Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blog Update

Hey everybody! Sorry it has been awhile since I have actually posted anything. I have been busy with a few different things. I have been writing posts for the ZAGG tech blog and you can go here to read all of my posts.

I will be updating this blog more in the coming weeks but I would like to thank you all for your support.

Here are just a few tablet updates that you should know about.

  • There is a Kindle Fire update that puts your device at version 6.2. From what I have heard it makes everything rung more smooth. Update by tapping the Quick Settings icon and hitting Sync. The update will download in the background and install automatically.
  • The Transformer Prime will be available on the 19th December for $499. Check out a great review here.
  • If you are trying to decide which is better to get for your kids for Christmas between the Inno Tab and the LeapPad check out this YouTube video to help you decide.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire, now available

Yesterday Amazon released it's first color tablet. This tablet not only is a great price at $199 it also performs very well. I was able to spend a few minutes with it and it ran very smooth. It is really easy to navigate and has a beautiful display.With all the different content that Amazon offers it will surely be well known in the tablet market.

Joshua Topolsky from The Verge went to the streets to find out what Union Square knew about the Kindle Fire.

With the Kindle Fire you have access to the Amazon App Store, Kindle books, music, and Amazon Movies. The App Store has relatively few apps but it should become very populated with apps as the Fire becomes more popular. Go ahead and order yours now!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How to use and enable Home Sharing

Home Sharing is what Apple offers to help all your device work with each other while all connected to the same network and Apple ID. Apple allows you to enable Home Sharing on up to five different computers. When it is enabled on your computers you can drag and drop your songs between different computers in iTunes and stream music and videos from other devices on the network.

Some of the major benefits of Home Sharing come if you have an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. When you enable it you are able to browse your entire music and video collection on your device and play them without syncing the content to the device. This also works on the Apple TV 2 and that is how you can stream all your content to the TV without the box having a hard drive.

Check out the video above to see how this is done.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

iPad 2 + Apple TV = Best baby monitor ever

Recently I have found many different uses for the iPad 2 Mirroring to the Apple TV. In this use case scenario I used my iPad 2 and Apple TV together to create a baby monitor.

I wanted my baby to get a good nap while we were having a Halloween party so I put her in a back room so that our conversation would not wake her up. Once I got her to sleep the first thing I did on the iPad was go to Settings -> Auto-Lock and then changed the Auto-Lock to never.

Next I turned the brightness all the way down since no one was actually going to look at the iPad so I could save on battery life. Then I turned on mirroring to the Apple TV, opened the camera app, and set up the iPad on a table and propped it up using my Smart Cover.

When I went into the front room we could all see the screen and watch her and we could see when she wakes up and starts moving. In the picture above I had the iPad on camera mode and not video so that is why there are lines, we were also not hearing her. Later I tried it on video and still no sound would come through the TV. I have not yet found a way to send the sound to the TV with the video camera app.

When she went down for another nap it was too dark for us to see her so I found a decibal reading app called Decibel Ultra that allows for us to see if she was actually making any sound.

This is just one new way I have been using Air Play Mirroring, what uses have you found for it?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

iOS 5 Multitasking Gestures on iPad 1 without jailbreak

With the iOS 5 update it did not give Multitasking Gestures or AirPlay Mirroring to the iPad 1. For many this was a big disappointment. This video shows you how you can do enable them for your device. I have not been able to verify if it works so let me know how it goes. Take Luck.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Netflix updated to work on Honeycomb tablets

Netflix just released an update to their Android application that allows for the app to be downloaded on all Honeycomb tablets. This is great news 6 million Android tablet owners out their.

Android Market

Monday, October 17, 2011

AirPlay Mirroring and how to watch Hulu Plus on the Apple TV

The biggest complaints I have about the Apple TV is that it does not have apps like Google TV and lacks the amount or content of the Roku and Boxee Box. All of this just recently changed with iOS 5 and an Apple TV update. With these updates you can now use AirPlay Mirroring. This allows your to share your iPad 2's screen and iPhone 4S right to your TV connected with an Apple TV. This now gives you the ability to use every Appn in the App Store right on your TV.

