Sunday, July 31, 2011

Poll: Did you use the Staples $100 off a tablet coupon?

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.

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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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sprint Introduces Protection Plan for Netbooks, Notebooks and Tablets

Sprint introduced today that it is now offering the option to protect  your tablet for $13 a month. The insurance is provided by Assurant Protection, the Assurant Advanced Protection pack provides repair or replacement in the event your device suffers mechanical or electrical breakdown or is accidentally damaged, lost, or stolen.

Popular devices that would qualify are the HTC EVO View 4G™Samsung Galaxy Tab™, and Dell™ Inspiron™ 11Z. You may enroll in the plan within 30 days of the new activation of new equipment purchase. This protection plan can really help keep your mind at ease if you are always on the go and could potentially be prone to tablet disaster.

Sprint also reminds us that there is a $100 deductible for lost, stolen, or accidentally damage claims.

Sprint News
Sprint Newsroom

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How to scroll on Google Music with iPad

Who would have thought that this would be so simple. It took me awhile to find it but glad I did. If you want to scroll through your albums on Google Music using the iPad you just need to use 2 fingers to scroll up and down.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

How To Add & Remove Apps From The Home Screen On The Galaxy Tab

For all you Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners Samsung is doing a great job at keeping you in the loop on how to do things. Hit the link to check out the simple tutorial.

How To Add & Remove Apps From The Home Screen On The Galaxy GT-P7510 Tab my samsung

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Staples offering $100 off any tablet: Ends July 30th

Don't miss this chance to get a great deal on your favorite tablet. Ends July 30th.

Hot deal: Staples offering $100 off any tablet

What's makes Transformer different

Lenovo Tablets

Aren't satisfied with tablets so far? Lenovo just announced 2 new tablets, The ThinkPad, and IdeaPad K1. The ThinkPad will be available Aug. @ for $479 16GB version with a stylus. Hit the link for more info. TheIdea Pad is also going to be the first certified Android tablet to run Netflix.

Lenovo - Tablets

Mac OS X (10.7) Lion, Available Today

Max OS X Launchpad
Apple just released Mac OS X Lion for Macs. You must already have Snow Leopard (10.6.8) installed on your machine with the Mac App Store to be able to buy the new software update for $29.99. The update comes with many great features such as Multi-Touch Gestures, Full-Screen Apps, and Launchpad.

Some of these new features came to the Mac because of well they worked on the iPad. Launchpad is a new way to view all of your applications that looks just like an iPad screen. You are also able to organize your apps into folders just like on iOS.

Full-Screen Apps are also taken from the iPad. For the first time on OS X this allows you to take advantage of your full display and cut out the clutter of the dock and other apps that are open.

The Mac App Store is also new. Apple has had incredible success with the App Store on iOS with 15 Billion downloads. They have now incorporated the Mac App Store into this new OS update that allows you find the right apps for your Mac, all in one place.

Multi-Touch Gestures are a main feature in almost every iOS app. With all Macbooks having a multi-touch trackpad this makes it so most Macs can use this feature. Even if you have an iMac you can easily purchase a Magic Trackpad to allow you to use these new gestures. These gestures allow you to quickly jump to Mission Control where you see all open apps, to swiping left and right to jump between other open apps in Full-Screen mode.

No need to waste any more time. Go start the download now because the 4GB file might take some time depending on your connection. Let me know how it goes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Editorial: Are We Really Multitasking?

In the beginning of the fight between smart phone vs. smart phone and tablet vs. tablet, there was a great desire from consumers to be able to multitask like they could on a desktop PC. On a PC you have the option to have many different windows open, this allows you to be able to run and see multiple programs at the same time.

With the PC style of multitasking it allows you to be listening to music in the background or easily switch from a game to using the web. One of the most common forms is having a dual screen computer. This allows you to see multiple programs at once so you don't have to continually change between them while you copy information from one program to the other.

Many of the current Mobile OS platforms have elements of multitasking built in but it seems that they are still far from what we really need. From the beginning of the iPhone you could open up iPod and start your music, then you could switch to view your Calender or messaging very easily while still listening to your music. This is great but let everyone longing for more.

Now the iOS allows you to do this with all apps. You simply press the home button twice to open up the most recent apps so that you can switch from one to the other only running certain tasks like music and or location based services in the background and pausing the rest of the processing. On Android it is a similar way of doing things. When you leave an app it will keep the spot where you just were. You can then hold the home button and a list of recent apps will appear and you can then switch back to where you previously were. Android is known for running many computing tasks in the background to keep all widgets and services up to date with the greatest information.

Yes these process would fall in the line of actual multitasking, but is that what we truly are doing? Right now, look at your computer screen and see how many different windows you have open. Is there just one or are there multiple? Do you spend your time only doing one thing or is there a web browser open on one side of the screen and Word open on the other? These processes are what makes a computer so great. With this we can do much more than what a simple piece of paper could ever do for us.

On the mobile OS this is something that is still yet to be done. Recently Microsoft put out a demo of upcoming features of Windows 8 for touch screens that gives the ability to do this type of computing on a touch screen. There are certain apps right now such as Twitter on the iPad that allow you to view your stream and click on a link to open a new panel where the browser opens so you can still see your stream and view a web page at the same time. This would be great to have in tablets because of the amount of real-estate.

When Honeycomb came out I thought about what would be the one feature that I would love to have on it that iOS did not have. I thought it would be great if you were able to open two Android apps at the same time and use them simultaneously. The possibilities of combinations of apps could be anything. Maybe you want to check your bank account transactions and want to update a budget at the same time but don't want to keep switching back and forth between the apps because it is hard to remember the detailed information. Maybe you a browsing Facebook but want to be playing a casual game of Cut the Rope at the same time.

From what i have learned this is not possible yet on any available mobile OS. I have not been able to find any apps that allow you to open two specific apps at the same time. The ability to do this maybe based on the processor but this definitely needs to be put down on the Need to put in the next OS update list.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Woot! Motorola Xoom for $399!

Ok, here is the deal. I have posted a few Woot tablet deals before and they were pretty good, but todays is really awesome. This is a 32GB, Dual Core, Motorola Xoom, running Android 3.1 for $399. That is $100 cheaper than the cheapest iPad and you get twice the storage plus all the amazing benefits of using a Google apps. So if you haven't bought a tablet yet, you really should, because they are awesome. Ends Thursday at midnight so get it before it is gone.

Woot® : One Day, One Deal™

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Google+ Profiles Showing Up in Android Contacts

Today when I was going through my contacts on my Android phone I noticed that there was a new field that had not been there before. On some contacts there is only one field added and on others there are two. If you haven't heard, Google has opened up a field test of its new social networking feature called Google+. Part of this allows you to add your contacts into Circles so that you can filter to just the posts you want to read or friends you just want to contact.

There is very well going to be deep integration of Google+ into the Android OS. The Google+ app allows you to post to Circles, post pictures from your phone and check into places.

Under my Tablet in a Minute contact I had two links show up. A Google Profile link and a Google+ Profile link. Since that profile is in my Circle, that may be why it is showing up. I check other contacts who have joined Google+ and it is showing up on theirs as well. I also checked contacts that I have put in my Circles but they are not a part of Google+ and they had no link.

I think that this makes for great integration to easily be able to go to a friend or family member's profile to see their posts and info very quickly.