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iPad mini giveaway!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds

iPad mini giveaway

It's not easy finding an Apple iPad mini in stores, since they're sold out pretty much everywhere. We're here to help you get the hot new tablet though, and you won't even have to pay the $459 price tag because we are giving this one away! Why $459 and not $329? Well, we aren't just going for the entry level here--we are giving away a 16GB iPad mini with LTE!

We've teamed up with TRENDOY!, the daily gadget newsletter to give away an iPad mini, and we've made it super-easy for you to enter to win. All you need to do to enter is head on over to our TRENDOY! page and subscribe! We'll choose a winner of the iPad mini from our subscribers in a week. Good luck!

Oh, and be sure to subscribe to the Gear Live Newsletter too - we've got a few fun holiday giveaways planned there as well, as part of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!


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Apple iPad (4th generation): FaceTime HD, Lightning connector, A6X chip, $499

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds

Apple iPad 4th generation

We all expected the iPad mini to be announced today, but not many people figured we would also get a new, 4th generation iPad. However, that's exactly what happened, as Apple strayed from its usual yearly update cycle, announcing a new full-sized iPad just six months after the last update. So, what's changed with the new iPad? For starters, it now packs in a new A6X processor, which Apple claims makes the new tablet twice as fast as its predecessor. It also brings a new FaceTime HD front camera, the new image processor technology that debuted on the iPhone 5, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and more LTE connectivity (including Sprint's network.) Last, but not least, the iPad also picks up the new Lightning connector, eliminating the 30-pin dock connector from all of Apple's current products.

Pricing remains the same across the board, so you can get the 4th generation iPad for $499 for the 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. If you want an LTE model, just add $130 on top of those prices. The 4th generation iPad will go on sale on November 2nd, and you can pre-order one this Friday.

Be sure to check out all of the news from today's iPad mini event!


OnStar, RelayRides partnership allows GM vehicle owners to rent out vehicles to strangers for cash

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Transportation

RelayRides OnStar

We reported on the RelayRides OnStar partnership back at CES, with RelayRides using the OnStar API to broaden its network of available vehicles. RelayRides allows its members to rent cars on a short-term basis directly from the car owners. It's a peer-to-peer car-sharing network. The partnership with OnStar will allow owners of cars equipped with the OnStar service to add their vehicles to RelayRides, giving them the opportunity to rent out their vehicles for cash. Locking, unlocking, and starting the vehicle can all be performed using the RelayRides smartphone app, and OnStar has made it easy for owners to add their vehicles to the service.

It may seem a bit unorthodox to make your personal vehicle available for rental to strangers, but RelayRides does have protections in place as they look to compete with the likes of Zipcar. What do you think? Would you use a service like this?

Read More | GM

Twitter 4.3 for iOS and Android brings expanded tweets and more

Twitter for iPhone 4.3

Today Twitter for iPhone 4.3 was released on the App Store, a major update to the official Twitter client that brings with it the ability to view enhanced and expended tweets right in the app. Here's a rundown of the features:

  • Expanded Tweets -- when you view Tweet details containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos, and more (rolling out gradually)
  • Enhanced experience around selected events with the bets Tweets and photos from those involved
  • Push notifications for Tweets -- choose to receive notifications from people you follow any time they tweet or retweet
  • Ambient notifications -- enables you to see brief non-interruptive notifications in the status bar while you're using the app
  • Improvements to search autocomplete for users
  • Discover -- now indicates when new stories are available for you to view
  • Tappable avatars take you directly to user profiles
  • Performance improvements
  • Support for password entry in app when experiencing authentication issues
  • Support for the Hungarian language
  • Icon (image at right) features the new Twitter bird!

You can download the new Twitter for iPhone and iPad now, completely free.


7-inch iPad set to debut in October

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Rumors

7-inch iPad coming in October

A smaller iPad has been rumored to be arriving for over a year now, aimed to compete with 7-inch tablets like the Kindle Fire. Now, on the heels of the announcement of the Nexus 7 and Surface tablets, both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that sources are indicating that Apple is set to start production on a 7.8-inch iPad with the goal of launching it this October. Unlike the 2012 iPad model, this smaller slate won't be sporting a Retina display as Apple will instead opt for a 1024 x 768 panel to keep costs down. We know, it's another iPad rumor. The difference here, though, is that when you see major outlets like WSJ and Bloomberg reporting it, it's with great confidence. October should also see the debut of the next-generation iPhone as well.

Read More | WSJ via Bloomberg


Bleeding Edge TV 449: iPad (2012) definitive review

We know, we already brought you our exhaustive iPad (3rd generation) review in text, but there are some things that really need videos in order to be shown in the best light. In this episode we bring you our definitive new iPad video review. The new iPad brings with it features like the Retina display, 4G LTE, quad-core graphics, dictation, and an upgraded rear camera. Those are the features that Apple really focused on with the introduction of the 2012 iPad model, so we go through each one in detail. If you want to know everything there is to know about the new iPad, this is the video for you!

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring Bleeding Edge TV. GoToMeeting provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings - be sure to check them out!


Windows 8 Metro Testbed on iPad thanks to Splashtop

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Microsoft, Software

Win8 Metro Testbed

If you've been patiently awaiting the arrival of Windows 8 tablets while staring at your iPad with evil eyes, listen up. Now you can test apps in, and play with, the Microsoft Metro interface right on your iPad. While that may sound awkwards--dirty, even--it's perfectly easy to do using the Win8 Metro Testbed app from Splashtop. With it, you can swipe to switch between apps, access the Charms menu, and all the other stuff you'll be able to do within the confines of a Windows 8 tablet Metro interface. You can find the app in the iTunes App Store, where it costs $24.99 for a limited time. Afterwards, it'll be bumped up to $49.99, doubling in price. You need a PC running the Windows 8 beta for the app to work. Check out a video demo after the break.

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iPad comes to Target on October 3

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPad TargetIf you’ve wanted to pick up an but haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’ll have another option as far as purchasing location in a little over a week, as Target stores will start selling the Apple tablet on October 3 in both the WiFi and 3G flavors. Even better, if you’ve got a Target credit card, they’ll be having a 5% off special for the iPad beginning October 17th. The holiday season is upon us.


3G iPad launches April 30th at 5:00 PM

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Wireless / WiFi

iPad 3G

just made it known to the world that the US launch of the 3G will happen on the very last day of the month (hey, they did say late-April!) If you’ve been clamoring and waiting for a Wi-Fi + 3G Apple tablet, April 30th is your day, as Apple Stores across the United States will start selling them that day at 5:00 PM. If you pre-ordered your 3G iPad before yesterday, you should expect it to arrive on the 30th as well. If you order it online now, you’ll have to wait until May 7 for it to arrive.

Read More | Apple

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