The winners of the third annual competition honoring the best iPhone and iPad apps released in the iTunes App Store – ‘Best App Ever Awards’ – have been announced by 148Apps, whose goal was to highlight a number of noteworthy apps that Apple may have not featured on the front page of iTunes.

148Apps has created the Best App Ever awards in 2008 with the purpose of celebrating the efforts of application developers while raising user awareness about the best apps available, not just the top selling titles.

“The goal of the awards was to help publicize some applications that people may never have seen,” said Jeff Scott, founder of 148Apps and the Best App Ever Awards.

“Some of the best apps have never been featured on the iTunes front page or in an iPhone TV ad, yet they deserve recognition and publicity for the great work the developers have done,” added Scott. More »

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Consumer preferences in terms of computing are shifting to a new form factor in the detriment of PCs and, at least for the time being, Windows.

iPad and Tablet PCs provide increasing competition to traditional personal computers, so much so in fact, that market analysis firm Gartner has changed the forecast of worldwide PC shipments, noting that OEMs will push less machines than expected this year.

Worldwide PC shipments are still expected to grow in 2010 by an impressive 14.3% compared to 2009, to as much as 352.4 million units. , At the same time, Gartner now estimates a more modest growth compared to the original projections from September, which involved a 17.9% growth.

At the same time, while the firm expects PC shipments to continue increasing at a double digit figure in the coming year, it now says that the number of units shipped will only jump 15.9% instead of the 18.1% forecasted initially to 409 million units. More »

With the iOS 4.2 launch closing in, iDevice owners must be well prepared when accepting the software update. Those who rock a clean device at all times only have to worry about backups. Those who like living on the edge by hacking their units must be twice as careful when downloading the iOS 4.2 IPSW file from Cupertino.

In September, Apple offered a sneak peek of iOS 4.2, confirming that the software update would arrive in November.

The release specifically targets the iPad with key new additions like multitasking, Game Center, application folders, mail application enhancements, iAds, and more.

iOS 4.2 is believed to alleviate a number of issues experienced by iPhone 3G users, as well as problems encountered by iPod touch owners running iOS 4. More »

We’d be the first to admit using Apple’s iPad isn’t exactly rocket science, and we will also admit that Apple is at the top of its game when it comes to easy-to-use products.

But if you didn’t take the time to read the owner’s manual, we have some quick and neat tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your tablet.

From managing the sound levels of your tunes, to organization your apps, to muting in the case of emergency, we have 10 handy hints for you to work your way to iPad ninja status.

Check out our tried and tested iPad tips, and impress your friends when they come to you for help with their iPad. Be sure to let us know if there are any shortcuts you’d like to share in the comments below. More »