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Back in February we reviewed the Professional iPad 2 Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard from iLuv. Our latest giveaway gave you the chance to win one, and here is the winner!

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Designed in New York, this professional, stylish case is the perfect combination of form and function especially designed for your mobile lifestyle. It features a removable wireless Bluetooth keyboard that seamlessly connects to your iPad for portability. The unique design has a retractable kick-stand, providing you various options of viewing angles and laptop style keys for an improved typing experience.

What did you have to do to win?

This one wss simple, all you had to do was leave a comment or send us an email to be entered – simple!

And the winner is….

George J

Well done George, we will be in touch shortly.

And for everyone else who entered, we will have another great giveaway coming up shortly, so stay tuned to CDW!

And thank you again to iLuv for the prize.

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Back in February we reviewed the Professional iPad 2 Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard from iLuv. Now it’s time to give it away!

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Designed in New York, this professional, stylish case is the perfect combination of form and function especially designed for your mobile lifestyle. It features a removable wireless Bluetooth keyboard that seamlessly connects to your iPad for portability. The unique design has a retractable kick-stand, providing you various options of viewing angles and laptop style keys for an improved typing experience.

What do you have to do to win?

This one is simple, all you have to do is leave a comment or send us an email to be entered – simple!

One person will be picked at random – this giveaway will end Sunday 3rd June and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards here on the site.

Usual contest rules apply and is open to anyone anywhere in the world!

And thank you to iLuv for the prize.

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My new iPad arrived on Friday and I have been playing with it ever since, and I have to say I am really impressed so far.

Unboxing the new iPad

The box contains the iPad, a cable, the power plug and some documentation – just as before.

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A Closer Look

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Comparing the New iPad to the iPad 2

If you put the new iPad next to the iPad 2 then you really won’t see a difference – for those of you who want to know, the new iPad is the one on the right.

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The new iPad is a little bit thicker, but not much (it’s the one on the top).

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What is really noticeable however is the quality of the retina display – it is amazing.

This is a photo of the new iPad – the wording under the icons is crystal clear.

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The same picture on the iPad 2 and the wording isn’t as sharp or defined. It’s interesting that after only a few minutes of using the new iPad it is hard to look at the iPad 2 again!

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Using the New iPad

The initial screen has a different backdrop that the iPad 2, other than that it’s business as usual.

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The quality on the camera is excellent though. The picture below is taken with the new iPad.

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And here is the same Moomin taken with the iPad 2, notice the difference!

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Final Thoughts

After only two days I am really impressed with the new iPad. I wasn’t sure if the retina display was going to be all it was cracked up to be, but it turned out that it certainly was. The quality is just amazing, and when you use apps that are design specifically for the retina display it’s even better.

I am also really impressed with the quality of the camera, although I can’t see myself standing in the street taking pictures with it!

Did you get a new iPad? If so let us know what you think of it.

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After months of rumours, speculation and in some cases just down right nonsense, Apple has finally announces the all new iPad, and I want it.

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picture via Pocket-Lint

A few of the new features include a retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is the best available on any tablet today. That equates to 3.1 million pixels!!!!

HD video recording is now at 1080p resolution with the rear camera being 5 mega pixels.

The new iSight camera also includes image stabilisation and noise reduction, face detection and auto focus.

It also has an A5X chip, with quad-core graphics.

There is even voice dictation included via a microphone button on the keyboard.

It will have the same 10 hour battery life as the iPad 2 with 9 hours on 4G.

And if you are in an area with 4G there is 4G LTE (shame I am in the UK really).

It will be 9.4mm thick, which is a little thicker than the iPad 2 and will weigh 0.64kg.

The New iPad is priced at just $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. And $629, $729, and $829 for 4G. This is the same prices as for the iPad 2.

And it’s available March 16th in the US and a week later in the UK and Europe.

And pre-orders start today, so go get one ordered!

All I can say is I want, I want, I want!

What about you?

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Following a brief false start yesterday, the Adobe Photoshop Touch app for the iPad 2 has been released to the Apple App Store.

