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Kiddie Porn or Freedom of Speech Domain Seizure?
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iPad 2 Smart Covers Are Not The Smartest Covers We’ve Seen

Yesterday Apple announced a follow-up to their successful iPad tablet, the iPad 2. Along with the tablet, they spent a ridiculous amount of time showing off what they call the “Smart Cover.” It’s basically a polyurethane (or leather) sheet that lays over the iPad 2’s screen protecting it from scratches and such. What separates this cover from the case they released for the original iPad is, well, the fact that this one is smart — sort of.

The Smart Cover doesn’t wrap around or snugly fit together with the iPad 2 like the previous case did. Instead, it uses an aluminum hinge with magnets inside to stick to the side of the tablet. They made sure everyone saw this at their press event — over and over and over again. Aside from the disappointment that was the original iPad case, Apple has always done a good job designing accessories for their products, and this Smart Case is no different. When you fold it closed it will automatically put the iPad 2 to sleep, when you open it the iPad 2 wakes up, simple as that. Another great feature is the predetermined folds. These folds let you set the iPad 2 up at a couple different angles. One for watching videos and video-chatting via FaceTime, the other for typing and playing games.

The covers — don’t call them cases, they’re covers! — look like they’ll be great for your screen but, there’s no drop protection whatsoever and the aluminum back will no doubt get scratched if you plan on using one. (Maybe “Smart Cover” wasn’t the best name choice) They will come in a variety of colors and we can choose between a classy leather cover or a fun happy colored polyurethane version. They’ve got a microfiber lining on the screen side that Apple claims will keep your screen clean (I doubt it will be that easy) and both versions will be available at launch, March 11th. Just like all of Apple’s other accessories, don’t expect to pick one of these up on the cheap. The polyurethane versions will cost about $40 while the leather one will set you back about $70.

Fanny Wang Fashionable Headphones

Debbie Park and Mariel Mendosa from the Fanny Wang Headphone Company present fashionable headphones designed to appeal to young female consumers.

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Targus Introduces A New Line Of Bags

Targus, the premier computer bag maker, was at CES 2011 showing off their new line of products.  To nobody’s surprise they are going heavy on the tablet cases this year – as PC makers scramble to go heavy on the tablets.  They have been producing iPad cases for several months, but they give us a look here at the Samsung Galaxy Tab cases as well.  But, beyond cases they also have a stylus, which can be used with any touch device, including those running iOS (we know Steve Jobs LOVES the stylus).  They are also now producing a bluetooth keyboard as well.

Availability on these products is immediate and price points are mentioned during the interview.

Interview by Todd Cochran of Geek News Central and Esby Larsen of MrNetCast.com

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Mobile Edge Scanfast 2.0 Checkpoint & Eco-friendly Stylish Laptop Bags

Matthew Olivolo of Mobile Edge Stylish Laptop Bags (www.mobileedge.com) presents the Scanfast 2.0 collection of Checkpoint-friendly and Eco-friendly laptop computer bags. Amazingly, the material is actually constructed out of corn and is therefore made of non-petroleum-based material. Featuring a butterfly design, the laptop does not have to be removed in order to be scanned, nor do the bags have to be placed into the TSA gray bins — they are designed to roll right down the rollers into the scanners. The laptop bags feature plenty of zippered pockets for numerous accessories. Models include a briefcase, messenger bag and backpack. The briefcase version will accommodate up to a 16″ inch laptop, while the backpack version will accommodate up to a 17″ laptop. The bags are priced affordable at $99 each and come with a lifetime warranty. If a zipper should break the consumer can send it back in for repair at no cost to the customer.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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Assault Rifle for the PS3 by CTADigital

The Assault Rifle by CTADigital is a realistic looking gun to be used with the Sony Playstation and Playstation Move Games. It is compatible with most 1st person shooters and hunting games, including Call of Duty Modern Warfare It has all the buttons you find on the Playstation 3 Dual-Shock Controller. To use it you insert the  USB dongle that comes with into the PS3. Then click on the home button on the rifle and you are ready to go. By itself you can use it with the Playstation 3. If you want to use it with the Playstation Move you simply attach a cradle and place the motion controller in the cradle. It has an analog button, that allows you to run and strafed while still looking at what is around you. The trigger supplies a realistic shooting reaction whether it is a single shot or a full burst. The rifle has an internal speaker which allows you to hear the shots as they are being fired. This option is available even if it is not sync with the PS3. The Assault Rifle is available through the CTADigital Web site or through Amazon for $59.00. CTADigital also offers other accessories for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PSP, DS Lite along with iPhone, iPad and other products. CTADigital is the place to go for your gaming and computing accessories.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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CES 2011 iPad Accessories

Apple did not attend CES 2011, it never does. However its presences was certainly felt throughout the event, especially the popularity of the iPad. One way this was shown is by the number of third-party vendors selling various iPad related products. Out of the hundreds that were shown, there were a few that caught my eye and I thought were interesting.

The first was the Zaggmate which is an iPad case. The Zaggmate won the CES 2011 Innovation and Engineering Award in its category. It comes in two models, one which is just a case and the second is a case and keyboard. The case is made of aircraft-grade aluminium, that matches the iPad. It has high density padding which provides great drop protection. You can use the case as a stand, you can set the iPad at 10 different angles within the case, in both portrait and landscape mode (non-keyboard version only) , If you have the key board model the key board sits right inside the case and connects to the iPad through blue tooth. It has a flat base and only adds an 1/8 of inch to the iPad

The second iPad accessory is really for kids, but I still think it is cool, the Color Studio HD along with the Imarker. This accessory makes your iPad a special coloring book. The Crayola Color Studio can tell the difference the Imarker and the child’s finger. The Imarker interacts with the Color Studio HD live animated coloring book that moves and reacts as the child colors. It produces pictures, animations, music and sound effects. You can produce an unlimited number of coloring book pages. You can color them within the iPad or print them out from the iPad to color with a regular Crayola crayon. You can even share them through Facebook. The software can be updated at anytime allowing endless possibilities.

The final accessory that caught my eye was the iCad which started as an April fools joke on Thinkgeek It is an old-time arcade cabinet created using Mame which the iPad is slid into and connects to the system using Bluetooth. Thinkpad has partner with ION and Atari bring in a whole list of classic arcade games including Asteriod. It has a friendly API which allows any IOS developer to create an iCade compatible game. When I saw it being shown at CES I said I want that, it looks like fun.