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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I always dig cool things that I can do from my iPhone and iPad.  From turning off the lights in my home hundreds miles away to logging onto to my Mac remotely from my iPad, my iDevices gives me a lot of flexibility.  Now one can add weather station to the neat tricks that your iOS device can do!  Be prepared to pay for the this adventure that can give you a seven-day forecast as we well as report your C02 levels as it comes in at a pricey $180.  But hey, if you want to impress your friends and you have some extra cash, why not go for it?  Or at least read the press release. :)


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PARIS –  August 27 2012Netatmo, a company dedicated to designing products that monitor the weather and environment, unveils its Urban Weather Station, a new device specifically designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows users to monitor indoor and outdoor environmental elements including temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2 levels and more.


The Netatmo Weather Station quantifies personal environments like the home and office, and wirelessly transmits data through Wi-Fi to the Netatmo App, which features an intuitive, easy-to-read interface.


“Air quality and weather conditions are a daily concern for city residents around the globe,” said Fred Potter, CEO, Netatmo. “By integrating Air Quality sensors into an easy-to-use Personal Weather Station, specifically designed for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, we’re able to help users improve their indoor wellness and adapt their outdoor activities – creating a better way of life for everyone.”


With this Wi-Fi connected Personal Weather Station, Netatmo also aims to create the largest Weather and Air Quality monitoring network ever established.


A key innovation in the station is its ability to evaluate indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration. When C02 reaches an excessive level, the user is alerted directly on his or her iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and can take action like ventilating his or her home.


The Air Quality conditions reported by the Netatmo App also allow users to assess the best times for outdoor physical activity, when to commute versus drive to work and more – all instances where Air Quality is of the utmost importance.


In addition to receiving real-time notifications on Air Quality and Weather conditions, users have access to a lifetime online account, free of any subscriptions, where all station measurements and data are stored. Over time, users can access data history and review it using the Netatmo App.


On a much larger, more impactful scale, Netatmo allows users to contribute to its Urban Weather Program, creating a wider network for weather data monitoring and pooling to help meteorologists, environmental activists, scientists and people living in urban environments gain a better understanding of the city climate landscape.


The data collected from the Netatmo Community could possibly turn into a crucial resource for climate research, helping us all get a stronger connection to the world in which we live.


Other functions of the Urban Weather Station include a detailed seven-day forecast and a light indicator for reading CO2 levels. The Urban Weather Station can even detect sound to make sure average noise levels in the home remain at a healthy balance, a helpful feature for parents looking to protect their family from noise pollution.


The Netatmo Urban Weather Station comes with one indoor and one outdoor module to monitor each living environment.


The shell for both modules, constructed from a single piece of durable aluminum, features a smooth, clean design. The indoor and outdoor modules are powered by the included USB wall Adapter and 4 AAA batteries, respectively, and come packaged with a wall mount kit for outdoor installation.


Netatmo’s Urban Weather Station is now available for $179 at The Netatmo App is available for free on the App Store.


To download press kit materials, please visit


For more information on Netatmo and the Urban Weather Station, contact PR representative Jenny Bahun at (305) 374-4404 x 124 or



Netatmo manufactures the world’s first personal weather station for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Netatmo was established in 2011 by Frederic Potter and Jean-Pierre Dumolard, both highly successful and experienced entrepreneurs in the technology space with companies such as WITHINGS or CIRPACK. Netatmo strives to bring consumers a better way of life through using connected devices technology for environment monitoring while maintaining a commitment to elegant design. Visit for more information.


Friday, August 24, 2012

I was just thinking the other day how cool it would be to shove my Plex video to my AppleTV that is connected to my projector and the audio to a Bluetooth receiver connected to my Denon AVR-5803 system for optimal sound.  But alas, I couldn’t since the Denon is too old for Bluetooth (even though BT existed upon is release) and there was no accessories to be found to stick into the Denon’s Line In RCA input.  Until today.

New Potato Technologies has welcomed the brilliance of Bluetooth and brought to us the TuneLink Home using the same great technology it has applied to its auto product.  Coupled with the iPhone or Android app, you will be able to do much more than just shove audio to your receiver but also get a universal remote that does not require a dongle or IR blaster. Score!   For these two sweet features alone, you could pay nearly $200 but New Potato is bringing it home for half that cost.  I’m thinking of scoring this myself.  Take a look at the release below.

