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This Amazing iPad 2 Case Will Cling To Almost Anything — Even A Porsche Doing 60 MPH

Have you ever jumped into your car with your iPad in your hands, slapped it on the dash in a hurry to get going, then had it slide right off into the passenger door the second you turn out of your road? The SofShell case for iPad 2 can prevent that, because this amazing case will cling to almost anything — including a Porsche doing 60 miles per hour.

Not only will it cling to even the most slippery surfaces, the SofShell also claims to reduce shock to your device by up to 43%. That means that even when it does lose its grip and ends up in the gravel, it should be well protected. It’s made from a proprietary elastomer that outperforms silicone, neoprene, rubber, and plastic cases to provide the ultimate anti-slip protection.

If you’re not yet impressed, check out the video below that shows the SofShell clinging onto the trunk of a Porsche:

How about a sheet of glass stood at a 90° angle?

As you can see in the clip above, the SofShell also comes in a Smart Cover-friendly model that allows you to use a Smart Cover simultaneously, protecting the front of your device as well as the back. Furthermore, despite its shock resistance, the SofShell is still only 2mm thick, which means it isn’t going to add a great deal of bulk to your iPad at all.

The SofShell is available now for both the first- and second-generation iPad — with or without Smart Cover compatibility — for $49.50.

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iOS 5.1 Beta Hints That A New Sprint iPad 2 Is Incoming

Here’s a quick and awesome spot by Mark Gurman: the just-released iOS 5.1 beta makes mention of a new version of the iPad 2 internally dubbed iPad 2,4, and it seems probable that it is a model that works on Sprint’s CDMA network (and can suck thus up Sprint’s unlimited 3G data, albeit at definitively limited download speeds). Were any of you die-hard Sprint subscribers waiting for a compatible iPad 2 before taking the jump?

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Apple’s New Ad Showcases Our Love For The iPad 2 [Video]

Apple has begun airing a new commercial for the iPad 2 called ‘Love’, which showcases our love for the company’s incredibly popular tablet. In the thirty-second clip, we see people of all ages using the device while they go about their daily lives, doing things like movie editing, music recording, painting, learning, and more.

“Getting lost in the things we love has never felt quite like this.”

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Apple airs new iPad 2 “Love” ad, showcasing how the tablet is used in daily lives

Apple has begun airing their new “Love” iPad 2 ad, which showcases how the device is used in the daily live of people. In the ad you can see people using Apple’s iMovie to edit video, a basketball coach showing his team new plays, a band mixing their music, a designer, and more. The narrator remains the same as their other new ads like the iPad 2 “Learn” ad that aired in August. Expect more ads like this as Apple begins ramping people up for the holidays.

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Here Are The Holiday Discounts You Can Expect From Apple This Black Friday [Apple Store Shopping Guide]

The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. This Friday, countless retailers all over the U.S. will be slashing prices for Black Friday, causing a frenzy amongst shoppers who cannot wait to spend some of their hard-earned cash on discounted goods.

Apple famously recognizes the event by discounting some of its hottest products in the Apple online store for one day only, with savings to be made on new Macs, iOS devices, iPods, and even the latest accessories for your beloved Apple gadgets. This year will be no different, so based on the past few years’ reductions, here’s what to expect at the Apple online store on Black Friday.

Macs

We’re expecting Apple to slash around $100 off its most popular notebooks and desktops, and that includes its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. Last year the company dropped $101 off the price tags of these machines, and we’re expecting much of the same this time around.

It’s unlikely, however, based on previous years, that Apple will reduce its entry-level Mac, the Mac mini, or its high-end Mac, the Mac Pro. Having said that, with no refresh in over a year, there are rumors Apple will kill of its Mac Pro, which could mean we’ll see it discounted on Black Friday in a bid to clear inventory.

iPad

The iPad looks set to be the must-have gift this Christmas, and you’re sure to save money on it this Friday. But it won’t necessarily be the best deal. Apple is likely to reduce its price by around $40 — the same reduction made to the first-generation iPad last year.

However, to get an iPad 2 with the best deal, you’re likely to be better off going for a refurbished model. You can get $50 off every model of the iPad 2 if you choose to buy it from Apple’s refurbished section, and it’ll come boxed like new with the same one-year warranty. In fact, if you’re buying it as a gift, its recipient would never notice it wasn’t a brand new model.

