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Bring Your iPad; Leave Your Laptop Computer At Home

By combining an optional external keyboard that's portable with the added features and functionality of the latest versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, your iPad or iPad 2 takes a dramatic step closer to offering the functionality of a laptop computer or netbook, but in a lighter-weight package.

When you combine the wireless file-sharing capabilities that will be offered by Apple's iCloud, and the improved AirPrint functionality (for wireless printing) offered in iOS 5 (both of which will be available in the fall), your iPad or iPad 2 will now be able to replace your laptop computer as your primary word processing, spreadsheet management, and/or digital slide show creation and presentation tool while you're on the go.

The Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps continue to work well together, allowing you to easily copy and paste elements from one app into another. For example, you can create a colorful chart within Numbers, and then import it directly into a Pages document or Keynote presentation.

Later, when you're ready to make your presentation, you can use Apple's optional AV Digital Cable to connect your tablet to any high-definition monitor or television with an HDMI input, or you can use the optional Apple VGA Adapter to connect the iPad to an LCD projector or computer monitor, making it easy to give presentations to small or large groups directly from your tablet, and using documents or files created with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

If you need the ability to give presentations to groups anywhere there's a blank wall, the optional Cinemin Swivel Video Projector ($249.00, http://www.wowwee.com/en/products/tech/projection/cinemin/swivel) is a battery-powered, pocket-sized projector that connects directly to your iPad and blows up what's on the tablet's screen up to 60-inches (diagonally) as it's displayed on any wall—without needing a television, electrical outlet, or long cables.

The Cinemin Swivel Video Projector, when used with an iPad, is a perfect tool for mobile executives, salespeople, and entrepreneurs who constantly need to make presentations to small groups. This accessory eliminates the concern about equipment compatibility issues when you're giving a presentation, and is ideal for those who don't want to lug around cumbersome equipment like a monitor or full-size LCD projector. Everything you need to make a professional-quality presentation using the Keynote app, for example, fits in a briefcase, purse, or messenger bag; and is battery powered.

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