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4G iPhone Exposed, TapTyping Improves iPad Typing Skills, iPad Insurance, New Cases, and More

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

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.04.26

So we can post our three news roundups (Mac News Review, The 'Book Review, and iNews Review) earlier, we first do a quick proofread and link check, leaving out images. We add images later when time permits. dk

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Gizmodo Exposes 4G iPhone

Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz says:

"You are looking at Apple's next iPhone. It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got it. We disassembled it. It's the real thing, and here are all the details."

Prototype 4G iPhone Left at Bar

AppleInsider's Neil Hughes reports:

"A 27-year-old Apple software engineer who was field testing Apple's unreleased fourth-generation iPhone left the top-secret device sitting on a bar stool after drinking a German beer in Redwood City, California, Gizmodo reported Monday evening."

Adobe Gives Up on the iPhone

The Register's Bill Ray reports:

"Adobe has said it won't be developing any more versions of its packager, which allowed Flash applications to be recompiled for the iPhone.

"Instead Android will be its focus in the future."

Is the Tablet Already Obsolete?

Uniea blogger Michael Nace notes that the iPad rush is on: iPads, iPad cases, and new apps abound. But he asks, "Does this novel gadget really offer us anything new?"

"For many Apple enthusiasts and gadget gurus, seeing the iPad as the vanguard, game-changing device that Steve Jobs touted at his unveiling in late January 2009 has been a stretch," says Nace. "Many see it as an overgrown iPhone, sans the ability to actually call anyone on it. Others have questioned how ergonomic a tablet design is for work and heavy typing, given the fact that, in the strict definition, a tablet of any type is usually held in one hand and worked on by another - not placed on a table or your lap. Perhaps the iPad could replace a warehouse foreman's yellow memo pad, but imagining it as a real moneymaker for people who rely on mobile computing to make a living? Truth be told, because the iPhone's size and shape allows it to be held in the palm of your hand, it is a decidedly more mobile device and, by extension, more versatile for the working world."

Nace observes that another potentially disappointing aspect of the iPad is fear that apps really aren't going to offer users that much more than what the iPhone already does, and if this proves to be the case, what's left to make the iPad a truly landmark mobile device, and questions whether a touchable computer screen is really the "holy grail" of 21st century mobile computing technology?

Nace concludes that the advent of the iPad is not the beginning of an era - or at least we should hope it isn't, since in his estimation tablet devices are not going to revolutionize the way we use mobile devices to live, work, and communicate.

iPad: The Future of Home Computing

On the other hand, Computerworld's Kenneth van Wyk contends that he's seen the future of home computing, and it is the iPad. He's convinced, even though he acknowledges that for many techies, the words "lack of choice" are the kiss of death for a device like this. However, says van Wyk, for the average consumer, "lack of choice" can be interpreted as "simple," by and large. And to get to the masses, simple never hurts.

The Mac & the iPad: History Repeats Itself

AskTog's Bruce Tognazzini says:

"For those of us around Apple for the launch of the 1984 Mac, things are awfully familiar.

"In bringing that original Mac to market, Steve hit on a formula that worked for him. He keeps repeating it, and it seems to get better every time. It worked for the iPhone, and it worked for the iPad, too. Here are the necessary elements...."

The 69¢ iPad Stand from Office Depot

Andrew DeVigal says:

"Bought a wireless keyboard today to eventually replace the iPad Keyboard Dock I ordered online with my iPad. One really should try out a product before buying peripherals. But what I was really looking for was a stand that kept my iPad upright in either landscape or portrait . . . I went to Office Depot and found this: Business Card Holder for $0.69...."

How to Get Your iPad into Bed

The Mac Observer's John Martellaro has posted a how-to on the technicalities and etiquette of using an iPad in bed, observing that "the Apple iPad opens new horizons, namely activities in bed that are better than you've ever had it with a MacBook. Here's how to make out nicely with your iPad - and still coexist with your partner."

Hone Your iPad Typing Skills with TapTyping

Macworld's David Dahlquist says:

"Think it's impossible to type at a reasonable speed on a touch screen keyboard? The folks at Flairify certainly don't. Their app, TapTyping, is an iPad typing trainer that guarantees it will make you a faster, more accurate iPad typist. Offering focused lessons to improve typing speed and accuracy as well as beginner to advanced courses and metrics to track performance, TapTyping could be the first step on your way to becoming a touch-typing virtuoso."

