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iPad 'Sort of' Impressive, Cell Phone Health Risk, Line2 Turns iPod touch into Mobile Phone, and More

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

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.10.15

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

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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News, Reviews, & Opinion

iPad: 'I'm Only Sort-Of Impressed'

NetworkWorld's Craig Mathias says that anyone who might be worried that the iPad could replace notebooks or netbooks has little cause for concern and can rest easy, at least for now.

Mathias observes that the iPad is, first and foremost, a bigger iPod - leaving a big zone of opportunity for business-oriented tablets. His criticisms include the absence of file sync or even a file manager by default, he misses the OS X Preview file-viewer, and thinks the iPad is expensive for what you get compared with a real laptop.

Apple Slapped by Aussie Watchdog Over iPhone Cracks Caused by Third-Party Cases

WA Today's Asher Moses reports:

"Third-party iPhone 4 cases are reportedly causing the glass back panel to crack.

"The consumer watchdog has taken Apple to task over warranty issues as reports surface of new design problems relating to the iPhone 4's glass body.

"Telstra, following discussions with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, agreed to provide full two-year warranties for customers who buy handsets on two-year contracts. The agreement included all manufacturers except Apple."

Microsoft Promises Mac Clients for Zune, Windows Phone 7

DigitalTrends' Geoff Duncan reports:

"Microsoft says Mac users will be able to sync with Zune devices and Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of the year."

"'Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers,' Microsoft said in a brief statement."

Book Claims Cell Phones Are Unhealthy

Laptop Mag's Anna Attkisson says:

A new book titled Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family (more below) by toxicologist and epidemiologist Devra Davis connects cell phones with a variety of health problems....

The author, who has spoken before Congress on the effects of smoking on cancer, uses some relatively recent studies that have tied cell phone use to rises in brain damage, cheek cancer, and malfunctioning sperm as the basis for her claims....

She is not alone in her claims of cell phone dangers, with the World Health Organization indicating that more than 10 years of use could cause brain cancer. The problem with that is proof, considering most of us haven't been using phones for 10 years yet....

5 Ways to Minimize Cell Phone Radiation

Laptop Mag's Todd Haselton reports:

"The debate rages on, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take steps to protect yourself. While groups such as the Food and Drug Administration and CTIA-The Wireless Association have argued that cell phones don't emit enough radiation to cause cancer, others such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say cell phone use over a period longer than ten years can lead to brain tumors, salivary gland tumors, and behavioral problems. And according to these and other experts, children - whose brains are still developing - are especially susceptible....

"Regardless of who you choose to believe, it's better to be safe than sorry. Use these tips to help limit your exposure...."

Apps & Services

Line2 App Turns iPod touch or iPad into a Fully Functional Mobile Phone for $10/Month

PR: The latest release of Line2, Version 3.0, can turn your iPod touch or iPad into a fully functional mobile phone with all the features of a traditional cell phone.

With Line2, iPod touch and iPad users can make unlimited WiFi calls and send unlimited SMS to US and Canada numbers. With Line2 you get unlimited US/Canada calls over WiFi VoIP plus unlimited US/Canada texting. International long distance rates starting at 2¢ per minute and texts are 10¢.

With the newest generation iPod touch, you don't even need an additional headset or mic; the mic is built in. Using Line2 on a new iPod touch or iPad is just like using an iPhone. This is absolutely an industry first.

Line2 now offers iPod touch and iPad users phone-number based voice calling, carrier-grade texting, visual voicemail, call waiting, plus business PBX features like auto-attendant ("Press 1 for..."), call screening, caller-specific call forwarding, after-hours settings, and call conferencing.

No WiFi connection? All calls will be forwarded to another phone or voicemail.

Line2 supports 20-person conference calls, caller ID, visual voicemail, and much more for only $9.95/month all with no long term contracts. When you're traveling overseas, you can make free calls back to the US and Canada wherever you have a WiFi connection.

vWorkspace Software to Let iPad 'Run' Windows 7

Thinq's Gareth Halfacree reports that virtualisation specialist Quest has unveiled a new addition to its vWorkspace line, which adds support for Apple's iPad and what it calls "Zero PCs."

