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Which iPad Mini Rumor To Believe? Maybe Both
August 1, 2013 | 9:38 pm

iPad MiniI love watching dueling rumors. We’ll see an iPad mini with Retina display before the end of the year. No, we’ll see one more mini with the normal display, but a faster processor. Actually, what’s interesting about these two articles is that, if you dig a bit deeper and pay attention, they might actually be saying the same thing. While the headline for The Next Web piece says, “Apple will reportedly use retina display from Samsung for its next iPad Mini to be launched in Q4,” let’s do that digging I mentioned. First quote from the Next Web Article: "Apple suppliers in Asia are working on...

YouVersion puts the Bible on your smartphone or tablet
July 28, 2013 | 10:43 am

you-Version-BiblesSunday morning seems like an appropriate time to mention this story. The New York Times has taken notice of YouVersion, a free social-networking-enabled e-Bible application for mobile devices. Built by evangelical megachurch LifeChurch.tv, the application is a non-denominational electronic Bible with access to hundreds of translations in hundreds of languages, including the NIV. The article covers a lot of themes we’ve talked about in relation to other e-book initiatives. For example, the value of free: “We have a generation of people that can’t fathom paying 99 cents for a song that they love,” [YouVersion...

Review: iPad Case – The Ridge by Devicewear
July 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

iPad CaseHaving taken advantage of the recent Best Buy trade-in program and securing myself a shiny new iPad, I found myself in need of a case. My old iPad 2 case didn’t quite fit the fourth generation model. I like slim cases that don’t cover the bezel, and I decided to try the Ridge model by Devicewear. While it’s a decent case, it didn’t 'wow' me. First, we’ll start with the good stuff. It is slim and doesn’t add much bulk or weight to the iPad. It’s a bit bulkier than the Apple-branded Smart Case (which is what I ended up using instead),...

Apple, Amazon bury hatchet over ‘App Store’ trademark
July 9, 2013 | 10:17 pm

In a rare case of a corporations actually coming to their senses, Apple and Amazon have agreed to settle their 2011 lawsuit over whether Amazon could use the term “app store.” Both Apple and Amazon will continue to be able to use the name for their stores where applications for their respective tablets may be purchased. Did Apple decide the suit was pointless with the DoJ breathing down their neck about bigger issues? Or just realize that the ship had sailed and the term was already in generic use at this point? Who knows? The important thing is, both...

Close encounters of the tablet neophyte kind
June 25, 2013 | 11:25 am

GEDC0955The other day, while I was sitting in the darkened movie theater, my MiFi plugged into a wall socket nearby and fiddling with my iPad while I waited the hour and a half for my movie to start, an elderly lady seated in front of me asked, “What kind of computer is that?” She was astonished that such things were available, and apparently had never actually heard of an iPad. Today on the bus, as I was fiddling with my el-cheapo little $80 Zeepad, the guy seated behind me asked, “Is that a Kindle?” I explained what it was...

My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS
June 21, 2013 | 6:33 am

faceshotOne of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately here is that I have another part-time writing gig now that takes up much of my attention. I’m the “PC Expert” for Answers.com’s Experts program, contributing 500- to 600-word articles on subjects pertaining to computers, tablets, and related issues. It’s a very different sort of writing than I do for TeleRead, as those articles have to be neutral in tone and informative or instructional, rather than editorial. Along the way, I have managed to fit in a number of posts relating to topics relevant to TeleRead. A number of them...

A round-up of iPad rumors
June 18, 2013 | 11:45 am

iPad rumorsIt's that time of year again. Apple's WWDC went by with no new iPad or iPad mini announcement, so the tech blogosphere goes wild. Because apparently they have nothing better to do with their time than report on iPad rumors (or second-gen Nexus 7 rumors or Nokia phablet rumors, or ... well you get the idea). I thought you might appreciate (or be amused by) a quick roundup, with commentary, on the rumors I've found. Earlier this year, at least one "inside source" reported that the next generation iPad would be released in March of this year. Oops. Scratch that one. How about...

The Ultimate Evernote Guide, Part 3: Exploring the iPad App
April 18, 2013 | 12:42 pm

EvernoteThe Ultimate Evernote Guide: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Welcome to Part 3 of our Evernote series! We've been sticking mostly to the desktop so far because it's the most full-featured. But there are advantages to using the mobile apps as well. For example, if you have content you want to save to Evernote from within another iPad app, it's useful to be able to load them directly into your Evernote notebooks. Let's say, for instance, that you are a Zinio user and you have an article you want to clip from one of your magazines. I...

