After Moleskine, the manufacturer of traditional, hardbound leather journals, released a protective case for the Kindle, demand for a similar product for the Apple iPad has been on the rise. The concept makes intuitive sense: the Moleskine is the preferred diary of creative types. It is both rugged and elegant. The iPad is of course the preferred e-reader for that same crowd. After a short wait, those who want to protect their iPad with style have a choice: the DODO case for iPad or the newcomer: The Case by Pad and Quill.
Like the DODO case, The Case by Pad & Quill costs about 60 USD. Both cases are solidly built, and both have a striking resemblance to Moleskine products. There are important difference, however. The Case from Pad & Quill is designed with a sleek clasp that not only holds the covers shut when not in use, but also doubles as a stand for viewing media or typing with a bluetooth keyboard.
The cover on The Case by Pad & Quill can also be folded back so that the user can rest the iPad on his or her lap at a comfortable angle. The cleverest addition is the red fabric “bookmark,” which is actually used for easily removing the iPad from the case. The Case by Pad & Quill for iPad earns high marks in both form and function. It is recommended for anyone who wants to restore some 19th-century charm to their 21st-century reading device.
It’s no secret that the iPad has taken the world by storm. Apple’s device has exceeded everyone’s expectations in terms of customer feedback, and continues to sell remarkably well. Since the device is basically a touch-screen computer, it is lending itself to the ever-changing field of technological advancement to the point where people are using iPads in scenarios that were never before even considered. The iPort has done just that, as it allows one to permanently install an iPad into their wall.
Whether you wish to use portrait or landscape mode, the iPort allows you to make your iPad a permanent fixture in your home. It can be used to browse the web, check emails, play music – all with the simple touch of a finger. Plus, installing an iPad into your wall can make your home look very sleek. All in all, the iPort is an excellent iPad accessory.
Ever since reader programs began to be released in Apple’s wildly successful App Store, there have been debates going every which way about which piece of software is to be considered penultimate. Is Amazon’s Kindle app superior to Apple’s iBooks? What about all of the other third party software?
Thankfully, we have Good Reader for iPad, by far the best piece of reader software available right now. The tablet edition of Good Reader is everything that anyone could have asked for, and is truly the all-in-one reading program that anyone needs for the iPad, eclipsing both Apple and Amazon’s programs. Good Reader’s versatility and ability to read a wide variety of document extensions, beautiful interface and lightening speed make it the perfect way to read whatever document you might have, be it an e-book or a pdf.
Users will find the flexibility of Good Reader to be one of the best reasons to have the app. While other reading programs provide you with fairly stagnant text selection, Good Reader allows you to customize text, margins and other qualities of your documents to your liking. Ultimately, though, it’s Good Reader’s ability to allow the user to easily and quickly transfer documents through iTunes, WiFi and even Dropbox that makes this reader one of the highest quality apps to have on your device, period.
So leave all of the other reader apps on the side; with Good Reader you won’t need them anymore. For the best, look no further than Good Reader.
Do you want an efficient, yet also fashionable, way to wear your iPod while you jog, hang out at the beach, ride the bus, or do another activity? Consider purchasing the Pod a Porter neckband for the iPod shuffle.
The Pod a Porter consists of a single, ultra light, smooth textured neckband that allows you to run your ear plug wires through and put your iPod shuffle on the other end. This prevents the wires from tangling. Once you begin using the Pod a Porter, you will notice that you won’t have to worry about your ear plugs being ripped out of your ears.
The sturdy design allows the Pod a Porter to be used frequently without having to worry about it breaking.
Everyone wants to have a monitor that’s comfortable to look at, and it seems like as laptops get smaller, so do their screens. Fortunately, Apple has not forgotten what it is that consumers want the most, which is a high-quality display for their computing needs. The Apple 27″ LED Cinema Display fits the bill perfectly, and is one of the most beautiful screens on the market. Boasting a 16:9 aspect ratio with a gigantic 2560-by-1440 resolution.
With true, cinema-quality display, this Apple monitor shocks just about anyone who sees it for the first time. Not only is it the perfect size, but it is capable of producing the richest colours and most fastest frame-rates possible. In short, if you’re looking for the perfect Apple monitor, you should look no further.
You know Steve Jobs is doing something right when he is able to release a simple battery charger and garner massive amounts of media attention. But the Apple Battery Charger is now ordinary charger. Designed to efficiently recharge batteries for use in various Apple devices, this battery charger is equipped with a power management system designed to conserve energy and help out the environment (and your electricity bills).