So far I have found it to be a very solid expierence. I have barely noticed any delay. For me this just became one of the best set ups that you could have in your home, school room, or conference room. With the availability of apps the possibilities are quite endless to what you can do. I have found it very useful to get content on to the TV. Hulu Plus for example is an amazing app on my iPad. With AirPlay Mirroring I am, now able to have all that content right on my TV. The video below shows exactly how it is done.

 Here our a few tips about using AirPlay Mirroring:
  • When your iPad is being shown on a Apple TV the black bar at the top of the iPad will turn blue so that you know your screen is being shared somewhere. 
  •  When you use a app that has sound that is playing on the Apple TV you can use the volume controls on the iPad to control the volume.
  • When you play a video, look at pictures or use an app formatted for the Apple TV the TV's screen will switch between seeing the iPad status bar and showing a full screen display of the selected media. 
 What feature will you use most on the Apple TV?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

When Does iOS 5 Come Out? Available Now!

The wait is finally over. For those of you that have been waiting for the big update it is finally here. To get the update make sure you update iTunes to 10.5. Once you have done that plug in your device and click check for update and you should be good to go. If you have Mac with OS X Lion make sure you check for an update as well to get all the iCloud features.

Check out Apple's site for all the new features you will receive in the update. Let me know what your favorite one is going to be.

The update is only available for these devices:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Facebook for iPad now available!

Tired of using Safari for Facebook and sad you are missing many features? now you can get Facebook for the iPad. Some added benefits of using the iPad app are the ability to upload pictures from your photo library, games, and Ability to view photos full screen.

 Note: Before you go to find the app uninstall the old Facebook app if you have it installed. Then when you search for Facebook in the App Store click on Facebook when it comes up under iPhone apps. This link will take you to the iPad app. 

Let's see if you can get a frowny face in less than a minute like I did. Hit the iTunes link to check it out.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

iOS 5 Coming to your iPad October 12th

Apple announced it's new iPhone, the iPhone 4S but to me the most important thing that was announced was the availability of iOS 5 on October 12. There are over 200 new features that have been added. Make sure you get your iOS device all backed up before the big day so you are ready to download and install the new and shiny OS.

Check out all the new features over on Apple's site

Friday, September 30, 2011

Dunder Mifflin-Sabre Tablet

Last night on The Office Dwight introduced the  new Sabre Tablet. Though it is an odd shade do you think it would work?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kindle Fire for $199 and ships November 15

And there it is, the Kindle Fire. This Amazon tablet has a 7" IPS Display with a dual core processor. It weighs in at 14.6 ounces and a thickness of .45". It has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 and 8GB of internal storage. It will be released on November 15 and will have free two day shipping. It will come pre-loaded with your Amazon account already registered so you are ready to go out of the box.

The Kindle Fire will certainly be the winner for cheap tablets this holiday season. If you are looking for a simple media tablet this looks to be the one to get. Did I mention it was only $199?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What are your hopes and dreams for Amazon's Press Conference tomorrow?

Tomorrow the e-ink winner, book seller, and all around great company is going to introduce what it has been working on. With the tablet being all the talk since 2010 we can only assume that is what it is. So far I have heard rumors of it being called Amazon Fire, and being similarly shaped to the 7" BlackBerry PlayBook. While only tomorrow can really tell us what it is going to be here are some things to think about.

In March of this year Amazon released it's own dedicated Android App Store. The store has a free app everyday to help promote developers and it can be installed on almost any Android device. The App Store has an approval process before it can be on the store. They also already have a Kindle app and a Shopping app.

They also released the Cloud Drive Player which allows you to download and sync your music between devices and stream music from your Android Phone.

In February they announced their unlimited movie streaming service to Prime members.

With this much preparation it can only assumed that the tablet is going to be Android based, multi-media centered, and app rich. With all of these making for a great tablet I can see two things that it must have to win the worlds hearts. These are great performance, and a superior price. 

What will it take for you to get a Amazon made tablet? What do you expect it's main features to be?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad


Looking for a easy to use convenient keyboard for your iPad 2? This one should do the trick. The Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard looks to be a very impressive device that allows you to take a full size keyboard with you wherever you go. The case is compatible with the iPad and iPad 2 and also allows you to use your smart cover with it. The keyboard has a rechargeable battery and pairs to the iPad using bluetooth. This product retails for $129.99 and is ready to be purchased.

