Monthly Archives: April 2013

  1. iPad Rumors: iPad 5 & iPad Mini with Retina

    iPad Rumors: iPad 5 & iPad Mini with Retina

    The time for a new iPad release is getting closer. Although Apple tends to play its cards close to the chest, they leak out just enough information to get Apple fans excited for the next iPad phase. Both the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini are due for an upgrade. Here are a few of the rumors we've heard about the future of these two Apple tablets.
     

    iPad 5

     
    The new fifth-generation iPad is rumored to have a slimmer, lighter body than the iPad 4, with improved front and back cameras. The design will be reminiscent of the iPad Mini, which launched in late 2012 and became an instant hit. Although we haven't heard about any radical upgrades in speed or battery life, the tweaks and upgrades are enough to make it the best iPad—and best tablet—yet.
     

    iPad Mini

     
    The steady rise of iPad Mini sales and the decline of full-size iPad sales clearly demonstrates the demand for smaller, lighter devices. The iPad Mini hit this sweet spot when it launched last fall. With a smaller screen and a lighter weight, the iPad Mini is more convenient to use than the original iPad model.
     
    Although Apple fans love the smaller tablet size, that smaller screen size comes with a trade-off: a lower screen resolution than the iPad. With the new iPad Mini 2 set to release this year, the biggest improvement will be the retina display. With a high quality resolution on par with the iPad and other larger tablets, the new iPad Mini with retina is expected to hit sales of 55 million and surpass iPad sales by 22 million.
     
    The challenge will be to keep the iPad Mini's battery life from getting zapped by the sharper pixel display. Apple's engineers will also need to find a way to preserve the Mini's size and design while incorporating the retina display.
     
    Sales of larger tablets, such as the 9.7-inch iPad, have dipped dramatically since the debut of the iPad Mini and other

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  2. Setting Up a New Kindle

    Setting Up a New Kindle

    If you're a new Kindle owner, you're probably ready to jump right in and start reading books on your device. But first, you'll need to get a few initial setup details out of the way. Here are a few tips on setting up a Kindle.
     

    1. Charge it up.

     
    The first thing you'll want to do when you get your new Kindle is plug it in and let it charge. Connect the USB cable to your Kindle and connect the other end either to a wall socket (with a USB adaptor) or your computer. If you use your laptop to charge the Kindle, make sure the laptop is plugged in to a power outlet so that it doesn't run out of battery power. The Kindle takes about 4 to 6 hours to fully recharge.
     

    2. Get registered.

     
    The next step is to register your account. On your Kindle screen, navigate to Menu > Settings > Registration. Then follow the instructions to create an Amazon account or link the Kindle to your existing Amazon account. Once you're connected, you can start shopping for books or download Kindle books that you've already purchased. You'll also want to set up your Wi-Fi network. The Kindle 3G comes with a built-in Whispernet connection, but adding your home network details can make it faster.
     

    3. Load up on books.

     
    Now comes the fun part—finding all the books you want to read. You can download free books, purchase books on Amazon, or even borrow books from your local library. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow one book a month from Amazon as well.
     

    4. Get a Kindle case.

     
    No doubt you'll want to take your Kindle along with you for reading at the coffee shop, waiting in the car, or while you're traveling. Use a Kindle case to protect your e-reader from accidental damage or scratches. It's an inexpensive way to protect your device, keep it looking new, and

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  3. 4 Ways to Protect Your iPad

    4 Ways to Protect Your iPad

    When you shell out several hundred bucks for an iPad, you'll think twice before setting your coffee mug on the screen or leaving it on the floor. Unfortunately, accidents happen no matter how careful you are. Your best bet to protect your iPad from damage is to take steps to protect it before anything bad happens. Here are 4 ways you can keep your iPad looking and working like new.
     

    1. Use a screen protector.

     
    Scratches on your iPad screen are unsightly and annoying when you're trying to read or view photos or videos. An iPad screen protector can prevent scratches and keep your screen from getting damaged. It also protects against dust, dirt, and premature wear.
     
    The screen protector by Zagg is designed with the same material used to protect military helicopter blades from dust, dirt, and debris. The nano self-healing properties allow your screen protector to repair itself in case of small nicks and bumps.
     

    2. Use an iPad case.

     
    The best way to protect the front and back of your new tablet is to use an iPad case. Although there are all types of iPad cases available on the market, the ones that offer the best protection are full cases that cover the front, back, and sides of your iPad, such as a book-style case.
     
    Look for an iPad case that doesn't block the ports or camera lens so that you can still have full access to features on your iPad without removing the case.
     

    3. Get AppleCare.

     
    If you're accident prone or just want to make sure your iPad lasts at least two full years, you might want to consider purchasing insurance for your iPad. AppleCare offers two years of protection, including two incidents for

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  4. iPhone Cases Buying Guide

    iPhone Cases Buying Guide

    As sleek and stylish as the iPhone 5 is, it can be hard to bring yourself to cover it up with an iPhone 5 case...unless you find a case that's just as classy as your phone. While everyone's taste differs, we have no doubt that you'll be able to find an iPhone case that both protects your phone from damage and fits your style, too. Here are some of the different types of iPhone cases available to choose from.
     

    Pouches / Sleeves

     
    If you just want something to protect your iPhone while you're not using it, a pouch or sleeve will do the trick. With extra padding, the pouch or sleeve can provide damage protection from drops, as well as scratch protection from car keys, pocket change, and other sharp objects when your iPhone is stored inside your purse or bag.
     

