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EFF on Gizmodo iPhone 4G Warrant, A Month with the iPad, Install Android on 1G iPhone, and More

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Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.05.03

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EFF Dissects the Gizmodo Warrant

Electronic Frontier Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman says that Federal and California law both protect reporters against police searches aimed at uncovering confidential sources or seizing other information developed during newsgathering activities. Yet on Friday, agents with the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) executed a search warrant at Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home, searching for evidence related to Gizmodo's scoop on what appears to be a prerelease version of Apple's next iPhone model. The warrant does not reveal whether Chen himself is considered a criminal suspect, or what alleged crime the police are investigating, but Chen was not arrested. All of his computers and hard drives (among other materials) were seized for further search and analysis.

Zimmerman contends that under California and federal law, this warrant should never have been issued, and it likely violates the Privacy Protection Act, observing that the police appear to have gone too far, with the REACT team, "a partnership of 17 local, state, and federal agencies" with a "close working partnership with the high tech industry," seeming to have leapt eagerly to Apple's aid before it looked at the law, putting the presumed interests of an important local company before rights guaranteed by law.

Rush Limbaugh: The Fascinating Case of the Lost iPhone

Conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh, a longtime Mac computer aficionado, holds forth on the Gizmodo/Lost 4G iPhone saga, noting:

"...Apple asked for the phone back, and the Gizmodo guys, 'Okay, but we want your request in writing.' So Apple's legal counsel sends the request in writing. Now, you Gizmodo guys, and you Gawker guys [editor's note: Gawker Media owns Gizmodo], this is where you erred. Your response to Apple's letter was juvenile and snarky and totally unnecessary. I don't know that Apple is behind these charges that had been brought or might be brought against one of the Gizmodo editors, because this is a criminal, not a civil complaint. Apple may not have any control over whether or not the DA out there levels charges. If it was a civil case then Apple could say, okay, go after 'em or not go after 'em, but if it is a criminal case, if the DA out there thinks that Gizmodo essentially knew it knowingly bought a stolen phone, traded in stolen merchandise, then the Gizmodo editor, Jason Chen, may not be protected by the Shield Law. The Shield Law says that journalists cannot be charged and cannot have search warrants executed against their home or their office or whatever, but in this case, if it's stolen property, if that's the angle the cops are going for then the Shield Law may not apply, and this little editor could be in for some trouble....'

"....One more thing on this Gawker-Gizmodo-Apple new 4G iPhone thing. .... The guy in the bar who found the phone on the bar stool did try to return it to Apple. He called tech support. He called every number that you can find for Apple, and everywhere he called the people didn't know what he was talking about, assumed he was a kook, and hung up on him - or thanked him and sent him away."

A Month with the iPad: Surprises and Disappointments

Macworld's editors say that:

"Given the amount of hype that preceded the iPad's release, it's hard to believe that it would bear any great surprises not touted by Apple or that it could possibly live up to expectations. Still, when we unpacked our iPads on April 3 and used them over the next three weeks, we found unexpected delights as well as features that made us go 'Hmm....'"

Free Downloadable iPad Starter Guide

Macworld's Jason Snell says:

"The Macworld Superguides are available as downloadable PDFs, on paper, and some of them even appear as iPhone apps.

"We're excited about bringing these books to the iPad via Apple's iBookstore. But we're not in there yet.

"So . . . we've decided to . . . release a free, short book in ePub format . . . the Macworld iPad Starter Guide, a basic orientation guide for the iPad, with information about its basic features, included apps, iPod functionality, iWork and other add-on apps, and accessories . . . it's available for the low, low price of free."

How to Use Your iPad in Landscape Orientation with a Dock

Book Of Joe says:

"It's much easier, faster and more comfortable to type on the keyboard dock or a Bluetooth keyboard than with the on-screen virtual keyboard.

"The problem is that the iPad as configured forces you into placing it in portrait mode to attach it to the keyboard dock or basic dock.

"This vexed me from day one and I vowed to figure out a simple hack around it until Apple adds a docking port on the long side...."

Nearly 30% of 1G iPhones Still In Use

AppleInsider's Neil Hughes reports:

"Just 2 percent of all iPhone OS handsets* still in use are Apple's first-generation iPhone, but a new calculation estimates that amounts to nearly 30 percent of the 6.1 million iPhones sold between June 2007 and July 2008."

* That includes the iPod touch, not just iPhones. AdMob calculates that 40% of iPhone OS traffic comes from the iPod touch, 60% from the iPhone. dk

Kaspersky: iPhone's Long-term Future Bleak

PC Advisor's Rosemary Hattersley reports that the death of the iPhone is being foretold, with the projected outlook for both desktop PCs and laptops not much better, according to company CEO and founder of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, who thinks both are set to be consigned to history.

Kaspersky predicts that the Apple will cease to exist or occupy a much smaller niche by five years from now, and that of the five main mobile platforms currently in existence, the only two guaranteed to last beyond the next five years are Android and Symbian.

He also believes that open source platforms will outlast closed systems such as the iPhone OS, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile, and that if they hope to survive, closed systems must change their approach and drop restrictions on developers, adding that if Apple refuses to change its approach, the iPhone will morph into niche product for die-hard Apple fans, no longer a mass market product, an outcome Kaspersky suggests Steve Jobs would be content with.

Opera Mini: The Impact of the iPhone

In just two weeks since its release, the iPhone is already the third-most popular handset for Opera Mini users worldwide, according to Opera's State of the Mobile Web Report. The release of the iPhone version also portends changes to the top 10 list. According to preliminary numbers, the United States may soon have the fifth-most Opera Mini users, displacing Nigeria, South Africa and Ukraine on its ascent up the list.

Opera's State of the Mobile Web Report, published monthly, provides information on the top global trends affecting the mobile Web. The full report is available from opera.com (English only). In addition to a short preview of the iPhone's impact, the report highlights global statistics, reviews the mobile browsing trends in the European Union (EU) and includes a look at worldwide handset metrics.

Global trends

  • In March 2010, Opera Mini had over 55.2 million users, a 9.3% increase from February 2010 and more than 140% compared to March 2009.
  • Those 55.2 million people viewed more than 25.8 billion pages in March 2010. • Since February, page views have gone up 17.4%. Since March 2009, page views have increased 200%.
  • In March 2010, Opera Mini users generated over 396 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since February, the data consumed went up by 19.8%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 3.6 petabytes of data in March. Since March 2009, data traffic is up 166%.
  • The top 10 countries for Opera Mini usage in March 2010 were: Russia, Indonesia, India, China, Ukraine, South Africa, Nigeria, the United States, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. The top 10 remains unchanged from the previous month.

iPhone impact preview

Following the launch of the iPhone in mid-April, this month we preview some of the initial data from Opera Mini's release on the iPhone. These preliminary numbers will be reviewed in greater depth when we publish April's numbers next month.

The Apple iPhone is currently the #3 device used by Opera Mini users worldwide. All the other top 20 devices are Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets.

The Apple iPhone is currently the #1 device used by Opera Mini users in the United States, well ahead of BlackBerry (which previously occupied the top spot).

Next month's top 10 countries may be in for a change. By mid-April, due to the iPhone launch, the United States jumped from #8 to #5 in the top 10 countries list.