Slash Gear

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Minute Review: BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a very powerful little device. In this video I go over the main features that it has to offer. Some features I did not mention in the video is the ability to video chat with other PlayBooks and that you can also set up a bridge between your BlackBerry smartphone. This allows you to use the smartphones internet connection on the the PlayBook.

The PlayBook starts at $499 for the 16GB and $599 for the 32GB and $699 for the 64GB. BlackBerry is in the process of making an update to the OS that should be out in the next few months.  The update promises to be a big overhaul to the OS and add a full email client and the ability to play Android apps on the PlayBook.

Multitasking Gestures on the iPad with iOS 5 & how to enable them now.

Update: This feature will only work on the iPad 2 with iOS 5. If any one has an iPad 1 and tries the method below and it works after updated to iOS 5 I would love to know.

Many of you may have already done this but I just wanted to let you know about any way. In the upcoming iOS there are going to be more that 200 new features added to the iPad and iPhone. One of these features is the ability to use all of you fingers to do certain gestures on the iPad.

There are three main gestures that you are able to do. If you are in any app all you need to is place all 5 of your fingers on the screen and swipe in towards the middle. This will take you right back to the main screen without having to hit the home button.

The next gesture is when you are using an app you can put 4 fingers on the screen and swipe left or right to quickly jump back and forth between the different apps that you have open. I find this to be very useful and make for quick and simple multitasking.

The last gesture is from any screen you place for fingers on the screen and then you can swipe them up and it will bring up the multi tasking bar instead of hitting the home button twice.

If you would like to use these gestures now check out the video below to see how to enable it. You will need to have a Mac, and download Xcode for free from the Mac app store. Open Xcode and plug in your iPad and then press the use for development button. It then asks you to sign in to your Apple Developer account but I just hit cancel and it worked. Then go to settings on the iPad and make sure multitouch gestures are on and that is it.

In the video he talks about 2 different versions of Xcode but now it is free from the Mac App Store so it makes it really easy. Have you enabled these? What do you think? Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sprint iPad on the way alongside iPhone 5?

So would the iPad moving to Sprint make you finally dive in and purchase one? Only time will tell if these rumors our true. Apple should be holding an event between now and the end of the year to finally kill all these rumors and give us some official news. Would your decision be based up weather it has 4G or not. Sound off in the comments.

Sprint iPad on the way alongside iPhone 5?:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Google releases Music Beta web app for iOS!

If you have attempted to use Music Beta on your iOS device before it worked, but barely. Google just released its Music Beta web app for iOS 4 devices that allows much easier navigation to play your music in the cloud. I used it on my iPad and it is a very nice experience. You can swipe between columns for easy navigation. It surprised me when I left Safari and the music was still playing. Looks to be a full feature web app right out of the gate.

If you miss the desktop version you can always hit the link in the top corner to get back to it. Once you are there you may need to read these posts to help you navigate your way around. How to use Google Music on the iPad and How to scroll on Google Music

Thank you for this Google!

Music Beta

Evernote for BlackBerry PlayBook now Available!

Today is a good day for PlayBook owners. The well known note taking app Evernote has just been released. In the app they have added some of the apps main functions such as creating and editing notes, searching, and sorting notes.

I will upload a first impressions video once I have sifted my way through all its features.


Minute Review: Snap On Slim-Fit Case for iPad 2

Looking for a way to protect the back of your iPad from all those small scratches? This is the perfect affordable solution. Check out the video above for the quick review or go to the link to purchase from Amazon. You might as well get one for you parents while you are at it.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Using the Cursor on the iPad

I have been asked this question a few times and thought I would make a quick video about it. Sorry the video is a bit blurry. This video will show you how to pin point your cursor location on the iPad, or iOS device. Really simple but also really helpful.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

HP TouchPad, One Last Chance

Today HP announced on their blog The Next Bench that they are going to produce one last run of TouchPads. Mark Budgell states:
I finally have some solid news to share about TouchPad availability.

Before I share, let me first say thank you for enthusiasm for this product. Since we announced the price drop, the number of inquiries about the product and the speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response.

Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.  See more information in the updated FAQs below.