New Potato Announces TuneLink® Home, Simplicity for Your Connected Lifestyle



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WILMINGTON, NC–(Marketwire – Aug 14, 2012) – New Potato Technologies, an innovator and developer of app-enabled accessories for mobile devices, introduces TuneLink Home for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.

TuneLink Home provides a wireless link between the user’s device and home entertainment system providing both hi-fidelity streaming audio and universal infrared remote control functions. TuneLink connects audio via analog or digital output to the entertainment system and includes a powerful infrared blaster that broadcasts commands from your device to your media equipment.

TuneLink Home allows users to experience their music or audio from ANY APP in their home without the hassles of wired connections or the complexities of other solutions. Just like TuneLink Auto before it, TuneLink Home includes a best-of-class Bluetooth transceiver that operates over ranges of more than 120 feet to deliver crystal clear audio to your entertainment system along with unique auto connecting and sharing features not found in other products.

TuneLink Home device is also a powerful programmable universal remote control and includes a comprehensive and growing database of over 80,000 pre-programmed remote control codes, the ability to learn new codes, and allows the user to create custom macros, personalize their remote skins, layouts, and functions. Equipped with a wide angle infrared LED array and an IR extender port, user commands reach their intended control target.

The TuneLink Home device is controlled by a free application that can be downloaded today from the iTunes App Store and soon from Google Play. It is a snap to setup, and is the only simple-to-use connected accessory that provides BOTH crystal clear streaming audio link and full featured dongle-free, battery-free, and truly powerful universal remote.

“Finally, the mobile device in your grasp is both your player and your remote, so stream your tunes and take control!” says Bill Leland, Chief Marketing Strategist of New Potato.

“Our mobile companions have become the center of our universe and we rely on them to provide our communications as well as our entertainment. These amazing devices hold all of our stuff and as users we want really seamless ways to access them within our connected lifestyles. TuneLink Home provides a simplified solution for connecting to and controlling your home entertainment system from your mobile device,” says Stuart Ross, CEO of New Potato.

TuneLink Home works with all A2DP Bluetooth capable iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phone and tablet models. For more information on TuneLink Home, please The TuneLink accessory is available now at www.newpotatotech.comand in select retail locations for $99.99.

Monday, August 20, 2012

San Diego, Calif. – (August 16, 2012) – Grace Digital’s newest creation, the Matchstick Speaker Dock for Kindle Fire, has been approved for Amazon’s “made for Kindle™” program. The Matchstick becomes Grace Digital’s first speaker dock to be added as an official member. Now shipping, the Matchstick is available on

Grace Digital’s “made for Kindle” Matchstick is engineered specifically for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The Matchstick accommodates the unique USB port, headphone jack and power button, all located on the bottom of the tablet. While most universal 3.5mm speaker docks don’t charge devices while in use, the Matchstick speaker dock for Kindle Fire not only charges while on AC power, but the optional (sold separately) lithium-ion battery-pack allows for maximum portability. Precisely sized for the Kindle Fire, the rotating cradle securely holds the 7–inch tablet, while accommodating horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

“After reviewing the quality and interoperability of the Grace Matchstick, we are very pleased that Amazon has selected Grace Digital to be a provider of ‘made for Kindle’ audio solutions”, says Greg Fadul, CEO of Grace Digital Audio. “Early customer feedback is awesome and the Matchstick currently has more than a 4 star rating, which is key to product success on Amazon. We look forward to growing our ‘made for Kindle’ product line to support the current and up and coming Kindle solutions.”

Matchstick Speaker Dock for Kindle Fire features include:

• Rotating cradle sized exclusively for the 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet accommodates horizontal and vertical viewing angles
• Tailors to Amazon’s unique USB port, headphone jack and power button, all located on the bottom of the tablet
• Adds crystal clear stereo sound to video & audio including Netflix, Pandora Internet Radio and Amazon’s audio books
• Charges Kindle Fire while in use, powered by AC power or optional lithium-ion battery pack for ultimate portability (sold separately, available in August 2012)

The Matchstick for Kindle Fire is available now on

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WritePad and new iPad users can be excited about today’s update to PhatWare’s note taking prowess app for Apple’s latest tablet. Updated to take full advantage of the Retina display, WritePad will capture your handwriting and convert it to text like never before. Your input will look and feel more accurate than before with the WritePad 6.2. Taking notes and using such improved features such as the magnifying glass will reveal the amazing resolution of the new iPad before your eyes. The update is free and the details are below.