According to Halfacree, the new vWorkspace connector software lets the iPad act as a thin client for virtualised hardware - meaning that, in essence, the iPad can 'run' Windows 7, Linux, or any other business-critical operating system to which users need access.

The vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs allows vWorkspace users to repurpose older hardware into thin-client machines connecting to a central vWorkspace infrastructure meaning that devices can't install a Windows 7 upgrade can still 'run' Microsoft's latest operating system in much the same way as the iPad now can.

The iPad software is currently in a closed trial, but projected to appear in the App Store "soon."

Real Weather Girls: The First App-Based Reality Show?

Real Weather GirlsPR: Real Weather Girls is claimed to be the first mobile application to offer daily original video content, available on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Real Weather GirlsThe Application will follow the lives of 12 women in 12 cities across the globe (currently Los Angeles, New York, Miami, DC, London, San Francisco, Dallas, Honolulu, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Las Vegas, with new cities to be added). Buyers will get immediate local, national, and international weather updates, radar maps, and the 7-Day forecast via the App itself while the women share daily video excerpts of their lives. Think of it as the first app-based reality show.

Real Weather GirlsThe developers say the App represents a change of the technological guard. In addition to providing daily content, the Girls will engage viewers in an ongoing dialogue. Buyers are encouraged to leave comments for the Girls which they will react to on their videos, thus allowing the Girls and users to influence each other. Each Girl will also share inside information on her particular city on the best places to eat, see, shop, or the newest trends in fashion and beauty.

The app requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 tested).

Real Weather Girls retails for $2.99 at the iTunes App Store.

Audi A1 Beat Driver App Comes Exclusively to the Apple iPad

PR: Following the success of the Audi A1 Beat Driver app on Apple iPhone and iPod touch, the game now gets its fully optimised release for Apple iPad.

To mark its arrival, the iPad version comes with two free and exclusive new bonus tracks from I Blame Coco with her recently released new single 'Self Machine' and I Am Giant's breakthrough single 'City Limits'. Both tracks are accompanied by special bonus features with cover artwork, artist biographies and photo features.

Audi A1 Beat DriverCoco Sumner of I Blame Coco commented: "I'm excited that Audi have decided to include 'Selfmachine' in their new app game, the game is awesome. Enjoy™

Audi A1 Beat Driver for iPad now delivers 19 free new music tracks. As well as I Blame Coco and I Am Giant the app features some of the best upcoming artists from around the world including La Roux, White Lies, Metric, The Rakes, Tommy Sparks, Don Diablo and Spleen United to race against in the driving game.

Audi A1 Beat DriverIn the game you steer your Audi A1 to collect the markers and avoid the hazards as you speed through a kaleidoscopic 3D world of sound and colour. Increase your score by collecting the bonus icons and don't forget to clear your multiplier gauge (which builds up as you collect more points) to boost your multipliers and achieve the highest score possible.

The app comes with a host of exciting features: get your name on the global Audi A1 Beat Driver leader board; challenge other players' high-scores; post your scores to Facebook & Twitter and choose to find out more about the Audi A1 - the next big Audi.

Tim Gotthardt, team leader online marketing, AUDI AG, explains: 'With the popularity of Audi A1 Beat Driver on iPhone & iPod touch it seemed only natural that we should bring the game to iPad. Of course being Audi we wanted to make sure the game would be of the highest quality on this fantastic device so we have reworked the assets to take full advantage of the iPad graphics and also added something extra with these two new bonus tracks.'