Bryna (@BrynaatHP) and I (@MarkatHP) will update you here and on Twitter on the status of the new batch of systems. Please continue to share your thoughts and questions with us. Although we can’t respond to every one directly, we are sharing your feedback with teams inside HP.

Please note that many of the questions below address concern about orders previously placed on our HP Home & Home Office and HP Small & Medium Business online stores. It’s important to note that these are separate stores with slightly different procedures. We also know that we’re sparse on information about availability outside the US. We will share updates on regional availability as the information comes in.
This leaves great hope for us that missed the boat on getting this great price. They don't give any promises on how many or when they will be available but keep your eyes open so you can be ready to snag this great deal. Engadget also announced today that there are still developing updates for webOS on the TouchPad which is really great to hear.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple

Steve We all know that this day would come but didn't expect so soon. He states:
'I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Keynotes will never be the same.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Poll: Are you looking for a $99 HP TouchPad?

I am looking to see how many of us out there are still trying to find a Touchpad, who found one, and who doesn't really care. Please click the link to take my quick poll. Please share! Thank you.


Monday, August 22, 2011

LogMeIn Ignition Back to School Sale!

A tablet without the proper app leaves you yearning for more. A tablet with the right apps allows you to get to the things you want faster. One of my favorite web applications is LogMeIn Ignition is an app that allows you to use your iPad or iPhone to log in remotely to your connected computers and take control of the screen, mouse, and keyboard. This app is normally priced at $29.99 but is on a back to school sale for a limited time at $14.99.

50% is a perfect price to jump in and make the purchase. The perfect use for this app is if you wrote your paper at home but forgot to upload it online and it is still sitting on your desktop. After a few moments of logging in, you can email it to yourself, print it off, and have your paper handed in with plenty of time for Angry Birds.

App Store

If you have not heard, webOS devices by HP are dead. Still might be time to find one.

Last week at the HP earnings call they announced that they are going to discontinue making webOS devices. This means the HP TouchPad, Pre 3, and Veer are officially dead. For all webOS users this is truly a sad thing to hear. Those of you that have used the OS you know how intuitive it is. Synergy and cards are the main features that make the OS stand out. Synergy allows you to combine your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter contacts and sync calenders. Cards is the best way that we have seen multitasking be done allowing you to quickly jump between the apps that you have open and closing them with a simple swipe.

WebOS's future is really unsure right now. Because HP said it is discontinueing WebOS devices and not webOS itself, this leaves hope that there will still be some sort of integration into their massive computer printer base.

If you are interested in buying a TouchPad you may still have time. Saturday morning the device price was dropped to $99 for a total liquidation. Slickdeals has a list of the online retailers that have sold out and a list of those who are yet to drop the price. Today they posted you can buy it anywhere for full price and you will refunded the discount prices as soon as it drops for that site. I continued to check throughout yesterday and finally today I was able to get one at Barns & Noble before they sold out.

EverythingPre also posted today about where to get your cheap TouchPad cases and accessories. This was a great post since I heard over the weekend that some had spent more on cases and accessories than they did on the device.

With such a large webOS community the OS will continue to live on. Look for future webOS devices to come from different manufacturers in the future.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Next6 Tablet Giveaway by Feisty Frugal & Fabulous

Looking for a simple device to browse the web? The next6 seems to one. Prices at $279 it won't break the bank but now is your chance to win one. Feisty Frugal & Fabulous is giving one away. All you have to do to enter is comment on her blog post. You can get additional entries by follow her and her feeds.

This giveaway will end on September 18th at 9PM CT . Giveaway is open to Canadian and US addresses

Check out the specs for the tablet at nextbook.
Feisty Frugal & Fabulous

Taking a Screenshot on the BlackBerry Playbook

Screenshots are a simple but yet effective tool to use on many devices. I find them very helpful if I want to save information on a webpage and know I am going to be away from the internet. It also makes it very easy to retrieve the information from that photo gallery instead of booting up the browsers and navigating back to the page, that is if you can find it again.

On the PlayBook it is a very simple process to take a screenshot. All you need to do is press the volume up and volume down at the same time and you will hear the camera sound. The pictures can then be found under the photos app.

