Great Apps For The iPad
Great Apps For The iPad

Are you overwhelmed with all the great apps for the iPad that are available? You are not alone. Some people find it helpful to plan ahead before they go app shopping. One day they’ll look for games, the next they’ll be on the lookout for fitness apps–you get the picture.

If you have a Kindle, you will love the free Amazon Kindle app. Everything you have ever purchased will be available on your iPad. This is great news for bibliophiles.

If you love the stars, you should try out the Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide. This awesome iPad app will tell you all about the stars right over your head, and all you have to do is point your iPad at the sky. Talk about fun and addicting.

Zombie lovers will go for the fun-loving game app Plants vs. Zombies HD. You’ll be rooting for the plants to win as they zap zombies and turn them into mulch. This is a fun app for all ages.

iTunes U
An Introduction To iTunes U For The iPhone 4S by Emma Rosher

Apple have recently launched their new iTunes U service for the iPhone 4S device. This new educational software is available as an application and brings numerous benefits for tutors and teachers by enabling them to distribute material to pupils and students who are using the 4S or other Apple device.

The iTunes U software for the iPhone 4S allows educational material to be posted that can be easily accessed by students. Rather than relying on textbooks and more traditional material this software allows interactive content to be distributed which has many benefits for the user. Audio and video content is supported by the application meaning that text documents can be supplemented with relevant videos and attachments. The whole process of posting material is a relatively simple affair. To start with you need to create your own iTunes U site which uses a similar format to the Apple iTunes store. This means that layout and navigation is already familiar to anybody who has used an Apple product before. Once this site has been set up then material can then be posted. Even if you are a newcomer to using services such as this there are a number of templates available which make setting up your own site a very easy task.

Once material has been posted on your iTunes U site students and pupils can then access this with their iPhone 4S. Once material has been uploaded you can choose whether you want it to be accessed locally or internationally. If you chose the local option then information can only be accessed by students who are enrolled at your school or institution. The international option makes content available worldwide which will benefit users all over the world as well as help your school gain recognition if the material that has been uploaded is of a high standard. The iTunes U service also has numerous benefits for students with disabilities. The software works with Apples Voice over software which translates everything that appears on screen into an audio format. Students with learning difficulties will also find this software very useful. The service really does take the classroom to the student meaning that they can learn at their own pace and the interactive content helps reinforce any information that may be written in the text.

The iTunes U service for the iPhone 4S shows that the device can be used for much more than the traditional games and applications that we associate with the phone. This excellent software is a great educational tool that can benefit millions of students worldwide.

The iPhone 4S and the White iPhone 4S are available now.

 

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IPAD Killed The Photo-Copier
IPAD Killed The Photo-Copier by: Jennifer Robinson

Not since the IBM PC was developed has a computer hit the market that can change the way we view the world. While people talk about Apple’s Tablet PC, the iPAD, being a competitor to the notebook, there are larger implications. The iPad is the first computer that can change the way we view documents. It combines the visual appeal of print and the interaction of the web together in a way no product has done before. The iPAD is the first step into a paperless world where all documents are viewed as data.

In the first 28 days since its release, Apple sold one million iPADS. This figure is even higher than iPHONE sales when it was launched. The iPAD succeeds where previous products such as Amazon Kindle have failed, but it was not greeted with universal approval when launched. “Isn’t it just a big iPHONE?” was the most common remark, whilst others tagged it ‘iLAME’. The popular Dom Jolly mobile phone sketch has even been recreated, using the iPAD. The iPAD name, which Apple purchased from Fujitsu, has also been the butt of jokes on twitter, where users made fun of its resemblance to a feminine hygiene product. One twitter user posted “I am already going through 4 – 5 iPADS a day due to my heavy workflow”. However, Apple have a loyal following in desktop publishing with the Steve Jobs/Jef Raskin Apple Mac, and the iPAD appears to be exactly what Apple fans have been waiting for.

The tablet PC has been around for a while. Bill Gates’s Microsoft made the term popular in 2001 when it launched Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. HP-Compaq developed the TC1100 series. In 2007 Axiotron produced a Modbook, this was a heavily modified Apple MacBook Tablet. Frontpath manufactured a Linux based tablet called the ProGear.

The iPAD is the start of a new era that will see the transition from Print to Pixels, bringing the worlds of print and web publishing together. Impressive pages can now be created using interaction, animation and video streaming. Typography and design will no longer be compromised. Notebooks don’t offer the same portability of the iPAD, and the iPAD is the best in the field for screen based reading.

Printers and Photocopiers could become a thing of the past in a few years with less and less output to paper. Books, newspapers and magazines will be completely reinvented online. By changing how we read documents, Apple have created the next big hardware battle. Already Chinese manufactured iPAD clones, working on Google’s Android Software, have started to appear. Microsoft will soon be releasing Microsoft Courier, a seven inch dual screen booklet that will propel Microsoft further into hardware manufacture, following on from Zune and Xbox.

The battle for the Screen Based Reader audience is unlikely to be defined by the operating system but by the hardware itself. Imagine a iPAD that is wafer thin and you can roll up and put in your back pocket like a magazine. That is what the future holds.

Flexible display technology is close to production with a team in Ireland close to a touch screen prototype. Samsung unveiled their 7 inch flexible LCD screen in 2005 and Fujitsu have a 3.8 inch flexible LCD panel that does not require a power supply. The flexible screen technology that will soon be available to us will be the tool that finally turns users away from paper based publishing. Apple have won ’round one’ of the screen based reader and have brought their product to market before Microsoft’s Courier, but this hardware battle has a long way to run. Google have already produced the Nexus One, an internet mobile dubbed the Google Phone, and the Android operating system may yet enter into screen based readers as well. Amazon potentially have the most to lose if the iPAD continues to grow, with Apple’s iBOOKS directly competing with another part of their core business, following the success of iTUNES, so presence in the screen reader market will be essential for Amazon.

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Jennifer Robinson writes for Online Connect UK, suppliers of document management systems and photocopiers visit their website at http://www.onlineconnect.co.uk