Recommended: Mike Cane’s Sneak Peek at the iPad’s iBookstore


Mike Cane is a real books guy.  Books are his thing, as he says. He’s got two very good posts up at his iPad Test site offering his thoughts on the iPad’s iBookstore, after getting a recent sneak peek at it, and highlighting some unexpected free titles in the fledgling store.

He’s got lots of good insights and screenshots, covering everything from pricing levels (which he points out may well not reflect what we’ll see when the store opens) to the rather clunky sorting options offered in the Free Books section.

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iPad Apps Coming Soon: PhotoFramePlus from Chilli X

PhotoFramePlus iPad app

Chilli X – makers of PhotFrame for iPhone – have announced the upcoming release of their new PhotoFramePlus for the iPad.

The ‘Plus’ in the app’s name is based on the thought that ‘Apple’s implementation of the photo slideshow left a lot to be desired‘.

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iPad Countdown Dashboard Widget

iPad countdown dashboard widget

Hurrrah – there’s a Dashboard widget to show you a precise countdown of how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds are left until the iPad launches.

This is great for me because it means I can not only count on my fingers ‘Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday …’ – I can also bang the F12 key and see that there are precisely 4 days, 11 hours, 3 minutes, and 28 seconds left while I’m writing this.  Now I just need one for the iPhone and possibly my car dashboard as well. :)

If you’re in this same sort of sad condition as I am, or even close, here’s where you can grab a free download for the widget:

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Countdown to iPad – Super Reader (Use Case 44)

Defender of Innovative Thought
Defender of Innovative Thought

Sleeker than a common e-reader.
More colorful than the gloomy Sony.
Able to speed through content with a single swipe.

Look! Up in the sky!
It’s a Nook. It’s a Kindle. It’s Super-reader!

Yes, it’s Super-reader – strange visitor from Infinite Loop who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal devices. Super-readerexceeding your ability to understand how it works, sort of magical, and who, disguised as iPad, so simple… so thin… so light… yet so capable… is changing the way we do things everyday, without so much as a pointing device. Continue reading

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iPad Video Goodness: Pashyn’s ‘the iPad song’


I really like this ‘parody’ song about the iPad.  I’m finding it very catchy and easy to hit replay on.  My daughter’s parakeet also likes it, and she has displayed nothing but impeccable music tastes in the few weeks we’ve had her.

The idea and lyrics for the song are from technology blogger and YouTuber @pashyn.  The singing is by her best friend @uitahiti.

This one will get a lot of plays this week in my house.  One more thing it makes me think – given the emphasis on the line in the song, these girls are going to be big users of iPad accessoreeeeeeeez. :)

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Woz Doesn’t Want an iPad – He Wants 3 iPads!


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one early adopter is steve wozniak, who cofounded apple with jobs. woz has already ordered three ipads and plans to camp out in front of an apple store the night before the ipad’s debut, just for kicks.
"we all say we want things to be simpler, and now here is this simple thing. i think it will be a huge success," wozniak says."

Good stuff.  Wonder what / who the three are for. 

Source: Newsweek via Gadgets on The Go

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BoardBox for iPad: 15 Board Games in One App

BoardBox iPad app

The upcoming Boardbox for iPad app touts itself as …

the most graphically-rich, realistic board game app on Apple iPad!

It offers a nice range of board games all within one iPad app – including stalwarts like Chess (5 variants of it), Checkers, Tic Tac Toe, and Reversi.

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DRO Concepts’ Carbon Fiber iPad Case – Now Available to Order

DRO Concepts_ Carbon Fiber iPad Cases

If you’re after a slick, carbon fiber iPad case, you’ll want to give this new case from DRO Concepts a look. 

We are very excited to release our new carbon fiber iPad Case. The only real carbon fiber case available for the Apple iPad. Utilizing a proprietary lay-up of real carbon fiber that is not only incredibly strong but also ultra light (weighs 0.4 lbs). Like all of our carbon fiber products this case is crafted entirely by hand and provides a beautiful high gloss finish. Exotic yet sophisticated styling is topped off with an intelligent design that allows for easy access to the iPad while providing maximum protection. Each of our carbon fiber iPad cases is lined with supple neoprene for additional impact and scratch protection. Just slide the iPad in, close the secure strap, and you are on your way with one amazingly protective and sharp looking case.
The iPad case will fit both the Wifi and 3G versions of the Apple iPad.

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Oh, Lots More iPad Apps & App Store Preview Shots at BGR

iPad App Store

Man, BGR always seems to have some amazing insider sources.  They’ve got a huge gallery of screenshots of upcoming iPad apps and the iPad App Store itself.  The BGR guys say the shots look ‘absolutely delicious‘ and I wouldn’t argue with that.

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Countdown to iPad – Farewell to Poingo (Use Case 43)

iPad - taking learning to a new level
iPad - taking learning to a new level
One of the most clever interactive technologies I have encountered can be seen at A year of so ago I had the opportunity to provide my youngest 2 glorious OOH-n-AAH! filled days. We immediately fell for the quirky Poingo charm. So much so that we set out to buy her some of her own books. That’s when the magic started to fade. I soon discovered this singular experience to be truly rare indeed, as only a couple of titles were available. Continue reading

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Contest: Tell Us Your Favorite iPad Use Case, Win an Apple iPad Case

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One Free Apple iPad Case To Be Won

Contest Deadline: Tuesday March 30, 1:00PM US Central

As many of you know, Russell has been sharing lots of great iPad Use Cases articles over recent weeks.  Hopefully you’ve been enjoying these as much as I have.  He has really given us a veritable banquet table’s worth of food for thought on great ways to use the iPad at work and at play – and he’s still pumping them out!

Now we’d like to hear from you on your favorite iPad use case, and we’ll give a new Apple iPad case to one lucky winner here this Tuesday.  Read on for details on how easy it is to enter for a chance to win the case …

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