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Subsidized iPad Sales Off to Slow Start in UK? - Mac Rumors

IPad Will Dominate Tablet Market, Analyst Says - AllThingsD

MacDailyNews - How to transfer Angry Birds scores

Mophie Pulse iPod touch case for gamers

New York orders thousands of iPads for schools

NBC to premiere ‘The Cape’ on iPad app - Lost Remote

AT&T Cuts iPhone 3GS to $49 | iPhone | The Mac Observer

Apple Tells Retail Employees No Time Off At The End Of January

Leaked Next-Gen iPhone Parts Get Leaked, Pulled By Apple

Alleged iPad 2 case is 'just a guess' - CNN.com

CES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the Data

Google's Leaked Android Info Means One Thing

Verizon iPhone launch looks set for February 3rd | BGR | Boy Genius Report

Verizon Event Set for Tuesday–iPhone Time - AllThingsD

The Verizon iPhone Will Be Announced on January 11

There’s A Verizon Event. Apple Fanboys Are Invited. See Where I’m Going Here?

Verizon iPhone: everything you need to know -- Engadget

 

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I am now on the Verizon iPhone Bandwagon

 

The Verizon iPhone rumor started back on November 27th 2007.  I have since that time been saying 2012 for the Verizon iPhone.  I am now changing my tune and officially jumping on the Verizon iPhone rumor Bandwagon. I think the Verizon iPhone will be announced on 1/11/11 at 11:00 AM ET at Verizon's Special event - Just 1141 days since the original rumor surfaced.  Here are the reasons why I think this will finally happen.

 

1. The Verizon Event is 2 days after CES - why not have the event at CES with all the press there already.  It would mean the event needs to be something that does not fit in with CES - Like an Apple Announcement.

2. Gizmodo is not invited to the event.

3. MG Sigler is invited - personally and not through tech crunch. MG is the biggest iPhone proponent at Tech Crunch and sometimes the only iPhone Proponent at Tech Crunch. 

4. The Event is in NY - the city that is by far the worst of all the Cities for the iPhone on AT&T.  What a nice little Jab at AT&T to have it there.  I mean invite the press most of which have iPhones to the one 
place their iPhones will not work. Both Evil and Brilliant at the same time. 

 

5. AT&T just lowered the pricing of the iPhone 3GS to $49, plus you had the lower prices in December for the iPhone from Radio Shack, Best Buy, Sams Club and Radio Shack again.  Seems like AT&T is trying to get as many people locked into two more years as they could before the Verizon announcement. 

 

The Stars are all aligning for a Verizon iPhone announcement on 1/11/11 at 11:00 AM.  If Verizon does not announce the iPhone at the event, they will have jumped the PR shark even more so than Apple did with their lame Beatles Announcement last year.   But at least with that Apple had the good foresight not to invite the press to a special event - just a web page.  

 

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Analyst says next 3G iPad to have dual-mode EVDO, HSPA chip | Electronista

Expect iPad 2 from Apple next April, says analyst - Computerworld

Apple iPad 2.0 release date, specs: Rumor roundup - Computerworld

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Apple's next-gen iPad to get iPod touch-like back, wide-range speaker

New cases lend support to larger speaker on Apple's second-gen iPad

Next iPhone to Sport Dual Core CPU?

iPad 2 case gets hands-on, supports iPod touch-inspired back | Electronista

AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Zones In Public Spaces : NPR

Apple Lets Mobile Trackers Have a Field Day

Sanwa intros iPhone 4, iPad HDMI adapter | iPodNN

iClarified - Apple News - BackBoard Saves Your iPhone Home Screen Configuration

Memo Pad: iPad Magazine Sales Drop

Man punched teen who wouldn't turn off iPhone during flight 

Racing to become the next iPad - LA Biz Observed

That ‘Way Ahead’ Blackberry Tablet May Be Way Behind on Battery Life

AppleInsider | Radio Shack renews $50 popular iPhone promotion through Friday

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Skype video calling for iPhone is official, available now -- Engadget

Mac News: Apple Juice: A Spewing Source of Dubious iOS Rumors

Angry Birds: No Money In Android Market

ZaggMate Review

Purported iPad 2 case diagrams depict altered design | Electronista

Keep Thieves From Disabling Find My iPhone with Three Steps

iPhone Glitch Temporarily Kills Alarms in 2011 | PCMag.com

How to Fix the iPhone Alarm Issue - Gizmodo

Apple - Support - Discussions - 4.2.1 TV Show sorting problem

Best Free iPhone Amplifier Ever

Top 10 Jailbreak Cydia Apps For 2011

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The following review of the ZAGGmate was emailed in by a Tii Listener.