How to Use Any Bluetooth Keyboard with Your iPad

Tech-Recipes' seamonkey has posted a tutorial saying the iPad's touchscreen keyboard isn't bad - actually pretty good for a touchkeyboard - however there can be times where you may need to do some major emailing or even document writing and need a keyboard, and his recipe will show you how to pair any Bluetooth keyboard with the iPad. You don't just need to use the Apple one, any Bluetooth keyboard will work.

3 Reasons to Sell Your iPad Now

PadGadget's Bill says:

"If you currently own an iPad, here are three good reasons you might want to get rid of it right now.

  1. You don't need it
  2. Make a profit. With Apple delaying shipments of the iPad overseas, there is a growing international grey market for new and used iPads
  3. You need 3G!

"I bet you never considered that now is the time to get rid of your old WiFi only iPad so you can go out and buy a brand new one with 3G!"

Steve Jobs: 'Folks Who Want Porn Can Buy an Android Phone'

9 to 5 Mac's MG Siegler says:

"Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on a roll. While he's probably had better days than today, he's lately been shooting off emails left and right in response to customers' concerns. We just were sent what appears to be one such Jobs response, sent last week surrounding the whole Mark Fiore situation. And it's a good one.

WePad Aims for iPad Market with Bigger Screen, Webcam, USB Ports

Macworld UK's Nick Spence says that powered by an Intel Atom chip and running Android with Adobe Flash, the WePad tablet to be launched by German computer specialists Neofonie is a potentially formidable rival to Apple's iPad, at least in European markets.

The WePad will be available come July in various specifications that outdo iPad, such as a bigger screen, webcam, two USB ports, and support for browser-based software and streaming, rather than proprietary media and music software. Prices start at approximately $600 (¤449).

Neofonie will start taking orders for the device on 27 April.

WePad Tablet Hands on Demo Posted on YouTube

A video of the Linux-based German WePad prototype and final design demonstration is up on YouTube (in German). Some have suggested that WePad could be an "iPad killer" with its deeper feature set, open platform, much better connectivity, and competitive price (see below).

Apps & Services

iPad Insurance

PR: Cover your new iPad with the proper insurance. Worth Ave Group offers a side by side comparison of different plans to help find the right plan.

Individuals shopping for affordable iPad Insurance now have an easier way to find the right coverage with the launch of a new website, Insurance iPadInsurance.net

The site, managed by leading electronic device Insurance Agency, Worth Avenue Group, provides customers easy access to all of the information they need to make an informed decision on the perfect coverage for themselves, their families, employees, and organizations.

iPadinsurance.net provides a side-by-side comparison of iPad Insurance plans allowing customers to make sure they are getting the best coverage plan available for their iPad.

Visitors to the website are able to get real time assistance when choosing a plan no matter where they are located in the United States. Consultants at Worth Ave Group, offer online and phone assistance so that the customers have instant access to help them choose the right coverage.

"With the increasing costs and delicate nature of the devices being introduced thanks to today's technology, more and more people are looking to protect their investments. Product warranties don't typically cover theft or accidental damage. We want consumers to know our insurance does," said Worth Avenue Group COO Blake Barth.

The most common concerns amongst individuals shopping for iPad insurance include cost, deductibles, theft and accidental damage coverage.

Worth Avenue Group covers theft and accidental damage, including liquid submersion and has a low deductible of just fifty dollars on all iPad policies. Worth Ave Group also offers affordable laptop, iPhone, and cell phone insurance, and is a great iPhone warranty alternative.

Worth Avenue Group, LLC is an electronic device company located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, providing quality, affordable device insurance for iPads, iPhones, Laptops, and Cell Phones, along with other electronic devices such as tablets and kindles. Worth Avenue Group insurance policies are underwritten by AM Best A rated Hanover insurance company.

Opera Mini Downloaded Over 1,000,000 Times on First Day

Macworld's David Chartier reports:

"In a press release, Opera boasts that its mobilized, proxy-dependent browser was downloaded more than a million times in its first day of availability. In fact, it became the number one free download across all 22 international App Stores."

Opera Mini Tops the iTunes Chart, but Can It Make Any Money?

The Register's Bill Ray says:

"iPhone users are tuning to the Opera Mini browser, which now tops free apps polls around the world. But giving away a product isn't necessarily the best way to make money.

"Cult of Mac noticed that Opera's Mini browser was topping the charts, and promptly checked the 22 iTunes stores to confirm that Opera Mini is the number one free application everywhere. But running those servers costs money, and it's far from clear if Opera Mini users can ever generate enough revenue to cover that ongoing cost."

PrintCentral 1.2 Takes iPad Document Management to a Whole New Level

PR: EuroSmartz, have announced that hot on the heels of the release of the PrintCentral app two weeks ago, version 1.2 of the app contains major enhancements to the way users can handle documents both from within PrintCentral as well as from other apps.