Full track list:

  1. "Self Machine" I Blame Coco (exclusive to iPad)
  2. "City Limits" I Am Giant (exclusive to iPad)
  3. "Accelerate" Torpedo
  4. "I'm A Rope" Tommy Sparks
  5. "Strength In Numbers" The Music
  6. "Farewell To The Fairground" White Lies
  7. "Gold Guns Girls" Metric
  8. "1989" The Rakes
  9. "Bulletproof" La Roux
  10. "Digital Age" After The Fall
  11. "Want U" Lo-Fi-Fnk
  12. "Gimme Sympathy" Metric
  13. "I'm Not Your Toy - Jack Beats Remix" La Roux
  14. "Love Affair Strapped In Electric Chair" Torpedo
  15. "Suburbia" Spleen United
  16. "Death" White Lies
  17. "Where I Belong (Life Is A Festival)" Don Diablo
  18. "Earthquake threat" Torpedo
  19. "A Funny Thing (Dan Grech Final Mix)" Penguin Prison

The Audi A1 Beat Driver is available for download free from the App Store.

Accessories

Energizer AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case Addresses Smartphone 'Power Deficit'

PR: The proliferation of smartphones has led an increasing number of people to depend on mobile devices for much more than just making phone calls, and with that shift comes a vastly increased demand for portable power. Energizer is making it easier for people to use smartphones to their fullest potential with the introduction of the AP1201 for iPhone 4. This rechargeable case with built-in battery supplies nearly twice the power of the iPhone, while offering protection that you never need to remove, providing a continuous power source.

Energizer AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case"The AP1201 is a direct response to the power deficit that many experience, and is just one of a full line of Energizer Energi To Go solutions that is bringing convenient power to consumers, and that is making mobility easier for them."

With 50 million iPhones sold to date1, and more than 1.7 million iPhone 4 phones sold just days after it was introduced2, these devices have become popular for playing games, music and video, and running mobile applications that do everything from global positioning to balancing finances. The AP1201 eliminates the need for iPhone 4 users to curb their usage or to avoid power-draining applications, and will keep the device charged throughout the day, a long flight, or even an overnight trip.

Energizer AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case"Energizer appreciates the value and utility that smartphones offer consumers, and also sees that the average consumer's power requirements have been underestimated," says Jim Olsen, Vice President of Marketing for Energizer North America. "The AP1201 is a direct response to the power deficit that many experience, and is just one of a full line of Energizer Energi To Go solutions that is bringing convenient power to consumers, and that is making mobility easier for them."

The AP1201 has "smart" battery technology that auto senses the iPhone 4 battery power status which is indicated through "hidden" LED's on the back of the case. For efficient power management, two charging options provide either high speed quick charge direct to the iPhone 4, or get simultaneous pass-through charging of the iPhone and AP1201 case. The AP1201 is rechargeable up to 500 times and comes with a USB charging cable.

The AP1201 is a one piece case, manufactured with formfitting recycled silicone rubber that is durable, extremely thin and lightweight. The low profile case is silky smooth to the touch, yet non-slip and fingerprint resistant. The AP1201 also features an integrated bumper that eliminates the signal loss and antennae interference issues that many iPhone 4 users have experienced.

Through the use of patented lithium polymer battery technology, the AP1201 extends battery life of standby time, Internet, music, video and talk time, providing nearly twice the power of the iPhone 4. The Energizer AP1201 is available now for an MSRP of $69.99 at major retailers nationwide.

The Energizer Energi To Go product line is developed and marketed through a licensing agreement with XPAL Power, a California-based tech company that specializes in creating rechargeable power packs that use lithium polymer battery technology. It includes a full range of popular models starting at $24.99 for the newest Energizer® AP650 Docking Charger that instantly adds up to 90 minutes of talk time to any smartphone that connects with a micro USB tip. The top of the product range is the Energizer XP18000 external battery, the perfect choice for travelers and those who rely on several different mobile devices including netbooks and laptops, portable DVD players, digital cameras, smartphones, and more.

"All of our Energizer Energi To Go products are delivering on a consumer need for more portable power, so we are excited about these additions." says David Becker, Vice President of sales, XPAL. "Based on our commitments from top retailers, we anticipate the AP1201 for the iPhone 4 will be embraced by the mobile consumer and the accessory of choice for powering their iPhone 4."

