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iPad release date announced

Just when you thought Apple was only kidding about the whole zany ‘iPad’ thing, they go and set a release date! According to Apple’s web site, the iPad will be released on April 3rd, and they’ll start taking pre-orders on March 12th. There’s no indication if the 3G models will be available, but it’s unlikely since Steve once said that those would be released 30 days after the initial launch… but a boy can dream. So, start counting your pennies.  In fact, start counting a LOT of them.  And I’ll see you on line!

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MACWORLD ’10 – FastMac iV Plus

Calling all control freaks! You will most definitely want to check this out. FastMac is about to release the iV Plus, a new case that will turn your your iPhone into a totally customizable infrared universal remote control! It also features a secondary battery, and a camera-synced flash! Of all the gadgets and gizmos lining the isles at Macworld, the iV Plus was by-far my favorite new discovery. Watch the video and find out why!

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MACWORLD ’10 – Gorilla Mobile 3G/3Gs

Joby was showing a nifty miniature flexible tripod called the Gorilla Mobile 3G/3Gs. And like the SuctionClip I featured after CES, the Gorilla Mobile opens up some interesting shooting possibilities. I’m a fan of anything that allows me to put a video camera in new and unexpected places.  That said, it looks like the Gorilla Mobile would be just as useful when shooting something as basic as an interview. It’s a little tricky positioning the Gorilla Mobile, since the mounting bracket is on the rear of the iPhone (the same side as the video camera).  But, if you’ve got a little

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MACWORLD ’10 – Dots Gloves

It’s often said, “Cold Hands, Warm Heart.”  However, it’s also said, “Gloved hands, iPhone no worky.”  That’s because the moment you put on your winter mittens, your iPhone’s touchscreen no-longer senses your fingertips.  So, you’ve got to pull off the gloves every time you want to tap, flick or pinch. Fortunately, Dots Gloves has found a way to keep your hands warm, while keeping your iPhone fully functional. The magic is in the material.  I put ’em on, and was able to use my iPhone’s touchscreen without any issues whatsoever. I wish I had a pair of these last week

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MACWORLD ’10 – Mophie Marketplace & Juice Pack TV

Mophie has two unreleased products I was hoping to hear more about at this year’s Macworld. And lucky for us, they had working prototypes of both. Marketplace is their new case with a built-in credit card reader. As you may remember, I recently covered a similar product from MacAlly called the QuikSwipe.  Both the Marketplace and the Quikswipe seem like great tools for filmmakers to want to sell DVDs of their files on the go, but the Marketplace may have the edge in overall design. Simply put, it’s slick and simple. Check out the video to see it in action.

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Apps and Accessories from our SuperMeet Presentation

BIG thanks to everyone who came to last Friday’s SuperMeet! It was an amazing day. We met all sorts of great people coming to the HHH Showcase table. And, I had a TOTAL BLAST on stage during the main event. If you were a part of that audience, thanks for making it easy. You were awesome! If you tried watching the live feed, then you know that they were having some technical issues during my presentation. I was the victim of bad timing. There was no video for most of it, and the end got clipped off. LAME. But, I believe

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Gear

Apple Releases the iPad! I release a squeal!

If an iPhone, a PSP, a netbook, and your TV all fell into a Cuisinart, you’d be left with Apple’s new iPad. Essentially, the iPad is a large-screen iPhone with lots of computing mojo…which is fine by us!  We’ve often said, “this app is great, but the screen is just too small.”  That limitation may have just disappeared.

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CES BONUS SATURDAY EDITION: The As Seen On TV Hat

Some would say we saved the best for last! There’s really no set-up for this one.  Just watch the video, and enjoy my in-depth analysis that follows. This wraps up our CES 2010 coverage. Hope you discovered something useful! The As Seen On TV Hat!

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CES: Hypermac Nano Battery

If you plan on making extensive use of your iPhone during your workflow, you’ll need a backup battery. Amidst the bazillions of iPhone and iPod batteries peppering the CES floor, I stumbled across the HyperMac Nano. Its small and sexy design seemed like a natural companion for an iPhone. Many people (including myself) use iPhone cases with built-in external batteries… but sometimes, those cases cause as many problems as they solve. So, it may be worth having something like the HyperMac Nano on hand.

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CES: Bandshell improves your iPhone’s Speaker

The Bandshell iPhone case aims to solve a long-standing problem — poor speaker performance. If you’ve ever tried watching a video in a somewhat noisy environment, you know that the iPhone’s odd speaker prevents good listening levels. When I show producers my directing work, I often have to cup my hand over the speaker to manually re-direct the sound towards their ears.  …and that’s exactly what the Bandshell case does.  A built-in, slide-out door re-directs sound towards the viewer.  Simple and effective. https://vimeo.com/8688195

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