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PhatWare Releases WritePad Optimized for iPad’s New Retina Display
New version of popular note-taking and handwriting recognition software for iPads has been optimized for new iPad’s retina display and features improvements in handwriting recognition quality.

Spokane, WA – March 28, 2012 – PhatWare Corporation announces today the immediate availability of WritePad 6.2 for iPad, optimized for the new iPad’s Retina screen and providing even better handwriting recognition quality. WritePad also now features an improved magnifying glass/text selection feature and better digital ink rendering.

WritePad is an advanced note-taker for iOS which converts practically any handwriting into computer text. Notes created with WritePad can be sent via email, tweeted, saved, posted on a Facebook wall, printed, exported as PDF, translated to other languages, synchronized with Dropbox, and exchanged directly between two or more iOS devices. WritePad also features integration with events, contacts, maps, and other iPhone resources.

WritePad supports handwriting recognition in 11 languages, including Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Spanish, and Swedish. Additionally, application’s user interface has been localized to 7 languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

With WritePad, users can:
· Create and edit text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPad keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode.

· Improve productivity by using inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features.

· Improve overall handwriting recognition quality using WritePad’s Statistical Analyzer, which addresses common recognition errors. When enabled, this WritePad feature learns and adapts to the user’s own handwriting style.

· Email, Tweet, print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad

· Synchronize WritePad documents with Dropbox, Evernote, and iTunes, or upload documents to Google Docs.

· Translate documents to 13 supported languages using Bing Translator.

· Change WritePad’s appearance by manipulating text, page, and ink colors using the customizable Styles feature.

WritePad Availability and Pricing
WritePad 6.2 for iPad is available now and can be purchased via the iTunes App Store for $9.99. The price includes handwriting recognition in a language of the user’s choice. Support for additional languages can be purchased in-app for just $2.99 per language. The US English Medical dictionary is also available for WritePad 6.2 for $4.99. WritePad for iPhone is also available and is sold separately for $3.99. For more information about the WritePad product line, please visit PhatWare’s web site at

About PhatWare
Founded in October 1997, PhatWare Corporation is a leading provider of easy to use powerful software products and professional services for the mobile and desktop computing marketplace. PhatWare specializes in handwriting recognition, digital ink, note taking and database, and network management software development. PhatWare’s products include such popular titles as CalliGrapher®, PenOffice®, PhatNotes™, PhatPad™, WritePad™, and others. PhatWare Corporation is a Microsoft Certified Partner, and Intel Software Partner. To learn more about PhatWare, visit

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Steve Jobs declared the end of the PC era with the release of the iPad and In-Stat seems to agree with that. At least with its recent report. According to the NPD-based group, In-Stat shows projected sales of processors for tablets and smartphones to reach 1.9 billion annually by 2016. This is good news for chip maker ARM as it captures 73% of those chips sold. Intel, which gave netbook manufacturers the Atom CPU, seems to be lost in this growth while smartphone and tablet makers ignore Intel’s offering. A new era of dominance could be upon us and for the first time since the 70s, Intel could be feeling more like AMD as more and more mobile devices are snapped up by consumers.

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Scottsdale, Ariz., March 28, 2012—The term “mobile processor” refers to a range of processors used in mobile CE devices, often referred to as applications processors and central processing units (CPUs). These highly flexible mobile processors are used in multifunction devices that combine computing, communications, entertainment, and/or productivity capabilities. Mobile devices include e-readers, handheld game consoles (HGCs), mobile PCs, portable media players (PMPs), smartphones, and tablets. New NPD In-Stat ( research, reports that the growth of mobile processors in 2011 exceeded 43% and is forecast to grow at a 22% CAGR through 2016.

“Although the total available market for mobile processors continues to grow, the emergence of industry leaders in the high-growth mobile device segment is becoming a key factor in the success of processor vendors,” says Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist. “Just having a captive smartphone and tablet market has propelled Apple into second place for the entire mobile processor market just behind industry leader Intel. In 2012, Apple will likely capture the top spot, in terms of unit shipments, driven by the success of its iPhone and iPad. Other companies that benefitted greatly from new product releases or dominance by their OEM customers included Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, and Samsung.”