  1. http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/06/07/iphone-os-4-0-now-ios-is-here/
  2. http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/06/28iphone.html

Griffin Technology Announces New Fall Collection for iPad

PR: Griffin Technology Inc. has unveiled new accessories for iPad. The announcement features solutions for a wide array of uses, from the office to the kitchen and everywhere in between: Standle, AirStrap, Cabinet Mount, Elan Folio, and WaveStand. The entire lineup is now available for purchase at griffintechnology.com (links below).

"Owners of Apple's iPad are continually finding new uses for it. It really is a groundbreaking device," says Luke Michas, Director of Product Development, Soft Goods. "They use it walking around the office, lounging at home, viewing recipes in the kitchen, or any number of scenarios. It's our aim to provide an ever-evolving selection of great designs for all these uses."

Griffin's fall collection of accessories for iPad includes:

Standle

Standle is more than just another hard-shell case for iPad. It incorporates a stand for portrait and landscape viewing, a carrying handle, and a typing stand, all in one foldaway protective case. The large portrait stand swings out to position your iPad for perfect presentations or portrait viewing, then swings back into the case when you're done. Flip open the two-position landscape stand/handle to carry your iPad, then fold it back to create a stand for viewing in landscape orientation. Lay your iPad back from this position into a gentle incline that's great for tabletop or desktop typing and surfing. When you're done, the stand/handle folds back into the body of the case. Clever design allows docking with Apple's iPad Dock and Keyboard Dock without removing your iPad from the case, and strategically-placed cutouts provide access to all ports and controls.

AirStrap

AirStrap is a case with a built-in safety strap for comfortable one-handed use of your iPad. A molded frame with thick, comfortable, contoured grips surrounds your iPad, protecting the edges without getting in the way. Slip your hand under the wide neoprene strap on the back. AirStrap hugs your hand, making your iPad easy to hold while you're reading in a coffee shop, checking the headlines as you ride the morning train, or while walking around the house or office.

Cabinet Mount

Whether you are working in the kitchen, the garage, a workroom, wherever you use your iPad, Griffin's Cabinet Mount holds your iPad for you at a comfortable height for your eyes and hands. Our Cabinet Mount lifts your iPad out of harm's way and positions it for you at the best viewing angle. Attach Cabinet Mount to the side or underside of any cabinet 14 inches or deeper. All the necessary hardware and mounting instructions are included. Snap your iPad securely into Cabinet Mount's bracket. The mounting arm rotates 360 degrees around and 90 degrees front to back, so you can position your iPad perfectly for any viewing angle. Griffin's new Cabinet Mount is a safe, secure way to view and use your iPad almost anywhere around the house.

Elan Folio

Carry your iPad in Griffin's Elan Folio flipcase like a personal notebook. The cover flips open for quick access to your Multi-Touch display, and closes like a book for privacy and protection. But Elan Folio doesn't stop working when you stop carrying it. Flip the cover around and lock it in back to turn the folio into a multi-positionable easel. Elan Folio holds your iPad upright in landscape position for reading and for viewing pictures and video. For drawing, tapping, and typing, turn it over and lay it down for a comfortable, inclined orientation. Elan Folio frames your Multi-Touch display in the same black synthetic leather as the cover, with cutouts for ports and controls. Easy to carry and keep clean, Elan Folio is the perfect carrying case and stand solution for iPad.

WaveStand

Whether for viewing videos or photos or ebooks, or for surfing and typing at a comfortable angle, our WaveStand is made with iPad and other tablet devices in mind. WaveStand's non-slip grippy surfaces hold your tablet securely upright in portrait or landscape position; an adjustable base slides out for extra support when needed. For typing and other input, incline your tablet at just the right wrist-pleasing angle. No matter where you use your iPad, WaveStand is small and light enough to take with you and use anywhere.