Out of the top 10 countries according to Opera Mini usage, the United States and the United Kingdom are the two countries where the Apple iPhone has become the #1 device used by Opera Mini users. Beyond the top 10 countries, Australia, Korea, Canada, Germany and Japan are other examples of places where the iPhone has become the device of choice for Opera Mini users.

EU trends

This month's report also looks at mobile Web trends in the European Union (EU). The top 10 countries using Opera Mini in that region are the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Netherlands and Finland.

Some numbers: From March 2009 to March 2010, page views in the top 10 countries of the EU increased by 82%, unique users increased by 60% and data transferred increased by 71%.

Growth rates in the EU: Slovakia and Germany lead the top 10 countries of the region in terms of page-view growth (139.7% and 120.8%, respectively). Italy and Romania lead the top 10 countries of the region in growth of unique users (140.4% and 121.4%, respectively). Romania leads the top 10 countries of the region in page views per user, with each user browsing 361 pages on average each month.

In the EU, among mobile Web users, Google is at the top of the rankings in 9 out of the top 10 countries. In the Czech Republic, Google is number 2 (behind Seznam).

Opera Mini users in the EU generally prefer Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets, with a couple of LG and Samsung phones occasionally showing up in the handset rankings.

Global handset trends

In Part 4 of the report, we look at look at handsets around the world and rank them according to unique users of Opera Mini, downloads of Opera Mini, and page views per user on each device.

  • Nokia dominates download and user metrics, while Sony Ericsson users typically browse the Web more actively with their phones; Sony Ericsson phones lead in the page-view-per-user metric.
  • The top 10 handsets for Opera Mini unique users are (in order): Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 6300, Nokia 2700c, Nokia N70, Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, Nokia 3110c, Nokia N73, Nokia 2330c, Nokia 5800d, Nokia 6700c
  • The top 10 handsets for Opera Mini downloads are (in order): Nokia 6300, Nokia N70, Nokia 3110c, Nokia N73, Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800d, Nokia 7210, Nokia 6600, Nokia 2600c, Nokia E63
  • The top 10 handsets ranked by page-views-per-user are (in order): Sony Ericsson W900i, Nokia E63, Sanyo SCP-2700, Sony Ericsson K800, Sony Ericsson W302, Samsung SPH-M810, LG LX265, Sony Ericsson W508, Nokia 3500, Nokia E71

What we say

"These numbers are more than just bragging rights; they are proof that the joint efforts of our industry matter," said Jon von Tetzchner, Cofounder, Opera Software. "We can clearly see that making the Web available to everyone, no matter where they are or how they choose to access it, makes a difference."

iPad Camera Adapter Supports USB Keyboards and Audio

AppleInsider Staff reports:

"Early adopters of Apple's Pad's Camera Connection Kit have discovered that the accessory can be used to connect a number of USB devices to the tablet device in addition to cameras."

Install Android on 1G iPhone

Engadget's Sean Hollister says:

"Last week, planetbeing claimed he'd ported Android to the iPhone. This week, Android A Lot says you can, too. If you've got an original iPhone 2G handy, there's now a 68-step guide that can walk you through the entire process...."

Apps & Services

iPad a 'Photo and Information Appliance' Thanks to FrameChannel

PR: For several years now, FrameChannel has been the leading content platform for wireless digital photo frames - the first wave of connected consumer devices to hit the market. FrameChannel marries your personal photos from photosharing sites like Flickr and Picasa, with all kinds of personal and localized information - your weather, your news, your stocks, your favorite sports teams. FrameChannel pushes constantly updated, personalized content to the frame's screen on your kitchen counter, or in your family room or bedroom.

Along comes the iPad, the most amazing and beautiful connected device we've ever seen. Great for games, entertainment, reading, and browsing by day - and perfect as a photo and information device while it's docked. All of your photos plus your tweets, Facebook updates, stock quotes, all mixed in and presented as a slideshow. The FrameChannel app comes with a default set of channels, but after you create an account and personalize - all of the content can be customized to feature your photos and favorite channels. (If you already have a FrameChannel account, you can just pair it with your iPad and you're done -we love convergence!)

With over 1000+ channels of content, there is absolutely something for everyone - and the possibilities are endless. As a slideshow of your content while you're making breakfast in the morning - from your traffic and weather to news from the local high school about parent teacher conferences - you can select what you want to see, when you want to see it. Stock quotes only during the day, Facebook status updates only on the weekends. You can see more photos or more sports information - you can check out just one channel - like our local channel that uses your zip code to give you local weather and weather alerts, local and regional news, lottery scores, local stocks, news and sports from local high schools, colleges and universities, plus events in your area.

The iPad is the perfect delivery vehicle for FrameChannel - and we aren't competing with any other iPad apps. We want you to use the FrameChannel App when you are done playing for the day. Turn us on when iPad is in the dock- and just enjoy! Again, once you personalize your account all you need to do is open the app and select "play". FrameChannel is the app of apps - and you have control over exactly what you want to see. The scoreboard for Major League Baseball or the pictures from your last family vacation - or both!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbxVNHYsEoc&feature=youtube_gdata

Free Wave Study Bible for iPhone OS

PR: Wave Study Bible Inc. introduces the Wave Study Bible 1.0.1 iPhone Edition, the most convenient and engaging Bible on the planet, available immediately on Apple's iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. This isn't like any Bible you have seen. Built for the average person and not the Biblical scholar, Wave Study Bible makes it simple to integrate the Word into your daily life.

It is simple. It is beautiful. Regular people find it easy to use. It has a "fun" factor that helps to draw you in. Wave Challenge: If you try it for 2 weeks, it will become your favorite way to read the Bible.

Wave Study Bible comes with four Bible versions (Greek New Testament, King James Version, New English Translation, God's Word Translation). You can see all of the versions side by side aligned by verse. Using the in-application store you can add any of the standard versions to your Wave Study Bible® (NASB, NKJV, NIV, NIrV, Message, ESV [coming], NLT [coming]).

Unique Features:

  • Bible versions are displayed in parallel columns
  • All Bible versions are aligned on the current verse
  • Colors are used to identify the kind of translation (cool colors for word-for-word translations, earth tones for paraphrases, and in between colors for dynamic equivalents)
  • No Internet connection required to view Bible versions
  • Simple, easy and fast search
  • Touch Greek words to get its parsing and meaning
  • Search on Greek word without typing any Greek characters
  • Email verses to friends
  • Has a BibleTutor that helps you learn how to read the Bible so God speaks to you

Review Quotes:

"This app is different and better then any out there. It gets you right into the Word, without all the layers of distractions. I've tried a few other free Bible apps, but none are as easy or as satisfying to use. Because the Bible text in this app is not tied to a website, I can truly use my Wave Bible app anywhere... even with no Internet! The color coding allows you to compare different versions of the Bible, from the original Greek, to more liberal translations like the Message, which is so helpful for deeper study. The search tools are fun and easy to use. I love that I can discover the Greek word meanings and then do a search to find all the other uses of that word in the New Testament. This app is sure to be a staple in my personal Bible study. I recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone!!"

