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Apple Shows iOS 5, iPad 3 This Year?, 5 iPad Keyboards Tested, Free Dragon Dictation, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2011.06.13

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Apple Previews iOS 5 with Over 200 New Features

iOS 5

PR: On Monday, Apple previewed iOS 5, the latest version its mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users this fall. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.

"OS 5 has some great new features, such as Notification Center, iMessage and Newsstand and we can't wait to see what our developers do with its 1,500 new APIs," commented CEO Steve Jobs. "Perhaps iOS 5's paramount feature is that its built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading."

With iOS 5 and iCloud, you just enter your Apple ID and password and iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer.

Notification Center provides iOS 5 users with an innovative way to easily access all notifications - text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, all in one place, from anywhere in iOS 5. When they arrive, notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen without interrupting what you're doing. With one swipe you can see all your notifications, and a simple tap will take you right to its app for more detail. Notifications also appear on the lock screen, with the ability to be taken to the notifying app with just one swipe.

Newsstand is an easy-to-organize bookshelf displaying the covers of all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place. A new section of the App Store features just subscription titles, and allows users to quickly find the most popular newspapers and magazines in the world. If subscribed to, new issues appear in the Newsstand and are updated automatically in the background so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art.

Safari is the world's most popular mobile browser, and with iOS 5 its now even better. New features include Safari Reader, which gets all the clutter out of the way and sets the right font size on a web page, so you can easily scroll and read through a story; Reading List, so you can save articles to read later and they automatically show up on all your iOS devices; and Tabbed Browsing, which makes it easy to flip between multiple web pages on iPad.

iOS 5 includes built-in Twitter integration, so you can sign in once and then tweet directly from all your Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap. New APIs give third party developers the ability to take advantage of the single sign-on capability for their own iOS 5 apps.

iMessage in iOS 5 brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to all of your iOS devices - iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Built right into the Messages app, iMessage allows you to easily send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over WiFi or 3G. iMessages are automatically pushed to all your iOS 5 devices, making it easy to maintain one conversation across your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption.

The new Reminders app helps you manage your tasks; create and group related tasks together; and set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates, so you can be reminded of a task as its deadline approaches, or when you arrive or depart a given location. Reminders can also be viewed in iCal and Outlook and are updated automatically.

New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject. The new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove redeye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go.

With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box with no computer required, and iOS software updates are delivered over the air and installed with just a tap. WiFi Sync in iOS 5 transfers and backs up your content securely over SSL and wirelessly syncs purchased content from your device to your iTunes library.

Additional new features in iOS 5 include:

  • Game Center, now with the ability to add photos to your profile, purchase new games from within the Game Center app and easier ways to find friends and new games;
  • Mail enhancements which include the ability to compose messages using draggable addresses, and a new formatting bar with bold, italics, underline and indention controls;
  • AirPlay Mirroring to wirelessly display everything you do on your iPad 2 right on your HDTV through Apple TV; and
  • a system-wide split keyboard to make it even easier to type on your iPad.

The iOS 5 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (fourth generation), and iPod touch (third generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products.

iPad 3 Arriving Before Christmas?

Wall Street Journal blogger Dave Kansas says market research firm CLSA believes Apple will release iPad 3 in time for the holiday season, with a better display and LTE (Long Term Evolution) support, but he doesn't expect an LTE iPhone in 2011.

Publisher's note: LTE is a step beyond today's G3 but not yet fully compliant with the 4G standard, although it is often marketed as such. LTE is a global standard that supersedes the GSM-CDMA divide. With the next generation iPhone expected around September, it would be quite surprising to see the iPad 3 with LTE but not have it present in the latest iPhone. dk

iPad 3 for Holiday Season with LTE & Improved Display?

Online Social Media's Debbie Turner says she hears new reports that an iPad 3 may be here in time for the holiday season with LTE capability and an improved display, with scuttlebutt from industry sources reporting that component suppliers for the iPad 3 are already being certified by Apple, and Asia-based CLSA issuing a research note saying its checks suggest Apple will release iPad 3 in time for the holiday season.

Writer Tests Five iPad Keyboards Under Deadline

Cnet's John Scott Lewinski relates that sometimes gadget reviewers need to turn to their test products in an emergency, and he found himself in that very predicament on deadline for Cnet just as the hard drive in his MacBook Pro decided to fail terminally with only a couple hours left to hand in a commentary on the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's "moon speech". Consequently, he had to turn to his iPad to get the piece written and submitted to the news desk.

However, he says he just can't abide the iPad's virtual onscreen keyboard for entering text for anything more than an email or a Facebook post. He says he's tried, but he ends up with "typed-up pseudo-English" when he can't hear the comforting "click" of keyboard strokes. So Lewinski unpacked the five keyboards he had on hand to review: the Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard from ThinkGeek, Logitech Keyboard Case by Zagg for iPad 2, the Apple Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard, the Omnio Wow-Keys, and the ThinkGeek Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad, observing that his personal crisis offered an excellent test as to how fast he could get these items out of the box and working under pressure.

You can check out how he made out with the five keyboards here:

Apps That Make Your iPad Work Like a Laptop

Inc.com's Christina DesMarais maintains that with the right apps you can ditch your laptop and travel light with only your iPad. Use it with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and cover, such as the popular ZAGG or Brookstone models, and you can type as fast as ever.

But is it really possible to ditch your laptop altogether for business trips or even work itself?

An abundance of apps are tempting people to give it a try.

Limit Your Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation

EWG.org says:

"Scientists are exploring the health implications of cell phone radiation. Meanwhile, buy smart. Use Environmental Working Group's interactive database to find wireless devices with the lowest emissions and learn how to limit your family's exposures.

"EWG has listed emissions ratings for most if not all phones currently available from major carriers. You can also see all phones (current and legacy) or all Smartphones ranked by maximum radiation."

The iPhone ranks about mid-pack.

Cell Phones and Cancer: 8 Precautions Worth Taking

CIO's Bill Snyder notes that the World Health Organization issued a controversial report (PDF) at the end of May saying that radio frequency electromagnetic fields (fields in the 10 MHz to 300 GHz range) - which includes cell phones - "are possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B*) based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer."

That's scary, Snyder agrees, but "possibly" is a heck of a qualifier, and it's pretty clear that there's lots of room for disagreement about the safety of cell phones. If the evidence were as clear as the evidence that smoking causes cancer, the decision about using cell phones would be simple. But because it isn't, you have to decide for yourself, and it seems reasonable to take some precautions on the chance that we could be damaging our health, citing a list of eight compiled by Dr. Ronald Herberman of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute who testified before Congress about the dangers of cell phone use.