What do you use screenshots for?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tablet Deal: Acer Iconia Tab A500 32GB $349

As I rushed through Costco yesterday to grab a few things I could not help but stop and look at the different tablets they offered. I saw the new Vizio 8" tablet and was excited to test it out but someone had enabled a lock code so I could not demo it at all. They have it priced for $289 which is $40 off the original price. What really caught my eye was the Acer Iconia Tab A500.

The A500 has not been the most popular tablet but has a few features that do stand out. At Costco the A500 is priced at $349 and is the 32GB version. It also comes with a case that is $40 in value. A few weeks ago I spent hours looking for the 16GB version for $300 but this is a much better deal.

Recently the Acer Iconia Tab A100 was announced. It has a 7" screen and runs Android 3.2. It will be priced at $330. Having used a 7" device I am not convinced that there is a super need for that size. My phone is almost that size and whenever I switch from the PlayBook to the iPad2 I realize how awesome it is to have a 10" screen.

With the Acer Iconia Tab A500 being just above the price of a smartphone I see no reason to deny this deal. Drop by your local Costco and pick one up today.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fusion Garage Grid 10 Tablet Announced

Fusion Garage announced it will be releasing a 10.1" tablet that will be available September 15th and up for pre-order now. The Grid 10 runs its own Android based software that uses grids for its UI. The Grid 10 has a resolutions of 1366x768, runs on a Tegra 2 1.2 Ghz, Dual Core Processor, and has cameras for video chat. If you are worried about the app availability, the Grid 10 will be able to run Android apps.

If you bought a JooJoo apparently you will be receiving this tablet for free.  If you were not one of the early adopters you will be paying $499 for the 16GB WiFi version and $599 for a Wifi / 3G model.

This is my next
Fusion Garage

Sunday, August 14, 2011

App Sales Skyrocket, WebOS is NOT Dead

After Palm was purchased by HP there was lots of hope for WebOS. Many have been concerned the new products still were not enticing enough to make a big impact out in the world.

Now with the HP TouchPad priced at $399 the option of the TouchPad seems very reasonable. WebOS app sales have taken off with the release of the TouchPad and hopefully will only get bigger are TouchPad sales increase and developers join the WebOS game.

Friday, August 12, 2011

How to Use Gestures on the BlackBerry PlayBook

With each new Operating System there are new ways developed to interact with the software. With a new OS on tablets developers can make it even more intuitive because you can use multi-finger functions and other intuitive ways like gestures. When you first use the BlackBerry PlayBook you will understand what I mean. In order to help you get started I made this video about how to use the gestures on the PlayBook so you will not be lost.


Visuals after the break.

Friday, August 5, 2011

HP TouchPad Could be at Cheapest Price *EVER*

This is crazy! Try it and let me know if it works for you.

The deal is gone but if you were able to get it let us all know how you like it.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Woot! HP TouchPad $379! August 5th, Today Only.

Want to save an extra $20 off of HP's coupon price for the TouchPad this weekend? Check out Woot today and it it is all yours. The first WebOS tablet is in new condition all for $279. While I could keep telling you more about this but I am going to go search through my couches to find the extra change I need for this tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 TouchWiz UX Update: Important Info

Yesterday Samsung announced it's TouchWiz UX Skin for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update is going to be an over the air update that will be release on August 5th. The update includes new UI, updated Calender and other apps, and Quick Launcher apps.

Samsung has also caution all Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi owners that you need to read this document for important information before you update your device. It includes info about certain widgets you need to remove and when not to plug in the device while it is updating.

The update is completely optional so you might want to wait but if you are ready for the Honeycomb skin it will be live tomorrow. Enjoy!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Update Info

HP TouchPad will get $100 discount this weekend (Update)

Did you miss last weeks tablet coupon at Staples? This weekend you get another chance to get $100 of a tablet. This time it is the HP TouchPad. PreCentral says you can get the 16 GB on for $100 off from Aug. 5-7.

They have the TouchPad on display at Staples and Best Buy. I spent a little bit of time with it and thought it was a great tablet. WebOS has a really nice user interface. It does a great job at multitasking and is very snappy.