How is the Apple Battery Charger able to reduce energy consumption so drastically? It is able to sense when a battery is fully charged, an ability not seen in other battery chargers. Once the battery finishes charging, the Apple Battery Charger reduces its power intake to only 30 milliwatts, while other battery chargers continue running at a power intake of over 300 milliwatts.
In addition to efficiently recharging your batteries, the Apple Battery Charger comes equipped with six high-performance AA NiMH which can be used with your keyboard, mouse, track pad or a variety of other devices. These batteries can be used and recharged for up to ten years, considerably longer than the average battery.
Another convenient aspect of the Apple Battery Charger is the ease with which users can detect the status of the charging batteries. The charger comes with coloured status indicator lights, which glow amber while the battery is still charging, appear green when they are finished charging and ready to be used, and flash amber when the charger is loaded with incompatible batteries, damaged or faulty batteries, or when the batteries have not been properly installed.
The new Turbocharged iMac is better, brighter, and faster than ever. Featuring two sizes (21-inch and 27-inch) fitting a broad spectrum of budgets and featuring an LED-backlit 16:9 display, the new iMac is a stunning addition to the Mac family at Apple.
Better Performance and Graphics
With new Intel Core processors, starting at the dual-core Intel i3 processor standard and ATI Radeon HD 4670 at 256 MB of memory, the new iMac is an ideal upgrade for gamers, families, and professionals alike. With the upgraded quad-core Intel i5 processor, you can expect even more scorching performance for all of your computing needs. Also included standard is 4 GB of RAM, giving this machine punch right out of the box without an upgrade.
Sporting up to 78% more pixels depending on size, the new iMac offers a fantastic technology called IPS (in-plane switching) which means the screen looks great from any angle. Also, at 16:9 aspect ratio, you’ve got an HD-TV worthy view. Games, movies, even spreadsheets look fabulous on this glossy screen.
State of the Art Accessories
The new iMac is packaged with the wireless Magic Mouse as a standard accessory, giving you multi-function swipe, scroll, and click for your desktop, just like a portable. The wireless trend continues with the wireless aluminum keyboard with a flat profile to add comfort to your daily computing.
With pleasing aesthetics, aluminum construction, and LED backlighting, the new iMac is sure to stand out—or blend in—on your desk or workspace. The added power and performance make this computer a strong contender for the desktop computing market.
Flipboard is a new app for the iPad that markets itself as a “personalized, social magazine” (flipboard.com). The idea behind Flipboard is to put your social media stream into one place, and make a beautiful, easy-to-use user interface. When you first log in to Flipboard, you connect it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It then aggregates the feeds from your accounts into a magazine-like UI. It is most known for its beautiful interface and the page-turn functionality – a little bit antiquated, but nevertheless well-executed. You cannot directly post to Facebook or twitter form Flipboard, but you can comment on or like material. Flipboard not only pulls in the feeds but it also looks at links in the feeds and gathers other information from the web, to create an overall pleasing experience.
The Apple Magic Trackpad uses the same brilliant Multi-Touch technology as the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and MacBook Pro. It supports natural gestures as you can swipe through web pages as you would a book and even scroll with your fingers up and down the page. With the smooth wear-resistant glass of the Magic Trackpad, you use it just as you would a customary mouse but with added features. With Bluetooth technology, the Magic Trackpad connects to your Mac up to 33 feet so you can surf the web from the comfort of your sofa and have a more organised workspace. At just £59, the Magic Trackpad comes with two AA batteries so it is ready to use right out of the box with your Mac.
Leather is a rugged and beautiful medium to carry and to cover with. Crafted from top grain leather, the TUCH Minimalist sleeves and cases are a wonderful example of a lightweight, sleek and sophisticated case that enhance rather than hide the beauty of the products they carry. The TUCH line is made for the iPhone, iPad and MacBook.
As minimalist products, the one or two piece cases and sleeves are laser cut and assembled by hand with no stitching or glue. They are quite functional cases. The iPhone sleeve doesn’t require removal to charge, change the volume or use the headset jack. There are holes for the speakers as well, so sound is not hindered. The sleeve also holds up to 4 credit cards.
The soft inner lining cradles whatever you’re carrying. TUCH products are made to fit a bit snug in the beginning, but within a week the leather begins to form itself around whatever it’s carrying. The color also begins to age and patina into your unique, tailored piece of work. The Naked products are made of unadulterated veg tanned leather and the aging process is simply beautiful. There is also an Obsidian version that is black through dyed leather. There have been several limited editions as the designer has come across unique leather color and textures.
