Ditching iPad 2 for the Kindle Fire For a Day

Diting the iPad to for the Kindle Fire

Can an iPad 2 lover ditch Apple’s awesome tablet in favor of the Kindle Fire for a whole day? In a word, almost. I decided to give it a try. The Wednesday after the Fire shipped, I left my iPad at home for the day – or at least most of it. Reading That morning I sat […]

Gift Guide: Top Gadgets, Tech, and Toys For Tweens

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By the time your kid reaches the tween stage, toys start to give way to actual gadgets on the wish list. While you’re probably not ready to break out the cash for expensive technology, there are some great devices that will keep your tween entertained and help you teach them about tech responsibility. Of course, […]

TouchFire Aims to Make Typing Easier on the iPad 2

TouchFire_ The Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad by Steve Isaac & Brad Melmon — Kickstarter

Typing on touch screens is something that you either love or hate. Lots of sweat and energy go into developing new methods of getting info into our small mobile devices. On screen keyboards work for some and not for others. Some are looking at Apple’s Siri as a way to avoid keyboard entry. Certainly Swype […]

Gift Guide: Tech Toys and Gadgets for Kids

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Kids love tech and gadgets just as much as adults, and are often quite partial to the same toys their parents bring home. While that’s not always an ideal situation, giving them their own gadgets to play with will satisfy their techie hearts. But don’t hide that iPad or iPhone away just yet, because several […]

iOS 5.0.1 OTA Update Seems to be Working Very Smoothly

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Today Apple released iOS 5.0.1, an update to its latest mobile OS that many were eagerly awaiting because Apple claims it will fix battery life issues that many have been experiencing. It’s too early to know how will that works or doesn’t. (The update has only been out for a couple of hours as of […]

NaNoWriMo: Are Tablets Good For Writers?

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A few weeks ago author N. K. Jemisin () asked me to help her find an office app for iPad or Android tablets that would allow her to accept and reject Word’s track changes and view comments. We found a partial solution in SoftMaker Office, but it still has drawbacks and isn’t available for the […]

Tech Gifts for Sports Lovers

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Maybe you’re looking for a great gadget to give to a loved one this holiday season. Or maybe you’re looking for a sports related gift to give to somebody that is passionate about their local pro or college team. Well, how about combining both? Here you’ll find five gadgets that are perfect for somebody that […]

Tablet Gift Guide – 6 Best Devices for the 2011 Holiday Season

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2011 has undoubtedly been the year of the tablet. From the millions of  iPad 2s sold, to the fall of the HP TouchPad, to the impending rise of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, slates have dominated technology headlines throughout the course of the year. And while the growth of the tablet market is good for (some of) […]

iPad and Android Apps Help Autistic Kids Communicate

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Tablets and other mobile technology have become so ubiquitous that we sometimes forget how much impact they’ve had on our lives. This is especially true for people living with disabilities. One example of that is apps that help non-verbal kids with autism communicate with their parents and peers. Yesterday Robert Scoble posted about a new iPad […]

DirecTV iPad App Updated, Now Features Live Streaming TV

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DirecTV has updated its iPad application today and included in the update is a feature that many who use the service have been anticipating since it debuted for the iPad earlier this year. That feature of course is live streaming television. That’s right. Those of you with the DirecTV app can now stream 38 channels […]

Thoughts After Spending Some Time with iOS 5

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Today marks two weeks into the era of IOS 5. I’ve been using it on an iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, an iPad 2, an original iPad, and an iPod Touch. Apple made some nice changes with iOS 5 and more importantly introduced some changes that hopefully will pay off in the future. But at […]

How To Tell If You’re Sending an iMessage or a Text on iOS 5

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iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S have only been out for a short time, but I’m already getting asked a lot of questions about the new iMessage app. Common questions include, “Why there are green bubbles and blue bubbles?” and “Why can’t I send iMessages to a friend’s iPhone?” These are all good questions, and I hope to help […]

Smart Cover Breaks iPad PassCode Locks on iPad 2

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Hold on to your iPad 2. Even if you PassCode lock your precious iPad, anyone with a Smart Cover can break in and access whatever you had up on your last use. This new security flaw comes days after we shared that Siri will allow users to access your contacts, send texts, set up reminders […]

I’ve Got a New Favorite Stylus: Aponyo Click Stylus

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The search for the perfect stylus to use with an iPad is a never ending one. I’ve tried many and quite a few work well and get the job done. But I’ve added a new one to the mix (actually two new ones) and they come from a company called Aponyo. Aponyou manufacturers styli, headphones […]

iOS 5 Manuals Now Available

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We have always lived in a world of “we don’t need no stinking manuals.” But  every now and then it is nice to have a reference to fall back on, even when it may not give you all you need to know. iOS 5 manuals for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad are now […]

How To Get iCloud’s Photo Stream Working On A Windows PC

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Now that you’ve downloaded iOS 5 to your iPad (well, hopefully…) you can sign up for an iCloud account and start syncing and backing up your data across devices. This includes Photo Stream, which automatically saves all the pictures you take on your iPad or iPhone to the cloud and to synced devices. Though iCloud […]

Getting Error 3200 When Upgrading to iOS 5? You’re Not Alone

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Just a short time ago, I told you about the issues I was having with upgrading my iPhone 3GS and my iPad 2 to the latest piece of Apple software, iOS 5. I kept trying and each time, I was greeted with an error called ‘Error 3200′. At first, I figured that it had to […]

iOS 5 Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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The time has finally come for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners as Apple has pushed out the iOS 5 update, its latest and greatest piece of mobile software. It has been 128 days since Apple announced the software at WWDC 2011 and just a few short days since it made the October 12th release […]

Facebook iPad App Arrives Today, Finally

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The long wait for an official Facebook iPad application appears to be over as ThisIsMyNext is reporting that Facebook plans on rolling out the software to owners of Apple’s tablet at some point today. If you saw the leak that occurred all the way back in July, then there won’t be very many surprises when […]