The Week in iPad Cases: Marching on

The iPad 2 has been on the market for a nearly five months, but the flood of new cases hasn't stopped. Which is good for us, and you, because it means yet another iPad case roundup.

Cocoon's Grid-It Wrap 10

Cocoon: The Grid-It Wrap 10 (iPad and iPad 2; $30) is a wonder for iPad users who like to keep things organized. With enough pockets and straps for just about anything from a pack of chewing gums to a charging cable, the Grid-It is sure to keep things in check no matter where you are. It’s made of synthetic material and comes in black.

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AT&T to throttle heaviest users of unlimited smartphone data, beginning Oct. 1

Confirming widespread rumors, AT&T announced late on Friday that it will begin throttling data throughput for heavy users of its unlimited smartphone data plans beginning on October 1.

According to AT&T, data throttling will affect only those smartphone customers on an unlimited data plan who fall into the top 5 percent of data consumption. Once users are counted among that number, their data speed will be reduced, but their overall capacity won’t be touched—they can still consume as much data as they want, just at a slower speed.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: It's hot, hot, hot!

It's time for another iPhone case roundup, Macworld’s window on the fascinating world of protection for Apple’s handsets. Sit back, relax (possibly with a cold drink or two, given the temperatures we’ve been experiencing over the past few weeks), and enjoy our latest installment.

CaseMate's Waddler

CaseMate: If you’re past your fear of the monsters hiding in your closet (and I’m not referring to that pair of short shorts you’ve been hiding back there), CaseMate has a whole line of $25 spooky covers inspired by the night terrors of your youth. These include the Waddler, the Monsta, the Gil, the Tut, the Frank, and the Hoot, each available in multiple color schemes.

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FDA proposes regulations for iOS medical apps

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulations for a narrow set of iOS apps, specifically targeted to the medical professional community.

While the FDA notes the rise of medical apps aimed at the consumer, the agency is not attempting to regulate those—it’s still “buyer beware” if you want to download an alternative medicine app that recommends a strict diet of onions for your bunions. The FDA is concerning itself only with apps that either interface with medical equipment as a control device (much as you can use your iPhone to control your Apple TV), or that can be used to turn an iOS device into a regulated category of equipment used to view health data, such as X-ray results.

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Android tops smartphone platforms, but Apple rules manufacturers

Android is edging out iOS as the leading smartphone operating system in the consumer U.S. market, but Apple is still king of the mountain when it comes to share among smartphone manufacturers, according to the June numbers from market research firm Nielsen.

While 39 percent of smartphones are running Google’s Android operating system, 28 percent of the market is on iOS. On the other hand, Apple’s control of iOS means that every iPhone sold counts towards Apple’s share of manufacturers, while Android phones are made by a variety of companies like HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and a bevy of others.

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New social-networking app makes everyone a tour-guide

The most rewarding part of traveling is often discovering the hidden gems of a city—alleyways lined with street art, the perfect spot to watch a sunset, a camera shop stocked with vintage lenses. The new location-based iOS app Trover makes it possible for users to share or find what it calls Discoveries—photos of and information about noteworthy sites and activities in any given place.

For example, if you're in downtown San Francisco, you can see Discoveries for Rayko Photo Center's photo gallery, an iron sculpture of a man sleeping on W Hotel's roof, garlic fries from Bar 888, and a number of places to find graffiti art.

Co-founders Rich Barton and Jason Karas created Trover to provide a personalized, crowd-sourced travel guide where you can get tips from friends, people you trust, or just locals who know a place best. Like photo-sharing app Instagram, Trover users can take photos within the app, follow one another, and browse through other users' uploaded Discoveries. Trover is much more than just images; you are also required to include a brief description and the location of an image. The app pinpoints them on a built-in Google map, making it easy for users to get directions to what's captured in the photo.

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U.S. News & World Report releases iPad app

U.S. News & World Report unveiled U.S. News Weekly, its new iPad app, at midnight ET Thursday. The free app includes access to a single issue; subscriptions cost $1 per month.

This marks the U.S. News & World Report’s first foray into the App Store, and the company has clearly spent time creating an immersive iPad magazine experience. You’re able to access the current issue, along with any past issues you’ve paid for. (You can continue to access old issues you received even if you let your subscription lapse.) The app adjusts its layout as you switch between portrait and landscape modes, and works equally well in both.

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