PrintCentral version 1.2 will now enable customers to directly open a document, spreadsheet or presentation that is stored in the "Files" section of PrintCentral with iWorks and start editing it immediately, this is as simple as selecting the stored file and then choosing Open in... Pages, Numbers or Keynote.

PrintCentral can also be used to open and print attachments in the Apple Mail app by simply tapping and holding on the item and choosing Open in... PrintCentral. This means that any customer with PrintCentral installed will be able to print an attachment directly from the Mail app in just three taps! If a customer wishes to print an iWorks document once it has been edited they can simply email to the Apple Mail app and print it as an attachment.

Printing from other apps:

PrintCentral leverages the application file sharing features built into the iPad and has become the pivotal app for printing from other apps. If other apps use the file sharing feature, their customers will be able to open & print items directly in PrintCentral with only three taps!

Cloud Storage:

PrintCentral can directly open files in iWorks that are stored in the cloud without having to download them first. This means that any customers that have documents or templates stored on an FTP server, iDisk or any WebDAV compatible service can go to the "Places" section of PrintCentral, open the file in iWorks, edit it and send it to a customer all with a few taps. This is completely new and unique functionality that is not currently available to iWorks customers.

Martin Schenkel, Product Development Director at EuroSmartz comments: "We are continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible on the iPad as a business tool. Document printing from these devices to any Mac or PC printer is not a simple matter, and requires a lot of background work to retain formatting and layout. With PrintCentral 1.2 and our unique architecture we can ensure a customer can quickly and easily print in the same format as the document was created."

Supported Languages: US English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish

PrintCentral version 1.2 will be a free upgrade to existing customers and is now available on the Apple iTunes Application Store worldwide for just $9.99, £5.99, or ¤7.99 for the iPad or iPhone/iPod touch version.

GoodReader for iPad Now Offers Full Support for Apple's Document Sharing

PR: Good.iWare's iPad version of GoodReader now offers full support for Apple's Document Sharing. GoodReader, which has toggled between the #1 and #2 overall best-selling iPad app, now offers two-way sharing of documents with other apps that support Document Sharing.

GoodReader is famous for handling very large PDF and TXT files, navigating manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 MB and more with great speed compared to other document viewers. With its new support for Document Sharing, users can copy files stored in other apps directly to GoodReader, including Apple's own Mail app. This same approach will work with any app which supports Document Sharing. This process also works in reverse, with any file in GoodReader now able to be opened in any other app which supports Document Sharing.

GoodReader offers a number of means for moving files to and from the app, including access to MobileMe iDisk, box.net, MyDisk.se, and many other file-storage servers for both downloading and uploading files. Like its iPhone counterpart, the iPad version comes equipped with "server style" support for DropBox and Google Docs, providing users with the ability to both download documents from DropBox and Google Docs accounts, and upload them to like with an FTP program.

GoodReader is known as a top document reader for viewing and navigating large PDF documents on an iPhone and iPad. Besides its text search capability, other key GoodReader features are active hyperlinks, which enable users to more easily navigate within the document or launch a linked document or website, and PDF Reflow. These features make GoodReader an even better choice for those who browse large technical documents.

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
  • 8.7 MB

GoodReader 2.7.6 is 99¢ (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

Screenshot: http://goodreader.net/images/iPad-Loading-Screen-small.jpg

Physicians and Dentists Can Now Use iPads with MacPractice

PR: MacPractice, the leading Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical and dental offices, announced the launch of new iPad integration solutions that allow doctors and dentists to use all MacPractice products on an iPad to leverage the efficiency and ease of use of Apple's latest innovation to streamline care, save time, and reduce the risk of data entry errors.

"We've been overwhelmed with requests from doctors who want to use MacPractice on an iPad," said Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice. "The interface solutions we have tested allow doctors to use this incredible device in a patient encounter, enter the visit data into MacPractice EMR and have access to medical and dental images, prescription history, etc. literally at their fingertips at the point of care."

Besides qualifying its MacPractice iPhone Interface for use on the iPad, the new iPad interface solutions leverage collaborative technologies to make the total functionality of MacPractice available on an iPad, including EMR, prescriptions and e-Prescribe, scheduling and more. The new MacPractice for iPad portal provides a complete guide to deploying and using the iPad with MacPractice.

