Super Mario World

Now that the iPad has sold over a million units, there are plenty of folks out there wanting to make the most out of their expensive doodad. One of the ways you can do this is to jailbreak your iPad, which will allow it to run unofficial apps. I'm not going to recommend jailbreaking, since there is somewhat of a risk, and you do void your warranty, but if you are the gambling sort, behold some of the things you can pull off.

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While traveling for work last week, I brought along my iPad. Usually, before a trip, I'll load up my iPhone or laptop with video to keep me entertained during the long, uncomfortable flight, but my fancy new device gave me a good excuse to put it through its travel paces. Turns out the iPad and flying are basically friends for life.

If you've ever tried to use a laptop on a plane, you know how terrible it can be. A video-capable handheld like the iPhone isn't great, either, as you basically have to hold it in front of you, since the screen is so small. The iPad, however, is perfect. Well, almost perfect...but we'll get to the flaw in a bit.

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Apple aficionados are waiting with bated breath for the company's next press conference, kicking off in mere moments. The focus of the conference will be on iPhone OS 4.0, which will add new features and improvements to the wildly popular handheld, and may even bring some additions to the newly-released iPad, as well. I'll be live blogging the big announcements, so stay tuned! (C'mon folders!)

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Oh Apple, you just aren't happy if you're not in the headlines! Fresh off their successful launch of the iPad, Apple is back with more on April 8th (that's this Thursday). The focus of their next major press conference, talking place at the Apple HQ in Cupertino, will be the next update to their mobile OS: iPhone 4.0. Even though people can no longer complain about the lack of cut and paste, there's still plenty of improvements I'd like to see to the OS. Here's five of 'em!

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iPad Games

Whether you waited in line all night or pre-ordered one like a normal human being, you're likely staring at your iPad in awe. You've already swiped through your collection of built-in apps 60 or 70 times and now you're looking for something more entertaining. Good news, there's plenty on that front! In fact, the number of available games for the iPad can be a bit overwhelming, so I cut the list down to five iPad games that you can feel good about purchasing.

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There are limitations to iPhone gaming, and the touch screen is usually cited as one of the biggies. While it works great for certain types of games, like strategy, puzzle and board, other genres have a tough time making the transition. Have you tried to play an FPS on the iPhone? It's doable, but it's definitely not ideal. Same goes for fighting and action games. Titles that require a multitude of precise movements are generally not suited for just touch screen controls, and there's just no way around that.

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DSi XL

With the DSi XL in stores now, you may be wondering whether it's the handheld device for you. Well, you've come to the right place. Just answer five simple questions and you'll know if you should head on out and pick one up or leave the giant handheld gaming to those more enormous than you.

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Plants vs. Zombies

Apple is definitely putting a heavy gaming focus on the iPad, which launches next month. That's no surprise, given the iPhone's success. It seems, though, that in their enthusiasm, Apple has inadvertently revealed a handful of iPad titles on their web-based app store database of approved apps. Prime among them? "Plants vs. Zombies HD" and "Worms HD," two apps which already have non-HD installments in the App Store, making their planned destination pretty obvious.

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Astro A30

I've spent the past month putting Astro's new A30 headset through its paces. You may know of Astro's work from their first release, the A40 headset. Originally designed for professional gamers, the A40 is a high-end headset solution that may be great for a LAN party but isn't really what I would call portable or mainstream. After all, they're kinda enormous. The A30's go in another direction entirely.

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The iPad, Apple's new-fangled tablet computer, will be hitting store shelves on April 3rd. The device combines the multi-function use of the iPod Touch (music, movies, web-browsing, gaming, so forth) but with a larger size and a higher resolution screen.

The version launching on April 3rd is WiFi enabled, while iPads with WiFi and 3G connectivity will be launching sometime in late April.

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