* This category (Group 2B) is used for agents for which there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and less than sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. It may also be used when there is inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity in humans but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. In some instances, an agent for which there is inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and less than sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals together with supporting evidence from mechanistic and other relevant data may be placed in this group. An agent may be classified in this category solely on the basis of strong evidence from mechanistic and other relevant data. (Italics original to source.)

The Competition

10.1" Toshiba Thrive Tablet Available for Preorder Starting at $429 MSRP

PR: Toshiba's Digital Products Division has confirmed details around the upcoming launch of the Thrive Tablet, its first Android-powered tablet for the US market. Previously introduced as the Toshiba Tablet, the Thrive Tablet is set to deliver a more complete tablet experience by offering to consumers a tablet designed to deliver more performance, features and connectivity options than other tablets.

Toshiba Thrive Tablet"The Thrive Tablet is a reflection of what consumers have come to expect from Toshiba products - finished innovation," says Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. "Designed to be complete, customizable, connected and convenient, the Thrive Tablet stands out from other tablets as it gives users features that are already familiar to them, as well as the freedom to integrate the device into their digital lifestyles."

Powered by the Nvidia Tegra 21 and Android 3.1, Honeycomb, the Thrive Tablet offers a convenient new way to connect, browse and enjoy videos, movies, games, photos, books and more. From its 10.1" diagonal high-resolution (1280 x 800) multitouch LED backlit widescreen display, consumers can enjoy a more complete web experience with fast browsing.

The display is enhanced by Toshiba's exclusive Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancement technologies to deliver great clarity and sharpness. A comfortable virtual keyboard with Swype technology makes typing easy, while a full suite of sensors, including a Gyroscope and Accelerometer, enable fast and smooth 360-degree screen rotation and control.

"The Android tablet market has been in its infancy for some time, but with new products coming to market we believe there is ample room for this category to grow," says Bob O'Donnell, vice president, Clients and Displays research at IDC. "The time is right for well-established PC manufacturers to deliver devices that are competitively priced, but aren't burdened with the often unnecessary and unwanted expense of a 3G data plan. In a world of multiple devices per person, these tablets serve as a great complement to a consumers computing and other mobile connected devices."

ports on Toshiba Thrive Tablet"The Thrive Tablet is the perfect sum of all its parts," says Barney. "We applied our technical and design expertise with mobile computing products and focused on a form factor that not only leverages the capabilities the Android platform has to offer, but reflects the way consumers are accustomed to using their PCs."

Designed for easy connectivity and continuity with other digital devices, the Thrive Tablet features a robust collection of familiar, full-size ports, including USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD Card slot, giving consumers the ability to easily sync and share their content with other devices. Preloaded applications, including Toshiba File Manager and PrinterShare make it easy to manage files and connect to a printer over a wireless network.

Toshiba Thrive TabletThe Thrive Tablet is equipped with a pair of high-resolution cameras, including a 2 MP front-facing webcam and 5 MP rear-facing camera. Stereo speakers tuned with sound enhancement technologies from Toshiba and SRS Labs deliver more natural sound and enhanced clarity for entertainment and video chatting.

Dressed in a unique Easy Grip finish, the Thrive Tablet features a unique slip-resistant surface that is soft to the touch and comfortable to hold. The only tablet to offer a removable back cover, consumers can easily personalize their tablet with color a selection of interchangeable back covers in five vibrant colors Blue Moon, Raspberry Fusion, Lavender Bliss, Silvery Sky and Green Apple will be available for $19.99 MSRP from participating retailers. A removable battery pack offers further flexibility, giving consumers the ability to swap out the battery as needed.

The Thrive Tablet delivers a full Android experience with robust multitasking and customization capabilities of Android 3.1, Honeycomb. Optimized for tablets, Honeycomb delivers a simple holographic UI, five customizable Home screens, plus a full suite of popular Google Mobile Service applications, including YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Music, Videos and more, in addition to Android Market.

Docking and Accessories

Toshiba will also offer a complete suite of accessories for the Thrive Tablet, including two docking stations, multiple cases and more.

The Toshiba Multi-Dock with HDMI is perfect for movie watching, web surfing or enjoying HD content. The dock includes a full-size HDMI port for connecting an HDTV or LCD monitor, two USB 2.0 ports for connecting a keyboard or external hard drive and a 3.5mm stereo audio port to take advantage of external speakers or headphones. The dock makes it easy to securely store and charge the Thrive Tablet using the AC Adapter included with the tablet. The Multi-Dock is priced at $59.99 MSRP.

The Toshiba Standard Dock with Audio Out features built-in 3.5mm stereo audio port that connects to external speakers or headphones and has a small footprint so it fits virtually anywhere. When docked, users can still easily access all the tablets built-in ports. The dock provides an ideal viewing angle to write emails and more using a Bluetooth wireless keyboard (sold separately) and also charges the tablet. The Standard Dock is priced at $39.99 MSRP.

The Portfolio 360 Case features a patent-pending rotating design that enables users to position the tablet at multiple viewing angles in both landscape and portrait modes without removing the tablet from the case. Its perfect for movie watching, viewing photos and emailing while in landscape mode and then easily rotates into portrait mode for ebook reading, web surfing and video chats. The case helps keep the Thrive Tablet safe and secure with a synthetic black leather hard-shell cover and retractable magnetic snap closure. The Portfolio 360 Case is priced at $59.99 MSRP.

The Thrive Tablet and corresponding accessories will be available for preorder on June 13 from participating retailers and ToshibaDirect.com at a starting MSRP of $429.994. Available memory configurations include 8 GB ($429.99 MSRP), 16 GB ($479.99 MSRP) and 32 GB ($579.99 MSRP) models. Full retail availability at major retailers and e-tailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Radio Shack, and hhgregg, will begin in mid-July.

Consumers can also participate in Toshiba's latest promotion for their chance to win the Thrive tablet. Details on how to enter can be found on Toshiba's Facebook page or at the link below.

Apps & Services

Free Dragon Dictation for iOS

Dragon DictationDragon DictationPR: Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, its up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself - all using your voice. So when you're on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages.

Dragon DictationFeatures

  • Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard
  • Submit text to Social Networking applications Twitter and Facebook
  • Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
  • Voice driven correction interface

System requirements:

  • Dragon Dictation requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
  • Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod touch (external microphone required).