The MacPractice iPad interface enables doctors, dentists, and practice managers to:

  • Access MacPractice from anywhere within the office with the iPad's portable, wireless, touch-screen interface. Using a remote desktop connection from the iPad to a Mac computer, doctors can have complete access to MacPractice untethered from the computer, as well as all the native iPad functionality.
  • Doctors and nurses can easily carry all patient information from one exam room to another and use their finger or a stylus, plus an on-screen keyboard, to access the MacPractice database and add new patient data. If desired, data can also be entered by attaching a keyboard to the iPad or using the keyboard and mouse at the computer. Data is entered directly into MacPractice, eliminating the need to synchronize the iPad with the computer.
  • Access MacPractice from outside the office on an iPad. Full access to the complete MacPractice system from anywhere with an internet connection makes it possible to view and update patient charts from home, the hospital or satellite offices.
  • Enable multiple users to simultaneously access MacPractice on a single computer from numerous iPads. Through collaboration with Aqua Connect, MacPractice for iPad allows multiple doctors to access the MacPractice system on a single machine at the same time, with local sound and audio support and built-in encryption that satisfies HIPAA guidelines.

"We are proud to offer this joint solution with MacPractice that delivers on the high expectations healthcare providers have had since the announcement of the iPad," said Ronnie Exley, vice president of Aqua Connect. "The ability to deliver Mac OS X desktops and MacPractice in its full functionality to the iPad has the potential to revolutionize workflow in healthcare."

Use an iPad for patient registration. Utilizing MacPractice's web interface, patients can register on an iPad and complete HIPAA forms either in the office or from a remote location, such as the hospital or home. This not only streamlines the registration process, saves paper and time, but also helps reduce the risk of data-entry errors due to illegible handwriting or typing errors.

Complete medical EMR questionnaires on an iPad. Office staff using MacPractice can create a customized kiosk for each individual patient with all of the forms required for the visit and hand the patient an iPad on which to complete Health History, Social History, etc. Upon completion, the forms become part of the patient's record in MacPractice EMR.

"Write" eyeglass prescriptions on an iPad. Integration with MacPractice 20/20 allows ophthalmologists and optometrists to create eyeglass or lens prescriptions on the iPad.

Chart restorative and periodontal conditions and treatment on an iPad and review x-rays with patients. Dentists, dental assistants and hygienists who use MacPractice DDS may use the iPad's touch screen to chart existing conditions and treatment, and review x-rays and photos with patients. They can even provide patient education material and entertainment for the patient during procedures using native iPad applications.

MacPractice leverages Apple's legendary ease of use, stability, and low-cost maintenance to create affordable, intuitive, and flexible Mac-native software for doctors. The software, currently used in 3,000 doctors' practices, combines a state-of-the-art EHR/EMR solution with practice management tools in an easy-to-use, intuitive system that can improve patient care, efficiency and productivity.

Dentists Can Use iPads with MacPractice DDS

PR: Tooth charting, digital radiography, and electronic dental records - MacPractice offers assistance to dentists for patient registration and clinical recordkeeping to streamline care, save time and reduce data entry errors

MacPractice, the leading Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical and dental offices, announced the launch of new iPad integration solutions that allow dentists to use MacPractice DDS, DR (Digital Radiography/Photo) and EDR (Electronic Dental Record) on an iPad to leverage the efficiency and ease of use of Apple's latest innovation to streamline care, save time and reduce the risk of data entry errors.

"We've been overwhelmed with requests from dentists who want to use MacPractice DDS and MacPractice Endo on an iPad," said Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice. "The interface solutions we have tested make it possible for dentists to use this incredible device to chart existing conditions and treatment, enter visit notes and review x-rays and photos with a patient in the treatment room."

Besides qualifying its MacPractice iPhone Interface for use on the iPad, the new iPad interface solutions leverage collaborative technologies to make the total functionality of MacPractice DDS available on an iPad, including EDR, prescriptions and e-Prescribe, scheduling and more. The new MacPractice for iPad portal provides a complete guide to deploying and using the iPad with MacPractice.

Jonathan Ferencz, DDS, a prominent prosthodontist and clinical professor of prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry, used his iPad to show five patients their photos and x-rays in the dental chair.

"Four patients were so impressed that they scheduled appointments for suggested treatment," Ferencz said. "Were they moved by a clearer vision of their clinical condition and the obvious need for treatment? Or were they impressed with the exquisite display of the iPad and our technical prowess? Frankly, it didn't matter. My goal is to use the software and hardware tools available to enhance patient care, and that is exactly what is happening."