  • "I have all the best Bible apps . . . and this one is TOP OF THE LINE . . . including fun and useful features other don't have. Nice job!"
  • "Love this app!"
  • "An easy-on-the-eyes Bible to read on the go, with no need for Internet or WiFi connection."
  • "It gets you right into the Word without all the layers of distractions."
  • "I've tried a few other free Bible apps, but none are as easy or as satisfying to use."
  • "The search tools are fun and easy to use."
  • "I have been wanting something like this for so long!"
  • "I use it all the time"
  • "I can't tell you how pleased I am with it."
  • "I am having a blast doing the 'Wave Study Shake'!"
  • "It makes reading the Bible so much easier."
  • "I have all the best Bible apps... and this one is top of the line"
  • "This app is different and better than any out there. It gets you right into the Word, without all the layers of distractions."
  • "The interface is clean, simple and beautiful."
  • "The inclusion of instant parsing and word meanings in the Greek NT was an unexpected and pleasant surprise."

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 9.4 MB

Wave Study Bible is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

DaVinci's Golden Mean in iPhone Photography

PR: Daemgen.net has announced the new release of the 2.7 version of ProCamera, the leading European application for iPhone Photography. A hybrid of German product quality and next-generation technology, allowing to take full advantage of all the iPhone's camera capabilities.

ProCamera was developed in the city where Mercedes Benz crafted the world's first automobile. So, it should come as no surprise that the same quality standard continues in Daemgen.net's technological advancements today. ProCamera enables users to utilize their iPhone without limitations, transforming it into a high-end digital camera with full-resolution picture processing and the ease of a snapshot-camera.

The 2.7 version contains premium content such as: The Anti-Shake steady-mode, full-resolution zoom, high speed saving and patent-pending alignment tools like the Virtual Horizon (calibrated level meter). iPhone 3GS users additionally benefit from ProCamera's manual-focus and video-recording support.

The 2.7 version introduces a built-in Photo Studio where users get the best out of their pictures with the tap of a finger. There are essential image adjustments such as Brightness and Contrast or the ability to lighten up low-light images by changing the Gamma value (Flash-Exposure correction), and Black & White - or Sepia-filters to apply an artistic and professional touch to the photos. The combined use of effects is unlimited, and as expected all results are processed in highest quality and full resolution.

DaVinci's Golden Mean

One highlighted feature is described as the DaVinci grid, which allows users to align objects in respect to the Golden Ratio, giving any image a natural, harmonic balance. Named after famous artist and scientist Leonardo DaVinci, proponent of the Golden Mean rule.

Many artists and architects have proportioned their work since the Renaissance to approximate the Golden Ratio. Today, ProCamera embeds these sophisticated aspects into the ProCamera application. The Tips&Tricks section inside the app offers suggestions on how to fully utilize all aspects of iPhone Photography.

ProCamera: The very first advanced camera app on the AppStore continues to be the technological market leader. Bringing their customers simply more amazing features. The ProCamera product website offers fully loaded information on all of its amazing features, a user guide and a web gallery. Their support team is always available for any requests.

Supported Languages: US English and German

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
  • 3.8 MB

ProCamera 2.7 is $2.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.

My Spot: The One Free App That Everyone Should Have

PR: Dusty Roads Media announces My Spot 1.0.1 for iPhone. This is the one free app that everyone should have. You never know when an emergency will come up. With the press of a button, My Spot can send out a message to family, friends or the authorities and let them know what is happening and where you are.

With its beautiful interface, My Spot gives the user an easy way to find their spot, virtually anywhere in the world, using GPS/WiFi, a compass and Google maps. On first use, a user must open the My Spot Settings to set up the Panic button by entering contacts for one or more people they want to reach in an emergency. Also in Settings, we recommend they enter their email settings so messages can be sent directly from My Spot.

My Spot provides a convenient Panic button that the user can configure to send an pre-saved emergency email to family, friends or emergency authorities. This message can even include a photo or audio recording. My Spot also has the added feature of Help Tracking. When Help Tracking is activated, My Spot will send out the Panic message with your location at regular intervals. My Spot provides every iPhone and iPod user with the easiest way to let people know where you are and to get help when you need it.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
  • Compass functionality requires iPhone 3G
  • Audio recording feature requires microphone-equipped iPhone/iPod
  • 1.5 MB

My Spot 1.0.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.

Search White & Yellow Pages on iPhone & iPad

PR: Avantar, LLC recently launched GPS-enabled White & Yellow Pages for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This app launched on the day the iPad became available and quickly climbed the rankings to be ranked as one of the Top 25 Reference applications. With it you get the best of both worlds, business and people search.

Adrian Ochoa, President of Avantar commented, now you get the best of both worlds, business and people search, in a single app. In the iPad version of White & Yellow Pages we made a concerted effort to maintain a clean, simple, and stylish design that an application in an Apple platform should have. We also included a history tracker and the ability to save favorite listings. The adoption has been tremendous, and we've received superb feedback from our users. Mr. Ochoa continued we know what we are doing. I invite everyone to join the millions who've already downloaded our free apps and try White & Yellow Pages today.

White & Yellow Pages app also launched with a beautiful and stylish mosaic of commonly used shortcuts, which make it easier for its users to find what they are looking for with a single tap of their finger.

Feature Highlights:

  • Beautiful Apple-like navigation interface
  • White & Yellow Pages 1.0 enables interactive lookup using the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • GPS-enabled search results can supply referenced starting point
  • Search results displayed by proximity with exact distance
  • The website and business description when available from the advertiser
  • Mosaic of shortcuts for the most commonly used search terms
  • Quick business lookup using icon grid or list
  • GPS updates progress during travel to destination
  • Customizable advertising available in search results
  • Single tap to call
  • Add listing to contacts
  • History tracker
  • Save favorite listings
  • Driving directions

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
  • Application size 0.8 MB

White & Yellow Pages 1.0 is free and available exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category.

Accessories

NinjaGrips Releases High-Traction Grips for the iPad

PR: Fresh from the dojo comes all new high-traction rubber grip designs for the iPad from NinjaGrips. Crafted from recycled materials these adhesive-backed grips allow for ultimate mastery of your iPad. Say good-bye to slipping, white-knuckled squeezing or awkward handling. NinjaGrips also make it easier to set your iPad down on hard surfaces without scratches.

NinjaGrips are precision cut from adhesive-backed recycled tire rubber sheet in various designs making them environmentally friendly without compromising style. NinjaGrips are a great option for those who want to retain the aesthetic lines of the iPad without adding a case. Due to the thinness of the NinjaGrip material these grips are also compatible with many iPad cases.

NinjaGrips are available for $15 in 5 introductory designs and will begin shipping the 1st week of May 2010. The 5 introductory designs include a ninja-inspired "Shuriken," the simplistic "Clean" and "Clean Cut," the classic "Tokyo Sunrise" and the new-age tech "Industrial." All designs also include small corner edge strips that allow for additional grip and protection.

Many new and different designs are planned for release in the near future allowing for users to choose the design that best fits their preference. NinjaGrips accepts inquiries for custom bulk design orders.

BookArc Stand for iPad

BookArc StandPR: BookArc for iPad is a stand that allows easy access to the charging port on iPad, regardless of what position your iPad is in. Simply connect your iPad charger to the Dock Connector from underneath or from the side - depending on the orientation you have placed your iPad.