Griffin's new fall lineup of accessories for iPad is now available at griffintechnology.com, and at major retailers nationwide.

Links

Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

PR: The much-anticipated, explosive expose of how cell phone use damages brain cells, especially in children, by one of the world's foremost scientific experts in the field.

Disconnect bookDevra Davis presents an array of recent and long suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Cell phone radiation is a national emergency. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain's defenses, and reduce sperm count while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer. The growing brains of children make them especially vulnerable - and half of the world's four billion cell phone used by people under twenty.

Davis, the founding director of the toxicology and environmental studies board at the US National Academy of Sciences, takes readers through the dark side of this trillion-dollar industry. Health experts have long been frozen out of policy-making decisions about cell phones; federal regulatory standards are set by the cell phone industry itself. Cell phone manufacturers have borrowed the playbook of the tobacco industry. One secret memo reveals their war plan against reports of cell phone dangers.

Among a host of fascinating characters, Davis introduces Om P. Gandhi, a world expert on how cell phone radiation penetrates the human brain. Once a consultant to major cell phone companies, Gandhi now refuses to work with them. Franz Adlkofer led the multi-lab study that showed once and for all that brain cell DNA is unraveled by cell phone microwave radiation - and, as Davis dramatically portrays, it nearly cost him his career.

As this eye-opening call to action shows, we can make safer cell phones now. Why would we put our children at risk of a devastating epidemic of brain illness in the years to come?

Known around the world for her groundbreaking research on the environmental causes of breast cancer and chronic disease, Devra Davis - with her 2002 National Book Award-Nominated When Smoke Ran Like Water - has opened our eyes to the very real pollution epidemic.

Disconnect
Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Format: Hardcover, 271pp
Sales Rank: 1,339
ISBN-13: 9780525951940
ISBN: 0525951946

Presentation

$5 iPad Stand Created to Raise Money for Charitable Causes

PR: Apple's innovative iPad became the source of inspiration for one man's dream of using his skills and creativity to raise money for charities. It was a case of spotting an obvious need and finding a simple solution that could produced from inexpensive materials and shipped worldwide at low cost. The product is an iPad stand made from corrugated plastic.

Tim Piazza's iPad stand is a simple easel that holds the iPad upright on a flat surface. Selling for under five dollars, the iPad stand is stain-resistant, durable, rigid, and weighs less than an ounce. "Corrugated plastic is a perfect material for inexpensive products," according to Piazza. "It stands up to abuse, it can be flexed without hardening and breaking, and it won't scratch your iPad." The stands are available in black, silver, and white, and can be purchased online at Ezzyl for $4.95 plus a small shipping charge.

With each purchase the buyer can select one of several charities, and 20% of proceeds from the sale will go to that charity. Piazza selected charities based on their strong ratings and global reach, and he feels that by giving buyers a choice, they participate in the giving. "It feels good to give, and I want to share that with my customers," says Piazza.

The charities Piazza selected provide a range of services from supplying medical supplies to developing nations, to feeding the hungry, rehabilitating prisoners, and improving education. Each charity has a four star rating from Charity Navigator, which indicates that the majority of their spending goes to the programs and services they exist to provide. "I kept asking myself if there was something I could do to help others that would leverage my creativity and computer skills," Piazza says. "I hope that by making and selling products on the Internet, I can do more than if I volunteered or gave donations."

@Rest for iPad: Beautifully Simple and Rugged iPad Stand

PR: You have discovered uses for the iPad in the living room, the kitchen, and at work. It's awesome. Now you need a stand that does the iPad justice - @Rest.

Built from precisely cut steel with a beautiful, durable powdercoat finish, @Rest for iPad supports your iPad in portrait or landscape orientation at angles ideal for the side table or countertop.

With its clever design, good looks, and excellent construction, @Rest for iPad is sure to support your current iPad, your next iPad, and the one after that.

@Rest is available in your choice of five colors and sells for $59 with free shipping in the continental US.