The MacPractice iPad interface enables dentists, hygienists, assistants and dental staff to:

  • Access MacPractice DDS from anywhere within the office with the iPad's portable, wireless, touch-screen interface.
  • Using a remote desktop connection from the iPad to a Mac computer, dentists can have complete access to MacPractice DDS as well as all the native iPad functionality, untethered from the computer.
  • Dental staff can easily carry all patient information from one exam room to another and use their finger or a stylus, plus an on-screen keyboard, to access the MacPractice database and add new patient data. If desired, data can also be entered by attaching a keyboard to the iPad or using the keyboard and mouse at the computer. Data is entered directly into MacPractice, eliminating the need to synchronize the iPad with the computer.
  • Access MacPractice from outside the office on an iPad. Full access to the complete MacPractice DDS system from anywhere with an internet connection makes it possible to view and update patient charts from home, a satellite office or anywhere.
  • Enable multiple users to simultaneously access MacPractice on a single computer from numerous iPads. Through collaboration with Aqua Connect, MacPractice for iPad allows multiple doctors to access the MacPractice system on a single machine at the same time, with local sound and audio support and built-in encryption that satisfies HIPAA guidelines.

"We are proud to offer this joint solution with MacPractice that delivers on the high expectations dentists have had since the announcement of the iPad," said Ronnie Exley, Vice President of Aqua Connect. "The ability to deliver Mac OS X desktops and MacPractice in its full functionality to the iPad has the potential to revolutionize workflow in dentistry."

Chart restorative and periodontal conditions and treatment on an iPad and review x-rays and photos with patients. Dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists who use MacPractice DDS may use the iPad's touch screen to chart examinations and review x-rays and photos with the patient in the treatment room. They can even provide patient education information and entertainment for the patient during procedures using native iPad applications.

Complete medical EMR questionnaires on an iPad. Office staff using MacPractice can create a customized kiosk for each individual patient with all of the forms required for the visit and hand the patient an iPad on which to complete health, social and other history forms. Upon completion, the forms will become part of the patient's record in MacPractice EDR.

Use an iPad for patient registration. Utilizing MacPractice's web interface, patients can register for appointments and procedures on an iPad and complete HIPAA forms either in the office or from home. This not only streamlines the registration process, saves paper and time, but also helps reduce the risk of data-entry errors due to illegible handwriting or typing errors.

Multieducator Releases World History Documents for iPad

PR: MultiEducator, Inc. introduces "World History Documents". The program was developed specifically to leverage the iPad's's unique capabilities and touch interface. It includes over 350 documents, as well as, voice and video recordings. World Documents is the second IPad product developed by MultiEducator, joining an iPad version of their popular "American Dreams" program, which became available the day the iPad was released. World History Documents is MultiEducator's first universal application, with separate versions automatically available to the user, each optimized for either the iPad or the iPhone/iPod touch.

Perfect for educators, students and casual users alike, World History Documents immerses the user in all aspects of World History. Documents in the program span history from Code of Hammurabi to Barak Obama's Nobel acceptance speech in 2009. This program also includes 19 audio and video recordings of famous speeches and addresses.

The documents in the World History Documents are divided by time periods, and include a translation of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Koran.

Beyond the chronological listings, there are separate sections on British, French, Middle East and United States documents. There is also a section of documents on the laws of war and the speeches of Winston Churchill. Audio and video clips of famous historical personalities include: Benito Mussolini, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Charles Degaulle, Fidel Castro, David Ben-Gurion, John F. Kennedy, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and more.

Each document entry includes an explanation of the significance of the treaty, law, section of the Bible or key points of a speech. Documents can be accessed chronologically, or often by groups. Effortlessly search for any document, save favorites, as well e-mail documents to friends and colleagues. Leveraging over 20 years of research and development, this is MultiEducator's second application in the company's new line of History on-the-Go products, with the expectation of developing 20 new applications in 2010. MultiEducator's History-on-the-Go series joins the companies 26 Formulator apps targeted for the Engineering and Trade markets.

System Requirements: iPad, iPhone, or 2nd Generation iPod touch 2.2 or later

World History Documents for the iPad and iPhone is offered for $2.99 and available exclusively through Apple's App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available upon request.

Screenshot: http://www.multieducator.net/formulator/WorldIpad/Main.jpg

Navigon MobileNavigator Canada Now Available

PR: Navigon just launched a Canadian version of its popular iPhone navigation app. MobileNavigator Canada transforms the iPhone into an inclusive navigation device that relies on the GPS receiver, independent from a cell or wireless signal, to provide the most feature rich on-board navigation application.

MobileNavigator offers a familiar, yet streamlined user interface that offers intuitive visual feedback and readily accessible connected features, which takes the efficiency of mobile navigation to new heights. It is the only on-board iPhone navigation app available that includes Google Local Search, Reality View Pro, branded in-route POIs, seamless in-app iPod controls, enhanced pedestrian mode and Traffic Live in one application.