If you are looking for a beautiful, rugged, sleek and sophisticated carrying case or sleeve for your iPhone, iPad or MacBook, the minimalist leather TUCH products are a reasonably priced option that provides a unique long-lasting protective solution.
The Compass is the newest innovation to aid the consumer‘s use of the new iPad and it’s technology. The Compass is manufactured by TwelveSouth and is a folding easel for the iPad that is as mobile as the iPad users themselves. The stand is made of heavy gauge steel so users can rest assured it will withstand daily uses for a long time to come. While the stand is solid in its design and material it is still versatile. While using the Compass mobile stand you can operate your iPad in either hands free or hands on mode.
The stand allows you to view your iPad in landscape or portrait mode as an easel and folds up to be a little larger than any candy bar. The user is able to slip the Compass into its protective traveling sleeve and toss it in their knapsack, backpack, laptop bag, or purse if they wish. TwelveSouth has hit the nail on the head with this product by offering users the ability to place the Compass in two different modes. One mode made perfect for typing and the other is perfect for iPhoto slideshows and presentations.
If iPad revolutionized the way that education, business and the retail industry as a whole, then the new Compass mobile stand from TwelveSouth has revolutionized our ability to use and manipulate the iPad itself. The stand is a key accessory to purchase for anyone buying or receiving an iPad. It allows the user to make full use of the device while still maintaining its portability and versatility.
In a not-so-inconspicuous reference to the extinct dodo bird of the 17th century, the DODO case for iPad and iPad 3G will offer a hard-shell case protection from extinction for your iPad. Following suit with the Nook and the Kindle for providing stylish, protective cases, the iPad can be used directly from within the case, and there is no need for removal at any time.
The hard case is made to fit the iPad and no other gadget, so it provides a very snug fit tailored exactly to the height, width and thickness of the iPad that it iPad will not fall out of unless shaken violently while upside down.
The 1st edition DODO case is made by hand in San Francisco, California using traditional book binding techniques that have been used for centuries. It gives the appearance of a traditional, Moleskine-style journal, and is a beautiful reference to the combination of new and old media technologies. It comments on Gutenburg’s opening up of doors of information to the public by mass-producing the book, and on how the iPad is opening up portals upon portals of convenient information and entertainment through portable internet. You can even hold the case like a book when reading a web page if you like.
The DODO case also works as a stand for your iPad. By folding the cover of the case back on itself, you can view your iPad in portrait or landscape views, or even flat with a bit of a raised surface to make typing easier.
While the new iPhone got all the press, it wasn’t the only announcement at Macworld. A new Mac Mini was also released, switching the tiny computer over to a completely aluminum shell to match the company’s other offerings. The new design is larger, covering about 20cm square with a height of 3.6cm. This is about 4cm wider and longer than the previous Mini and 1.6cm taller. However, the power supply has been integrated into the case so the overall size of the system is smaller than the previous design.
Inside, the hardware is similar to the 13″ MacBook. Graphics have been upgraded to NVIDIA’s GeForce 320M which runs about 80% faster than the previous 9400M. 802.11n is now standard
Video comes from a Mini Display port or an HDMI port, a first for Apple. This allows the Mini to connect directly to an HDTV.
All of the plugs are mounted on the rear including the SD card slot, which makes using it a bit awkward. Data and peripheral connections are handled by four USB ports and a single Firewire port. DDR3 RAM has been added, and a panel has been added to make it much easier for owners to install third-party RAM.
The Mini comes in two versions: For £649 you get a desktop-oriented computer with a 2.4Ghz Core Duo processor, 320GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM. A new server-oriented Mini uses a 2.66Ghz Core Duo processor and manages to cram two 500GB hard drives in the tiny case. It comes with OSX Snow Leopard Server and 4GB of memory for £929.
With each new generation, the Apple iPhone becomes a more powerful, more spectacular device. The iPhone 4 is no exception. It has several new, much-requested features, along with the same fantastic interface of previous iPhone generations.
One of the most spectacular new features of the iPhone 4 is its brilliant screen, which has a much better resolution than earlier models. The new screen must be seen to be appreciated. Text looks much clearer, and pictures have astounding quality. The updated camera, which now hosts a flash and a simple reverse-view for taking pictures of oneself, makes it easy to get great shots to view on the new screen. A digital zoom also makes the iPhone 4′s camera much more formidable.
The iPhone 4 seems much faster than previous incarnations, although the jump in speed from the 3GS to the 4 isn’t as significant as the jump from the 3G to the 3GS. That’s not a complaint–it’s one of the fastest and most powerful smart phones on the market, and the new speed of the iPhone 4 puts it easily ahead of its competition.