LocatePC Mobile Tracker Apps Allow You to Your Locate Stolen or Missing iPhone and iPad

PR: LIGATT Security International has announced that its two new Apps - LocatePC Mobile Tracker Lite and Pro - are now able to track your stolen computer, iPhone, and iPad.

LocatePC Mobile Tracker Lite is a free application available on Apple's App Store that allows you to track your iPhone and iPad for free. You can track unlimited iPhones and iPads from one account. With LocatePC Mobile Tracker Lite as well as Pro, you can track all of your devices in real time from your iPhone or iPad on a secure website, locatepc.net. If you already have a full version of LocatePC or LocateMac software, you can track your computer with this App as well.

LocatePC Mobile Tracker Pro has all the same features of the Lite but you can take snap shots from your iPhone of the person using it. In addition you can download the full feature one- year subscription version of LocatePC/Mac software for your computer for only $4.99 instead of the $14.95 at LocatePC.net

"LocatePC is already a great product but with the new version of LocatePC Mobile Tracker, it gets even better," says Gregory Evans, CEO of LIGATT Security International. "We are very excited about this latest edition and I'm sure the customers will be just as excited once they see how effective the mobile tracker can be."

According to USA Today, employees lost laptops the most when they worked out of the office, followed by when an employee traveled. The study also showed that about 40% of laptops were lost off-site, while another third were lost in transit or travel, like an airport, train station or in a taxi.

LocatePC and LocateMac allows you to:

  • See a real-time map of your computer, iPhone or iPad's location anywhere in the world
  • Remotely shut down your computer from your iPhone
  • Send a text message directly to the computer's screen from your iPhone
  • Take snapshots of the thief using your computer and/or iPhone
  • Activate a key logger that records every key typed onto your computer
  • Check to make sure your LocatePC is running on your computer at all times

Bria for iPad, World's First Universal iOS Softphone

PR: Nearly one in four enterprises already use tablets, and by 2013, so will the majority of businesses, according to multiple analyst and vendor surveys of Chief Information Officers and IT managers. As this installed base grows, so does the opportunity for enterprises to leverage the tablet to minimize telephony costs while improving employee productivity and responsiveness.

To enable enterprises and mobile workers to capitalize on this trend, CounterPath Corporation announced the worldwide availability of Bria iPad Edition Version 1.0 via the Apple iTunes App Store. This standards-based, service agnostic softphone provides an intuitive user interface for making and receiving calls over a WiFi or a 3G/4G mobile connection, making it the first universal endpoint for iPad.

"With Bria iPad Edition, business users now can carry a single device that combines the best of their laptop, mobile phone and deskphone," says Todd Carothers, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products, CounterPath. "Tablets are quickly becoming the essential business tool for the mobile workforce, and we're also seeing an increase in personal devices being used for work. So based upon our success with Bria for iPhone, and Bria for Android, the iPad Edition was the natural next step to address both emerging trends."

Bria iPad Edition 1.0 supports multiple VoIP accounts and SIP protocols, Bluetooth headsets and native iOS multitasking. This enables business users and prosumers to access multiple personal and business accounts while simultaneously utilizing other applications or accessing documents on their iPad during a call.

Capable of working with any VoIP service provider, Bria iPad Edition supports hosted VoIP and IP-PBXs, effectively turning the iPad into a mobile desktop phone. Bria includes a list of preconfigured, CounterPath-approved ITSPs, making VoIP account setup fast and easy for users who either lack a VoIP provider or already use a CounterPath-approved ITSP.

Unlike other VoIP voice applications marketed for the iPad that were introduced primarily for the iPhone, Bria iPad Edition is designed specifically for all Apple iPads. This iPad-centric foundation means that Bria iPad Edition leverages the device's large, high-resolution display, providing a richer user experience that enhances the features found in the Bria iPhone Edition.

Bria iPad Edition's separated navigation panes make it effortless to find contact information and initiate calls. A one-touch popover dialpad is elegantly minimized yet easily accessible at all times, while the iPad's native keyboard is also available for entering alphanumeric SIP URL/addresses.

Other key features of Bria iPad Edition 1.0 include:

  • A customizable user interface specifically designed for the iPad. A visually engaging double-pane design logically organizes application features and enables simple and smooth transitions between tabs and sub-tabs. Includes options for custom background images and custom colors.
  • Bluetooth connectivity. When the iPad is paired with a compatible Bluetooth headset, the Bria client can be used to speak and listen providing the ability to be away from the iPad up to the range of the headset.
  • iTunes Auto Pause. When a call is placed or received, the audio from the iPad's iPod music application is automatically paused.
  • A wide variety of deskphone features, including call hold, transfer, conferencing, display and history, as well as contacts and a voicemail indicator.
  • iOS 4 multitasking, enabling access to other applications without interrupting calls. Bria iPad Edition softphone runs in the background and can be returned to quickly by a top-of-screen tap.
  • Advanced security and audio features. Secure call signaling and audio encryption plus codec support for G.711, G.722 wideband audio for lifelike sound, GSM, iLBC and an optional G.729 codec that is available for purchase within the app or through the Apple Store.

According to Infonetics Research, the VoIP services market reached nearly $50 billion in 2010. With more than 19 million iPads sold worldwide, Apple currently holds the majority of the growing tablet market. "CounterPath's Bria iPad Edition meets the needs of these rapidly converging markets, serving both the prosumer and enterprise consumer segments," Carothers said.

Like Bria iPhone Edition, Bria iPad Edition 1.0 integrates seamlessly with other CounterPath desktop and mobile VoIP solutions, as well as with enterprise and carrier infrastructure equipment from major vendors. CounterPath also develops customized white-label versions of Bria iPad Edition for carriers, OEMs and enterprise customers worldwide.

A version of Bria iPad Edition that includes support for video calls, SMS, Instant Messaging and presence will be available later this year.

Bria iPad Edition is available immediately in the Apple iTunes App Store. There is also an edition for iPhone and iPod touch.

TouchUp Pro, Perhaps the Easiest iOS Photo Editor You'll Ever Use

PR: esDot Development Studio has announced the release of TouchUp Pro - Photo Editor available for iPhone and iPad.

Built using Adobe AIR, TouchUp Pro offers a quick, clean interface that lets you edit photos in a matter of seconds. In terms of ease of use, this is hands down the best Photo Editing application available today.

Gone are the clunky buttons, over-designed interfaces and boring menu's. We've created a simple, lightweight interface that gets out of your way and lets you work with ease. Simple to use, but still powerful.

