Will RIM release a BlackBerry tablet to join the iPad?

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To many people, the Apple iPad is little more than an oversized iPod touch, but it seems to represent a whole new niche in the market. It’s not an eReader, because the screen totally rocks and you need two hands to operate and hold it. It’s obviously not a netbook since there are no dedicated keys, but something in between. This means companies are going be scrambling to capitalize on this interest with iPad-like devices of their own, whether or not we know what the heck to do with them.

Rumors have surfaced that Research in Motion is working on a tablet of its own.

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Apple iPad gets added to the ColorWare collection

Colorware application to custom design your iPad

The crazy kooks at Colorware are taking their massive paint buckets to the iPad. I guess we should have only expected so much. If you go over to the Colorware website, you’ll see that they are now painting iPads at will. As before, you don’t get anything extra in terms of specs, features, or performance, but you can stand out from the crowd with a vividly colored iPad.

The blue and yellow scheme featured looks pretty good, I’d say, but I’m thinking that going with a red iPad could just spur on an increasingly overwhelming number of immature jokes about feminine hygiene.

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Apple to release iPad nano in 2011?

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The Apple iPad has only been on the market for less than a week and it hasn’t even launched in Canada yet, but that hasn’t stopped a Digitimes analyst from predicting the future of the platform. While the iPad is bigger than the iPhone, it seems that we could be getting an iPad nano too.

According to a senior analyst at Digitimes, Apple is planning to release a smaller version of the iPad that will boast much of the same functionality, but in a smaller form factor.

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iPhone 4.0 is official: Apple brings you multitasking and more

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iPhone OS 4 was announced today at Apple’s live press event, and out comes a rabbit from the hat. Seven major updates are coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS models, iPod Touch 2G and 3G, with seven major improvements including multitasking, and 100 other minor ones ranging from searchable MMS/SMS to 5x digital zoom for your camera.

The major feature we have all been waiting for is multitasking, our iPhone 4G poll showed over 52% of iPhone owners would like multitasking, and Apple delivered. Improved Battery Life topped the charts at 61%, but with added multitasking this may only worsen performance.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLink app lets you control your home like a love guru

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It’s only a matter of time before the iPad takes total control over your home. Starting today with the Bang & Olufsen BeoLink application, access to your audio and video, even home automation, can be done over your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

I was slightly disappointed when the iPad specs came out showing no RF module, this would have made it a killer remote control, but using the Master Link Gateway by Bang & Olufsen over Wi-Fi, it’s no longer necessary – assuming your house is outfitted with the high-end gear.

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E-Trade app lets you trade like a pro on your iPad

E*Trade Mobile Pro app screenshot for the Apple iPad

E*Trade this week announced their latest app for traders, the E*Trade Mobile Pro for iPad. Free from the iTunes store, this app looks pretty fresh and gives E*Trade account members access to an array of features like: viewing real-time streaming stock and option quotes, trade stocks during market and extended hours, view orders, alerts, news, charts, watch lists and portfolios.

“Following the tremendous success of Mobile Pro for iPhone and iPod Touch, we’re thrilled to be on board with the launch of the new iPad,” said Michael Curcio, President, E*TRADE Securities.

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iSuppli: Apple iPad costs start at $259.60

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iSuppli is punching numbers again, this time they’ve come up with hardware costs for the Apple iPad. Being magical and all isn’t just a marketing tactic, iSuppli found there’s a lot more to the iPad than initiaullay estimated. Their first calculation put the iPad at $219.35 for materials, but once they actually got the unit and cracked it open, they found that the touchscreen was controlled by three spearate chips, bringing the materials cost up to $259.60 for the 16GB iPad.

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HP Slate specs revealed, How does it compare to the Apple iPad?

HP Slate vs. Apple iPad Specs

Everyone is super excited about the new Apple iPad and Steve Jobs couldn’t be happier. At the same time, this is going to open up a whole new market for competitors and it seems like the HP Slate could be a real contender. If you look at the spec sheets recently released, it beats the iPad in several areas.

