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Facebook Prepping Video for iPad Browsers

Popular social networking site Facebook is about to join the list of iPad-ready websites. Some videos now play when visiting the site from Mobile Safari on the iPad, whereas previously the user was prompted to install Adobe Flash.

Apple iPad Facebook video

Flash is not welcome on Apple devices, as CEO Steve Jobs has made clear time and time again. Facebook's shift away from Flash video follows numerous other major web sites including YouTube, Flickr, CNN and Vimeo. Currently when selecting a video to play on Facebook, the iPad plays the MP4 video directly and reverts to full screen.

April iPad Accessory-A-Day Giveaway: Hard Candy Street Skin

April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway
Hard Candy Street Skin
Hard Candy Street Skin

Hard Candy is widely known as one of the most innovative case and accessory manufacturers in the industry. Hard Candy is a creation of the former founder and president of Speck Cases, Tim Hickman. Hard Candy cases are easily recognizable by their sleek, attractive, industrial designs. Hard Candy cases don't stop there, their quality, thoughtful construction results in some of the most versatile and useful products in the market.

Combine 3 mm of shock-absorbing TPU rubber at the corners and edges with a case material that won't stretch or surrender, and you've got truly rugged iPad protection. Add the convenience of an integrated screen cover that snaps onto the front or back of your iPad when not in use, and the Street Skin becomes the most reliable choice in functional iPad protection. It's your rubberized, ruggedized companion for all adventures.

Important Contest Details

  • Winners will be posted here, along with instructions on how to claim prizes.
  • Unless otherwise noted, you must enter separately each day for each accessory up for giveaway during April.
  • You may enter up to 10 times per day, unless noted otherwise.
  • Entry is open to US residents only, unless you reside outside the US but can provide a US shipping address.
  • Entry is free, private, and without obligation.
  • Winner will typically be announced by 5pm of the day following each contest.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize, after which period a different winner will be selected.
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Report: Next Generation iPad to Feature OLED Screen

Sure the iPad 3G hasn't even shipped yet, but of course Apple likes to keep things on the cutting edge. Taiwan-based newspaper DigiTimes reports that Apple plans to use an OLED display in the second-generation iPad design. The paper, which is focused on the supply side of the electronics and communications industries, claims that sources in the component industry are aware of Apple's OLED intentions.

The video above demonstrates a Samsung OLED prototype screen. Apple is expected to refresh the iPad line next year with a variety of improvements. A new operating system is already slated for release this fall. An OLED screen would dramatically improve battery life and significantly decrease the weight and thickness of a future iPad.

Geohot's iPad Jailbreak to be Named Limera1n

Apple iPhone hacker George Hotz (Geohot) set up a new website for his forthcoming jailbreak software dubbed limera1n. Previous releases such as blackra1n have made it possible for jailbreakers all over the world to install unauthorized apps and unlock the iPhone for use on alternate wireless carriers.

Apple iPad jailbreak limera1n

Geohot posted evidence that he was making significant progress with iPhone OS 3.2, the current operating system running on the first version iPad. Apple is expected to release version 4 of its mobile OS this summer, along with next generation iPhone hardware.

April iPad Accessory-A-Day Giveaway: Hard Candy Bubble Shell

April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway
Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve
Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve

Hard Candy is widely known as one of the most innovative case and accessory manufacturers in the industry. Hard Candy is a creation of the former founder and president of Speck Cases, Tim Hickman. Hard Candy cases are easily recognizable by their sleek, attractive, industrial designs. Hard Candy cases don't stop there, their quality, thoughtful construction results in some of the most versatile and useful products in the market.

Hard Candy's signature bubble design tangoed with the Hard Candy Hard Sleeve, and the result is a deliciously styled, premium protector. The molded EVA-foam iPad case features fitted rubber bumpers, keeping your iPad in place while you navigate its Multi-Touch display. And the Bubble Sleeve's soft interior lining saves your iPad from harsh environments. A step above those other neoprene sleeves, the Bubble Sleeve gives your iPad freedom to go anywhere, anytime.

