A long, long time ago, a man named Steve Jobs created a company named Apple Computers. Apple eventually fired Steve. Apple then created The Newton. Then Steve took over Apple again. Steve killed the Newton. Fast forward in time, now Steve creates, iPad.
Preschoolers will have fun tapping the characters and watching them fly in the sky, make noises, climb trees, play tug of war, and other silly antics as they attempt to Rescue Ginger. As they hear the story read aloud, they'll also enjoy animations and sound effects such as cows mooing and horses neighing.
It's also a fun way to prepare them for Kindergarten! As they listen to the story and play with the objects on the screen, the app quizzes them about colors, shapes, counting, and matching.
In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.
I love new tech stuff, but sometimes I get a little riled when companies try to pull a fast one, which is what Apple is trying with the iPad, in my opinion. I should say first that unlike some of the bloggers here, I am not particularly a Mac or Apple fan (or an MS fan, or etc, etc.). I am a fan of a good product with a real niche, which I consider to have been and still is a product like the iPod--The one truly original and outstanding Apple product in my opinion (as much as any major company can claim that devices manufactured from other vendor parts and technologies are original). The iPhone built markedly on that success, but Apple had a lot of help there.
While I will definitely be buying an iPad on Day 1, I am on record as being disappointed there is no built-in camera, let alone two. Cameras are included in just about every cellphone and even the lowly iPod nano and Nintendo DSi. Imagine the gaming, Augmented Reality, and videoconferencing capabilities this feature would have enabled. Instead of the mixed reaction the iPad has garnered, the appeal of the iPad would have been a no-brainer, just by including a camera. I have to believe a future iPad will have at least one camera. But for now, I Photoshopped the following creation in the hopes it might inspire a vendor to create such a hardware and software combination.
According to the Adobe Flash Platform Blog, the new iPad's Web browser, promoted as "the best browsing experience you've ever had," will not support Flash content any more than the current iPhone and iPod Touch browsers do. Says author Adrian Ludwig,
We started our company in 1985 with a print newsletter about the new 9 pound HP 110 Portable PC. It was the first clamshell DOS laptop. It featured solid state memory, storage, and built-in software (no mechanical hard drive). It was instant on, had long battery life, and at the time light-weight (if you remember the Compaq luggable).
In the 1990's HP produced the HP 200LX Palmtop, about which we published a magazine. It was the first and only DOS clamshell palmtop. It had a niche but incredibly loyal following -- so much so that we still buy, sell and repair them. A number of us wanted HP to “blow it up” – make it bigger in order to have a functional, light-weight, long lasting laptop on the road.
Given that there have been several web pad initiatives in the past, it should come as no surprise that there were iPads in the past as well. A brief scan through my Pen Computing's archives revealed that LG Electronics announced an iPad at CeBIT 2001, a multimedia-savvy Linux-based tablet handheld that offered Internet access, plus standard PIM features and word processing. A year later, the Fujitsu iPad was announced by Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, Inc., at the 2002 National Retail Federation Expo in New York. The sleek 10 ounce device was based on Microsoft's CE .NET and at Pen Computing I commented on how the Fujitsu iPad could even function as a cordless phone (using WLAN and VoIP).
Sonic Pics is a super fun iPhone or iPod Touch app for creating slide shows from your favorite photos and then sharing them with friends. Videos can be up to 60 minutes long depending upon quality you choose.
Everything is done on the app: import photos from your photo album, arrange photos, choose the timing of each photo, and add narration. Then, publish the video to YouTube with a WiFi connection. Fun and super easy to do!
How can I watch videos on my cell phone and cook dinner, do dishes or work out at the gym at the same time? The iClooly Stand is the answer!
The iClooly stand is lightweight, made of aluminum, and is 7 inches high. The iPhone 3G or 3GS easily snaps into place and can be viewed either vertically or horizontally, with all the iPhone controls easily accessible.