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Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future and Management by Design, is a strategist, industry analyst, and business correspondent for iPhone Life magazine. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Rasmus was the Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation, where he helped the company envision how people will work in the future.

Before joining Microsoft, Rasmus was Research Vice President at the Giga Information Group and Forrester Research Inc. Rasmus also is an internationally recognized speaker. He blogs regularly for Fast Company and on his own blog, Your Future in Context. His education-related work can be found at Learning Reimagined.

Roundup of Incipio iPad 2 cases

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Incipio sent me a few cases to look at recently and here are my thoughts.



Review: Incipio 1450mAh offGRID Backup Battery Case

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I'm off to Las Vegas today for fun this time, not a conference. That means that once I leave my hotel room, finding a plug may be possible, but sitting in a casino tethered to a wall just doesn't seem right. And I don't think you get free drinks for increasing your place on the Angry Birds Game Center Leaderboard .

I want to wander Vegas all day (and all night) without worrying about my iPhone 4s withering its battery away in my pocket. So i'm bringing the Incipio 1450mAh offGRID Backup Battery Case which offers good protection for the phone, including a screen protector–and extra power without too much extra weight.



QuickOffice Pro HD Now Ready for Curtain with PowerPoint Editor

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PowerPoint is the perfect application for an iPad. Graphical in orientation with messages simplified to the point of contention and very photographic in its organization. But Microsoft's ambivalence toward the platform meant it was left to third parties to create the PowerPoint experience for the iPad.  With version 4.5 of Quickoffice Pro HD, Quickoffice users can now edit native PowerPoint files. Well, sort of.



Fūl's PaulRevere eBook-iPad Bag Broadcasts that Cool is Coming

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I'm getting ready to go on one of those urban trips. A rare trip where I spend more time in the city I'm visiting that at its airport.

That requires a different kind of bag. I now have the bag for that trip: Fūl's PaulRevere eReader Messenger Bag (hereafter known as PaulRevere).



Buzan Brings MindMapping Freedom to the iPad

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I like to Mindmap. I organize my life, my writing and my projects with mindmaps. And ThinkBuzan, the software arm of mindmap inventor Tony Buzan, has just released what may be the ultimate experience for mind mappers: iMindMap Freedom. Before Freedom, iMindMap was an OK app on iOS and a pretty substaintial authoring environment on the Mac and PC.



Review: Incipio iPhone 4/4S Stowaway

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and let me add..."Credit Card Hard Shell Case with Silicone Core".  That's the official name of this case on Incipio's website. For brevity I'll just call is the Stowaway.

The first thing I always ask myself is "who is the case made for?" In the case of this case, I've selected three audiences:

  • men with gym memberships
  • men out on the town, particular at clubs
  • teenagers

A review for each.

Men with gym memberships



Reflections on the OtterBox Reflex Series iPad 2 case

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I was skeptical when I pulled the OtterBox Reflex Series for iPad 2 case out of its box. After taking it apart it kind of went to pieces. And I had to put them back together again. And the result was a good one. My iPad 2 has been sporting the OtterBox Reflex Series for a couple of days, except when attending business meetings (when it dresses up in a Qmadix Portfolio - more on that in an upcoming print edition of iPhone Life).



Qmadix Metalix Snap-on Cover

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This $29.99 was a bit of a revelation for me. I love cases, and have many to play with (keep reading...I have a good backlog of iPhone cases I'll be writing about over the next few weeks).

Don't leave us hanging, what revelation? The revelation that a case can almost make a phone feel lighter. I know, that doesn't make any sense, but this case fits so well, and adds just the right grip feel so that holding an iPhone feels better with the case on than with it off—and better than any case I've come across yet. 



Apple's iPad Textbook Initiative Doesn't Go Far Enough

Learning is an act of assembly. The iPad textbook initiative goes some way toward the assembly of content, but it remains artifact-centric. In other words, the world moves from revolving around a next book, to revolving around an e-textbook.

Here are the advantages I see to the current approach:



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