Kensington SecureBack Security Case

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 Kensington SecureBack Security Case

Kensington is well known for creating laptop locks that can anchor your portable PC to something sturdy to keep it from getting lost or nicked. Its locks have been so successful, in fact, that if you own a laptop it’s very likely that it has a small rectangular slot for attaching a Kensington lock to it.

This level of success is certainly impressive – after all not every company has provisions for its products built into most computers. However, this success hasn’t translated to the popular tablet, the Apple iPad 2.

Apple’s uncompromising focus on streamlining features on its flagship tablet has meant there’s no room for a Kensington lock slot. With tablets being just as easy to lose or steal – if not more so – than laptops, Kensington has been keen to come up with a solution. Of course, it also wants to capitalise on the iPad’s popularity.

Its solution, the Kensington SecureBack Security Case, isn’t that great, unfortunately. It involves a rather unattractive case that clips on to your iPad. With it installed, the once sleek and attractive Apple tablet looks bulky and a bit ugly. Who knows, maybe making the iPad a less attractive gadget is part of Kensington’s plan to deter thieves.

But if it keeps your iPad safe, who cares about looks? Well, how well it keeps your iPad protected is a concern. The case itself is rather flimsy and a tiny bit cheap feeling. A determined enough thief wouldn’t have much trouble breaking the iPad free.

Verdict

We wouldn’t feel completely safe leaving an iPad in a busy caf

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Review: Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad

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There’s no shortage of reasons to be writing on Apple’s iPad: emails, memos, office suites with word processors and spreadsheets, angry internet comments…

Apple’s tablet can do it all, but a lot of people aren’t so keen on the on-screen keyboard. This is partly why Apple included Bluetooth keyboard integration into the iPad, and why other tablet makers, including Asus with the Eee Pad Transformer and Lenovo with its U1 Hybrid saw fit to create tablet-cum-laptop devices.

The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad is probably the best iPad keyboard we’ve seen, though. It’s a standalone Bluetooth keyboard that’s been customised with iOS control keys, and a case for the keyboard that doubles as an iPad stand.

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The extra functions added to the keyboard are a Home button key, a lock/unlock key to wake the iPad, media controls, a key to bring up the on-screen keyboard if you so wish, and even a key to put the iPad into Photo Viewer mode. There’s also a Search key, which takes you to the Spotlight screen (although you can’t use Spotlight with key commands alone, which is a bit of a shame).

The keyboard is right up there with the best we’ve used. The keys aren’t too small, but the unit is still compact. Pressing keys has a nice responsiveness to it – they aren’t too resistive or too soft.

The keyboard is powered by AAA batteries, which lasted plenty during our testing. There’s a battery indicator light on the keyboard, though, so you’ll know when it’s getting low.

Now, even if this were just a keyboard, we’d be totally recommending it for iPad owners. But it’s also got the case.

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The slip case for the keyboard doubles as a stand for the iPad, opening up once you’ve removed the keyboard to reveal a panel that fits across the bottom to hold it in a triangle.

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The iPad then sits in a little holder, which is on a slider, so you can adjust the angle of the iPad so it’s at a comfortable viewing angle. The case feels really well-made (as does the keyboard), and is what puts this setup over the top, since it’s not even that expensive in the grand scheme of things.

iPad owner? Want a keyboard? Get this one.

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The iPad 2

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The iPad 2 is the second generation of the iPad , a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc.
It serves primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games and web content,
and is available in black or white. The Foxconn China-manufactured iPad 2 has a lithium-ion polymer
battery  that lasts up to 10 hours, a new dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front-facing and 720prear-facing
cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.
Update:We’ve gotten our first hands-onwith the iPad 2 and, boy oh boy, it’s fast!
iPad 2 press shots

720p video recording at 30fps will be on tap from the rear-facing camera, which
can also do a 5x digital zoom if you’re into that kind of thing, whereas the front-facing
imager will record at a more modest VGA resolution, also at 30fps.There’s a new
cover for the device, which is best defined by Steve Jobs himself: “We designed
the case right alongside the product. It’s not a case– it’s a cover.” Basically, it’s a
magnetic flap that protects the front and automatically wakes and puts the device
 to sleep according to whether it’s open or closed. Guess we know what that
proximity sensor was about now. These Smart Covers will cost $39 in plastic or
 $69 if you opt for leather.The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor,
at a mindmelting 8.8mm, and a little lighter at just over 600g, while paintjob
options have been expanded: you’ll get a choice between white and black. It’ll be
available on both AT&T and Verizon, and all variants start shipping on March 11th.
Apple Retail Stores will start sales at the unusual hour of 5PM, which will probably
 make online pre-orders the fastest way to get yours.

