iPad now on sale starting at $399…Refurbished at $349

If you’ve been holding out for a steep discount on the original iPad and don’t care much for the dual core processor and other improvements found in the upcoming iPad 2, now would be the perfect time to pick one up at the online Apple Store under the clearance section (US Only). Down from $499, the iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB can be had for only $399…now that’s a steal! It appears all models have been slashed $100, with the top end Wi-Fi + 3G 64GB model going on sale for $729. Refurbished iPads are also affected by this new price point, as the Wi-Fi 16 GB can be purchased for only $349.

iBallz Lid and Hard Case In Review – ‘Cuz Sometimes Your iBallz Need Protection Too!

The iBallz Eye Lid Case

Just recently, I reviewed a great protective device for your iPad called iBallz. Not only is their design amazingly innovative, but they also provide for a surprising amount of protection for the magical tablet. Today I’ll be taking a look at a couple cases that are designed to work with AND without your iBallz: the iBallz Lid and iBallz Hard Case.

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iBallz Originals In Review – Testicular Fortitude For Your iPad!

We all love our iPads. This supposed “consumption only” device has become an important part of many of our digital lives. It’s no wonder then that we want to keep it safe. Cases are great and I’ve got a few myself. However there are times when you don’t want to have it all wrapped up, and the bulk it adds makes the tablet seemingly less convenient. Enter iBallz, easily one of the most uniquely designed (and eye catching) accessories for the iPad. And with a name like that, I had to get my hands on a pair.

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Google Docs Desktop Now Works on iPad

Google announced earlier today that desktop version their popular Google Docs editor is now accessible on the iPad.

The new mobile editor is fast and lightweight, but sometimes you want to make more style edits like changing a font, or center aligning a paragraph. If you’re on an iPad, you can do that by visiting the Desktop version of the document editor.

If you want to insert formulas in a Google spreadsheet from your iPad, you can use the same trick. Just click Go to spreadsheet view at the top of the mobile view to try out the full version of Google spreadsheets. You can now insert formulas in from the editable formula bar.

As good as it sounds though for hardcore users, desktop mode on the iPad isn’t nearly as easy to use compared to its mobile editing counterpart, which was introduced earlier last month. At the moment, it seems a bit buggy and slow to do most tasks, and as such, should probably be saved for times when you need to visually tweak your Spreadsheet docs with colors and formatting.

[Google Docs Blog via 9to5mac]

iDesign in Review – Illustrator, baby – baby illustrator!

This magical device that is for consumption only writes all of my reviews, edits my work, and even submits assignments for me. Now, thanks to iDesign, it even offloads some of my dependence on a computer for vector-based design. I say some because, while iDesign is a great app, it won’t replace Illustrator – yet.

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Anyone can be a DJ now with djay for the iPad

algoriddim, developers of the award-winning djay for Mac, have now released the fully featured djay app for the iPad. Utilizing the iPad’s 10″ screen and music stored within your library, you can finally scratch and mix all your favorite tunes just about anywhere.

djay transforms your iPad into a full–fledged DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your iTunes music library, giving you direct access to all your favorite tracks and playlists. A hyper–realistic touchscreen interface and ultra low–latency converge to offer you a true professional mixing experience, all with your own music. You can perform live, record mixes on–the–go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist from your iPod library auto–magically!

With unprecedented ease–of–use and innovative multi–touch mixing features, djay for iPad brings DJ’ing to the next level, offering a unique experience for beginners and professionals alike.

djay is actually the second iTunes app released by algoriddim. Their first, djay Remote ($4.99), was released earlier this year and allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to interact with the djay 3 software running on their Macs. Check out the demo video and full press release after the gap.

djay algoriddim, djay, 2.9 MB – $19.99

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Apple’s Pages, Keynote and Numbers Apps Updated for iOS 4.2

Now that iOS 4.2 is officially available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users, Apple has also updated their iWork Suite of Apps for the iPad —  Pages, Keynote and Numbers. All these productivity apps now support Multitasking and wireless printing via AirPrint, along with other improvements. If you already rely on these solid apps on your iPad for work (and pleasure), be sure to grab these free updates. Full list of changes after the cut.

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Apple Announces iOS 4.2 to be Available Today [Update: 4.2 Now Live]

After the much publicized delay of the anticipated arrival of the new OS, Apple has announced that iOS 4.2 will (finally) be made available for all today.

Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

Despite the announcement, iOS 4.2 isn’t currently available for the masses. In all likelihood, the update should come through at 10AM PST. For all you iPad users, get ready for multitasking and folders support! Check out the full Press Release after the gap.

Update: iOS 4.2.1 is now a available. Direct download links below.

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Blackberry Playbook vs iPad Browser Test [Video]

Blackberry has posted a video of a side-by-side comparison of their upcoming Playbook tablet with the almighty (albeit flashless) iPad. Aspects that are highlighted include browser rendering speed, flash support and HTML 5 performance. From the demo video, it’s pretty evident that the Playbook out performs the iPad in all the aforementioned tests. That said though, let’s not forget that Blackberry’s 7″ tablet won’t be released until the spring of 2011 and the iPad is already 7 months old. By the time the Playbook does hit the market, the second gen iPad should be right around the corner as well. Video after the gap.

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