new factory iPad docks for the rear seat passengers. The dock is very nice looking and integrated well into the design of the car. Some aftermarket docks just don’t look good.

7-inch iPad coming with front and back cameras?

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

Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar claims that a seven-inch iPad is coming and that at least one future iPad will have dual cameras. The finished devices would arrive sometime in 2011, according to Kumar.

Competition is heating up in the tablet market, so two cameras would give it a possible edge: the Samsung Galaxy Tab has both front and back cameras that can be used not just for video chat but for apps that need a back camera and would still make sense on a tablet, such as augmented reality or barcode readers.

Best Buy CEO: Death of notebooks is “greatly exaggerated”

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Best Buy chief Brian Dunn done a 180 and changed his tune on claims that the iPad cut notebook sales in half at his stores.

In a statement, he says that he did see “shifts in consumption patterns” towards the tablet but characterized it more as an “incremental opportunity” than the market redefining shift it first looked like. He compared his view on the death of notebooks to Mark Twain’s after the legendary false obituary. “The reports of the demise of these devices are grossly exaggerated,”.

iPad killing Notebook sales by as much as 50%?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2010

We all know that Apple’s iPad is a smashing success, but just how many netbooks and notebook computer sales is it destroying? Well, Best Buy’s CEO has dropped a shocking statistic out of nowhere.

According to him, the iPad has cannibalized sales of notebook computers by at much as 50 percent! If true and if those figures are consistent across many retailers, then maybe Apple is killing netbooks faster then anyone thought.

XtremeMac launches Tango TRX dock for iPod and iPad

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2010

XtremeMac has all manner of accessories and cases for Apple gear like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Over the last few months, the company has been rolling out a lot of new audio docks that have some interesting features. The latest new dock from XtremeMac is the Tango TRX and the Tango TRX D.

Both of the versions have the same basic features. The both have a dock built into the main section of the device that charges while music plays. Both have Bluetooth and use 2.1 speakers inside. The speakers include a pair of tweeter, a pair of mid-range drivers, and a single downward firing subwoofer.

Amazon Kindle ad makes fun of iPad’s daylight reading problems

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

Amazon is laying the smack down in the e-reader wars, with this latest ad for the third-generation Kindle that directly attacks Apple’s iPad. The 30-second ad, already shown on ABC, points out that the iPad’s glossy LCD is hard to read in bright daylight. It shows that the Kindle doesn’t have that problem.

In fact, it is so easy to read, that this sexy Kindle owner can keep her sunglasses on. The ad also points out that a Kindle costs just $139 versus the iPad’s $499 starting price. Ouch!

Kensington PowerBack iPad Battery Pack

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

We’ve seen our share of battery packs for the iPhone, but this just might be the first for the Apple iPad. The Kensington PowerBack will add an extra five hours to your iPads battery life so you always have some extra juice.

It also features a built in micoUSB port for charging the battery pack and your iPad. There’s also a built in kickstand so you can use it to watch your favorite movies or surf the web comfortably.

iPad headed to Target on October 3rd?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

Apple iPad launchRumor is that the iPad might hit Target stores in October. There’s no concrete proof yet, but some info from a tipster seems to suggest just that. Among the compelling evidence is a list featuring a mysteriously unnamed product that’s set to become available on October 3rd (in six different versions), and a series of images from a Target PDA that seem to show that the item numbers match the iPad prices exactly.

Also it will be located in the Digital Audio section, which is apparently how e-readers like the Kindle are classified, as well as iPods.

California testing iPads as algebra textbooks

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

We’ve seen iPads being offered on planes and in hotels, and now they are hitting schools. A pilot project in four California school districts will replace 400 students’ eighth-grade algebra textbooks with Apple iPads in an attempt to prove the advantages of interactive digital technologies over traditional teaching methods. He should help to correct their spines as well, since an iPad in the backpack weighs a lot less than a book.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has teamed up with California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss for the pilot, which will take place at Long Beach Unified School District, Riverside Unified School District, Fresno Unified School District and San Francisco Unified School District.

HyperMac HyperDrive iPad Hard Drive

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

If you need more iPad storage space, then you might consider the new HyperDrive from HyperMac. The HyperDrive is an external hard drive for the Apple iPad that delivers up to 750GB of storage to your iPad.

This device connects via Apple’s camera connection kit. The HyperDrive comes packed with a 3.2-inch color display and a d-pad with menu buttons for navigation. There’s also a built-in memory card reader. HyperDrive prices start at $249 for the basic model. The 750GB model is $599.

PadTab wall mounts iPad and other tablets

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2010

I have always wanted to have one of those fancy home automation systems that would control the lights in my home with the push of a button. I also want a touchscreen on the wall to control the system too. If you have the home automation system and want the touchscreen controller on the wall a new system to mount the iPad to the wall may be perfect for you, assuming you can control your system with the iPad.

The mount system is called PadTab. It is pictured with the iPad, but it would work with most tablets. The system is a couple plastic tabs with a square that goes on your iPad and is about as thick as a nickel. Another tab mounts to your wall or other vertical surface and is much smaller than the tablet side.

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars HD coming to iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2010

RockStar games has announced that it will be launching a version of GTA for the Apple iPad, Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars HD. That should make some iPad users very happy. Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars HD will be available on the iPad on September the 9th for $9.99.

That seems a bit expensive, but then again it is a GTA game. At least Chinatown Wars HD comes to the iPad with brand new, updated high definition graphics.

Sena Folio is a keyboard case for your iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

If you think that your iPad needs a QWERTY keyboard attached, you might want to check out this Folio keyboard. It connects to your iPad via Bluetooth. You can rest it against the collapsible back stand that comes with it so you can enjoy watching movies on your iPad while it is in the case.

The whole case acts as a protective cover for your iPad. It’s leather so it should be durable. If you pre-order the case you can get it for $130. Later the price will be $150.

PhotoFast shows off sweet iPADock

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

Keeping gadgets like the iPad and iPhone charged up when there are multiple devices in the same house can be a challenge. We have four Apple devices in our house and we only have one charge cable plugged in. We end up jockeying the devices around for charging and that gets to be a pain.

A new dock from PhotoFast has surfaced that is perfect for people with multiple Apple devices. The dock is called the iPADock and has two slots that can support up to four iPhones or iPods for charging. A single slot can also support one iPad as well.