With my recent Facebook & Twitter rants about my MacBook trackpad on the fritz, an over heating battery and boredom of my 5 year old MacBook – I thought I’ve run out of options & will need to fork over a ton of cash for a MacBook Pro. That is until, the NoteBookCase for iPad 2 was recently brought to my attention. NoteBookCase for iPad 2 a new case that converts an iPad into a mini laptop. The case features a Lithium-polymer auxiliary battery in the body to extend intervals between charges, a full size bluetooth-enabled keyboard, USB port, and mini USB port.
Available on Japanese retailer Rakuten and Amazon for approximately $75, the description specifies that the case is not compatible with the new iPad, but I think with the minimal size difference of the iPad 3 might mean it’s compatible, too.
Who knows, I may not need a new MacBook Pro afterall…. yeah, right – who am I kidding! LOL
Would you substitute your tablet for a fully functioning laptop computer? Why? Let us know below…
As a businesswoman on the go, there’s nothing I hate more than being restricted to conduct business indoors while stuck in front of a computer. Successful professionals have one thing in common – the ability to conduct business as usual regardless of current location. From the same company that brought you the PDF Expert app for the iPad (Read my review HERE.) now brings you Remarks, the iPad app that lets you write notes, draw and annotate on PDFs, books and more.
Remarks is more than just an editing app! Sure you can draw, type notes within PDF documents, edit presentations & contracts on the go. Recently, I’ve used the app for editing and filing contracts all in one location on my iPad making it easy to access, forward and email them while on the go.
But unlike PDF Expert, Remarks allows you to co-edit notes with other Remarks users (just like sharing Google docs except it’s on the go!) This is a great app function for bloggers co-editing documents, sales professionals and entrepreneurs alike who work on a team and edit materials together.
I’ve used the Remarks app for editing & formatting articles during downtime and it’s a great alternative for writing notes and keeping them organized together. As a bonus, the Remarks app adjusts to your writing style (lefty’s rejoice!) and adjusts to your wrist better blocking the bottom toolbar and making edits a lot easier to manage.
The highlighting feature is perfect for noting important elements within contracts while eliminating the unnecessary jargon and text.
And just in case you’re stuck in a meeting and want to work on your Draw Something skills Remarks has a feature that’ll allow you to do just that. Remarks functions as a sketch pad, allowing you to draw shapes, diagrams, markups and more using a stylus or the natural skills of your fingertips.
Available in the iTunes store for $4.99 the Remarks app by Readdle is definitely a cool app to add to your productivity repertoire.
With last week’s announcement of the NEW iPad and pricing (check out the LIVE BLOG) , the general consensus agreed – if you have the iPad 2 – there’s no need to splurge on the New iPad just yet. Well, that was until now.
Did you know about Apple’s Computer Reuse and Recycle Program ?
The iPad recycling program is quite simple. You need only answer a series of questions that will assess the current value of your aging Apple tablet. For example, if you own a first generation iPad with 64 GB of storage, Wi-Fi and 3G. In perfect condition: no scratches, water damage, a fully-chargeable battery and all the accessories, you could get $170 in Apple credit. The credit comes on an Apple Gift Card — but you can still apply it to the purchase of a new iPad.
To get started online check out the Reuse and Recycle Program HERE.
It’s not a full trade in – but it’s definitely enough to reconsider purchasing the new iPad when it hits store shelves Tomorrow.
March Madness has begun in full swing and Case Mate has launched the mother of all giveaways by giving away a gadget of your choice everyday this month!
Have you had your eye on one of the latest and greatest smartphones or tablets? Well now is your chance to win one!
Enter once a day, every day in March on the Case Mate Facebook page for a chance to win your favorite device (choose from: Apple New iPad, Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Blackberry Bold 9900, Motorola Droid Razr, Apple iPad 2 or Amazon Kindle Fire) AND an entire wardrobe of accessory cases. They’ll be picking a winner everday! Only entries from today’s Sweepstakes Period will qualify for tomorrow’s daily drawing, so enter today and every day for your chance to win! Check out the daily list of winners here.
In only a few hours, Apple execs take the stage in San Francisco to unveil it’s newest addition to the Apple tablet family.
Taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST the unveiling event will put to rest all the rumors regarding Apple’s newest tablet — hitting store shelves later this month.
The iPad 3 (which could very well be called an iPad 2S) is rumored to feature a Retina display, which Apple defines as a ”pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels.” The iPhone and iPod Touch have Retina displays, and the iPad is expected to join those two with this upgrade, doubling the resolution and ultimately making it a really cool viewing experience.
:: STAY TUNED ::
We’ll be live blogging the Apple unveiling event in 3…2…1
- 25 billion apps downloaded! 25 billionth was downloaded in China.
- iCloud now. “iCloud keeps all of your content synced across all of your devices.”
- 100 million iCloud users.
- iTunes in the cloud now supports movies!
- New Apple TV for $99
With the anticipation of tomorrow’s Apple announcement, could one disappointing no show of a pop up store elude to the enivetible? What goes up, must eventually come down and it’s only a matter of time until demands for the latest in Apple technology begins to fade away. It’s been recently announced that Apple has no plans for a Pop Up store in Austin during SXSW like last year. Could this possibly elude to a suspecision of lower demand for the newly announced iPad tablet or could it mean better preparation for the supply and demand of the newer table by next week? As it gets closer to the Apple announcement, other questions have surfaced, including the questionable name of the new device. Is it an iPad 3 or is it an iPad HD?
Either way it WON’T be at SXSW which leaves us questioning if the overall demand for the new device will be lower than previously expected. According to Gizmodo – last year, Apple’s store in 2011 almost eclipsed the coverage of the interactive festival, which is a steady draw for more than 20,000 people to visit Austin. It was also one of the best places in the country to get an iPad 2; for the first two weeks, the pop up store was getting daily shipments, while other stores were experiencing shortages. (Online customers were waiting two to three weeks for an Ipad 2 at launch.)