Navigon just recently added three new features to MobileNavigator that are also available in the Canadian version: Connection to Facebook and Twitter, Panorama View 3D with 3D terrain views derived from NASA data (In App Purchase), and personalized route recommendations via Navigon MyRoutes.

Navigon MyRoutes analyzes driving habits, patterns, location, time and day to provide up to three routes clearly displayed in-map with ETA, distance and driving times for each. Up to three recommendations can be suggested, one primary, and up to two alternatives provide the user with options to choose the preferred course. MyRoutes utilizes driving history data and information to calculate better routes that avoid congestion and get drivers to their destination faster.

MobileNavigator 1.5.1 Canada gives users an easy way to broadcast current position, destination and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) to favorite social media outlets, Twitter and Facebook, without navigation interruption. The in-app Facebook or Twitter icons seamlessly launch during navigation and Twitter will automatically limit character input to its required maximum 140 characters.

Complementing the elegant iPhone UI, Panorama View 3D is three-dimensional digitized cartography generated from NASAs height and terrain data. The 3D maps deliver an accurate depiction of surrounding environment, and what lies ahead with landscapes that include elevations, shadows, and geographic images. Panorama View 3D is integrated in-map, independent from the phones data connection.

MobileNavigator Canada is $79.99 in the Canadian App Store with no hidden charges or additional monthly fees. Users can add services like TrafficLive and Panorama View 3D directly within the app as In App Purchases.

Legend Maker for Mac Converts Books for iPad, Kindle, and ePub Devices

PR: ZappTek announces the introduction of Legend Maker 1.0 for Mac OS X, their new application which automatically converts book manuscripts from standard word processor files into eBooks. Converted manuscripts are properly formatted for the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and other ePub-compatible devices, as well as reader software such as ibis and Bookworm. Legend Maker requires no knowledge of HTML, and simplifies the creation of eBooks which may include images, indexes, tables of contents, endnotes, footnotes, and complex layout and design.

In 2008 ZappTek introduced Legends, the first line of original fiction books for the iPhone. With Legend Maker 1.0 the company has taken the tools used to produce Legends books for the iPhone and incorporated them into a single application for use by authors and publishers. Starting with any word processor file, ZappTek recommends saving it as an RTF (Rich Text Format) file before importing it into Legend Maker. The user then inserts simple text-based tags into the manuscript, indicating page breaks, bookmarks (used to create the Table of Contents), and images (for placement of graphics and photos). The application then automatically carries over into the eBook conversion most layout and typographical elements of the original, including italics, boldface, indentation, hyperlinks, and tables.

Feature Highlights:

  • Legend Maker 1.0 converts text and document files into eBooks
  • Book manuscripts are easily converted to comply with ePub formatting standards
  • No knowledge of HTML or programming is required
  • The app automatically carries over most layout and typography from the original
  • The user can include a table of contents, endnotes, images, hyperlinks, and more
  • All standard eBook metadata is supported
  • eBooks created are compatible with iPad, Kindle, nook, and Sony Reader
  • eBooks created are compatible with reader software such as ibis and Bookworm
  • Legend Maker 1.0 comes with free updates for life

Book manuscripts can be converted and verified for compatibility with any of the most popular eBook devices and reader software. eBooks created with Legend Maker include all standard metadata: title, author, publisher, copyright, ISBN, creation date, and genre.

"As readers become increasingly comfortable with eBooks, more and more authors will have an opportunity to find an audience," observed ZappTek Founder Michael Zapp. "Using Legend Maker, a very easy-to-use application, any author or publisher can quickly convert any book manuscript into a professionally formatted eBook."

System Requirements:

  • Mac with Intel processor
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later (Snow Leopard)

Legend Maker 1.0 for Mac OS X is available now for $99.99, and comes with free, lifetime updates. A demo version, limited to 100 lines of text, is available as a free download. Review copies are available on request.

Screenshot: http://www.zapptek.com/legendmaker/legendmaker.png

Accessories

Grantwood Technology Ships New RunWallet for iPod shuffle

PR: Grantwood Technology, LLC has announced the release of the updated RunWallet, an armband product designed to comfortably military Common Access Cards (CAC), carry IDs, emergency contact information, bank cards, credit cards, car keys, car remotes, house keys, hotel keys, cash/coins during exercise, with the added ability to carry the iPod shuffle or anything else that can be clipped to it.

