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TiPb TV 2: Should you get an iPad for the holidays or wait for iPad 2?

Should you buy and iPad now for the holidays or should you wait until early next year for iPad 2? That's an important question as gift giving season is upon us, and it's the topic for the second episode of our new, conversational video podcast, TiPb TV.

Rene and I discuss when we think iPad 2 will come out, what extra features it might have, if iPad 1 will stick around at a reduced price, and what value you'll get out of the current iPad for the next few months while you wait.

It's instant gratification vs. more later with a dose of Android Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry Playbook thrown in for good measure. So if you've been trying to decide between getting an iPad now -- for yourself or for that special someone -- or waiting for a -- maybe FaceTime equipped -- iPad 2 next year, check out TiPb TV and we'll help you make the best choice possible.

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TiPb TV 1: Should you get an iPad or MacBook Air?

Should you get an iPad or MacBook Air, or more properly, who should get an iPad and who would do better with a MacBook Air? That's the topic for the very first episode of TiPb TV, our new, more conversational, video show.

Rene and I go back and forth on the pros and cons of the smaller, less expensive, iOS powered iPad and how it compares to the only slightly bigger, double the price, Mac OS X sporting MacBook Air. This is the first time Apple really has two very different products in overlapping categories and there's really no best answer, just a breakdown of which might be best for you, for your kids, for your parents, or just for your inner geek.

Keyboard vs multitouch, storage, speed, battery life, portability, and which is better for things like reading, watching, and browsing vs. production and productivity are all huge factors in the decision (as is cost of course!)

So if you've been trying to decide between an iPad and a MacBook Air this holiday season check out our very first TiPb TV and we'll try to help you make the best choice possible.

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Skyfire for iPhone - app review

Skyfire for iPhone is a web browsing application that converts Adobe Flash to HTML5/H.264 so you can view it on iPhone or iPad touch. Seeing as Apple chose not to implement Flash into iOS, a lot of videos on the web still can't be watched on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Skyfire steps in to try and bridge this gap and while it's a nice feature to have, but not always the best experience.

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iOS 4.2 for iPad in 10 minutes [video]

Apple is set to release the long -- long! -- awaited iOS 4.2 for iPad any day now and the video above has everything you need to know about it in just 10 minutes. We're talking AirPrint, AirPlay, multitasking, folders, Game Center, unified inbox and threaded email, Find in Safari page, and much, much, more.

So hit play for the highlights and when you're ready for more head on over to our complete iOS 4.2 for iPad walkthrough and we'll take you step by step through all the changes -- what's new and what's improved.

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iOS 4.2 for iPhone in 5 minutes [video]

Any day now Apple will release iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPod touch so we figured we'd show you everything you needed to know about it in just 5 minutes (okay, 6, but we needed that extra minute!). That includes AirPrint, Airplay, Find in Safari page, new Text Tones, and much more.

Hit play for the highlights and when you're ready for more head on over to our complete iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPod touch walkthrough and we'll take you step by step through all that's new and exciting.

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MarkdownMail for iPhone and iPad - app review

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MarkdownMail for iPhone and iPad allows you to write articles in the Markdown format. You'll then be able to export the markdown in an email or send beautifully formatted HTML emails from the app itself. For those who aren't familiar with what markdown is, let's cover that first. Markdown is a markup language created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz. It's extremely easy to learn and extremely convenient and efficient for publishing online. Markdown will basically convert your content into valid and properly formed XHTML. You don't have to deal with HTML tags and code. Markdown will take care of that for you.

Read on for a quick walkthrough of MarkdownMail which is currently available for both iPhone and iPad.

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How to put on (and take off) an Otterbox Defender Case for iPad

The Otterbox Defender Case for iPad is serious armor plating for your precious iPad, but like any suit of armor it can be a little bit of work to figure out just how to put it on (or take it off!).

Check out the video above to see me give a try. Just promise to laugh with me and not at me, okay?

A few pictures of the final results, after the jump!

[Sponsored: If you want an Otterbox Defender Case for iPad of your very own, pick one up at the TiPb iPad Accessory Store.]

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iOS 4.2 for iPhone review

Complete review of Apple's iOS 4.2 software update for iPhone and iPod touch

iOS 4.2 for iPhone is small update to iOS 4 and iOS 4.1 that adds marquee new features like AirVideo and AirPlay, fixes some bugs, but most importantly brings the iOS platform into grand unification, with iPhone, iPod touch, and -- finally -- iPad all on the same version number.

(Note, if you're interested in iPad, check out our complete iOS 4.2 for iPad walkthrough as well!)

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Trainyard for iPhone - game review

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Trainyard for iPhone combines simplistic graphics and design with puzzles that are not so simple. The concept of the game is to get all the trains into the correct stations without a collision. The first several levels will teach you the basics but after that, you'll definitely be scratching your head.

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How to setup LockInfo for iPhone [Jailbreak]

LockInfo is a great app available to jailbreakers that once again fills a functionality gap -- this one making up for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad's poor notification system. Until Apple implements a better solution, David Ashman has done an incredible job supplementing notifications with LockInfo.

Even though LockInfo is an extremely intuitive and powerful app, the setup can be a bit tedious. But when you get it right, you'll be in notification heaven! Hit the jump for a quick guide and a video with some tips for optimally configuring LockInfo.

*As a side note, LockInfo is $4.99 right now, as of November 7, 2010 - that price will go to $7.99, so if you've been contemplating, you may want to jump on the current price. There is also a 14 day trial if you would like to test it out first.

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