Website aims to find the best iPad case for you

iPad Case Finder website

Sure, Apple seems to be doing quite well with its shiny new iPad, but this has opened up a whole world of opportunity for other companies too. You do want to protect your precious touchscreen device from damage, right? That’s why the first thing you should probably buy is an iPad case. Helping you find the that case is the aptly named iPadCaseFinder.com. This isn’t its own store, per se, but it does link you up with many different styles of iPad cases that are available on various sites around the Internet.

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iOS 4 is here: Prepare for the next generation of mobile advertising

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Apple is pushing the iPhone OS 4 update (iOS) to all iPhone models. The iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G will all run iOS 4. Apple will fix a few things that should have been done long ago, like the ability to organize your mail, organize apps with folders, create your own playlists too – this is not rocket science, it’s a catch up game. Unfortunately not all features will be available to the iPhone 3G; multitasking has been held back due to a slight lack in the hardware department. Expect hacks to come out the day after. All phones will of course get the most important feature of all: iAds.

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iPhone 4 price is roughly $180 out of Apple’s pocket

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The Apple iPhone 4 price remains quite competitive when considering that it shares several of the same components that its oversized brother, the iPad does. The same A4 processor, possibly clocked down to conserve battery life, a wireless 802.11N antenna, Bluetooth 2.1 module and 16GB/32GB of memory are some of the common similarities the two devices share. Screen size is obviously reduced on the iPhone, Retina Display technology does give it that extra sharpness, but the iPad’s display added roughly $95 to it’s manufacturing component cost; more than double that of the iPhone 4.

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AT&T slams hacker group responsible for “malicious” attack

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The group replied last week saying it exposed the security flaw to inform and protect consumers, and refused to make public their discoveries until AT&T repaired the issue. In response to the FBI’s claim that they’ve begun investigating the incident, the hacker organization said simply, “We did not try to hack your iPads, your iPads are safer now because of us”. They also noted that all findings have been destroyed by both the hackers and Gawker Media’s Valleywag website who received the data from them.

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USB typewriter brings a bit of nostalgia to the iPad

USB Typewriter hooked up to the iPad

The ClamCase was a pretty realistic concept that is basically what we would expect of a product that aims to destroy the iPads true purpose and innovation. Dragging it back in to the notebook or netbook segment, it still got alot of attention, but I don’t think it will turn as many heads as the Jack Zylkin USB typewriter mod will.

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Databank offering some serious iPad protection

Databank iPad Cases at Computex Photo: Michael Kwan

As I was making my way in between appointments at Computex Taipei 2010, I came across one of those random companies that probably not too many people know. That doesn’t mean they’re not worth mentioning, because no one wants to lose out on a $500+ investment. Databank may be their name, leading me to believe that they’re involved in memory or storage, but it seems that they’re much more involved in cases, bags, and other accessories. The iPad has gone international, so it means that the iPad accessories are doing the same.

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Asus Eee Tablet not really a Kindle, but not quite an iPad either

Asus Eee Tablet

I’m not entirely sure what Asus is trying to accomplish with the Eee Tablet, but it seems to have found itself in the middle ground between a Kindle and iPad. On display at Computex Taipei 2010, the Eee Tablet is marketed as “the single device to reinvent reading and writing.” It doesn’t use the regular e-ink (slow refresh) display of the Kindle, but it’s not a full color “real” screen like the iPad either; it’s somewhere in between.

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Apple sells 2 million iPads in under 60 days

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When Apple first launched the iPad in the United States, it was relatively unknown how it would perform in the open market. Being the first device of its kind, Apple took a gamble by yet again giving us technology that we didn’t know we needed, until of course we shelled out some coin to get it. The iPad is a rock star, it sold 1 million units in the first month, beating the companies very own iPhone smartphone.

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Hanvon Touchpad B10 Windows 7 tablet vonts to be an iPad

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Now that the Apple iPad is officially available to all international markets, we can fully expect a ceaseless flood of clones and knockoffs. One of the newer devices to join the fray is the Touchpad B10 tablet from Hanvon. Never heard of Hanvon? You’re not alone. I didn’t know who they were either when I went to the press conference at Computex. Apparently, the Chinese company was founded in 1998, based in Beijing, and focuses on “various intelligent pattern recognition technologies and products.”

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Micro SIM card adapter lets you share iPhone data plan to iPads

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You know how the Apple iPad 3G doesn’t make use of a regular SIM card for its cellular identification? You know how it uses a micro SIM card instead? What if you wanted to use a micro SIM in a place that normally takes a regular SIM?

Many enthusiasts out there have already taken their scissors to regular-sized SIM cards, trimming them down to micro SIM proportions for use with the iPad. The question is, how do you add that material back?

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Apple iPad goes international

Apple Store employee with the iPad - Photo: Flickr

There’s no reason why anybody should be awake at 5 a.m., but for Apple lovers there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be awake.

Today marks the launch of Apple’s iPad in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K. and Canada. The tablet computer arrived in the United States at the start of April and so for international Apple fans that had to wait another two months, May 28 couldn’t come any faster.

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Elgato EyeTV HD PVR records, edits, slings live TV to your iPad

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Elgato’s latest device is the EyeTV HD PVR, a small $200 silver box that taps into the component feed of your digital cable box or satellite TV, giving you the ability to record and stream live TV to your iPhone or iPad. Of course, standard features like just plain old recording for later viewing, pause, and rewinding, the EyeTV goes ahead to even let you edit your programming. Now with HD streaming via the H.264 format, you can get a resolution of 1920×1080 at 30 fps; this sounds good, but I would be concerned with any encoding artifacts and lag (both on the desktop and streamed device).

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Rogers announces two Apple iPad data plans

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Our neighbors to the south have had access to the Apple iPad for some time already, but it’s finally coming to Canada and Rogers Wireless looks like it’s the only one announcing a data plan for the big touchscreen device.

Rogers has officially announced its iPad data plans and they’re actually not that bad. On the lower end of the scale if the $15/month plan and that gets you 250MB of use. Heavier users can bump up to the $35/month plan for 5GB of data. Both plans come with unlimited access to Rogers WiFi Hot Spots.

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ClamCase for iPad adds keyboard, keeps Steve Jobs up all night

ClamCase for Apple iPad adds chiclet keyboard

What I would call the most de-evolutionary accessory for the Apple iPad, is the ClamCase. Sure, it matches the shiny glossy iPad display making you have to clean fingerprints twice as long, it even appears to keep it relatively thin, but doesn’t turning your iPad in to a mini-notebook computer by adding a keyboard undermine it’s entire magical existence?

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Jailbroken iPad plays Super Mario World and Mario Kart

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What could be the best game to hit the magical Apple tablet, Super Mario World for Super NES, is made available by jailbreaking the iPad and then running the Cydia app. Although unconfirmed, the use of the WiiMote on the iPad does seem do-able, considering it is Bluetooth and all. The second app SNES4iPhone shows Super Mario Kart on the iPad, the downside to this one is that you have to use the touchscreen controller.

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