The Apple Smart Cover is a convenient way to protect the display of your iPad, and can also double as a simple stand. However, there are times where you'd prefer to have something a little more sturdy, and a little more elegant, and that's where something like the Ten One Design Magnus Magnetic Stand for iPad comes in. The Magnus is a magnetic stand that works with the new iPad, as well as with the iPad 2, and even the original. I was able to get my hands on one and have been testing it for a bit. It's really a simply-but-elegant product, so there isn't much to it. How does it work, and will it fit in with your workflow? Head on down for our full review of the Magnus to find out!
Apple's done a number of things to improve the speed and utility of its popular tablet device. The Apple iPad 2 features the faster A5 processor, two cameras, and a gyroscope. However, one of the more interesting iPad 2 innovations can be found outside the product: The new Smart Cover. It's also the source of the iPad 2's first entertaining parlor trick.
That cover, a mixture of leather (or polyurethane), microfiber and magnets snaps neatly onto the left side of the iPad 2 (there are no special notches on the iPad, the cover simply auto-aligns itself). The Smart Cover's second trick is to put the tablet to sleep when you lay it down on top of the screen. Upon closer examination, however, it becomes clear that the active part of the cover is only in the last quarter panel. In other words, the iPad 2 doesn't sleep until the last part of the cover touches the screen. This means that there's also some sort of electronic mechanism within the cover and the right side of the iPad 2.
It seems that things are not so cheery with the LHC after all. There was a problem in sector 34 Friday, resulting in a helium leak. They believe that the source was a faulty connection between two magnets which may have melted, with the result being that CERN has shut down the device. They expect a minimum of 2 months worth of cooling off and repair. They also mentioned that no humans were at risk at any time, except for the ones who fell into the black hole (just kidding.)
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Want to show that you are old school Apple? This keyboard pin shows that you were around way before thin became in. Acorn Studios features many products made from old electronics and fashioned into geekware, like circuit board earrings and business card holders, keyboard key chains and jewelry, and magnet sets. Temporarily sold out, contact them to reserve your Mac-Pride pin (and leave your American flag lapel pin in your other suit) for $4.95.
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We knew it would come someday when we read all those early sci-fi books. Designer Keith Dixon of the British company Hoverit has developed a piece of furniture that defies gravity and promises to “float away your stress.” Working on magnets, the clear acrylic Lounger is said to help your sore muscles and headaches as well as let you literally feel like you are hanging out in the air. The chair can be moved around on its caster wheels so that you can leave the earth portably. It is being offered in a Limited Edition beginning March 14 for £5,875 (~$11,508.00.)
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If you’re of a certain age, you undoubtedly grew up watching the educational Schoolhouse Rock cartoons in between episodes of Laff-a-Lympics and Scooby Doo. Their catchy tunes and colorful animation actually made learning math, punctuation, politics, etc. fun. If you’re one to get all misty-eyed at the mention of “Conjunction Junction” (raising hand), here’s a set of 5 cool Schoolhouse Rock magnets to keep the nostalgia alive. A very cool 70s collectible guaranteed to elicit smiles…and singing. Available for $11 USD. Want to own the cartoons themselves? Check out Amazon.
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Here’s a handy household gadget, perfect for families: the Fridge Message Magnet. Just attach it to the fridge (natch), and family members can leave messages for each other, just by pressing the corresponding button for that relative and leaving a voice recording. No more post-its or messy whiteboards—just the facts, mom. The buttons also function as picture frames for extra cuteness. A set of two will be available next month for $20 USD.
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