TouchUp ProFeatures Include:

  • Load pictures from Camera or Photo Library
  • Contrast/Brightness
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Rotation/Flip
  • Cropping
  • Red Eye Reduction
  • Blur/Sharpen
  • Color Shifting
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo

Touchup Pro also includes a long list of cool effects:

  • B & W
  • Vignette
  • Sepia
  • Sepia (Green)
  • Sepia (Red)
  • Red Pop
  • Dark Pop
  • Deep Purple
  • Green Tint
  • High Contrast
  • Low Saturation
  • High Saturation

All effects are stackable. Combine them to make a ton of different looks.

TouchUp ProMore filters are coming every month, and developers are currently hard at work on a completely new Advanced Effects panel, which will take everything one step further.

TouchUp Pro was made possible with the power of Adobe AIR. Using AIR, it's possible to deploy a high quality, consistent product to all major devices on the market today. Using Vector assets, they've created a scalable application which flows to fit the size of the device, working beautifully on any screen.

After completing the Android and PlayBook versions of TouchUp Pro in May, it was immediately decided to bring it to iOS users. The transition was easy, and in the end the performance on iOS exceeded expectations, becoming the best performing version of the App on any platform.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Currently featured in iTunes, under "New & Noteworthy" in the Photography category
  • Previously Featured as a Top 20 Featured App in Blackberry App World
  • Previously held position as Top 5 Paid App in Blackberry App World
  • 4.5/5 Star average review rating on Blackberry App World

Supported Devices:

  • iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch 3G or later, iPad
  • Tablet OS (Blackberry PlayBook)
  • All Android 2.2 devices

TouchUp Pro 2.2.11 is available from the iTunes App Store and BlackBerry App World for $1.99 in the Photography category.

Free PrintJinni for Epson Offers Mobile Printing from the Cloud

PR: Epson America, Inc. and Thinxtream Technologies have announced a free upgrade to the PrintJinni™ for Epson® mobile printing app, now delivering mobile printing from the cloud, enabling on-the-go users to access and print their files stored on various file sharing services.

In addition to printing Microsoft Office, PDF, and JPEG attachments from the Apple Mail App, PrintJinni for Epson now allows Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users to easily print stored documents from Apple iDisk, Box.net, and Dropbox to any Epson wireless all-in-one, including WorkForce, Artisan, and Stylus NX models1. Printing is easy and truly direct, without the need to install printer drivers or additional software on a Mac or PC.

"This new version of PrintJinni for Epson is an exciting milestone. Not only does it have a new and easy-to-use interface, it also allows users to print their documents directly from the Cloud," says Gregg Brunnick, group product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. "This means Apple device users can print even more documents on the go and provides a new level of convenience. It is also part of Epson's commitment to continue delivering superior performance and mobile capabilities to our customers."

In addition, the latest version of PrintJinni for Epson also offers an improved user interface, including intuitive icon-based navigation, a grayscale printing option for saving color ink and the ability to store up to five favorite printers.

"PrintJinni for Epson is quickly evolving into one of the most effective and convenient mobile printing apps on the market," says Robert Shibata, director of marketing, Thinxtream Technologies. "We are pleased to continuously deliver increased functionality and ease-of-use to Epson all-in-one users."

Features:

  • NEW - Print stored documents from file sharing services, including Apple iDisk, Box.net, and Dropbox
  • NEW - Intuitive icon-based navigation
  • NEW - Grayscale print option (for faster printing and color ink conservation)
  • NEW - Store previous printer addresses for convenience
  • Connects to Epson wireless all-in-ones over a wireless network
  • Previews and prints without the need for an intermediate computer, additional software or printer drivers
  • Prints PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents (Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Macintosh versions 2004 and 2008)
  • Print attachments directly from the Apple Mail App
  • Print web pages by web address (url)
  • Delivers secure encrypted communication for mobile printing

System requirements: Supports iPad2, iPhone 43, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch4

PrintJinni for Epson is free and available in the US and Canada on the Apple App Store, and includes a one-year subscription to PrintJinni Cloud Services. More information about Epson's mobile printing solutions is available on Epson's website.

  1. Supports the following Epson wirelessly enabled all-in-one printers: Epson Artisan 700, 710, 725, 800, 810, and 835; Epson Stylus NX420, NX510, NX515, and NX625; Epson WorkForce 325, 520, 600, 610, 615, 630, 633, 635 and 840.
  2. Supports Apple iPad running iOS 3.2.1, 4.2 and 4.3.
  3. Supports iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 through 4.3.
  4. Supports Apple iPod touch, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS running iOS 3.1.3 through 4.3.

Catalog Industry Goes Green on the iPad with Catalog Spree

PR: Catalog Spree, which claims to be the number one catalog shopping app, today announced it has amassed nearly 100,000 users and delivered more than 10 million pages of catalogs in less than two months. The app, launched on April 19, is consistently among the top 5 retail apps in the iPad App Store, alongside eBay, Amazon, Groupon, and Gilt. Out of 90,000 iPad apps available, Catalog Spree is among the 100 most downloaded and boasts an average engagement time of nearly 20 minutes per user.

Catalog SpreeCatalog Spree says it's committed to providing consumers with the power of discovery when it comes to new brands and is excited to offer it in a more environmentally friendly way. In 2010, they estimate that more than 22.5 million trees were consumed to print the 20 billion catalogs mailed in the US alone, enough to circle the Earth 133 times if they were stacked end-to-end. Catalog Spree now offers shoppers a digital enhancement of the classic catalog browsing experience that has been enjoyed since the 19th century (Montgomery Ward sent out the first catalog in 1872) while protecting the planet and its natural resources well beyond the 21st century.

"It's springtime and Hamilton Jewelers is going green," says Donna Bouchard, vice president with Hamilton Jewelers. "At Hamilton, we take great pride in evolving our business in step with innovation. We also take great care in creating our catalogs, recognizing them as true-to-life art that showcases our products as our customers will enjoy them. Digitizing it for the consumer that prefers to cut back on paper versions is a top priority. Catalog Spree gave us the opportunity to fulfill this request while keeping the integrity of our photo layouts completely intact, uncluttering our customers' inboxes, all while saving on unnecessary paper and postage costs. In our first month on the app, we have seen an increase in site traffic of over 28%. We are very optimistic about the vehicle and are planning our next catalog for a summer introduction of hot new items. As more and more consumers incorporate the iPad into their daily lives, we want them to take Hamilton Jewelers with them."

