Accessories for Digital Treasures – Accessories for iPads, and Computers/Notebooks

In this digital age many people have one or more digital treasures such as iPads, iPhones, tablet PCs or computers/notebooks. These devices are treasures because they have become inevitable part of many people’s everyday life. People rely on these digital treasures to search/research, store and retrieve important information for their personal lives, work or businesses. Due to the utility of these digital treasures- iPads, iPhones, tablet PCs and computer/notebooks it is important that you take good care of these digital devices so as to extend their longevity and also get the maximum benefits from them. In this piece, we shall bring to your awareness some “cool” accessories for these digital treasures that you might need to help enhance your experience of using these digital treasures.

Keyboard Covers

There are a couple of keyboard covers that are available for tablet PCs and notebooks. These keyboard covers are not only necessary to protect your tablet PCs or laptops from scratches and scuffs, but they help to improve your typing experience on these devices. Here are some of the keyboard covers;

Belkin Keyboard/Cover Case (Folio) for 10.1″ Tablet PC

The belkin keyboard cover/case is a versatile and protective folio stand that has a built-in computer-style keyboard with well-spaced “TruType™ keys”. It has a spring mechanism underneath each key that ensures a tactile response with every stroke, helping you to type faster and with less error than on a touchscreen. In addition, it has function-specific keys that let you easily copy and paste text, moderate volume and control music. It has adjustable angles that allow you to find the right position whether you’re typing or viewing.

The belkin cover case has a suede-like feel inner lining that protects your tablet PCs from scratches and scuffs. When you are done using your tablet PC, tuck the keyboard away and the soft cover folds over to protect your screen.

Arabic (PC layout) keyboard covers for MacBooks.

You can use the Arabic keyboard cover to type on an Arabic keyboard without the nuisance of having to use keyboard stickers or memorize the keys. The Arabic keyboard layout in this keyboard cover is for the Arabic PC format.

The Arabic keyboard covers are unique in many ways (i) they have durable ultra-thin silicone that have soft tactile feel that does not restrict typing. (ii) Every key is individually molded (including the return key and function keys) and specially printed on clear silicone for a long lasting professional look. These keyboard covers are compatible with: 13-inch to 17 inch MacBook (US / European ISO Keyboard).

These keyboard covers also protect your keyboard from crumbs, liquids, dust, hair, and the oil from your fingers, which can leave marks on your screen when you close your laptop. They are hand washable and easy to keep clean.

Professional WorkStation – Portfolio Jacket with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard (iCK936)

The iCK836 Professional workstation portfolio is specially designed for mobile lifestyle, It has a removable wireless Bluetooth keyboard that you can seamlessly connect to your iPad. The detachable wireless keyboard has keys specifically dedicated to iPad functions. It ensures fewer typing mistakes which makes the Professional workstation the ideal companion for your iPad especially when using it for e-mail, professional reports or for graphic demonstrations. It has a retractable kick-stand that supports typing or movie viewing. It has long lasting battery that alleviates the need to frequently charge the keyboard as it provides up to 30 days of battery life, after a full-charge. Besides the professional functionality of iCK836 professional workstation, it looks “handsomely” professional with its aesthetic, leather-like material that provides superior protection for your iPad, enhances and maximizes your iPad experience.

Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus

Belkin chef stand and stylus is designed with chefs in mind. It is specially designed for use in the kitchen, the Chef Stand + Stylus gives you the freedom to interact with your tablet while you cook-without worrying about touching your device with messy hands. The case-compatible stand has a non-slip rubber base and two different angles that are ideal for countertop use.

The chef stylus has a wand that allows you to follow recipes and browse the Internet without ever laying a finger on the screen. It comes with its own storage stand and is easy to grab while you’re busy handling food and other kitchen equipments. The magnetic tip of the stylus works with any touchscreen, and can be used to wake up an iPad 2. All the components of the chef stand can be washed by hand using warm, soapy water.

CTA Digital Anti-Theft Case with Built-In Stand for iPad

You can carry your iPad anywhere you go with more peace of mind, by using CTA digital’s anti-theft case with built-in stand for iPad, iPad 2 & the new iPad. It has a heavy duty ABS case that is padded with foam for impact resistance, protecting your tablet from bumps or scratches, and locks together with a 78″ galvanized twisted steel core & PVC coated security cable. This allows you to lock up your iPad anywhere that you can safely fasten it to while you step away. This is ideal for offices, schools, dormitories and other public areas where you might take your iPad and leave it momentarily. This anti-theft protective case also features a very useful and practical built-in stand, which provides multiple levels that enable you to comfortably view and enjoy your apps in either landscape or keyboard orientation. It can also easily be switched to a vertical portrait position with the built-in mini-stand. So, comfortably enjoy taking your iPad anywhere, worry less about losing it and protect it from thievery or damage by using CTA digital’s anti-theft case with built-in stand for iPad.