If you don't know about the HP TouchPad watch the video below.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Toshiba rolls out fix for Thrive tablet's sleep problems -- Engadget

If you bought a Toshiba Thrive and were having sleep issue that was causing your insomnia, the update should be rolling out today.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stylusist: Clip-On Stylus Holder for iPad 2

As with my post about the SoundJaw, there is another device that trying to get funding on Kickstarter. Tyson and Scott from Salt Lake City came up with the idea for the Stylusist. It is a device that attaches to the iPad 2 and then allows you to attach your stylus for easy access. It is being promoted as a way to not lose your stylus and to always have easy access to it so that you don't have to search through your pocket or purse to be able to find your stylus.

Tyson and Scott are looking for $10,000 in backing by Aug. 26 to be able to get the project going. They would love for minimum pledges of $20 dollars but are accepting $1 pledges. All they ask is if you pledge less than $20 dollars, that you spread the word about Stylusist on your social media pages. They are offering a Stylusist for the first 100 people the give a pledge. If you pledge $50 or more they will give you a Stylusist, a stylus, and a personal thank you note. If you pledge $100 you will get a Stylusist, a stylus, a personal thank you note, and your name will be put on their website as a top contributor. If you pledge more than $500 you will receive all of the above and your name will even be placed on the packaging as a top contributor.

They used the top three styluses from Amazon to create the dimension for the product. It is suggested that if you don't buy one of the three listed that you buy one that has a circumference of 29.6 mm or a diameter of 8.5mm. The styluses they used are: Acase Capacitive Stylus PenBoxwave Capacitive Stylus, Targus Stylus for iPad.

Are you willing to help get this product made? I can see that many people would have a use for this. Hit the source link to offer your pledge now.

SoundJaw for the iPad 2

Have you watch a video lately on your iPad 2? Did you turn up the volume all the way and then cup your hands over the speaker so all viewers could hear it? This is exactly what the SoundJaw fixes. It is was made for the purpose to enhance and boost the sound quality of the iPad 2. The SoundJaw claims to give your iPad a higher decibel volume with crisper sound.

Matthew McLachlan is the creator of the SoundJaw. At first he used KickStarter to be able to raise enough money for the project. The device is made of plastic and slides onto your iPad 2 with ease. It comes in different colors so that you can keep it discrete as possible depending on your iPad color or Smart Cover color. The product is now available for sell for $20 but at this time only allows for you to purchase them in black or white.

I can see the SoundJaw being a great addition for my iPad. it is not fun to always be holding my hand by the speaker whenever I am watching a YouTube video or anything else. Is this something you have been looking for? I would say I am convinced, how about you?


Pandigital Nova now available from Best Buy for only $170

Looking for a low cost around the house tablet? Here you go! This digital reader is packed with Gingerbread, 800MHZ, and 4GB of storage. This should be able please everyone with price and performance.

Android Mixer

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, Available August 23rd

Fan of Lenovo? Well their tablet is about to make its debut on August 23rd. This 10.1" tablet is competitively priced at $479.99. Has ability to incorporate stylus for handwriting on tablet.

This is my next...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Verizon LTE, Available Now

Getting a smartphone has been a big trend for years now. They help people stay connected to work so they can get things done quickly and easily. Tablets are finding there way into the business atmosphere even with the wide availability of smartphones.

Samsung is making business easily accessible on the go with the first LTE powered Android tablet on Verizon. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the thinnest tablet on the market and adding the ability to connect to 4g and speeds of up to 20 m/b are really outstanding.

For work or play, this is a really solid device to get what you want where ever you want it. Prices start at $529.99 on a 2 year contract with the data plan starting at 2GB per month for $30. For $80 a month you can pull down up to 10GB.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1

Google Optimizes Search for Tablets

Using Googles web page on tablets leads to much zooming in and out to be able to see specifically what you want. Right now they are in the process of rolling our a optimized version for iOS and Android tablets running 3.1 and up. If you are on a tablet check out and try it out. I had to clear my browser cache on my iPad to be able to see it. The new version is very clean and easy to use. Enjoy!


Friday, July 29, 2011

How to Sync Multiple Photo Albums to Your iPad

After having my iPad for awhile, I realize that one of its best purposes is to show pictures. For years companies have been selling digital photo frames but I would say that the iPad is a much better viewing expierence. When you take a picture with the iPad it automatically goes in the the Camera Roll album. If you download a picture from the web or from an app it goes in Camera Roll. So if that is all you have done with your iPad you are missing out on the full potential of the Photos app.