Key research findings include:

For all mobile devices, ARM is the dominant processor architecture with over 73% of all units shipped and is growing.
Intel’s dominance continues in mobile PCs, while Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung claim the top spots in other CE devices.
Smartphones and tablets represent the greatest opportunity for growth with a combined 75% growth in 2011 and 29.3% CAGR expected through 2016.
In-Stat anticipates consolidation in the mobile processor market beginning in the 2013/2014 timeframe.
The release of Windows 8 later this year will be a pivotal point in the competition between the ARM and x86 processor architectures.
New In-Stat research, Mobile Processor Architectures, Devices, and Market Shares, Q4’11 (#IN1204993SI), examines the vendors, markets, and issues surrounding the mobile processor market. As the first in a quarterly series of reports on mobile processors and mobile graphics, the mobile processor report provides in-depth analysis on key issues in the market as well as unit forecasts:

Quarterly shipment forecast by mobile processor vendor
Quarterly shipment forecast by application: mobile PCs, PMPs, HGCs, e-readers, tablets, smartphones
Quarterly shipment forecast by processor architecture, including ARM, MIPS, and x86
Analysis of key issues potentially impacting the market, including the battle between ARM and x86, the pending release of Windows 8, the make vs. buy decision, differentiation and integration, the growth of the low-cost segments, industry consolidation, technology adoption and migration, manufacturing, and legal issues
Five-year outlook for the market
Processor and vendor profiles for Amlogic, Anyka, AMD, Apple, Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor, HiSilicon, Ingenic Semiconductor, Intel, Marvell Technology Group, MediaTek, NuFront, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Renesas Mobile, Rockchip, Samsung, Shanghai Jade Tech, Spreadtrum, ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments, VIA Technologies, Vimicro, and ZiiLABS
This research is part of In-Stat’s Mobile Technology service, which provides analysis of the market for technologies, IP, and semiconductors that enable next-generation mobile devices, including processors, graphics, modems, GPS, displays, memory, storage, operating systems, software, and human interfaces.

About NPD In-Stat

NPD In-Stat’s market intelligence combines technical, market and end-user research and database models to analyze the Mobile Internet and Digital Entertainment ecosystems. Insights are derived from a deep understanding of technology impacts, nearly 30 years of history in research and consulting, and direct relationships with leading players in each of our core markets. NPD In-Stat provides its research through reports, annual subscriptions, consulting and advisory services to inform critical decisions. Technology vendors, equipment manufacturers, service providers and media companies worldwide rely on NPD In-Stat to support critical business, product and technology decisions. For more information, visit

About The NPD Group, Inc.

The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,800 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit and Follow us on Twitter at @npdtech and @npdgroup.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Now that LTE has landed onto the iPad, true broadband has finally arrived to the most popular tablet on the market. It didn’t take long, however, for many to find out that the new Retina display could also be a negative feature to the new lightening fast third-generation iPad. With the new high-definition screen came the ability to view HD video. More detail means more bytes which means less time. The Wall Street Journal reported that Brandon Wells picked up his iPad on a Friday and proceeded to stream March Madness the next day. In just two hours, he had reached the limit of his plan. Wells $30 plan gave him 2GB of data. To continue watching on his iPad without the aide of Wi-Fi, Wells would have to paid an additional $10 per 1 GB. Naturally Verizon refused to comment on Wells quick evaporation of his broadband allotment but suggested he simply pay for a more expensive plan that would have given a little more than two hours of additional viewing pleasure. It also suggested he use Wi-Fi when possible. What’s the point of LTE then?

Jason Perlow over at ZDNet touches on this new problem and reminds his readers that he warned of this very issue a year ago in late 2010. Perlow points out that when Netflix supports HD with its pending updated app, things will only become worse. He does a very good job of explaining the issue at hand and why the new iPad eats up so much more data than the previous versions.

While Android tablets and smartphones have been riding the LTE wave for over six months on the Verizon network, their small numbers in sales have put little stress on Big Red or much attention to those running out of broadband quickly. Further, Android tablets do not have any HD content to pull out of the cloud as does the iPad. But now, everything’s about to change.

