Is TextExpander the First Dual iPhone / iPad App?

TextExpander iPhone and iPad app

Here’s the description of what’s new in the latest version of the TextExpander app for iPhone:

updates for iPhone OS 3.2

That’d be updates for the OS the iPad currently runs.  Hopefully this means the app’s package now contains versions optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad.  It’s quite a useful looking app for both devices as well – letting you create and use short abbreviations for commonly used phrases.

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Hard Candy Cases Announces Range of iPad Cases [iPad Accessories]

Hard Candy iPad cases

Hard Candy Cases, a recent entrant into the Apple accessory market, announced today a new line of cases designed for the iPad.  The distinctive line of cases will debut in March, timed to the iPad sales launch.  
“Unique to Hard Candy Cases, all of our designs – even the hard shells – feature rubber bumpers that are crafted to add premium protection, look cool and also allow us to start the expensive tooling process now, before the final iPad is available to measure,” said Tim Hickman, CEO of Hard Candy Cases and former GM of Speck Products. 

I’m still not feeling burned out on seeing new iPad cases and accessories news each day – maybe because I don’t feel like I’ve seen ‘the perfect case’ for me just yet, and also because I think there’s still lots of scope for new and creative accessories for the iPad.

This new range of five iPad cases from Hard Candy Cases looks interesting and features options from quite light to ‘semi-rugged’ looking.  You can check out all the details of these cases – priced from $39.95 to $49.95 – at Hard Candy’s site:

Via: Gear Diary

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IBM Bringing Lotus Apps to the iPad ‘as fast as possible’ [iPad Apps]



An IBM official told Forbes that the company not only wants to reach out to the small-but-growing number of iPhone users in the enterprise, but also use the new applications as a starting point from which to build App Store software for the forthcoming iPad.

"Our customers are looking at the iPad and they’re excited about it," said Alstair Rennie, IBM’s manager of Lotus software. "No one quite knows its use patterns yet, but it’s our intention to deliver as much of our portfolio as possible on it as fast as possible."

Good news if you’re a Lotus Notes user, through your work or just for fun (???), and a soon-to-be iPad owner.  IBM is planning to release Lotus corporate collaboration software ‘sometime near the debut of the hardware’.

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iPad Tech Specs: Display, Storage, Battery & Power


I thought as part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device.  You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.

So here are the details for the Display, Capacity, Processor, and Battery and Power for the iPad:

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

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Wired Magazine Coming to the iPad This Summer


Wired Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson announced at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference on Friday that the publication would be releasing its content for the iPad by summer.

Great stuff.  I am looking forward to getting back into reading newspapers and magazines on the iPad, as it’s something I do more and more rarely with printed publications of this kind.  And Wired is just the sort of magazine that strikes me as lending itself very well to the iPad as a publishing medium,

It should be an ideal title for taking advantage of some of the multimedia power of the iPad.

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Microsoft ‘Looking at’ Bringing Office to the iPad?


Microsoft has revealed to T3 that it is looking at the possibily of releasing Office for Mac for the Apple iPad, although any official word is far from confirmed.

"Yeah, it’s something that we’re looking at," said Microsoft Senior Product manager Mike Tedesco. "Obviously the announcement (of the iPad) is really fresh and there’s nothing to announce or nothing that I can talk to you about today.

There’s been lots of good news and rumors this week about increasing business support for, and interest in, the iPad.  One of the bigger headline items is this one about the prospect of MS Office coming to the iPad. 

I’m sure this would be a big win for Apple, although personally I very rarely need any Office apps – as I get by just fine with Google Documents and other similar apps.  If Office does come to the iPad, it will be fascinating to see how it is priced – given that Apple’s own iWork apps are going for just $9.99 each.

How big a deal would Office on the iPad be for you all?

Source: T3 via iPad in Canada

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A Good Reason Why iBooks Is Not a Built-in iPad App?


I noticed some time back that the (very pretty looking) iBooks app is not a built-in app on the iPad, even though it was demo-ed and talked about quite a bit at the iPad launch event.  It’s a free download from the App Store instead, and like others I’d been wondering why.

I think the reason put forward in the tweet above from @perfy to John Gruber (of Daring Fireball) is a very good one.

Rather than having to wait on OS updates to tweak the iBooks app, it can be updated whenever, just like any other App Store app – except probably without rejections backed by loony tune reasons and such-like. :)

Via: Daring Fireball

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iPad Apps I Want to See: WinAdmin, Remote Access Apps

WinAdmin iPhone app

I’m spending a lot of time lately thinking about apps, and types of apps, that I’m really looking forward to seeing on the iPad.  More often than not I’m thinking about iPhone apps that would just reach a whole new level on the iPad.

Like remote access apps – those apps that allow you to remotely connect to a home computer or a server in a corporate environment if you’re a technical type.  There are a number of very good apps for the iPhone that provide this capability – from VNC apps to well-established services like LogMeIn.

My personal favorite for connecting to Windows machines running RDP (Terminal Services) is the excellent WinAdmin app.

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Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: Hulu Could Be Coming to the iPad


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TechCrunch has a good post up outlining some fairly strong rumors that Hulu may be coming to the iPad.

But that could change by the time the iPad launches in March. One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked directly by Om Malik whether Hulu has any plans for the iPad, CEO Jason Kilar recently hemmed and hawed about how he is a big believer in mobile, but wouldn’t confirm or deny anything.

The article points out that though it would be a challenge to rejig the service for the iPad – which relies heavily on Flash (which is not allowed on the iPhone or iPad) – it is certainly very do-able as well.

Check out the TechCrunch article for much more detail on this:

What do you all think of this rumor?  Would this be a ‘killer app’ for you if it does make it to the iPad?

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iPad Giveaway Contest at everythingiCafe – Win a Free iPad


everythingiCafe is my favorite iPhone forum site, and has been for a very long time.  It’s a great place to get troubleshooting advice on an iPhone problem, and to discuss all sorts of iPhone-related topics (and even plenty of off-topic stuff).

EIC is covering the iPad as well now – and they’ve got a great giveaway contest going – where you have a chance to win a free 16GB iPad.

Entering for a chance to win is very easy – you basically just need to be a member at EIC (new or existing), have an avatar, and make 5 quality posts between now and March 31st. 

A winner will be chosen on or around April 1st.  Head on over here to get yourself in with a chance to win yourself an iPad, and to enjoy the lovely EIC community:

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Waterfield Designs Announces a Couple of iPad Cases

Waterfield Designs Ultimate iPad sleeve protection 

I’m seeing announcements of new cases and accessories for the iPad more and more frequently just lately.  Here’s one that caught my eye yesterday when my friend Dan mentioned them over at Gear Diary.

It’s the Ultimate iPad SleeveCase from Waterfield Designs, and it looks quite sleek and attractive to me.  I especially like that you can choose whether you want the case in horizontal or vertical orientation.

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