Redesigned exclusively for iPad, BookArc is a beautiful slice of heavy gauge steel that provides a perfect perch for the latest stroke of genius from Apple. BookArc for iPad uses a soft silicone, reversible insert to hold iPad in four different positions. Four positions that let you use your iPad just the way you want to.

Choose your favorite position

BookArc for iPad gives you a choice of four different positions. In "work mode," iPad sits at an angle in both portrait and landscape positions, and provides access to the home button. In "storage mode" iPad sits upright in both portrait and landscape positions, perfect for charging and using your iPad as a stylish photo frame. No matter what position you're in, you always have access to the charging port.

Can your dock go widescreen?

BookArc gives you the option to view movies, photos and apps in widescreen, the way they're meant to be seen, something other iPad docks can't do. Place iPad in BookArc and pair it with the Apple Wireless Keyboard. You'll have an instant work station for tackling spreadsheets in Numbers and taming your inbox in Mail. Or use landscape position to view those amazing vacation photos, movies or your favorite online webisodes.

Way more than a handheld computer.

BookArc blows up the possibilities of your iPad. Park it on your desk to watch streaming news feeds. Set BookArc on the kitchen counter and swipe through a cookbook. Place BookArc in your Home Theater, connect the Apple Component AV Cable and watch your iTunes movies on your flat-screen TV. Place iPad on the mantel and enjoy photo slideshows while charging. BookArc helps you imagine even more wonderful uses for the iPad in your life.

Elevated for easy access.

It's so easy to charge your iPad while docked in BookArc. That's because BookArc is elevated to give you plenty of room to connect and charge your iPad at rest or play. When you're ready to go, disconnect the cable and you're on your way. It couldn't be any easier.

Easy does it.

BookArc makes it easy to interact with iPad. Just reach out and touch, swipe or pinch the iPad touchscreen to navigate and operate your iPad. When you're ready to play games or use apps that require more aggressive handling or movement, just grab iPad out of your BookArc and go. When you're done, set iPad back in your BookArc to store and charge. Your iPad will feel right at home sitting in BookArc for iPad.

Key facts

  • Tabletop stand designed exclusively for iPad
  • Handsfree use in four different viewing positions
  • Extra sleeve fits most iPad shell-style cases and sleeves

Compatibility

  • iPad all versions

Package

  • Height: 8 inches (20.3 cm)
  • Width: 4.375 inches (11.1 cm)
  • Depth: 2.375 inches (6 cm)
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds (0.64 kg)

$39.99 - Free shipping for a limited time

MiLi Power Skin iPhone Case

MiLi Power Skin iPhone CasePR: The MiLi Power Skin is the world's thinnest ever iPhone case with battery charger that nearly doubles the life of your battery. Say good-bye to chunky and clumpy additions to your iPhone that can make it almost impossible for it to fit in your back pocket. With the Power Skin's sleek and form fitting design we are extremely confident you will love this product. It comes in a variation of colours, so we guarantee there will be something that fits your style.

The Mili Power Skin gives you up to a whopping 19 hours audio play time, 5.4 hours of video playing time, and up to 230 hours of standby time, never again will a commute into work be boring! Not only does this battery pack give you unrivaled power reserves but it also protects your treasured iPhone from knocks and scratches with its hard shell case. This is clearly an essential purchase for your ever faithful friend; the iPhone.

Product Specs

  • Product Computability: iPhone 3G & 3GS
  • Capacity: 1200 mAh (Li Pol)
  • Standby Time: Up to 230 hours
  • Talk Time: Up to 3.9 hours on 3G
  • Internet Use: Up to 3.9 hours on 3G
  • Audio Play: Up to 19 hours
  • Video Play: Up to 5.4 hours L124 X W65 X T18MM

Regular Price: £59.99

Special Price: £47.99

Incase Travel Kit Plus for iPad

PR: Travel Kit Plus a convenient carrying solution for complete protection of your iPad and accessories. With plush faux-fur lined iPad compartment, cable management and interior pockets for stand, USB drives earbuds, Apple wireless keyboard and more, the Travel Kit Plus keeps you protected and well organized.

Features:

  • Durable nylon construction
  • Interior plush faux-fur lined iPad compartment with extra padding
  • Interior pockets for stand, USB drives, earbuds and Apple wireless keyboard
  • Internal cable management
  • Padded Velcro pockets
  • Stand for iPad included

Color: Black

$59.95

USB Fever Car Windshield Mount for iPad

PR: USB Fever Car Windshield Mount Features:

  • Easy to Mount: Only takes you 3 Mins to mount.
  • Easy to use: Simply bend the bracket arm at any angle you want.
  • One release button, easy to remove your device

This accessory is suitable for:

  • Apple iPad
  • UMPC
  • eee PC (Netbook)
  • DVD Player
  • eBook

Can be used with:

  • 360 Swivel Head Pen Clip
  • Flexible Arm Bracket Wire Clipper

Specifications:

  • Suitable for DEVICE (HEIGHT): 20.5 ~ 31.5 cm approximately
  • Suitable device size (Diagonally): 9" ~ 12" LCD or DVD
  • Maximum weight load: 1 ~ 2 Kg.
  • Length of Arm (away from suction cup): 20 cm (approximately)
  • Operating Temperature: -40 ~ 80"C.

Note:

  • Check carefully the dimension before checkout
  • Do not operate mounting while vehicle is moving
  • Handle with care. Do not drop.
  • To clean this bracket, wipe with cloth only. No chemical cleanser allowed.
  • If you would like to lean a cable to charge your device, you may consider to purchase our cable clipper for this mount
  • To make it more safe, it is suggested to load the mount onto your dashboard instead of hanging your device in the air.

$28.99

Slappa Offers Protective Sleeves for iPad

PR: Focused on Ultimate Protection for iPad, Slappa now has available an array of sexy, protective cases for the new Apple device

Slappa Protective Sleeves for iPadSlappa Distribution, creator and distributor of professional quality cases, sleeves, and bags built for protecting digital gear, today announced the availability of protective sleeves and cases for the new Apple iPad.

This first series of Slappa iPad storage products includes 5 soft Super-Cush padded sleeves and one HardBody Pro case.

The Super-Cush sleeves feature highly tactile exterior materials and custom Slappa prints on the interior linings; they are also lightweight, utilize Slappa's professional grade zipper pullers, and include an outer rear storage pocket for cords. Ideal for use within a main carry bag or carried as a clutch, the sleeves durable exteriors protect the iPad from bumps, bangs, and water damage.

For users who require ultimate protection, Slappa included a HardBody Pro case that utilizes the Duro-Shock xEVA for which Slappa is famous. The HardBody Pro version is lightweight, water resistant, and fire retardant, providing the iPad with unbeatable protection. Three spacious internal pockets allow for extra storage of cords and digital accessories, such as phones, iPods, and cameras. The HardBody Pro version is compact enough to fit easily into a main carry bag.

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EFF on Gizmodo iPhone 4G Warrant, A Month with the iPad, Install Android on 1G iPhone, and More

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Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.05.03

Mac notebook and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review, and general Mac news is in Mac News Review.