Apple sold an astonishing 3 million iPads opening weekend. That’s 1 million iPads a day. Essentially, Apple sold more third-generation iPads in a few hours than all Android tablets sold in 2010. This sets the stage for a large pool of LTE users who will first become unpleasantly surprised like Wells and then brew up some anger. The majority of users will opt for the $30 per month plan and may up to the $50 plan to garner some more streaming time. Unfortunately, this will only give users a bit more than twice of what they originally had and without changing their viewing habits, this will not even get them past a weekend without running out “time”. Overage fees will surely take a, um, byte out of many pocket books and its sure to stir up some frustration.

Personally, I think the most interesting development from all of this is how Verizon basically bragged about how LTE would allow it to do data better for less when it began rolling out LTE in early 2010. Why? Because 3G networks and its predecessors were designed for voice, not data. With “4G”, things would be much better due to the fact that it was made specifically for data. Yet little change in cost of plans or amount of data – if any – were seen. Instead Verizon and AT&Ts greed and oligopoly give them full reign to continue in this fashion.

So what can be done? Regulation could occur as is the knee-jerk reaction from public out cry. There could be a consumer revolt causing a campaign of users to come together and force change from the carriers. The third and least likely answer would be competition. Between T-Mobile and Sprint on near extinction, it’s only a matter of time for AT&T to figure out how to acquire one of them the second time around with Verizon getting the left over. The other alternative is to simply not purchase an LTE version of the iPad but with Wi-Fi not as widespread as cellular connections, that choice isn’t a good one.

I think we will see pressure from services such as Netflix, Google (YouTube), and other providers that will be effected on its bottom line. It may be a few years before real pressure occurs but with the new iPad, this time table may be sped up. We’ve already seen big names such as Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings make complaint about data caps which is just the beginning. More will become vocal in the coming years if not months. Really, it will be these people that will be our advocates for more broadband on our iPads and other devices for less cost.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Apple today announced its third-generation iPad which it simply calls, “the new iPad”. Putting heat on the competition, the new iPad will include the much anticipated Retina display. Apple boasts on its web page, “The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space.” That is an improvement of 4 times over the iPad 2, which sticks around at the 16GB level with a $100 slashed from its price. Powering the Retina display will be the leaked news of the A5X quad-core CPU that is “twice as fast as the Tegra 3″ claimed Apple today in San Francisco. Added to the front display is a new iSight camera and on the rear a 5-megapixel one that incorporates the iPhone 4S ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens. This allows the new iPad to capture 1080p video. You can now upload that video on one of many carriers LTE network if you opt for the 4G $130 premium option. Siri sneaks into the new iPad but not by name. Dictation envelopes itself into the new iPad which Apple suggest you can now, “Write an email. Send a text. Search the web. Or create a note. And do it all with only your voice.”

Apple also updated the Apple TV, again much to expectations. Newly found is support for 1080p video. You will be able to view full HD quality videos from iCloud via the iTunes store as well as other sources. To celebrate the better resolution, a new look was also added with buttons in place of text to navigate between Netflix, MLB, NHL, iTunes, Settings, and so forth. There was no mention of this new interface making an appearance to existing Apple TVs.

Both the new iPad and Apple TV will be available on March 16th, my birthday if anyone’s interesting in gifting one for me, with pre-orders being taken today.

Briefly mentioned, as if a black sheep, was the iOS 5.1 update. Tim Cook only stated that Siri now understands Japanese and that it would be available today.

SpiderArm Give Your iPad a 360 View

Author: Sven Rafferty
Friday, February 17, 2012

iPad accessories are quite popular and mounting options are increasing seemingly daily. While the option to mount your iPad is great, the flexibility of the mount hasn’t been. Now spiderArm Ltd. has announced it’s SpiderArm iPad mount which allows you to access your iPad in just about any way you wish. Connected to an arm, you are giving extreme flexibility to the height and reach of your iPad. The pivot head allows you to spin and tilt the iPad to any direction you desire giving you a true 360 degree option for you iPad. Take a look at the jump for more info.