The process to put multiple albums of your own pictures together is very simple. Watch video for explanation or keep reading after the break for full details.

Asus Eee Pad Slider - Coming Soon

Love the idea of having a tablet but can't let go of you laptop keyboard. How about a tablet that has a slide out keyboard. This tablet by Asus is demoed for us all to see and drool over. No word on US release or price.

Engadget App Now Available for Android Tablets

Engadget now has formated their Android app to work on tablets. Go to the source link on your Android tablet to download it or push is strait to your device if you are logged in.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

How to Add a Website Shortcut to Your Home Screen on Android

Phones and tablets are really the perfect devices to browse the web on the go. In this tutorial I shows you how you can add a website shortcut icon to the main screen on any Android device so you can quickly jump to your favorite site. If you would like to make a icon for your own website or blog, watch a tutorial here to learn how. The great things is that if you create a icon for your iPad, the icon is then made available on any iOS or Android device when you create a bookmark.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android 3.2 Available July 28th!

Tired of apps that looks skewed? What if you could make them fill the fully tablet screen and format it the same way they do you your Android phone. That is what the Android 3.2 update brings and Asus is bringing that to the Transformer tomorrow.

Don't have a Transformer? Get a great deal on one while you still have time.


My 1st Month iPad App Recommendations

After using my iPad for a month now, I have learned the apps are really make it to be a useful device. I have downloaded hundreds of apps to find the perfect ones that I use on a daily/weekly basis. While these are my current favorite apps, I would love to help you find an app that you are looking for. Leave a comment of your favorite apps or what type of app you would like help finding on the iPad. I will see if I can help point you in the right direction.

Dropbox - This is the perfect app for accessing content from your computer. You can easily transfer PDFs to iBooks or browse through you photo albums and star your favorites for access offline.

Evernote - The perfect note taking app. This app allows you to very easily record audio, upload multiple pictures, or take a quick snapshot of a memory you would like to keep. With simple notebook organization this app allows you to keep track of all your notes with ease.

Flipboard - This is a very beautiful RSS reader. You can import content from Google Reader, Facebook, Twitter, or any feed.

Remote - This tool allows you to easily see the different content that is on your computer and play it on your computer without getting up and going to the computer to change your selection.Works great if you have a Mac Mini connected to your HDTV.

Air Video - This little app is super awesome it allows you to watch all of the movies from your computer right on your iPad without spending time syncing or taking up any of space on your iPad. Air Video - Watch your videos anywhere! - InMethod s.r.o.

DVP Remote - The best remote for the iPad to control the Roku box from an iPad. It is very fast compared to the one you get with the Roku box and it has a great interface.
DVPRemote - Phil Irey

Touch Mouse - Allows you to use your iPad as a wireless mouse and keyboard for your computer

Twitter - This is by far the best Twitter app I have used on any device. It is perfect if you have multiple accounts you need to manage. It really allows you to very quickly consume all of the content in your feed.

Web Albums - This app is the best way that I have found to view and upload Picassa web albums.
Web Albums for iPad - A Picasa Photo Viewer, Uploader, and Manager - Scott Sykora

iBooks - I do not purchase many books to read but iBooks is a perfert tool to allow you to import PDFs and read them easily and quickly. You can also sort your PDFs into collection to help you keep you content organized.

HP iPrint Photo 3.0 - This app allows you to print photos from your iPad, works with most wireless printers.

Netflix - Allows you to play Netflix instant play from you Netflix account.

GeeTasks, the Google Tasks App - Simple app that syncs Google Tasks. This app allows you to check off lists, create lists, clear list, and edit information for each tasks.
GeeTasks, the Google Tasks app - Memengo

Epic Citadel - This is just a preview of the Unreal game engine but it really shows what great graphics the iPad is capable of.

Fruit Ninja - A favorite casual gaming experience for everyone to enjoy.
Fruit Ninja HD - Halfbrick Studios

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - Perfect game for the every Potter fan. Many levels to keep you entertained for hours.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - Warner Bros.

Cut the Rope - This game is very simple. It takes speed and accuracy to play but will keep your mind thinking with its challenging levels.
Cut the Rope HD - Chillingo Ltd