Stay tuned to DivasandDorks.com as we report LIVE up to the second announcements from tomorrow’s Apple iPad launch event…
According to 9to5mac, the iPad HD (or 3) will be available on March 16th. Last year’s iPad 2 release date was March 11th, which was the Friday following the announcement event. The 16th this year would be the same.
In addition to the following-Friday bit, two new Apple stores in London and Houston, Texas will be opening on the 16th
It’s heavier, slightly thicker, has Siri and already on the web…
The iPad 3 will soon be rolled out into the international spotlight, but somehow, magician and performance artist Simon Pierro gets his hands on the “iPad 3? earlier than anyone else. He’s been kind enough to give us the honor of premiering his latest video, and it’s magic.
Check it out below…
It seems the end is finally in sight when it comes to the wait for Apple’s highly-anticipated iPad 3. According to many sources, the tech giant has begun sending invitations out for a mystery launch event on March 7th, to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10AM PST (6PM GMT).
With the anticipation of the iPad 3 boasting higher resolution screen and possible bezel touch controls – I’m not to enthusiastic about the new device. Maybe it’s because I realized that it was just this time last year that I got my iPad 2 and unless the iPad 3 comes with a “make me invisible” button I can’t figure out why anyone would want to ditch their iPad 2 for the newly released version.
A recent study has revealed that 42% of polled Apple consumers said they felt under pressure to keep up with the new generation of Apple products. (OH, but it gets worse…) Over a third of consumers admitted they found themselves in debt after purchasing an Apple product, with 29% saying they bought an Apple gadget using a credit card and 6% admitting they’d actually taken a loan out to afford one in the past.
Kudos to Apple for making gadgets “Cool” and “popular” – as a “fan girl” I’ll admit that they’ve done an excellent job of embedding Apple products into the social fabric of consumers everywhere. However, as a consumer that knows every year Apple will release a newer or updated tablet – I’m not a fan of paying $500+ annually, just to have the latest in Apple tablet technology.
That’s my opinion. What’s Yours?
Do you have an Apple iPad? Thinking about getting the iPad 3?
It looks like the Apple iPad will be getting a much miniature makeover sooner than we thought. According to new reports from DigiTimes - Apple will likely introduce a 7.85-inch iPad before the fourth quarter of 2012.
The release of an “iPad mini,” as many have dubbed such a device, would follow an early 2012 release of the iPad 3, which the supply chain sources said would indeed come by the end of the first quarter of 2012, as reports have suggested. The smaller form factor released later in the year is intended as a way to “cope with increasing market competition, including the 7-inch Kindle Fire,” according to DigiTimes’ sources. Former CEO Steve Jobs had previously expressed the belief that a 7-inch tablet was simply too small, owing to software development concerns, but DigiTimes says the Amazon tablet along with large-screen smartphones coming to market (like the Galaxy Note) have caused Apple to change its position on the matter.
As a true fan of the Samsung Galaxy family, I would’ve never guessed that Samsung could create a tablet better than the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (check out my FULL review here.) Need a refresher? Here’s my list of pros and cons for the Samsung Galaxy 10.1:
Pros: The ability to view flash on this device was amazing.
Cons: The widened design, (created for optimum viewing) was a bit too large for me.
Pros: The vibrant LED screen and colors made using the Tab enjoyable.
Cons: The portable function isn’t as great as the iPad…the design is too wide for me to put in my bag and go.
Conclusion: All in all the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great device. It offers productivity “on the go” and with the power and speed of the Android system, I’d love to see how Samsung plans on topping this device in the future.
But to my surprise, Samsung took my biggest gripe about the 10.1 – smacked it, flipped it and rubbed it down (Ohhh nooooo….) and VIOLA – The portable & powerful Samsung Galaxy 8.9 was born!
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 joins the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the thinnest mobile tablets currently available in the U.S. market, measuring at 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 shares many other features and services with the Tab 10.1 including Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. This unique user interface was created to integrate with Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb, to deliver a truly customized and interactive tablet experience.
Check out the love-fest and how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 stacks up to my iPad 2… I’m loving it!
Here’s the specs:
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is built with a dual-core T250S processor, WXGA TFT display (1280×800 resolution) fortified by Gorilla® Glass. The portable tablet includes a 6,100 mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge. This premium hardware is packaged in a sleek, portable design weighing less than one pound (447 grams).
- Samsung Media Hub: Choose from more than 5,000 popular and acclaimed movie and TV titles to download for rent or purchase. Upcoming new release additions to the Media Hub library include “Fast Five,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Green Lantern.” The added service, Media Hub Show, uses an HD Extender to playback content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 dock or adaptor.
- Samsung Music Hub: Choose from more than 13 million songs to download into an intuitive playback system. Music Hub also provides extensive background information, with access to all artist bios, discographies and reviews.
- Samsung Readers Hub: The lightweight design and large display make the Galaxy Tab 8.9 an ideal device to access the Readers Hub robust library of more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines.
- Social Hub: Users can aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface through the service’s “Feeds” and “Messages” files.
- Google™ Mobile Services: A suite of Google Mobile Services is preloaded on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 including access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.
- AllShare™ service: Provides seamless content transfer between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV’s, monitors and digital cameras.
- Rear and Front-facing cameras: The rear-facing 3-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera including flash and autofocus, 1080p video playback and full support of video chat and digital imaging
- Polaris™ Office: Instant access to documents, spreadsheets and presentations to view and edit while on the move
- Swype: Re-size the keyboard, move the virtual keyboard anywhere on the screen and type faster by swyping
- Mobile Printing: Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to any compatible printer.