Sure, the HP Slate hasn’t quite the market yet and the iPad has, but this list of features really seems to put the iPad in its place. For starters, the Slate gets a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Menlow Z530 processor, which should be peppier than the 1GHz Apple A4 processor in the iPad.

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Review: We Rule for iPhone and iPad

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We Rule is a popular iPhone and iPad game that is tearing up the app store. The full version is available free and has grown with a cult following on facebook and dozens of forums throughout the internet. So what is We Rule all about and how does it generate so much money?

We Rule gives you a virtual interactive medieval kingdom to run. You build houses, roads, businesses, and natural works around your stronghold to create a thriving town. You generate revenue to build these works by planting crops, fixed taxation of houses, and businesses.

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Apple iPad stays productive with Evernote app too

Evernote for iPad is free from the iTunes App Store

One of the best note-taking applications available on the iPhone and iPod touch is Evernote. It’s incredibly popular among business users, students, and the general public alike. Well, now Evernote is available for the iPad too.

By taking advantage of the larger display, Evernote for iPad can be even more useful to Apple lovers on the go.

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Apple creaes controller patent for iPhone devices

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One of the biggest knocks at the iPhone as a gaming device is the lack of some sort of control buttons. With no gaming buttons, it can be difficult to control a game, as there is no feel to the iPhone’s current controller: the touch screen. This is especially prevalent in the Zenonia games. To correct this problem, Apple has filed a patent to put controls on the iPhone and possibly future iPad versions.

The new controlling patent, as shown on Patently Apple, shows a shell case like the Powermat which wraps around a portable touch screen device to create a more traditional portable gaming device.

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43 iPad apps that will rock your accelerometers off

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There’s definitely no drought in the iTunes app store today, as companies push their latest creations out in to a magical new world created by Apple, consumers anticipate the arrival of their multi-touch tablet. Will it be as magical as Steve says it will be? Or will it be as confusing as Letterman found it to be, hardly. But with all these apps coming out from the best software companies around, you can surely expect it to be something worth looking at. We’re kicking off the launch of the iPad with these 43 apps for you to peruse, some may appeal to you, some for the kids, but either way there’s an app that will suit you.

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Gaming to soar for the iPad: ngmoco releases seven titles

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All visually stunning, GodFinger, We Rule, Charadium, Flick Fishing, NBA Hotshots, Warpgate and CastleCraft from ngmoco are set to hit the iTunes App store for the Apple iPad.

Quite a powerful lineup to hit the iPad all in one blast. ngmoco says go big or go home, and brings you their most popular titles for the multi-touch machine.

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Geometry Wars to rule them all

Geometry Wars: Touch for iPad

Among the hundreds of iPad apps that go live for download tomorrow is one that stands out among all others, and that my friends, is Geometry Wars. If you own the Xbox 360 you should be well versed in the retro-styled space shooter. Graphics are positively stunning and the gameplay is addictive.

From what I can see, this iPad version looks just as good as the Xbox Live Arcade one. I’ve got a burning suspicion that it makes use of the accelerometer in some way, tilting your way through intergalactic stellar stardust.

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Confirmed: Netflix iPad app available tomorrow

Netflix iPad App will give free streaming to Netflix members

The Apple iPad doesn’t officially hit stores until tomorrow, but Apple has already opened the floodgates by releasing many of the iPad apps through iTunes. One of these happens to be theNetflix iPad app and, get this, it fully supports video streaming.

This means that it can do so much more than just queue up some videos for later viewing; you can actually watch all your Netflix content right on your iPad. That’s pretty sweet. The iTunes App Store had screenshots and other information about the Netflix iPad app, but they seem to have been removed it in the meantime should you feel so inclined to read up on it before getting your hands on an iPad this Saturday. Streaming video to your iPad is free to Netflix members on plans starting at just $8.99 a month.

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