Griffin Tablet PC Accessory Kit

Griffin tablet PC accessory kit is another type of anti theft case you can use for any lock-down system, the Griffin TechSafe case for iPad provides a vital anchor point that ensures the rest of the system is doing its job and keeping your iPad where you want it. The TechSafe case provides good protection for your device from bumps and scratches.. It also locks around your iPad and affords the secure anchor point needed by any desktop cable lock system. The TechSafe case for iPad comes with its own combination-lock security cable, and the case features two foldout work-stands, one for typing and tapping, and the other for upright landscape viewing.

Digital Treasures Screen Protector & 2-in-1 Cleaning Kit

Often you use your finger to navigate through the menu options of your iPads or iPhones, you can use either ScreenPristine Screen Protector or Fingerprint ResitantScreen Protector iPad2 to shield your iPad from grease, scuffs, stains or scratches resulting from constant movement or rubbing of fingers on the screen of the device. Use the drip-free and alcohol-free cleaning kit to clean your optical disc players, digital players, tablet PCs, and any other display screen.

BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber

BodyGuardz armor carbon fiber is designed to give ultimate protection for your Google Nexus 7. Each carbon fiber skin is custom designed to fit a Google Nexus 7 and provides tough scratch protection. The carbon fiber pattern is stylish and smooth to the touch. The armor carbon fiber is very thin and will not add bulk to your Google Nexus 7. Every bodyguadz comes with a BodyGuardz ScreenGuardz screen protector to ensure maximum coverage. The thin, tough and durable, armor carbon fiber lets you relax, knowing your Google Nexus 7 is protected.

Scosche backSTAGE pro II Vehicle Mount for Tablet PC

The backSTAGE pro II is a safe, secure and rugged headrest mount for the iPad 2. You can mount your iPad 2 to the back of any headrest so passengers can enjoy hands free viewing of movies, apps, games while you drive. This device is ideal to keep you family entertained when you are on a long journey. The backstage pro II has a charger that plugs directly into the headrest mount and provides a continuous charge to your iPad 2. It has wireless IR headphones for private listening and a USB port that supports flash drive use for viewing images

Targus Deluxe Case/Accessory Bundle for iPad and iPad 2

The deluxe iPad case/accessory bundle includes the Targus Truss Case/Stand for iPad and iPad 2. It has durable top-grain leather that is used to provide a tough protective exterior. You can easily transform the case into a stand for hands-free viewing which is ideal for watching movies. The targus deluxe has a soft interior lining that protects the screen against scratches and a secure wrap-around band that holds the case closed when not in use. The deluxe accessory includes the Targus stylus, which you can easily use to take notes, draw or simply turn a page. The stylus also has a durable rubber tip that won’t scratch the iPad’s surface and allows you to type accurately and comfortably.

Targus Essential iPad Accessory Bundle

The Targus Essential iPad Accessory Bundle includes a stylus and screen protector, designed specifically for the iPad 2. The stylus has a durable rubber tip that doesn’t scratch the iPad’s surface and allows you to type accurately and comfortably. The screen protector has a protective barrier that keeps the iPad 2 unharmed and reduce the amount of fingerprints on the screen and protect it from scratches and scuffs.

Targus Protective Cover & Stand

The Targus stand can rotate through 360°. This rotating stand & case is specifically designed for the iPad 2. The sophisticated design of the stand allows the iPad to rotate both vertically and horizontally while in the case. For optimum comfort, this case offers three viewing positions. The lower angle position is ideal for typing on the screen. The case has a soft interior lining that protects the device against scratches. The thin design makes it easy to carry inside of another case adding little weight or thickness to the iPad itself. The 360° Rotating Stand/Case for iPad 2 provides full access to all iPad functions so the iPad can be fully operational without leaving the case.

The Joy Factory Elevate Tablet PC Stand

The Elevate Kiosk for iPad is the ultimate commercial solution for tradeshows, museums, public spaces, and for anyone using an iPad as a multimedia display. The joy factory elevate for tablet PC is adjustable, lockable, and durable. The Elevate is the best way to utilize your iPad as a display. This joy elevate is available in floor standing and countertop models.

These are some of the “cool” accessories for digital treasure I want to bring to your awareness. They can help you to maximize the utility of these devices and improve your experience using your digital treasures.

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Planning to Master iPad Application Development: Read This First

Apple may be facing tough competition in the smartphone market, but it rules the tablet market with an iron hand. Not only is the iPad very popular with the younger generation, but it is also the favorite tablet of businesses and organizations. Millions of people use the iPad, and they all love apps. So, there is a lot of money to be made through iPad applications.

Whether you are an established programmer mulling iPad application development, or a student thinking of creating apps for the iPad, you must keep certain facts about iPad in your mind. You must know the following facts before you make a concrete decision about becoming an iPad app developer.

It will cost you a pretty penny

Unlike other coding or programming platforms, iPad app development requires you to use Apple devices. So, you will need to spend money on a Mac. Not only is building iPad apps on Mac easier, it is almost mandatory. This is because you cannot test the apps elsewhere. To send and test your app on an iPad, you need a Mac. If you are freelancing, you will need to invest in a Mac.

