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Students Develop Apps for the iPhone and iPad

Real-world experience in collaborative efforts

ACU students develop student newspaper app

Settle down, students! Your assignment this semester is to develop an app for the Apple iPad!


That was the task that faced students at Abilene Christian University in Texas earlier this year—before the iPad had even been released! They had the software development kit from Apple and a rough model of the iPad made of wood, approximating the size of the new platform. Their challenge was to build, test, and submit the app so that it would be available in the App Store when the iPad when on sale—ready, set, code!



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The iPad's Potential in Medical Research Administration and College Education

After three weeks of hands-on experience with an iPad, I see its potential in healthcare and as an aid for the business student. This article will touch on how the iPad helps me at work and in school. I'll also discuss some of my favorite (and not so favorite) apps and look at the limitations of the device.


Medical research administration

I'm a medical research administrator for two clinical research programs at a large medical center, and I supervise program and administrative teams. Logistics associated with research at large facilities favors mobility, and I've depended on a variety of mobile devices to keep me connected and productive since 1993. 



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Will the iPad Replace Your Desktop?

Attorneys, phycisians, executives, sales people, and more are adopting the ipad

When I first got my iPad, I didn't realize how much it would change how I went about my daily life. In addition to my role as iPhone Life magazine's Enterprise Editor, I'm also the Chief Mobile Architect at a management and IT consulting firm where I spend most of my time helping our clients develop strategies and architectures for both internal and external mobile solutions.


Given that I've spent my entire career in the mobile software arena, it isn't surprising that I always get the latest gadgets. What has taken me by surprise is not only how much the iPad has changed how I interact with technology, but also how much it has changed the daily lives of people around me with much more mainstream tech adoption habits.



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See percentage of battery life 
(iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4)

Issue: 

Battery Percentage featureBattery Percentage featureIf you want to see a more precise measure of the amount of power remaining in your battery, activate the Battery Percentage feature on the iPhone.


  1. Open the Settings app and go to General >Usage.


  2. Flip the "Battery Percentage" switch to the "On" position.


This causes the percentage of remaining power to be displayed next to the battery power icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

Type an Apostrophe from the Basic Keyboard Layout

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iPad Keyboard ApostropheThe iPad's onscreen keyboard approaches the dimensions of a full-size keyboard (in landscape orientation, at least), but the layout of the keys is not completely standard. One of the most maddening things about the default keyboard is that it lacks an apostrophe key. I'm used to the apostrophe's position on a standard keyboard—all the way to the right just before the Enter key. I keep reaching for it with my right "pinkie" finger and end up hitting the Return key instead. I can enter an apostrophe from the "symbols" keyboard, which is accessed by tapping on the ".?123" key.

Quick Mute

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The mute button on the iPhone is located on the left edge of the device above the volume up/down rocker switch. On the iPad, the button above the volume switch performs a different function—locking screen rotation. You can mute the iPad by adjusting the volume all the way down in the Settings >General >Sounds screen. But there's an easier and quicker way to this. Simply hold down the volume rocker for a couple seconds. The iPad's volume will jump to zero. (Sharon Zardetto, author of Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon gets credit for pointing out this tip.)

Add Up to Six Apps to the Dock

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Add up to six apps to the iPad DockAlthough larger than the iPhone's display, the basic layout of the iPad's Home screen is the same: Icons for the installed apps are arranged in rows and columns, with four of the most used apps appearing in a "Dock" at the bottom of the main Home screen. As you install more apps, additional Home screens will appear to accommodate their icons; the Dock appears at the bottom of all of them.

The Dock on the iPhone and iPod touch accepts up to four app icons, but the iPad has a larger display and can accept up to six.

Tips for iOS

Hidden features that make the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more powerful

The iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are very easy to use. The basics are well covered in the user manuals available from Apple's support Web page (apple.com/support).

You'll master the basics pretty quickly. Once you do, you'll begin to discover that these iPhone OS (now called "iOS") devices have some powerful but less obvious features that can make the devices even easier to use. This article contains tips that will let you access some of that hidden power. (Note: We include dedicated iPad tips at the end of the article, but most of the tips relate to all three devices. See page 96 for iPhone 4 and iOS 4 specific tips.)


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Two stylish cases for the iPad by Proporta

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Proporta Mizu Shell, $39.95 

If you’re looking for protection with minimum coverage, check out the Mizu Shell by Proporta. This super tough, silicone shell protects the back and edges of the iPad against impact damage and scratches.

It fits like a glove and feels great in your hands. Available in three stylish colors: red, black and pink.



Go and get Gosar Episode One

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If you like to show off your new iPad and are always looking for neat apps that demonstrate what it can do, check out Gosar Episode One.  It is a well designed app that combines simple game play with fun music, cool sound effects and beautiful graphics.  I was pleasantly surprised in a couple of ways.  First, when the app launches, it shows a GameSalad screen.  GameSalad is basically a solution for non-programmers to create their own apps, by supplying graphics, sound, and most importantly, ideas, and leveraging code widgets to create a custom app, typically a game.



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