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iOS 6 enhancements affecting the iPad

Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, iOS6 is slated to launch to consumers this fall. Although development of iPhone features is constantly part of the process in designing operating systems for Apple devices, the enhancements affecting the iPad are quite extensive this time around. One of the hottest features of the new operating system is the availability of Siri, Apple’s voice response system, for iPad users. Previously, Siri was available only on the iPhone and although it will be limited to the new iPad, it likely to be a great feature for users. iPad users love integration. One of the new enhancements is Facebook integration throughout the operating system. iPad users will be able to quickly capture memories using the built-in camera and now those photos can be immediately shared on the user’s Facebook timeline. This is something that users have been asking for and it will definitely be a big plus for the iPad crowd. iCloud is one of the biggest attractors to people who prefer Apple devices. Though used primarily as a backup system for mobile devices, it will now provide iPad users with the option of creating a photo stream and sharing with other iPad users. The photo stream is completely customizable and can be shared with everyone on an Apple device or a limited select audience. FaceTime appeared on the scene a few years back, giving Apple users the opportunity to do video chat, taking advantage of front facing cameras on newer mobile devices. The one significant limitation was that users without a Wifi network could not use the service. iOS6 makes it possible for iPad users to take advantage of FaceTime over a 3G cellular network. This is a huge improvement for iPad users and it will add to the excitement of the... Read On

New iPad Review

With the announcement and following release of the third-generation iPad, which Apple is simply calling the new iPad, consumers have another choice in tablet computers. Many iPad owners will be upgrading from their iPad 2 to the iPad 3, and anyone who has just entered the market will have to consider the improved features on the iPad 3 before investing in a competitor’s product. The new Apple iPad blows other tablet computers out of the water, including the com,pany’s previous releases. Looks Can Be Deceiving It’s no surprise that the iPad 3 is as sleek as its predecessors. With stately black or white builds and rounded corners, it’s impossible for this tablet to feel clunky. The new iPad retains the contoured aluminum enclosure, which is recyclable, and the entire front is encase in sleek glass. The iPad 3, like all Apple devices, is designed with the environment in mind. The company doesn’t use PVC or mercury in its devices and will accept pre-owned devices for recycling, in exchange for a gift card. Although it might have a similar appearance, the display of the iPad 3 has been turning heads. Apple has labeled its proprietary technology the retina display and it boasts impressive specs. With more than four times the number of pixels as the iPad 2, the new iPad offers crisp and clear pictures. Reading eBooks on this device proves to be no challenge, because text is much clearer. The 2048-by-1536 pixel resolution offers more than 3-million pixels for stunning performance that is impossible not to notice. In fact, the new iPad has a higher pixel-count than some high-definition televisions. The industry will probably see an influx in pixel count on screens thanks to the iPad 3. Photographs look more life-like and brighter than ever before, too. It’s no... Read On

iPad Accessories: The Stylus is mightier than the keyboard

Error: Invalid Request (file_get_contents) — Please check your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key for errors.Error: (CURL) AWS.InvalidAssociate — Your AKIAJAEIXVELTXDRNQLA is not registered as an Amazon Associate. Please register as an associate at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/assoc_credentials/home. When it comes to assessing accessories for the iPad your likely to breach the debate as to which is better suited to interacting with your iPad: The keyboard or the stylus. Price Points The entry point range for an iPad Stylus ranges from the low end of .83 for a 3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen ( Red + Black + Silver ) to the upper range of $35.28 for the Kensington, Virtuoso Stylus and pen . On the other hand, blue tooth keyboards command price points of $27.89 for a generic bluetooth keyboard from Amazon to $229.99 for Clamcase Keyboard case and stand . Hands down the investment in a stylus is a frugal choice for the money. Moreover, the stylus underscores the primary advantage of the touch screen. In some respects the keyboard acts as training wheels for applications that have not yet been adapted to the mobile platform. Applications More than likely, the iPad will be used primarily with applications leveraging touch screen gestures. Whether you’re swiping, pinching, tapping or simply drawing the stylus can aide in the tapping and drawing functions. For those applications requiring keyboard entry the iOS on screen keyboard for some is more than sufficient. The blue tooth keyboard such as the Kensington Apple iPad 2 KeyFolio Pro Performance Case with wireless Bluetooth keyboard  provides for specific keyboard functions that mimic the touch gestures. For whatever reason these features were omitted from the Amazon product description. This keyboard retails for $79.99 on Amazon and retails for $99.99. Personal Preference If your an iPad... Read On

Once Drop Outs, Now Commencement Speakers

Their stories are now the stuff of legend. Once drop outs, now they are the CEOs of companies that have changed the world. It is perhaps a bit ironic, therefore, that these individuals – Steve Jobs of Apple and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft – would one day return to academia to inspire a new flock of college graduates. Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford and Steve Ballmer’s 2011 commencement address at USC show that despite the sometimes conflicting paths their respective companies take, the passion that drives these two individuals is largely the same. Both Jobs and Ballmer stressed the importance of following one’s passion. Jobs advised graduates to “find what you love.” Ballmer urged them to “find passion.” Jobs told his story of dropping out of college to start dropping into classes he liked. He relayed how he would sit into calligraphy classes out of sheer interest. Ten years later, when Apple was designing the first Macintosh computer, those calligraphy classes served as inspiration for multiple typefaces; today, this is a basic feature of any word processing software. Ballmer explained how his experience as the manager for his college football team led to the discovery of his passion for organizing. When Ballmer’s friend, Bill Gates, contacted Ballmer about joining Microsoft, Ballmer dropped out of his MBA program to apply his passion for organizing to the new company. The common thread in both stories was the discovery of one’s passion as a prerequisite for success. As Jobs told graduates, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Though few might have predicted that these two drop outs would find themselves delivering commencement addresses to graduates from top universities, it is clear now that the values Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer embody were strong... Read On

Retrospective of WWDC OSX Lion and the iCloud

With the recent WWDC finally wrapping up, we got a lot of new announcements from Apple. We were shown the new impressive features that are now built into Apple Mac OSX Lion. We were also introduced to a new service called the iCloud. The first major announcement was the developer version of Apple’s Mac OSX Lion. They were finally able to show all of the new features of the operating system. The new OS will support full-screen apps, Multi-Touch gestures, the Mac app store, and it will be optimized for the iCloud. Apple Mac OSX will also have Mission Control. Mission Control combines Expose, Dashboard, and your apps all into one program to allow for complete control over everything. The new operating system will also include Resume and Launchpad. However, the biggest new feature of Mac OSX Lion is the support for the Apple iCloud. The single biggest announcement from this year’s conference was the introduction of the Apple iCloud. The iCloud will redesign how we store and share data. The iCloud will save your apps, music, photos, documents, and anything else. Then it will push that data to all of your other devices. This is great for people who use multiple devices. It will also support using a PC to submit data to the cloud. The iCloud will also allow you to never worry about losing your music again. Once you purchase a song, the song is then saved to the cloud and pushed to all of your devices. Steve Jobs announced that they will be adding a new service called iTunes Match coming this fall. You will be able to trade in any music that you got from anywhere else, and Apple will give you the iTunes copy of it. You will need to pay $24.99 a... Read On

WWDC: Apple’s OS X Lion — it’s all about control – Computerworld Blogs

Some interesting Lion insights… – JustiPad http://blogs.computerworld.com/18444/wwdc_apple_s_os_x_lion_its_all_about_control Read On