Apple announces iBooks 2 for iPad

Apple wants to change the way we look at the education system, by announcing iBooks 2 for the iPad. What does iBooks 2 bring to the table? For starters, it will obviously feature iBooks textbooks, which is a totally new kind of textbook that intends to make learning far more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. With the iPad’s display, iBooks textbooks are said to offer students gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks complete with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, and unrivaled navigation among others.
Not only that, you need not worry about your textbook being out of date, since this is digital content that we are talking about, iBooks will ensure that its collection of textbooks will remain up to date at all times, and even better is the fact that you need not lug around a really heavy backpack unlike your now-graduated seniors have experienced. Apple has a penchant for wanting the best always, and this has caused them to team up with leading education services companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson in order to bring educational titles on the iBookstore.

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Velocomp presents the iBike Workout

We have written about a lot of bike related things for the iDevice like the Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack. Velocomp, a sports tech company that has created of the iBike Dash cycling computer, has recently unveiled the iBike Workout.
The iBike Workout is a simple dongle designed to fit in the 32-pin connector for the iPad, and it is quite simple to download the iBike application. This allows the iPad to be used for indoor cycling training with ANT + sensors.

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Iomega eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive

If you are rocking to a Mac machine, then chances are you would have plenty of media stored on it, let alone data of your work and what not. Well, making a backup is always important as you can never quite tell when disaster in the guise of Murphy will strike, so choosing the right kind of backup medium is always important. Iomega’s got your back this time around with the eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive, where this new Mac-oriented hard drive range will offer plenty of storage alongside unprecedented durability, as it can withstand drops and still travel easily in a pocketbook or briefcase while looking dressed to the nines.
When combined with the recent launches of the Iomega Helium portable hard drive and the Iomega Mac Companion hard drive, Iomega;s new line of portable and desktop hard drives for Mac users seems to be complete. All three drives will come formatted in HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers the moment you unbox it, making them the perfect addition for Mac owners, regardless of whether they are rocking to notebooks or desktops.

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iPhone 4/4S Magnate Case from AGF

AGF has made some interesting cases for mobile devices, such as the Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3G S. This Magnate case for the iPhone 4/4S is another great triumph for the company.
The Magnate is an affordable way an iPhone 4 user can whip out their iDevice and say, without words, “I have class”. Yes, the thing has leather, but it is leather inlayed, highlighted with “contrasting stitching”. Granted, it is not genuine leather like the seats of a fine car, but I’ve seen vinyl that looks good enough.
It actually uses a durable yet flexible rubber like materials also known as TPU (Thermoplastic Polyutherane). The sides are ribbed, so you will have a good grip on your iPhone 4.

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SofShell for the iPad 2 from Sofproducts

I have reviewed a lot of covers made for the back of the iPad like Bracketron’s Back-iT and the AViiQ Smart Case, and this SofShell by Sofproducts falls under that product category.
As its name implies, the SofShell goes for a soft rubber feel rather than a hard plastic or metal shell. It also has a unique ability of being transparent. You would be able to completely see through it if not for the interior case texture that keeps it on and makes it easy to peel off.
It “fits like a glove” and is able to reduce shock by 43 percent. Sofproducts also states that their product is “anti-slip”, which means that you could rest an iPad 2 with a SofShell backing on an angle that is 70 degrees, and it would not slide off.

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The IRIS 9000 lets you talk to Siri like HAL

I am sure that by now you have heard about Siri, a feature on the iPhone 4S. I haven’t had a chance to try it out, but I believe that you should be able to ask Siri a question, and you’ll get an answer.
Yes, the age of conversing with computers has finally come. It was shown to us in films like 2001: A Space Odyssey with the HAL 9000, and is now a reality. Granted, it is the year 2011, but ten years late is better than never.
If you go to ThinkGeek right now, you can check out the IRIS 9000, which allows you to use Siri from a distance. (Iris is Siri spelled backwards.) You can use the IRIS 9000 as a standard spearkerphone to make and receive calls, and an included micro remote triggers Siri with the press of a button.

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The AViiQ Smart Case for the iPad 2

Many iPad 2 owners have one of those cool and often colorful Smart Covers that serve as both magnetic screen protector and stand. However, what about the back of the iPad 2? Fortunately, the AViiQ Smart Case for the iPad 2 has the iPad 2’s back.
Similar to the Back-iT from Bracketron, the Smart Case is made of rugged plastic encased in a solid aluminum plate “anodized to match the colors of the Apple Smart Cover”.
It is designed to last by minimizing stretches and fading, and it snaps nicely into place. The hard plastic case comes with a smooth finish to protect the iPad from any shock and impact from side bumps like the wall, for example. That, and some accidental droppings.

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Verbatim’s Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard for iDevices

This Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard from Verbatim is a lot like the one from Kensington that I reviewed the other day.
This one is made specifically for iDevices running iOS 4.0 or higher, and it is a heck of a lot more compact. The whole thing folds up to a size that is a little bigger than the palm of your hand, and it has this iPhone Stand that can unfold from the device and snap right back in.
The enhanced Bluetooth ability allows users to join up six devices at once, and the keyboard itself has some great hotkeys available. For example, it has a media console with play, pause, and other ways to control iTunes. Other useful keys include cut, copy, and paste.

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