For an even cheaper iPad, you could choose to bag the first-generation device, on which you can currently save a whopping $230 if you buy refurbished.

iPods

Apple’s Black Friday price cuts usually usually fall very favorably on the iPod, with some of the biggest savings to be made on Apple’s popular iPod touch. And the bigger you buy, the more you’ll save. For example, we’re expecting Apple to cut around $20 off the 8GB iPod touch, $30 off the 16GB model, and $40 off the 64GB model. That’s a generous savings of more than 10%, and the biggest discount we’re likely to see again this year.

As for the iPod nano, we’re likely to see similar reductions with around $10 off the 8GB model, and $20 off the 16GB model.

Like Apple’s entry-level Mac, we don’t expect to see any reductions on its entry-level iPod, the iPod shuffle.

iPhone

Those hopping to bag a cheap iPhone from the Apple online store are going to be disappointed. While carriers will be quick to offer discounts on the device in an attempt to lure you into a two-year commitment, Apple’s generally leaves its iPhone price tags well alone.

Accessories

We’re expecting Apple to discount a selection of popular accessories for most of its devices. Expect to discounts on the Smart Cover; iPhone & iPad docks; Apple’s wireless keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse; the company’s in-ear headphones, the iPad camera connection kit, and lots, lots more. Accessories are expected to see discounts of between $5 and $15, depending on their usual price.

Other

Apple is also likely to slash the price of its Time Capsule, and the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express base stations. You can expect to see around $20 off the 2TB Time Capsule, and $50 off the 3TB model, with around $10 off the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express.

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It Would Take 61 Million iPads 2s To Match The Power Of The World’s Best Supercomputer

The iPad 2 has some impressive mobile silicon inside it. The A5 processor is a dual-core affair with a 1GHZ clock speed, capable of about 171 megaflops (or about 171 100 floating-point operations per second).

Not bad, right? But how does the iPad 2 stack up against the most powerful computer in the world, Fujitsu’s K Super Computer?

Not too well, according to the guys at Royal Pingdom. In fact, you would need about 61.5 million iPad 2s to match the 10 Billion megaflops of the K Computer.

That’s enough iPad 2s that if you stacked them on top of one another, the pile would be 540 kilometers high. That’s the equivalent of about 1,700 Eiffel Towers stacked end-to-end.

Well, sure. Fine. But can the K computer run Infinity Blade 2? Thought not.

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Philips Can Measure Your Breathing & Heart Rate Using Only Your iPad’s Camera

Philips has released a new iOS app for the iPad 2 that allows you to measure both your heart rate and breaking rate using only your device’s camera. Unlike similar apps that require additional accessories, this one claims to get its results from “the color of your face” and “the motion of your chest.”

The app is called Vital Signs Camera, and it’s available from the App Store now for just $0.99. Its creators have labeled it an “amazing innovation,” and we’re inclined to agree. I mean, it’s pretty astonishing that the app uses nothing but your iPad’s crappy front-facing camera to get its results.

The Vital Signs Camera App of Philips measures your heart rate and breathing rate using advanced software and the camera of your iPad 2. This breakthrough technology allows you to measure your vital signs in an easy and unobtrusive way at home*.

All you have to do is sit in front of your device and try to keep still while the app checks out the color of your face to measure your heart rate, and analyzes the motion of your chest to measure your breathing rate. You can then share your results online with friends on Facebook and Twitter, or via email.

This makes it easy to alert your doctor when you think you might be on your last legs, though Philips does state the app “ is not intended for diagnosis or for clinical measurements, monitoring or decision making.”

For those of you who are skeptical of the app’s abilities, take note of the five-star ratings it’s currently getting in the App Store, and check out what Wired has to say about it:

Incredibly, it actually seems to work.

I downloaded the app and tried it out. You need to sit still in a well-lit area and make sure your face and chest are in the correct parts of the screen (there are colored rectangular guides to help). That’s it. The default settings stop when a measurement has been determined, and you can just read them or inflict them on your friends via Facebook or Twitter.

Have you tried Vital Signs Camera yet?

[via AppAdvice]

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