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This Galaxy Tab 10.1 bike mount is a really bad idea

Whenever a manufacturer releases a new device, there’s the mandatory selection of accessories made available to compliment it. In the case of a tablet, these accessories usually include cases, stands, and cables. For the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has gone one step further and teamed up to produce a bike mount.

Created in partnership with 14 Bike Co. the mount hangs your Galaxy Tab in the middle of a bike frame held securely in a carbon fiber case. Why this doesn’t strike me as a very good idea is because the Tab’s display remains exposed.

Allowing access to the screen while in the case may make it more accessible, but what happens if a stone flies up off the road and hits it? Or, you fall off your bike, leave your bike unattended, or it starts raining? There’s also a question mark over why you would want the Tab accessible why your were riding along. Tableting and biking surely isn’t a recommended form of multitasking.

At the moment, this is just a concept rather than a readily available accessory. However, 14 Bike Co will provide you with one on special order, apparently. There’s no price listed anywhere, but special order usually translates into very expensive.

If you did want a mount on your bike specifically for a tablet, I think it would be a lot more practical, and therefore sell better, if the case offered total protection, had a locking mechanism, and actually hid the fact you had a tablet inside it.

Read more at SlashGear, via Geeky Gadgets


Apple giving old iPads to Teach for America teachers

When people upgrade from the iPad to the iPad 2, and soon from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3, where do the previous-gen iPads go? Yes, there are plenty of trade-in programs out there that will throw you a couple bones for your used tablet, but what if you could actually help people when upgrading and getting rid of your old iPad? Apple invited iPad 2 upgraders to donate their iPads to Teach for America.

Teach for America places recent grads into low-income public schools all over the country. From the people I know who have been a part of Teach for America, they all say it’s a rewarding but extremely challenging experience. Teachers get just five weeks of training before they’re put into classrooms in some of the roughest public schools in the country. Continue reading

Nvidia Kal-El tablet running Windows 8 spotted at Build

We knew Microsoft was going to give away a tablet to Build attendees. When it was teased the week before the conference, folks thought maybe the mystery tablet was packing Nvidia’s quad-core Kal-El processor. Instead, it turned out to be the Samsung Series 7 tablet running an Intel Core i5 and the Windows 8 developer preview. Continue reading

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