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spiderArm™ iPad® 2 Modular Mount System Holds iPad where you want it – with 360° Adjustability and Home-to-Work Versatility
Ergonomic iPad Accessory Helps Reduce Neck Strain and Long-Term Injuries

Toronto, February 17, 2012 ─ spiderArm Ltd. announces the worldwide availability of its SpiderArm iPad® mount system, a complete interchangeable support system for the iPad 2. The modular system allows users to create a hands-free viewing set up that provides the most precise and enjoyable experience with their device; therefore reducing potential muscle fatigue, eye strain and neck strain that can occur from extended use of technology devices. The spiderArm retails for $79.99 and is available at and Amazon.

The system includes two base units; a two-way SurfaceMount™ that is padded to protect furniture and can be secured to a table or desk, and a three-way VersaMount™ for securing onto a wall, under a cabinet or near your work station. Much like spiders themselves who can survive in all types of habitats, the spiderArm system can be used in nearly any environment and the multiple mounts provided in the system means you can move your iPad from room to room – even from home to office – wherever you use your iPad the most.

Additional product features include:

Three modular extension arms with 270 degree joints that freely adjust to any angle and height. These arms help the user to “build” a system using either one, two or three of the arms, resulting in a set up that provides a precise, ergonomic and hands-free viewing experience customized just for them.
The spiderArm mount system provides endless uses and its versatility allows the user to place it nearly anywhere. The spiderArm may be used around the home, in the office, or for commercial and professional uses due to its rugged, polycarbonate construction.
The secureSnap™ outer casing allows for a quick attachment of the iPad; the device eases onto the base and is snapped onto the unit at all four corners for a secure fit. This casing is connected to the first and shortest “arm” provided in the system which features a ball joint connection and a 360 degree adjustment knob that provides a secure connection as well as the ability to angle it based on viewing preferences.
A fashionable yet durable, quality finish in piano-key white color and soft, anodized-finish aluminum tubes.
Under counter mount option keeps iPad safe from harm and away from spills and splashes in the kitchen, in a lab or on your desk.
“Each day we are seeing more medical reports and media coverage about the injuries being caused by poor posture, abnormal neck positioning and over exertion of arm muscles due to the extended use of electronic devices,” commented Tim Henderson, inventor of the spiderArm. “We expect our system to stand apart from other cases or stands on the market because it was designed with the iPad users versatile lifestyle in mind – one minute they are accessing recipes while cooking in the kitchen and the next they are viewing movies on their iPad in bed. The spiderArm is there for every situation to support their device and accommodate their viewing needs.”

Tim Henderson is the creator of the patented design behind the spiderArm. His background in design and production are evident in its superior construction and functionality. The product has been designed to accommodate the user’s personal lifestyle, and accessories are being introduced rapidly by the company to provide even more mobility of the product.

About spiderArm Ltd.

spiderArm Ltd was founded in 2011 with the intent to bring the best-in-design and usability to the iPad accessory market. The company is continuing to research and develop iPad products that provide best in quality, function and innovation for the end user. For more information, visit or call (800) 531-8289.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Girls love dressing up dolls. Paper dolls can be just as fun as any doll where as the options seem more unlimited when using paper. Think for a moment, what if you didn’t have to mess with cardboard, tab bending, and cut-outs everywhere, and the expense associated with the dolls, wouldn’t you be interested in looking into this? What if it was free? Well, think no more and take a look at SK Planet’s new offering, Play-Doll for Kids, available on the iOS or Android device.

Kids will not only be able to dress up their dolls but once done, they now can make a full out story with the dolls. Better yet, the stories can be shared to family, such as grandparents who love anything from their grandchildren, through Play-Doll’s Share Board. This board, like the app, is free!

So parents, get your paper doll making happening today…paper free!

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. – January 18, 2012 – SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Korea-based SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), today announced Play-Doll For Kids, a family-friendly app that enables children to pick and create characters that can be shared with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. The app, which is available for Android and iOS, has more than 50 dolls, including a princess, a dinosaur and a vampire that users can personalize to create an adventure like no other.

Play-Doll is designed to enable children to use their imagination to create their perfect story. To start, users can scroll through the variety of characters they may want in their story. Story creators can do complete costume changes with the characters, including clothing, hairstyles and accessories such as shoes and bags.

In a sea of thousands of apps, Play-Doll has educational value as it exposes children to characters of all cultures, shapes and sizes. A recent Nielsen survey shows that the iPad is the most desired product during the holiday season, with smartphones and the iPod Touch not far behind, among children ages six to 12. Play-Doll encourages children to think outside of the box, interact and create a story they are proud to share with their loved ones.

