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Jumpstart your app development

Are you intrigued by the idea of developing your own app but you don't know where to start? I have written in the past about outsourcing using eLance or other sites. Those places are a lot like eBay... You post a project idea and developers bid on the job. You choose a developer based on their proposal, portfolio, and of course, price. But just like using eBay, there are risks.



iPad Mini

When the iPad was first announced, I could not see a need for this in my life, especially as I looked the low memory and considered that this is really a companion device to an existing full service computer. But as we got closer to launch date, I could see the benefits of using this. Currently, I use my iPod Touch frequently for web services such as email, Facebook (I prefer the app to the online version), and other general web surfing. My regular computer is an older Windows XP desktop that I use basically to manage iTunes and sync to outlook, e-Wallet, and Docs To Go. I do not sit at it nor use it for anything else.



Why the iPad is magic

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If you just read one article about the iPad, make it Adam Engst's article on why the iPad is magical. He argues that the iPad is different from a computer or the iPhone or iPod touch in a subtle and special way: it becomes the app in a way that these other technologies don't. That was what I noticed when I watched the Wired video review. The iPad, Engst says, is like a chameleon or tabla rasa or blank slate that transforms with each app you use.



The iPad and the future of education

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Just finished this article, Colleges Dream of Paperless, iPad-centric Education. After using the iPad for a few days myself, I totally believe this could happen. The reading experience on the iPad is fantastic. You can highlight, copy and paste text, edit, save, store, and share just about anything you read or create. And no books to lug around. 



Microsoft prototype of 2-panel tablet rivals iPad

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I am REALLY liking my Apple iPad. In fact owning an iPad made my mouth water for the Microsoft Courier. You can see some great demos of a prototype or the 2-panel Microsoft Courier at Engadget. The Courrier is more business oriented rather than for the consumer.



Great video review of the iPad from Wired

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Wired has posted a very helpful hands-on video review of the iPad. It gives you a good sense for what it's like to use one. Wired has also posted an article on 10 of the most intriguing games and apps for the iPad. And a detailed review from Steven Levy.



Waiting for the iPad 3G

So here it is, April 5th, and I have no iPad. That's because I want one with 3G. So my 32GB iPad 3G is on order, but I won't have it for a few more weeks. That really bites.

 



Pages shines on iPad

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Well after having my iPad for a solid day now, and the hype is wearing off, let me tell you, it is definitely not just a big iPod Touch or iPhone.

Where to start?



Vook at Sherlock Holmes - this is where the iPad shines!

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I just downloaded my first Vook - Sherlock Holmes. A Vook is an electronic, interactive book. As you begin each chapter, you can play the video to learn something more about the characters, setting, and places. Then, as you read the chapter, you can view illustrations and click on web links to access the Internet for word definitions. This all works seamlessly and provides a unique reading experience, one which I believe is the future of all E-books and magazines.



Color&Draw is NOT for Adults ONLY!

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The Color&Draw website says it's an app for kids, but I'm here to tell you that it's for adults, too!



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