    Book-Style iPhone Cases

     
    Want all-around protection for your iPhone? A book-style iPhone 5 case (also known as flip case or wallet case) protects your screen as well as the back and sides of your phone. Although it's a bit bulkier than something like a skin or bumper, an iPhone book case offers more protection, as well as theft protection, since it looks just like a wallet or moleskine notebook from a distance.
     

    iphone wood skin

    Skins

     
    While you typically think of iPhone skins as made of silicone, there are plenty of other materials available, including wood skins, metal, leather, and carbon. The skin protects the back and sides of your iPhone and makes it easier to grip your phone

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  5. MacBook Air Protection

    MacBook Air Protection

    Laptops come in handy, especially when you're a student or a freelancer. Being able to use your MacBook in the coffee shop, the airport, your car, or anywhere you need to get some work done while you wait is one of the best perks of owning a laptop. On the flip side, taking your MacBook with you everywhere you go makes it that much more likely that you'll ding, drop, smudge, or spill coffee on your laptop. With a little MacBook Air protection, however, you'll be ready for accidents before they happen.
     

    MacBook Air Cases

     
    Let's start with the most practical way to protect your laptop: a MacBook Air case. No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. Your friend sets a coffee mug on your MacBook and leaves a coffee ring. Your cat walks over the laptop cover and leaves scratches on the finish. Or you throw the laptop in your bag along with your car keys, never thinking about how they'll scratch your MacBook.
     
    A book-style MacBook Air case provides more than scratch and damage protection. It's like a secret camouflage that makes your MacBook look just like a book—not an expensive electronic device.
     

    AppleCare

     
    When it comes to damage from spilled drinks or leaving your MacBook on top of the car and then driving away, there's not much a MacBook Air case can do for you. In that case, it pays to have AppleCare or a third-party protection plan. Along with coverage for the hardware, you'll also receive technical support and software support.
     

    Backup Protection

     
    MacBook Air protection involves more than just physical damage. Viruses, hard drive crashes, and software corruption can be just as devastating as cracking your laptop case—or

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  6. Rumors Abound for Cheap iPhone and iPhone 5S

    Rumors Abound for Cheap iPhone and iPhone 5S

    Rumor has it that Apple is once again preparing to unveil the future of the iPhone by launching both a cheap iPhone and an iPhone 5S. As a global phenomenon, Apple continues to expand its market share into more countries, which in some cases means providing lower cost options to individuals who can't shell out hundreds of dollars for a new iPhone.
     

    Cheap iPhone Rumors

     
    The cheap iPhone model would cater to developing countries and lower economic classes, such as those in China and India. This low cost iPhone is designed mainly of plastic parts, with the casing a bit thicker, wider, and taller than the iPhone 5. Sources from iLounge called the cheaper iPhone a hybrid between the iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch. Although it lacks some of the bells and whistles of the iPhone 5, the cheaper cost is the key to moving Apple into a broader customer segment globally.
     
    As to just when this cheaper iPhone model will be released, no one can say for sure. Some guess Apple will launch in the fall, while other sources say it won't be until 2014.
     

    iPhone 5S Rumors

     
    Along with the launch of a cheap iPhone, Apple is also preparing to launch the iPhone 5S. Adding to the hype is the rumor reported by Mashable that claims the new iPhone 5S was designed under the direction of the late Steve Jobs.
     
    Best guess for when the iPhone 5S will launch? June 2013, according to coverage by CBS News. A few of the updated features rumored for the iPhone 5S include a new A7 chip, better camera, and "Smart Flash" LED technology. Of course, no one knows for sure what the new iPhone 5S will entail until Apple releases their official announcement.
     

    Case for iPhone 5

     
    Although we can't guarantee all these rumors are true, we can guarantee you'll love the case for iPhone

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  7. iPhone 5 and iOS 6: Outdated or Classic?

    iPhone 5 and iOS 6: Outdated or Classic?

    Apple's iOS for the iPhone is a classic. Since its debut in 2007, it's not only set the industry standard for all other mobile operating systems, but it's barely changed when it comes to the user interface and design. While some would argue that iOS 6 for the iPhone 5 is so good that major changes just aren't necessary, other Apple fans are calling for a redesign that keeps pace with Apple's competitors.
     

    The iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Dilemma

     
    Should you make a good thing better, or avoid messing with a classic? That's the question Apple will have to answer when it comes to launching a fresh version of iOS. Many argue that the design of Apple's iOS needs a facelift, especially in light of the new upgrades to Windows, Android, and Blackberry operating systems.
     
    Are the turtles catching up to the hare? Or is Apple prepared to up the ante once again with a new iOS? Rumor has it—according to Wired.com and other reputable sources—that Apple is showing signs of preparing for a major overhaul to the iOS interface and design.
     
    Redesigning the iOS interface is a tricky prospect. Although the clamor for a facelift to iOS 6 is growing from Apple users, the redesign would have to walk a fine line between remaining true to the intuitive nature of Apple's iconic user interface and unveiling changes that are significant enough and modern enough to appease its fans.
     

    The Case for Innovation

     
    What are some of the changes Apple fans would like to see with the new iOS? According to Wired.com staff writer Christina Bonnington, fresh, modern design is at the top of the wish list. Fewer swipes and clicks would be another bonus. Windows Phone 8 and Android have already surpassed iOS with fewer clicks to access apps, including on-screen previews of what's in the app, such as the current temperature or the first few words of a Notes app.
     
    More personalization

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