Catalog Spree

Adoption of iPads is quickly surpassing other popular consumer electronics, including game consoles and cell phones, with a story in CNN reporting that at this rate it will be a $9 billion/year business. Also, according to a recent article from emarketer, 41% of consumers surveyed cited shopping as a primary use of their iPad, with 54% saying apps were driving their use.

"Catalogs are the number one revenue driver for retailers who mail catalogs, but also the largest marketing cost. So while catalogers are sensitive to environmental concerns, it's easy to understand their hesitation to stop printing these valuable sales drivers," says Rick Binger, Chief Content Officer and cofounder of Padopolis, the creators of Catalog Spree. "At the same time, the catalog industry is the third largest consumer of paper, and the cost of paper and postage continue to rise every year. Retailers we've spoken to recognize Catalog Spree on the iPad as an alternative yet effective way to reach consumers while representing their product well, helping their bottom line and benefiting Mother Nature."

Catalog Spree's virtual shopping mall delivers a beautiful, fast and engaging place for consumers to quickly shop, share and browse through a variety of catalogs. Catalog Spree goes far beyond any app from a singular retailer or other catalog shopping application. Catalog Spree for iPad is the only app to preserve the same look and feel of the traditional catalogs delivered to homes. With a fast and straightforward user experience, including an easy to navigate "catalog library," Catalog Spree sets itself apart by loading instantly. The app allows people to make purchases from multiple retailers, while also saving and socializing favorites on Facebook and via email. Visit the website to see a video demonstration of Catalog Spree.

"Being a consistent presence in the top 10 free lifestyle apps in the iPad store is a tribute to the quality of the application for both retailers and consumers," says Joaquin Ruiz, Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Padopolis, the creators of Catalog Spree. "We look forward to further evolving the user experience and to adding more dynamic content in order to give consumers and retailers a friendly and exciting shopping environment that will truly redefine catalog shopping."

The application is now available for download from the US iTunes App Store.

System requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iOS 4.2 or later

Free

sParking, The First iPhone 4 Based Parking Sensor

PR: Good news for users with mobile devices, especially iPhones - RITLabs started developing software for mobile platforms. Since it is a new field for our company, we begin with designing some pilot apps. One of these apps is sParking - the first iPhone app that will help you run your car into the garage easily and accurately. This name is short for "simple parking" or "safe parking" or "self-parking" - you can expand the first letter in any of these ways, because the application has all these features.

To start using this application, you need to print the parking markers and to stick them to the wall or ceiling. Then you launch sParking and fulfill a few simple steps, following the wizard. When you approach to the spot, audio indicator allows you not to be distracted while driving the car.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4
  • iPad 2 WiFi, and iPad 2 WiFi + 3G
  • Requires iOS 4.1 or later
  • 1.6 MB

For a short period of time sParking 1.0 is discounted to 99¢ (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. We will be glad to provide you as many promo codes as you need for testing. If you wish to run a contest/competition for promo codes on your site - we will also be glad to provide you several promo codes.

Accessories

Flash Memory Wi-Drive Provides iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch 16-32 GB of Wireless, Portable, Shareable Storage

PR: Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., has announced the sleek and functional Wi-Drive, built to address the ever-increasing storage needs of Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users. Wi-Drive, a wireless, portable storage solution, allows users to expand the number of documents, images, music, and video files they can access from Apple devices. The combination of this storage expansion, file sharing, and a rugged portable form factor makes it a perfect companion device.

Wi-Drive is an ideal solution for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users who feel confined by their current storage capacity

Kingston Wi-DriveWi-Drive, along with its app from the App Store, allows users to stream videos, access music, or share files with other Apple device owners. The distinctively designed, pocket-sized Wi-Drive utilizes flash memory based technology to store data from USB-compatible PCs. These files are then easily retrieved via Wi-Drive's built-in wireless signal without requiring cables or an Internet connection. Three users can work simultaneously with different file types from a single Wi-Drive without any performance disruption.

"Wi-Drive is an ideal solution for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users who feel confined by their current storage capacity," says Andrew Ewing, flash memory business manager for Kingston. "Wi-Drive allows Apple device owners to wirelessly manage document and media files, and choose to share them with others, while on the go for work or pleasure. This unique functionality, combined with the durability of a Flash-based device, will satisfy both casual users and the most discerning technophiles."

To begin using Wi-Drive with any of the compatible Apple products, users simply drag and drop files from their PC to Wi-Drive via USB cable, similar to a typical USB Flash drive data transfer. Users then download the Wi-Drive application from the App Store before connecting the Wi-Drive to their device.

Kingston offers Wi-Drive in both 16 GB and 32 GB sizes. The product will be available for purchase in late June 2011.

Kingston Wi-Drive Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 121.5mm x 61.8mm x 9.8mm
  • Operating Temperature: 32F to 122F (0C to 50C)
  • Storage Temperature: 14F to 185F (-10C to 70C)
  • Wireless Network Interface: WiFi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA/WEP)
  • Rechargeable Battery: up to four hours of continuous use
  • Cable: Mini-USB to USB cable included. User can upload files and content from their PC/Mac to the Wi-Drive using the USB cable
  • Portable: Uses Flash-based technology for durability and reliability
  • Convenient: pocket-sized for easy transportability
  • Simple: just plug into a USB port
  • Guaranteed: one-year warranty
  • App: downloadable at Apple's App Store
  • Compatible with: iPad, iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPod touch (3G is limited to iOS 4.2.1+)
  • Configurable APN (access point name) and Key functions to connect to Wireless Access Point (Internet Connection)

Supported File Formats:

  • Audio: AAC, MP3, WAV
  • Video: m4v, mp4, mov, Motion JPEG (M-JPEG), AVI
  • Image: jpg, bmp, tiff
  • Document: pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, txt, rtf, xls

Prices

  • Wi-Drive 16 GB, $129.99
  • Wi-Drive 32 GB, $174.99

kiBoard, a Slide-Out Keyboard for the iPhone 4

kiBoard for iPhone 4PR: iVogue, the iPhone fashion cases and covers website, has announced their latest iPhone 4 Case - the kiBoard QWERTY Bluetooth Slide-out Keyboard.

New for the summer, the kiBoard, a fully functional QWERTY keyboard for the iPhone 4, adds a new level of functionality to an already well-stocked phone. Just slot the iPhone 4 into the case and pair up the device to get access to an ultra-thin, lightweight slide-out keyboard. All ports and the camera are still easily accessible from the protective case even when closed.

"The iPhone 4 has everything - except a keyboard", comments iVogue founder Tim Wilton, "and now it has it all with the kiBoard."