===================

Hi Rob, and Happy New Year to you and all your listeners.

I got a ZAGGmate (www.zagg.com) a week ago and had never thought of reviewing it until I heard your request for reviews of similar devices in episode 158.

The ZAGGmate is an aluminum case that comes either as just a case or as a case with embedded Bluetooth keyboard. I got the keyboard version which I am using to type this review.

The aluminum is a little whiter and more coarsely pitted than the iPad shell but it is a close match and the two look good together.  It also seems to be a little softer than the iPad aluminum and mine has already taken a couple of nicks in the edges although I thought I was treating it with care.  You can get a ZAGG Invisible Shield specifically designed for it that will protect it from scratches and it ships with four little adesive rubber feet that you will probably have to put on the bottom of the case as it tens to slide around a little on slick table surfaces.  It is lined with rubber so it grips the iPad securely and prevents the screen from contacting the keyboard.  I don't know what will happen to my screen if I drop the closed iPad/ZAGGmate on a hard surface, but I am confident that the aluminum will protect my screen when the iPad is in a bag or backpack.  If you are out walking around with the iPad and there is no surface that you can set it up on there is no way to attach the keyboard to the back of the iPad while you are using the soft keyboard.  When closed up in the ZAGGmare my iPad is a little thicker than it is unprotected but only about half as thick as it was on my Simplism folio case and is about the same weight as when it is in the Simplism.

You pry the iPad out of the case with the tips of your fingers either at the USB connector cutout or at the cutout at the front of the keyboard that provides access to the first row of keys.  At the back of the case there is a little plastic easel that you snap into place which supports the iPad at about a 60° angle.  The iPad is inserted into a notch in front of the easel and can be inserted either in portrait or landscape mode.

The Bluetooth keyboard is as wide as the iPad is wide in portrait mode so it is a little tight but I find that I adapt to the key spacing quickly and can touch type about as well as I can on a full size keyboard.  There is adequate travel, resistance and tactile response from the keypad, which is a scissor design so feels really nice.  There are function keys across the top of the keypad which have primary functions as iPad control keys.  I say primary functions because you  have to shift to get to Function keys (which as far as I can tell are totally functionless), not the iPad functions.  Those keys are:
F1 = Home
F2 = Spotlight
F3 = enable/Disable Soft Keyboard
F4 = Screen On/Off [Boss Mode, not sleep]
F10 = iTunes Previous Track
F11 = Pause/Play
F12 = Next Track
(F13) = Mute (unnumbered Function keys)
(F14) = Decrease Volume
(F15) = Increase Volume
(F16) = Toggle through International Keyboards
(I was able to create that indented list using the tab key which didn't move me to another form field.)  Function keys F5-F9 are not used for anything but at this point they can't be assigned to anything by the user.  The jailbreak community will probably fix that shortcoming.  There are also Function, Control, Option and Command keys so many of the MacBook commands like Cut, Copy, Paste, Beginning of Line, etc. will work although I haven't taken the time to figure out which ones don't.  There are direction arrows (which are not in the inverted T formation and what give me the most problems) and an embedded numeric keyboard.  There is no noticeable lag between pressing a key and seeing the corresponding character on the iPad keyboard.