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EFF Dissects the Gizmodo Warrant

Electronic Frontier Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman says that Federal and California law both protect reporters against police searches aimed at uncovering confidential sources or seizing other information developed during newsgathering activities. Yet on Friday, agents with the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) executed a search warrant at Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home, searching for evidence related to Gizmodo's scoop on what appears to be a prerelease version of Apple's next iPhone model. The warrant does not reveal whether Chen himself is considered a criminal suspect, or what alleged crime the police are investigating, but Chen was not arrested. All of his computers and hard drives (among other materials) were seized for further search and analysis.

Zimmerman contends that under California and federal law, this warrant should never have been issued, and it likely violates the Privacy Protection Act, observing that the police appear to have gone too far, with the REACT team, "a partnership of 17 local, state, and federal agencies" with a "close working partnership with the high tech industry," seeming to have leapt eagerly to Apple's aid before it looked at the law, putting the presumed interests of an important local company before rights guaranteed by law.

Rush Limbaugh: The Fascinating Case of the Lost iPhone

Conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh, a longtime Mac computer aficionado, holds forth on the Gizmodo/Lost 4G iPhone saga, noting:

"...Apple asked for the phone back, and the Gizmodo guys, 'Okay, but we want your request in writing.' So Apple's legal counsel sends the request in writing. Now, you Gizmodo guys, and you Gawker guys [editor's note: Gawker Media owns Gizmodo], this is where you erred. Your response to Apple's letter was juvenile and snarky and totally unnecessary. I don't know that Apple is behind these charges that had been brought or might be brought against one of the Gizmodo editors, because this is a criminal, not a civil complaint. Apple may not have any control over whether or not the DA out there levels charges. If it was a civil case then Apple could say, okay, go after 'em or not go after 'em, but if it is a criminal case, if the DA out there thinks that Gizmodo essentially knew it knowingly bought a stolen phone, traded in stolen merchandise, then the Gizmodo editor, Jason Chen, may not be protected by the Shield Law. The Shield Law says that journalists cannot be charged and cannot have search warrants executed against their home or their office or whatever, but in this case, if it's stolen property, if that's the angle the cops are going for then the Shield Law may not apply, and this little editor could be in for some trouble....'

"....One more thing on this Gawker-Gizmodo-Apple new 4G iPhone thing. .... The guy in the bar who found the phone on the bar stool did try to return it to Apple. He called tech support. He called every number that you can find for Apple, and everywhere he called the people didn't know what he was talking about, assumed he was a kook, and hung up on him - or thanked him and sent him away."

A Month with the iPad: Surprises and Disappointments

Macworld's editors say that:

"Given the amount of hype that preceded the iPad's release, it's hard to believe that it would bear any great surprises not touted by Apple or that it could possibly live up to expectations. Still, when we unpacked our iPads on April 3 and used them over the next three weeks, we found unexpected delights as well as features that made us go 'Hmm....'"

Free Downloadable iPad Starter Guide

Macworld's Jason Snell says:

"The Macworld Superguides are available as downloadable PDFs, on paper, and some of them even appear as iPhone apps.

"We're excited about bringing these books to the iPad via Apple's iBookstore. But we're not in there yet.

"So . . . we've decided to . . . release a free, short book in ePub format . . . the Macworld iPad Starter Guide, a basic orientation guide for the iPad, with information about its basic features, included apps, iPod functionality, iWork and other add-on apps, and accessories . . . it's available for the low, low price of free."

How to Use Your iPad in Landscape Orientation with a Dock

Book Of Joe says:

"It's much easier, faster and more comfortable to type on the keyboard dock or a Bluetooth keyboard than with the on-screen virtual keyboard.

"The problem is that the iPad as configured forces you into placing it in portrait mode to attach it to the keyboard dock or basic dock.

"This vexed me from day one and I vowed to figure out a simple hack around it until Apple adds a docking port on the long side...."

Nearly 30% of 1G iPhones Still In Use

AppleInsider's Neil Hughes reports:

"Just 2 percent of all iPhone OS handsets* still in use are Apple's first-generation iPhone, but a new calculation estimates that amounts to nearly 30 percent of the 6.1 million iPhones sold between June 2007 and July 2008."

* That includes the iPod touch, not just iPhones. AdMob calculates that 40% of iPhone OS traffic comes from the iPod touch, 60% from the iPhone. dk

Kaspersky: iPhone's Long-term Future Bleak

PC Advisor's Rosemary Hattersley reports that the death of the iPhone is being foretold, with the projected outlook for both desktop PCs and laptops not much better, according to company CEO and founder of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, who thinks both are set to be consigned to history.

Kaspersky predicts that the Apple will cease to exist or occupy a much smaller niche by five years from now, and that of the five main mobile platforms currently in existence, the only two guaranteed to last beyond the next five years are Android and Symbian.

He also believes that open source platforms will outlast closed systems such as the iPhone OS, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile, and that if they hope to survive, closed systems must change their approach and drop restrictions on developers, adding that if Apple refuses to change its approach, the iPhone will morph into niche product for die-hard Apple fans, no longer a mass market product, an outcome Kaspersky suggests Steve Jobs would be content with.

Opera Mini: The Impact of the iPhone

In just two weeks since its release, the iPhone is already the third-most popular handset for Opera Mini users worldwide, according to Opera's State of the Mobile Web Report. The release of the iPhone version also portends changes to the top 10 list. According to preliminary numbers, the United States may soon have the fifth-most Opera Mini users, displacing Nigeria, South Africa and Ukraine on its ascent up the list.

Opera's State of the Mobile Web Report, published monthly, provides information on the top global trends affecting the mobile Web. The full report is available from opera.com (English only). In addition to a short preview of the iPhone's impact, the report highlights global statistics, reviews the mobile browsing trends in the European Union (EU) and includes a look at worldwide handset metrics.

Global trends

  • In March 2010, Opera Mini had over 55.2 million users, a 9.3% increase from February 2010 and more than 140% compared to March 2009.
  • Those 55.2 million people viewed more than 25.8 billion pages in March 2010. • Since February, page views have gone up 17.4%. Since March 2009, page views have increased 200%.
  • In March 2010, Opera Mini users generated over 396 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since February, the data consumed went up by 19.8%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 3.6 petabytes of data in March. Since March 2009, data traffic is up 166%.
  • The top 10 countries for Opera Mini usage in March 2010 were: Russia, Indonesia, India, China, Ukraine, South Africa, Nigeria, the United States, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. The top 10 remains unchanged from the previous month.

iPhone impact preview

Following the launch of the iPhone in mid-April, this month we preview some of the initial data from Opera Mini's release on the iPhone. These preliminary numbers will be reviewed in greater depth when we publish April's numbers next month.

The Apple iPhone is currently the #3 device used by Opera Mini users worldwide. All the other top 20 devices are Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets.

The Apple iPhone is currently the #1 device used by Opera Mini users in the United States, well ahead of BlackBerry (which previously occupied the top spot).

Next month's top 10 countries may be in for a change. By mid-April, due to the iPhone launch, the United States jumped from #8 to #5 in the top 10 countries list.

Out of the top 10 countries according to Opera Mini usage, the United States and the United Kingdom are the two countries where the Apple iPhone has become the #1 device used by Opera Mini users. Beyond the top 10 countries, Australia, Korea, Canada, Germany and Japan are other examples of places where the iPhone has become the device of choice for Opera Mini users.

EU trends

This month's report also looks at mobile Web trends in the European Union (EU). The top 10 countries using Opera Mini in that region are the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Netherlands and Finland.