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Transform images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets.

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.

• Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
• Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
• Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
• Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
• Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
• Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you’d like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
• Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.
• Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud and open layered

The app costs $9.99 and is available to buy now from the Apple App Store.

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I use my iPad 2 a lot these days, and as such I want to make sure it is protected, and any chance I get to use a keyboard with it helps my productivity. So here is our review of the Professional iPad 2 Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard from iLuv.

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Designed in New York, this professional, stylish case is the perfect combination of form and function especially designed for your mobile lifestyle. It features a removable wireless Bluetooth keyboard that seamlessly connects to your iPad for portability. The unique design has a retractable kick-stand, providing you various options of viewing angles and laptop style keys for an improved typing experience.

Who are iLuv?

From their website:

iLuv Creative Technology, the premier provider of the most comprehensive accessories line for the Apple and Smartphone markets, rapidly delivers innovative designs, and award-winning products for today’s discerning consumers. Since the company’s inception, and for six years running, iLuv has amassed an impressive total of 21 prestigious CES Innovations Awards

iLuv products have been recognised in major publications, on key websites and have featured on TV news and shows as offering the latest technology, including jAura Soundcell.

iLuv is headquartered in New York, very close to Manhattan, which is widely regarded as the epicentre of design and style. With such proximity to inspiration, all iLuv products are conceived, designed and developed in New York and continue to lead in quality, value, selection and innovation.

Specifications

  • Velcro-secured with detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for mobility and flexibility
  • Features Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) prole for seamless integration for your iPad2
  • Retractable kick stand supports multiple viewing angles
  • Dedicated keys specific for iPad2 functions
  • Enjoy long battery life, last up to 30 days
  • The look and feel of leather, without the price
  • Scissor-type keypad provides more responsive typing
  • Equipped with USB port for fast convenient charging

Product Dimensions H x W x D (mm): 195 x 262 x 41

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the case and keyboard, a USB cable and a quick start guide.

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A Closer Look

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Last month Apple launched an app called iBooks Author, which enables anyone to create a book for the iPad. There was immediate uproar because of issues with EULA. Now Apple have changed it!

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The issue seemed to be the wording in the EULA which implied that Apple owned the content created to anything created using iBooks. That’s kind of like say that Microsoft own the content to my books because I wrote them using Word!

Now that it appears to have been resolved, I might consider publishing some of my current, and possibly future books there.

What’s New in Version 1.0.1

This release provides an updated version of the End User License Agreement.

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If you want to have an untethered jailbreak on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 the wait is finally over thanks to GreenPois0n Absinthe.

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GreenPois0n Absinthe can be used with both iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0 (build 9A334) and iOS 5.0.1 (builds 9A405 and 9A406) and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 (build 9A405).

Currently there is only a Mac version of the software, although expect a Windows version pretty soon!

Download the software via this direct link.

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If you use an iPad a lot, chances are you would like a keyboard, and you will also need to protect the iPad during transit. This is where the Urban Factory Urban Keyboard Sleeve comes into play, and here is our review.

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Description

The Urban Keyboard Sleeve for iPad and iPad 2 is a luxury imitation leather folio equipped with a high quality mini Bluetooth keyboard, making typing emails and documents a faster and more productive experience.

The QWERTY mini silicone keyboard is water resistant, anti-bacterial, and helps keep your iPad screen protected from typing wear and tear.

The Urban Keyboard Sleeve can convert viewing position from portrait to landscape thanks to its swivel screen, and the iPad in its own protective cover can be detached from the main folio as required.

Unleash the full document typing potential of your iPad with the Urban keyboard Sleeve. Features magnetic closure, Stylish high quality design and front and rear camera openings.

Who are Urban Factory?

From their website:

Urban Factory is a brand that was created in 2007. It affirms the modernity, elegance and strength in its product lines going from the traditional luggage, bags and cases for laptop computers, tablet PC and cameras, all the way up the technical computer accessories.