But that’s not all. You will also need to buy an iPad. While there are simulators that can help you test the app, you will need an iPad for reliable testing. So, if you do not already have it, you will have to purchase an iPad. You will also need to spend some money to get a developer account with Apple. If you are freelancing, you can get a Personal account. For companies, Apple offers a discount though the Enterprise account. The developer account gives you access to several Apple resources, so it is a good idea to register. Also, you cannot submit an app to the iTunes store unless you have a developer account.

Be ready to master new technologies

You cannot use your existing programming skills to create an iPad app. To create apps for any Apple product, you have to learn how to use the iOS SDK. In addition to this, you will have to learn how to use Xcode. As it is quite different from Visual Studio or similar programs, you will have to start from scratch.

Alternatively, you can create cross-platforms apps that can work on different mobile devices. For this, your knowledge in HTML5 can come in handy. There are several tools – Titanium, MonoTouch and PhoneGap, that can help you create apps that work on the iPad. Note that I said “apps that work on the iPad.” Most cross-platform technologies cannot harness the latest features of the device or operating system. If you target is iPad, cross-platform may not be the best options. However, if you wish to create simple apps for tablets, cross-platform development can be an easy way out.

Design and UI for iPad is like nothing you’ve seen before

Even if you have developed and designed apps for smartphones, developing the interface for tablets is a different ball game altogether. You will have to use the device for a few weeks and get familiar with how general users interact with it. This will help you create a design and UI that is perfect for the iPad’s touch-sensitive screen. The biggest challenge here is to achieve a balance.

Many newbie iPad developers end up creating cluttered interfaces for the iPad screen. On the other end of the spectrum are people who have designed apps for smartphones – their first iPad design usually fails to make the most of the screen space. You will have to work hard to create a design and UI that fits with the iPad.

In conclusion, if you want to develop top-notch apps for the iPad, you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and money. Consider all the factors, think about what you want to do with your skill, and make a smart decision.

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iPad Development For Small Businesses – Tips On How To Hire the Right iPad Developer

The roaring success of the first iPad captured the interest of entrepreneurs worldwide. The unparalleled success of later versions of iPad demonstrated that this Apple device is here to stay. During the last couple of years, numerous businesses have harnessed the power of iPad apps to generate revenue and promote products. While it is easy for large companies and organizations to hire iPad developers from India, China, Philippines or Indonesia to cut down the cost of iPad application development, most small businesses and entrepreneurs find it difficult to take full advantage of offshore software development.

As the iPad grows more and more popular, small businesses and start-ups across the world are opening their eyes to the benefits of developing an app for iPad. However, the high costs of app development in US, UK and Europe make it difficult for them to benefit from iPad app development. Offshore development is a seemingly simple solution to this problem: small businesses can reduce the cost of development by 50-60% by outsourcing their IT projects.

Unfortunately, iPads have not been around for a long time. So, it is not very easy for entrepreneurs to find competent developers who can do justice to their project. Large organizations have extensive experience with offshore development, and they can afford to spend a more money. Consequently, they do not face too much trouble in finding efficient iPad developers. But things are not that easy for entrepreneurs or small business owners. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, the following tips will help you hire a decent iPad developer for your iPad app development project:

Freelancer vs. Professional: If you are planning to develop a simple app, you can hire a freelancer to build it for you. Freelancers are usually ready to work for cheap, but it is difficult to find trustworthy freelance developers. On the other hand, hiring a reliable iPad developer from a reputed offshore company will cost a tad more. First, you need to decide whether you want a freelancer or a professional.

Check Background, Seek References: If you are planning to hire a freelancer, you should insist on seeing references. There are too many frauds out there who’ll take your money and vanish into thin air. Even when you hire iPad programmers from a company, it is best to check their background. LinkedIn can be a pretty useful tool in this situation. Also, hiring someone who has references from your friends or acquaintances is a good idea. Do not hesitate to ask for references and work samples – most of the genuine developers will be more than happy to oblige.

Talk with Others Who’ve Done It Before: It should not be difficult to find friends or business acquaintances who have successfully outsourced their iPad development projects. If you are unsure of what you are looking for, talk to a friend who has some experience of offshore development. This will also help you get a clear idea of how outsourcing works.

Understand iPad Development: Many small businesses get ripped off because they do not know anything about the development process. You need someone in your company who understands the basic of iPad app development. Discuss different aspects of your project with the potential hires and let them see that you know a bit about iPad programming.

Ask Questions: It may not be possible for you to discuss technical details, but you can question your potential developer regarding the process of development. Ask him about the tools and technologies he intends to use; ask him to give you an exact date of delivery. Depending on the scope and complexity of the project, tablet app development may take as long as 2-6 months or as little as 2-4 weeks. If you are planning to develop a simple, conventional app, it shouldn’t take too long to develop.

While it may not be possible for you to follow each and every tip, you can apply some of the ideas in this article to evaluate the suitability of the iPad developers. Even if you do not have the time to understand the basics of iPad development, you can get a clear idea regarding the suitability of a programmer by looking at his previous work. In addition, talking to the iPad app developer will also help you get some idea about his suitability or unsuitability for your project.

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