The kiBoard comes with its own built-in battery charged via USB, so there's no need for bulky adapters or cables.

Available now from the iVogue webstore for £29.99 plus shipping, a complimentary screen protector is provided with every sale.

PhoneSuit Elite, the Thinnest, Fastest Charging iPhone 4 Battery Case to Double Power

PhoneSuit Elite Battery CasePR: PhoneSuit have announced their new iPhone power product, The PhoneSuit Elite battery case for iPhone 4. The PhoneSuit Elite is the thinnest, fastest charging iPhone 4 battery case which can provide over 100% power. The PhoneSuit Elite extends the battery life of the iPhone by truly doubling its charging capacity in an ultra-thin, intuitive design. It incorporates the latest in advanced technology including an efficient 2100 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery cell, Quick charge 1 Amp capability in a full protection case that measures only 17mm (0.67 inch) thin. Quick charge provides twice the industry standard power output charging the iPhone fully in less than 2 hours.

PhoneSuit's design team has developed an aesthetically pleasing, slim, ergonomic design to meet the quality that iPhone users expect from their Apple accessories. Founded in 2007, PhoneSuit's philosophy has been to provide products which incorporate the best in design, technology and style.

Feature Highlights

  • High Capacity 2100 mAh battery provides over 100% iPhone charge capability. PhoneSuit high density lithium-ion polymer cells deliver ultra-efficient power output in a compact size.
  • Quick charge 1 Amp/5 Watt output technology. PhoneSuit Elite provides twice the industry standard iPhone power output, charging an iPhone 4 fully in less than 2 hours.
  • Ultra-Thin Ergonomic case design. The PhoneSuit Elite has been engineered with precision to perfectly fit the iPhone 4. A slim, full protection design puts more power in less than 17mm of space. Soft touch, scratch resistant coating keeps the iPhone protected and looking great.
  • PhoneSuit Smart Power Technology. The PhoneSuit Elite's smart power circuitry regulates and prioritizes iPhone power consumption to ensure the iPhone always has the power it needs. An integrated power switch allows the device to be set to power save mode.
  • Charge & Sync with iTunes. Users can sync the iPhone with iTunes while its attached to the PhoneSuit Elite. Charge the PhoneSuit battery, iPhone and sync with iTunes all at the same time.
  • Innovative 5 point LED battery meter. The Unique design of the battery status meter keeps the lights hidden for an attractive uniform appearance. Activating the meter conveniently reveals the remaining power status.
  • PhoneSuit ClearAir Technology ensures no iPhone signal interference from internal circuitry or externally applied to the antenna band.
  • Apple Made for iPhone certification. The PhoneSuit Elite has been certified to meet Apple performance standards and compatibility with the iPhone 4 for GSM and CDMA (Verizon and AT&T) iPhones.

PhoneSuit Elite delivers over 100% of the iPhone 4s power capacity. When integrated, users can experience:

  • Up to 15 hours total talk time on 3G; 30 hours on 2G.
  • Up to 13 hours total Internet time on 3G; 21 hours on WiFi.
  • Up to 84 hours total music time
  • Up to 21 hours total video time

The PhoneSuit Elite is available in June with a retail price of $79.95 directly at PhoneSuit.com and quality retailers worldwide.

HDMI and RCA Connection for iPad

HDMI and RCA Connection for iPadPR: This adapter helps you connect your iPad to:

  • a HDTV via HDMI for Video Playback
  • a TV with RCA for Video Playback
  • connect to a computer for Data Sync
  • a keyboard for data input/DC for picture and video input (see note below)
  •  
  • SD Card for Data transfer (with the included card reader)
  • Micro SD (T-Flash) card for Data transfer (with the included card reader)

It comes with a White RCA Cable (HDMI Cable is not included), a White USB Cable for Charging and Date HotSync, a USB Card Reader for SD/SDHC/Micro SD (TF) Cards (see note below) if you don't want to connect iPad directly to your Camera.

HDMI and RCA Connection for iPadFeatures:

  • Incredibly easy to download photos from your digital camera (with a DCIM Folder) to your iPad
  • Supports moving JPEG (.jpg)/Raw files from iPhone 4, DC, camcorder... to iPad
  • (the included Card Reader) Supports SD/SDHC/Micro SD (TF) Cards
  • Supports connecting via the USB port (see notes below)
  • The USB port can be connected to a keyboard for data input to your iPad

This accessory if compatible with (see firmware below):

  • Apple iPad
  • Apple iPad 2

Color: White

Note:

  • iPad only reads data (graphics files) from devices/memory cards with a folder "DCIM".
  • Keep no space between the iPad and the dongle
  • Don't have more than one device connect to the dongle at the same time.

$79.99

Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case for iPad 2

Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case for iPad 2PR: Doing serious typing on your iPad 2 tablet? This Bluetooth Keyboard has it covered. Slip on the handsome portfolio case and a built-in wireless keyboard lets you tap out emails, blog entries or online posts at laptop speed, while still accessing built-in cameras and ports. The fold-up design even holds your iPad 2 tablet at a perfect viewing angle for reading, browsing or watching movies.

Keeps your iPad 2 tablet secure on-the-go.

  • Fold-over cover and magnetic closure offer rugged protection
  • Wireless Bluetooth® keyboard pairs easily with your iPad 2 tablet
  • Plastic keys for authentic laptop feel
  • Built-in stand for convenient display
  • Easy access to built-in cameras and ports

Available in black, very classy brown, and flashy red.

Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case for iPad 2

$99.99

Waterfield Designs Unveils Keyboard Travel Express

PR: Waterfield Designs, a San Francisco manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags, and cases for digital gear, introduces the Keyboard Travel Express to hold the Apple Wireless Keyboard, the power adapter and cord, and the mouse, SuperDrive or trackpad. This keyboard case protects and organizes the keyboard and its accessories so that iPad, tablet and laptop users can type on their full-sized, ergonomically comfortable keyboard when on the road. A bold colored stripe contrasts the black ballistic base in a durable, stylish case that protects contents from dings and spills.