LifeProof Offers Optional Water Protection Insurance for iPhone
April 6, 2013 | 12:22 pm

LifeproofLifeProof announced this past Tuesday that they're offering a Total Water Protection Program for the Apple iPhone and iPad to anyone who purchases a LifeProof case from their website. This optional program takes the protection of these devices to an entirely new level by offering a one-time repair or replacement of the device if it sustains accidental water damage while in one of their cases. LifeProof cases are advertised as being waterproof, submerged down to 6.6 feet deep, as well as being dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. The Total Water Protection Program will offer consumers even greater peace of mind. Available as of Tuesday,...

Redesigned Full-Sized Apple iPad 5 To Be Unveiled This Month?
April 4, 2013 | 4:45 pm

iPad 5It’s been awhile since we last heard a quasi-believable next-gen iPad story, but it shouldn’t be long now until we get something conclusive. That’s because several sources claim a new full-sized iPad is closing in on its release, with the official unveiling rumored to happen by the end of this month. But is that possible? We’d be inclined to say no, because, again, there have been far too few iPad 5 rumors lately and Apple is usually very skilled at building hype months before an actual release. Then again, with the third-gen iPad released in March 2012 and the fourth-generation back in...

When’s the Best Time to Buy an Apple Product? (Infographic)
March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

AppleWhen is the best time to purchase a new Apple device? Is there a best time? We’re fully aware of how sporadic and paltry the big Apple can be when it comes to offering customers discounts on their products. Usually feeling like you’ve earned a ‘deal’ from an Apple retail store or from their online store involves taking advantage of a promotion, which can result in spending extra money to receive reduced priced accessories or services (of which you may or may not actually need). But saving any amount on a fresh Macbook Pro or iPad straight from the source? Not likely. So...

Refurbished iPad Minis Once Again Available from Apple Store, Starting at $299
March 26, 2013 | 1:38 pm

iPad MiniThe iPad mini looked like a bit of a gamble for Apple at first, but you don’t get to Cupertino’s dominant position over the tablet market without taking some risks, do you? And this one seems to have paid off rather nicely, as a second-gen 7.9-incher is allegedly in the works already. Meanwhile, if you’re one of those folks living in the shadows and scouring the Internet for the best deals on the most awesome gadgets, you should know that an assortment of refurbished iPad minis are again available via Apple’s U.S. Store. The tabs are not exactly dirt-cheap, but they offer...

Textkraft text processor apps for iPad on sale for the Easter season
March 23, 2013 | 12:00 pm

iPadI use several text editing and word processing apps on my iPad, but my writing tools of choice for composing and editing with the tablet are usually from the family of text processors from German developer Infovole. What’s a text processor? It’s a writing app that’s more than a basic text editor, with more tools and features, but doesn’t support full word processor abilities like text formatting, styles, footnotes, and page layout. For the vast majority of my text crunching needs, Textkraft hits the sweet spot. Textkraft normally sells for a reasonable $3.99 on the App Store, but before infovole begins a...

Perdrix TXT e-reading app (review)
March 19, 2013 | 12:03 pm

Perdrix TXTHave you ever run across a solution looking for a problem? Unfortunately, that's my reaction to Perdrix TXT, a new e-reading app for iPhone and iPad. The developer contacted me over the weekend and gave me a promo code for a free review copy, and I gave it a look. Here's what they say about the app on their site: Getting closer to the real book experience… Focused on book immersion, this app features innovative design such as book side views, life-like bookmark and a separate Search screen. Read free e-books and plain text files. At a quick glance that sounds good. The app...

(Time-Limited) Deal Alert: Refurbished Apple iPad 4 With Verizon LTE Available for $500
March 18, 2013 | 5:12 pm

iPad 4There is no doubt in our minds that Apple’s fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad is the most spectacular to date, and almost certainly the best-ever conceived tablet. The only catch is that it doesn’t exactly come cheap. At best, you can find one at $500 with 16 GB of on-board storage and Wi-Fi. If you also want 4G LTE speeds, you have to be ready to fork out roughly $120-$130 more. Then again, if you don’t need a new iPad, you can save a few bucks by choosing a refurbished model instead. Apple put a few of those up for grabs via its U.S. Store last week,...

Apple Offering Refurbished iPad 4 and iPad Mini
March 16, 2013 | 1:10 pm

iPadBeen wanting a 4th generation iPad or an iPad Mini but not ready to fork over that much money? Well, you’re in luck because Apple is now offering refurbished models of their latest releases at discounts of six to 10 percent. No, that’s not a huge savings, but with Apple products, a little is about the best you can expect. As with all refurbished options, you might not find exactly what you want available, but you’ve been patient until now, so you can probably afford to be patient and check back until your configuration is available. For example, when I checked a few...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

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