Important Contest Details

  • Winners will be posted here, along with instructions on how to claim prizes.
  • Unless otherwise noted, you must enter separately each day for each accessory up for giveaway during April.
  • You may enter up to 10 times per day, unless noted otherwise.
  • Entry is open to US residents only, unless you reside outside the US but can provide a US shipping address.
  • Entry is free, private, and without obligation.
  • Winner will typically be announced by 5pm of the day following each contest.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize, after which period a different winner will be selected.
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Review: EA's Command & Conquer: Red Alert for iPad

Command and Conquer is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game optimized for the iPad. This was one first games offered when the iPad was released. The main game and subsequent expansion packs from the iPhone version have been included. You can play as one of three factions: Soviet/ Russian, Allied/U.S. or Rising Sun/ Japanese.

It seems the game developers are big time feminists and feel that, in the military, attractive women should be giving the orders. There is no shortage of hot babes telling you what to do. The skeptical side of me feels like they were just looking for the "Hooters effect", a way to lure poor innocent and lonely gamers. Admittedly, I've never served in the military, but I was surprised that the uniforms displayed so much cleavage.

You have to love the fact that EA decided to bring the Soviets, the international bad guys pretty much every 80's action movie was based on, back to power and prominence. I missed them. You pretend you are trying to bring down the evil empire of dreaded socialism (although you do play as them sometime which makes you feel like traitor). As I was playing I was having regular flashbacks of the great 80's film Red Dawn.

Camera Connection Kit Boosts iPad Functionality

The iPad Camera Connection Kit if finally shipping, and iPad owners can be pleasantly surprised that Apple did not announce all of the kit's capabilities at the keynote speech. Besides reading SD memory cards to import photos, the Camera Connection Kit was expected to provide a USB port for digital cameras.

Apple iPad Accessories

The USB adapter plugs into the Apple 30-pin dock connector on the bottom of the iPad, or into the keyboard dock. What's interesting is what devices Apple has chosen to allow the iPad's USB port to recognize and use.

Apple Sets a Lifetime Limit on iPad Purchases

Most people are aware that Apple limits iPad purchases to two (2) units per customer. What you might not realize is that Apple Stores have a lifetime limit on iPad purchases, as one consumer found out the hard way.

Apple Store iPad Lifetime Limit

A medical student reported on his blog titled Protocol Snow that he purchased iPads for some fellow members of the NeoGAF gaming forum living overseas. His local Apple Store had plenty of units in stock, and he went there on several different occasions to pick up two iPads at a time.

Hulu Plus Subscription Service Coming to iPad?

Next month looks like it could be prime time for television shows on the Apple iPad. Hulu is forging ahead with its plans to add a subscription service to the free ad-supported content it now serves. Although the site is currently Flash-based, reports have indicated the company is moving to a more iPad friendly video format.

Apple iPad Hulu App Television

Now reports from the LA Times indicate that Hulu intends to release its subscription service in just over a month, on May 24. The newspaper cited people who have knowledge of the plans, although the company declined to comment. Hulu will not abandon free content, as the company plans to offer the five most recent episodes of shows outside of the subscription wall.

April iPad Accessory-A-Day Giveaway: M-EDGE Flex Stand for iPad

April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway
M-Edge Flex Stand
M-EDGE Latitude Case

M-Edge is widely known as a premier accessory and case maker for e-readers. M-Edge is now using their expertise to produce an extensive lineup of iPad accessories that already includes an astounding 13 different accessories, featuring cases, jackets, stands, and more.

The Flex Stand offers corner protection for the iPad, while its "Flex feet" allow for easy insertion and removal of the device. "Flex legs" allow users to place the device in desired positions, such as landscape and portrait, for easy use on flat and sloped surfaces. The stand is durable and engineered to protect the iPad from wear and tear while at home or on-the-go.

Important Contest Details

  • Winners will be posted here, along with instructions on how to claim prizes.
  • Unless otherwise noted, you must enter separately each day for each accessory up for giveaway during April.
  • You may enter up to 10 times per day, unless noted otherwise.
  • Entry is open to US residents only, unless you reside outside the US but can provide a US shipping address.
  • Entry is free, private, and without obligation.
  • Winner will typically be announced by 5pm of the day following each contest.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize, after which period a different winner will be selected.
  • Due to a delay in the contest page "switching over" on 4/22, some users entered the M-EDGE Latitude Jacket contest on 4/22. These entries have been converted to entries into the Flex Stand contest.
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