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In theory, Genius should be a great way to find new apps that you’ll like with very little effort on your own part. By looking at the apps you already own, and combining this information with the ratings and categories in the App Store, Genius should be able to come up with suggestions that are spot-on.

The great shame is that this doesn’t seem to be the case, at least to my mind. In reality Genius often offers suggestions that are pointless; I rarely find myself downloading an app that has been recommended to me in this way.

Could, and should, Genius be better? What improvements would make all the difference?

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Earlier this week I wrote an article on the iPad case dilemma, discussing the various types of cases available and how they affect the way in which the iPad is used. I was fascinated to realise that many people use multiple cases as a solution for their usage situations, I use two myself.

What I’d really like to know is how many cases, or case-type accessories, you use? Are they for various different situations, or can you just not help yourself when you come across a delicious new leather folio case?

A huge industry has grown up to provide us with a wide array of options for the protection, and carrying, of our iPads, how many purchases are we making?

Feel free to leave a comment below if you so wish, I’d particularly love to hear from those who own more that 4 case solutions!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Avatron Software! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Stef
Hector Lee
Nate
ffeld

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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Earlier this week Scott Danielson took a look at some of the great things it’s possible to do with Air Display, you can read his article here. Now I’m happy to announce that we have 4 promo codes available for some fortunate readers to get their hands on!

Air Display is a great app that gives you the ability to turn your iPad into a secondary display, by using your local Wi-Fi network. The possibilities are virtually endless, with Air Display giving you a whole new way to use and appreciate your iPad.

At $9.99 it’s a great buy, but here is a fantastic chance to get all of that functionality for absolutely nothing!

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Last month we ran an intriguing poll that simply asked what type of iPad case you used, and the results got me thinking. The success of the iPad has allowed an almost laughably vast industry to grow up simply providing cases and covers of all shapes and sizes, covering every possible need while allowing you to spend up to $4,900 (for an iPad case made from the finest alligator skin) in the process.

No other item I can think of has caused such a strong bout of case-fever. Even the Nokia 3310 only had one actual type of case, albeit in an almost unwaveringly disgusting smorgasbord of colours and designs. The clearest thing that was highlighted by the poll is the surprisingly even spread of cases people owned and used, there seemed to be no clear consensus on the ‘best’ way to protect, carry, and augment the iPad.

I decided to give it some thought…

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at the Hot Apps Factory! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Jelleke
Cue
Choudhury
András
Rick
Lukas Schmidt
David
Kim Wickell
Florian Taltavull
John Hughes

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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Earlier this week we reviewed the excellent App Cooker, an extremely comprehensive app for planning, designing, and mocking up any iOS app. I’m hugely pleased to announce that we now have 10 promo codes to give away!

From my review of App Cooker:

I think the comprehensive set of tools provided by App Cooker could be invaluable to any level of app developer, from amateur to seasoned app emperor. Each section is carefully crafted to encourage great app development, something which I’m fanatical about!

The extra bonus here is that the developers of App Cooker are soon to be releasing some major new updates that should cement App Cooker as the premier app for iOS planning and development.

Get your app idea off the ground now!

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This week I’d love to take a poll on a highly speculative, but nonetheless interesting, question. Is the iPad the final new product from Apple?

First, I should probably clarify the question a little.

I was inspired to create this poll after reading a fascinating article on Cult of Mac that makes a strong statement with its title; iPod. iPhone. iPad. Why Apple is Done Inventing New Devices.

By new devices (or products) I don’t mean the further iterations or development in existing spaces, such as the desktop or mobile phone, but rather the creation of entirely new categories of product. Such as the iPad and its creation of the spuriously named ‘Tablet Market’ (many have argued that there is really only an ‘iPad Market’ at the moment).

Do you think that Apple will now continue to push the bounds in its current areas of influence and leave pushing into new areas aside? Or, is it short-sighted to think that a company such as Apple won’t break ground in ways we can’t yet envisage?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Log your answer and perhaps send a few words this way as well!

There has already been considerable debate over the value of embracing emerging technology in education, particularly the use of iPads in schools, but is this debate simply over method or is there something more drastic taking place?

If the use of iPads can significantly improve the engagement of students, and increase their ability to explore subjects and develop in their learning, then are we doing them a disservice by being slow on the uptake?

Is the iPad a frivolous toy that would be misused and a drain on limited school budgets, or is it a bridge between the classroom and the world? One school in Northern Ireland has began a brave move to put an iPad into the hands of every student, is this the start of something…

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Recently there have been a few polls on here that have excluded people not in possession of an iPad 2, and for that I’m sorry. This week I’m going to make up for it, however, with a chance for you to give the main reason behind not purchasing Apple’s most recent technological marvel (excuse the hyperbole).

If you’re a proud owner of the original iPad I commend your decision not to upgrade, the iPad 2 is excellent, but so was the original. The differences are rather small considering the minimum $499 spend.

Is your reason purely financial, are you saving pennies in a jar right now?

What I’m more interested in are the specific reasons why people have passed on the iPad 2, especially if they’re considering the competition. The hot discussion last week was over the iPad 2’s cameras, was that your reason?

I can see good reasons to wait for the iPad 3, especially if you have an original iPad; the possibility of a retina display alone would have many iPhone 4 users on the edge of their seats.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What was the reason you decided not to buy an iPad 2?

Last week the legal spat between Apple and Samsung reached a new and unexpected level. Following a district court ruling in Düsseldorf, Germany, Samsung were forbidden from selling their new Honeycomb-based tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in all EU countries apart from the Netherlands due to copyright infringements.

Apple claim that the physical design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 violates the iPad 2 design patents and has demanded that all Galaxy Tab 10.1 units are pulled off the shelves until the case is resolved. Samsung faces a hefty €250,000 (around $360,000) fine if they disobey the court ruling.

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Five Years of Envato

It’s kinda crazy to think, but our little internet startup, Envato, has been on the air now for five years. We started back in 2006 as four very enthusiastic and totally green entrepreneurs with a shoestring budget and a love of the web. Fast forward five years and while we’re hopefully a little less green, we’re still incredibly passionate about Education, Marketplaces and the web! It’s been an amazing time and we’d like to share a look inside our Melbourne HQ offices, some stats about Envato and a big thank you to the community.

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