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iPad basics -- free 109-page ebook tells you what you need to know


Tonya Engst of the legendary TidBITs website has written a 109-page pdf ebook titled Take Control of iPad Basics. It's free, and if you're thinking about getting an iPad or if you have one, you'll want to get this book. Some of the content is, well, very basic, such as how to use the touch screen, but other information was quite useful to me. For example, I had no idea that you could combine gestures to get diacritical markings when typing. And to be honest, I didn't know that you could shake it to Undo.

iPhone 4 from a skeptic's perspective


Once again, Apple has designed a winner and I will buy my iPhone 4 on Day 1, but as the resident skeptic, I feel compelled to discuss at least one shortcoming.

We knew many of the details in advance, thanks to a forgetful (or drunk or victimized) engineer who lost his iPhone 4 prototype in a bar.  For example, a front facing camera was not only expected, it was overdue.  Many smartphones have one, as does every Macbook and iMac with iSight.  The bigger news would have been if a front mounted camera was absent!

iPad on the Road - Part II

Back from a 3-1/2-day intercontinental trip that included a 17-hour trip to and a 22-hour trip back from Stockholm, Sweden. I checked what I'd usually consider a carry-on (the airlines don't charge for a checked bag on international routes, yet) and simply took along a shoulder bag just large enough for my MacBook Pro, camera, the usual assortment of cables and chargers, and my iPad.

I usually take the MacBook as my main machine, but this time it came along as backup to the iPad. And how did that work out for me?

No Wi-Fi For You

I took the iPad out today for the first time for a real test in town. My son was getting his haircut so I figured that I could pick up a wifi signal at the salon. Unfortunately I could not pick up any open signals where I was. I can definitely see how the 3G version can be beneficial. So instead of going online, I took the time to play around some more with pages, as I am sitting here typing this up. This is probably one of the most borings posts you ever read, but hey I got some pad practice out of it.

Princess Fury Fantasy Battle Game now available!


I'll be getting round to posting up a full review later on Princess Fury, but it looks cool already, and wanted to get the word out that it can be grabbed in the App store. I love any game involving battle strategy (see my recent review of the most excellent Land Air Sea Warfare). So go check out Princess Fury at the links above...and stay tuned for my review.

Free Audi A1 Beat Driver App updated!


The game is not hugely challenging, but it is free, and a kinda fun time-killer for when you are standing in line at the store or something (or at the dealer waiting for your financing to get approved). New music tracks are featured in this version, and you can't beat the price...Read on for full press release, links, etc...

Some updates and Other Tidbits

I figured I would post a variety of updates of what I have been doing with my tech lately. These are in no particular order.

Documents to go was updated two days ago with support for the iPad. This app is now a universal binary so it can be used on the iPad, Touch, and iPhone. I am looking forward to using it more on the Pad as I think I will get more use of it there than I have had on the Touch.



I recently downloaded and started using the DropBox file service.

Apple gives and AT&T takes away

Those of you who paid the extra $130 based on the promise of unlimited 3G data for your iPad for $30/month without a contract, you need to know that the rug has been pulled out from under you.

Effective June 7th (the same day Steve Jobs will be speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, and likely announcing the next iPhone), all that you know has changed.

Broken Sword The Director's Cut HD Product Review


Previously released on the iPhone, the iPad edition takes full advantage of the larger screen, bringing it full circle from the original Broken Sword PC game released nearly 15 years ago.  I played both the original PC version (released in the US under the title Circle of Blood) and Astraware's Pocket PC port (winning the number two spot in my Top 10 Games for 2007).  I expected the iPad version to be yet another port of this classic title, but was pleasantly surprised when the opening credits and a notable amount of the story were different.  Most of all, I was thoroughly captivated by the polished graphic and sound quality this engrossing interactive title had to offer.

Phoenix Spirit: a Dark and Fun Adventure for Kids of all Ages!


I like that the iPhone and the App Store have helped forge new flavors of apps and games. Back in the geeky days of early mobile games, there would not have been much room for a title like Phoenix Spirit from Spearhead games. A game about healing the forest. Phoenix Spirit has a few control challenges (but you could say that for many iPhone games), but the dark forest scenes, music and quirky overall theme work for me. I especially recommend this for kids into mystical stuff (i.e.

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