Some numbers: From March 2009 to March 2010, page views in the top 10 countries of the EU increased by 82%, unique users increased by 60% and data transferred increased by 71%.

Growth rates in the EU: Slovakia and Germany lead the top 10 countries of the region in terms of page-view growth (139.7% and 120.8%, respectively). Italy and Romania lead the top 10 countries of the region in growth of unique users (140.4% and 121.4%, respectively). Romania leads the top 10 countries of the region in page views per user, with each user browsing 361 pages on average each month.

In the EU, among mobile Web users, Google is at the top of the rankings in 9 out of the top 10 countries. In the Czech Republic, Google is number 2 (behind Seznam).

Opera Mini users in the EU generally prefer Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets, with a couple of LG and Samsung phones occasionally showing up in the handset rankings.

Global handset trends

In Part 4 of the report, we look at look at handsets around the world and rank them according to unique users of Opera Mini, downloads of Opera Mini, and page views per user on each device.

  • Nokia dominates download and user metrics, while Sony Ericsson users typically browse the Web more actively with their phones; Sony Ericsson phones lead in the page-view-per-user metric.
  • The top 10 handsets for Opera Mini unique users are (in order): Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 6300, Nokia 2700c, Nokia N70, Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, Nokia 3110c, Nokia N73, Nokia 2330c, Nokia 5800d, Nokia 6700c
  • The top 10 handsets for Opera Mini downloads are (in order): Nokia 6300, Nokia N70, Nokia 3110c, Nokia N73, Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800d, Nokia 7210, Nokia 6600, Nokia 2600c, Nokia E63
  • The top 10 handsets ranked by page-views-per-user are (in order): Sony Ericsson W900i, Nokia E63, Sanyo SCP-2700, Sony Ericsson K800, Sony Ericsson W302, Samsung SPH-M810, LG LX265, Sony Ericsson W508, Nokia 3500, Nokia E71

What we say

"These numbers are more than just bragging rights; they are proof that the joint efforts of our industry matter," said Jon von Tetzchner, Cofounder, Opera Software. "We can clearly see that making the Web available to everyone, no matter where they are or how they choose to access it, makes a difference."

iPad Camera Adapter Supports USB Keyboards and Audio

AppleInsider Staff reports:

"Early adopters of Apple's Pad's Camera Connection Kit have discovered that the accessory can be used to connect a number of USB devices to the tablet device in addition to cameras."

Install Android on 1G iPhone

Engadget's Sean Hollister says:

"Last week, planetbeing claimed he'd ported Android to the iPhone. This week, Android A Lot says you can, too. If you've got an original iPhone 2G handy, there's now a 68-step guide that can walk you through the entire process...."

Apps & Services

iPad a 'Photo and Information Appliance' Thanks to FrameChannel

PR: For several years now, FrameChannel has been the leading content platform for wireless digital photo frames - the first wave of connected consumer devices to hit the market. FrameChannel marries your personal photos from photosharing sites like Flickr and Picasa, with all kinds of personal and localized information - your weather, your news, your stocks, your favorite sports teams. FrameChannel pushes constantly updated, personalized content to the frame's screen on your kitchen counter, or in your family room or bedroom.

Along comes the iPad, the most amazing and beautiful connected device we've ever seen. Great for games, entertainment, reading, and browsing by day - and perfect as a photo and information device while it's docked. All of your photos plus your tweets, Facebook updates, stock quotes, all mixed in and presented as a slideshow. The FrameChannel app comes with a default set of channels, but after you create an account and personalize - all of the content can be customized to feature your photos and favorite channels. (If you already have a FrameChannel account, you can just pair it with your iPad and you're done -we love convergence!)

With over 1000+ channels of content, there is absolutely something for everyone - and the possibilities are endless. As a slideshow of your content while you're making breakfast in the morning - from your traffic and weather to news from the local high school about parent teacher conferences - you can select what you want to see, when you want to see it. Stock quotes only during the day, Facebook status updates only on the weekends. You can see more photos or more sports information - you can check out just one channel - like our local channel that uses your zip code to give you local weather and weather alerts, local and regional news, lottery scores, local stocks, news and sports from local high schools, colleges and universities, plus events in your area.

The iPad is the perfect delivery vehicle for FrameChannel - and we aren't competing with any other iPad apps. We want you to use the FrameChannel App when you are done playing for the day. Turn us on when iPad is in the dock- and just enjoy! Again, once you personalize your account all you need to do is open the app and select "play". FrameChannel is the app of apps - and you have control over exactly what you want to see. The scoreboard for Major League Baseball or the pictures from your last family vacation - or both!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbxVNHYsEoc&feature=youtube_gdata

Free Wave Study Bible for iPhone OS

PR: Wave Study Bible Inc. introduces the Wave Study Bible 1.0.1 iPhone Edition, the most convenient and engaging Bible on the planet, available immediately on Apple's iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. This isn't like any Bible you have seen. Built for the average person and not the Biblical scholar, Wave Study Bible makes it simple to integrate the Word into your daily life.

It is simple. It is beautiful. Regular people find it easy to use. It has a "fun" factor that helps to draw you in. Wave Challenge: If you try it for 2 weeks, it will become your favorite way to read the Bible.

Wave Study BibleWave Study Bible comes with four Bible versions (Greek New Testament, King James Version, New English Translation, God's Word Translation). You can see all of the versions side by side aligned by verse. Using the in-application store you can add any of the standard versions to your Wave Study Bible® (NASB, NKJV, NIV, NIrV, Message, ESV [coming], NLT [coming]).

Unique Features:

  • Bible versions are displayed in parallel columns
  • All Bible versions are aligned on the current verse
  • Colors are used to identify the kind of translation (cool colors for word-for-word translations, earth tones for paraphrases, and in between colors for dynamic equivalents)
  • No Internet connection required to view Bible versions
  • Simple, easy and fast search
  • Touch Greek words to get its parsing and meaning
  • Search on Greek word without typing any Greek characters
  • Email verses to friends
  • Has a BibleTutor that helps you learn how to read the Bible so God speaks to you

Review Quotes:

"This app is different and better then any out there. It gets you right into the Word, without all the layers of distractions. I've tried a few other free Bible apps, but none are as easy or as satisfying to use. Because the Bible text in this app is not tied to a website, I can truly use my Wave Bible app anywhere... even with no Internet! The color coding allows you to compare different versions of the Bible, from the original Greek, to more liberal translations like the Message, which is so helpful for deeper study. The search tools are fun and easy to use. I love that I can discover the Greek word meanings and then do a search to find all the other uses of that word in the New Testament. This app is sure to be a staple in my personal Bible study. I recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone!!"

  • "I have all the best Bible apps . . . and this one is TOP OF THE LINE . . . including fun and useful features other don't have. Nice job!"
  • "Love this app!"
  • "An easy-on-the-eyes Bible to read on the go, with no need for Internet or WiFi connection."
  • "It gets you right into the Word without all the layers of distractions."
  • "I've tried a few other free Bible apps, but none are as easy or as satisfying to use."
  • "The search tools are fun and easy to use."
  • "I have been wanting something like this for so long!"
  • "I use it all the time"
  • "I can't tell you how pleased I am with it."
  • "I am having a blast doing the 'Wave Study Shake'!"
  • "It makes reading the Bible so much easier."
  • "I have all the best Bible apps... and this one is top of the line"
  • "This app is different and better than any out there. It gets you right into the Word, without all the layers of distractions."
  • "The interface is clean, simple and beautiful."
  • "The inclusion of instant parsing and word meanings in the Greek NT was an unexpected and pleasant surprise."