The sleek new design of the iPhone 4 means that the phone is less likely to slip out of your hands, and it’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical. Overall, if you’ve waited to get an iPhone, the iPhone 4 makes it easy to get on board with the flagship Apple device. It’s fast, feature-packed, and superior to every other model of Apple iPhone ever released.
The Apple iPad has received some criticism–mainly from regular Apple detractors–for its relatively high price tag and low feature set. Much of this criticism centered around the device’s inability to multitask. However, with the latest Apple OS software update, the iPad has gained multitasking abilities, and it’s now fair to say that it’s a formidable machine.
It’s best not to think of the Apple iPad as a traditional computer, since it’s designed for tablet functions. There’s no better device for reading the morning paper or viewing art prints, and the touch screen of the iPad brings a whole new level of intuitiveness to computers. That’s the most astounding part of the iPad in a nutshell: it doesn’t feel like a computer. It feels almost like an extension of oneself, and its brilliant screen and competent processor make it a formidable opponent for other touchscreen devices on the market.
iPad owners can use their computers in typical ways, however. A Bluetooth keyboard can be paired with the iPad, allowing for easier typing, although the touchscreen does a fairly good job. There are a number of cases on the market that allow the iPad to be propped up like a typical laptop when necessary.
Ultimately, the Apple iPad is one of the most exciting computing devices to come out in the last decade. Whether it’s used for ebook reading, music listening, or a variety of other functions, it’s an exciting and fun device with an astounding, innovative feel–perfect for computer users everywhere.
This discreet and portable charger boasts a very impressive 5000mA battery. This means your will be able to charge your iPhone over 4 times before the Pebble starts running low on juice. The device is compatible with any gadget that charges via USB, so your camera, phone and MP3 Player will never run out of charge with the Pebble around. So if you’re planning a minibreak or going to a festival this summer the Pebble is well worth popping in your bag or suitcase
This nifty little plastic fob flips open to reveal a short cable with an iPod connector on one end and a USB 2.0 plug on the other. Simply pop it in your pocket and you can charge and sync your beloved gizmo wherever you may roam.
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With Mac World Expo 2009 looming the rumour mill is at full power predicting what is next Apple will do next and more significantly what may be launched at their last outing at Mac World. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone knows about the Apple iPod Touch, it is basically an iPhone without the phone. Well it seems Apple are not happy with that description and have revamped the iPod Touch with a new design, a bump in memory to 32GB of storage and an increased battery life. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple TV is a small white box that sits under your TV in your lounge or Home theatre and acts like a media hub. You can store photos, music and videos on its hard drive and it hooks up to your network for internet access in order to connect to the Apple iTunes store. From iTunes the Apple TV will enable you to buy or rent movies and TV shows in both standard and High Definition and Apple is always releasing new software updates for the Apple TV – such as the ability to view youtube videos and download Podcasts direct to your TV.
Apple designed their new Cinema LED displays with the MacBook in mind, and it shows. The new 24inch LED cinema display is styled like the iMac and the new MacBooks with aluminium surround and sleek lines. There is even a 3 in one cable that allows the screen to power your MacBook laptop so that you dont have to bother getting the power cable for your laptop out of your bag. Read the rest of this entry »
This is probably the sexiest computer there is, sleek lines, stylish aluminium exterior and glossy black LCD screen. If you have yet to switch to Mac, you’ll be forgiven for not knowing how great the operating system is, for not understanding how stable and user friendly Mac OSX has become. So back to the iMac, its fast, you can fill it with 4GB of RAM, its silent and its going to look fantastic in your lounge, office, bathroom… It’s not a games machine but seriously you will wonder how you survived without it.
The first iPhone was a revolutionary phone, but the 3G iPhone is the must have device of 2008. Combining all of the cool usability and style of the first iPhone the 3G iPhone now has the speed of 3G and the uefulness of thousands of applications via the appstore. No self respecting person is without an iPhone!
Once you have joined the iPhone cult make sure you get yourself the Best iPhone Apps.
Apple introduces their new stunning 13inch Macbook, featuring aluminiun chasis, stylish 13.3inch backlit LED desplay and enhanced graphics performance due to the Nvidia GeForce 9400M. Still got the old MacBook, could be time to upgrade!
If you are looking for the ultimate work horse of a computer you have to consider the Apple Mac Pro. For the creative workers amongst you it is the default option, the next step above the stylish iMac and a lot more upgradeable to boot. Read the rest of this entry »
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