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Apple Announces iPad2

For almost one year, Apple has owned the tablet market. In fact, it's had the market almost entirely to itself. That began changing at the end of last year, with a constant stream of announcements and product launches from Cisco, Research In Motion, Samsung, and more, leading to an absolute avalanche of new products announced and demonstrated at CES this January. And those products have been, at least on a feature basis, easily superior to the original iPad. Just as some of those products have s
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Jobs raved about the GarageBand app, a $4.99 app compatible with the Mac version. You can choose specific instruments and there are ways to add key dynamics, like tap keys soft or hard and it will play back the difference. You can play real instruments, of course, but also the touch instruments. Quite realistic. It includes expressions, like vibrato on a violin and slides on the keyboard. The app also adds smart instruments, for those who don't know how to play. For instance, the app puts guitar chords together (in the same key) so you can have fun with this without being a musician. GarageBand supports up to eight tracks, and all of these songs can be sent to iTunes or e-mailed as an AAC file. Jobs kept saying these are not toys; they’re for real work. Don’t we wish.

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