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iTouch the Future

Integrating the iPod Touch into a 3rd grade classroom

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday; we rob our children of tomorrow." – John Dewey

Every 3rd grade student in Juliana Pearson and Kent Jacobson's classroom has an iPod touch (iTouch) to use as an integrated classroom learning tool. Travel with them through a typical school day.


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iNews

Latest iPhone related news

Want to help with the Oil spill in the Gulf? There's an App for that

Oil ReporterA team of developers has created a free iPhone app that allows members of the public to report the presence of oil from the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Cycle Art!

Creating a visual celebration of the bicycle

I discovered, somewhat by chance, an unexpected power within the iPhone on a long bicycle ride early last year. A chance encounter with blooming dandelions stopped my ride, and I took a photo of them with my iPhone. Later, as I played with the photo in a quiet setting, using a number of image editing apps, I realized I had discovered a new genre, which I call, "Cycle Art." Simply put, Cycle Art is a mobile, digital celebration of the bicycle.


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GuitarConnect Cable with iShred LIVE Product Review

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The dream of thrashing out a hot guitar lick as a rock star is as pervasive today as it ever has been before.  For the Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers whose teenage years didn't have the imaginary benefit of plastic guitar controllers connected to videogame consoles, they had to learn the dream the old fashioned way - acquiring an electric guitar, an amp and the skills necessary to play the fundamental power chords.  Today's younger generation are being introduced to this dream first by basic basic rhythm and colors on a Guitar Hero or Rock Band controller, but next generation games in this genre are already taking the concept to the next level by connecting an actual guitar with actual strings and frets with the ultimate goal of teaching gamers how to play a guitar.  Hence a



The next step in augmented reality is here -- image-based recognition

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Macworld has an article about a new offering from Metaio that excites me: image-basd augmented reality. The whole idea of augmented reality is so cool: point your phone's camera at something, and when you view the live image on your iPhone you'll see related information or content superimposed on that image. Think of how useful this would be to tourists: you point your phone at the Eiffel Tower, and your phone superimposes information about it. Augmented reality has already been available, but it was GPS-based.



Review: Bugsy by Glass House Games

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I’ve never really understood the appeal of the sliding puzzle games.  Aside from the picture on the front of the tiles, once you’ve played one they all seem the same.  Fortunately, given the right developer even this type of game can rise from the mundane to become something interesting.  Enter Bugsy, the sliding tile game with a purpose.  Instead of a picture the tiles are composed of tracks, and you must guide a friendly little lady bug so that it can cause all the buds along the edges of the board to bloom into flowers.  It still suffers from a couple of the issues that always made this type of game frustrating, but in the end there are enough interesting aspects to Bugsy to make it worth delving into the genre at least for this game.



Electronic Toolbox HD - iPad Edition Review

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Electronic engineers and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive collection of electronics calculators and fundamental electronics reference materials will want to take a closer look at a new iPad application called Electronic Toolbox HD.  Based on a previous release of the utility for the iPhone, Electronic Toolbox HD contains over 20 different categories from a resistor color code calculator to a comprehensive (though not exhaustive) list of integrated circuits (ICs) and their corresponding chip diagrams.  The application covers a spectrum of electronics features:



Xenome Episode I shows the future of gaming via a dystopian wasteland!

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There's a new game in town, and a new town in town for that matter.  The game is Xenome Episode I and the fictitious town is Silica Flats, a dystopian view of the future, 250+ years from now.  The 3D game offers that rare combination of beautiful graphics of a desolate, barren wasteland.

The goal of Xenome Episode I is pretty straightforward for action/adventure RPG gamers... Kill monsters, gain experience, and customize your character while the story unfolds.



Make Mobile Presentations with the iPad

Teamed up with Keynote and the M1 Plus Micro Projector,the iPad becomes a mobile presentation platform

AaxaM1ProjectorApple’s Keynote app makes it possible to take your iPad on the road and make presentations without a traditional computer. However, if you’re going to talk to a large group you still need a projector.


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iPad Apps for IT Professionals

11 apps help IT professionals manage systems

The iPad represents a truly unique computer interaction experience for the IT Professional, especially for Network and System Administrators as well as Help Desk Professionals and even programmers. For the adventurous technologists who attempted to control desktops or query and manage servers from their 320x480 resolution iPhones, the iPad’s 1024x768 screen is like moving from an office cubicle to a warehouse. Even so, iPad applications have to be optimally designed to maximize this screen size so that the interactive resources are as available and intuitive to interact with as possible.


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