Protection

Retro Cassette Tape Case for iPhone 4G

PR: Go back to the future with the iPhone cover that looks like an old cassette.

This retro-tastic, über realistic Retro Cassette iPhone cover will have you reliving your youth while protecting your handset from bangs, scrapes and dust.

The silicon cover is designed to look exactly like an old audio cassette, complete with its own case. But instead of making a mix tape of all your favourite, back in the day tunes, this cassette gives complete protection to your iPhone (which probably already contains all your favourite back in the day tunes).

However not only does this perfectly fitting cover keep safe your handset, but the cassette case, when fully opened, also makes a perfect stand for your phone.

Retro Cassette Tape Case for iPhone 4GIt's the perfect gift for the fan of the latest cool, quirky gadget, or for that iPhone owner who wants a memento of his/her youth.

Features

  • High quality silicon protective casing
  • Identical to an audio cassette
  • Protects the handset from impact and dust damage
  • Cassette case doubles as iPhone stand (cassette case measures 12.8 x 7 x 2cm)

Suitable for the following devices.

  • iPhone 4G

Note: This case is not compatible with the iPhone 3G.

$39.99

OtterBox Impact Series Cases for iPhone 4 & HTC EVO 4G Top Leaderboard

PR: For record-setting devices like the world's thinnest smartphone or the first 4G device in the United States, OtterBox offers protection that tops the leaderboard for quality and durability; introducing Impact Series cases for the Apple iPhone 4 and HTC EVO 4G.

OtterBox Impact Cases for iPhone 4 & HTC EVO 4G"Tech addicts obsess over the sleek design and cutting-edge technology behind the iPhone 4 and EVO 4G, but they also worry about potential damage," OtterBox founder and CEO Curt Richardson said. "Even simple, everyday use can lead to a scratched and scuffed smartphone. OtterBox offers Impact Series cases that mimic the sleek look of these devices while still providing necessary protection."

The OtterBox Impact Series* is made from durable compression molded silicone. Inner coring dissipates impact away from the device to protect from bump and shock. A spray coating is applied to the inside and outside of the case to enhance the feel and grip and to resist lint collection, and a self-adhering screen protector is provided to shield the glass displays. A microfiber cleaning cloth and installation card are included to assist with application.

Silicone covers the power, volume and other buttons to keep out dirt and dust while supporting full functionality. Open access is provided for all other features and users are able to charge and sync through the case.

The addition of the Impact Series case completes the lineup of protective solutions from OtterBox for the iPhone 4. Commuter Series and Defender Series cases are already selling quickly at otterbox.com. Commuter Series cases are also available for the HTC EVO 4G, and Defender Series cases will be coming soon.

Additional Information for OtterBox Impact Series case for Apple iPhone 4:

  • Environmental Protection: Added protection against bump and shock.
  • Colors: Black
  • Dimensions (case only): 4.74" (120.4 mm) x 2.54" (64.6 mm) x 0.59" (15.1 mm)
  • Approximate Weight: 2.43 oz (68.9 g)

Additional Information for OtterBox Impact Series case for HTC EVO 4G:

  • Environmental Protection: Added protection against bump and shock.
  • Colors: Black
  • Dimensions (case only): 5.00" (127.11 mm) x 2.84" (72.04 mm) x 0.71" (18.15 mm)
  • Approximate Weight: 1.24 oz (35 g)

* Case not protected against water. Will provide some added protection against bump and shock.

Link: OtterBox Impact Series case for Apple iPhone 4
Also see this week's review of the OtterBox Defender for iPhone 4.

Purchase Link

  • iPhone 4 version currently available from Amazon.com for $11.99 and eligible for free Super Saver shipping as part of an order of $25 or more).

Waterfield Designs iPad Wallet: New Travel Case for iPad and Keyboard

Waterfield Designs iPad WalletPR: Waterfield Designs, a San Francisco manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digital gear, today introduces the iPad Wallet - a lightweight, sophisticated iPad case for the iPad, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and accompanying accessories. The case allows digital professionals to carry and protect a complete mobile office in a compact, stylish case, either under the arm, in another bag or - with the optional shoulder strap - as a stand-alone bag.

