Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case – Review

On October 20, 2014, in Cases, Review, by Steve Hammond

Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case
Price: $16.56
Company: EZ Buys Direct

I was looking at a protecting case for my iPad with Retina Display (4th gen), I’ve been testing the Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case from EZ Buys Direct. The case is designed like Apple’s Smart Case series.


The case is easy to install on your iPad and is also compatible with the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 (aka the New iPad). You slide your iPad into the pocket and flip the tab on its back to secure it inside the case. The case has holes where it is necessary to access buttons and ports on the iPad. But overall I find it unsatisfactory.

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Drunk On The Apple Kool-Aid

On November 16, 2012, in Opinion, by Mark Greentree

Love them or loath them, the community of Apple users are passionate about upgrading their hardware on a regular basis. Although, it is often beyond reason and common sense. It is a sickness that borders on obsessive compulsive behaviors.

Every few months Apple will hold a press conference to announce the next big thing. For weeks before, and in some cases months, the rumor mill will work overtime in an attempt to pre announce the latest product. The aim is to win the blogger wars and maintain bragging rights.

Between the misinformation and the downright ludicrous stories, legions of people cling to every word. In essence it is propaganda and driven purely by advertising revenue. Break a few stories and your site can be self supportive. But of course, don’t worry about your integrity. That no longer exists in the realm of the bedroom blogger.

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Back-iT iPad Hard Case

On April 17, 2012, in Cases, iPad, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Back-iT iPad Hard Case
Bracketron, Inc.
MSRP: $29.95

Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad is a brilliant piece of engineering and design but it only covers the iPad’s screen. The aluminum back is exposed to all the scratches and dings of everyday life. Bracketron’s Back-iT solves this problem with a very simple, if fairly expensive, cover for the iPad’s back.

The Back-iT is made of thin, precision-molded polycarbonate that has a nice grippy, soft-touch finish. Polycarbonate is a very strong, stable material that will withstand tough abuse. The Back-iT snaps onto the back of the iPad with a satisfying click on all four corners. It is so thin that it doesn’t perceptively add to the size or weight of the iPad yet is securely attached. This thinness is important because it permits using the Back-iT with Apple’s Smart Covers.

The packaging currently states that the Back-iT fits the iPad 2, but it also nicely fits onto the new iPad as well. It is available in five colors matching the Apple Smart Covers. This is stylish, elegant protection and should you want to sell your iPad sometime in the future, the back will be as pristine as it was when you first opened the box.

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Fuego’s River Adventure
iPad 2 App Review

On February 9, 2012, in Apps, iPad 2, Review, by Mark Greentree

Fuego’s River Adventure
App Developer: Crimson Apps – Omri Argaman
Version Reviewed: 1.2
License: US$0.99 on iPad 2 only. Requires iOS 4 or later.

If you are looking for a game with a difference on iOS then Fuego’s River Adventure may just the solution.

There are no pesky onscreen controls to deal with. So how do you play this game?

Like the Xbox Kinect, the game utilizes the in-built camera in the iPad 2. The camera picks up your body movements in order to interact with the game and control Fuego.

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iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Book Review

On January 25, 2012, in Book Review, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, by Mark Greentree

iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Author: J.D. Biersdorfer

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1616-7 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1616-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1676-1 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1676-X
Price: eBook US$19.99. Print US$24.99

Besides death and taxes, the only other guarantee in life is Apple will never incorporate a printed manual with any release of the iPad.

Experienced users see the benefit of no longer having a manual, while new users to the platform can be left perplexed.

Luckily O’Reilly Media and author J. D. Biersdorfer have collaborated to release iPad 2: The Missing Manual for all those consumers who wish to know more about their iPad 2.

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Biggest Tech Stories of 2011
TechFan Podcast #61

On December 30, 2011, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Did you top tech story of 2011 make this list? David and Tim have what they consider the top ten on this episode of TechFan! Agree or disagree, let us know!

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Design Your Own Powis iCase for iPad

On December 27, 2011, in iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Customized iCase
Company: Powis
Prices $79.95

In December of 2010 I had the pleasure of review the Powis iCase for the iPad. I loved the case, and still think it is one of the best and nicest iPad cases I have tried. I was recently given the opportunity to try their new customization option for the cases. This allows you to upload your own photo to their site and have it printed on the front of the iPad case itself. What did I think? Read on.

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As our portable technology increases in performance and functionality we are forever looking for a power source. This trend is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future so we need to take additional measures to ensure we get a complete working day out of our devices.