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 9.4 MB

Wave Study Bible is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

DaVinci's Golden Mean in iPhone Photography

PR: Daemgen.net has announced the new release of the 2.7 version of ProCamera, the leading European application for iPhone Photography. A hybrid of German product quality and next-generation technology, allowing to take full advantage of all the iPhone's camera capabilities.

ProCamera was developed in the city where Mercedes Benz crafted the world's first automobile. So, it should come as no surprise that the same quality standard continues in Daemgen.net's technological advancements today. ProCamera enables users to utilize their iPhone without limitations, transforming it into a high-end digital camera with full-resolution picture processing and the ease of a snapshot-camera.

The 2.7 version contains premium content such as: The Anti-Shake steady-mode, full-resolution zoom, high speed saving and patent-pending alignment tools like the Virtual Horizon (calibrated level meter). iPhone 3GS users additionally benefit from ProCamera's manual-focus and video-recording support.

The 2.7 version introduces a built-in Photo Studio where users get the best out of their pictures with the tap of a finger. There are essential image adjustments such as Brightness and Contrast or the ability to lighten up low-light images by changing the Gamma value (Flash-Exposure correction), and Black & White - or Sepia-filters to apply an artistic and professional touch to the photos. The combined use of effects is unlimited, and as expected all results are processed in highest quality and full resolution.

DaVinci's Golden Mean

One highlighted feature is described as the DaVinci grid, which allows users to align objects in respect to the Golden Ratio, giving any image a natural, harmonic balance. Named after famous artist and scientist Leonardo DaVinci, proponent of the Golden Mean rule.

Many artists and architects have proportioned their work since the Renaissance to approximate the Golden Ratio. Today, ProCamera embeds these sophisticated aspects into the ProCamera application. The Tips&Tricks section inside the app offers suggestions on how to fully utilize all aspects of iPhone Photography.

ProCamera: The very first advanced camera app on the AppStore continues to be the technological market leader. Bringing their customers simply more amazing features. The ProCamera product website offers fully loaded information on all of its amazing features, a user guide and a web gallery. Their support team is always available for any requests.

Supported Languages: US English and German

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
  • 3.8 MB

ProCamera 2.7 is $2.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.

My Spot: The One Free App That Everyone Should Have

PR: Dusty Roads Media announces My Spot 1.0.1 for iPhone. This is the one free app that everyone should have. You never know when an emergency will come up. With the press of a button, My Spot can send out a message to family, friends or the authorities and let them know what is happening and where you are.

With its beautiful interface, My Spot gives the user an easy way to find their spot, virtually anywhere in the world, using GPS/WiFi, a compass and Google maps. On first use, a user must open the My Spot Settings to set up the Panic button by entering contacts for one or more people they want to reach in an emergency. Also in Settings, we recommend they enter their email settings so messages can be sent directly from My Spot.

My Spot provides a convenient Panic button that the user can configure to send an pre-saved emergency email to family, friends or emergency authorities. This message can even include a photo or audio recording. My Spot also has the added feature of Help Tracking. When Help Tracking is activated, My Spot will send out the Panic message with your location at regular intervals. My Spot provides every iPhone and iPod user with the easiest way to let people know where you are and to get help when you need it.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
  • Compass functionality requires iPhone 3G
  • Audio recording feature requires microphone-equipped iPhone/iPod
  • 1.5 MB

My Spot 1.0.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.

Search White & Yellow Pages on iPhone & iPad

PR: Avantar, LLC recently launched GPS-enabled White & Yellow Pages for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This app launched on the day the iPad became available and quickly climbed the rankings to be ranked as one of the Top 25 Reference applications. With it you get the best of both worlds, business and people search.

Adrian Ochoa, President of Avantar commented, now you get the best of both worlds, business and people search, in a single app. In the iPad version of White & Yellow Pages we made a concerted effort to maintain a clean, simple, and stylish design that an application in an Apple platform should have. We also included a history tracker and the ability to save favorite listings. The adoption has been tremendous, and we've received superb feedback from our users. Mr. Ochoa continued we know what we are doing. I invite everyone to join the millions who've already downloaded our free apps and try White & Yellow Pages today.

White & Yellow Pages app also launched with a beautiful and stylish mosaic of commonly used shortcuts, which make it easier for its users to find what they are looking for with a single tap of their finger.

Feature Highlights:

  • Beautiful Apple-like navigation interface
  • White & Yellow Pages 1.0 enables interactive lookup using the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • GPS-enabled search results can supply referenced starting point
  • Search results displayed by proximity with exact distance
  • The website and business description when available from the advertiser
  • Mosaic of shortcuts for the most commonly used search terms
  • Quick business lookup using icon grid or list
  • GPS updates progress during travel to destination
  • Customizable advertising available in search results
  • Single tap to call
  • Add listing to contacts
  • History tracker
  • Save favorite listings
  • Driving directions

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
  • Application size 0.8 MB

White & Yellow Pages 1.0 is free and available exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category.

Accessories

NinjaGrips Releases High-Traction Grips for the iPad

PR: Fresh from the dojo comes all new high-traction rubber grip designs for the iPad from NinjaGrips. Crafted from recycled materials these adhesive-backed grips allow for ultimate mastery of your iPad. Say good-bye to slipping, white-knuckled squeezing or awkward handling. NinjaGrips also make it easier to set your iPad down on hard surfaces without scratches.

NinjaGrips for iPadNinjaGrips are precision cut from adhesive-backed recycled tire rubber sheet in various designs making them environmentally friendly without compromising style. NinjaGrips are a great option for those who want to retain the aesthetic lines of the iPad without adding a case. Due to the thinness of the NinjaGrip material these grips are also compatible with many iPad cases.

NinjaGrips are available for $15 in 5 introductory designs and will begin shipping the 1st week of May 2010. The 5 introductory designs include a ninja-inspired "Shuriken," the simplistic "Clean" and "Clean Cut," the classic "Tokyo Sunrise" and the new-age tech "Industrial." All designs also include small corner edge strips that allow for additional grip and protection.

Many new and different designs are planned for release in the near future allowing for users to choose the design that best fits their preference. NinjaGrips accepts inquiries for custom bulk design orders.

BookArc Stand for iPad

PR: BookArc for iPad is a stand that allows easy access to the charging port on iPad, regardless of what position your iPad is in. Simply connect your iPad charger to the Dock Connector from underneath or from the side - depending on the orientation you have placed your iPad.

Redesigned exclusively for iPad, BookArc is a beautiful slice of heavy gauge steel that provides a perfect perch for the latest stroke of genius from Apple. BookArc for iPad uses a soft silicone, reversible insert to hold iPad in four different positions. Four positions that let you use your iPad just the way you want to.

