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Google Voice App Now iPad Compatible

After landing in the App Store about a month ago for iPhone users only, Google Voice has been updated earlier today, and now supports the full line of iOS devices, including the iPad.

Of course, the app does not allow you to make regular phone calls directly from your iPad, as after all, the iPad is not a cellphone, but the update allows you to use all the other features offered by Google Voice, from sending/receiving text messages, to being able to read voice messages left on your Google voicemail.

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CNN App for iPad Now Available

Earlier today, Atlanta-based CNN released its new iPad app. The app is not just a port of the iPhone version, or a carbon-copy of the CNN.com website, as it offers a stunning – yet convenient – layout specifically engineered for the tablet.

Unlike many other iPad news apps, CNN for iPad is designed to offer an “immersive” experience, by combining strong visual elements with text stories, photo galleries, videos, and blog posts.

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ful Brooklyn 2-in-1 iPad Case/Backpack – Accessory Review

If you happen to use your iPad a lot while traveling, and need to carry both iPad and laptop, ful designed the Brooklyn bag just for you. The Brooklyn is a stylish, compact iPad travel backpack large enough to fit both a 15-inch laptop such as a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and then some.

The bag is made of high quality materials, and screams quality all over. The iPad pocket, which constitutes the front of the Brooklyn, offers a scratch free, padded internal sleeve designed to keep your iPad secured. Best of all, the iPad case is detachable and can be carried separately.

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Microsoft: Upcoming CES to be “Flooded” with Windows Tablets

Almost exactly a year ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer presented a slew of Windows powered devices at the 2010 CES, 3 months before the launch of the iPad. A year went by, the iPad successfully launched, several Android tablets made their debut as well, but except the disappointing HP Slate 500, the Windows-powered tablets are still nowhere to be found.

Acknowledging the fact that the situation got out of hand, Steve Ballmer reorganized its mobile division, successfully launched Windows 7 Phone, and plans to make 2011 the year of the Microsoft-powered tablet.

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Cut the Rope Holiday Gift Now Available in the App Store

Chillingo fans, rejoice, as the UK-based publisher just released a new version of Cut the Rope for the holiday season. Called Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, the app offers 25 holiday-themed levels, and the app is completely free.

Like with the previous iteration of the game, your job is to feed colorful pieces of candy to Om Nom, a cutesy green creature that showed up on your doorstep one day. Of course, dropping candies into Om Nom’s mouth is not an easy task, as each candy is connected to a series of ropes that you need to cut at the right moment in order to complete each level. Each level features its own set of obstacles, including spikes, hungry spiders and electric fields to make your task even more difficult. To help you navigate the candy to the right place, the game offers additional tools such as bubbles, air gushers, elastic ropes, etc….

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iPad vs. Galaxy Tab: for the Web, iPad Wins Hands Down

Dozens of manufacturers are currently working on Android-based tablets, in hopes of taking over Apple’s current position with the iPad, however, when it comes to web performance, the first models available seem to disappoint.

According to an article from AppleInsider, Sencha, a web developer, admitted that the Galaxy Tab, the first mass-market Android tablet, is “a little bit of a disappointment.”

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iPad WiFi Woes: Slow WiFi with iOS 4.2.1?

While the iOS 4.2.1 update brought to the iPad a slew of long awaited features such as folders and multitasking, the new version of the OS also introduced a number of bugs impacting a sizable number of iPad users.

WiFi connectivity seems to be one of the main areas of contention between iPad users and Apple, as many users are reporting extremely low Wi-Fi performance, on a variety of access points, including some versions of Apple branded wireless hotspots.

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Jailbreak Detection API Disabled in iOS 4.2

About six months ago, the launch of the iPhone 4 and the associated release of iOS 4.0 quietly brought a very little known functionality to iOS devices: a jailbreak detection API (Application Programming Interface), able to detect changes in the iOS device file system. According to Network World, the API was short lived, as it disappeared from iOS 4.2.

The reason why the API disappeared is not clear, but it is believed that work on the API was abandonned after the U.S. government agreed to legalize jailbreaks earlier this year (click here for more details).

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Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift is Coming

Chillingo fans, rejoice, as the UK-based publisher is about to release a new version of Cut the Rope for the holiday season. Called Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, the app will offer 25 holiday-themed levels, and Chillingo plans to make the app completely free.

Like with the previous iteration of the game, your job is to feed colorful pieces of candy to Om Nom, a cutesy green creature that showed up on your doorstep one day. Of course, dropping candies into Om Nom’s mouth is not an easy task, as each candy is connected to a series of ropes that you need to cut at the right moment in order to complete each level. Each level features its own set of obstacles, including spikes, hungry spiders and electric fields to make your task even more difficult. To help you navigate the candy to the right place, the game offers additional tools such as bubbles, air gushers, elastic ropes, etc….

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Next Gen iPad Case Appears out of the Blue – Rear Camera Support Confirmed?

An interesting picture coming from Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen MacTop Electronics just emerged: the picture shows a case supposedly designed for the next-gen iPad.

The case is not for sale, and is only a model made available to wholesalers, but according to the manufacturer, the case is precision molded to fit the next iteration of the iPad, even though Apple hasn’t confirmed the device yet.

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