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Top 5 iPad Apps of 2011

Steve Jobs once said in an interview with Business Week, “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” While the iPad and iPad2 have brought a high level of quality to users, with sleek designs and intuitive user interfaces, the killer Apps are what make this Apple technology truly stand apart. From Angry Birds to Pages, iPad users have an amazing array of Apps to choose from for all areas of their lives. Yet, with so many different iPad Apps to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which Apps hit a home run and which ones strike out. To help solve this challenge, we’ve come up with the definitive list of paid iPad Apps from 2011. We’ve selected five Apps – one from each category of use: business, entertainment, games, education, and photo & video. These Apps were selected from lists of the top selling Apps in each category and were judged based on their functionality, value, and ease of use. Here are the must-have, paid iPad Apps for 2011: 1. Business: Quickoffice Connect The world’s best selling iPad business App, Quickoffice allows you to meet all your business needs. Whether you’re writing a report in Microsoft Word, developing a financial model in Excel, or reading a PDF file, Quickoffice allows you to easily create, edit, and share your work. This App takes full advantage of the iPad’s keyboard interface allowing you to easily shift between different aspects of editing. Quickoffice also allows you to manage your files on Dropbox and Google Docs, making real time collaboration easy for you and your team. This essential App can be purchased at: http://www.quickoffice.com/quickoffice_pro_hd_ipad/ 2. Education: Star Walk One of the top selling apps for the iPhone, Star Walk has become just as... 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

A 23-Year-Old Steve Jobs on TV – NYTimes.com

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