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

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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

Apple iPad as a "carputer" Photo: Flickr

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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iPad international roaming data still pricey with AT&T

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Now that you have the Apple iPad in your hands, it can feel difficult to leave home without it. What if you’re planning a trip overseas or even to Canada or Mexico? Well, AT&T has you covered with some iPad data packs, but don’t expect them to be cheap.

In fact, the pricing for the iPad international roaming data packs are just as expensive as their iPhone counterparts. There are some differences with these “Data Global Add-On” packs.

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One million Apple iPads sold in just 28 days

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In case there was any doubt as to whether Steve Jobs and his team would be successful with this new product launch, that doubt has really officially been removed. Yes, the Apple iPad has been a resounding success and they have already reached one huge milestone. The iPad has been around for less than a month, but already one million units have been sold to enthusiastic consumers. The iPad launched on April 3 and Apple says the seven figure sales mark was broken in just 28 days.

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Commuter and Defender rugged iPad cases by OtterBox coming this summer

The rugged Otterbox Defender case for the Apple iPad

Two tough cases were revealed today for the Apple iPad. They are from none other than OtterBox, the well known rugged case designer. OtterBox has given us two options, the Communter and Defender, depending on your daily mission.

The Commuter series case is a bit more “light” in respects to armor protection. It’s still got ruggedness to it, just a slimmer version. Being able to slide your iPad in and out of the case will be easy, access to ports are protected with silicone plugs.

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Lecere FIRMS POS for iPad unveiled, major chains coming soon

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Lecere Corporation has unveiled their retail POS system for the first time here on Mobile Magazine. Last week Lecere posted a video demo of the $2,000 setup which could save large restaurant chains millions. The video, shown on CrunchGear, raised many questions. Their system operates on Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch, breaking the shackles on the fixed POS terminal.

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Adobe to Steve Jobs: We have Android :P

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After the “open letter” Steve Jobs released this morning basically saying Flash will be allowed on the iPad and iPhone just as soon as hell freezes over. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch responded with his very own “open letter,” a blog post titled Moving Forward, outright saying “We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June.” Among many other things implying that Apple is not only blocking their code, but many others related to the legal conditions mandated on application developers.

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