Once characters are selected and customized, users then pick the setting of their story, such as a party or in the jungle. Children are able to make their stories come to life by recording and applying their voices to the characters and by moving characters on the Play-Doll set. Play-Doll also enables users to record their story to share with family and friends through Play-Doll’s Share Board.

Pricing and Availability
Play-Doll is a free Android and iOS app available immediately at the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

About SK Planet
SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of SK Telecom, was established in October 1, 2011 with an aspiration to become a global platform innovator. As the lynchpin of SK Telecom’s future growth, the company was spun off with the industry-leading platform businesses including T-Store, T-map, MelOn, Cyworld and hoppin, Korea’s biggest mobile app store, mobile navigation, online music service, SNS and multi-screen premium video service. SK Planet is committed to building global platform business in Asia and other strategic markets. For more information, please visit

About SK Telecom
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670) is Korea’s leading telecommunications provider with more than 26 million subscribers, which accounts for more than 50% of the total market. The company, established in 1984, reached KRW 12.46 trillion in revenue in 2010. SK Telecom was the first to launch and commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, and it currently provides cellular, wireless internet, mobile media, global roaming service and more. For more information, please visit

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., December 13, 2011—In response to falling large-area TFT LCD panel prices in 2011, panel makers have minimized their 2H’11 production, but preparation for 2012 models and gradual clearing of supply chain inventories are encouraging panel makers to take a more positive stance in their production strategies. According to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area Production Strategy Report, global TFT LCD glass input peaked in Q2’11, achieving a record 42.1 million square meters, but then fell to 36.5 million square meters in Q3’11, and is expected to reach 37.8 million square meters in Q4’11.

In Q1’12, panel makers are expecting to increase glass input by 5%, to 39.8 million square meters. The forecast capacity utilization is 77% in Q1’12, which is 7% higher than previously expected. This is partly based on expectations that prices have bottomed out in this cycle. Also, panel makers are planning for new models, such as larger size multi-function monitor panels, ultra-slim notebook PC panels, new TV panel sizes including 39”W, 43”W, 48”W and 50”W with cost effective CCFL and LED backlights, and slim bezels. However, with 2012 market demand still unclear, panel makers foresee the possibility of adjusting capacity utilization again in Q1’12.

According to Shawn Lee, Senior Analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, “Increasing production does not necessarily increase shipments, as panel prices are close to cash costs in many cases. However, improved inventory and price outlooks, as well as the launch of new panel models, are leading panel makers to be more optimistic.” Lee added, “Other factors leading to the increased production forecast include the need to increase utilization rates in order to cover depreciation costs, and the fact that new panel producers in China are starting to ramp up their fabs, contributing to the increased input. Lee concluded, “After a long oversupply period, panel makers are still cautious about glass input and utilization rates, and they do not plan to increase utilization to more than 80% in Q1’12.”

Tablet Panel Production on the Rise, While Mini-Notes Slide

In mobile PC applications, panel makers plan to decrease production of mini-note PC panels while increasing production of tablet PC panels, with area production of tablet PC panels expected to double from Q1’11 to Q2’11. Panel makers are also reshaping their tablet PC panel production strategies, with Sharp using its Gen 8 fab to produce tablet PC panels with oxide TFT backplanes, and Samsung, LG Display, and Sharp producing tablet PC panels with more than 200 pixels per inch.

Other panel makers, including AUO, Chimei Innolux, BOE, CPT and HannStar, are planning to apply more production resources to tablet PC panels in 2012. Although Gen 5 and smaller fabs will mainly produce mini-note and tablet PC panels, more than half of these will be produced in Gen 6 and Gen 8 starting in Q1’12.

The NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area Production Strategy Reportoffers the industry’s most complete view of large-area panel production by analyzing panel makers’ quarterly production plans. Subscribers receive production plans by application in different generation fabs, with granular detail down to the size by aspect ratio and by country. With 100% coverage of panel makers, the Quarterly Large-Area Production Strategy Reportprovides reliable information and insight needed to evaluate production strategies, understand current capacity, spot key supply trends before it is too late and manage inventory. Please contact Charles Camaroto at 1.888.436.7673 or 1.516.625.2452, e-mail or contact your regional NPD DisplaySearch office in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan for more information.

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