When you turn the unit on the Status LED glows red for a couple of seconds then goes out to conserve battery.  I find this disconcerting and wish that it at least flashed every minute or so to reassure me that the keyboard is still on when I am not actually using it.  My keyboard has been turned on for a week now and it still hasn't given me a low battery warning.  When battery power drops to 20% the Status LED is supposed to start flashing, although I haven't seen that yet, whereupon you are supposed to have about two days of use left before the battery is completely dead.  I haven't been able to get information on the battery technology used or how it needs to be treated for maximum life.  The battery is not designed to be user replaceable.  The keyboard goes into sleep mode after two seconds of no use and wakes up at the press of any key instantaneously.  Recharging is via a micro USB connector that can be plugged into the 10v wallwart  that came with the iPad or any other 5v powered USB connector and a completely drained battery is supposed to be nearly completely recharged in an hour.  They recommend an initial 8-hour charge.  The Power LED glows blue while the battery is charging and goes out when it has been completely charged.

Pairing is usually fast and simple.  Once the iPad and keyboard are both turned on you go into the iPad Settings>General>Bluetooth area and make sure Bluetooth is turned on and the iPad reports that it is discoverable. Press the tiny indented Bluetooth button on the ZAGGmate and the Status LED will begin to flash.  ZAGGmate will appear in the list of Bluetooth devices.  Click on the blue > button on that line and a dialog box will shortly pop up giving you a series of numbers to type on the ZAGGmate keyboard.  Type the numbers and hit enter and the keyboard is connected and the Status LED will go off.  There is an active threat on the iPad Forum (http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-accessories/14057-personal-review-zaggmate-bluetooth-keyboard-case.html) where there have been a few reports of people having trouble with pairing.  I had a problem after I accidentally upgraded my iPad to iOS 4.2.1 but it may have been because I may have neglected the click the blue > button step.  ZAGG has a presence in that thread and was even there on Christmas day to address issues new users were having.

My main issue with the keyboard is with the F3, Soft Keyboard toggle.  I invariably get into bed and find that my soft keyboard doesn't pop up when I try to enter text in a form.  I have to get up and walk across the room with a flashlight to press the F3 button of the keyboard that is sitting on the table.  It is a small price to pay for the convenience of having a real keyboard.  It is going to make the iPad more of a content creation device and a netbook replacement.  I have noticed that when I am typing on the ZAGGmate autocorrection doesn't seem to replace words as often and I haven't decided whether it is a compatibility issue or if I have mistyped those words so often that the iPad also thinks the correct spelling is what I typed.

Sorry to be so long winded, but I guess you can tell that I like my ZAGGmate.

                                 Charlie

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AirPlay Hack Streams Non-iTunes Video - Wired.com

AT&T cuts refurbished iPhone 4 price to $99 | Macgasm

iPod Nano Hacked: Soon to Gain Apps? - iDygest

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Price Of Apple iPad, iPhone Secrets: $22,000 | PCMag.com

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Here's Where Fred Wilson Is Wrong About Android And iPhone App Development 

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If you have listened to the Today in iOS podcast long enough you know that I have a love / hate relationship with stats.  As in I love them when they prove my point and hate then when they don't.

 

 Well Google just gave some stats I kind of think I love.  Way back in August Google said Android phones were being activated at a clip of 200,000 per day.  And that was the last time they talked about those numbers - that is until Monday December 6th when Google said they are now up to 214,000 activations per day.  

 

During that time Apple went from 230,000 activations of iOS devices per day on September 1st to 270,000 average activations per day in Mid October.  Which is a nice growth vs Android phones which actually have seen lower per day activation numbers since August.  But Rob Going from 200,000 to 214,000 is an increase you say. Ah but least we forget that the Samsung Galaxy tab which is in that 214,000 per day number and they represent approx. 17,000 activations per day.  So for Android phones since August there is actually about a 3,000 per day decrease.  See why I can love stats. 


And if you take these number further. On an average day there are 56,000 more iOS devices activated then there are Android devices.  But since everyone likes to talk about quarterly numbers - this quarter based on those number Apple will increase its lead of iOS over Android OS by over 5 Million units.  That is a lot more potential iOS customers for App developers vs Android.  


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iPad Launches in 11 More Countries in Asia and Europe - Mac Rumors

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How to Enable Find My iPhone for Free on Pre-2010 Devices

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