Common sense power saving techniques are featured in this article. Some require too much compromise in functionality to be truly useful. The following guide aims to address all viable power saving techniques for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5.

External cases such as the Mophie Juice Pack or Mobius Solar iPhone Rechargeable Battery Case assist with on-the-run power requirements, albeit with additional size, weight, and cost.

The following information is not collated by level of importance or effectiveness. In many cases a combination of these techniques added together can significantly increase your available battery power.

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Tom Bihn Bags – Made in the USA

On November 16, 2011, in Cases, Review, by Rich Lefko

Tom Bihn Bags and Accessories
Tom Bihn
See the links below for specific item links and prices
Tom Bihn, bags made in the USA

Would you like to buy a bag made in the USA? Look no further.
Tom Bihn has been designing and making bags for over 20 years in the Seattle, Washington area. All of the bags sold by Tom Bihn are made in their Seattle factory. These wonderful bags caught my eye on a website I was viewing and they looked so good I just had to get a closer look.Tom Bihn manufactures many different styles of bags for a large variety of computers and other devices. These include Messenger, Briefcases, Backpacks, and Travel Bags, to name a few.

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Fat Gecko Mount and Accessory for iPad

On November 10, 2011, in Adapter, iPad, Review, Stand, by Steve Hammond

Fat Gecko Mount and Accessory for iPad 2
Company: Delkin
Price: $36.74 U.S. for the mount and $20.99 U.S. for the iPad accessory

Delkin Fat Gecko Mount is a suction cup arm that can be used to attach a small camera to a smooth surface. With the iPad Accessory mount (available for either iPad 1 or iPad 2), you can attach your iPad anywhere.

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Steve Abernathy of SquareTrade joins us to take the fear out of Halloween iPhone Busting. John Nemo goes back to school, with more technology than most of us old timers had when we were in college. And Suzé Gilbert talks about the state of iPhonography with the iPhone 4S.

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Bodyguardz Clear Skins Review

On July 18, 2011, in iPad, Review, by Mike Breed

BodyGuardz Clear Skins & Carbon Fiber Armor
Company: BodyGuardz
iPad 2 Clear Skin full body protector – $29.95 USD
iPhone 4 Clear Skin – $24.95 USD

I have to admit that I’m a minimalist at heart when it comes to the appearances of my electronic devices. Apple’s designs are simply elegant and I like to show them off. Bulkier cases can sometimes detract from the inherent good looks of these devices, so I’m constantly on the lookout for cases that provide decent protection while staying as thin as possible. Possible solutions I’ve seen include the polymer skins for iPhones that involve a liquid application, but I’ve always been a bit intimidated to apply one to my iPhone. I finally worked up my nerve and gave BodyGuardz a try and I’m glad I did.

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Whither Thou Tablet?

On April 20, 2011, in Apple, iPad, Opinion, Tablet, by Scott Willsey


It’s no secret that I like Apple products. The only computers in our house are Macs, my wife and I both have iPhones, and I was in line to buy an iPad 2 the day it was released.

I don’t consider myself an unthinking Apple fanboy, however. Sometimes Apple products have problems. Sometimes Apple wants to protect me more than I want them to. And I will admit, as much as I love my iPad now, when I first tried my Dad’s original iPad, I was slightly underwhelmed. I didn’t need one right away.

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Give to the Red Cross
MyMac Podcast #341

On March 18, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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With all that’s happening right now in Japan, the Podcast urges all our listeners to please go to iTunes and make a donation to the Red Cross to help with their relief efforts, or any other relief organization that is helping the people of Japan right now. Every little bit helps.

The new iPad 2 from Apple gets quite a going over with a discussion started with an email from John Nemo. Lots of feedback from Twitter and JollyJap calls Guy a big Yank Tank. Was Gaz able to get himself an iPad while in Nashville? Ding Dong the Zune looks to be dead and Safari lasts for about 5 seconds at Pwn2Own. Lastly, AT&T thinks that putting on a 150GB cap for broadband service is a great idea because of the alleged online habits of 2% of their customers…Really?

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Scott has a new iPad 2 and isn’t afraid to talk about it. John Nemo reviews DryCASE for iPhone, DryCASE for iPad, and DryBUDS waterproof earphones.

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TechFan #22

On March 4, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Eolake Stobblehouse joins Tim Robertson and David Cohen for a lively chat. Topics include writing machines, iPad (1 and 2) love, Photography, and much more.


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