Specifications

Product dimensions: 198x247x32mm

Screen size: 9.7”

Weight: 550 gr

Material: Imitation leather, high quality anti scratch

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What’s in the Box?

In the box is the sleeve, keyboard, manual and power cable.

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A Closer Look

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If you have an iPad 2 then you will want to keep the screen protected at all times, and the Wrapsol iPad 2 Ultra screen protector may be what you are looking for.

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Wrapsol Ultra screen protector film is the easiest to apply, strongest and the most durable impact and scratch protective film technology you can get for your iPad 2—without compromising its design integrity in any way. Made from advanced high strength polyurethane and featuring a 100% dry application process that clears air bubbles and uses fingerprint-eliminating Application Handles for the perfect fit, Wrapsol’s transparent and astonishingly thin protective film installs in an instant and helps prevent everyday screen damage, while preserving touchscreen brilliancy and sensitivity.

Who are Wrapsol?

From their website:

Strong and dependable mobile device protection is critical.

Wrapsol makes the easiest to apply and strongest protective film technology for mobile devices. Made from advanced high strength polyurethane and featuring a 100% dry application process that clears air bubbles and uses fingerprint-eliminating patent-pending Application Handles for the perfect fit, Wrapsol’s transparent and astonishingly thin protective film installs in an instant and helps prevent everyday dings, dents and scratches, while preserving touchscreen brilliancy and sensitivity.

Every Wrapsol product is engineered and made in the USA.

What’s in the Box?

  • 100% polyurethane film (screen-only)
  • Microfiber towelette
  • Squeegee
  • Instructions

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Fitting the Screen Protector

Fitting the protector took me quite a bit of time – you have to make sure you are in as dust free an area as possible when you do this.

The first thing you do is remove the back layer of the film and fit it to your clean iPad 2.

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When its all fitted you peel off the top layer, leaving the middle layer as the actual protection.

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As you an see I had a lot of air bubbles left!

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Wrapsol have a YouTube channel that includes a video on how to fit it – something I wish I had found before I fitted the screen.

Final Thoughts

Fitting the film wasn’t as simple as I had hoped – unfortunately the instructions you get are just a series of pictures, which for the most part are fine, but the film consists of three separate parts and it’s not easy to figure out which bit is which at the start of the process.

There were no guide either for lining up the film on the screen, so I went with the “line up with the button” method, but you have to get it right first time otherwise you have to lift off the film and start again, and that’s how I managed to get some dust particles under the film, which are still there.

I found that the more I tried to get those out, the more dust particles I actually got under the film, so I gave up. To be fair, this is a normal problem with any screen protector.

At the end of the process I had a lot of air bubbles, as you could see in the pictures above, and the manual shows a picture with all the air bubbles gone in a 24 hour period. For me that wasn’t the case at all – it look nearly 5 days for most of the air bubbles to go and I am still left with a few that I just cannot get rid of.

Don’t get me wrong though, most of the air bubbles did go, so I was happy about that, I just wish I could get rid of those last remaining few, but they appear to be the ones with dust particles, so I don’t see I will ever get rid of them.

Using the screen with the film on was fine – obviously the screen isn’t as responsive as it was without the screen, but it is not that much different, and frankly I am now confident that the screen is protected!

The Wrapsol screen protector film comes with a lifetime replacement warranty, which is great!

All in all I would rather have the screen protector on than not, and I am sure a better job could have been done by me fitting the film to the iPad 2 – although clearer instructions could have helped.

Price wise, the Ultra screen protector retails for $29.95 and is worth every penny.

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Elgato today announced the immediate availability of EyeTV Mobile, the first DVB-T tuner for the iPad 2 Dock Connector.

