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Japanese Company Makes Dock Station An iDream

Yet another “i” product for all those Apple gadgets, but this time we feel it’s a product worth mentioning.  The iPADock is a dock station to power or sync all your Apple gear in one handy location.  The iDevices has designated USB power ports, designated USB-to-PC sync ports and additional flash memory ports for SD cards, SDHC and Compact Flash downloading. So if you haven’t asked yourself how to clean up your sync area at work or home for the Apple gear…don’t worry, that day will come.  For example, at our house we have 4 iPhones, two iPods, a FlipVideo and several cameras.  All of them will receive power via USB.

iPad dock station

First off, we have 4 iPhones because we’ve migrated from 3G or 3GS to the 4.  The iPods are legacy products we had before the phones, yet we still use them for workouts…and the cameras, well those are good anytime. What I like about the iPADock station are all the power and sync options. Continue Reading

USB Hack: Apple USB Trackpad

All of Apple products are designed as a “less is more” philosophy where a user just “knows” how to use the product when they hold it or see it.  The Apple Trackpad is no exception.  Great looking product that works exceptionally well and is bare bone minimum on design features.

USB Hack, Apple Trackpad

One of the beautiful elements of the Trackpad is the wireless freedom you get from using the product.  For the wireless product you need juice.  The Trackpad does this via batteries.  However, some get tired of replacing the batteries [like it’s that hard] and did a simple USB hack to power the Trackpad.  This hack is not used for communication, that is still done through Blue-tooth, but this is only for eliminating the need to swap batteries or constantly recharge them. To accomplish the hack, remove the pad’s batteries, strip a USB cable down to the red and black power wires and attach them to a battery-sized wooden dowel. Finally, push the dowel inside the pad’s battery compartment and presto! It works. Granted this is a USB hack even my 7 year old could do [less the wire stripping] and I’d recommend making something a bit more elegant. Continue Reading

USB Power And The iPad – Don’t Freak – It’ll Charge

It’s fairly well known from user complaints over the weekend the iPad charges a bit differently then the logic used in our brain.  Here is the low down on the iPad USB power issue if you don’t feel like reading 20 paragraphs for these simple points:

iPad USB power

The iPad will power over USB ports with “high power” while in use.
  • The iPad will [obviously] charge when used with the supplied 10 watt power adapter.
  • The iPad will not charge over lower powered USB ports while “in use”  however, they will charge when asleep.
  • If the user gets the iPad message “Not Charging” you must take this literally.  This means the use of the iPad will equal the draw of power and only when it goes to sleep will it recharge…so it’s like a break even.
Do you have an iPad?  How do you like it?  Comment on our Facebook page. Continue Reading

iPad Drawing App – Simply Amazing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock [like my neighbor], you know this weekend is the big release of the iPad from Apple.  Well, to kick things off lets take a look at one amazing iPad Drawing App called “Drawing Pad.” We’ve seen some of the authors work before, and for this new release of the iPad Drawing App there is no better way to explain the functionality and features, than watching a [very entertaining] video. The iPad Drawing App includes an extensive pallet of paint brushes [two sizes], colored pencils, crayons, markers, roller pens, background paper and stickers [incredible clip art].  I don’t know the exact count, but it looks like the iPad Drawing App has well over 125 colors to choose from.

iPad Drawing App

If you are anxiously awaiting your iPad to arrive tomorrow, go ahead and pre order the iPad Drawing App so it will sync immediately with your new toy.  You can’t go wrong, especially when it’s already the 50th best selling iPad application currently available!

iPad Drawing App

To learn more visit:  The Best iPad Drawing App now. Continue Reading

Apple’s USB Adapter for iPad

Yup, today was the day that Apple announced their iPad product.  The very first thing we noticed was a lack of USB ports for storage and connection; however, Job’s didn’t forget it.

Apple iPad USB adapter

The iPad camera connection kit comes with a male adapter card to connect either USB or SD cards.  Given the slim dimensions of the iPad we can understand the lack of design integration for USB, but SD or even microSD, now that makes sense.  Our only conclusion is a lack of real-estate on the PCBA used to make the iPad. Interesting side note:  Apple has the exclusive patent on the 30 pin female connector it uses and plans to NEVER license it out.  I know the USB kit has a male connector, it just reminded me of reading that info a couple weeks back. Source:  StumbleTweet. Continue Reading

AT&T Will Consider Limiting iPhone Data Plans

AT&T reports that smart phone users, which make up 3% of their market, are eating up nearly 40% of the data bandwidth on their mobile network.

att apple

To no surprise, AT&T is considering ways to free up network bandwidth so that everyone without a smartphone, isn’t effected.  So what does this mean?  It means AT&T might be giving a screw j_b to iPhone users. – by far the biggest consumers of bandwidth from smartphones.
iPhone users on average consume five to seven times more data per month than average wireless subscribers, according to analyst firm Sanford Bernstein. And all this usage is clogging the network, causing many iPhone users, especially in large cities such as New York and San Francisco, to experience dropped calls, slow 3G service, and issues connecting to the network at all.
So what is AT&T considering?  I would think upping the usage fees, but this might not work for those who don’t care about monthly fees.  Another approach are incentives.
“We’re going to try to focus on making sure we give incentives to those small percentages to either reduce or modify their usage so they don’t crowd out the other customers in those same cell sites,” said de la Vega according to a transcript of the conference. “And you’ll see us address that more in detail.”
Either way, I have a strong feeling AT&T will be limiting or slowing data usage for iPhone users.  Continue Reading

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