Waterfield Designs iPad Wallet"Most iPad users prefer using the Apple Wireless keyboard in conjunction with the iPad to type more easily and efficiently," says Waterfield Designs owner Gary Waterfield. "With an iPad, the Apple Wireless keyboard, an adapter, and necessities like keys and a few credit cards - all safely stowed in the Waterfield Designs iPad Wallet - you have everything you need for a day's work or play protected and at your side."

More than a case, yet smaller than a messenger bag, the iPad Wallet celebrates the ultra-portability of the iPad and wireless keyboard. Scratch-free pockets, foam lining, and impact-resistant plastic inserts separate the two devices, and a soft, scratch-free internal pocket plus a stretchy outside back pocket stow cables, cell phone and other small necessities. Available in a choice of six panel colors, each iPad Wallet is flanked by eco-friendly, distressed leather trim. YKK self-locking zippers seal the deal for this rugged case. Users can opt to add D-rings and a strap to convert the innovative iPad Wallet into a svelte stand-alone bag.

Waterfield Designs iPad WalletThe versatile iPad Wallet can also accommodate the iPad within another case, including Waterfield's Ultimate or EXO SleeveCase, Smart or Slip Case, or Suede Jacket. The iPad Wallet is the sixth and newest of Waterfield Designs' iPad cases, joining the five above-mentioned cases and the Muzetto, a bespoke, leather, iPad messenger-style bag.

  • iPad Wallet Price: $79
  • Colors: Black, Copper, Pine, Green, Flame and Pearl - each with brown distressed leather trim.
  • Optional add-ons - D-rings: $5, Simple Shoulder Strap: $9. Suspension Shoulder Strap: $19.
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.3 x 1.5 inches.
  • Weight: 15 oz.

Preorder the iPad Wallet at the Waterfield Designs website. Shipping begins October 31, 2010.

ZooGue Functional iPad Case V2

PR: Innovative announces the new and improved Version 2 of their highly ZooGue iPad Case for the Apple iPad, the original iteration of which Innovative claims generated over $175,000 in gross retail sales since its June launch. ZooGue's 25-year-old owner and inventor Tim Angel says: "I honestly can not imagine a better case than the new Version 2. I'm so confident in this case I will offer 100% satisfaction or a full refund. I'll even pay for the return shipping."

ZooGue Functional iPad Case V2ZooGue Version 2 boasts the same functionality as its predecessor, plus numerous improvements. Use of better quality materials provides an enhanced professional appearance, complementing the smaller logos that were requested by their customers. The case is currently available for presale at ZooGue.com and is scheduled to ship in mid October.

Inventor Tim Angel striving to perfect the ZooGue, has sought feedback from customers about how to make his product better. The new ZooGue features superior leather and an internal thin plastic lining to ensure the cover is kept straight and sturdy, and provides a soft microfiber like interior that helps protect the face of the iPad. The leather stitching on the edge of the Velcro gives a crisper and cleaner look and the company guarantees 100% satisfaction.

ZooGue Functional iPad Case V2Claimed to be the only fully adjustable iPad case, the ZooGue Smart Kase V2 also features a wider charger port cutout, now 1.5 inches long, to accommodate camera accessories. The shorter lip over the screen and special Velcro design is sharp and practical for all users.

Tim Angel began developing the original ZooGue iPad Case in early 2010. Anticipating the upcoming release of the iPad in April, the unemployed inventor saw an opportunity with the groundbreaking tablet computer that was enjoying positive pre-launch buzz. Mr. Angel is guided by his drive to bring new innovations to the industry as a leader. He familiarized himself with possible competitors of the iPad like the Kindle and the NOOK, and explored potential manufacturing partners for the case so that he could begin production right away. He is brainstorming new innovative products that he hopes will propel ZooGue to become a household name.

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