As a life-time educator I am always trying to find ways of having meaningful connections with my students. My iPhone + my weird cardboard speakers get used before class. Anyone can hook up their device to my speakers to play"their" music until class starts. If no one uses their machine then my iPhone collection of tunes gets used, This surprisingly simple action garners a lot of credibility in the classroom. Also my recyclable cardboard speakers have an edgy quality that helps.
I'm reading and hearing a lot of complaining about the price of iPhones & the upcoming iPads. Do you remember when DVD players first came out about 12 years ago? They were about $800. Now you can find them for about $40. What about the price of gaming consoles or BluRay players when they first came out vs. now? Trends show that new technology gets more affordable as time goes on.
Patience is a virtue.
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If you think about it logically..... when do you have to pay for Internet access with your laptop? When you are not at home? In a location without free WiFi? In a hotel?
Do you know much a hotel charges for Internet?!?! I'm at a Westin right now. $11.95 a day. $50.75 for 5 days.
Paying $14.95 to access the Internet when I travel - is not so bad, after all.
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I don't use Twitter that much, but I like the idea of Tweetsii. This newly released free app lets you see what people around you are tweeting. It also lets you "geo-tag" your tweets so that they're associated with a particular place, and you can add photos to the tweets. A wide range of other features include the ability to see what's trending nearby, see tweets from particular locations worldwide, and much more. Pretty amazing.
Are you a person who prefers to use your device with no case? Do you want to add a little style, protection, maybe some fun to it? If so, I have a possible solution for you. I tried out some Vinyl skins from MusicSkins.com on my iPod Touch. This is just only one of the many devices they offer products for. I was initially worried about the install process because I had unfairly compared it in my mind to my past screen protector application challenges. MusicSkins Vinyl Skins are not screen protectors, but they both involve air bubbles and applying something that sticks to your device. Plus, I have never installed a skin before so I did not know what to expect.
Though I really don't need to say much, like the estimated 20,000/hour iPads being presold, I couldn't resist the option of going to the Apple store in person to gauge the interest here in Maine. Stay tuned.
Well, my review time is almost up on the Sonos S5 ZonePlayer. I had a mixed experience with the setup, but I am impressed with the S5. Nothing I have seen does everything this player does.
Here’s another iPhone app that makes learning fun! 123 Color teaches number recognition, upper and lower case letters, shapes and creative expression. Included in the app are 60 drawings to color – drawings that represent holidays, butterflies, flowers, household items, fruit, planets, birds, shapes, animals, people, transportation, tools, leaves, and sports.
Macworld has a useful short article based on an interview with Glyn Evans of iPhonography.com. It's a top website if you're into using your iPhone's camera to take photos. And during the interview, Evans identified his six favorite photography apps. They include Perfectly Clear ($2.99) which automatically sharpens and brightens your photos.
There's a great short article in The Week that goes through a list of Apple's innovative products and how critics panned them when they were announced — and how they turned out to be game-changers. It covers the Macintosh, the Newton (the only one that didn't really succeed), the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone. My guess is that the iPad will follow in the tradition of making a difference. I think they've done it again.