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The RunWallet is a soft, neoprene arm wallet that can easily accommodate the above items in a secure Velcro® closure. Each RunWallet consists of a comfortable and flexible armband strap that can accommodate both large and small arms. We also have extra large and extra small armbands available upon request. As a fitness wallet, the RunWallet can be attached to the supplied armband, or can easily be attached to your shoe, attached to a belt or simply placed in a pocket. New to the RunWallet is a lanyard to fold over to use as needed. Whether you seek a running wallet, fitness wallet, or arm wallet, the RunWallet will fit your needs.

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The RunWallet also has a clear front face which allows items to be clipped to it, including the iPod shuffle.

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The RunWallet's armband is made with the same material as our highly acclaimed tuneband for iPod and tuneband for iPhone. Therefore, you already own one of our tunebands for iPod or tunebands for iPhone or plan to purchase one, you can accommodate both items on the same armband.

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"We are very pleased with our RunWallet and we updated it to allow military CAC use and the optional lanyard," explained Michael Banks, MD, co-founder and CEO of Grantwood Technology, LLC. "There still is no better way to carry IDs, keys, cash and now it comes in black and military green."

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Protection

Marware Eco-Envi for iPad Shipping

PR: Marware Inc. announces the Eco-Envi for iPad is now shipping. The Eco-Envi is a stylish eco-leather envelope sleeve. This elegant solution helps protect the iPad when you're carrying or storing it. Premium, high-grain eco-leather with contrast stitching and an environmentally friendly fleece interior make the leather envelope attractive and practical. The Velcro closure keeps your iPad in place and secure. The Eco-Envi is available in black or white eco-leather. Marware's Eco-Envi is a guiltless, convenient alternative to bulkier leather sleeves. Keep your iPad clean and pristine with the Eco-Envi. The Eco-Envi also comes with Marware's lifetime warranty.

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Features:

  • Leather envelope sleeve
  • Eco-leather sleeve made from RoHS compliant leather (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
  • Contrast stitching
  • Premium look and feel
  • Secure Velcro closure
  • A sleeve solution with room for using with other cases (such as MicroShell)
  • Includes: Leather envelope sleeve

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The Eco-Envi is available in black or white eco-leather. The Eco-Envi retails for $49.99 .

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For more information about the Eco-Envi, visit Marware online.

Marware Sportfolio Bandit for iPad Shipping

PR: Marware announces that the Spoortfolio Bandit sleeve for the iPad is now shipping. The Sportfolio Bandit is a snug-fitting neoprene sleeve for the iPad. A leather accent band adds a stylish contrast to this neoprene sleeve and doubles as an innovative carrying strap. A bonus outer pocket provides plenty of extra carrying space. The Sportfolio Bandit is available in three attractive color combinations and comes with Marware's Lifetime Warranty.

Marware Inc., announces the Sportfolio Bandit for iPad is now shipping. The Sportfolio Bandit for the iPad is made of rugged neoprene and is lined with a plush interior. It sports a handy outside pocket for accessories and, an attractive leather accent band that doubles as a hand strap for easier carrying. The leather accent creates a stylish contrast without adding bulk to the sleeve.

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The Sportfolio Bandit is available in three attractive color combinations: Silver with a light blue leather accent band, silver with a white leather accent band or black with a black leather accent band. The Sportfolio Bandit is a versatile carrying sleeve for the iPad, or as an added layer of protection when you place it in your backpack or handbag. The Sportfolio Bandit also comes with Marware's Lifetime Warranty.

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Features:

  • Rugged neoprene outer construction
  • Soft, plush-lined interior
  • Attractive leather accent band doubles as a hand strap for easier carrying
  • Exterior pocket for accessories
  • Includes neoprene sleeve

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The Sportfolio Bandit is available in silver with a light blue leather accent band, silver with a white leather accent band or black with a black leather accent band. The Sportfolio Bandit retails for $34.99 . For more information, please visit Marware online. Marware is a leading provider of software and eco-conscious accessory solutions for Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Notebooks.

Speck's First Wave of New Cases, Sleeves, and Screen Protection for iPad Available Now

PR: As eager Apple lovers unpack and fire up their iPad for the first time, Speck is filling retail and online store shelves with innovative cases, bags and other new solutions designed to keep the world's coolest new on-the-go gadget safely and stylishly protected. The first three offerings, the PixelShield sleeve, PixelSleeve Plus carrying case and ShieldView anti-glare protective screen films for iPad offer optimum screen and device protection yet boast distinct design features.

"Our designers took an in-depth look at the iPad experience and crafted a complete portfolio of exceptionally thoughtful and stylish designs"

"Our designers took an in-depth look at the iPad experience and crafted a complete portfolio of exceptionally thoughtful and stylish designs," said Irene Baran, CEO of Speck. "We've taken many queues from the best aspects of our existing designs, as well as created fresh all-new products that are truly fitting for Apple's ground-breaking iPad."