Keyboard Travel ExpressFeatures:

  • Custom-sized, scratch-free, inside pockets protect the Apple Wireless Keyboard, the power adapter and cord, and the mouse, SuperDrive or trackpad
  • Keyboard fits into the main compartment cushioned by soft, scratch-free material
  • Custom made with domestically produced, 1050 denier, ballistic nylon
  • YKK self-locking zipper opens case along top for easy access to internal contents
  • Bold stripe in choice of six earthy colors to match other Waterfield Designs gear
  • Slim profile tucks easily under an arm, or into a bag or briefcase

"To avoid potential Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) and other ergonomic pain that can result from excessive typing on laptop or other small device keyboards," explains founder Gary Waterfield, "many iPad and tablet owners use a separate keyboard for typing. But - as many of us know from experience - one small spill can instantly render a keyboard useless. We designed the Keyboard Travel Express to carry the keyboard and necessities in a thin, protective case so that iPad, tablet and laptop users can take and protect the keyboard on the road more easily."

This new Keyboard Travel Case joins its cousins, the iPad Travel Express and the MacBook Air Travel Express, in Waterfield's new Travel Express product line - light, boldly stylish and protective cases for the mobile professional.

Keyboard Travel Express is priced at $49. Colors are in Black ballistic with an accent stripe in Black, Copper, Flame, Green, Pine, or Pearl. Available now at SFBags online.

AirTurn Launches Silent Foot Switch for Its iPad Page Turner

Airturn Silent Foot SwitchPR: AirTurn Inc. is launching the ATFS-2, designed to be the quietest consumer foot switch on the market today, as a companion to its BT-105 page turner for the iPad and Bluetooth-equipped Mac and PC computers.

The ATFS-2 features a proprietary "mechanism free" design, where there are no moving parts aside from the molded hinge. The switch is actuated with a rare earth neodymium magnet and a rhodium reed switch, both of which are embedded within the body of the foot switch. Manufactured in Colorado, the ATFS-2 is injection molded with a unique blend of high strength plastics, which makes the foot switch virtually indestructible.

Airturn Silent Foot Switch"When I first started using computers as digital sheet music readers 10 years ago, I fell in love with the idea of being able to carry my entire library in a single device and marking up my music with digital ink," says Hugh Sung, VP and Cofounder of AirTurn, Inc. "The hardest part of putting this digital system together was finding a way to turn the pages without having to press a button with my hand, which I really wanted to keep on my piano while I played. I tried using various programmable foot switches, but they were all difficult and clunky to use. My dream page turning foot switch would need 3 things: it would have to be easy to use, it would have to be wireless (since I hated the look of dangling cables), and most importantly, it would need to be perfectly silent, since I had to turn pages in recording sessions and classical music concert halls. I think we've come up with a home run page turning pedal system for the iPad and Bluetooth-equipped computers that is easy to use, wireless with the latest Bluetooth technology, and hands down the most silent foot switch on the consumer market today."

Airturn Silent Foot SwitchUp to two ATFS-2 foot switches can be connected to the AirTurn BT-105 Bluetooth page turner to trigger forwards and backwards page turns. The BT-105 features fast, easy pairing with devices like the iPad, long rechargeable battery life, and compatibility with a wide variety of iPad apps and most document and presentation programs for the Mac and PC.

Fish Eye + Wide Angle + Macro Lens for iPhone 4

PR: Features:

  • Wide Angle Lens: Capturing wide angles without perspective distortion
  • Fish Eye Lens: up to 180° wide can be captured.
  • Portable and detachable, you can take photo with your iPhone 4 at any time
  • Comes with a Back Cover, whenever you need to take photo with Wide Angle Lens, just screw on the Wide Angle Lens on, then you can take Angle Shot 0.67x picture with your iPhone 4G.
  • High Clarity: Made of high-class glass
  • Strong: Made of top-grade Aluminum

This accessory is suitable for (compatible with) Apple iPhone 4G

How to use?

  • Put the Back Cover On
  • Screw the Lens up
  • Then you can take pictures/Movies.

Specifications (Wide Angle Lens):

  • Magnification: Wide 0.67x
  • Lens Construction: 2 elements in 2 groups
  • The shot distance is between 10~23mm
  • Dimensions(main body): 22mm (diameter) x 11.2mm (length)
  • Weight: 8g

Specifications (Fish Eye Lens):

  • Magnification: 180° fisheye (0.28x)
  • Lens Construction: 3 elements in 3 groups
  • Dimensions (main body): 25mm (diameter) x 15mm (length)
  • Dimensions (magnetic ring): 13.06 (outer), 9.38 (inner)
  • Weight: 11.4g

Note: The Flash Light will be blocked when the lens is on.

$39.99

Protection

iPhone NautiCase Offers Superior Rugged Protection to Ordinary iPhone Covers

NautiCase for iPhone 4PR: Concord Keystone has announced the debut of their new iPhone case - the Keystone ECO NautiCase, the company's sturdiest protective case for iPhone 4. This new iPhone case takes the protection offered by traditional iPhone covers to the next level. NautiCase offers three tough layers of protection against shock, dust and water splashes and receives a rating of IP54 according to the environmental protection ratings developed by European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization.

The newest addition to Keystone's line of iPhone covers offers a hard line of defense against iPhones toughest challenges, including bangs, bumps, shock, dust and water spills. The NautiCase has received the IP54 environmental protection rating affirming the NautiCase has met specific international standards for protection.

NautiCase for iPhone 4"The cell phone is one of our most valuable possessions," says Concord Keystone CEO Urs Stampfli=. "The NautiCase acts as a barrier between the iPhone and potential everyday mishaps."

The NautiCase is an extremely sturdy tri-layer system of protection for the iPhone 4. The first line of defense is its high-impact polycarbonate hard shell that provides full protection to the iPhone 4. The shell features an integrated clear cover for the phone display screen. This offers protection to the device without losing the touch screen and phone functionality. A strong rubber skin, with a textured soft bumper surrounds the iPhone case and includes flaps for the dock connector and the headphone mini-jack.

The NautiCases ready-to-use design eliminates the need for complex assembly. Just open the iPhone case, place the phone inside and snap it shut. Your iPhone 4 is encased in protection.

The NautiCase comes in six color choices and is equipped with a holster that holds the phone face-in or face-out. The holster has a built-in 360-degree rotating clip that allows it to attach to belts, waistbands, handbags and briefcases. The clip also features a built-in stand. The NautiCase works with both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 versions in black or in white.

The introduction of the NautiCase expands the Concord Keystone line of iPhone covers designed to protect the iPhone.

The Keystone ECO NautiCase retails for $50.

Specifications:

  • Compatibility: iPhone 4
  • Certification: IP54
  • Dimensions: 5.08 X 2.7 X .07/129mm X 69.5 mm X 18mm
  • Weight: 2.4 oz/68g (without phone)

Speck HandyShell Gives iPad 2 Users a Better Grip on the Go

PR: Speck has unveiled its latest protective hard-shell case for iPad 2: the useful and multifunctional HandyShell.