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AT&T to Start Selling 3G iPads in Stores

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AT&T announced today that all Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available beginning October 28 in AT&T Stores across the US.

The iPad tablet will be sold for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB model. Domestic data plans for iPad are priced at $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB with no term contract. Both pre-paid plans include unlimited access to AT&T’s Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the US.

Apple’s iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models include a built-in micro SIM card slot that enables connection to the AT&T 3G mobile broadband network. On the other side, Verizon announced that they will offer the Wi-Fi-only iPads in their stores, sold standalone or bundled with an external MiFi router that allows iPad customers to have access to Verizon’s 3G network.

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Apple Previews Mac OS X Lion

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Besides the launch of the new MacBook Air laptops, Apple today gave a preview of the company’s upcoming Mac OS X “Lion” operating system.

Inspired by iPad’s software, the eighth major release of OS for Mac computers includes the Mac App Store, support for full screen iPad-like apps, Launchpad, a new home for all of Mac apps, and and Mission Control, which “unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps into an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.”

Mac OS X Lion will ship next summer, while the Mac App Store will be available for the current Mac OS X “Snow Leopard” within 90 days.

Apple also introduced today a beta version of FaceTime for Mac which allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users, as well as iLife ’11 with major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand applications.

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Apple Officially Unveiled iPad

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Apple has officially unveiled the iPad, the company’s long awaited tablet device.

The Internet- and multimedia-centric iPad, which can be also used as an e-book reader, features a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, an on-screen keyboard, a 1GHz Apple A4 chip, 16 – 64GB of Flash memory storage, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth and optional mobile broadband 3G connectivity. Regarding software, the iPhone OS-powered tablet comes with 12 iPad-specific applications and is capable of running unmodified iPhone apps.

The device is 0.5-inch thin, and weighs 1.5 pounds.

Prices range from $499 for a 16GB model to $829 for a 64GB model with 3G module.

The iPad will be available in March, with 3G models scheduled for release in April.

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Here’s the press release:

“Apple today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch™ display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds— thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March starting at the breakthrough price of just $499.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

iPad features 12 next-generation Multi-Touch applications. Every app works in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction. The precise Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the web on iPad an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. Reading and sending email is fun and easy on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard. Import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. Watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD or flip through pages of an e-book you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

iPad runs almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch. The iTunes Store gives you access to the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 11 million songs, over 50,000 TV episodes and over 8,000 films including over 2,000 in stunning high definition video. Apple also announced the new iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device. The iBookstore will feature books from major and independent publishers.

Apple also introduced a new version of iWork for iPad, the first desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages, Keynote and Numbers you can create beautifully formatted documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store for $9.99 each.

iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable, so you can sync all of your contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications and more from your Mac or PC. All the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer.

iPad’s brilliant 9.7-inch, LED-backlit display features IPS technology to deliver crisp, clear images and consistent color with an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle. The highly precise, capacitive Multi-Touch display is amazingly accurate and responsive whether scrolling web pages or playing games. The intelligent soft keyboard pioneered on iPhone takes advantage of iPad’s larger display to offer an almost full-size soft keyboard. iPad also connects to the new iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.

iPad is powered by A4, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip. Designed by Apple, the new A4 chip provides exceptional processor and graphics performance along with long battery life of up to 10 hours. Apple’s advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology deliver up to 1,000 charge cycles without a significant decrease in battery capacity over a typical five year lifespan.

iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks. Apple and AT&T announced breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.

Continuing Apple’s dedication to designing and creating environmentally responsible products, each iPad enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy-efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iPad contains no brominated flame retardants and is completely PVC-free.

Apple today released a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for iPad, so developers can create amazing new applications designed to take advantage of iPad’s capabilities. The SDK includes a simulator that lets developers test and debug their iPad apps on a Mac, and also lets developers create Universal Applications that run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability

iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch. ”

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