PixelShield Carrying Sleeve with Durable Screen Protection Layer for iPad

New iPad owners can now find the PixelShield carrying sleeve with reinforced screen protection layer at Apple stores and other select retailers as well as at speckproducts.com. With PixelShield, simply tuck your iPad into the soft, scratch-free micro-fleece lined interior, grab the built-in tote handle and go! Three layers of protection, including an integrated durable hard panel, help protect the iPad's delicate glass touch screen from impacts, while the stretchy pixel-textured neoprene exterior snugly holds the iPad securely in place. Plus, the smart lay-flat design cuts time at airport security checkpoints while its lightweight construction keeps ideal for carrying iPad on its own, or for protecting it while in your bag, purse or briefcase. Available in red and black, the PixelShield for iPad is available for $39.95 MSRP. For more information, please visit http://www.speckproducts.com/products/pixelshield/ipad/224.

PixelSleeve Plus Reinforced Carrying Sleeve for iPad

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Featuring an extra-durable screen protection layer and a distinctive pixel-textured neoprene exterior, the PixelSleeve Plus carrying sleeve provides a cozy, protective home for your iPad and features a soft scratch-free micro-fleece interior lining. However, the devil (and guardian angel) is in the details. PixelSleeve Plus features a padded, zippered side entry and an integrated low-profile carry-handle for added convenience and comfort. And with the "Plus" comes a durable yet flexible reinforced inner layer that helps keep the iPad touch screen protected from knocks and bumps. Easy to stash and carry, PixelSleeve Plus also makes getting your iPad through airport security checkpoints a breeze. Available in black with gray lining, the PixelSleeve Plus for iPad is available for $39.95 MSRP. For more information on PixelSleeve Plus, please visit http://www.speckproducts.com/products/pixelsleeve-plus/ipad/226.

ShieldView Anti-Glare Protective Screen Films for iPad

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Speck entered the screen protection market last year with the introduction of CrispView screen cleaners. Now, Speck's new precise-fit ShieldView screen protectors help guard those sensitive iPad touch screens from scratches, scrapes and smudges so they always look their best and brightest. The anti-glare matte finish coating helps cut down on reflections for improved visibility and clarity. The non-adhesive protectors are easy to apply and remove as needed and come packaged in a re-sealable storage envelope. ShieldView for iPad includes two screen protector films and a cleaning cloth and will be available for $24.95 MSRP. For more information, please visit http://www.speckproducts.com/products/shieldview/ipad/233.

Speck will also soon be releasing a number of additional new products for the iPad

CandyShell and Fitted Hard Shell Cases for iPad

Exclusively available at Apple Retail and Online Store, shoppers will very soon see shelves stocked with NightShade Purple and Batwing Black editions of CandyShell cases for iPad, each featuring a sleek outer hard shell, rubberized insulating interior lining and a built-in flip-back panel to allow use with the iPad dock and keyboard. Also exclusive to Apple stores, iPad fans and fashionistas alike will soon have the opportunity to adorn and protect their devices with the upholstered look and comfortable feel of a fabric-wrapped Fitted hard shell case, available in Tartan Plaid Fadeaway Light Gray and Blue-Gray patterns. Additional Fitted patterns in Tartan Plaid White, Houndstooth Gray and Classic Plaid Pink and Gray will also be released shortly. Both CandyShell and Fitted cases for iPad will be available for $49.95 MSRP in mid-April.

SeeThru and SeeThru Satin Hard Shell Cases for iPad

Speck has also re-imagined the original, ever-popular translucent SeeThru and soft-touch finish SeeThru Satin hard shell cases for the iPad. These flexible one-piece cases offer sleek, durable protection and seamless look, feel and functionality. Raised rubberized front bezel trim and button covers offer added protection, while the raised traction detail on the back of the case offers extra in-hand grip and non-skid use and stability. Plus, the built-in flip-back panel opens for use with the iPad dock and keyboard. SeeThru will be available in Clear, while SeeThru Satin will be available in Black, Blue and Purple, each for $49.95 MSRP.

PixelSkin for iPad

With its signature gridded texture, the PixelSkin provides a super cool look and superior grip for the travelling iPad. Soft, rubbery materials wraps snugly around the iPad for top notch scratch and drop protection. The form fitting design still allows for ample access to all buttons, controls, sensors and connections. PixelSkin for iPad will come in Black, Green and Purple and each will be available for $39.95 MSRP.

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