HandyShell for iPad 2The HandyShell features a flip-out thumb ring handle that gives iPad 2 users an easy, secure single-handed grip on the go. The versatile handle also functions as a stand for portrait or landscape viewing, and can be used in a number of other ways. It works as a carry handle, and will even hang on a wall.

"We're all really excited about this product," says Bryan Hynacek, Director of Design at Speck, "HandyShell fills the need for a protective iPad 2 case that makes one-handed use a snap. Plus it's probably the most versatile, multifunctional case we've ever developed; we haven't even figured out all the ways to use it yet"

The HandyShell is designed with an extended front bevel that provides an extra level of screen protection. It also features a raised section on the back of the case for a firmer, more comfortable hold. HandyShell is now available online at speckproducts.com.

Gumdrop Drop Series iPad 2 Case Enhances Fire Department Readiness

Drop Series iPad 2 CasePR: The Drop Series iPad 2 Case enhances Fire Department readiness in battling Midwest Tornadoes. First responders to natural disasters often need the most up-to-date computers and devices to save lives and property during emergencies, but not all equipment is meant to withstand the elements.

Apple's powerful iPad 2 allows first responders to pull up maps, street views and even translate instructions in different languages, but the iPad 2 wasn't built for harsh conditions. Enter the Drop Series iPad 2 Case by Gumdrop Cases. The newest product in Gumdrop's line of ruggedized cases provides multiple barriers of protection, starting with a rubber exterior cushioning a formfitting polycarbonate frame, and featuring a replaceable snap-in screen cover that allows use of the touch screen shield without exposing the iPad to harsh environments.

Drop Series iPad 2 CaseRecently, the Drop series iPad 2 Case protected the iPads used by the Midwest City Fire Department while it tracked tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area on May 24, 2011. Just days after the well-publicized Joplin tornado, the Midwest City Fire Department navigated the storms aftermath and followed the turbulence of subsequent tornadoes with their iPads protected by the Drop Series Case. The Drop Series was essential in allowing the Fire Department to utilize the iPad without risking damage in harsh conditions. At just the fraction of the price of a ruggedized mobile computer, which can run upwards of $3,000, iPad consumers can buy reliable, durable barrier of protection without sacrificing the iPad's versatility and lightweight mobility.

white Drop Series iPad 2 CaseDavid Richardson, the Midwest City Fire Department program's manager comments on using the Drop Series iPad 2 Cases: "As the threat of three tornados approached the Oklahoma City Metro area, Midwest City's Fire Chief Randy Olsen kept a vigil watch on the paths and predictions of impending weather. When this picture was taken multiple deaths had already been reported as super cells moved into metro Oklahoma City. The iPad 2 was used to keep a constant "portable" picture of the storm path. One was being used to track the last 3 hours and the other was being used to track the predicted next 4 hours. In the hustle and bustle of the situation room we were glad to have the Gumdrop series cases on the iPad 2. The silicone outer shell allowed us to keep them propped up against different irregular surfaces throughout the evening. Also, having the Gumdrop protection on the iPad 2 allowed us to worry about more important things as opposed to being careful with our delicate iPad 2s."

Gumdrop Cases is working with many public sector organizations from fire, safety, and medical to help them better utilize the power of the iPad in these rugged conditions. All these demanding environments are busy and chaotic. Protection needs to be substantial, simple to use, and always available. Gumdrops unique snap in screen cover features a substantial touch sensitive polycarbonate shield, which keeps the iPad protected when its out and in use.

Gumdrop Military Edition iPad 2 Case

Gumdrop Military Edition iPad 2 CasePR: Designed for civilians, inspired by military. The extra rugged Military Edition iPad 2 Case features multiple barriers of shock absorption, a built-in polycarbonate screen protector, and microfilm dust filters. If you're on a mission, the Military Edition iPad 2 Case is your go-to protector.

The Military Edition iPad 2 Case was designed to provide truly rugged and functional protection for the iPad 2. Our head designer made several upgrades to the Drop Series iPad 2 Case, including:

  • Snap-on screen protector
  • Microfilm dust filters
  • Color code Army Green-44

Tough and durable TPU rubber surrounds a polycarbonate shell, giving this iPad 2 case as much protection as possible without sacrificing the functionality of the iPad. On top of the already multilayered protection of the Drop Series iPad 2 case, these upgrades to the Military Edition iPad 2 case allow users to really put the iPad 2 through its paces.

Gumdrop Military Edition iPad 2 CaseDimensions: 12 in. x 8.5 in. x 1.25 in.

Weight: 1 lb. 1 oz.

Compatible with iPad 2

Features:

  • Designed specifically for the Apple iPad 2
  • Multilayered protection with snap-on polycarbonate screen protector
  • Microfilm dust filter
  • Color code: Army Green-44

$69.95

Seidio Releases Active Case for iPad 2

PR: Seidio has just released the Active case for iPad 2, providing lighter on-the-go protection for iPad 2 users. Seidio Active maintains superior shock absorbing protection and full functionality in a case that is up to 33% lighter than competitor cases with the same amount of protection.

Seidio Active Case for iPad 2"Apple redesigned the iPad 2 to be thinner and lighter allowing for more portability, so we knew consumers would want a case that matches this improvement," says David Chang, Seidio CEO and founder. "Through our innovative engineering and the use of the highest quality materials, we were able to develop a compact and lightweight case to complement the iPad redesign without giving up superior protection and functionality."

The two-layer case combines an interior lightweight polymer to absorb shock and a hard exterior skeleton designed to give added protection to the devices corners and sides. Users can confidently maintain their Active lifestyle transporting their iPad 2 without fear of damage and adding unnecessary weight to their load.

The multipurpose protective cover transforms into a stand with 15 different angles complementing the many functions of the iPad 2. Active protects and allows you to use the iPad in any environment or with any iPad application.

Seidio Active for iPad 2 provides:

  • Thinner design, up to 33% lighter weight than cases with same level of protection
  • Superior shock absorbing protection provided by two interlocking layers
  • Multipurpose cover protects the screen and transforms into a stand with 15 different viewing angles

The Seidio Active for iPad 2 is included in the Active product line of cases created for Active individuals who need protection for their mobile devices, but want a sleek, professional looking case. These two-layer cases are made from the highest quality materials and are designed to fit perfectly to the corresponding mobile device.

Seidio Active for iPad 2 is available immediately for $69.95 MSRP.

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