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Here is the rest of the press release:

Munich, October 17 – A portable and easy-to-use device, EyeTV Mobile connects directly to the iPad and does not require an Internet connection. The EyeTV Mobile app, available for free at the App Store, offers a full range of TV viewing features including pause, rewind and record. The integrated EPG lets users view up to 7 days of detailed programme guide information and send recommendations to friends by email. EyeTV Mobile offers super fast, beautifully animated channel changes. Using state-of-the art tuner technology with very low power consumption, EyeTV Mobile delivers up to eight hours of live TV. EyeTV Mobile comes with a telescopic antenna, a rod antenna with a magnetic base, and a USB cable. It is available immediately at £99.95 including VAT.

See what’s on at a glance

EyeTV Mobile’s integrated EPG offers up to 7 days of detailed programme guide data (the amount of EPG data varies by broadcaster). A pull-down calendar menu, navigation buttons for Now/Tonight/Tomorrow and genre colours make it very easy to find one’s preferred shows. Users can email programme details directly from the Guide to recommend upcoming shows to friends or print them with AirPrint-enabled printers.
Eight hours of live TV, antenna options for portable and indoor use
On an iPad 2 with a fully charged battery, EyeTV Mobile delivers up to eight hours of live TV (Flight Mode activated, 30% brightness). EyeTV Mobile delivers superior reception thanks to its state-of-the-art tuner and its robust MCX socket for connection to either of the included antennas. The miniature telescopic antenna has been designed for maximum portability while the rod antenna with magnetic base offers more positioning options for indoor use.

Pricing & Availability

EyeTV Mobile is available immediately at a price of £99.95 inc VAT, through Elgato’s online shop (www.elgato.com) and resellers. The EyeTV Mobile app is free and is available on the App Store.

 

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It’s time for another one of our Two Minute Reviews. This time its the Gorilla Mobile Yogi for iPad 2 from JOBY.

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The Gorilla Mobile Yogi is more than just a stand for your iPad 2. Its a stand that you can position into infinite poses on pretty much any surface!

Who are JOBY?

From their website:

JOBY creates well-designed, revolutionary products that inspire the creative and active lifestyle.

JOBY is a young, high-growth company that revolutionized the camera accessories market in early 2006 with its GorillaPod line of flexible tripods and continues to redefine the consumer electronics market with its GorillaMobile and GorillaTorch product lines. The brand has a strong and loyal following of consumers who are passionate about both innovative design and functional performance. Founded in 2005, JOBY is a privately-held company headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Santa Cruz, CA; Geneva, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore and Shenzhen, China.

Specifications

Designed for :Apple iPad 2

Materials : Durable polycarbonate, high-quality ABS plastic and TPE grips

Product Dimensions:

Case: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.7″ (190 x 13 x 246mm);
Legs: 3.1 x 1.3 x 8.8″ (80 x 33 x 223mm)

Product Weight:

Case: 5.2oz (147g);
Legs: 3.9oz (111g)

Price :£34.95

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the Gorilla Mobile Yogi and an instruction manual.

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A Closer Look

The front is where you place your iPad 2, and the back contains the moveable legs.

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You can position them in many different ways very simply.

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The case has rubber buttons on it for accessing the iPad 2’s buttons.

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And you can easily change the orientation by removing the legs and slotting them in the other orientation. It is very simple and takes only a few seconds to do it!

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Using the Gorilla Mobile Yogi

After fitting your iPad 2 into the front of the Yogi, you then just position the legs into whatever position you want to use it in. They can easily bend into a variety of positions.

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You can even wrap them around objects and they hold the Yogi into position firmly and securely. Here you can see my iPad 2 handing from the curtain rail!

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Using the Gorilla Mobile Yogi for iPad 2

 

Final Thoughts

The Gorilla Mobile Yogi is very simple to use, and it can be positioned in many, many different ways and on a variety of surfaces (even and uneven).

I found it very easy to use and it took very little effort to get it into position, whether that was using in on my desk, wrapping it around my leg or hanging it from a curtain rail.

It felt very secure and I wasn’t concerned for a moment that it would drop!

If you have a need to use your iPad 2 in such a way (maybe for the rear of the car wrapped around a headrest) then you should seriously take a look at this, you won’t be disappointed.

The price is £34.95 and is available now from the JOBY website.

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