Choose your favorite position

BookArc StandBookArc for iPad gives you a choice of four different positions. In "work mode," iPad sits at an angle in both portrait and landscape positions, and provides access to the home button. In "storage mode" iPad sits upright in both portrait and landscape positions, perfect for charging and using your iPad as a stylish photo frame. No matter what position you're in, you always have access to the charging port.

Can your dock go widescreen?

BookArc gives you the option to view movies, photos and apps in widescreen, the way they're meant to be seen, something other iPad docks can't do. Place iPad in BookArc and pair it with the Apple Wireless Keyboard. You'll have an instant work station for tackling spreadsheets in Numbers and taming your inbox in Mail. Or use landscape position to view those amazing vacation photos, movies or your favorite online webisodes.

Way more than a handheld computer.

BookArc blows up the possibilities of your iPad. Park it on your desk to watch streaming news feeds. Set BookArc on the kitchen counter and swipe through a cookbook. Place BookArc in your Home Theater, connect the Apple Component AV Cable and watch your iTunes movies on your flat-screen TV. Place iPad on the mantel and enjoy photo slideshows while charging. BookArc helps you imagine even more wonderful uses for the iPad in your life.

Elevated for easy access.

It's so easy to charge your iPad while docked in BookArc. That's because BookArc is elevated to give you plenty of room to connect and charge your iPad at rest or play. When you're ready to go, disconnect the cable and you're on your way. It couldn't be any easier.

Easy does it.

BookArc makes it easy to interact with iPad. Just reach out and touch, swipe or pinch the iPad touchscreen to navigate and operate your iPad. When you're ready to play games or use apps that require more aggressive handling or movement, just grab iPad out of your BookArc and go. When you're done, set iPad back in your BookArc to store and charge. Your iPad will feel right at home sitting in BookArc for iPad.

Key facts

  • Tabletop stand designed exclusively for iPad
  • Handsfree use in four different viewing positions
  • Extra sleeve fits most iPad shell-style cases and sleeves

Compatibility

  • iPad all versions

Package

  • Height: 8 inches (20.3 cm)
  • Width: 4.375 inches (11.1 cm)
  • Depth: 2.375 inches (6 cm)
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds (0.64 kg)

$39.99 - Free shipping for a limited time

MiLi Power Skin iPhone Case

PR: The MiLi Power Skin is the world's thinnest ever iPhone case with battery charger that nearly doubles the life of your battery. Say good-bye to chunky and clumpy additions to your iPhone that can make it almost impossible for it to fit in your back pocket. With the Power Skin's sleek and form fitting design we are extremely confident you will love this product. It comes in a variation of colours, so we guarantee there will be something that fits your style.

The Mili Power Skin gives you up to a whopping 19 hours audio play time, 5.4 hours of video playing time, and up to 230 hours of standby time, never again will a commute into work be boring! Not only does this battery pack give you unrivaled power reserves but it also protects your treasured iPhone from knocks and scratches with its hard shell case. This is clearly an essential purchase for your ever faithful friend; the iPhone.

MiLi Power Skin iPhone CaseProduct Specs

  • Product Computability: iPhone 3G & 3GS
  • Capacity: 1200 mAh (Li Pol)
  • Standby Time: Up to 230 hours
  • Talk Time: Up to 3.9 hours on 3G
  • Internet Use: Up to 3.9 hours on 3G
  • Audio Play: Up to 19 hours
  • Video Play: Up to 5.4 hours L124 X W65 X T18MM

Regular Price: £59.99

Special Price: £47.99

Incase Travel Kit Plus for iPad

PR: Travel Kit Plus a convenient carrying solution for complete protection of your iPad and accessories. With plush faux-fur lined iPad compartment, cable management and interior pockets for stand, USB drives earbuds, Apple wireless keyboard and more, the Travel Kit Plus keeps you protected and well organized.

Incase Travel Kit PlusFeatures:

  • Durable nylon construction
  • Interior plush faux-fur lined iPad compartment with extra padding
  • Interior pockets for stand, USB drives, earbuds and Apple wireless keyboard
  • Internal cable management
  • Padded Velcro pockets
  • Stand for iPad included

Color: Black

$59.95

USB Fever Car Windshield Mount for iPad

USB Fever Car Windshield Mount for iPadPR: USB Fever Car Windshield Mount Features:

  • Easy to Mount: Only takes you 3 Mins to mount.
  • Easy to use: Simply bend the bracket arm at any angle you want.
  • One release button, easy to remove your device

This accessory is suitable for:

  • Apple iPad
  • UMPC
  • eee PC (Netbook)
  • DVD Player
  • eBook

Can be used with:

  • 360 Swivel Head Pen Clip
  • Flexible Arm Bracket Wire Clipper

Specifications:

  • Suitable for DEVICE (HEIGHT): 20.5 ~ 31.5 cm approximately
  • Suitable device size (Diagonally): 9" ~ 12" LCD or DVD
  • Maximum weight load: 1 ~ 2 Kg.
  • Length of Arm (away from suction cup): 20 cm (approximately)
  • Operating Temperature: -40 ~ 80"C.

Note:

  • Check carefully the dimension before checkout
  • Do not operate mounting while vehicle is moving
  • Handle with care. Do not drop.
  • To clean this bracket, wipe with cloth only. No chemical cleanser allowed.
  • If you would like to lean a cable to charge your device, you may consider to purchase our cable clipper for this mount
  • To make it more safe, it is suggested to load the mount onto your dashboard instead of hanging your device in the air.

$28.99

Slappa Offers Protective Sleeves for iPad

PR: Focused on Ultimate Protection for iPad, Slappa now has available an array of sexy, protective cases for the new Apple device

Slappa Distribution, creator and distributor of professional quality cases, sleeves, and bags built for protecting digital gear, today announced the availability of protective sleeves and cases for the new Apple iPad.

This first series of Slappa iPad storage products includes 5 soft Super-Cush padded sleeves and one HardBody Pro case.

The Super-Cush sleeves feature highly tactile exterior materials and custom Slappa prints on the interior linings; they are also lightweight, utilize Slappa's professional grade zipper pullers, and include an outer rear storage pocket for cords. Ideal for use within a main carry bag or carried as a clutch, the sleeves durable exteriors protect the iPad from bumps, bangs, and water damage.

Slappa Protective Sleeves for iPadFor users who require ultimate protection, Slappa included a HardBody Pro case that utilizes the Duro-Shock xEVA for which Slappa is famous. The HardBody Pro version is lightweight, water resistant, and fire retardant, providing the iPad with unbeatable protection. Three spacious internal pockets allow for extra storage of cords and digital accessories, such as phones, iPods, and cameras. The HardBody Pro version is compact enough to fit easily into a main carry bag.

"When we heard all the pre-launch talk of iPad, we knew there would be a hundred other bag companies that would launch basic neoprene sleeves. True to Slappa form, we focused on offering products that none of the others would have," says: company president, Dominick Martinetti. "We focused on creating storage that was worthy of the $500 iPad, and as such developed very high-quality sleeves and cases that offer stylish cosmetic designs and high quality materials that surpass the basic, flimsy neoprene sleeves that flood the market.

MSRP prices range from $24.99 to $29.99. All products purchased through slappa.com are guaranteed by a 360 day warranty and qualify for Slappa's VIP program.

For more information on how to buy Slappa products,

call 1-704-676-4891 or visit Slappa on the web.

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