The Pad & Quill Contega case for the new iPad updates their spectacular iPad 2 case for Apple’s third generation tablet. Granted, it’s not a major change — they’ve teased that will come soon enough — but it does make the adjustments necessary to get an already fabulous case working on the latest iPad. That makes this review really simple: if you loved the Contega on your iPad 2, you’ll love it on your new iPad. If you didn’t try it on your previous iPad, or this is your first iPad, and you’re a fan of the moleskin look and feel, then you’re in for a real treat.
The Real Engadget Podcast: New York City: It’s when bloggers stop being polite, and start getting real, which for these Engadget Podcasters means talking to their pets and talking to their beers, with a stiff dose of tech talk up top that can’t be out-realed.
00:20:45 – Justice Department formally charges Apple, big five publishers in e-book price fixing case (update)
00:35:55 – Spotify launches Play Button in bid to become the web’s default music player
00:39:38 – Toshiba announces Excite 10, 7.7 and 13 tablets, Thrive slates on their way out
00:43:33 – Contour+ vs. GoPro HD Hero 2: through the desert and into the skies
00:54:12 – NYC phone booths to get second lives as slate stalls
00:59:00 – Listener questions
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Update: Tech From 10 seems to be offline — but we have lots of images and a hands-on review if you want to see what the new Music app is like.
In what is probably a bit of a big-G whoopsie, the folks at Tech From 10 woke up to find a new, test version of Android Market installed on their Galaxy S.
Visually, the new version is almost identical. The carousel of featured apps has been updated slightly, and apps now have a ‘Content rating,’ but that’s it (image after the break). The interesting bit, however, is the inclusion of alpha and beta apps — most notably, there’s a new version of the Music app, which looks like a scaled-down version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb Music app (see right).
Also available from the test Android Market is ‘Google Gallery 3D New 10.2′, ‘Google – Camera v12′ and ‘Google Desk Clock 10′ — but, curiously, all of the apps refused to launch on Tech From 10′s Galaxy S (Vibrant) smartphone. Are they Honeycomb apps? Or, more likely, are they destined for the next Android smartphone OS, Ice Cream?
Recently, Google has been busy beefing up Latitude to make it more competitive with other location apps — and more fun to use. Location history was added recently, iOS users can post check-ins via Latitude, and now Google has begun rolling out location-based deals which are tied to the service.
If you’re in the U.S., you can now score local savings at participating merchants by checking in with Latitude. Google will also be offering “status deals,” which users can unlock by visiting a particular merchant on a regular basis. Mashable notes three status levels: regular, VIP, and guru — though partners can apparently customize those titles if they choose.
Right now deals are available from merchants like American Eagle Outfitters, Arby’s, Finish Line, Macy’s, Quiznos, and RadioShack.
If you want to see how an iPad is assembled at a Foxconn factory, a new video reveals some of the processes involved. The video is part of a series of reports by Rob Schmitz; who is only the second ever reporter given permission to access the factory floor at Apple?s iPad assembly line.